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Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by Thunderfall, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. Thunderfall

    Thunderfall Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    This thread contains answers to the frequently asked questions posted here in Site Feedback.

    If you want to suggest a question to include in this FAQ, feel free to post in this thread.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I add a picture (i.e. avatar) under my user name?
    You can give yourself an avatar in your User CP's Avatar Editor page. There are hundreds of Civish avatars for you to choose from. If you have 30 posts AND have registered for 30 days, you can give yourself a custom (non-animated) avatar. The dimension limit of custom avatars is 70x70 pixels and size limit is 4 KB.

    If you have 100 posts AND have been registered for 100 days, you can give yourself a custom non-animated avatar up to 100x100 pixels and ~6 kB in size.

    If you have 300 posts AND have been registered for 300 days, you can give yourself a custom non-animated avatar up to 100x100 pixels and 10 kB in size.

    How can I set a custom title?
    The requirements are the same as custom avatar (30 posts & 30 days). You can edit your title in your User CP's Personal Details section

    How can I take screenshots and/or create/edit graphics (Windows)?
    To take a screenshot, hit the Print Screen (Prt Scr) key on your keyboard, open a graphics program, then select Paste.
    To create or edit graphics, you may wish to use one of the following programs:
    Is there a complete list of BB Codes somewhere?
    The list is available here: https://forums.civfanatics.com/help/bb-codes

    How are drafts of posts handled in xenforo?
    Drafts are saved every 60 seconds and overwrite any previous drafts of that post. The drafts are deleted after 24 hours, or if the message is posted. The draft appears in the same location within the thread in which it was created (in a lighter typeface than actual posts).

    Issue: Help! I did not get the confirmation email, so my registration does not complete!
    Answer: Some email providers wrongfully identify CivFanatics as a spam site. If possible, please try a different email address. These providers are known to work as of Aug. 16, 2019: gmail.com.

    What are the restrictions on searching?
    You may not search for terms that are less than 3 characters. You may not search for terms that are too long (at least 25 characters works). You may not search for certain common words (see list below). Finally, you may not search for terms on the auto-censor list. The purpose of these restrictions is to avoid placing an undue load on the server.

    List of common, unsearchable words:
    Spoiler :
    Code:
    a's           able          about         above         according
    accordingly   across        actually      after         afterwards
    again         against       ain't         all           allow
    allows        almost        alone         along         already
    also          although      always        am            among
    amongst       an            and           another       any
    anybody       anyhow        anyone        anything      anyway
    anyways       anywhere      apart         appear        appreciate
    appropriate   are           aren't        around        as
    aside         ask           asking        associated    at
    available     away          awfully       be            became
    because       become        becomes       becoming      been
    before        beforehand    behind        being         believe
    below         beside        besides       best          better
    between       beyond        both          brief         but
    by            c'mon         c's           came          can
    can't         cannot        cant          cause         causes
    certain       certainly     changes       clearly       co
    com           come          comes         concerning    consequently
    consider      considering   contain       containing    contains
    corresponding could         couldn't      course        currently
    definitely    described     despite       did           didn't
    different     do            does          doesn't       doing
    don't         done          down          downwards     during
    each          edu           eg            eight         either
    else          elsewhere     enough        entirely      especially
    et            etc           even          ever          every
    everybody     everyone      everything    everywhere    ex
    exactly       example       except        far           few
    fifth         first         five          followed      following
    follows       for           former        formerly      forth
    four          from          further       furthermore   get
    gets          getting       given         gives         go
    goes          going         gone          got           gotten
    greetings     had           hadn't        happens       hardly
    has           hasn't        have          haven't       having
    he            he's          hello         help          hence
    her           here          here's        hereafter     hereby
    herein        hereupon      hers          herself       hi
    him           himself       his           hither        hopefully
    how           howbeit       however       i'd           i'll
    i'm           i've          ie            if            ignored
    immediate     in            inasmuch      inc           indeed
    indicate      indicated     indicates     inner         insofar
    instead       into          inward        is            isn't
    it            it'd          it'll         it's          its
    itself        just          keep          keeps         kept
    know          known         knows         last          lately
    later         latter        latterly      least         less
    lest          let           let's         like          liked
    likely        little        look          looking       looks
    ltd           mainly        many          may           maybe
    me            mean          meanwhile     merely        might
    more          moreover      most          mostly        much
    must          my            myself        name          namely
    nd            near          nearly        necessary     need
    needs         neither       never         nevertheless  new
    next          nine          no            nobody        non
    none          noone         nor           normally      not
    nothing       novel         now           nowhere       obviously
    of            off           often         oh            ok
    okay          old           on            once          one
    ones          only          onto          or            other
    others        otherwise     ought         our           ours
    ourselves     out           outside       over          overall
    own           particular    particularly  per           perhaps
    placed        please        plus          possible      presumably
    probably      provides      que           quite         qv
    rather        rd            re            really        reasonably
    regarding     regardless    regards       relatively    respectively
    right         said          same          saw           say
    saying        says          second        secondly      see
    seeing        seem          seemed        seeming       seems
    seen          self          selves        sensible      sent
    serious       seriously     seven         several       shall
    she           should        shouldn't     since         six
    so            some          somebody      somehow       someone
    something     sometime      sometimes     somewhat      somewhere
    soon          sorry         specified     specify       specifying
    still         sub           such          sup           sure
    t's           take          taken         tell          tends  
    th            than          thank         thanks        thanx
    that          that's        thats         the           their
    theirs        them          themselves    then          thence
    there         there's       thereafter    thereby       therefore
    therein       theres        thereupon     these         they
    they'd        they'll       they're       they've       think
    third         this          thorough      thoroughly    those
    though        three         through       throughout    thru
    thus          to            together      too           took
    toward        towards       tried         tries         truly
    try           trying        twice         two           un
    under         unfortunately unless        unlikely      until
    unto          up            upon          us            use
    used          useful        uses          using         usually
    value         various       very          via           viz
    vs            want          wants         was           wasn't
    way           we            we'd          we'll         we're
    we've         welcome       well          went          were
    weren't       what          what's        whatever      when
    whence        whenever      where         where's       whereafter
    whereas       whereby       wherein       whereupon     wherever
    whether       which         while         whither       who
    who's         whoever       whole         whom          whose
    why           will          willing       wish          with
    within        without       won't         wonder        would
    wouldn't      yes           yet           you           you'd
    you'll        you're        you've        your          yours
    yourself      yourselves    zero


    Edited by Petek on April 3, 2019 to add information about drafts.
    Edited by Petek on April 24, 2019 to correct links and typos.
    Edited by Petek on May 28, 2019 to update graphics information.
    Edited by Petek on Aug. 16, 2019 to add information about incomplete registrations.
    Edited by Petek on Oct. 30, 2019 to add information about searching.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 30, 2019
  2. Proserpine

    Proserpine Chieftain

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    2 questions: why doesn't the display list of active topics link work, and why is the forumid link to this page, in the message below, coming up as invalid?

    Welcome to CivFanatics forum!

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Hi Proserpine,

    Welcome to the Civilization Fanatics' Forum! Before posting on the forum, please take some time to read through the forum rules and the forum FAQ:

    RULES: http://forums.civfanatics.com/forumRules.shtml
    FAQ: http://forums.civfanatics.com/misc....&action=faq

    The forum rules page outlines the rules that all members are expected to follow in order to preserve a pleasant and friendly atmosphere on the forum. The forum FAQ contains info on various forum features such as avatars and smilies.

    If you still have questions about the forum after reading the above documents, please feel free to post them in the Site Feedback forum (http://forums.civfanatics.com/forum...&forumid=19).
     
  3. MarineCorps

    MarineCorps Explosion!

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    Active topics requires search. Search not one anymore. Speaking of which shouldn't you update the FAQ part about search TF?
     
  4. Thunderfall

    Thunderfall Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    They are valid. It's just that the forum automatically shortens the display URL. To see the full URL, you can hover your mouse over the link in the orginal message or right click on it to copy the shortcut.

    The forum search status has been updated now in the FAQ.
     
  5. Thunderfall

    Thunderfall Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    BTW, if you guys want to suggest a question to include in this FAQ, feel free to post here.
     
  6. Ankka

    Ankka Deity

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    Erm... you *could* update the avatar size...

    And there's a typo in the screenie hint #3, it's utility, not utillity.

    :)


    EDIT: found another typo. Recommended is written with 3 "m"'s.

    :)
     
  7. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Prior to the upgrade we could "go to last unread post". That seems to be gone and I miss it.
     
  8. Ankka

    Ankka Deity

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    Is this what you are looking for?



    BTW, why is only uploads 7 and 8 showing up. :hmm: Why restrict people from the older ones?
     
  9. Dell19

    Dell19 Take a break

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    How to add pictures/files

    The first task is to save your file so it is a valid format to be uploaded. This means pictures should be gifs, jpgs or pngs not bmps and other files may have to be zipped before they can be uploaded.

    Then there are two options.

    You can either click on the advanced post reply option and then scroll down to the bottom half of the window where there will be a button with "Manage attachments" on it. Click on it and a pop up will appear where you can select the picture you want to upload. Then click on upload and eventually it will finish, then you can close the popup and the picture will have been attached to your post when you post it. This way is best if you are only posting one or two pictures.

    The alternative is to use the uploads link at the bottom of every page which also opens a separate window where you can select the file you want to upload although this time once its uploaded you will have to link the image to your post by using [IMG ] [/IMG ] tags without the space around the link, something like:
    [IMG ]http://www.civfanatics.net/uploads8/yourfile.JPG[/IMG ]
    This is the best method if you want to attach more images as each picture can be linked separately into the same post and positioned correctly.
     
  10. Ravena

    Ravena Chieftain

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    Have a quick general question---I have noticed others have avatars not from the predefined list for themselves How does someone go about doing that??
     
  11. SesnOfWthr

    SesnOfWthr True Believer

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    Click the "Got Avatar" link in my sig, and all will be made clear.
     
  12. Thunderfall

    Thunderfall Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Because I have a script that deletes files that haven't been accessed for a certain period (such as one year)... Having people browsing those old directories and viewing the files can mess up this system...
     
  13. SesnOfWthr

    SesnOfWthr True Believer

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    Does that mean they can't be accessed, or only that they can't be browsed?
     
  14. Thunderfall

    Thunderfall Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    They can still be accessed, if those files are included in posts. The only thing that changed is people can no longer see list of files in those old directories.
     
  15. Ankka

    Ankka Deity

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    So now we can't anymore browse for some old file that is missing. :undecide:
     
  16. Dell19

    Dell19 Take a break

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    Surely if the picture was that important you would have saved it before?
     
  17. Ankka

    Ankka Deity

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    But how about something that someone is looking for, like MarineCorps found some units for Wyrmshadow IIRC some time ago, which where old, like a year or two... :hmm:
     
  18. citizen001

    citizen001 Banned

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    Why can't we have animated avatars? Lots of other forums have them.
     
  19. Ginger_Ale

    Ginger_Ale Lurker Retired Moderator

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  20. Dell19

    Dell19 Take a break

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    Sometimes being distracting can be good...
     

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