First thing to note is that new members don't have access to post a new topic straight away. This was implemented to both stop spam bots and get new members to learn about how to use our forums before making posts in the wrong area's. There are a few things about forum etiquette that you will need to know about first, especially when creating a new thread/topic:Always check to see if someone else has posted up a topic that you want to talk about.
to avoid many posts about the same thing, please check to see if there is a thread already created that you can become apart of. There are many ways to do this, from manually looking through the sub-forums and pages of threads, to using the search bar up in the top left corner, or looking at one of the few mega threads that list all the common games and links to the threads that have already been started about them.
Once you have a few posts in your post count from replying to existing topics, and you have something you want to talk about but can't find a topic that someone has already made, you may post up a new topic. But first you need to know where to post it.
Here is a list of the current forums and what is supposed to go in them for reference:Community
Kinda Funny Discussion
- The Front Desk - Find the important topics, or leave us your comments, questions, and concerns about the forums and website at the Front Desk.
- Community Showcase - This where you can advertise and/or show off your work, youtube/twitch channel, facebook pages and whatever else you want with other Best Friends on this forum.
- Community Connect - Find local Best friends in your area.
- Twitch- Discuss and share information about the streaming video platform, Twitch.tv
Video Games Discussion
- Kinda Funny - All Kinda Funny topics, whether about the content or the staff, should go in here.
- The GameOverGreggy Show Episode Discussion - Join in on the weekly conversations from around This Table
- Kinda Funny Gamescast Episode Discussion - Weigh in on the Gaming topics with the coolest guys in video games... and Tim. #LetTimHost
- Colin & Greg Live - Talk about the show that is largely irrelevant each weekday, Monday - Friday Live on Twitch.tv/kindafunnygames.
- General Gaming Discussion - If you want to talk about a game that is released on multiple platforms, or isn't from a platform that has it's own sub-forum as listed below (like mobile, SEGA, or OUYA), you can chat about it in here.
- PlayStation - If your topic is about a console or game that's exclusive to Sony, talk about it here.
- Xbox - If your topic is about a console or game that's exclusive to Microsoft, talk about it here.
- Nintendo - If your topic is about a console or game that's exclusive to Nintendo, talk about it here.
- PC Gaming - If your topic is about building a PC, PC software, or PC Gaming as a whole, talk about it here.
- Cinema | Film Discuss all the big screen, direct to DVD, and Day 1 digital movies here.
- TV Series | Anime | Videos Discuss your favourite TV Shows, Netflix binges, anime fixes, and random videos on the internet in here.
- Literature | Comics Books, magazines, manga, comics, quatrains, sonnets... This is where you talk about the stuff that you read.
- Music | Podcasts | Audio Bands, Albums, Songs, Podcasts, and anything else audio related should go in here.
- General Discussion - This is the section you post in when your topic doesn't fit into any other category.
- Health | Food | Fitness | Sports- As the name suggests; talk about health, food, and physical activities in here.
- Science | Technology - Chat about the latest gadgets, gizmo's, and scientific discoveries right here.
- Politics | Social Debates- Talk about the hard hitting topics in here, but be warned: Be respectful or be Dismissed
Now that you know that you have something new to talk about and know where to put it (Read the Etiquette section above if you haven't already), you need to click on the little blue "New Topic"
button on the top left hand side of the screen. If you can not see the button then it could be one of the reasons:
- Everybody needs a minimum post count of 3 to be able to create a new topic
- You do not have permission to create a new topic in that forum.
- There's a problem with your account, scroll down to the end of this guide to see a list of moderators you can alert to your issue.
You should now be presented with the "Post a new topic" screen, which is a giant text box surrounded by little button options. But lets start from the top of the options and work our way down. First we have the Post Icon option which is a bunch of images that you can select to sit next to the Subject name to help it stand out, however with our current theme these only show up when you are inside the thread and therefore not really worth using. Next we have Subject which should be a descriptive title for your topic so people will know what the topic is about (All posts need a Subject).
Now we are onto the main text box, which is where you type out your message, question and/or statement. It can be a simple paragraph of text, or you could make it heavily formatted like this guide is with images, hyperlinks etc. To do this you can either type out the BBCode yourself using this guide here: BBCode
or you could use the buttons above the text box that autofill in the code for you.
From left to right: Bold
| Quote text (for when quoting another source or user) | Code (which allows you to type code without it formatting) | Bullet Point list | Numbered List | List Item (each new line on a bulletpoint or numbered list needs one of these to work) | Image tags to show a link as an image | URL link
| Insert Flash Video | Font Color
| Font Size
| Copy selected text | paste copied text | remove formatting from selected text.Text Fonts
| highlight text
| center text | float text (around an image) | Preformatted text | strikethrough
(for mathematics or TM symbol) | Subscripttext
(similar to Superscript but below text) | glow text
| Shadow Text
| Drop shadow
| Fade In and Fade Out
| Text Direction
| Marquee text (scrolls from one side of the screen) | Spoilers (for hiding spoilers) | Hide from Guests (so that only forum members can read it) | off-topic message (rarely used to make off topic comments separate from posts) | Alert Message (for mods) | NFO ascii art (to make images from ascii) | Insert a sound cloud file (use to embed a soundcloud file/song) | insert Video from URL (use these to embed a youtube video)
Once you have completed your topic, you can check to see how it looks with the "Preview"
button which is extremely helpful to see if you got your formatting done correctly without having to edit the post and then once you are happy with everything, click the "Submit"
button to post it. Replying to a post.
To join in on a conversation there is a couple of ways you can do it. The first is the "Quick Reply"
option which is down the bottom of every non-locked topic. (Topics can be "locked" so that no one else can post to them by a mod) All you need to do is type out your message and hit the "Submit"
button down below. The idea of using this is just to post a basic message without formatting like bold, font type, font size etc.
You can use the BBCode (the code that this forum uses to format) using the Quick Reply form, though unless you can remember them correctly you are better using the blue "Reply"
button at the top and bottom of each thread or the "Full Editor & Preview"
button next to the Quick Replies submit button. This will bring you to the "Post a Reply" screen that has the full page editor with all the buttons that autofill the formatting BBCode and Smilies/Twitch Emotes. For more information about what those buttons do and how to use them, please read above in the New Topic section. Just type in your message and hit "Submit"
Another strong piece of Forum Etiquette you should adhere to is not double posting
. What this means is straight after you reply to a thread, you reply to it again instead of editing your post. Editing your own post can be done via the little pencil icon that appears only on your own posts in the top right hand corner. Double posts will be combined and/or deleted by the discretion of the moderator team to ensure that the forums are streamlined and easy for readers to follow. It should be noted however that this is not an issue after an extended period of time, so if you were the last one to post in a topic and the next day you have more information to add, it is fine to post again. It is mainly when you quote multiple people in separate posts one after the other that things begin to look cluttered (especially with multiple signatures). Quoting
Another way to respond to someone else's post is to quote them. What this does is add their post inside yours so that people can see the specific post you are responding to, and it also notifies the user that someone is talking to them. You can quote someone by clicking on the "
symbol up the top right hand corner of the post. If you are curious about what the little green dot is next to some of the quote icons, it is to let you know that the user is currently online and will be notified straight away that someone is quoting them. Offline users will be notified when they are next logged in.
A common occurrence when quoting someone though is that if that person has quoted another person then your quote will include theirs as well. This is called nesting, like those nesting dolls. Which can end up looking like this:
User 3 wrote: User 2 wrote:
User 1 wrote:Portillo is awesome
The problem with this is that you can only have a maximum of 3 nested quotes inside each other like above. Add any more in and the forum will tell you there is an error. This is supposedly being corrected to automatically remove nested quotes, however in the mean time you will need to delete the older nested quotes.
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[quote="User 3"][quote="User 2"][quote="User 1"]Portillo is awesome[/quote]
Needs to look like this:
I did this by deleting what User 1 and 2 said, including the quote code. Now there should be no issue posting.Polls.
Sometimes if you want to pose a question to the community the best way to see the results is with a poll. It will display the results of the pre-set answers in a bar graph for a visual representation of the votes. This can be set up by creating a new topic (refer above to find out how to make a new topic) and then underneath the blue "Preview"
buttons there is a tab titled "Poll Creation"
for you to click on.
Remember you can only put one question in, if you want to do a multi-question survey you will have to use an external website. Fill out the fields, making sure in the poll options (aka the answers you want the users to select) you put each one on a new line. Once you are happy with that, hit the "Submit"
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