Threads and Messages in Forums
Information in forums is organized in Threads and Messages. Threads are a collection of related Messages, gathered under one subject.
In forums, all registered users can start a new thread. Likewise, all registered used can reply to the thread.
Moderators and the Owner in a Forum have several functions they can apply to a thread, either from the thread's display, or from the Edit Thread menu:
Using the "bump" function updates the thread date to the current time
and date; it will cause the thread to appear to be unread, and move it
to the top of the thread list (below any Notices). The "bump" function
may be accessed through the Edit Thread menu, or by editing any post
within the thread.
Closing a thread stops players from posting to it. The "close" function
may be accessed through the Edit Thread menu.
When a thread is made into a Notice, it will become permanently fixed to
the top of the thread list in at the Game Menu. The "Notice" function
may be accessed through the Edit Thread menu, or by editing the first
post in the thread.
The Forum Owner and any Moderators can also delete the thread, using the "Delete" link at the upper right of the thread's display.
Posting a Message
When posting a message, the following options are available:
This if for the subject the post will have. If the post is beginning a
new thread then this will also be the thread topic that will display in
the Forum Menu. The Subject is limited to 60 characters and may not contain
formatting code or special characters.
This is for the body of the message itself. RuBB Code may be entered
here to format the post
(the RuBB Code document
for a full list of available code). Each message has a limit of
fifty thousand characters (51,200 to be precise), which is approximately
10,000 words or 200 paragraphs.
The Preview button allows the poster to see how their message will look
before they post it. This is ideal for when formatting code has been
included and helps ensure the message looks as intended. Additionally, GMs
can delay posts with this option by selecting the appropriate time delay in
the preview screen.
This posts the message. If there are serious errors within the post, you
will be returned the compose screen and asked to correct them before
|Notice||(Forum Owner and Moderators only) Checking
this option makes the thread a Notice, which will always appear at the top of
the thread listing. Note: This can only be done in the first post of
a thread; Notices are closed by default but can be opened afterwards.
Clicking cancel will cause the post to be aborted; there will be no
|bold, italic, underline, strike, sup, sub, small, pre,
These links provide quick-picks for the most common formatting options; by
selecting text and clicking one of the styles here, the text will be properly
coded to render in that style. Alternately, clicking one of the links with
no text selected will open a dialog that will insert the entered text within
the proper codes at the insertion point within the text message. For more
information on formatting options see the document on
This drop-down list allows the user to choose a color or font-style for
the text in their post. If the text has been selected, the formatting code
will be inserted around it, otherwise a pop-up dialog will show up and any
text entered in it will be inserted in the message (properly coded) at the
Last updated: 15:10, Mon 30 Apr 2007.
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