North-South Skirmish Association FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

Getting Support - What you Need to Know to Get Quick Support

The people who volunteer to admin here have a few things we'd like to ask you to do when you request support on the website or forum to make your fix quicker, and our lives easier:

1. BE POLITE. Nasty remarks or emails and generally being a mannerless jerk will get you booted to the end of the support line, and banned if it continues. We are N-SSA members just like you, and deserve politeness. You don't have to like us, you DO have to be nice if you want help. Ditto for if you're posting nasty things about us in the boards. Posting negative things about the N-SSA or the forums publicly will get your post deleted and you put on moderate. It can also get your access suspended, as it is against the posting rules (which include be polite and no libeling others).

2. CHAIN OF COMMAND: Don't go over our heads to the Commander or IT Manager and send your problems to them first. They just have to forward it to us anyway, we do the work, they're management. They told us to do this job and trust us to do it, and believe us, its pretty thankless. Long hours, no pay, and rude people yelling at us for no apparent reason. We don't like it when people yell at us. We do good work. And we do it fast if you're nice. See #1 about being nasty to or about the people who slave for free to give you this site unless they've given you a REALLY good reason. And in my experience, we almost never do deserve unless you provoke us, we give the best effort we can.

3. Give us all the information. Telling us 'I can't get in' doesn't tell us anything, and we don't even know who you are, since most people don't seem to put their names at the end of their emails anymore (whatever happened to letter etiquette?).

We need the following information if you wish to be helped in a timely fashion:
- Your name (that is just common courtesy)
- Your username/login on the bulletin board (if you have one)
- *Exactly* what the problem is, including exact error messages, and what you were doing when it happened. Be detailed, this can make the difference between a problem solved or not
- Your operating system (this is Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac OS10, etc.)
- The browser you are using (Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc. and please include the version)

Please do not contact us to reset your password unless you've already used the password reset link here: http://www.n-ssa.net/vbforum/login.php?do=lostpw

If this fails for some reason, please follow the rules above to let us know what happened.

And you can find out all sorts of nifty things and tools and how-to guides to use on the bulletin board here: http://www.n-ssa.net/vbforum/faq.php

Thank you for providing us with the right information for support. Be nice to the admins, and they'll take care of you.

Thanks,

The N-SSA Site Admins Email us at webmaster@n-ssa.org

Forum Rules & Community Information

N-SSA FORUM RULES, COMMUNITY STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES:

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THE BASICS:
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Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. By registering at N-SSA you agreed to be bound by these rules, along with any revisions or clarifications of them. If you disagree with, or no longer wish to be bound by these rules, you may cancel your registration at any time.

Although the administrators and moderators of N-SSA will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the N-SSA, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws. By your registration and use of the N-SSA forum you acknowledge that the N-SSA forum is a private online community, and that we have minors as members, and that as such minors may be present at any time.

The owners of the N-SSA forum reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

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The N-SSA Forum Rules, Community Standards and Guidelines:
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  • Please post reasonably, responsibly, rationally and most important civilly - DISCUSS issues as opposed to TELLING others - the N-SSA is not a "bash the other side" forum
  • Respond to the topic and NOT individuals
  • Stick to the topic - using "but he/she/they were worse/started it" response is not an acceptable response
  • Use of deragatory euphimisms or name-calling is not allowed - this applies to all discussions about individuals, the forum itself, public figures, etc.
  • If in sole opinion of mods, a post is intended to denigrate or derail discussion it will be deleted and we may take appropriate action
  • Use "Private Message" (PM) or "Report Post to Moderators" for problem posts - members responding "in kind" can expect appropriate action as well
  • Your use of "Private Message" (PM) is bound by all of the same rules as your general use of the forum - including but not limited to; any abusive PM's to another member shall be cause for immediate suspension
  • If you choose to participate in a discussion, respect other posters and their opinions.
  • There is plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate here - but we require CIVIL debate.
  • Our rules and guidelines are pretty simple - within limits it is HOW you convey your opinion that is key criteria

Please also review the "sticky" notes and announcement at the top of individual forums for additional direction on rules and guidelines for those particular forums.

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Getting Support on the N-SSA Forum:
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If you find a problem with the forum, or cannot figure out how to do something, follow the process below:

  • Use the FAQ (link above in the menu) to find common activities in the forum and directions. Please check here first to see if your question has already been answered.
  • If after looking through the FAQ you find that the question is not addressed, or if the forum is broken or not operating correctly, please follow the directions here to submit a support request: http://www.n-ssa.net/vbforum/faq.php?faq=vb3_board_usage#faq_support_faq . Please follow these instructions in order to ensure that your request can be addressed.
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THE BIG STUFF:
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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

In an effort to improve the signal to noise ratio at the N-SSA forum we ask that you abide buy these rules, community standards and guidelines when participating. With registered members from all over, we have reached a point where we need to properly consider the tremendous diversity, age, education, location for those participating at the N-SSA forum.

We want to promote a clean, healthy, respectful atmosphere where people are not afraid to ask questions, participate in this community and generally have a good time discussing and debating their thoughts and opinions with others.

THE IMPORTANT RULES:

Violation of these rules is potentially grounds for restriction of posting privileges, suspension, or other action. If you think we're kidding, please feel free to try us.

No profanity - period.

No spamming or commercial solicitation of any kind. Any such messages will be removed at the discretion of either a forum moderator or administrator. Selling of individual items is permissable by a private owner in the appropriate boards, however selling multiple items of the same product is considered a commercial post and may be removed at the discretion of moderators and/or staff. Group buy topics may be posted in the forum they most apply to as long as it is not promoted by a commercial entity. Mass commercial solicitation through the Private Message function by non-advertisers is strictly forbidden and grounds to have your account revoked.

No flaming of other members to incite or perpetuate a conflict or argument. Personal attacks, denigrating, demeaning or abusive posts, or name calling are all likely to get you banned.

No flaming forums or threads with pointless posts.

No linking or posting of pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable material. In the event you post any such material you acknowledge that the N-SSA reserves the sole right to determine whether such material constitutes obscenity under the the N-SSA community standards. You further acknowledge that by your posting of any such information you forfeit all rights you may have been provided in our user and other agreements, including any right to privacy.

You may not impersonate other individuals or falsely represent yourself.

You may not discuss, suggest, engage, or encourage any illegal activity on the forums. Linking to locations that deal with any such activity are also forbidden.

You may not post under secondary usernames or alias user names other than your main account - we do not allow multiple registrations or usernames without express permission (which permission will not be granted without valid cause) - you may also not share your username with others, multiple users on one username is expressly prohibited ..... violation is grounds for having all posting privileges, including your primary account, revoked.

You must have a valid e-mail account in your profile so you can be reached by a forum moderator or administrator. "Free" email accounts, and any similar account with a history or potential for abuse, may be restricted and/or refused.

Please restrict signatures to no more than 3 to 5 lines total. We do not allow signatures of a politcial nature or that are intended to attack, denigrate or demean. Please use the smallest text size for your signatures - please PM the admins if you need help. We do not allow images in signatures, including smilies.

Respect the privacy of other members and individuals. Do not post personal, private information about others. Violation of this provision is cause for an immediate suspension and los of any privacy rights you may have had here.

Respect both forum moderators and administrators. It is a thankless job - and cleaning up other people's messes is never fun.

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THE SMALLER STUFF:
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These guidelines are help you (and others) have an enjoyable experience here.

  • No SHOUTING. Don't use all caps when posting. It is difficult to read and annoying.
  • Please post to the forum that is most appropriate for the topic being presented.
  • Please do not cross-post to multiple forums.
  • Refrain from using profanity or creative to get around the profanity censor filters.
  • Please observe all copyright laws when posting copyrighted material. Always include a link.
  • Do not post messages that violate Federal, State, or Local laws which include, but are not limited to, anything that violates a copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or is bound by NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).

Moderators and administrators frequently review forum messages for those that are in violation of our rules. Any messages found to be in violation may be deleted without warning or explanation. We also reserve the right to ban or suspend any user, at any time, and for any reason.

There will from time to time be topics and discussions that will include heated debates. Please think before you post and re-read what you type before you post it. Please limit your comments to the debate at hand and not make it a personal issue between you and another reader. The tremendous diversity in age, race, gender, language, location (worldwide) and more here are one of our strongest benefits, but as a result there will be varying opinions on different subjects. Please treat others civilly, and respct their opinions and values - as you would/should expect them to do for you.

Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for the N-SSA to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. The N-SSA is unable to, and does not, actively monitor the contents of every posted message and is not responsible for any messages posted. The N-SSA does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness, truthfulnes or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of the N-SSA or any entity associated with the N-SSA . Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email, Private Message, or preferrably by using our "Report to Moderator" function. The N-SSA has the ability, but not the responsibilty, to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this Discussion Forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by the N-SSA.

Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to edit or delete any message or account. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the N-SSA, VBulletin-JelSoft(the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a violation of our rules, complaint, or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

A valid email address is required for registration so that your password can be sent to you personally. This has been done to prevent and safeguard the the N-SSA Forums from random attacks and people looking to cause problems and spam these forums. the N-SSA does *NOT* sell or distribute your email address to unrelated third parties. Each member/user controls and determines whether to have your email address visible in your posts on these forums. This option is controlled and determined by settings in your User Profile - which you control.

Please note that advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on these discussion forums and could be cause for account suspension.

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The N-SSA Mission Statement:
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The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery.

We believe your opinion matters; so do other members' opinions. Therefore, opinions are to be respected, not used to taunt or degrade.

If your goal is to ridicule others, there are of course other websites for that. This is not to say that opinions should not be challenged - that, in fact, is the process by which they become legitimate.

If there was one effect I'd like the site to have on a new viewer, it would be to pique their interest in the N-SSA - not just specifically in being a black powder shooter, but in helping to spread the mission of commemeration of the heroism of the men and women who fought, suffered and died in the War. This is done through shooting, knowledge of the war and its effects, the tools and techniques that came out of it, the clothing and habits of the people that lived in it, and other aspects of the War Between the States.

I am proud of being an N-SSA member, and enjoy the activities, camaraderie and the family atmosphere that we all enjoy at skirmishes, as well as the lively discussions that happen around the campfire afterwards.

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Thanks for being a part of our community - we hope you find a home here .....

Clearing Browser Cookies, History and Cache

About cache, cookies, and history

Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (i.e., stores) it. Thus, the browser doesn't have to newly retrieve files (including any images on the page) from the remote web site each time you click Back or Forward. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.

A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site, that is stored on a computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser.

A browser's history is a log of sites that you visit. When you press a browser's Back button, you are moving back one entry the history log. Browsers will normally clear history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for privacy reasons.


Internet Explorer 8 and above

  1. From the Safety menu in the upper right, click Delete Browsing History... .
  2. Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select Temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History.
  3. Click Delete.

Internet Explorer 7

  1. From the Tools menu in the upper right, select Internet Options.
  2. Under "Browsing history", click Delete... .
  3. To delete your cache, click Delete files... .
    To delete your cookies, click Delete cookies... .
    To delete your history, click Delete history... .
  4. Click Close, and then click OK to exit.

Firefox 3.5 and above for Windows

  1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History... .
  2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
  3. Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose what history elements to clear (e.g., check Cookies to clear cookies). Click Clear Now.

Firefox 3 for Windows

  1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History... , and then select the items you want to delete (e.g., Browsing & Download History, Cache, Cookies).
  2. Click Clear Recent History... .

Chrome

  1. In the browser bar, enter: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
  2. Select the items you want to clear (e.g., Clear browsing history, Clear download history, Empty the cache, Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data).
    You can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached information from the Obliterate the following items from: drop-down menu. To clear your entire cache, select the beginning of time.
  3. Click Clear browsing data.

Safari

  1. From the Safari menu, select Reset Safari... .
  2. From the menu, select the items you want to reset, and then click Reset. As of Safari 5.1, Remove all website data covers both cookies and cache.

Firefox 3.5 and above for Mac OS X

  1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History.
  2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
  3. Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose which elements to clear. Click Clear Now.

Firefox 3 for Mac OS X

  1. In Firefox, from the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History.
  2. Select the elements you want to clear (e.g., Browsing & Download History, Cache, Cookies), and then click Clear Private Data Now.

Mobile Safari for iPhone OS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad)

To clear cache and cookies:

  1. From the home screen, tap Settings, and then tap Safari.
  2. At the bottom of Safari's settings screen, tap the buttons for Clear Cookies and Clear Cache. To confirm, tap Clear Cookies or Clear Cache again.
  3. To clear history:
    1. From the home screen, tap Safari.
    2. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Bookmarks icon.
    3. In the lower left, tap Clear.
    4. Tap Clear History.

Android

To clear cache, cookies, or history:

  1. Start your browser.
  2. Tap Menu, and then tap More.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Under "Privacy settings", select Clear cache, Clear history, or Clear all cookie data as appropriate, and then tap OK to accept (or Cancel to cancel) the deletion.

Forums, Threads and Posts

What is a bulletin board?

A bulletin board is an online discussion site. It's sometimes also called a 'board' or 'forums'. It may contain several categories, consisting of forums, threads and individual posts.

How is all this structured?

The bulletin board as a whole contains various categories (broad subject areas), which themselves contain forums (more specific subject areas) which contain threads (conversations on a topic) which are made up of individual posts (where a user writes something).

The board home page has a list of categories and forums, with basic statistics for each - including the number of threads and posts, and which member posted the most recent message.

How do I find my way around?

When you click on a forum's name, you are taken to the list of threads it contains. A thread is a conversation between members or guests. Each thread starts out as a single post and grows as more individual posts are added by different users. Threads can be rated (?) to show how useful or popular they are and may contain polls (?).

To start a new thread simply click on the + Post New Thread button (you may need the right permissions to do this).

Threads can be ordered in many different ways. The default is to have the thread with the most recent activity at the top. But you can easily change this ordering, for example to have the thread with the most posts at the top, or the highest rating. Simply click on the appropriate column heading at the top of the list of threads (Thread, Thread Starter, Rating, Last Post, Replies or Views). You can also reverse the sorting order by clicking the arrow next to the name of the active option. (Note that 'sticky' threads will always be at the top no matter how you change the viewing options).

Multi-page views

When there are more threads to display than will fit on a single page, you may see the 'Page' box, which contains page numbers. This indicates that the list of threads has been split over two or more pages.

This method of splitting lists of items over many pages is used throughout the board.

What are sticky threads?

'Sticky' threads are created by moderators or administrators (?), and remain 'stuck' to the top of the listing, even if they haven't had any posts recently. Their purpose is to keep important information visible and accessible at all times.

How do I read a thread?

To read a thread, click on its title. Each post in a thread is created by a member or a guest. You'll see some brief information about the member who created the thread above the main post message. In some cases it will be to the side of the post.

To post a reply to an existing thread, click on the + Reply to Thread button. If this button does not appear, it could mean that you are not logged in as a member, or that you do not have permission to reply, or that the thread has been closed to new replies.

If enabled, there will also be a 'Quick Reply' box where you can quickly enter a reply without having to go to the 'Post Reply' page. You may need to click the quick reply button Reply to this Message Reply in a post to activate the quick reply box before you can type into it.

On long threads you may want to change how the posts are ordered. For more on different ways to view and navigate threads, click (?).

Is there a faster way to get to forums?

If you know which forum you want to go to, you can use the 'Quick Navigation' control, which appears at the bottom of many pages within the board.

How do I find out more about members?

To view information about a particular member, click on the user name. This will take you to their public profile page (?).

What is the Navigation Bar?

The navigation bar at the top of every page has links to help you move around. A 'breadcrumb' area at the top left shows where you are now. A form on the right allows you to quickly login. With one click you can reach areas such as: the User Control Panel (?), FAQ (which you are reading now), the Calendar (?), Search options (?) and Quick Links (?) to other useful features.

What is the 'What's Going On?' box on the board home page?

On the board home page you'll see a section at the bottom that tells you what's going on at the moment. It tells you things like the number of registered users online, the number of guests, and even things like birthdays, and forthcoming events.

Can I change the way the board looks?

You may be able to change the styling of the board by using the style changer in the bottom left of the page. This lets you choose different skins which change the color scheme and appearance of the board. If this option does not appear, the board cannot be restyled.

Registration

The administrator will probably require you to register in order to use all the features of the forum. Being registered gives you an identity on the board, a fixed username on all messages you post and an online public profile.

Registration is free (unless otherwise specified), and offers an extended range of features, including:

  • Posting new threads
  • Replying to other peoples' threads
  • Editing your posts
  • Receiving email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Sending private messages to other members
  • Creating albums of photos and comment on others' photos
  • Adding events to the forum calendar
  • Setting up a 'contact list' to quickly see which of your friends are online.

How do I register?

You register by clicking on the 'Register' link near the top of the page. You will be asked to choose a user name, password and enter a valid email address. In addition there will be some other fields to which you will be invited to respond. Some will be mandatory while others are optional. Once this is complete you will either be fully registered, or in some cases you may have to click on a link in an 'activation email' sent to your email address. Once you have done this you will be registered.

Note that entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide it from other board users. You'll probably be able to allow other registered users to contact you via email, but the system won't display your email address to them unless you give permission.

If you are under the age of 13, the administrator may require that a parent or guardian provide consent before allowing you to complete the registration process. More information about this is available during the registration process.

Searching Forums and Threads

How do I search for something?

To quickly find a thread or post of interest anywhere on the bulletin board, click on the 'Search' link in the navigation bar at the top of most forum pages. Then, type in the keyword or phrase you wish to search for, and select either 'Show Threads' or 'Show Posts' to view the results. By selecting posts, you will be shown only the actual post in which the search word appears.

For more control over the search, select 'Advanced Search' from the drop-down box. The advanced search page allows you to restrict your search to individual forums, find posts or threads by user, or return results based on tags (?). There are also options to find posts from a certain date, or threads with a certain number of replies.

How do I search a specific forum or thread?

If you are browsing a forum, you can quickly search for a thread or post within it by clicking on the 'Search this forum' link near the top of the page (it's above the list of threads). You can also search for individual posts within a thread by clicking on the 'Search this Thread' link at the top of any thread view page.

Announcements

What are announcements?

Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are a simple one-way communication with the users and you can't reply. If you wish to discuss announcements, you will have to create a new thread in the forum.

Announcement threads are displayed at the top of forum listing pages, above regular and sticky threads.

Thread Display Options

Can I change the order of posts?

You have a choice over how you view threads. When you're in a thread, look at the top bar. On the right hand side you'll see 'Display Mode'. Click on this and it lets you change how posts are ordered.

You have three choices:

Linear Mode - posts are displayed chronologically, usually from oldest to newest. Posts are shown in a flat mode so that many posts can be viewed simultaneously. It is possible to change the ordering by changing your preferences in the User CP

Threaded Mode - a tree is shown along with every post. This shows you the relationship each post has to the others. It's easy to see who responded to whom. Only one post is shown at a time. By clicking on a single post in the post tree, the page will show that post and all posts made in response to it.

Hybrid Mode - This is a mixture of the linear and threaded modes. The post tree is displayed as in the threaded mode, but many posts are shown at the same time as in the linear modes.

Viewing New Posts or Today's Posts

How can I see the latest posts?

There are two ways to quickly view recently created or updated threads.

If you are not logged in, the 'today's posts' link will show a list of all threads that have been created or updated in the last 24 hours.

If you are logged in, the 'Today's Posts' link will change to 'New Posts', which gives you a listing of all threads that have been created or updated since your last visit.

The administrator can also set up the forums so that each thread you read is marked in the database. If this option is set, then new threads (or threads with new posts) will not be marked as read until you have actually read them.

There is a built-in time limit to this, however, that will automatically mark all threads as 'read' after a set number of day, whether you really have read them or not. The default setting is 10 days, but the administrator could make this higher or lower.

Rating Threads

What are ratings?

The forums allow you to rate threads between 1 star (terrible) and 5 stars (excellent). Once enough votes are cast for a thread, stars will appear next to its name in the listings. These show the average vote, and can be an easy way to see which threads are worth reading if you are on a busy forum.

On the forum viewing page you can also arrange threads by rating, with either the highest or lowest at the top.

It therefore makes sense to rate threads because it helps all users. To do this, click on the 'rate thread' link at the top of the thread viewing page. Choose the number of stars you feel best represents the quality of the thread. You may or may not be able to change your choice of rating at a later date.

Thread Tools

What are thread tools?

At the top of each thread, there is a link called 'Thread Tools'. By clicking on this link, a menu will appear with a number of options:

  • Show Printable Version - this will show you a page with the thread post content in a reduced graphics format that is more 'printer friendly'.
  • Email this Page - if you think the thread may be interesting to someone else, you can forward a link to it to their email address.
  • Subscribe (or Unsubscribe) from this Thread - by subscribing to a thread, you will receive periodic email updates on recent activity within it. Click here for more information on subscriptions.
  • Adding a Poll - if you started the thread, you can add a poll to it with this option. Click here for more information on polls.

Tags

What are tags?

Tags are a useful way to search for threads with similar subject matter and content. This complements the normal search system, which searches only for certain words or phrases and/or posts by specific users.

To use tags, you add words or phrases to threads to help describe the content. For instance, if the subject matter is 'photography' then you can add the tag 'photography' to the tag list. But you could also add tags like 'digital image', and 'camera' (depending, of course, on the nature of the thread).

This will categorize this thread with all other threads that have matching tags, whether or not they have the word 'photography' in them.

Who adds the tags?

Tags are initially added to threads by the user who started the thread. Other users may also be able to add and remove tags.

How do I use tags?

Tags are displayed in a box near the bottom of a thread page. Clicking on a tag will allow you to view other threads that have the same tag - and which may be related. Clicking on the word 'Tags' in the top of the box will take you to an overview page with a 'tag cloud.'

This cloud allows you to see which tags are the most popular - the larger the word, the more times it has been used on threads within the board. There is also another tag cloud on the advanced search page that shows you the tags that have been searched for (or clicked on) the most.

Cookies

What is 'Automatic Login'?

When you register (and also when you login using the form at the top of the screen), you will be given the option to 'Remember Me'. This will store your identity securely in a cookie on your computer. If you are using a shared computer, such as in a library, school or internet cafe, or if you have reason to not trust any other users that might use this computer, we recommend you do not enable this.

How do I clear cookies?

You can clear all your cookies set by the forum by clicking the 'logout' link at the top of the page. In some cases, if you return to the main index page via the link provided and you are still logged in, you may have to remove your cookies manually.

In Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP: Click the 'Tools' menu. Select 'Internet Options' from the menu that appears. Click 'Delete Cookies' on the dialog box that appears. It will be in the center area of the 'General' tab.

In Internet Explorer 7: Click the 'Tools' menu. Select 'Internet Options' from the menu that appears. Click 'Delete...', beneath 'Browsing History' on the dialog box that appears. It will be in the center area of the 'General' tab. Click 'Delete cookies...' on the next dialog box that appears.

In Firefox: Click the 'Tools' menu. Select 'Options' from the menu that appears. From the dialog box, select 'Privacy' on the left. Find 'Cookies' on the main pane, and click the 'Clear' button adjacent to it.

In Safari: Go to Preferences, Security, then show Cookies and either select 'Remove all' or select individual cookies and then the 'Delete' button.

In Opera: Go to Tools, Preferences, Advanced, Cookies, Manage cookies then select the name of this site and click the 'Delete' button.

Your cookies should now be removed. You may want to restart the computer and revisit the forums to be sure.

Other browsers may have a different method of clearing cookies. Refer to the documentation for your own browser if you are unsure.

Lost Passwords

I forgot my password. What can I do?

If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Forgotten Your Password' link. This will appear on any page that requires you to fill in your password.

This link brings up a page where you should enter your registered email address. An email will be sent to that address shortly, with instructions for resetting your password.

Since passwords are encrypted, there is no way to resend your original password. This option provides you with the ability to reset your password.

You must be able to receive emails to your registered email address for this to work. You may need to check your spam filters and folder if you do not see this email in a few minutes.

You will see a 'Calendar' link near the top of the forums (if this option is enabled by the administrator). By default, the forums will have one Calendar that can be viewed and used by all members.

Members can add upcoming skirmishes or N-SSA official events. You can also sign up to get email alerts about upcoming events. All events that are added must be approved by an admin or moderator.

How do I add an event to the Calendar?

If you have the appropriate permissions, there will be a box on the Calendar labelled 'Add New Event'.

There are three types of event that can be added to a calendar:

  • Single, All Day Event - an event that takes place for the whole of a day.
  • Ranged Event - events that have a defined start time and end time, not necessarily both on the same day.
  • Recurring Event - repeat over a set period of time based on certain criteria. Examples would be an event that occurs on the first Monday of every month and an event that occurs every Monday and Wednesday.

Just choose the appropriate option for the event you are adding, fill in the required information, then save the event. It will now appear on the Calendar.

Be sure to select the region and skirmish location when you post your event.

Where do birthdays show?

Birthdays may be shown on the calendar if the administrator has enabled this feature. Your birthday will automatically be shown on the calendar if you have entered the date of your birthday in your profile. Note: if you do not enter the year of your birth when you edit your profile, your age will not be shown on the calendar.

If you enter your birthday, your name will also appear on the main forum page when it is your birthday.

Members List

What is the Members List?

The members list shows the registered members of the board. Providing the administrator allows this, you can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date they joined, by the number of posts they have made or by reputation (?).

To view the members list, click on 'Member List' on main navigation bar at the top of the page.

To quickly find a particular member, click on the 'Search Members' link and type a username (or partial username) into the box. For further search options - including searching based on join date, post count or home page - click on 'Advanced Search' on the search menu.

Are all members listed?

Some members may not be on the list. The administrator has options over who is shown on the list. They may, for example, omit members who have not made many posts or who belong to certain user groups.

Your Notifications

What are Your Notifications?

When you have logged into the board, a link to 'Your Notifications' may be displayed in the 'Welcome' box near the top of the forum. 'Your Notifications' will show if you have any one of the following:

  • Unread Private Messages (?)
  • Unread Profile Visitor Messages (?)
  • Profile Visitor Messages Awaiting Approval
  • Incoming Friend Requests (?)
  • Requests to Join Your Groups (?)
  • Invitations to Join Groups
  • Unread Photo Comments (?)
  • Photo Comments Awaiting Approval

By clicking on the 'Your Notifications' link, you will be able to quickly see how many of each type you have received. Clicking on any of the links in the menu will take you to the relevant page within the User Control Panel or elsewhere in the system.

If there are no notifications, then this link will be replaced by a link to 'Private Messages' (?).

Quick Links

What is the Quick Links menu?

The navigation bar at the top of each page has several helpful links. One of them is a dropdown menu called Quick Links. (It appears only to registered members who are logged in). Clicking it once with the mouse will make it drop down and show the following options:

  • Quick Links
    • Today's Posts (shows posts created in the past 24 hours)
    • Mark Forums Read (marks all the threads and posts as read for your session - this is a shortcut alternative to actually reading the threads and posts)
    • Open Contacts Popup (opens a new window with a list of all your contacts)
  • Networking
    • Friends and Contacts (a page from where you can manage your network)
    • Groups (where you can manage your Groups)
    • Photos and Albums (where you can manage your photos and albums)
  • User Control Panel (clicking this takes you to your personal user control panel)
    • Edit Signature (edit your personal signature that appears below posts)
    • Edit Your Details (edit your personal profile details)
    • Edit Options (manage your community settings)
  • Miscellaneous
    • Private Messages (manage your private messages, read your inbox, create new messages, etc)
    • Subscribed Threads (get an overview of your free subscriptions and options to manage them)
    • Your Profile (loads your social profile)
    • Who's Online (see which users who are currently online on the board and what they are doing)

Contacting other Members

Can I email other members?

Yes. To send an email to another member, you can either find them on the member list, or choose the Send EmailSend Email option from the username menu in any post they have written.

This will usually open a page that contains a form where you can enter your message. When you have finished typing your message, press the 'send email' button and your message will be sent instantly.

Can I see email addresses?

For privacy reasons, the recipient's email address is not revealed to you during this process.

Why can't I send an email to someone?

If you cannot find an email button or link for a member, it means either that the administrator has disabled email functions for this forum, or that the member has said that they do not wish to receive email from other members.

Can I email a link to a friend?

Another useful email function is the ability to send a friend a link to a thread you think they may find interesting. Whenever you view a thread, you will find a link somewhere on the page which will allow you to send a brief message to anyone you like. Your referrer ID is added to the link you send, so if your friend registers on this forum as a result of viewing the link you sent to them, your referrals total will automatically be credited.

What is private messaging?

Registered members may also be able to send messages to other members of this forum using the private messaging system. For more information about private messaging, click here.

What are visitor messages?

Registered members may leave messages for other members on their profile page. These messages can generally be viewed by all visitors, including members, guests and search engine spiders. For more information on visitor messages, click here.

Dealing with Troublesome Users

Can I block posts, emails and messages from specific users?

If there are particular members that bother you and you do not want to see their posts or receive Private Messages and Emails from them, then you can add these members to your 'Ignore List'. There are several ways to do this:

Through your User Control Panel: User CP, Settings & Options, Edit Ignore List. Then, type their name into the empty text box and click 'Okay'.

What if I see something offensive?

You will find 'Report' links in many places throughout the board. These links allow you to alert the board staff to anything which you find to be offensive, objectionable or illegal.

RSS and Podcasting

Can I use RSS to keep up with new posts?

If the administrator has enabled RSS syndication, this lets you view newly created threads in guest-viewable forums without visiting the board.

The feeds are currently provided in two formats, RSS and RSS v2.

Most modern browsers have facilities for reading RSS feeds and will automatically detect the availability of feeds on bulletin board pages.

How do I listen to podcasts?

A podcast is a means of distributing audio files (such as .mp3s) over the internet. They can be played on a wide range of media players and computers. If the board administrator has enabled this function, then you may sometimes see links to podcasts within threads.

Podcasts contained within threads are only accessible using RSS feeds.

Search FAQ

Select this option if you would like your search to look in the text of FAQ items as well as their titles.

Select an option here to specify how you would like your search query to be treated. 'Any words' will return the most numerous but possibly least relevant results, while 'Complete phrase' will return only results that contain exactly what you are searching for.