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Last Updated: February 14, 2008
Table of Contents
A. Registration/Login
  • How do I register a new board account?
  • Why do I need to enter my email address?
  • What are the "Terms of Service"?
  • Where is my password at?
  • I keep getting "Invalid Password." when I try to log in, but I know my password is correct. Why am I getting this error?
  • I lost or forgot my password. What do I do now?
  • How do I logout?
  • Why can't I stay logged in?
B. Posting/Moderations
  • Why can't I post new topics or polls?
  • Someone told me I have a title. Where is it?
  • How do I use HTML in a post?
  • Why isn't my HTML appearing in my messages?
  • What does "Quote" do?
  • What does "Report" do?
  • What is a "banned word"?
  • What is a "censored word"?
  • What is a moderation?
  • When do my moderations go away?
  • How do I edit or delete a post?
  • What are smilies?
  • How do I add smilies to my posts?
  • When I tried to post, I got "An error has occurred." Why did this happen?
C. Profile Information
  • How do I edit my profile information?
  • How do I change my password?
  • How do I change my registration email address?
  • What is my stylesheet?
  • What are the different statuses?
  • What is my status determined by?
  • What is Karma and how do I get more?
  • What does "Close Account" do?
  • How do I become a Moderator?
  • What are the requirements for becoming a Moderator?
  • What is a "user map"?
  • Why was I banned/suspended?
  • What's the difference between a banning and a suspension?
D. Miscellaneous
  • Can I use the source code for the Silentum Boards v2.2 on my site?
  • What is my "Note Box" for?
  • How do I delete my notes?
  • How can I find a post I made a long time ago?
  • Which fonts are used on the boards?
  • Someone hacked my account and got me banned! What can I do?
  • I found an exploit in the board code. What do I do?
  • I received a weird error on one of the pages. What should I do?
  • I have a question about the message boards that isn't answered here, where do I go?
A. Registration/Login
  • How do I register a new board account?
    To register, click on the "Register" link at the top of the page. Once the registration page loads, fill out all the required information, then click the "Register" button at the bottom.

  • Why do I need to enter my email address?
    A valid email address is required for registration so that your randomly generated password can be sent to you. Your email address will never be given out to anyone and is hidden to users, by default.

  • What are the "Terms of Service"?
    The Terms of Service are the rules and regulations of the board. It's a good idea to read them before registering and posting so you know what is restricted on the boards.

  • Where is my password at?
    Your password is randomly generated and sent to the email address you entered at the time of registration. Before you register, you may have to change your mail options to allow "Bulk" or "Spam" emails. Sometimes the email may take up to 15 minutes to arrive.

  • I keep getting "Invalid Password." when I try to log in, but I know my password is correct. Why am I getting this error?
    All passwords are case sensitive. Make sure your "Caps Lock" button is not on, and that your user name is also correct.

  • I lost or forgot my password. What do I do now?
    Passwords are non-recoverable. "Lost Password" forms are far too abusable to be worthwhile. If you lose or forget your password, you must make a new account. Write your password down!

  • How do I logout?
    You can logout either by clicking the "Logout" link next to the "User CP" link on the menu, or by clicking the link inside your "User CP."

  • Why can't I stay logged in?
    Because these boards use cookies, you'll have to check your browser options and make sure all cookies are accepted. If that doesn't work, make sure the "Automatic Login" option at the "Login" page is set to "Yes." This will ensure you will stay logged in on that computer until your cookies are cleared or until you log out. If that still doesn't work, then try refreshing your browser, clearing your cookies, or clearing your cache.
B. Posting/Moderations
  • Why can't I post new topics or polls?
    If you are unable to post new topics or polls, you may not be logged in, suspended/banned, or trying to post on a restricted board.

  • Someone told me I have a title. Where is it?
    Your title will appear in parenthesis after your user name on your profile page, and on each of your posts. If it's not appearing, make sure the "Display Titles" option is checked under your "User Preferences."

  • How do I use HTML in a post?
    Here is a list of the HTML you may use in your posts, signature, and quote:

    <b>bold text</b> creates... bold text

    <strong>strong text</strong> creates... strong text

    <i>italic text</i> creates... italic text

    <em>emphasized text</em> creates... emphasized text

    <u>underlined text</u> creates... underlined text

    <ins>inserted text</ins> creates... inserted text

    <s>strikeout text</s> creates... strikeout text

    <del>deleted text</del> creates... deleted text

    <pre>preformatted text</pre> creates...
    preformatted text

    <code>code text</code> creates...
    code text

    <tt>typewriter text</tt> creates...
    typewriter text

    <red>red text</red> creates... red text (posts only)

    <orange>orange text</orange> creates... orange text (posts only)

    <yellow>yellow text</yellow> creates... yellow text (posts only)

    <green>green text</green> creates... green text (posts only)

    <blue>blue text</blue> creates... blue text (posts only)

    <purple>purple text</purple> creates... purple text (posts only)

    <gray>gray text</gray> creates... gray text (posts only)

    <a>http://google.com</a> creates... http://google.com

    <link>http://google.com</link> creates... http://google.com

  • Why isn't my HTML appearing in my messages?
    Make sure you have "Enable Basic HTML" checked while posting a message. If it still doesn't appear, make sure you end all the tags you begin. If you leave any tags open, the HTML will not work.

  • What does "Quote" do?
    If you want to repeat someone's message without typing it all out, you can click the "Quote" link next to that post. Their message will automatically be inserted in your new reply.

  • What does "Report" do?
    If you see a message that violates the Terms of Service, click "Report" next to that message. Choose which of the sections that post violates, then click "Report Post." It will be sent directly to a queue where Moderators and Administrators will take the appropriate action.

  • What is a "banned word"?
    A banned word is a word that isn't allowed in posts or profiles in any form. If you try to post one, you'll be greeted with an error message.

  • What is a "censored word"?
    A censored word, unlike a banned word, is a word that can be freely posted or placed in your profile. Censored words, however, will be automatically censored by the board.

  • What is a moderation?
    A moderation is a post you made that got deleted for violating the Terms of Service. You may view all your moderations under your "User CP."

  • When do my moderations go away?
    Your moderations stay tied to your board name forever. All your moderations are taken into account when you receive further moderations.

  • How do I edit or delete a post?
    You cannot edit or delete a post unless you're a Moderator or an Administrator.

  • What are smilies?
    Smilies are small icons which express emotions. The following smilies can be used at the City Ministry Forums:

    *:)* creates... *:)*

    *:(* creates... *:(*

    *~)* creates... *~)*

    *:D* creates... *:D*

    *;)* creates... *;)*

    *:P* creates... *:P*

    *8)* creates... *8)*

    *:DP* creates... *:DP*

    *V:(* creates... *V:(*

    *:o* creates... *:o*

    *:x* creates... *:x*

    *:8* creates... *:8*

    *:$* creates... *:$*

    *:/* creates... *:/*

    *:V* creates... *:V*

    *:`(* creates... *:`(*

    *D:* creates... *D:*

    Thanks to Jason's Smiley Collection for these great smilies

  • How do I add smilies to my posts?
    Click the smilie you want to add on the list of smilies just above the message box, or type in the corresponding code mentioned above. Make sure you have "Enable Smilies" checked before you post your message. You must have JavaScript enabled if you want to add the smilies simply by clicking them.

  • When I tried to post, I got "An error has occurred." Why did this happen?
    Most likely, you tried to post in a topic that already got deleted, locked, or moved. If that's not the case, you may be suspended or banned.
C. Profile Information
  • How do I change my profile information?
    Click on the "User CP" link after you log in. From there, click "User Preferences."

  • How do I change my password?
    Once you're logged in, click on the "User CP" link on the main menu. Then click the "User Preferences" link. In the right column are two fields to change your password.

  • How do I change my registration email address?
    You cannot change your registration email address. It is tied to your account to prevent fraudulent registrations.

  • What is my stylesheet?
    Your stylesheet is the color scheme for the boards. You can click the "Previewer" link next to the list under "User Preferences" to preview all the different stylesheets.

  • What are the different statuses?
    -4: Banned
    User has been banned for violating the Terms of Service. Account will not be restored.

    -3: Suspended
    User's topic/poll posting privileges have been revoked. Account restored after 72 hours. Any further violations during this time will result in a ban.

    -2: Closed
    User has chosen to close their account. User can no longer post.

    -1: Negative Karma
    User has negative Karma. Post limit of 15. Cannot post topics or polls.

    0: No Karma
    User has 0 Karma. Post limit of 15.

    1: New User
    User has between 1 and 4 Karma. Post limit of 50.

    2: Short Term User
    User has between 5 and 14 Karma. Post limit of 100.

    3: Regular User
    User has between 15 and 49 Karma. User may now report posts.

    4: Experienced User
    User has between 50 and 99 Karma. User may now post polls.

    5: Promoted User
    User has between 100 and 199 Karma. User may now edit his/her posts.

    6: Skilled User
    User has between 200 and 349 Karma.

    7: Superior User
    User has between 350 and 599 Karma.

    8: Master User
    User has between 600 and 999 Karma.

    9: Prime User
    User has between 1000 and 1499 Karma.

    10: Archetype User
    User has more than 1500 Karma.

    11: Moderator
    User can moderate posts and topics, view user maps, and suspend users.

    12: Administrator
    User controls all aspects of the boards, such as bans, settings, and more.

  • What is my status determined by?
    Your status is determined by the amount of Karma you have.

  • What is Karma and how do I get more?
    Karma is a numerical value which every registered user has. Your account gains 1 Karma every day at exactly 12:00am (midnight) PST as long as you've viewed the boards that day. Closed accounts and banned/suspended users will not gain Karma.

  • What does "Close Account" do?
    "Close Account" will permanently revoke your posting privileges. You will still be able to access all other member-only areas and features. Closed accounts will not gain Karma.

  • How do I become a Moderator?
    About once a year, the Moderator Applications board is open. Simply post an application on that board, and wait until the Administrators announce the new Moderators.

  • Are there any requirements to become a Moderator?
    You must have at least 100 Karma, have few to no moderations, and be helpful on the boards.

  • What is a "user map"?
    A user map is a list of all the user names that a single IP has logged in to. User maps are available to Moderators and Administrators only.

  • Why was I banned/suspended?
    Most likely, you've had many posts, or a few severe posts, which have violated the Terms of Service. Check your moderations, then re-read the Terms of Service and make sure you understand them.

  • What's the difference between a banning and a suspension?
    Suspended users can still post replies. Their account will also be restored after 72 hours, assuming no further violations are posted. Banned users may not post and their account will never be restored.
D. Miscellaneous
  • Can I use the source code for Silentum Boards v2.2 on my site?
    No. The source is currently unavailable.

  • What is my "Note Box" for?
    Whenever you violate the Terms of Service severely enough to get your post deleted, you will be sent a note. You'll know when you get one, because a yellow bar will appear underneath the board name informing you that you have a note.

  • How do I delete my notes?
    Check the box next to the note you want to delete and click "Delete Checked Notes."

  • How can I find a post I made a long time ago?
    Click "Search" on the navigation menu. Type in a relevant word from the post and hit the "Search" button. You may also need to change some of the search options to narrow down the results.

  • Which fonts are used on the boards?
    The primary font used on the boards is Georgia, secondary Verdana, and tertiary Times New Roman.

  • Someone hacked my account and got me banned! What can I do?
    Sorry, but nothing can be done if your account gets hacked. Try to make difficult passwords for your accounts. Use a combination of letters and numbers. Also, if you get an email or instant message asking for your password, never give it out.

  • I found an exploit in the board code. What do I do?
    Anyone who uses an exploit will be immediately banned, so report it to an Administrator.

  • I received a weird error on one of the pages. What should I do?
    Write down the error, which page you received it on, and what you were trying to do and report it to one of the Administrators.

  • I have a question about the message boards that isn't answered here, where do I go?
    Post your question on the appropriate board.


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