Forum Frequently Asked Questions

Login and Registration Issues

Why can't I login?
Make sure your username and password are correct. If they are, contact the forum administrator to make sure your account haven't been banned or removed. It is also possible the website owner has a configuration error on their end, and they would need to fix it.

Why do I need to register at all?
Registration provides you with an identity on the website and enables a number of features like posting on the forum. It only takes a few moments to register.

Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Remember me box when you log in, the forum will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the forum from a public computer, e.g. internet cafe etc.

I've lost my password!
Click the "Forgot Password" link and follow the instructions.

I registered but I cannot login!
Make sure your username and password are correct. If your login was recently created, it will need to be activated.  Please check your email and follow the instructions to activate your account.

I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
Attempt to locate the e-mail sent to you when you first registered, check your username and password and try again. It is possible an administrator has deactivated or deleted your account for some reason.

User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?
Click the "Edit Profile" link on the left side of the screen. (only visible when logged in)

How do I show an image next to my username?
You can upload an avatar using the "Edit Profile" link on the left side of the screen. (only available when logged in)

Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a forum?
To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message.

How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a forum administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the "edit" button for the relevant post.

Why can't I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post or perform another action you may need special permissions. Contact a moderator or the forum administrator to grant you access.

Why can't I add attachments?
The forum administrator may not have allowed attachments. Contact the forum administrator if you are unsure about why you are unable to add attachments.

Why does my post need to be approved?
The forum administrator may have decided that posts in the forum you are posting to require review before submission.

Formatting and Topic Types

Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this forum and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using the formatting toolbar when posting a message.

What are Smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether. The forum administrator may also have set a limit to the number of smilies you may use within a post.

Can I post images?
Yes, images can be shown in your posts. If the administrator has allowed attachments, you may be able to upload the image to the forum. Otherwise, you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible webserver) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. To display the image use the appropriate button on the formatting toolbar which adds an [img] tag.

What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the forum appear on top of other topics in a forum. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. Topics are made sticky by Administrators and Moderators.

What are closed topics?
Closed topics are topics where users can no longer reply. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the forum moderator or forum administrator.

User Levels and Groups

What are Administrators?
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire forum. These members can control all facets of forum operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the forum founder and what permissions he or she has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all forums.

What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

What are usergroups?
Usergroups are created and handled by Administrators. Usergroups are groups of users that divide the community into manageable sections forum administrators can work with. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can be assigned individual permissions. This provides an easy way for administrators to change permissions for many users at once, such as changing moderator permissions or granting users access to a private forum.

Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!
There are four reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the forum administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire forum or private messaging is disabled in your user profile. Contact a forum administrator for more information.

I have received a spamming or abusive message from someone on this forum!
Please e-mail the forum administrator with a full copy of the message you received. The forum administrator can then take action.

Searching the Forums

How can I search a forum or forums?
Click the "Search" link, enter a search term in the search box. Click the "search" button.

How can I find my own or someone else's posts and topics?
Click a username in the topic you have answered to, and view your provile as other's see it.

Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks

How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the "watch this forum for new topics" link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the "watch this topic for replies" link within the topic itself.

How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your profile (by clicking your username on the top) and click "My subscriptions".


What is maximum attachment size allowed on this forum?
Each forum administrator can set up a maximum attachment size. If you are unsure what is it, contact the forum administrator for assistance.