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How to: the FAQ for everything after the basics (Youtube videos, quoting, thanks etc)

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    Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 21,731 mod Spear

    Note: due to the platform move, the info listed here it outdated, and in some parts quite explicitly wrong. It'll be updated over the coming few days.

    This is a guide to the most commonly used additions to your posts to help add content or other extra options. It covers:
    1. Problematic posts
    2. The use of BBcode tags
      • Embedding Youtube videos
      • Spoiler tags
      • Multi quoting
    3. Posting as a guest or anonymously
    4. Thread and post of the day
    5. Thanking a post
    6. Post count and restrictions
    7. Polls, After Hours restrictions, test posts
    8. Beyond the normal forums i.e. private and hosted
    9. Special case forums
    10. Other frequently asked questions
    11. Smilies

    If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to add them.

    Problematic posts
    If you believe a post warrants a mods attention, be it spam, abuse, off topic etc, then use the report post button present on every post. This will send an automated alert to every mod of the forum involved. Mods most likely won't provide any feedback to you as this would generate an undue workload, mods are unpaid volunteers after all. Mods may also not act immediately, they have their own lives to lead, jobs to work etc, so don't be impatient.

    BBCode: uses the standard BBCode common to all Vbulletin forums around the net. This allows you to add tags around text to manipulate them, i.e. put and tags around a picture link to make it display the image instead of the text.

    You can see the full list of BBCode options here:

    In the editor that's used when posting, you'll see various buttons to add the tags around the test for you, or you can add them manually.

    The simplest way is to simply press the Youtube button which will prompt you for the link.

    Or you can add the tags manually, wrapping the tags around the video link after v= .

    So [noparse]

    becomes [noparse]

    and produces:

    We can also expand on this, by adding the start time variable "t" or "start" in seconds or minutes ( e.g. t=30 or start=0m30s), to make the video start at a specific time.


    Due to a current technical limitation, you'll need the full URL to use the t/start starttime, not just the video ID.

    Spoiler tags

    It's possible to temporarily hide text in a spoiler tags to help avoid unintentionally revealing a plot/twist/ending of something.
    hidden text here

    Select the text with your mouse and you can read it.

    Spoiler: as you can see here


    With every post there'll also be a multiquote button, to the right of the normal quote button.


    You can select multiple posts in a thread, and when you press reply, it'll quote all of them at once, rather than the single post used by the normal quote button.


    The [noparse] and [/noparse] tags can be used to insert formatted tables into posts.




    Each entry is separated by a divider |, and a new line becomes a new line in the table.


    Posting as a guest or anonymously

    It's possible to post anonymously in the following list of forums:
    1. Adoption
    2. Bereavement
    3. Creative Writing
    4. Gift & Party Ideas
    5. Long Term Illness
    6. Parenting
    7. Personal Issues
    8. Relationship Issues
    9. State Benefits
    10. The Gentlemens Club
    11. The Ladies Lounge
    12. Work problems
    13. Oulwans 'n' Oulfallas
    14. LGBT
    15. Separation and Divorce
    16. Safety and Off-Season

    To do so, first log out of Go to the forum in question and press the new thread/post reply option. You'll be given prompts to follow. Please note that anon posts are pre-moderated and may not appear immediately.


    Thread of the day

    The Thread of the Day is chosen randomly from the new threads started on that day. You can find this thread via the dropdown menu (Talk To > > What's New > Thread of the Day) or by visiting

    Post of the day

    The Post of the Day is the post that received the most thanks that day. You'll also know if a post made Post of the Day as there'll be a thanks from an account named simply "". You can find this thread via the dropdown menu (Talk To > > What's New > Post of the Day) or by visiting


    Thanking a post

    To thank a post, to show your support/approval/gratitude etc, you can press the thanks button on the lower right of the post



    Post count
    In its simplest form, your post count is simply your number of posts, and each one increase the count by one. However not all forums count towards this, as a precaution to avoid people using those forums to artificially boost their post count. Examples are the Thunder Dome and the Cuckoos Nest.

    Post count based restrictions
    As an anti-spam measure, certain options are limited to a minimum number of posts,

    Signatures: 50
    Posting a link: 5 posts and signed up for 24 hours or more.

    Don't post rubbish or spam for the purpose of upping your post count to meet these conditions, your posts will be removed and your account probably banned. The same applies for appending a faked signature.

    Posts in these forums don't count towards your post count:
    1. Recycle Bin
    2. Prison
    3. Test
    4. Soccer Access Requests
    5. The Cuckoo's Nest
    6. The Thunderdome
    7. Puzzles & Quizzes
    8. Reported Posts
    9. FlirTar
    10. Creative Writing



    How can I add a poll to a thread?
    Once you've created a thread you can edit your post to add the poll options.

    Testing these out

    Where can I test these out?

    We have a test forum here:

    where you can experiment and try things out safely.

    Posting beyond the normal forums:

    Hosted forums:

    Hosted forums are otherwise separate forums given a home on the infrastructure. They have their own mods, called hosted moderators, separate from the normal moderators.

    You can see the list of them here:

    Private Forums:

    Private forums are just that: private. Access is purely at the discretion of the mods in question and can be removed or granted as and why they see fit.

    Special cases
    1. Prison
      Posting in prison is limited to those who are banned and to admins only.
    2. Helpdesk
      Anyone can start a thread and anyone can reply, but all replies are pre-moderated, so either the Helpdesk mods or admins can approve them.
    3. Soccer
      Soccer can be read by everyone, but permission to post is only granted on application. The rules and application forum are here:
    4. Sex and Sexuality
      Currently this is restricted to those who request access and mods only.
    5. Politics Café
      Politics Café 2.0 can be read by everyone, but permission to post is only granted on application. The application request thread and rules are here:
    6. Ranting & Raving
      Currently this is restricted to those who request access and mods only.

    Other frequently asked questions
    How do I unfollow/unsubscribe from a closed forum?
    To unsubscribe from a closed forum, enter in your address bar. You can remove a sub for any forum by swapping the number after f= for any other form ID number.

    How do I unsubscribe from email notifications about a thread?
    If you've changed your default e-mail notification, you will still have to retrospectively change your thread subscription in the User Control Panel.

    Why can't I see Private Messages that I've sent? Have they actually been sent?
    To enable the storage of Sent Private Messages, you'll need to enable it in your User Control Panel. Scroll down to where it says "Save a copy of sent messages in my Sent Items folder by default" (under Private Messaging) and ensure the checkbox is ticked. Please note that these count towards your stored messages limits, so you may need to delete Private Messages more frequently.

    How long do I have to edit / delete a post?
    The edit button will appear on your post for 48 hours after you submit it, during which time you can edit or delete the post. It will be recorded if you edited your post within this time. Outside of this, you will need to contact the mods, Admins, or the office ([email protected]) to have a post edited or deleted. Please bear in mind that they are under no obligation to do so.
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