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#1 Qryztufre

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:19 PM

This thread is dedicated to how to use vBulletin Forums as a user. In it I have used the default skin from vBulletin (as I plan on using it for other forums) but you should be able to get the jist of things. If you have any questions of comments feel free to ask me.

Creating Posts:
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Also see: vBulletin: Tips and Tricks ( Now open for discussion! )

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#2 Qryztufre

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 01:08 PM

There are four ways to respond to a message.

The first is to click the Quote botton on the bottom right of each post which will quote the entire message in your reply (NOTE: Quotes from the initial post will not be shown)

The second way to respond to a post is to click the Post Reply button. This option will take you directly to the text editor. This botton can be found under the last post on a page and to the left.

The third way is the Multi-Quote feature, which is used in conjunction with the reply button. While reading a thread you can click the multi-quote button on each post you would like to reply to. When you get to the end you then click the reply button. This will [quote] each of the posts you specified.

Lastly, there is the quick reply feature. Some forums have it set so you must click this icon to enable quick reply (this helps those reading threads in the threaded-mode).



#3 Qryztufre

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 01:50 PM

[SIZE=3] Quick Reply[/SIZE]
This button is at the lower right corner of each post. To use it just click on it, which will then send you down to the bottom of the page to the main "[URL="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Qryztufre/faq/forum/quickreply.jpg"]quick reply[/URL]" feature of the forums.

Quick Edit text formating:
Reverses text formating from highlighted text (undoes all the buttons below)
If you'd like bolded text click this button
This button will put your text in italics
Clicking this button will underline your text
Applies text color to highlighted text
Applies a hyperink to highlighted text
Brings up the 'insert image' dialog box
Adds [quote] tags

Special note: when clicking the buttons above highlight the text you would like changed otherwise it will open the appropriate tag - [i] [u] - If this is done just type what you wanted effected then simply re-click the button to close the tag.

Additional buttons in Quick Edit:
In Internet Explorer, allows one to spell check the text area. ([URL="http://www.ispell.com/"]ispell needed[/URL])
Increases or decreases the size of the reply box
Switches Editor Mode


Options:
The only way to get the Quote in your reply automatically is to click the [SIZE=3][B]
[/SIZE] button. Otherwise the only option you'll have is the ability to show your signature (you'll still be able to use the quote button). Both of these options are easy to use, either have the box checked, or unchecked.

Best of luck!

#4 Qryztufre

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:09 PM

Thread Title:
This small text area allows you to set the thread name, or a post title. (see post icons below for additional options)

The First row of Buttons:

Reverses text formating from highlighted text (undoes all the buttons below)
With this handy drop down menu you can specify one of the many fonts. Some of the listed fonts may not be on my computer, but this is the list:[INDENT][SIZE=2][SIZE=2]Arial, Arial Black, Arial Narrow, Book Antiqua, Century Gothic, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Fixedsys, Franklin Gothic Medium, Garamond, Georgia, Impact, Lucida Console, Lucida Sans Unicode, Microsoft Sans Serif, Palatino Linotype, System, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana

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[/INDENT] Another drop down menu allowing you to edit the font size.[INDENT][SIZE=2][SIZE=2][SIZE=1]1 [/SIZE]2 [SIZE=3]3 [/SIZE][SIZE=4]4 [/SIZE][SIZE=5]5 [/SIZE][SIZE=6]6 [/SIZE][SIZE=7]7
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[/INDENT] Clicking this icon will show you various colors ([URL="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Qryztufre/faq/forum/color_choices.gif"]see them here[/URL])
Will display a few of the many emoticons available on the given forum.
Enables one to upload attachments. Many forums disallow this feature.
Undo
Redo

The second line of Buttons

If you'd like bolded text click this button
This button will put your text in italics
Clicking this button will underline your text
Justifies text to the right side of the post
Centers all selected text
Justifies text to the left (default)
Allows a numbered list.
Allows a bulleted list
Decreases indented text
Indents text (you can click this multiple times for a deeper indent)
Applies a hyperlink to highlighted text
Removes hyperlinks from highlighted text
Allows one to insert an email address via a dialog box
Brings up the 'insert image' dialog box
Adds [quote] tags
Applies the [noparse][code][/noparse] tag
Places something akin to the [noparse][quote][/noparse] tag so you can how HTML
Similar to above, but for PHP

Additional Buttons:
In Internet Explorer, allows one to spell check the text area. ([URL="http://www.ispell.com/"]ispell needed[/URL])
Increases or decreases the size of the reply box
Switches Editor Mode

Smilies:
Aside from the Smile Button above many forums also offer an expanded list to the right of the text area. Clicking on the face you'd like places it where your curses is in the post.

Post Icons:
Many forums also allow Post Icons. These will be placed to the left of the post/thread title in the main index and the thread.

#5 Qryztufre

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:28 PM

Additional Options:

Miscellaneous Options:

[INDENT]Show your signature
This check box toggles whether or not your signature will show up in a given post.
Automatically parse links in text
Defines whether or not your posted urls will be parsed.
Disable smilies in text
Toggles whether or not you see a [noparse];)[/noparse] or a http://img.photobuck...forum/smile.gif

[/INDENT]Attach Files:
[INDENT]Opens up the attachment editor (more on this later)
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Thread Subscriptions:
[INDENT]Do Not Subscribe (default)
No Email Notification
Instant Email Notification
Daily Email Notification
Weekly Email Notification
[/INDENT]Subscribed forums will show up in your UserCP and/or be sent to your specified email address depending on your preferences. Subscriptions are a handy means of keeping track of threads on a busy forum.

Rate thread:
[INDENT]Allows you to rate a given thread on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being excellent)
[/INDENT]Thread Management: (Moderators Only)
[INDENT]Allows a moderator to stick or lock a thread simultaneously with submitting a post.
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#6 Qryztufre

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:46 PM

If you visit your got to EDIT OPTIONS you have a few things which can effect how posts are handled.

Under "Messaging & Notification" you can set the default subscription level (as mentioned above) that will apply to all future posts.

Thread Display Options
Visible Post Elements
[INDENT] Lets you toggle being able to see Avatars, Signature, and images within posts.
[/INDENT] Thread Display Mode[INDENT]Linear - Oldest First (default)
Places one post after another from oldest to newest
Linear - Newest First
The opposite of the previous option.
Threaded
Shows threads in more of a Usenet fashion
Hybrid
A combination of Threaded and Linear[/INDENT]Number of Posts to Show Per Page
[INDENT] The default is defined by the Administration, but can be tweaked out by your preferences. The options are 5, 10, 20, and 40, lower numbers are easier if you are on dialup.
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Default Thread Age Cut Off
[INDENT] By default all posts are shown, though you can adjust it to your own personal tastes. The options range from threads within the last 24 hours to the last year (as well as show all threads). NOTE: If you are searching for older posts, it's best to have the option set to show all, as posts older then your preference may not show up.
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Miscellaneous Options:
Message Editor Interface
This defines how your editing box will appear. If you are unsure what this section means then feel free to play around with the controls and test things out.[INDENT]Basic Editor - Simple Text Box
This gives a basic text box to make your posts. BBCODE is still allowed, but must be added manually.
Standard Editor - Extra Formating Controls
Offers limited formating buttons and other options
Inhanced Interface - Full WYSIWYG Editing
Allows for cut/paste from other editors (some tweaking may be needed).[/INDENT]





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