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Here is a list of frequently asked questions on Broken Controllers.




• Login And Registration Issues

Why can't I log in?

Why do I need to register at all?

Why do I get logged off automatically?

How do I prevent my username from appearing in the online user listings?

I've lost my password!

I registered but cannot log in!

I registered in the past but cannot log in any more!


• User Preferences And Settings

How do I change my settings?

The times are not correct!

I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!

My language is not on the list!

How do I show an image below my username?

How do I change my rank?

When I click the e-mail link for a user, it asks me to log in.


• Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a forum?

How do I edit or delete a post?

How do I add a signature to my post?

How do I create a poll?

How do I edit or delete a poll?

Why can't I vote in polls?

Why can't I access a forum?


• Formatting And Topic Types

What is BBCode?

Can I use HTML?

What are smilies?

Can I post images?

What are notices?

What are sticky topics?

What are locked topics?


• User Levels And Groups

What are administrators?

What are moderators?

What are User Groups?

How do I join a User Group?

How do I become a User Group moderator?


• Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!

I keep getting unwanted private messages!

I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from a user on Broken Controllers!


• Broken Controllers Issues

Who wrote Broken Controllers?

Why isn't X feature available?

Whom do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to Broken Controllers?


• Introduction To BBCode

What is BBCode?


• Text Formatting

How to create bold, italic and underlined text.

How to change the text color or size.

Can I combine formatting tags?

What does the Spoiler BBCode do?

What does the 'ABC' BBCode do?


• Quoting And Outputting Fixed-Width Text

Quoting text in replies.

Outputting code or fixed width data.


• Generating Lists

Creating an un-ordered list.

Creating an ordered list.


• Creating Links

Linking to another site.


• Showing Images In Posts

Adding an image to a post.


• Other Matters

Can I add my own tags?


 

• Login And Registration Issues
Why can't I log in?
Have you registered? You must register in order to be able to log in. Have you been banned from Broken Controllers? If so, you should contact a webmaster or an administrator to find out why. If you have registered and are not banned and you still cannot log in, then check and double-check your username and password. This is usually the problem; if not, notify an administrator as there may be an error on Broken Controllers.

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Why do I need to register at all?
For security purposes, if you wish to submit any type of content onto Broken Controllers, you must have an activated account. As for weblogs, if the permission conditions are setup to allow guests to view and post replies to a certain entry or entries, you will not need an account and will be able to post a reply as a guest or with a temporary username.

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Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Remember Me box when you log in, Broken Controllers will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access Broken Controllers from a shared computer; for example, a library, an internet cafe, a school, a university cluster or anything of the like.

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How do I prevent my username from appearing in the online user listings?
On your account settings page you will find an option called Hide Your Online Status; if you switch this on you will appear as offline to other members when you are actually online.

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I've lost my password!
Don't panic! While your password cannot be retrieved, it can however be reset. To do this, go to the login page and click
Request A New Password. Follow the instructions and you should be back online in no time.

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I registered but cannot log in!
First check that you are entering the correct username and password. If they are correct and you still cannot log in, this may mean your account is not activated. You can contact an administrator to notify them of this inconvenience and to have your account activated.

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I registered in the past but cannot log in any more!
The most likely reason for this is that you entered an incorrect username or password. If you don't remember your username, you may use the Find A Username search function, which can be found on the Member List page, and use * as a wildcard for partial matches to try and find it. If you don't remember your password, you may request a new one, but you will need to know which e-mail and username is associated with that account.

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• User Preferences And Settings
How do I change my settings?
All of your settings may be edited and changed at your account settings page.

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The times are not correct!
You can correct the time for your account by going to the account settings page and selecting the correct timezone.

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I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone correctly and the time is still incorrect, the most likely reason is because of daylight savings time. Broken Controllers is not designed to handle the changeovers between standard and daylight savings time, so during certain times the time may be an hour different from the real local time.

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My language is not on the list!
We're sorry, but Broken Controllers is programmed and designed to be read in English.

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How do I show an image below my username?
The image you see below a user's username in their posts are called avatars. To show this image below your username in your posts, you can upload an avatar or choose an avatar from the Avatar Gallery by going to your account settings page and choosing which file you want to upload and which method you want to use to upload it or by selecting an avatar from the Avatar Gallery and confirming it as your desired avatar.

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How do I change my rank?
You cannot change your rank directly, however your rank will increase by using the features of Broken Controllers.

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When I click the e-mail link for a user, it asks me to log in.
Sorry, but only registered users can send e-mails to other members via the built-in e-mail form. This is to prevent malicious use of the e-mail system by anonymous users.

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• Posting Issues
How do I post a topic in a forum?
Easy, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic pages. You will need to register before you can post a message.

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How do I edit or delete a post?
You can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic that lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if no one has replied. You can delete a post by clicking the delete button, which resembles a blue X, for the relevant post. Please note that users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

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How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post, you must first create one; this is done via your account settings page. Once created, you can check the Attach signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate box on your account settings page. You can still prevent a signature from being added to individual posts by un-checking the Attach signature box on the posting form.

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How do I create a poll?
Creating a poll is easy, when you post a new topic or edit the first post of a topic, you should see an Add A Poll form below the main posting box. You should enter a title for the poll and then at least two options -- to set an option, type in the poll option and click the Add Option button. You can also set a time limit for the poll, 0 being an infinite amount.

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How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster. To edit a poll, click the first post in the topic, which always has the poll associated with it. If no one has placed a vote, then users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if people have already placed votes, only a moderator or an administrator can edit or delete it; this is to prevent people from rigging polls by changing options mid-way through a poll.

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Why can't I vote in polls?
Only registered users can vote in polls to prevent spoofing of results. If you have registered and still cannot vote, you may not have the appropriate access rights.

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Why can't I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups and require proper authorization rights.

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• Formatting And Topic Types
What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. Whether you can use BBCode or not is determined by your level. You can also disable it on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML; tags are enclosed in square braces [center][/center] rather than arrows <center></center>, and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. For more information on BBCode, view the BBCode guide page.

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Can I use HTML?
For security purposes, HTML has been disabled.

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What are smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small graphical images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code.

    For example:

    You are so nice. :smile:

    would generate: You are so nice.

For more quicker and easier addition of smilies to your posts, you will find a gallery of smilies on the left-hand side of the posting form. You may simply click on a smiley to add it to your post.

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Can I post images?
Images can indeed be shown in your posts. However, there is no facility for uploading images directly to Broken Controllers. Therefore, you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own machine nor to images stored behind authentication mechanisms such as Hotmail or Yahoo! mailboxes, password-protected sites or anything of the like. To display an image in a post, use the BBCode [img][/img] tag.

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What are notices?
Notices often contain important information that you should read as soon as possible. Notices appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted.

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What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics appear below any notices in forums and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them where possible.

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What are locked topics?
Locked topics are set this way by either a moderator or an administrator. You cannot reply to locked topics and any poll contained inside is automatically ended.

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• User Levels And Groups
What are administrators?
Administrators are users assigned the highest level of control over the entire site. These users can control all facets of site operation which include setting permissions, banning users, creating User Groups or appointing moderators and anything of the like. They also have full moderator capabilities in all of the forums.

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What are moderators?
Moderators are individuals who have a responsibility to look after the running of the forums from day to day. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are there to prevent users from posting abusive or offensive material.

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What are User Groups?
User Groups have been disabled.

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How do I join a User Group?
User Groups have been disabled.

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How do I become a User Group moderator?
User Groups have been disabled.

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• Private Messaging
I cannot send private messages!
There may be two reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on or an administrator has prevented you individually from sending private messages.

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I keep getting unwanted private messages!
You can contact an administrator to notify them of this inconvenience.

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I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from a user on Broken Controllers!
You can contact an administrator to notify them of this inconvenience.

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• Broken Controllers Issues
Who wrote Broken Controllers?
Broken Controllers uses the phpBB engine which has been heavily modified by webmasters of Broken Controllers.

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Why isn't X feature available?
While Broken Controllers has a plentiful amount of features, unfortunately we can't promise you every thing.

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Whom do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to Broken Controllers?
You can contact an administrator to notify them of any relating matters.

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• Introduction To BBCode
What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. Whether you can use BBCode or not is determined by your level. You can also disable it on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML; tags are enclosed in square braces [center][/center] rather than arrows <center></center>, and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. You may find adding BBCode to your posts is made much easier through a clickable interface above the message area on the posting form. Even with this simplicity you may find the following guide useful.

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• Text Formatting
How to create bold, italic and underlined text.
BBCode includes tags to allow you to quickly change the basic style of your text. This is achieved in the following ways:
  • To make a piece of text bold, enclose it in [b][/b].

    [b]Hello.[/b]

    will become Hello.
  • For underlining, use [u][/u], for example:

    [u]Good Morning[/u]

    becomes Good Morning
  • To italicize text, use [i][/i].

    This is [i]great![/i]

    would give 'This is great!'


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How to change the text color or size.
To alter the color or size of your text, the following tags can be used. Keep in mind that how the output appears will depend on the viewers browser and system:
  • Changing the color of text is achieved by wrapping it in [color=][/color]. You can specify either a recognized color name (red, blue, yellow and so on) or the hexadecimal triplet alternative (#FFFFFF, #000000 and so on). For example, to create red text you could use:

    [color=red]Hello![/color]

    or

    [color=#FF0000]Hello![/color]

    will both output Hello!
  • Changing the text size is achieved in a similar way using [size=][/size]. This tag is dependent on the template you are using, but the recommended format is a numerical value representing the text size in pixels, starting at 1 (so tiny you will not see it) through to 29 (very large). For example:

    [size=9]SMALL.[/size]

    will generally be SMALL.

    whereas:

    [size=24]HUGE![/size]

    will be HUGE!


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Can I combine formatting tags?
Yes, of course you can; for example to get someones attention you may write:

[size=18][color=red][b]LOOK AT ME![/b][/color][/size]

This would output LOOK AT ME!

We don't recommend you output lots of text that looks like this, though! Remember that it is up to you, the poster, to ensure that tags are closed correctly. For example, the following is incorrect:

[b][u]This is wrong.[/b][/u]

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What does the Spoiler BBCode do?
The [spoiler][/spoiler] BBCode hides any text, images or videos and so on in a post. This is usually used if you want to hide a spoiler for a TV show, movie, book or anything of the like, or if you want to just hide a piece of the post in general.

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What does the 'ABC' BBCode do?
The [s][/s] tags will put a strikethrough (horizontal line) through the center of the text. For example, using:
  • [s]This text is struckthrough![/s]

    will display as:

    This text is struckthrough!


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• Quoting And Outputting Fixed-Width Text
Quoting text in replies.
There are two ways you can quote text: with a reference or without.
  • When you utilize the quote function to reply to a post on the board you should notice that the post text is added to the message window enclosed in a [quote=""][/quote] block. This method allows you to quote with a reference to a person or whatever else you choose to put. For example, to quote a piece of text Mr. Blobby wrote, you would enter:

    [quote="Mr. Blobby"]The text Mr. Blobby wrote would go here.[/quote]

    The resulting output will automatically add: Mr. Blobby wrote: before the actual text. Remember that you must include the quotation marks "" around the name you are quoting -- they are not optional.
  • The second method allows you to blindly quote something. To utilize this, enclose the text in [quote][/quote] tags. When you view the message it will simply show: Quote: before the text itself.


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Outputting code or fixed width data.
If you want to output a piece of code or anything that requires a fixed width with a Courier-type font, you should enclose the text in [code][/code] tags.

[code]echo "This is some code.";[/code]

All formatting used within [code][/code] tags is retained when you view it later.

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• Generating Lists
Creating an un-ordered list.
BBCode supports two types of lists, unordered and ordered. They are essentially the same as their HTML equivalents. An unordered list ouputs each item in your list sequentially one after the other indenting each with a bullet character. To create an unordered list, you can use [list][/list] and define each item within the list using [*]. For example, to list your favorite colors you could use:

[list]
[*]Red
[*]Blue
[*]Yellow
[/list]

This would generate the following list:
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Yellow


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Creating an ordered list.
The second type of list, an ordered list, gives you control over what is output before each item. To create an ordered list, you can use [list=1][/list] to create a numbered list or alternatively [list=a][/list] for an alphabetical list. As with the unordered list, items are specified using [*]. For example:

[list=1]
[*]Go to the shops.
[*]Buy a new computer.
[*]Swear at computer when it crashes.
[/list]

will generate the following:
  1. Go to the shops.
  2. Buy a new computer.
  3. Swear at computer when it crashes.
Whereas for an alphabetical list you would use:

[list=a]
[*]The first possible answer.
[*]The second possible answer.
[*]The third possible answer.
[/list]

giving
  1. The first possible answer.
  2. The second possible answer.
  3. The third possible answer.


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• Creating Links
Linking to another site.
Broken Controllers supports a number of ways for creating URIs, Uniform Resource Indicators, more commonly known as links.
  • The first of these uses the [url=link][/url] tag; whatever you type after the = sign will cause the contents of that tag to act as a URL. For example, to link to phpBB.com you could use:

    [url=http://www.phpbb.com/]Visit phpBB![/url]

    This would generate the following link, Visit phpBB! You will notice the link opens in a new window so that the user can continue browsing Broken Controllers if they wish.
  • If you want the URL itself displayed as the link, you can do this by simply using:

    [url]http://www.phpbb.com/[/url]

    This would generate the following link: http://www.phpbb.com/
As with all the BBCode tags, you can wrap URLs around any of the other tags such as [img][/img], [b][/b] and so on. As with the formatting tags it is up to you to ensure the correct open and close order is following. For example:

[url=http://brokencontrollers.com/][img]http://brokencontrollers.com/images/bclogosimple.png[/url][/img]

is not correct and may display an undesired post.

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• Showing Images In Posts
Adding an image to a post.
Broken Controllers incorporates a tag for including images in your posts. Two very important things to remember when using this tag are: many users do not appreciate lots of images being shown in posts, and second, the image you display must already be available on the Internet. To display an image, you must surround the URL pointing to the image with [img][/img] tags. For example:

[img]http://brokencontrollers.com/images/bclogosimple.png[/img]

would generate:



As noted in the URL section above you can wrap an image in a [url][/url] tag if you wish.

[url=http://brokencontrollers.com/][img]http://brokencontrollers.com/images/bclogosimple.png[/img][/url]

would generate:




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• Other Matters
Can I add my own tags?
Broken Controllers does not allow creation of custom tags.

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