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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions. You can click on any of these and get some help with anything you might be having a problem with. If you know of anything else that should be addressed on this page please send your suggestions to www-data@ztnet.com.

Can I use html in my posts?
Do I have to accept cookies?
Do I have to log in and out?
Can I change the sort order?
What's with all the buttons?
Why do you ask for a Fake Email address?
Why should I register a Username?

 

Can I use HTML in my posts?

There are 2 ways that this can be configured on a per board basis. If HTML is On then you will see HTML is On and you can use normal HTML in your posts. If Markup is on you will see Markup is On. The following tags are available for your use if Markup is enabled:

[b] text [/b] = Makes the given text bold.
[email] joe@blow.com [/email] = Makes the given email address clickable.
[i] text [/i] = Makes the given text italic.
[image] url [/image] = Puts the given url in an img src tag.
[pre] text [/pre] = Surrounds the given text with pre tags.
[quote] text [/quote] = Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This markup tag is used for quoting a reply.
[url] link [/url] = Makes the given url into a link.
[smile] =
[frown] =
[wink] =
[red] text [/red] = Makes the given text red.
[green] text [/green] = Makes the given text green.
[blue] text [/blue] = Makes the given text blue.
[orange] text [/orange] = Makes the given text orange.
[black] text [/black] = Makes the given text black.
[white] text [/white] = Makes the given text white.
[yellow] text [/yellow] = Makes the given text yellow.
[purple] text [/purple] = Makes the given text purple.

 

Do I have to accept cookies?

Yes. Cookies are used to track your Username/Password and which posts you have read for your current session. Without accepting cookies some functions won't work properly.

 

Do I have to log in and out?

No. When you log in, your login and password are saved as a permanent cookie. When you come back later, you will still be logged in and you can pick up where you left off.

The logout function is available for users who log in from computer labs or other locations where you do not want your login and password saved on the computer.

 

Can I change the sort order?

Of course. If you want to change the order temporarily, click on the Subject, Poster, or Posted On headers. You can change the default order in your profile (click 'Edit Profile'). You have a total of 8 options:

Descending/Ascending Subject:

Arrange subjects in alphabetical order.

Descending/Ascending Poster:

Arrange Usernames in alphabetical order.

Descending/Ascending Last Reply:

Arrange based on the last time a reply was made. Descending pulls items with new responses toward the top.

Descending/Ascending Start of Thread:

Arrange by the time each threads was started.

 

What's with all the buttons?

The buttons are used for navigation and displaying posts. Depending on the screen you are on they may serve different purposes.

When displaying a list of all threads:
- The left and right arrows will take you to the previous or next page of posts.
- The up arrow will take you to the index of all available forums.
- The "New Post" button will let you make a new post on that board.
- The + and - buttons will allow you to toggle between expanded and collapsed threads. Expanded threads will show the subject of all posts and replies in a threaded format. Collapsed threads will show the subject of the main post along with the number of replies to that post.

When viewing individual threads:
- The left and right arrows will take you to the previous or next thread.
- The up arrow will take you back to the listing of all posts on that page.
- The "Flat Mode" button allows you to view the entire thread on one page if there are any replies to the original message.
- The "Threaded Mode" button allows you to view the current posts will all other posts on that thread displayed below in a threaded format.

 

Why do you ask for a Fake Email address?

The Fake email address will be what other users see when they view your profile. We realize that some people don't want everyone to know their normal email address, but we need to know it in case you want to subscribe to a forum or if you want to have replies emailed to you. For this reason you can give us your real email address that only we will see and you can provide a different one for the general public. Some people like to put in something like scream@no.spam.gamernews.net. This way people can still figure out what your real email address is, but spamming agents can't just parse through the page and spam you.

 

Why should I register a Username?

By registering a Username, you will be able to edit your profile and preferences. Also only people with registered Usernames can take advantage of the "New Posts" feature upon each visit.