I wrote this guide to replace the previous one because it was not only drastically out of date, it was poorly written and unfocused. This guide is for new and not so new posters to level up their F@NB0Y$ forum skills, and to make the experience of posting as simple, easy, and enjoyable as possible. If there are any questions or things you think should be added to the guide, feel free to message me about them I'll do my best to help.
The Newbie's Guide to F@NB0Y$ v.1.01
: Read them here
before doing anything else. Fanboys is a pretty relaxed place, but we do have rules. They aren't the most strictly enforced, but they exist for a reason and you should keep them in mind. If a thread or section has rules make sure you know what they are before posting. Reading the stickies for a section or the first post of the thread will let you know what to do generally.
II. Introducing Yourself
: When people join the forum they generally want to let people know they did, instead of cluttering up the forum with a bunch of individual threads we have a collective topic for it
. Just copy the template(feel free to add anything extra you want to) that other people are using and fill in your own answers. It's a nice way to not only let other posters know about you, but for you to get to know the other posters. Reading through it is a good way to find members with similar interests.
III. Posting Images
: You might see other people posting images, and wonder how to do that. The easiest way is to use an image hosting service. I recommend Imgur
, and Imageshack
, though you have to make an account for Photobucket. Once your image is hosted it is as simple as posting the Forum or bbcode URL the site gives you [img]blahblahblah[/img]. Post that and a picture will appear. DO NOT HOTLINK. Hotlinking is when you take someone else's hosted image and post it. Not only are you using that other person's bandwidth, but 99% of pictures you find not on an image hosting service are hotlink protected. Your image will not show up for anyone but you.
IV. Thread Subscriptions
: By default if you post in a thread you will be subscribed to it(this can be toggled in the edit options
area of the user CP) . What does that mean exactly? If you are subscribed to a thread you can be notified when it is updated in multiple ways. The first way is that in your user cp there will be a section called new subscribed threads. This will have a link in it to view all of your subscribed threads
. You can also have emails sent to your inbox which have info on updated threads. You can manually subscribe to threads as well by clicking "Thread Tools" in a thread and clicking "Subscribe to this Thread".
Posting tricks and tips
: Sometimes you'll want to post the text version of a smiley, or heck just a timestamp and the forum overrides your 1:33 into a 1
3, which looks a bit silly. If you want you can disable smilies in your post by simply checking this box under the input field
Useful Threads and such
The Pumpernickel Depository
: Basically the general chat thread of the forum. Most of the regular posters post in there. Decent way to get to know your fellow members.
Junk Art Thread
: Did you make a doodle? Well show it off. While you are in the art section you might be interested in our weekly art contests. The topic changes weekly, so if you don't see something you like, you can always come back later.
: The unofficial forum IRC channel. Faster paced than the depository, and has a different sort of flow. Info on how to join in on chatting can be found here