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The How To List - Avatars, Signatures, Etc. - 29/9/2005 11:10:38 PM  1 votes
JV


Posts: 3512
Joined: 26/9/2005
From: two counties east of home
*Updated 5 June 2006*

Most asked questions:


How To Upload An Avatar (Little Picture Under Your Name)
 
1. Go to My Empire in the upper left hand corner.
2. Click My Details
3. Scroll down to the section called My Avatar
4.  You may upload directly from your PC or paste a URL from the web in the appropriate box.
5. Click Apply My Changes

Recommendations:  If you paste a URL for your av, it is suggested you save it to a site such as www.imageshack.us first and then use the URL given there.

Avatars should not exceed 150K.  To check, right click on the image once loaded to a host site (like imageshack) and click properties.  It will list the total size.  If it is a animated avatar, it must play through its cycle completely one time before the size will show in properties.  Otherwise, the size will show up as Not Available.

Note:  There is not a certain number of posts required to have an avatar.  If you have problems, PM a moderator for help.



How Do I Add A Signature To My Posts?
 
Go to My Empire in the upper right corner.
There you will find the My Details tab.
Scroll down to Signature.
Enter in what you would like to have.
Click Apply Changes.



What am I allowed to have in my signature?
 
Basically, images are banned from sigs. Users are allowed smilies, but they should be the same size as those available on the "Make a new post" screen. Long drawn out quotations from Apocalypse Now are allowed, though very boring, so I personally advise against...

Note:  Smilies in sigs are allowed if they are no larger than 5K and if they are comparable in visual size to post smilies used on the forum.



How Do I Change My Title? (The words under your username that shows for each post, ie Newbie, Ninja-In-Training, etc.)

PM a moderator or GO_HERE to the Title Changes thread.  Post what you want your title to be and a mod will change it.



How Can I Make URLs In My Posts Show Up As A Phrase/Word Instead Of A Web Address?
 
To have it say Click_here or something similar instead of http://www.empireonline.co.uk/forum/tm.asp?m=1618), do the following: 
 
Place the URL in your post by pasting the URL or by using the Insert Link button in the Reply To Message Window

Highlight the URL and type what you want it to say. 

Note: It will not show up as underlined blue like most links.  If you want to emphasis that it is a link, you can make it bold and change the color to blue for example. 

If you prefer to use code for URLs or to post image links, then see below:


Posting images and links in posts and in signatures
Jackie posted this useful info in another thread:

Link codes are:

To have a link show up as text do this: [ url=http://_________ ]YOUR LINK HERE[ /url ]

And image codes are: [ image ]YOUR IMAGE HERE[ /image ]

To get an image to link, put the two together comme ca:
[ url=http://____________][ image]YOUR IMAGE[ /image][ /url ]

To have a link show up in color in your sig, this is the code:  [ url=http://www.websitelink.com][ color=blue]LINK WORDING HERE[ /color][ /url]   Where it says color, put blue, green, red, etc for the color you want.

To get the tags to show up I've had to include spaces, so just remove these. Helpful?


General Help Topics:
  1. To view your PMs, CREATE A BLOG, edit your profile, preferences, etc etc.... Click on the MY EMPIRE button in the top lefthand corner. This is where you add your avatar, change your signature.
  2. You can also access your PMs from the Inbox button on the toolbar when you are viewing the forums.
  3. The default setting for threads is tree styleeee. If you want flat, you will need to change it through the My Empire function.
  4. Certain forums will allow you to reply onlyYou cannot start new threads in this area.
  5. If you are viewing a thread that is longer than 5 pages and want to hop straight to the last page... You will see the page numbers at the top/bottom righthand corner of the thread, numbered 1-5. After that there is a ">" to move to the next page. Next to that there is ">>" which, if you click on it, will take you to the last page.
  6. For the search function, click on the "Search" button on the toolbar at the top. You might need to scroll along a little. I have had a look and it appears to do everything the old search facility did - you can search all forums, just the one, yada yada yada.  
  7. Although you can see your name in your profile, no one else can.
  8. If you are getting posts e-mailed to you, you will need to go into My Empire and tick the box to unsubscribe from that facility.
  9. If you want to remove the option for other users to e-mail you, go into My Empire. There will be a list of options such as, "allow PMs from other users", "allow other users to e-mail you"... Just tick the relevant box.


General Questions (non technical):
 
Who are moderators and what do they do?

Moderators are selected by the current moderator team to assist in keeping peace on the forums, moving threads and doing other needed maintenance.  They are not paid for their services and new moderators are added only on an as needed basis.

A complete list of moderators may be found by clicking Moderators under each forum heading or by clicking HERE.

Moderators can assist with forum questions and issues.

This will be updated as and when we think of more stuff to add to it!

< Message edited by lulu karma -- 5/6/2006 4:58:16 PM >


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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 12:33:55 PM   
HIM


Posts: 9734
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Star Trekkin', across the universe
How do you change your sig and avatar young man?

< Message edited by HIM -- 30/9/2005 6:18:04 PM >

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 12:38:38 PM   
Hobbitonlass

 

Posts: 11919
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Westeros
quote:

ORIGINAL: JV

These will appear as & when we find them!
  1. To view your PMs, edit your preferences, etc etc.... Click on the MY EMPIRE button in the top lefthand corner.

To change your avatar and sig follow the above

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 12:38:53 PM   
Pinkvelvet

 

Posts: 440
Joined: 30/9/2005
Exactly what I was wondering

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 12:46:04 PM   
Hobbitonlass

 

Posts: 11919
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Westeros
See above

Oooh, can't get the smileys to work, they were working a minute ago......

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:01:41 PM   
Satine


Posts: 621
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Somwhere they won't find me
Are we really only allowed 50KB avatars?!?!?

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:06:28 PM   
OddCinema


Posts: 2591
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: 23 Meteor St.
Two thoughts:

i. Why is it Tahoma as I type, but appears as Arial when it's posted?

ii. How do I add a URL to the signature? I'm guessing it's simple...

(Edit: oh, and what are these stars all about, eh?)

< Message edited by OddCinema -- 30/9/2005 1:07:12 PM >

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:31:43 PM   
Pinkvelvet

 

Posts: 440
Joined: 30/9/2005
Can I have my Jayne's Hat tag back please?


Thank You

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:36:15 PM   
rikkie


Posts: 4662
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell
Is it possible to actually receive the text of replies in emails rather than just a link?  I'd find it frustrating otherwise as I like to read the posts in my inbox then only go to the site if I want to reply...

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:37:53 PM   
Semuc


Posts: 21
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: On the Road
How do I get the "add signature" box to be ticked as default. It's annoying having to retick it everytime i want to make a post! I'm sure it was on the old forum

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:40:49 PM   
daddy or chips


Posts: 986
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Dusk Till Dawn
Another query...every time I try and update something in my profile it seems to reset everything else eg. I go to update sig and have to re-enter url for my avatar plus other settings. Is there any way to keep all my settings without having to update them all the time??   

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:43:02 PM   
Pinkvelvet

 

Posts: 440
Joined: 30/9/2005
My signature refuses to add itself which is very frustrating!

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 1:46:18 PM   
daddy or chips


Posts: 986
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Dusk Till Dawn
quote:

ORIGINAL: Pinkvelvet

My signature refuses to add itself which is very frustrating!


Had that problem myself but it seems to have rectified itself...looks like you have to click add signature every time you post for it to appear..  

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 2:29:16 PM   
James2183


Posts: 10544
Joined: 30/9/2005
Do we still have to contact a moderator for them to change our user titles? 

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 2:31:34 PM   
Dick Jones


Posts: 1111
Joined: 26/9/2005
quote:

ORIGINAL: James2183

Do we still have to contact a moderator for them to change our user titles? 


Yeah. (I'm pretty sure this time).

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 2:31:42 PM   
boove


Posts: 1199
Joined: 30/9/2005
im either being REALLY thick (most likely) or really blind, but how do i give myself an avatar?


patronising instructions welcome

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 2:33:05 PM   
boove


Posts: 1199
Joined: 30/9/2005
for james


quote:

ORIGINAL: JV



  1. To have your title changed, you just need to PM a moderator, as you did with the previous forum. Bear in mind though that we are likely to be swamped with requests in the first few days!






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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 2:52:19 PM   
boove


Posts: 1199
Joined: 30/9/2005
im such a spastic!


found it now


it does seem to have stretched the image a bit though...

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 4:33:14 PM   
Juror Number 8


Posts: 79
Joined: 30/9/2005
For the paranoid among us, is there a facility to search the messageboard for a word like there was in the last one? Just makes it easier to keep my little black grudge book up to date if I can see at a glance who's been talking about me.

Or not.

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 5:09:14 PM   
jonson


Posts: 9150
Joined: 30/9/2005
Where's In The News?
I hope to God it's not been replaced by the silly Red Crapet thread.

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 5:16:08 PM   
lulu karma


Posts: 6328
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: on the east coast of the US
Dude, where's my car?


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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 5:18:12 PM   
Castor Troy


Posts: 7076
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Rocky's graveside
There is a forum in the special forums which has links to the stories Empire posts. Anything else goes in the red carpet one or musings I guess.

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 5:52:11 PM   
Barry


Posts: 56
Joined: 30/9/2005
This is soooo brilliant! Thanks Empire! I have got to use my real name too!!! Wow!

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 6:02:21 PM   
Domilly


Posts: 395
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Bamboo Valley
Is it possible to change you location?!

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 6:32:52 PM   
lulu karma


Posts: 6328
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: on the east coast of the US
quote:

ORIGINAL: Domilly

Is it possible to change you location?!


Yes, please.  I see Clownfoot has figured it out.  If anyone knows how to do it, could you post it here?  I've been playing with it all morning and it won't obey me.

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This is the captain speaking. It appears we are going down. Now may be the time to reflect upon your life and pray to whatever deity you believe in. We know you have your choice of airlines and apparently you made the wrong one.

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 8:17:47 PM   
Art Vandelay


Posts: 2232
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Upton Park
Erm, is it now possible for everyone to change the text below their Username (they may be called 'Tags')?

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 10:50:56 PM   
JV


Posts: 3512
Joined: 26/9/2005
From: two counties east of home
quote:

ORIGINAL: HIM

How do you change your sig and avatar young man?


Firstly, I'm not a young man! Secondly, it's all in the first post.


quote:

ORIGINAL: Art Vandelay

Erm, is it now possible for everyone to change the text below their Username (they may be called 'Tags')?


They're called titles, see the first post in this thread. If you want yours changed, PM a mod.

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 10:59:12 PM   
JV


Posts: 3512
Joined: 26/9/2005
From: two counties east of home
quote:

ORIGINAL: lulu karma

quote:

ORIGINAL: Domilly

Is it possible to change you location?!


Yes, please.  I see Clownfoot has figured it out.  If anyone knows how to do it, could you post it here?  I've been playing with it all morning and it won't obey me.


I have no idea! I'll ask him about it though. I've had a good rummage and I just can't find it.

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 11:43:23 PM   
Roxanne


Posts: 176
Joined: 30/9/2005
Okay, I'm proably being just technologically illiterate as per usual, but I have some queries:

1). Apparently we can change our profile by clicking onto My Empire, but once in there I can't see how to actually change anything. Why am I the only one who doesn't know what to do?! *sobs*

2). What are 'moderator tickets'?

3). What are 'blogs'?

Any replies appreciated (okay, that sounds rather desperate).

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RE: Top tips for the new forum - 30/9/2005 11:47:36 PM   
Felix

 

Posts: 15692
Joined: 29/9/2005
From: Brighton
With regards to location, it would appear to have disappear. We used  to be able to access MyProfile from the menu with Forums, Register etc on it but the IT bods changed it to MyEmpire at the top. The Location, the tick box for automatically attaching sigs and a few other other options seem to have disappeared in the changeover.

Roxanne, click on MyEmpire and then its MyDetails and MyPreferences.

I dont actually know what Moderator Tickets are. We havent had that lesson yet...

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