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Avatars and Signatures: Guidelines and How-Tos

Hi Everyone,

Whether you are new to forums or a seasoned pro, please take a moment to review these Avatar and Signature Guideline and How-To sections so that we all start on the same page.  thumb up

arrow Avatar Guidelines:

An avatar is an image that appears near your username in all the posts you have submitted.
It is the visual representation of yourself online, so be creative and have some fun with it!

To keep page loading speeds up (and help our members with slower internet connections):
Please select or upload / add an avatar that is a static image / design (not an animated image or .gif).

! If you chose to upload and/or add an avatar by URL, please note:
You must be the original copyright holder of any uploaded avatar image.
(That is, the avatar must be your own photo and/or graphic design.)

For more information, check out the Sac Volvo Club Photo-Video Policy:
http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/policies

Forumotion Avatar Guidelines wrote:Only one image can be displayed at a time, its width cannot exceed 150 pixels, the height cannot exceed 150 pixels, and the file size cannot be higher than 64 KB.


Example of max avatar size (150 pixels wide by 150 pixels tall):
Topics tagged under signature on Sac Volvo Club Forum Star1510

My avatar, the photo of the VCOA badge on my 244 grille, is 145 pixels wide by 109 pixels tall.
Topics tagged under signature on Sac Volvo Club Forum Volvie11


? Avatar How-To:

Avatars can be set by clicking the profile button in the top menu (you must be logged in).

Topics tagged under signature on Sac Volvo Club Forum Sacvco10

Some notes about the different options:

! -"Create my avatar"- This option re-directs you to a website that requires a flash plug-in.
If you choose this option, please make sure your flash player is up-to-date.

? -"Upload an avatar from your computer"- This option may (or may not) utilize forum storage space...

Like a Star @ heaven -"Upload an avatar from a URL"- Preferred method to add your own custom avatar to the forum.

When you have finished creating and resizing your avatar, host it online (ServImg, etc.) and copy and paste the URL code into this field.

ServImg is the photo host associated with Forumotion / this Forum.
The ServImg account should be the same as your Sac Volvo Club Forum account (same e-mail and password):

Link to ServImg:
https://servimg.com/?lang=en

For more information about ServImg, see this topic:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/t255-how-to-host-post-photos
[Note: You may need to host / post a photo to a topic before your Sac Volvo Club Forum ServImg Account gets created.]

! -"Link to an off-site Avatar"-
Forumotion Help Forum wrote:Beware of images wich are under copyright. It's also highly recommended to re-host all images on your own image-hosting service (ServImg or Photobucket for example), as you'd otherwise use the bandwith of the server that contains the original picture - this would be illegal!!

http://help.forumotion.com/t3341-your-profile-avatar-signature#18913

Like a Star @ heaven -"Select your Avatar from our Gallery"- Preferred method to add avatar already uploaded in Forumotion galleries.
Categories include: animals, smilies, engines, etc. Note that there are a couple Volvo options in the engine category.

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arrow Signature Guidelines:

Signatures are an extra piece of text that you can choose to add under each of your posts to identify more about you and your cars and will appear under a line as you can see with my example below (at the bottom of this post).

Signature text is limited to 500 characters.

! The VCOA Forum Rules Section of the Sac Volvo Club Classified-Forum Policy does NOT allow images in signatures and contains the following rules:

VCOA wrote:Signatures:

  Must be setup in your Profile (user Control Panel) , and not manually added to your messages.
  May NOT contain any images.
  May not contain any pricing, sales, product etc. details.
  May contain a maximum of two smilies.
  May include two clickable links. URL's or mailto: - No duplicate links
  Only exact URLs allowed ie not LOOK HERE - No tiny url, affiliate links etc either, only exact, literal URLs
  May include two colors. Hyperlink color is set by the system and is not counted as a color.
  Maximum font size cannot be larger than normal.
  Must be kept to a maximum of four lines (at 1024 resolution).
  May not contain links to other threads or posts for the purpose of self promotion
  Any signature or avatar that is offensive or insulting to either us, our members, or our staff, are prohibited and will be removed.
  We reserve the right to ask you to change and/or remove your signature or avatar at any time, for any reason.


Also note the VCOA Forum Rules regarding Advertising and Affiliate Links:
VCOA wrote:
General Forum Etiquette:

  Do not link to any site that contains adult content, sexually oriented material or might otherwise be considered offensive. Any post containing an inappropriate link will be deleted and the poster will receive a warning.
  No affiliate links to be posted, anywhere on our forum.

At all times:

  Keep all commentary civil, and be courteous at all times. Constructive criticism is welcome, but insults directed towards other users or the site admins will not be tolerated. Coarse/insulting language will not be tolerated.
  No commercial advertising is permitted.
  When recommending a product to help a user solve their issue, you must disclose any affiliations you may have with the company or group that manufacturers or supplies that particular product. This includes, but is not limited to: any paid or non-paid relationships past or present, receiving any promotional products or services, or any other similar information.
  Any posts deemed to be self promotion, advertising, or spam can and will be removed. NO SPAM - NO ADVERTISING eg. Posting and making excessive, inappropriate and unnecessary references to your products and websites is self promotion.
  If you feel a post violates any of these rules, or you need to bring it to the attention of a moderator (move threads/close/split), please use the ‘report this post’ link to notify the moderators.


Sac Volvo Club Classified-Forum Policy Forum Post link:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/t245-sac-volvo-club-classifieds-forum-policy

Direct link to the VCOA Forum Rules:
http://www.vcoa.org/forum/rules


? Signature How-To:

Signatures can also be set by clicking on the profile button in the top menu (you must be logged in).

Topics tagged under signature on Sac Volvo Club Forum Sacvco16

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No matter how cool it is or how long you worked on it, if you use an avatar or signature that does not meet these guidelines and/or follow Sac Volvo Club Policy, we reserve the right to delete it without notice.

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Related Forumotion Help Topic:
http://help.forumotion.com/t3341-your-profile-avatar-signature#18910

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thank you  for reading this post and making this forum a nice place to be!

See you on the board!  Very Happy

Take care,
volvie!

1-31-2018: Forum Avatar and Signature Profile Screenshots Updated

#policy  #rules  #how-to  #avatar  #signature
by volvie!
on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:28 am
 
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Forum Newbies: Information and How-Tos to Help you get Started

Hi Everyone,

We were all newbies, once so don't worry-- we are here to educate and help.    thumb up

study Here are some topics of interest from the Forumotion Support Forum:

-Forum Glossary:
http://help.forumotion.com/frequently-asked-questions-f5/forum-glossary-t8326.htm

-Some Basic Definitions (with pictures/screenshots):
http://help.forumotion.com/frequently-asked-questions-f5/some-basic-definitions-legend-t18385.htm

-Basic Post Layout (with pictures/screenshots):
http://help.forumotion.com/frequently-asked-questions-f5/basic-post-layout-t36339.htm

-Private Messages (with pictures/screenshots):
http://help.forumotion.com/t8324-private-messages#43332

-Searching Posts (with pictures/screenshots):
http://help.forumotion.com/t8329-searching-posts#43337

-Your Profile, Avatar, and Signature (with pictures/screenshots):
http://help.forumotion.com/t3341-your-profile-avatar-signature#18910

For more Avatar / Signature Guideline and How-To Information specific to this forum, see this topic:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/t256-avatars-and-signatures-guidelines-and-how-tos



#information  #glossary  #definitions  #profile  #avatar  #signature  #PM

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arrow Forum  Etiquette:

-Use descriptive titles for your post subjects so we know what your post will be about.
Please do not use symbols or unusual characters to draw attention to your post.

-Turn your Caps Lock button OFF, as that is the equivalent of yelling.

-Please use complete sentences with spaces and punctuation, as it is very difficult to read and understand your post without it (capitalization is optional).

-Perfect spelling isn't required, but please make the effort to spell-check (look for the red underline beneath words) as chronic bad spelling can make your post hard to understand and can be irritating to some people.

-Be considerate of others with slower internet connections.

If posting a topic with a lot of images (For Sale, Past Events, etc.), please make a note in your title.
For example:
Volvo For Sale (lots of pics)

It is best to attach static images only (no animations or .gifs).

For more information about How-To Host / Upload Photo(s), see this topic:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/t255-how-to-host-post-photos



#etiquette  

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How-Tos:

Please note that guests are allowed to view the forum, but only members are allowed to reply to a topic and start a new topic. To become a member, you need to register (its free and only takes a few minutes).

1. ?  How-To Register with the Sac Volvo Club Forum:

-Click the Register button in the top menu (it is towards the right side with a pen image).

-You will be directed to an image verification page to prove you are human (and not a spamming robot).

If you have any issues with the image verification, access the forum registration here:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/

For more information, see this topic:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/t165-registering-for-the-forum-with-apple-safari-browser

-After passing the image verification, you will be directed to the Terms of Service (TOS) page.
Make sure you read it and fully understand it before agreeing to the terms.

-After accepting the TOS, you will be asked to enter an e-mail address and create a username (for example, mine is volvie!), and a password (do not share your password with anyone).

! Note: The e-mail address you enter will be used to send you any forum announcements/newsletters and is also where you will receive notification if someone sends you a Personal Message (PM), or replies to a topic you created and/or are watching.

Screenshot of this step:
Topics tagged under signature on Sac Volvo Club Forum Sacvco17

-After submitting that information, you will be asked to confirm your password and pass a Google ReCaptcha challenge.

To pass the reCAPTCHA challenge, first click the "I am not a robot" box, and follow the directions of the recaptcha challenge that appears.

Screenshot of this step:
Topics tagged under signature on Sac Volvo Club Forum Svcfor10

Once successfully passed, a green check mark will appear next to the "I am not a robot" text.

Click the save button to proceed.

Screenshots of this step:
Topics tagged under signature on Sac Volvo Club Forum Svcfor11

! Note that the reCaptcha challenge may be slow to load, so please wait for it to load before confirming your password.

If you do not see the reCaptcha challenge, please make sure your browser is up-to-date and try the general troubleshooting steps listed here:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/t203-forum-error-230-contact-technical-support-general-error-help

-After passing the reCapcha challenge, an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you entered to verify your account.

Check your e-mail for this message and click on the link provided. Your account will now be activated.

! Note that you will not be able to log in until your account is activated.
Please check your spam box / folder if the message does not arrive in your inbox.

If you have any issues during the registration process, please let me know:
http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/contactus (Attention: Webmaster)

-Click on the "log in" button on the right of the top menu (with the green X) to log in and join the discussion.

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2. ? How-To Post a Reply to an Existing Topic:

-Make sure you are logged in to the forum.
Click on the "log in" button on the right of the top menu to log in.
When you are logged in, you should see that the "log in" button has been replaced with a "log out" button.

-Navigate to the category and forum where the topic you want to reply to is located.

-Click on the topic name.

-When viewing the topic, you should see a "Post Reply" button at both the top and bottom of the page.
Click on this button to view the full post writing/editing window.

There is also a "Quick Reply" box/writing window at the bottom of the post where the post formatting options are a little more limited.

-When finished typing your message, look for the "notify me when a reply is posted" text and select that check box to be notified via e-mail when someone relies to your topic.

-You can also preview your message before sending to see what it will look like before posting.

-When you are done, select "send," and your post will be sent to the forum.

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3.  ? How-To Post a New Topic:

-Make sure you are logged in to the forum.
Click on the "log in" button on the right of the top menu to log in.
When you are logged in, you should see that the "log in" button has been replaced with a "log out" button.

-Take a look at all the categories and forum descriptions to see which area best fits your topic idea.
For example, if you are a photographer looking for a specific Volvo model for a photo shoot, you would want to create a Classified Ad in the "Wanted" section:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/f13-wanted

-Once inside a forum, look for a "new topic" button at the top and bottom of the forum frame.
Click on this button to view the full post writing/editing window.

-When finished typing your message, look for the "notify me when a reply is posted" text and select that check box to be notified via e-mail when someone relies to your topic.

-You can also preview your message before sending to see what it will look like before posting.

-When you are done, select "send," and your post will be sent to the forum.

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4.  ? How-To Watch (or Stop Watching) a Forum:

To receive e-mail notifications when a new post is added to a forum:

-Make sure you are logged in to the forum.
Click on the "log in" button on the right of the top menu to log in.
When you are logged in, you should see that the "log in" button has been replaced with a "log out" button.

-Navigate to the forum that you want to watch.
Example: Classifieds / Marketplace: For Sale:
http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/f12-for-sale

-Scroll down to the bottom of the post section and click the "Start watching forum" link (above the "jump to" menu).

-The link will change to "Stop watching forum."
Click this if you wish to stop receiving notifications.

-This process can be completed for any / every forum.


#how-to  #register  #captcha  #funcaptcha  #Google #recaptcha #reply  #watch  #post

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So now you know!
Go register, log in, and add to the discussions!  woot dance

If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Take care,
volvie!

Updated:
12-6-2016
1-30-2018: Added FunCaptcha challenge information and screenshots to how to register section.
10-21-2018: FunCaptcha information and screenshots updated with Google reCaptcha information and screenshots in the how to register section.
by volvie!
on Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:29 am
 
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Topic: Forum Newbies: Information and How-Tos to Help you get Started
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