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Old 03-08-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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Forums 101 - posting, photos, accounts, basics

Forums 101 - posting, photos, accounts, basics

Welcome to IRV2. Please take a moment to read through this discussion if you are having trouble posting or have other basic questions about how our forum works. Here are some links to find more help about using the forum (if you don't find what you need in this discussion thread).

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Old 03-08-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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How to register

Registration is free and open to everyone. While even unregistered viewers may read our board, only registered members can post here.

To register:
1. Open your open your internet browser and go to this link: http://www.irv2.com/forums/register.php or open the forums home page and click on the "register" link.
2. Fill out your birth date and click proceed. You must be older than 13 to register.
3. Check the "I agree to the rules" button (if you agree)
4. Click the "register" button
5. A form will appear and you will need to fill out the info requested. Be sure that your e-mail address is filled out correctly. We do not sell or share your information.
6. After you have filled in required info. Click on "complete registration" at the bottom of page. If you have not filled out all info - you will be prompted go enter the requested info.
7. You will get an email asking you to verify your email address. Please make sure that any SPAM filters you have enabled do not prevent email from our site from coming through.

This completes the registration process.
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User Name

Your user name displays next to each post an identifies your account. In order to log in you need to know both your user name and password and they are case sensitive.

While you can change your password once you have logged in via your usercp (see link on upper nav bar), only an admin can change your user name. If you need to have a user name change please use the contact us link at the bottom of the page. Tell us what your current user name is and make a request for a new one. If your desired name is already in use, you may have to choose again. User names are best kept to a short length (under 12 characters) and shouldn't contain any special characters (like % or & or #). They also have to be G rated and may not be e-mail addresses or web addresses.

If you have forgotten your user name and cannot login, contact us with as much info about your existing account as you can remember and we'll try to help. The contact us link located at the bottom of each page. You do not need to be logged in to use this link.

If you have 2 accounts, we allow only 1 user name per member. We can merge them and move all posts to one account but we will need to know which account you wish to retain.
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Logging in

Once you have registered you may login to post or search our data base for information about RVing.

You will see a log in box in the upper right hand corner. Enter your username and password (these are case sensitive) and then click the remember me box.

Our site exchanges little bits of data called cookies with your computer to keep you logged in at page changes. Many virus protection programs or your computers own safety settings (if set very high) may be deleting these cookies when you navigate away from a page and then you get logged off. You can try the following things:
  • Set your system security settings to medium.
  • Be sure that you have enabled cookie handling.
  • Check your Virus protection software and firewall settings to be sure that cookie handling is not being blocked there - you can specifically allow cookie exchange with the site.
At the end of your visit, you can log out or just navigate away from our site. Our server will automatically sever your connection after a period of time.

If you have forgotten your password and cannot login, you may request a new one via the contact us link located at the bottom of each page. You do not need to be logged in to use this link.
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How to post a new question (thread)

Questions or a new topic thread can be started in the section of the forum that best fits the topic you have in mind. Once you have posted your question you can edit that post for a brief period of time.
  • Log into the forums.
  • Click on the "forums" tab at the top of the page. You may see a list of subforum/topic areas.
  • Click on the subforum that best suits your intended post. Once it opens you will see a list of threads already in that subforum. At the top of the list, over toward the left, you should see a "new thread" button.
  • Click on the new thread button and follow the prompts.
Once you have crafted your post, click on the submit reply button below the text editor to submit your post to the board.
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How to post a reply

To reply to an already existing thread:
  • Log into our site.
  • Open the thread you want to reply to.
  • In the bottom right hand side of the post you want to respond to, click on the note pad looking thing (post quick reply). A text editor box should appear.
  • Add your text and then hit post reply at the bottom of text box.
Or... you can hit "go advanced" and get a more complete text editor with formatting options and the ability to upload photos.

Once you have crafted your post, click on the submit reply button below the text editor to submit your post to the board.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:20 PM   #7
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How to add photos to a post

  • Click Quick Reply and scroll down to bottom of text box.
  • Click Go Advanced, add text to message window and then scroll down.
  • Click Manage Attachments. A separate window will pop up.
  • Click Browse... then select the file to be uploaded. Be sure that the photo is appropriately sized. 620 x 620 pixels (or smaller) and no more than 100K. Forums software will automatically reduce the size, but smaller size photos will upload much faster. You may select several photos to upload at the same time by repeating the last step.
  • Click Upload. After pics have loaded, close the pop-up window.
  • Click Submit Reply to post the text of your message - photos will automatically appear at the bottom of your post.
You can also:
  • Click Post Reply or, if starting a new thread, click New Thread
  • Click on the paperclip symbol in the top row of the message box. A separate window will pop up.
  • Click Browse...then select the file to be uploaded. Be sure that the photo is appropriately sized. 620 x 620 pixels (or smaller) and no more than 100K. Forums software will automatically reduce the size, but smaller size photos will upload much faster. You may select several photos to upload at the same time by repeating the last step.
  • Click Upload. After pics have loaded, close the pop-up window.
  • Click Submit Reply (if you are replying) or Submit New Thread (if a new discussion) to post the text of your message - photos will automatically appear at the bottom of your post.

    NOTE: Forum and Classified software will display photos in the original orientation in which they were taken. If a photo was taken in landscape (sideways) mode, it will display sideways in a post or ad, even if you have it stored in portrait (upright) mode on your device. Use a photo editing or snipping tool to save a copy of the photo in portrait (upright) orientation and upload that copy (not the original) in your post/ad.
About attachment storage limits


When you upload a copy of an image file (or other attachment) it is stored on our servers. There are some restrictions on how much data can be stored.

Registered members are limited to 50 MB of attachment storage for items posted to threads and posts and 100 MB for files posted to the photo gallery. We highly recommend that you reduce file sizes before uploading them to posts and threads.

Contributing members have unlimited attachment storage for threads and posts. A contributing membership is an annual commitment. If a contributing membership reverts to a standard account, loaded images will still remain, but if you have exceeded the storage limits of a standard member account (50 MB), you may be unable to load more attachments. And remember ... all images loaded to posts (regardless of your membership status) must meet the size requirement above. If they are larger, they will fail to load.

How to embed an image stored on another site:
You can do this by using image tags. Upload the image to a service like imageshack and then copy the URL of the image and put that between [IMG] tags. That will work well, as long as the host site stays in business and doesn't disable your image for overuse of bandwidth etc.

You can also paste in the location of a photo stored here in a photo gallery.

To do this: Paste the url of the image from our photo gallery into your post. Then add the following code on either side of the url (with no extra spaces):

[IMG]url here[/IMG]

The image will appear where the url was in your text.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:23 PM   #8
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PM System and Profile Comments

There are two ways to communicate with other forums members outside of the normal posting area.
  • Private messages that only the person you send it to can read and respond to.
  • Profile Comments left on the member’s page (profile). Anyone can see profile comments and the recipient has the option to delete it from their page.
If you click on a members name next to a post and select “View Public Profile” it will take you to the member’s profile page. Click on the “Contact Info” tab and you have several options depending on what types of messages the member has chosen to accept.

If you select private message you will need to select a title, type in your message and press the “Submit Message” button at the bottom. You can add smiles and links, but you can not attach pictures to a private message.

If you select to send a profile comment, type in the message and press the “Post Message” button at the bottom.
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Blogs

The Blog system gives you your own personal space at IRV2 Forums.

Blogs are intended for journaling, travelogues and commentary but not for asking informational questions or engaging others in discussion. If you have a question, please post it to one of the forum topic ares.

To start a blog click on the blog tab and then use the options on the left side tool bar to get started. Blogs are editable and you can load images into you blog. Other members may leave comments about your blog posting so check back periodically. A blog is a great way to document a trip or restoration!

Saving blog entry in draft form ... and how to finalize

You may save unfinished blog posts by clicking 'Save Draft' in the blog entry window. To complete the post follow steps 1, 2 & 3 in the next image. Finish writing your blog entry or add images. And then scroll down to 'Miscellaneous Options' and change the Publish Status to 'Publish Now' (step 4 in second image below). Click 'Save Changes.'
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Customizing your account, subscriptions

You can change various settings in your member account. To access your account, click "user CP" on the upper navbar.

From the left side menu in your user control panel, you can add a signature, upload an avatar (the picture beside a post), change your account information and your forum interface. After any change, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'save'.

One of the features of our forum is the ability to receive e-mail updates of new posts to a thread you may be interested in. You can opt for no e-mail, instant e-mail, daily or weekly. If you have elected to receive e-mail, make sure you have a valid e-mail address listed in your account profile. your e-mail address will not be publicly viewable and we do not sell or share member information.
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Rally calendar

As a service to our members, we maintain a rally calendar and any member may add an event to this calendar - FREE! To access the calendar, click 'rally calendar' on the upper nav bar. You may edit your event as needed.

We also offer free ads for rallies of interest to our community. We can even design an ad for you - just ask and site moderator for an assist with an ad. A rally ad will substantially raise awareness of your event - we all want to go camping!
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Photo gallery

Take a wander through our photo gallery. Members may set up their own photo gallery or post pictures to existing sections of the gallery.

To set up a gallery:

Click the photos tab
> My stuff
> category admin
> add category

Fill out requested info and under parent category select members photos.

Uncheck the box that allows others to post to your gallery.

Then submit by hitting add category.

You now have an open category for your pictures. Use the upload link to add photos. Be careful to add them to your category and not some one else's.

This personal gallery is the one that is linked to in the drop down menu under your user name in the avatar block beside every post.
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The staff of IRV2 Forums consists of a team of moderators who are volunteers. Their job is to keep the forums running smoothly by assisting members and if needed, enforcing the rules of the forums. The moderators may warn, suspend or even ban a member who has continually violated the rules of the forums. These disciplinary actions are extremely rare and are done with a consensus of the moderator team. You can view a compete list of our site staff here.

The bottom of the Forums page displays a list of members who are currently logged onto the forums. The moderator’s names are listed in bold. If you need assistance, feel free to contact any of the moderators. If you see a post that you find objectionable, use the “Report Post” option under the posters information on the left side of the screen. This option will generate an alert to all members of the moderator team.

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Avatars & Profile Pictures

An avatar is the little picture displayed below your user name in the box on the left side of every post. You may use a forums generic avatar or upload your own custom avatar. Avatars are limited in size to 100 x 100 pixels or 100 KB (whichever is smaller).

To upload a custom avatar: Choose a picture you like that is stored in your computer. Resize the picture to meet the size requirements above using a photo/image editor or camera software. Images that are too large will fail to load and you will receive and error message.

1. Click user CP (control panel) on upper blue tool bar.
2. Click edit avatar on left side menu.
3. Scroll down to the "Custom Avatar" box and click the "use Custom Avatar" button.
4. Click Browse button. A file menu screen will appear and you can choose the avatar file to be loaded. The file name should appear in the "upload an avatar from your computer box".
5. Click save changes.

A profile picture is the picture displayed on your profile page, viewable to other forum members.

To upload a profile picture: Choose a picture you like that is stored in your computer. Resize the picture to meet the size requirements above using a photo/image editor or camera software. Images that are too large will fail to load and you will receive and error message

1. Click user CP (control panel) on upper blue tool bar.
2. Click edit profile picture on left side menu.
3. Click choose file.
4. Double click on the picture stored on your computer.
5. Click save changes.
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