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How to Forum 101 - A guide to using forums.

Jul 15, '15, 12:28am

Introduction :kinda

Hello Best Friends!

The Kinda Funny Community is vast, reaching all over the globe. We are made up of Best Friends of all ages, genders, nationalities and backgrounds and we have come together to appreciate and interact with the Kinda Funny crew. Because of this, we recognize that a lot of people coming here may not have used web forums before, and may not be familiar with how they work. Fear not! The moderation team have built up this guide to go through all the basic functionality and explain how to make the most of your experience here.

Contents

  1. Registration.
    • How do I Register?
    • Where do I go first?
  2. Setting up your profile.
    • Avatar.
    • Signature.
    • Gamer Tags.
    • Dark Theme.
  3. Posting.
    • Etiquette.
    • New topic.
    • Replying to a post.
    • Quoting.
    • Polls.
    • Search.
  4. Private Messaging
    • What is a Private Message?
    • How do I send a Private Message?
    • How do I read and reply to a PM someone has sent me?
  5. Moderation.
    • How do I report a post?
    • I have a problem with the forum, how can I let you know?
    • There is something you've missed in this guide.

Registration :kinda

How do I Register?

So you want to join the forums and hang out with the Kinda Funny Community? Awesome. The first thing you need to do is create yourself an account here on the forums.

From the Homepage (best to leave this window in a separate tab so you can reference it as you go along) click on either of the "Register" buttons.

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Next you will see a screen with terms. Read over them and if you agree to them, click the "I agree to these terms". If you don't agree with the terms, then this is not the right place for you.

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Still with us? Awesome. So now you will be presented a page that asks you a bunch of questions to set up your account. Go ahead and fill out all the questions, some of these will be on your profile. Once done, including the security question designed to stop spambots (automated accounts designed to spread spam), click on the blue "Submit" button.

Note: The security question is fairly straight forward, but to reiterate for people who come across issues during registration, it is asking for the FIRST LETTER in the name "KindaFunnyForums".


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And that's it! You are all done. All you need to do now is log in and you can begin to use the forums. You will be sent an email as confirmation with some information for your records.

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Where do I go first?

Now that you have registered there are a couple of things you should check out first:

  • Rules & Guidelines - We have a bunch of easy rules that we expect all members to follow to keep this place the welcoming and fun community that Kinda Funny is known for, so please read over them so you know what we don't tolerate here.
    Click Here to read the Forum Rules and Guidelines
  • The Front Desk sub-forum - Along with the Rules & Guidelines there are a bunch of informative threads, including this one! The Front Desk also houses all the announcements for the forums and is a place where you can post up any issues you are having with the Forums and the Kinda Funny Website. It's advisable to check back every time you see that a new post is available to learn what new information is posted.
    Click here to go to the Front Desk

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Jul 17, '15, 5:54am

Setting up your profile :kinda

Avatar.

The first part of changing any of your personal settings is by going into the User Control Panel, which can be accessed by clicking your username (and avatar if you already have one set) on the top right hand corner of the webpage.

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Welcome to the front page of your User Control Panel (aka UCP), as you can see the Important (aka Global) Announcements are visible here. Select the "Profile" tab.

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Click on the "Edit Avatar" option on the left hand side.

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Now that we are on the Edit Avatar screen you can see a bunch of options. First of all is Current image which displays your current Avatar if one is set. It also gives you the maximum dimensions your avatar can be for this website: 150px x 150px.

There are three types of ways to select an avatar as shown in the Avatar Type drop down box:

  1. First is a gallery avatar, which there is none available at the moment. In the future there might be and you will be able to select a premade avatar from a gallery and just hit "Submit" to apply.
  2. Second is the Remote Avatar where you provide the link to the avatar you want displayed and it will share it here (remember to use the image link which ends in an image file type like .jpg, .gif or .png and not the page link). But beware that if that website vanishes, or they take down the image, you could lose your avatar.
  3. Third and last is the Upload Avatar option, which is the most common. As it suggests you upload the avatar straight to the forums' server so that its hosted and used here. You will need to browse for the image you want to share (remember to make sure it is within the maximum dimensions, which you can do via the resize option in MS paint), or you can again paste in a link to an image and the server will copy it across and store it locally.
Hit "Submit" and you have a shiny new avatar on display every time you post.

Note: Avatars must also comply with the Rules & Guidelines and those that do not will be removed and your account may be banned by a Moderator.

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Signature.

The first part of changing any of your personal settings is by going into the User Control Panel, which can be accessed by clicking your username (and avatar if already set) on the top right hand corner of the webpage.

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Welcome to the front page of your User Control Panel, as you can see the Important (aka Global) Announcements are visible here. Select the "Profile" tab.

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Click on the "Edit Signature" option on the left hand side.

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Now that we are on the Edit Signature screen you can see a large text box like the one you use to post with. Using BBCode (as highlighted in the Posting section) just fill out the text box with how you want your signature to look, with text/images or whatever. Then hit that "Submit" button.

Note: Signatures must also comply with the Rules & Guidelines and those that do not will be removed and your account may be banned by a Moderator.

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Gamer Tags.

The first part of changing any of your personal settings is going into the User Control Panel, which can be accessed by clicking your username (and avatar if set) on the top right hand corner of the webpage.

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Welcome to the front page of your User Control Panel, as you can see the Important (aka Global) Announcements are visible here. Select the "Profile" tab.

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This will bring up your profile information, where you can change all your visible information including your gaming tags here. Once complete hit that "Submit" button to save your changes.

Dark Theme.

The first part of changing any of your personal settings is going into the User Control Panel, which can be accessed by clicking your username (and avatar if set) on the top right hand corner of the webpage.

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Welcome to the front page of your User Control Panel, as you can see the Important (aka Global) Announcements are visible here. Select the Board Preferences tab.

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Now that we are in the Board Preferences screen, about mid way down is an option to select "My Board Style" with a drop down box. By default its set to the Forums theme of "Bright", so all you need to do is change that to "Dark" and hit the "Submit" button. Now you will be running with Batman's preferred theme. portilloRoger

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How to Forum 101 - A guide to using forums.

Jul 17, '15, 5:55am

Posting :kinda

Etiquette.

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
  • 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

Kinda Funny 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.

Video Games Discussion
  • 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.

Entertainment Discussion
  • 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.

Lifestyle Discussion
  • 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

New topic.

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:
  1. Everybody needs a minimum post count of 3 to be able to create a new topic
  2. You do not have permission to create a new topic in that forum.
  3. 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.

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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).

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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.

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From left to right:
Bold | Italics | Underline | 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 | Superscripttext (for mathematics or TM symbol) | Subscripttext (similar to Superscript but below text) | glow text | Shadow Text | Drop shadow | blur | 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)

Note: you can use some of these codes in tandem to make some pretty cool formatting, but some of them will not work together.

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.

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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".

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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).

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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.

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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

I Agree

Me Too


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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This:
[quote="User 3"][quote="User 2"][quote="User 1"]Portillo is awesome[/quote]
I Agree[/quote]
Me Too[/quote]

Needs to look like this:
[quote="User 3"]
Me Too[/quote]


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" and "Submit" buttons there is a tab titled "Poll Creation" for you to click on.

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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" button.

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Private Messaging :kinda

What is a Private Message?

A Private Message (aka PM) allows you to send a message directly to a user or users like an email that only they can see.

How do I send a Private Message?

First head over to the Private Messages section of your User Control Panel, which can be quickly accessed by clicking the little tray looking icon at the top of the webpage.

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In the PM section of the UCP you should see a blue button that says "New PM" above any messages you have received. Or you can click on the "Compose Message" option on the left hand side.

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Now you should be presented with the Compose Message screen, which looks exactly like the New Topic and Reply screens except it also has a Add Recipient text box that allows you to add the username(s) of the members you want to send the message to. Just type in their username (it has to be exact so if you don't know it use the find member link underneath) and then click the "Add" button. If you don't hit the "Add" button it won't know who to send it to.

Once you are done typing out the message hit the "Submit" button and it will be sent to the user(s). Make sure you read over the preview as you won't be able to edit the post once the other person has seen it.

Another way to send a PM directly to a single user is to click on the speech bubble icon underneath their profile on any topic they have posted in. By doing it this way it will automatically add the members username into the recipients section.

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How do I read and reply to a PM someone has sent me?

When you get a new PM, both the notifications icon and your PM icon will glow orange to let you know.

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Click on the PM icon and it will take you to your inbox where you can see your received PMs, just like email. Just click on the newest email (usually on the top of the list) to view it.

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Now you can read the PM, and then Reply or Forward it by clicking the corresponding blue buttons above the message which uses the same conventions as replying to a topic.

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Jul 24, '15, 2:25am

Moderation :kinda

How do I report a post?

So you have come across a post that is: offensive, does not follow the Rules & Guidelines of the forums, an accidental duplicate, spam, in the wrong forum, or just something you feel needs to come to the attention of the forums moderation team. There is a quick and easy way of letting all of us know directly so that when the next Mod (short for Moderator) logs in they will know to go look at it, rather than submitting a PM (short for Private Message) to one or all of the Mods.

First off go to the post you want to bring to the Mods' attention. Now click on the little Flag icon on the top right hand corner of that post. Make sure you click on the flag of the right post, and if you want to report a whole topic please use the first (aka Original) posts report button.

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Now you will see the reporting screen. From here you want to select the most appropriate option on the drop down box for the reason you are reporting, decide if you want to be notified using the forums notification system that the post has been resolved or not using the radial (circles) buttons, leave any extra information about why you felt this post needed to be reported (This is optional, but the Mods will have an easier time knowing what is wrong with the post if you explain.), and then click the "Submit" button.

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And you are done! The Mods thank you for taking the time to point out the issue, so we can deal with it as quickly as possible, keeping the forums running smoothly.

I have a problem with the forum, how can I let you know?

So you have an issue with the forum, maybe something's broken? Is there something you think can be improved? Well we have an entire section where you can submit your comments, questions and concerns ColinApproves Follow this link: Front Desk, check to see if one of the topics covers your idea, and if not, start a new topic. We will do our best to accommodate your request, or at least give you an explanation as to why we cannot.

There is something you've missed in this guide.

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