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Do I have to register?

Registration is required if you plan to post new threads or reply to existing threads. Registration is free, and you are not required to post your real name. You are required to post your actual email address, however.

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How can I use smilies?

Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This message board automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation, which we call graemlins. You can use our Instant Graemlins buttons for automatic generation. For example, if you type :o in your post, it will automatically be converted to  - - a shameful face. The following graemlins are currently supported:
:) Smile Smile
:( Frown Frown
:o Hot and Hormonal Hot and Hormonal
:D Big Grin Big Grin
;) Biased Biased
:p Razz Razz
:cool: Cool Cool
:rolleyes: Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
:mad: Mad Mad
:eek: Eek! Eek!
:confused: Confused Confused
:what?: Ultra confused Ultra confused
:devil: Devil Devil
:disappointed: Disappointed Disappointed
:help: Help Help
:snigger: Snigger Snigger
:snore: Snore Snore
:yipee: Yipee Yipee
:paranoid: Paranoid Paranoid
:twoface: Two face Two face
:killingme: Killing me Killing me
:waterworks: Waterworks Waterworks
:notworthy: Overused Overused
:angel: Angel Angel
:brickwall: brick wall brick wall
:projectile: Projectile Projectile
:love: Axe murder Axe murder
:tear: Tear Tear
:votive: Votive Votive

Our thanks to the webmaster at St. Louis Today Online and our very own Scot for contributing some of our more expressive smilies.

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How do I use UBB Code?

You are able to use UBB Code in your posts. UBB Code is similar to HTML, but offers just a few basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing. Complete details on UBB Code are listed here. Note: HTML and the UBB image code are disabled.

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What are user titles?

Each registered member has a title that reflects his or her "rank" on this board. Administrators are given the title "Administrator". Moderators are given the title "Host". Some members are given special titles by the administration. All other users are given their titles based on the number of posts they have made:
Posts Title
0 Apprentice
51 Shipmate


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What are hosts?

Hosts control individual boards. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts in their boards, but their primary job is to ensure that you all play nicely. If you have a question about a particular board, you should direct it to that board's host(s).

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How can I change my registration profile?

You may easily change any info stored in your registration profile, using the "profile" link located near the top of each page. You must be logged in in order to update your profile.

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Are cookies used?

This bulletin board uses cookies to store the following information: the last time you logged in, your login identification, and your preferred "topic view." These cookies are stored on your browser. Cookies are not used to track your movement or perform any function other than to enhance your use of the message board. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly and you will not be able to post new messages.

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How can I clear all cookies set on this board?

If you ever experience login problems, you may have a problem with the cookies that have been set in your browser. If this happens, you can try clearing all cookies set on this message board by clicking here

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Can I edit my own posts?

You may edit or delete your own posts for up to two minutes after you submitted them. A message will appear at the bottom indicating that the post has been edited. After the two-minute window, only hosts and administrators can edit posts.

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Can I use a signature?

You may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. You may set your signature in your member profile. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it with any post you make by checking the "include signature" box when you create your post. This message board's administrator may elect to turn the signature feature off at any time, however. If that is the case, the "include signature" option will not appear when you post a note, even if you have stored a signature. You may change your signature at any time by changing your profile, unless a message board administrator locks your profile.

Signatures are limited to four lines, thus avoiding essays, sermons or epic poems at the end of all your posts.

Note: You may not use HTML in your signature file, but you may use UBB Code. Note that the board administrator has disabled the UBB Code Image tag.

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Can I attach files?

For security reasons, you may not attach files to any posts. You may cut and paste text into your post, however, or use HTML and/or UBB Code (if enabled) to provide hyperlinks to outside documents.

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What are private messages?

A private message is not email. Private messages are one-to-one communications that can only be read by the recipient. You can read private messages in your profile section. You can also elect to be notified by email whenever someone sends you a private message (you can set this in your profile). You can also prevent anyone from sending you a private message (also configurable in your profile). Only registered members may send private messages. This option can be disabled by the board administrators.

To send someone a private message, look for the private message icon on a post a person creates. You can send a private message through the person's member profile, or from your buddy list, if you have added the person to your buddy list.

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What is an ignore list?

Ignore lists apply to private messages only. Anyone you add to your ignore list can no longer send you a private message. You can put someone on your ignore list by viewing the member's profile and clicking on the "add to ignore list" link.

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What is a buddy list?

Buddy lists apply to private messages only. Anyone you add to your buddy list is stored in a handy location, so that you can easily send the person a private message. You can put someone on your ignore list by viewing the member's profile and clicking on the "add to ignore list" link.

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What do I do if I forget my login ID and/or password?

Retrieving your login ID and password is simple. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your username and password carry a "lost password" link that you can use to have your username and password emailed instantly to your email address of record.

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Can I search?

You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, by a particular registered member, by date, and/or by board. Just click on the "search" link at the top of most pages.

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Can I search private boards?

Yes, if you have permission to access the particular private boards you wish to search. Note that you must be logged in to search private boards.

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Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my thread?

If you create a new thread, you have the option of receiving an email notification every time someone posts a reply. Just check the email notification box when creating a new thread, if you want to use this feature.

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What are Today's Active Threads?

When you visit this message board, you will see a link at the top of the list of boards called "Today's Active Threads". Clicking on this link will provide you with a list of threads in all open, public boards that have been posted to during the current day. Private board posts are never included in this listing.

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How can users get in touch with me if I hide my email address?

If you would prefer that your email address not be publicly available, but you want users to mail you through this message board, you may choose to do so by editing your mailing preferences. To do this, click the "my profile" link above, then click the "View/Update Profile" link. Choose the "No, but allow members to mail me through the board" preference.

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What is recent visitors?

Recent visitors is a display of users browsing the boards and threads on this board in the past 30 minutes. In other words, recent visitors.

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I just visited a board or thread. Why am I not on the list of visitors?

The recent visitors information is only updated every few minutes to reduce server load. As a result, you may not immediately see yourself or others.

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Why do I appear in more than one place at once?

Recent visitors keeps track of the boards and threads you have looked at recently, not where you are at the current moment.

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How do I take my name off the list of recent visitors?

You may make yourself invisible to the recent visitors list by entering your my profile page, selecting the Update Profile link, and changing your Hide from recent visitors feature? preference.

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What do the numbers on the details page mean?

Recent visitors keeps track of the boards and threads that users have viewed recently. This allows a user to appear to be in more than one place at once.

The number of recent visitors inside a board is reflected by the visitors column. The popularity column is a percentage of all of the visitors currently browsing who have visited that particular board.

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