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No user of the site has any right to post anything they feel like posting. If a user posts, they have to live with any editing or deletion or other moderator action without public complaint. Private complaints can be addressed via the contacts page.
Any poster who flames others is not posting according to the rules. Similarly, any poster who "trolls" is by definition trying to induce flames by others and is guilty of flaming by proxy. Neither is allowed here.
The discussion of "warez," "cracks," or the "how to" of uncapping modems is not condoned on the site. Period.
Do not take it upon yourself to point out where other members do not follow guidelines, because that leads to more off-topic posts and even arguments. Use the "Hey Mod" button.
Posting off-topic, or against the letter or spirit of the forum description, is not posting according to the rules.
"Thread Crapping" occurs when a person comes into a thread and posts something contrary to the intent of the thread, often derailing the discussion or turning it into an argument. If you feel the need to turn a discussion into a debate, start a new thread instead.
Any poster who follows up ISP reviews and flames or insults the reviewer, rather than commenting on the subject of the review, is not posting according to the rules.
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Any poster who uses a posting tag or sig line in an offensive manner, such as commenting negatively on another user, is not abiding by site rules and may cause such sig or tag to vanish.
You are prohibited from posting instant messages in the forums without the express consent of the author.
The above also extends to the 'What are you doing' list located on the member pages of buddies.
Articles should not be posted in their entirety. The acceptable way to post external articles is to partially quote, add some personal comments and give a full credit with a link back to the original site.
Referrals are never permitted anywhere on this site.
Any poster may be banned at any time by name, IP address or other identification without any prior warning and without any explanation given.
If you are not disruptive, and you express your opinions in an intelligent way, your contributions will not be edited or deleted, and you will not be banned. 99.999% of our users do not run afoul of any of the "hard rules."
If you have any issue with forum moderation, please do not raise your gripe in the public forums. Do not pursue a moderator via instant message or email. To the best of their ability they follow guidelines but are not robots, and they are all volunteers (or they are volunteered).
When you click on the under a post, you are presented with the screen above. (Unless the user is on your "buddy list," in which case you will see only the "encourage" button.)
You will be able to see the thumbs in your posts that are "encouraged." They will be highlighted to you within a thread, and the names of the users who gave them to you will be shown to the left of the post, like this:
If you are the voter, you will be able to see that you have given a vote up for that post. Also, the person who received your vote will see that it came from you. No one else sees the votes.
bythis FAQ entry for information on the "thumbs-up" feature.
If it doesn't appear right away, it'll turn up within a few hours to a day (maximum), unless it runs afoul of the site rules.
DSLR was founded in the spirit of teamwork and for positive exchanges of information -- the posts sent to Jail do not meet those standards.
The Post Jail Forum is for moderator reference, and in the interest of keeping the site experience a positive one, it's reserved for moderator access. Content is kept in case someone needs to refer to it to make a decision, to help resolve conflicts or provide an opportunity for the moderators to get a consensus on whether a questionable posting should remain in Jail or be placed back in the public view.
The first is to use this link: »/forums/all?choose=1
On the subsequent page, you may simply select your favorites by checking the box and saving the page. To remove a forum from your favorites just return to the page and remove the check, remembering to click on the save button.
Another method is to click on the "About" link at the top of the forum. This will take you to a page where you can designate the forum as one of your favorites.
This takes you to a page where you can make the forum one of your favorites by using the link pictured below:
This feature coincides with a new option provided to all forum hosts, enabling them to send out a forum newsletter as often as each week. This newsletter is intended to be a brief alert to what's going on in the forum, and it will include links to some pertinent threads.
To utilize this option, click on the "forum info" link at the top of the forum:
On the next page, use the "subscribe" or "unsubscribe" as required.
The purpose of the "subscribe" link is to allow forum users to either receive these newsletters or to opt out of receiving them. If the forum is in your "favorites" list, you are probably already subscribed.
You can unsubscribe from any forum newsletter by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom.
Unsubscribe from Software Newsletter: »Software
Unsubscribe from Microsoft Newsletter: »Microsoft Help
You can obtain the number used above by hovering your mouse over the "clear" link next to the forum in your favorites page.
got feedback?All Forums page, you will see some icons as in this graphic:
You can click on any header that is in Bold Blue, which will take you to a page for that section of the forums.
Clicking on the Lighter Blue forum names will take you to that forum.
The green bubbles indicate forums that are in your favorites.
The red bubbles are forums that you have selected as favorites that have recent activity.
The gray bubbles are forums without recent activity.
123 The gray numbers next to the bubbles indicate the number of regular visitors to that forum.
Each forum USED to have a "clear" option at the top, since removed. To clear an individual forum, just click on either the first red or yellow envelope on your Favorites page. That will mark all messages read and will clear them off your Favorites page until a new post is made in a thread. (Thanks to Sashwa for posting this info.)
There is also a feature to clear all of the forums in your favorites, as seen here:
NOTE: If you don't see the "clear all" links, try changing the Slow / Quick links above the forum list on the left.
An alternative view is "nest," which shows the posts in a thread in such a way that posts which are replies to another post in the thread appear below them -- posts with their "children."
Text is like flat, but in a tree-like structure.
The color may vary if you've chosen something other than the default color scheme on the site.
Some forums now have a Google Headlines link displayed in the header.
This search is predicated on search words entered by the forum host(s). If you think additional search terms should be added, please contact the host or hosts of the forum.
You can add a ~printable=1 to the end of the URL when viewing a long thread. This will make the page you are looking at more suitable for printing, but it will not deliver all of the posts in a long page.
You can see this by clicking on the "About" link at the top of every forum:
On the next page, click on "view frequent posters."
This will take you to the first new post since you last viewed the thread.
The format for a single choice poll is:
Note: The comma before the first option and after the others is required.
The format for a multiple choice poll is:
Note: The comma before the first option and after the others is required.
It should look something like this:
If a poll is accepted, during the preview stage it should display:
Want to use commas in your poll? See this faq entry.
Want to use a link or URL in your poll? Do it like this:
Images may be used for choices:
[poll]Ask your question, , , , [/poll]
Note: There is a 255 character limit (including html tags) for each choice.
FYI: Polls can now be "closed" to prevent further votes.
Thanks JerryC23, kadar, raw102 and mballard for the posts that went into this entry.
got feedback?this post by saying: "Yes! Of course! Mods are people too, you know! They like those little encouragement thumbs-up as much as you do!"
fatness answered the same question this way: "Sure, if you think it's worth a thumb, vote up their post. You'd be surprised how much those thumbs mean to us."
got feedback?/forums/all) has been changed so that it now displays a folder listing the boards associated with ALL ISPs, indexed by first letter.
Any entries found by drilling down in this index are either:
• A link to the existing popular forum with site, host, etc OR
• A link to a generic display of whatever comments have been previously left lurking inside the ISP listing itself
The entries in the index are tied to ISP listings from the DSLR front page. If your ISP doesn't have a listing yet, it's because there are no reviews for it. You can rectify that by doing a review here on the site or, if you don't locate your ISP, by emailing the review. Then send an IM to cabana .
You can add/subtract to your favorite forums page, but they only show up in the default fav forum view, not the alternative one.
Posts attached to ISPs that do not have a regular forum are culled from other locations and can be viewed by clicking on the ISP name. There may be no existing posts for a certain ISP.
If you post in a sticky topic, you may find that the topic becomes "stuck" on your "New Posts" page as well. If you use the "stop following" feature and the view "updated followed topics," then you will not see updates to stickies.
Learn more about that feature here.
got feedback?this page you can customize the way the site displays the forums for you:
You may change the number of Topic/Posts displayed per page. The default is 20, but you may change it to 30, 50 or 100 posts/topics per page.
Depending on your capabilities, you may also change how many days worth of topics are displayed in each forum.
By checking the box next to "Show no smiles," the view of site emoticons will be disabled. By checking the box next to "Show no trinkets," the view of club spinners will be disabled.
To change the default forum view (nesting of posts and replies) you can change from flat, text, nest or closed:
And finally on this page you can change the default mouseover behavior for topics in the forum listing. Enabling this causes a small box with a preview of the topic text to appear when you hover your mouse over a link:
You may also change the default color theme that is displayed on this page. To preview a theme (no changes are made until you apply them) simply click on a theme in the list on the left:
When you've found a theme you'd like to use site-wide, simply click on the "Pick this theme" button on the top right:
And that's it!
This feature, if selected, will highlight every post in that particular forum which has gone unanswered.
Everyone is urged to check these now and then in your favorite forum(s). It may be that you can help the original poster, or you might consider "bumping" a recent but scrolled-off post so that it can be seen again. (Note: Bumping is frowned upon in some forums. Please check before jumping into the frying pan.)
Access to such forums used to occur over time -- and was tied to participation on the site, the earning of points and other criteria. Today, access is automatic with the establishment of PREMIUM membership, and basic members still gain certain privileges over time.
Learn more about PREMIUM membership here: /join/new
This topic rating system has replaced the topic "thumbs-up" function.
If you want to see which topics are rated highly, use the RATED link which is just after "See: Unreplied" at the top of any forum page. Only rated topics will show -- listed in order of their rating.
got feedback?theme you're using there can be up to three different colors.
•One for topics updated today
•One for topics updated this week
•One for topics older than a week
In the "default theme" those colors are pink, light yellow and white:
In the "dark theme" those colors are light red, dark blue and black:
In the "dimaging theme" they're light blue, dark blue and black:
If you're not using one of the above themes, you can click here to access the main theme settings page, select the theme you're using and view the settings for topic age.
got feedback?Microsoft Help Forum. The line of topic descriptors is right above the start of the topics. Clicking on any one will sort the forum putting topics with that subject at the top for quick and easy viewing.
These may not be used in all forums, at the discretion of the forum host.