Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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:
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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.
 
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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?

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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).
 

MarineCorps

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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?
 

Thunderfall

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Proserpine said:
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?
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.
 

Thunderfall

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

Ankka

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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.

:)
 

Birdjaguar

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

Ankka

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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?
 

Dell19

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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.
 

Ravena

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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??
 

SesnOfWthr

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

Thunderfall

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

SesnOfWthr

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Thunderfall said:
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...

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

Thunderfall

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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.
 

Dell19

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

Ankka

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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:
 

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