It's been requested to have a technical thread to help people navigate the basics of posting on this forum. The main USA Help section also has some helpful basics, but this thread will go into much more detail. It's all about the technical how-tos here, so for Burn Notice show-related questions, please see the Cliff Notes Thread where you will find an easy-to-read list of the most popular/most common threads. Huge thanks to Philippa for her work on the Cliff Notes & for getting this Technical thread going.
This first post will list all the main FAQs & will continually be updated as needed or requested.
Please let me know if there is any thing else you'd like to see covered here. Feel free to send me pm or post your question on this thread, as there are lots of very technical savvy people on this forum who are always glad to help. Also, suggestions on how to improve these answers/directions are always welcome – if anything isn't clear, please let me know & I can edit it. Anyone wanting to help contribute answers please do via pm or a post. I've already borrowed some how-tos/questions from the Cliff notes thread so apologizes for any mis-typings.
A Huge thanks to everyone for your input & tips, including (but not limited to) : PhilippaConnors, FiRocks, GetBurned, Curator, GolferGal, JennaV, LGia, kusa23, vestokes, Karendipitee, krocla, mrohr, Saqqara, Spider5 and anyone else who has sent me suggestions or posted tips!
(this is a work in progress, so please be patient with typos, broken links, formatting, etc. Please pm me if a link is broken)
Note: Due to recent forum upgrades, some of the photos/instructions below will be slightly different, I'll try to update them when I have time.
FORUM UPDATE Nov. 2012:
As you may know, the USA Network forums were hacked on Nov. 4th & went down until Nov. 21st. In fact, all the NBC Universal forums went down: Syfy, Bravo, NBC, etc. (NBC Universal is the parent company of the USA Network) so it was system-wide, not just ours.
Some of you may remember from the forum upgrade a few years ago, that all the NBC Universal forums were merged together into one main system. They did testing before the forums went back up this week to make sure this doesn't happen again, so hopefully this will be the last the time the forum is down this long.
As basic internet safety, since it's possible the hacker may have gotten member emails & passwords, IF you use the SAME password here on the forum as you use for a password for your personal email account associated with this forum, then you should change your email password to be safe.
You'll also notice the forum has a slightly new look. If you have any questions about how to find or do anything, please send a PM to a moderator, like myself. If you are still having login problems, you can contact me via Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatashaBN
And if you are having login problems, it's always a good idea to clear your cookies, or at least clear the USA Network ones, and restart your browser & log in again.
***Update: Forum is being wonky, so if you get a blank page or an odd page about IPs, just give it 2-10mins, restart your browser or clear your browser cookies (do a google search on how to clear cookies for your browser Firefox, IE, etc) & you should get back on.
Here are some quick updates on new features/how-tos from the Nov.2012 Upgrade:
A. To insert a spoiler, in your post, click on the "Special BBC Code" box (next to font) & select Spoiler, then enter your text you want hidden in spoiler tags.
B. To do the "jump to page number" function, you have click on the bottom or top left part of the thread where it says: "Page 1 of 1699" like on the "Gues the Quote" thread and a little dropdown box will pop up, then you can enter the page # you want to jump to.
C. The search box at the top right (to search a topic or forum) doesn't seem to be working quite yet - hopefully soon.
D. Inserting a text hyperlink
1. Copy the URL you will want to hyperlink eventually.
2. Write your post and then highlight the text you want to hyperlink.
3. Click on the hyperlink icon (the 2 chain links), which should bring up the dialog box.
4. Paste the URL into the URL box and click OK.
Karendipitee's example: Burn Notice homepage here
The minor change is that the dialog box no longer shows you which text you are linking. But if you highlighted it beforehand, that's what it will link. Hope that helps.
E. Tags: For those of you who may not have made a new topic yet, when you make a new Thread now, you can assign "tags" , which can be useful for finding threads on same tag topic (depending upon, of course, if someone went back & tagged all the past threads ever made - a moderator has this ability, but not the time, so if there are threads you'd like tagged, let us know which ones ).
For example, when JennaV makes the B-day threads, since we no longer have a subtitle line (where she usually puts the date of the bday), she now makes the date a "tag" instead. I've tagged this Tech thread & the "Forum is back up!" thread with the tags "Technical" - so if you click on that tag, all the threads about Technical issues come up.
Another example, if all Threads about Fiona were tagged "Fiona", and when you click on that tag, it would pull up all threads that are tagged that.
If you want to add tags after you've made your Thread, click "Use Full Editor" & add tags there (Select a maximum of 10 tags).
F. New Update: Autosaving posts!
We now have an "Autosave" feature - hooray!!!
How Autosave works:
1. Type your post for at least 1min & 45 seconds (almost 2 mins) (I think 30secs is the norm for other forums, but I guess ours is special ) This is probably most handy for when you are writing lengthy posts & don't want to lose all you wrote.
2. You'll see this show up automatically at the bottom left under the post box: "Last auto saved: 23:42:31" (or whatever time it is). If you click on that, a box pops up to explain: About Saved Content: As you type, the text editor content is automatically saved so that if you had to reload this page you can restore what you've written so far.
3. If you leave the page (either get disconnected or click a link leaving the page), return to the thread page you were replying on.
4. Pretend to start typing a reply again, and in the bottom left corner, Click on “View Auto Saved Content (Today, 11:44pm)” (or whatever time it is).
5. A box pops up that says: Saved Content: and has your text in it. Hit the “Restore Content” button & it’s back in the post!
I tested it a bit, and it seems to work for me in all these situations:
a. I typed up a post (did not submit) then disconnected my internet, got a blank page, hit the back button & my text was still there in the post (in lain form, not formatted, until I toggled the edit mode & put it back to rich text). & it also worked when I disconnected internet & restarted browser - was able to restore my text (clicking on View Saved Content, then hitting Restore Content).
b. I typed up a post (did not submit) then click away from it, back to the main forum page. Then I clicked back on the thread, and went to type new post & was able to restore my text (clicking on View Saved Content, then hitting Restore Content)..
c. I went to 2 different threads, started typing up posts in each (did not sumbit), clicked away on other threads, then came back to those threads & each thread had saved the text I wrote up, so I was able to restore both posts for the 2 different threads I was on.
I wonder how long it keeps your content saved in a thread - I'll find out tomorrow or in a few days when I test it again.
G. Quick Messaging: When you hover your mouse over someone's name in a thread (above their avatar) a little box pops up & you can click "Send message" which is a quick way to send someone a message.
I also recommend going to your Settings (click on your name in top corner of forum), in Notification Options, and check-marking this option: Show inline pop-up when I have new personal messages (latest will be shown). (This is handy for when you are online on the forum & the message pops up instantly). Otherwise, you'll just see it the normal way - the little envelope icon at the top next to your name will have a little "1" on it, to let you know you have a message.
H. Word format to Posts: Another fun fact from phillesfan: When you copy a post from a .doc file, the formatting & spacing transfers perfectly (in the past, everything had to be formatted again when pasted here).
I. Copying a Post Link: We used to be able to click on the Post# in the top left corner of a post & the link to it would pop up (so you could copy it). That doesn't seem to happen anymore, so instead, to copy a post link, do this: Right click on the post# & then select 'Copy Link Location' from the menu (if you don't have a mouse, you can hold down the control button & click on the post# to get the option to 'Copy Link Location').
J. DOB: For those few of you in the past who weren't able to change your Date of Birth on your profile, you should be able to do it now. Go to your Settings (click on your name in top corner of forum), Profile Settings, Birthday: And you can either choose dashes (-- -- --) to hide the date, or enter the date you want. If the date change doesn't seem to stick for you, let me know.
K. Photo re-sizing: Oh, and for those of you who post pics in your posts, you can click on the photos & little handles will show up in the corners & you can click on those to resize the photo. I've tried it, but the resizing doesn't actually stick - my pictures pop back to their orig sizes, so I'm not sure what's up with that.
TECH THREAD UPDATE **PLEASE NOTE**NEW FORUM LOOK/UPGRADE AS OF MAY 18th 2010**
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Other issues, such as the "blank page" problem, are currently being worked on.
The only other updates from Admin are that we have so far are that this was a NBC Universal upgrade that they are going to be doing to all their network/show forums NBC-wide, so they are still working out the bugs.
And a few new forum tips: - There are some new settings for signatures and avatars. Signatures are limited to 2 images with a maximum size of 700x250 each. Avatars can be up to 100x100 pixels with a file size limit of 50KB.
- There's also a personal photo option now, which is the image that appears near the top where it says "Signed in as [name]". For some reason this is separate from your avatar, though these can be up to 200x200.
- The number of posts required for a custom title is now 1,000 instead of 10,000. (This is the name title under your avatar; if you have over 1,000 posts you can custom it by going to your Profile & edit profile, in profile info-member title. For example, you can see under my avatar I put my title as Secret Agent)
- And there should also by a higher saved PM limit (300) and a "fast reply" at the bottom of every thread.
-To make SPOILER TEXT: Edit your post (hit 'edit' at bottom of post and for 'spoiler' option: you need to click on the turquoise/green box icon near the top Left that says "Special BBC code" & when the pop-up box opens, select "Spoiler" & then 'enter the text to be masked'.
AND NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED TECH THREAD:
How do I post a reply in a thread?
At the very bottom of the thread, Simply click in the white box that says "Reply to this post" & hit submit when ready to post it.
How do I post a new topic?
At the very bottom of the forum is the "Start New Topic" button – if you want to start a brand new thread this is the button to use. It would be helpful if you first please make sure there isn't already a thread on the topic, this helps keep the forum less cluttered – please see the Cliff Notes for the most common threads/questions on the forum, thanks. Over the past seasons the show has been on we have covered many many topics, and we'd love to have you contribute your thoughts on them. We already have threads for all BN-related press, episode discussion threads, music/song discussions, clothes, cars, etc. etc. You can always do a Search (see "Searching the Forum" section below) to double check to see if you topic is already here.
If you do post a new Topic, you will have to put in a "Topic Title". It's very helpful when posting a "Topic Title" to be as specific as possible. For instance, just putting "Season 2" as the title is too generic & broad -- it would be better to put "Season 2 - viewing episodes online?" or "Favorite Season 2 villains". By the way, there is already a thread about Where to View episodes online here & also the Streaming Online Summer 2009 schedule here, so please don't start a new thread about it - just add a reply to the one already created.
If you are posting a new topic about news you found about Burn Notice or cast members, it would be great if you could post either in the Spoiler Thread or in the threads already created for BN news/press, seen here in the Cliff notes thread. Anything spoiler-related should always be put in the Spoiler thread or enclosed in "spoiler" tags to "hide it" so everyone is aware it is a spoiler. See the How do I insert a quote/photo/link/spoiler? section below.
Note: When you see text in someone's post saying you can read the link here (underlined & usually in blue) you can click on that underlined word, and it will take you to the link/thread they are talking about.
Oops, you made a mistake - how to fix it?
Make sure you are logged in. Hit Edit (on the bottom of our post) & from there you can also hit "Use Full editor" fix it & hit "Save Changes". This also works if you started a thread & you want to edit the thread title. At the bottom of your post, you will now also see in tiny writing: This post has been edited by (your username) NatashaFatale: Today, 08:31 PM
Can i delete a post that i have made in the forum ?
When you are logged in, at the bottom of your post will be a "Delete" button along the bottom right, along with Edit, Quote, Reply buttons. Hit "Delete". Then a little box will come up and ask if you are sure. If you are having trouble deleting your post, you can ask one of the moderators to help you.
I posted a new thread -why has my post suddenly disappeared?
So you've posted you new thread post, and you see it on the forum - and then later see it's gone? Most likely Admin moved it, or merged it, into another thread where its topic belongs. Check your private messages to see if you got a pm about it. Only Admin/mods can merge posts. For instance if you made a new thread about Madeline's smoking, most likely it was merged into the Definitive "Smoking in BN" Thread that already exists. This helps keep the forum uncluttered & easier to navigate. It's nothing personal at all - it's just a way to keep the forum organized since we have thousands of posts. Your post was simply added to the end of that thread, so it's still there & people can see it & reply to it, per normal.
If you still can't find where it is located, you can find where your post is by going to the drop down menu above your Avatar - click on your username & drop down menu will allow you to choose "View member profile", and there under "Profile Options" select "Find member's posts" & it will list the posts you've made. If it's still not showing up, perhaps it didn't get posted after all -- sometimes the forum kicks you back to the main page instead of posting your post (for some odd reason) see section at end about: if you get "kicked out/off" the forum.
How do you quote someone, so it shows up in your post?
At the bottom of that person's post, you will see the "Quote" and "Multiquote" buttons. Hit the "Quote" button that is in 'their post', and their post will show up in your text box in it's own little quote box. Now type your own text, preview it, & if you are happy with it then "Submit". You usually do this if you want to reply to something they said or a question they had, or if you just thought they were really cool. Remember it's not always necessary to re-quote someone's entire post just to reply to a thread.
Quoting excerpts of a post
As for quoting only a part of a post - click "reply" on the post you wish to quote, and then keep only the part you wish to keep by editing the post. You can use ellipses (...) to indicate that it's only a portion of a person's post. In other words you don't want to change the wording or meaning of another member's post, merely excerpt it.
Quoting multiple posts - How do you quote part of a post or multiple posts from one thread, or from one thread into another thread?
You can click on the "Multiquote" button on each person's post you want to quote, while all in the same thread.
A little black tally box will pop up near the bottom that says "Reply to 2 posts" (or however many posts you quote), click on it. You'll see their posts in quotes show up in your reply box, & then you type up your reply, hit Submit.
However, what if there are two posts that you wish to excerpt but they're on different pages? It works the same exact way as above.
We use the words Forum & Message Board interchangeably when we talk about this forum.
Within the Forum you will find Threads that have different topics that discuss, well, topics.
Within Threads you will find Posts which members make in reply to that topic.
When you type up a message & you hit "Reply" you are making a post.
Within the Forum: The most recent Threads are at the top of page one, just under the Pinned Threads.
Pinned Threads: At the top of the BN Forum are pinned threads that Amin deems most important. Only Admin can put them there (or they will put them there by kind request if you ask them). These are usually posts from USA Admin, or Threads that keep the forum organized, like the Cliff Notes thread that lists the most popular threads in handy lists.
Within Threads: As you read a thread, the original (start) post is 1st is at the top of that thread's Page 1. Additional posts come after it. So you'll find the most recent posts at the end of the thread. Some threads are many pages, so just click on the last page to read the most recent posts.
To read the most recent post in a THREAD, click on the Last Page, or click on "Last Post by":
When you are reading a thread and you get to the bottom of the first page, to see the next page, click on next page number at the bottom left. Where the arrow is in above picture.
On the right side of this picture you will see "Next Newest" - this takes you to the Next Newest Thread, an entirely different thread. If you click "Next Oldest" - this takes you to the Next Oldest Thread, an entirely different thread. To stay in the current thread you are reading, you need to hit the page numbers on the bottom left to see the next pages, don't use "Next Newest" or "Next Oldest."
To do the "jump to page number" function, you have click on the bottom or top left part of the thread where it says: "Page 1 of 1699" like on the "Gues the Quote" thread and a little dropdown box will pop up, then you can enter the page # you want to jump to.
To get back to the main forum page, at the top of your screen you will see "USA Network Forums - USA Network Originals - Burn Notice", so click on Burn Notice and you will be back at the main page of the forum.
Make sure you allow pop-ups for this site if you are having problems.
(check your browser settings to make sure you allow pop-ups from the USA network forums. For example, in Firefox, on the Firefox menu bar, select Preferences, select the Content panel, under Block Pop-Ups, you can add Exceptions, like the USA site.)
You can always use your browser's Back/Forward buttons to help you navigate.
How do I insert a quote/photo/link/spoiler?
When you create posts (or even pm's – private messages) there are two ways to insert a quote/photo/link:
This is the best way & easiest:
In your post you are typing, there is a button to insert each of these right above the area you are typing in. Hit the green/white button ("Insert Link", "Insert Image" or "Wrap in Quote Tags") you want, then insert (paste or type in) the link/text in the box that pops up. That's it!
Here are step-by-steps on buttons:
A.) Inserting Photos
1. Copy the DIRECT link of the photo from your photosharing site (Photobucket, et.), a direct link starts with "http://...... .jpg"
2. Come to your post on the forum & Hit the green/white button "Insert Image", then paste the link/text in the box that pops up.
3. Preview it to make sure it looks right. That's it!
Note: see section below on web etiquette & not hotlinking photos from someone else's site.
B.) Inserting Links (to photos, websites, news articles, etc)
1. Copy the DIRECT link of website, news article, or if it's a photo (uploaded to your photosharing site like Photobucket, etc.), a direct link starts with "http://www...... .jpg"
2. Come to your post on the forum & Hit the green/white button "Insert Link" (next to the emoticon yellow smiley), then paste the link/text in the box that pops up.
3. Then it will let you give it a name, for instance "Burn Notice"
From my sample, it will look like this posted & is clickable: Burn Notice
This will take people to the link directly when they click on it.
C.). Inserting Quotes
1. If you want to 'reply' to a quote that someone else posted on the forum, see the directions above on Quoting Posts.
2. If you just want to enclose something in quote tags in your post, then you just Hit the white quote button (looks like a quote bubble) to "Wrap in Quote Tags", then type in or paste the text you want quoted. That's it!
D.) Inserting Spoilers
1. Anything spoiler-related should always be put either in the Spoiler thread or enclosed in "spoiler" tags to "hide it" so everyone is aware it is a spoiler - this includes upcoming episode news & photos.
2. To make SPOILER TEXT: Edit your post (hit 'edit' at bottom of post and for 'spoiler' option: you need to click on the turquoise/green box icon near the top Left that says "Special BBC code" & when the pop-up box opens, select "Spoiler" & then 'enter the text to be masked'. It looks like this:
3. *Tip* You can enclose a spoiler photo within the Spoiler!
a.To insert a photo within the spoiler: First insert your photo url into your post using the "Insert Image" button (below "Fonts"), then highlight that, and click the Special BBC Code drop down menu (next to "Fonts") & choose Spoiler, a little box will pop up in your post that shows your photo url in the spoiler box, hit OK.
b. You can also do it by enclosing the photos in [ img] tags - Click "Insert Special Item", then "Spoiler", then in the text box type in [ img] [ /img] tags around the direct link to the photo, see section below about using Tags to insert photos/images. (but without the extra spaces before the 'img')
This is a more advanced/FYI (For Your Information) section on inserting photos/links/quotes/etc:
Instead of using the buttons, you can go the advanced way & type in your own tags (also known as BB code) at the front & end of each link. Each link needs a front [tag]and end[/tag]. The last tag has to have the backslash bar in it, which denotes the end.
(for demonstration purposes, inside the tags I have put an extra space before the first letter & before the backslash, don't put the spaces when you type it for real):
a. Quote tags typed out looks like: [ quote]paste their quote here[ /quote]
Looks like this posted:
QUOTE paste their quote here
b. Quoting someone's name with their quote typed out is: [ quote="Natasha"]Burn Notice Rocks![ /quote]
or it will look like this typed out: [ quote name='Natasha']Burn Notice Rocks![ /quote]
Looks like this posted:
QUOTE ("Natasha")Burn Notice Rocks!
c. Linking to a thread/site typed out is: [ url]http://www.usanetwor...ies/burnnotice/[ /url]
Looks like this posted & makes the link is clickable & takes the person to the site: http://www.usanetwor...ies/burnnotice/
d. Linking to a thread/site & you want just a name to show up (not the whole address) typed out looks like this:
[ url="http://www.usanetwor...rnnotice/"]Burn Notice[ /url]
Looks like this posted & is clickable: Burn Notice
Emoticons are those little smiley faces that you can add to your post, that look like this In the drop down menu you can see more to choose from, just click on the one you want & it will insert itself into your message. And you can also click "Show All" in the drop down box to see more emoticons. To make a smiley emoticon, just type a colon : with an 'end parentheses' ) right next to it. To make a winky emoticon , type a semicolon followed by an 'end parentheses' ). Note: If you have as many emoticons in your post, oh, say as I do in this one, you might get this message: You have posted a message with more emoticons that this board allows. Please reduce the number of emoticons you've added to the message
f. Inserting a spoiler typed out is this: [ spoiler]type your !!!!spoiler here[ /spoiler]
Anything spoiler-relatedshould always be put either in the Spoiler thread or enclosed in"spoiler" tags to "hide it" so everyone is aware it is aspoiler - this includes upcoming episode news & photos. To make SPOILER TEXT: Edit your post (hit 'edit' at bottom of post and for 'spoiler' option: you need to click on the turquoise/green box icon near the top Left that says "Special BBC code" & when the pop-up box opens, select "Spoiler" & then 'enter the text to be masked'.
It looks like this posted, and you click the 'show' box to read it:
*Tip* You canenclose a spoiler photo within the Spoiler
a.To insert a photo withinthe spoiler: First insert your photo url into your post using the "InsertImage" button (below "Fonts"), then highlight that, and clickthe Other Styles drop down menu (next to "Fonts") & chooseSpoiler, a little box will pop up in your post that shows your photo url in thespoiler box, hit OK.
b. You can also do it byenclosing the photos in [ img] tags - Click "Insert Special Item",then "Spoiler", then in the text box type in [ img] [ /img] tagsaround the direct link to the photo, see section below about using Tags to insertphotos/images. (but without the extra spaces before the 'img')
(again, remember fordemonstration purposes, inside the tags I have put an extra space before thefirst letter & before the backslash, don't put the spaces when you type itfor real)
g. Photo tags typed out looklike this: [ img]http://img528.images...vethiscolor.jpg[/img]
Looks like this when posted:
To insert a photo into your post or signature, you should have the photo uploaded on a photo sharing site like: Photobucket, Flickr, Imageshack, etc. Don't direct link pics from another site - that's called 'hotlinking' and other sites don't like that.
TECH THREAD CONTINUES BELOW... FOR THE REST OF THE TECH THREAD PLEASE SEE My post 5 posts below this one. With the new forum upgrade of May 2010 apparently you can't have as long of posts as I have!
Edited by NatashaFatale, 30 November 2012 - 01:25 AM.