easy on yourself!
Do I have to register?
How can I use smilies?
Can I add HTML to my messages?
What are moderators?
How can I change my registration profile?
Can I customize the bulletin board in any way?
Are cookies used?
Can I edit my own posts?
Can I attach files?
Can I search?
Can I add a standard signature to my posts?
What are announcements?
Are there any censor features?
What do I do if I lost my username and/or password?
Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my topic?
What is the "Today" Active Topic List?
Can I search private forums?
What are Mood Icons?
Make it Easy!
There are a few things you can do to make the Forums easier to use. First, make sure
your browser accepts cookies. In your profile, instruct the system to store your
Username and Password in a cookie, on your machine - and you'll never have to log in
again. Second, while you're editing your Profile, set yourself up a signature - and save a
few keystrokes on each of your posts. Finally, read the entry below about the "Today" Active Topic list. Then use it
every time you come to the forums, rather than wade through every category.
Registration is only required if you plan to post new topics or reply to existing topics.
Registration is free, and you are not required to post your real name. You are required to
post your actual email address, however. If you don't want anyone to see
your email address with your posts, be sure to make the appropriate field in your Profile.
Note that a few of the Forums (and they're marked) do NOT require you to register.
You've probably seen others use smilies before in email messages or other bulletin board
posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a
frown :(. This bulletin board automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical
representation. When you are posting (either reply or new topic), look for the Quick View
bar of links - one of which will show you all the available smiles and the code to make
Using HTML and/or UBB Code
Most of the Forums allow you to use HTML in your posts. It can offer you considerably more
options for how your post (and especially your poetry) is displayed. Each of the forums
will tell you if the HTML feature is enabled. You'll also see a reference to UBB Codes,
which is turned off in most forums. UBB Code is similar to HTML, but offers just a few
basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing. The
software supports only one or the other, and I've elected to go with the more powerful
HTML. If HTML is on, you may use any HTML tags, but please be very careful that you use
proper HTML syntax. If you do not, your moderator or administrator may have to edit your
post. If you don't know how to use HTML, there's a link at the top of the page (under our
usual Menu) that will give you some basic pointers. It's really not at all difficult,
especially for the simpler functions. You'll also find a link to some graphics available
for use in your posts.
Moderators control individual forums. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts in their
forums. If you have a question about a particular forum, you should direct it to your
forum moderator. If anyone would like to volunteer to moderate one of the Forums, please
explore our Deputy Moderator program. We
can definitely use your help!
Changing Your Profile
You may easily change any info stored in your registration profile, using the
"Profile" link located near the top of each page. Simply identify yourself by
typing your username and password and all of your profile information will appear on
screen. You may change any items, except your username.
Customizing Using Preferences
As a registered bulletin board user, you may store your username and password in memory
for up to one year at a time. This will prevent you from having to type your user name and
password every time you post a note. You also have the option of changing the default
number of days back to view topics. Just click on the "Prefs" link and you can
make either of these settings. I'm hoping to add more options in the future, and would
love your suggestions!
logged in, your username and password, and your preferred "topic view", if you
set it in preferences. These cookies are stored on your browser. No cookies are used to
track your movement or perform any other function other than enhance your use of the
bulletin board. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies
on your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly.
Editing Your Posts
You may edit your own posts within 24 hours of posting. Just go to the thread where the post to be edited
is located and you will see an edit icon on the line that begins "posted on..."
Click on this icon and edit the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum
moderator or the bulletin board administrator. A note is generated at the bottom of each
post that is edited so that every one knows when a post has been edited.
Because editing is limited to 24 hours after the post is made, you should always take a moment to make
sure you said what you think you said. If you need to Edit after the limit has passed, you'll need to contact
one of the forum Moderators for help.
You may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. If you click on
the profile link at the top of most bulletin board pages, you will be able to edit your
profile, including your standard signature. Once you have a signature stored, you can
choose to include it any post you make by checking the "include signature" box
when you create your post. You may also change your signature at any time by changing your
Note: Signature don't support HTML tags (yet), but you can use UBB Code (except for the UBB Code Image tag). The only
reason to do so would be to include a home page URL in your signature (though it should
already be available in your Profile).
For security reasons, you may not attach files to any posts. You may cut and paste text
into your post, however, or use HTML to provide hyperlinks to outside documents. For those
who don't know (Windows users, at least), you can cut/copy text via the keyboard with a
Ctrl-C (highlight the text, hold down the Control key, then press "c") and can
paste with Ctrl-V (put your cursor in the Reply or Post form, hold down the Control key,
then press "v" - and don't ask me why it's "v").
Searching For Specific Posts
You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, user name,
date, and particular forum(s). Just click on the "search" link at the top of
most pages. Note: announcements are not included in the search returns.
Announcements are one-way communications from either a forum moderator or a bulletin board
administrator. No one may post replies to these announcements. If you want to talk about
specific announcements, you will have to create a new topic in the appropriate forum.
The bulletin board administrators have the power to censor certain words that may be
posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored
out of context. Please realize that the censoring, if any censoring is being performed, is
being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are
censored are replaced with asterisks.
I don't consider myself a prude (it's hard to get through a hitch in the Marines
without hearing one or two cuss words). But I will have the posts
automatically censored for what I feel are two good reasons. Firstly, there are words that
some people just plain find offensive. Secondly, poetry is about feelings, not
about shock value. Language is our tool, our only tool for communicating. If you can't
convey your poetic message without using profanity, I would suggest you find another
medium. Or, at least, another forum.
Lost User Name and/or Password
Retrieving your username and password is simple. All of the pages that require you to
identify yourself with your username and password carry a "lost password" link
that you can use to have your username and password emailed instantly to your email
address of record.
If you create a new topic, you have the option of receiving an email notification every
time someone posts a reply to your topic. Just check the email notification box on the
"New Topic" forum when you create your new topic, if you want to use this
What is the "Today" Active Topic List?
When you visit this bulletin board, you will see a link at the top of the list of forums
called "Today". Clicking on this will provide you with all topics in all open
forums that have been posted to that day.
Can I search private forums?
Currently, only administrators and moderators can search through private forums. We do
plan to support searching of private forums for other authorized users in the future.