Frequently Asked Questions (Frequently Asked Questions)

Identification and registration issues

Why can not I connect?

Why do I have to sign up after all?

Why can not I connect?
Several reasons can explain this. First, check that your username and / or password are correct. If they are, contact the administrator to verify that you have not been banned. It is also possible that the administrator has a configuration error on his side, and that it is necessary to correct it.

Why do I have to sign up after all?
You may not need it but the administrator can decide if you need to sign up to post messages. In addition, registration allows you to benefit from additional features inaccessible to visitors such as personalized avatars, private messaging, sending emails to other members, joining groups, etc. Registration is quick and highly recommended.

Why am I automatically logged out?

How to prevent my name from appearing in the list of connected users?

I’ve lost my password !

I am registered but I can not login!

I registered in the past but I can not log in anymore!

What does COPPA mean?

Why can not I register?

What is the purpose of “Delete Forum Cookies”?

Why am I automatically logged out?
If you do not check the Automatically connect to each visit when you log in check box, you will only be logged in for a specified period of time. This prevents the misuse of your account. To stay connected, check this box when connecting. It is not recommended if you use a public computer to access the forum (library, cybercafe, university, etc.). If you do not see this box, it means that the administrator has disabled this feature.

How to prevent my name from appearing in the list of connected users?
You will find in your user panel, tab “Forum Preferences”, the option Hide my status online . Put this option onYesso only administrators, moderators and you will see your name in the list. You will be counted among the invisible users.

I’ve lost my password !
Do not panic ! Although your password can not be recovered, it can be reset. To do this, on the login page, click on I forgot my password . Follow the instructions and you should be able to log in again.

I am registered but I can not login!
First, check your username and / or password. If they are correct, there are two possibilities. If COPPA management is active and you have indicated that you are under 13 when you register, then you will need to follow the instructions. Some forums require that any new registrations be activated by yourself or by the administrator before you can log in. This information is specified during registration. If you have received an email, follow the instructions. If you have not received an e-mail, you may have provided an incorrect address or the e-mail has been processed by a spam filter. If you are sure of the email address provided, contact the administrator.

I registered in the past but I can not log in anymore!
The administrator may have deleted or disabled your account. Indeed, it is common to delete non-posting users regularly to reduce the size of the database. If this happens to you, try to re-register and be more invested in the forum.

What does COPPA mean?
COPPA (or Child Online Privacy and Protection Act , 1998) is a law in the United States that says that websites that can collect information from minors under the age of 13 must have the written consent of parents (or a legal guardian). ) for the collection of such information to identify a minor under 13 years of age. If you are not sure that this applies to you, when you register, or to the website you are trying to register for, ask for legal assistance. Note that the forum team can not provide legal advice and can not be contacted for legal issues of any kind, except those highlighted.

Why can not I register?
It is possible that the site owner has banned your IP or banned the username you want to use. The site owner may also have disabled the registration to prevent new ones. Contact the administrator for further details.

What is the purpose of “Delete Forum Cookies”?
This deletes all cookies created by phpBB3 that retain your login and connection to the forum. They also provide features such as recording the status of messages, read or unread, if enabled by the administrator. If you have problems logging in / out, deleting cookies can fix them.

Preferences and User Settings

How to change my settings ?

The hours are not correct!

I changed my time zone and the time is still incorrect!

My language is not in the list !

How can I display an image with my username?

What is my rank and how to modify it?

When I click on a user’s e-mail link , I am asked to log in?

How to change my settings ?
All your settings (if you are registered) are saved in our database. To edit them, visit the User Panel link (usually displayed at the top of all forum pages). This will allow you to change all your settings and preferences.

The hours are not correct!
It is possible that the time displayed is in a time zone different from the one in which you are. In this case, you must change your preferences for your zone’s time zone (London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc.) in the user’s panel. Note that changing the time zone, as most settings are only available to registered users. So if you are not registered, this is the right time to do it.

I changed my time zone and the time is still incorrect!
If you are sure you have set your time zone and daylight saving time correctly, the server may not be on time. Report this problem to the administrator.

My language is not in the list !
The most likely reason is that the administrator did not install your language or nobody has translated phpBB3 into your language yet. Try asking the administrator to install the desired language. If it does not exist, you are free to create a new translation. You can find more information on the phpBB website.

How can I display an image with my username?
There may be two images with a username on the message viewing page. The first is associated with your rank, usually stars or blocks indicating your number of posts or your status on the forum. The second, larger image, known as an avatar is usually unique and personal to each user. It is up to the administrator to activate the avatars and decide how they are made available. If you can not use an avatar, it may be a decision of the administrator. You can contact him to ask about his reasons.

What is my rank and how to modify it?
Rows that appear under the user name indicate the number of messages posted or identify certain users such as moderators and administrators. In general, you can not directly change the title of a row because it is set by the administrator. If you abuse forums by posting messages for the sole purpose of increasing your rank, a moderator or administrator may downgrade your message counter.

When I click on a user’s e-mail link , I am asked to log in?
Only registered users can send e-mails via the integrated form (if the function has been activated by the administrator). This is to prevent misuse of the feature by guests.

Problems with sending messages

How to post in a forum?

How to change or delete a post ?

How to add a signature to my messages?

How create a poll ?

Why can not I add more options to my survey?

How to edit or delete a poll?

Why can not I access a forum?

Why can not I attach files to my message?

Why did I receive a warning?

How can I report posts to a moderator ?

What is the “Save” button on the message writing page?

Why does my post need to be approved?

How to go back my subject?

How to post in a forum?
Click the appropriate button (New or Reply) on the forum page or topics. You may need to be registered to write a message. A list of available options is displayed at the bottom of the forums and topics pages, example: You can post new topics, You can vote, and so on.

How to change or delete a post ?
Unless you are an administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own messages. You can edit a message (sometimes in a limited time after it is published) by clicking the edit button of the corresponding message. If someone has already replied to the message, a small text will appear at the bottom of the message indicating that it has been edited, the number of times it has been modified, and the date and time of the last edition. . This message will not appear if a moderator or administrator modifies the message, however they can leave a note indicating that they have modified the message on their own initiative. Note that users can not delete a message once someone has responded.

How to add a signature to my messages?
You must first create a signature in your user panel. Once created, you can check Attach your signature on the message writing form. You can also add the default signature to all your messages by activating the corresponding box in the user panel ( Forum Preferences tab -> Edit message preferences ). Later, you will still be able to prevent a signature from being added to a message by unchecking the box Attach your signature in the message writing form.

How create a poll ?
It’s easy to create a poll, when posting a new topic, or editing the first post of a topic (if you have permission), click the Poll tab under the message part (if you do not want to do not see it, you probably do not have the right to create polls). Enter the survey title and at least two possible options, enter one option per line in the answer field. You can also indicate the number of answers a user can choose when voting in “Option (s) by the user”, limit the duration in polling days (put “0” for an unlimited duration) and finally allow users to change their vote.

Why can not I add more options to my survey?
The maximum number of options per poll is set by the administrator. If you need to indicate more options, contact him.

How to edit or delete a poll?
As with messages, polls can only be edited by the original author, moderator or administrator. To modify a poll, click on the edit button of the first message of the subject (it is always the one to which the poll is associated). If no one has voted, the author can edit an option or delete the poll. Otherwise, only moderators and administrators can edit or delete it. This is to prevent special effects by changing the titles during the survey.

Why can not I access a forum?
Some forums may be reserved for certain users or groups. To view, read, post, etc., you must have special permission. Only group moderators and administrators can grant this access, so you must contact them.

Why can not I attach files to my message?
The ability to add attachments can be granted by forum, group, or user. The administrator may not have allowed adding attachments to the forum in which you are posting, or perhaps only one group can join. Contact the administrator if you do not know why you can not add attachments to a forum.

Why did I receive a warning?
Each administrator has their own set of rules for their site. If you have departed from a rule, you may receive a warning. Note that this is the administrator’s decision, and the phpBB group is not affected by the warnings of a given site. Contact the administrator if you do not understand the reasons for your warning.

How can I report posts to a moderator ?
If the administrator has allowed it, go to the message to report and you should see a button to report the message. Clicking on it will take you to the necessary steps.

What is the “Save” button on the message writing page?
It allows you to save the messages to be finished to post them later. To reload them, go to the user panel

Why does my post need to be approved?
The administrator may have decided that the forum in which you are posting requires message validation. It is also possible that the administrator has placed you in a group whose messages must be validated before being displayed. Contact the administrator for more information.

How to go back my subject?
By clicking on the link “Go back the subject” during its consultation, you can put the subject at the top of the forum on the first page. On the other hand, if you do not see this link, it means that the subject is not active or that the time interval to allow the ascent is not reached. It is also possible to trace a subject simply by answering. Nevertheless, make sure you follow the rules of the forum by doing so.

Formatting and subject types

What are BBCodes?

Can I use HTML?

What are the Smileys ?

Can I publish images?

What are global announcements ?

What are announcements ?

What are post-its?

What are locked topics ?

What are topic icons ?

What are BBCodes?
BBCode is a variation of HTML, offering a wide control of the formatting of the elements of a message. The administrator can decide if you can use BBCodes, you can also disable them in each of your messages by using the appropriate option of the message writing form. The BBCode itself is similar to the HTML style, but the tags are enclosed in brackets [and] rather than . For more information on BBCode, see the guide accessible from the message writing page.

Can I use HTML?
No, it is not possible to publish HTML on this forum. Most of the formatting enabled by HTML can be applied with BBCodes.

What are the Smileys ?
Smilies, or emoticons, are small images used to express feelings with simple code, for example: 🙂 means happy, 🙁 means sad.The complete list of smileys is visible on the message writing page. do not abuse it, they can quickly make a message unreadable and a moderator may decide to remove it or simply delete the message, or the administrator may have set a maximum number of smileys per message.

Can I publish images?
Yes, you can display images in your messages. In addition, if the administrator has authorized the attached files, you can upload an image to the forum. Otherwise, you must link an image placed on a public web server, for example: You can not link images from your computer (unless it’s a public web server) or images behind authentication mechanisms, for example: Hotmail e-mail boxes or Yahoo !, password protected sites etc. To display the image, use the BBCode [img] tag.

What are global announcements ?
Global ads contain important information that you should read as soon as possible. They appear at the top of each forum and in your user panel. The ability to publish global ads depends on permissions set by the administrator.

What are announcements ?
Ads often contain important information about the forum you are viewing and should be read as soon as possible. Ads appear at the top of each page of the forum in which they are published. As with global ads, the ability to publish ads depends on permissions set by the administrator.

What are post-its?
A post-it appears below the ads on the first page of the forum in which it was published. It contains relatively important information and you should consult it regularly. As with global ads and ads, the ability to publish post-it notes depends on permissions set by the administrator.

What are locked topics ?
You can not reply in locked topics anymore and any polls contained in it are finished. Topics can be locked for different reasons by a moderator or administrator. Depending on the permissions granted by the administrator, you may or may not lock your own topics.

What are topic icons ?
Topic icons are images that can be associated with messages to reflect their content. The ability to use topic icons depends on the permissions set by the administrator.

Levels of users and groups

Who are the administrators ?
What are Moderators ?
What are user groups?
How to join a group of users ?
How to become a group leader ?
Why do some user groups appear in a different color?
What is a “Default Group”?
What is the link “The forum team”?

Who are the administrators ?
Administrators are the users who have the highest level of control over the entire forum. They control all aspects of the forum like permissions, ban, creating groups of users or moderators, etc., according to the permissions that the forum founder has given to other administrators. They can also have all the moderation abilities on all forums, according to what the founder has authorized.

What are Moderators ?
Moderators are users (or groups of users) whose job is to check the day-to-day functioning of the forum. They have the power to edit or delete messages, lock, unlock, move, delete, and divide topics from forums they moderate. Typically, moderators prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive content.

What are user groups?
Groups are the way for administrators to group and manage users. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can have special permissions. This provides administrators with a simple way to change the permissions of multiple users at once, such as making multiple users moderators of a forum or giving them access to a private forum.

How to join a group of users ?
To join a group, click the User Groups link in your user panel, then you can see all groups. Not all groups are open access . Some may require validation, some are closed, and some may be hidden. If the group is open, you can join it by clicking the appropriate button. If the group requires validation, you can request to join by clicking the appropriate button. A group moderator will need to confirm your request and may ask you why you want to join the group. Do not bother the moderator if he cancels your request, he surely has his reasons.

How to become a group leader ?
When groups are created by the administrator, they are assigned a moderator. If you want to create a user group, contact the administrator first by sending a private message.

Why do some user groups appear in a different color?
The administrator can assign colors to members of a group to make them easily identifiable.

What is a “Default Group”?
If you are a member of more than one group, the default one is used to determine the rank and group color displayed by default. The administrator can allow you to change your default group via your user panel.

What is the link “The forum team”?
This page lists the members of the forum team, including administrators and moderators, as well as other details such as moderated forums.

Private messaging

I can not send private messages !
I constantly receive unwanted messages!
I received an e-mail or an abusive mail from a user of this forum!

I can not send private messages !
There are three reasons for this: you are not registered and / or logged in, the administrator has disabled private messaging on the entire forum, or the administrator has prevented you from sending messages. Contact the administrator for more information.

I constantly receive unwanted messages!
You can prevent a user from sending you messages by using message filters in your private messaging settings. If you receive abusive private messages from a particular user, notify the administrator. The latter has the ability to completely prevent a user from sending private messages.

I received an e-mail or an abusive mail from a user of this forum!
The forum e-mail form includes security for tracking users who send such messages. Send the administrator a complete copy of the email received. It is very important to include headers (they contain information about the sender of the email). The administrator can then take the necessary measures.

Friends and ignored

What are my lists of friends and ignored?
How can I add / remove users from my friends or ignored list?

What are my lists of friends and ignored?
You can use these lists to organize other forum members. Members added to your friend list will be displayed in your user panel for quick access, view their connection status and send them private messages. Depending on the graphic themes, their messages can be highlighted. If you add a user to your ignore list, all his messages will be hidden by default.

How can I add / remove users from my friends or ignored list?
You can add users to your list in two ways. In each member’s profile, there is a link to add it to your friends or ignored list. Or, from your user panel, you can add members directly by entering their username. You can also delete users from your list from this same page.

Search in the forums

How to search forums?
Why does my search return no results ?
Why does my search return a blank page ?!
How can we look for members ?
How can I find my own messages and topics?

How to search forums?
Enter a search term in the search box at the top of index, forum, or topic pages. The advanced search is accessible by clicking on the link “Advanced search” available on all pages of the forum. Access to research may depend on the graphic themes used.

Why does my search return no results ?
Your search is probably too vague or includes several common terms not indexed by phpBB 3. You can refine your search using the options available in the advanced search.

Why does my search return a blank page ?!
Your search returns more results than the Web server can handle. Use “Advanced Search” and be more specific in the choice of terms used and forums involved in the search.

How can we look for members ?
Go to the “Members” page, click on the “Find a User” link and fill in the necessary options.

How can I find my own messages and topics?
Your messages can be found by clicking on “View your messages” in the user panel or via your own profile page. To search for your topics, use the advanced search page and choose the appropriate settings.

Monitoring topics and favorites

What is the difference between favorites and surveillance?
How to monitor particular forums or topics?
How can I remove my topic monitors?

What is the difference between favorites and surveillance?
Favorites in phpBB 3 are like your browser’s favorites. You do not necessarily know about updates, but you can come back to the subject later. Conversely, monitoring will warn you when a topic or forum will be updated via your preferred choice.

How to monitor particular forums or topics?
To monitor a particular forum, once entered on it, click on the link “Monitor this forum”. To monitor a topic, you can either reply to this topic and check the box on the message writing form to monitor it, or click on the “Monitor this topic” link available by looking at the topic itself.

How can I remove my topic monitors?
To remove your monitors, go to your user panel ( Preview tab -> Monitoring Management ) and follow the instructions.

Attachments

Which attached files are allowed on this forum?
How to find all my attachments ?

Which attached files are allowed on this forum?
The administrator can allow or prohibit certain types of attached files. If you are unsure of what is allowed to be charged, contact the administrator for more information.

How to find all my attachments ?
To find the list of attached files that you have loaded, go to your user panel and then Manage Attachments .

Regarding phpBB 3

Who are the authors of this forum ?
Why is the X feature unavailable?
Who to contact for abuse or legal issues regarding this forum?

Who are the authors of this forum ?
This software (in its original form) is produced, distributed and its copyright is held by the phpBB Group . It is made available under the GNU General Public License and may be distributed free of charge. Check out the link for more information.

Why is the X feature unavailable?
This software was written and licensed by the phpBB Group. If you think a feature needs to be added, visit the phpBB Ideas Center where you can vote for ideas or suggest new features.

Who to contact for abuse or legal issues regarding this forum?
Contact any of the administrators in the “The Forum Team” list. If you remain unanswered then contact the owner of the domain (by doing a search on whois ) or if a free service is used (example: Yahoo !, Free, f2s, etc.), with the service management or abuses. Note that the phpBB group has absolutely no control and can not be held responsible for how , where or by whom this forum is used. There is no need to contact the phpBB group for any legal questions (assignments and disclaimers, liability, defamatory, etc.) not directly relatedto the phpbb website or the phpBB software itself. If you send an email to the phpBB group about using a third party of this software you should expect a very short answer or no response at all.

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