Viewing the forum
The main page
1). When you log in, you will be greeted to the following options on the top right corrner of the forum:
: Lets you access your public profile where you can see who has visited your page, who has left a visitor message as well as your About Me details etc.
: Leads you to your Private Message (PM) Box and indicates if you have any unread private messages in your inbox.
: Also leads you to your public profile.
: Access your account settings, such as Signature
and how you view things through the Settings
: Logs your account off the forums (you will no longer appear offline nor will the forum log any further activities).
Below the forum banner, you will be given the following options:
1). See all of today’s new posts via the New Posts link.
2). View your Private Messages.
3). View the Calendar to mark off birthdays and important events. .
4). Check out the forum FAQs.
5). Under Community you can:
See Your Friends & Friends
See how many people have joined, and check their profiles on the Member’s List
the Forum for something specific through the Member's List.
- Go Advanced for more search options.
6). Forum Actions, which lets you:
Mark Forums Read to make all topics appear as viewed.
Leads to your forum settings via General Settings.
Leads to your profile settings via Edit Profile.
7). Instead of going through your Settings, check out the Quick Links, which lets you:
View any threads you subscribed to through the Subscribed Threads menu.
Open your contacts list via a popup through the Contacts List Popup menu.
View Forum Leaders.
See Who’s Online at the moment.
On the main page, each forum is listed individually. The Forum Name is found at the top, the description along with any Sub-Forums found within are below.
On the right of that, you can see the last replied to topic within the forum, along with the time at which it was replied to, and who it was that made the post. Beside that is the amount of individual Threads within the forum, followed by the amount of individual Posts.
Clicking this will hide a group of particular forums from the main list. They’ll still be there, if you need to see them again just click the reversed icon .
Clicking this will hide the twitter feed.
Bottom of the forum
Beneath the list of forums is a little show of what’s happening on the forums. It’s not much, but you can see how manythreads, posts and members there are on the forums in total. You’ll also see the last person to join and the members who’s birthdays it currently is along with their ages. Both these features can be hidden.
At the very base of the Forums is a bar with a few more quick links on. The drop menu on the left is a Skin Changer. It has a list of Styles, that allows you to change what colours and icons are used when you view the forums. There are several to choose from, most reflecting the 17 types from the pokemon games.
To the right are four links:
- If you have a problem with the forums, registration, or just want to give some feedback then Contact Us, will let you send your issues directly to Serebii.
- Visit the main website www.serebii.net
- Check the Archive to see recent posts in a simple text only format.
- Bounce yourself up to the Top of the forum.
Within each forum, threads are listed in order of most recent replies. You can see older ones by going back through the pages. Like the main forum list, you can see how many replies a thread has, along with how many times it has been Viewed.
The topic itself shows the title, along with who posted it. Beside it, you’ll see how many pages long it is, and in some cases, a star rating. This represents how people have voted for it. You can also see the last person to reply to the topic, and the time that post was made.
You are also able to Search the forum for whatever details you are looking for.
Post your own Thread by clicking this.
Unlike the Thread list, posts are shown in the order they are made. The first post made, is that made by the thread starter. All new replies are then listed after it in the order they are posted. If a topic has several posts, they are continued on more pages.
Before the main post are a few little drop down menus:
- Check the Thread Tools for some special options.
- For a simple page without all the unnecessary graphics Show Printable Version
- Want to show someone this thread? Email this Page to them.
- Eager to keep up with the topic? Subscribe to this Thread.
- You can Search the thread for certain details.
- Rate Thread allows you to rate the topic on how good it is. (This function has been known to not work correctly at times.)
Change the Display Mode of the topic to view it differently
- Linear Mode
- Hybrid Mode
- Threaded Mode
On to the post itself. The first large bar contains details about the member. Here’s a breakdown of what’s there:
1). The member’s personal avatar.
2). This will show the member’s rank, be it their number of accountable posts, or a moderator’s position.
*Above this is the User Title. Normally it would show the rank, but it is customisable, and can be set to read whatever you like. To change this, you will need to to go Edit Profile.
- Skype (Skype has several icons depending on the users Skype settings).
3). On the right is the user’s join date and Location, followed by icons that represents the user’s accounts on different Instant Messenger Programs.
4). Below that information is the badges the user has accrued over their time as a member. Badges are awarded to members that have made contributions to the community (which can range from contributing to the landscape of the Competitive Pokémon Forum or winning a moderator sanctioned contest).
5). The body of the post is followed on by a Signature. This is how a member shows off their personality. It appears beneath any post they make.
Under the signature are four buttons to your right:
Edit Post: Forgotten something? Need to correct some details? Want to delete your post? The edit button only appears on your own posts.
Reply: Quote a post in your own. It will add the current post into yours.
Reply With Quote: Click this on several posts to accumulate Quotes. Then hit Reply and they'll all be in your reply box.
Multi-Quote Button: This streamlines the process of replying to multiple posts in one thread.
To your left:
The report button. Use this to report bad posts. Reports are sent to the moderators, who will respond and deal with the post as soon as possible. Your user name will be attached to the report.
And finally, at the bottom of the page:
Reply to the thread yourself.
By clicking the Display Menu button, you will be given 3 Display options. Display Modes will offer you three different ways of viewing the forum.
Linear is the default view of the thread, and is the one most commonly used. The other two will add something new to the page, and take certain things away.
Switch to Hybrid Mode - The posts all appear as they normally would, but with an extra box at the very top of the page (as shown above). Within this box is a total list of all the posts in the topic. You can click one to bring the post up on it's own. Posts that are quoted are indented, with each subsequent quote indented further.
Switch to Threaded Mode - Like Hybrid mode, a box is visible showing all posts in relation to one another. However, the only post visible is the first one made. Other posts can be clicked on the be viewed, or using Next and Previous buttons, viewed in succession.