Posting and Replying
Reply Box (Basic)
In your own options, you can choose to view Reply Boxes in two different ways. This is the Basic View. There is nothing here to confuse or overwhelm you. You can see on the top bar what you are doing. Whether you are Replying to a thread or Posting a new one, as well as where you are posting. You’ll also see who you are logged in as, in case you share a computer with siblings who have their own accounts.
If you’re posting a new topic, the Title field is required, it will be the Title by which your topic is identified. If you are just replying, you can ignore it, as the post title is rarely noticed. The body of your post goes in the Message Box. There are limits on how many characters (individual digits like number, letters, punctuation and spaces) are allowed in a post.
Post Icons will appear next to your topic on the Forum List page. Beneath that, you can either Submit your reply, but it is suggested that you first of all Preview it, to make sure you’ve not made any mistakes. When you preview, how your post will appear will be shown above the post reply box, which will still contain your post as you wrote it. When you’re done, hit Submit, and you’ll be redirected to your new thread/post.
Reply Box (Advanced)
The Standard or WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor contains a lot more information which can overwhelm and confuse. Everything you see from the Basic Editor remains the same.
You now have several buttons that control certain aspects of the text you write, and can change how hey look or add different things to your writing. Here’s a break down of what’s available:
Remove all formatting from highlighted text
Change the colour of your text
Put an Attachment with your post
Undo your last action
Redo your last action
Make editing window bigger or Make text Bigger (Depends on skin and browser used)
Make editing window smaller or Make text Smaller (Depends on skin and browser used)
Make words Bold
Make words Italic
Make words Underlined
Set text to the left of the screen
Set text to the centre of the screen
Set text to the right of the screen
Create a list of bullet points
Create a numbered list
Add a URL link
Remove a URL link
Add an E-Mail address
Add an image
Add a quote
Alter image dimensions to a 200 pixel height
Add a spoiler
Alter image dimensions to a 468*100 pixel shape
These changes, or ‘tags’ (named after the [ ] characters add to your post) will be explained in more detail later on.
You can also add ‘smilies’ to your post. Smilies are either small faces that show emotions, or are bouncing Pokémon icons. A few smilies appear randomly in the Reply Window, but you can access a full list of them by clicking the [More] link. You can also add smilie by putting their National Dex Number between two semi-colons, or colons in the case of Unova Pokémon. There is a longer explanation of smilies later.
Additional Options appear beneath all reply boxes, with only one difference each. The above is shown when Replying. The first and foremost option allows you to not show your Signature. This is usually ticked by default. Also ticked by default is Automatically parse links in text. When unticked, this stops all links and URLs from becoming active, meaning you will have to copy them into your address bar in order to use them.
Thread Subscription allows you to receive notices whenever someone else replies to the thread.
- Do not subscribe is default, meaning you wont Subscribe to the thread.
- No email notification will mean the only idea you have of what you are subscribed to is by checking your User CP.
- Instant email notification will let the forums send you an email for the first time that a reply is made to the topic.
- Daily email notification sends you a daily report of replies to the topic (as oppose to an email for each individual post as above)
- Weekly email notification send you an email every week detailing the replies.
Rate Thread is just like it is when viewing posts. You can rate a thread between 5 and 1 stars, or choose not to rate it at all.
This is what appears when you are posting a New Thread. The only differences are the addition of Disable smilies in text, allowing you to set all smilies to text instead of the images they automatically change to, and that the Rating option has been replaced by a Poll option. To add a Poll to your topic, first check the box Yes, post a poll with this thread. You then add how many fields you want the Poll to have. When you click Submit, you are redirected to a new page where you can edit your poll.
You are directed to a new page where you can create your Poll. First off you need a Question to ask. If you need more fields than you thought you did, just add more and click to Update Options. You can only have a maximum of 10 fields though, so keep that in mind.
How ever many fields you required will appear, letting you add in choices for people to choose from. Beneath this, you can decide how long to keep your poll open for. Choose how many days you want it open, or if you want it open forever, just leave the box empty.
A few last minute options, most you’ll have seen before in the Additional Options explained above. Make multiple choice allows members to chose more than one answer. Make Votes Public lets people see who’s voted in the poll and what they chose.
Just hit Submit to send everything through. It’s a very good idea to Preview first, as you cannot edit your own Poll afterwards.
Forum Tags can either be added using the editor buttons shown above, or by writing in the tags yourself. Now follows a list of the tags made by the buttons, as well as some that are not.
Changing the colour of your text can be done by either adding a particular colour as a word, or by using a HTML code. HTML will allow you a much wider range of colours.
It is important to make aware, that the tag for changing colour is spelt using the American Color (no u), as oppose to the British colour. The latter will not work in the tag.
Text size can vary from very small to very big depending on a simple number factor.
[size=2]Size 2 text[/size]
[size=3]Size 3 text[/size]
[size=4]Size 4 text[/size]
[size=5]Size 5 text[/size]
Size 2 text
Size 3 text
Size 4 text
Size 5 text
Default text is set at Size 2, and text can go higher than 5, though there is rarely any need to do so.
The most common tags that are used on the forums really. Bold, Italic and Underline.
[b]This Text is BOLD[/b]
[i]This text is ITALIC[/i]
[u]This text is UNDERLINED[/u]
This Text is BOLD
This text is ITALIC
This text is UNDERLINED
Text justification allows you to order text against a certain point of the page. As standard, it is justified to the left.
[left]This text is on the LEFT (default justification without tags)[/left]
[center]This text is in the CENTER[/center]
[right]This text is on the RIGHT[/right]
This text is on the LEFT (default justification without tags)
This text is in the CENTER
This text is on the RIGHT
It is worth mentioning again, that the tags for centering the text is spelt with the American word center, as oppose to the British centre. Again, the latter will not work in the tag.
Adding lists is probably easier to do manually than using buttons.
[list][*]This is a Bullet Point[*]So is this.[*]This is the last one[/list]
- This is a Bullet Point
- So is this.
- This is the last one
Creating numbered lists is very similar, you just have to add a number to the opening tag.
[list=1][*]This is Number One[*]Number Two[*]Number Three[/list]
- This is Number One
- Number Two
- Number Three
Oddly enough these icons appear the wrong way round, as you cannot Remove Indents without first having Added Indents. Intenting a Bullet list or a Numbering will alter the formatting of it. Never the less...
This is some normal text
[indent]This is with one Indent[/indent]
[indent][indent]This is with two[/indent][/indent]
This is some normal text
This is with one Indent
To remove an indent, simply delete it as you would any unwanted text.
Links, or URLs as the are often called are the long lines of text that appear in your Internet Browser window that designate the page you are looking at. The directly link to said page, you can either add the link on it’s own, or put it in a set of URL tags.
As you can see, they appear exactly the same. If you don’t add the url tags, editing your post or quoting it later, you will find they are added by the forum regardless. You are also able to use these tags for a second more useful purpose. By placing the link within the tags, you can change the appearance of the link.
[url=http://www.serebiiforums.com]Visit Serebii Forums Today[/url]
Visit Serebii Forums Today
While the text you entered appears on screen, by clicking it, you are directed to the link provided in the tags. This can also be combined with Images.
Adding emails is very much the same as urls, and you can do both a regular link, or one under different words just as above. You need only change the word url for email.
[firstname.lastname@example.org]This email address is not real[/email]
This email address is not real
Adding Images to your posts, or your signature is a way of livening them up. It is not a function to be abused however.
Some Forums do not allow the use of images in their posts. Attempts to add an image through these tags will result in the link being displayed instead of the image.
Add a quote
Usually if you are quoting text, you have done so through the usual Quote or Multiquote buttons. However, if you want to add text to your post that isn’t a previous post, such as a news story or spoken word from an outside source, then quote tags are easy to use.
[quote]This is a regular quote[/quote]
[quote=RaZoR LeAf]This is a quote made by RaZoR LeAf[/quote]
Remember that no matter how much you put inside a quote, it does not count towards the characters of the actual post. A post containing only a quote will fall short of the required 10 character limit. Often you will see posts with a quote and a jumbled word beneath that reads 10charlimit. This is added as an afterthought to fill the required limit.
Originally Posted by RaZoR LeAf
Add a spoiler
Spoilers use a java script to hide text from view. You then click a button to reveal it.
[spoiler=Here be secrets]Secrets[/spoiler]
Spoiler:- Here be secrets:
There are some other tags, but they have been left out of this FAQ due to the infrequency of their use. If there is enough demand for them to be added, they will be put into this guide.
Smilies are small images that are added to post to portray emotions. They are originally combinations of punctuation marks that fit together to appear as faces, but on the forums, many of the common ones will automatically appear as icons.
The most common regular smilies are:
The forum also has a large selection of Pokemon smilies. These are actual sprites taken from the games. Specifically, they are the two-frame animations found on the status or box screens of Ruby and Sapphire, and Diamond and Pearl. These icons can be added to a post by placing the pokemon’s National Dex number between two semi-colons. For Pokémon which are first seen in Black & White (National Dex numbers over 493), they use colons and do not animate.
In the case of Pokémon with several Formes, such as Unown, Shaymin and several others, they have different codes depending on which forme is shown. In some cases the number alone may not work. These and many other Pokémon smilies, (and some general ones too) can be found on this long list.
You can also click on any smilie in this list and it will be added into your current. post. When replying, you can find a link to the list on the right hand side of the Reply Box (as explained in earlier).
Over use of smilies is very frowned upon, and constitutes as spam. As a result, many members do not like the Pokémon smilies being used. These are Pokémon forums, so the majority of members will know what Pokémon is being talked about without need of a tiny image too. Not only that, but excessive use of them slows down the loading times of the page. Don’t use smilies unless you are doing so in very small amounts or for good reason. Spelling words out in Unown is usually not a good idea.