Hi everyone, Thought I would get some commonly seen questions answered where everyone (hopefully ) will see. Q: I just signed up. Why can't I post? A: All accounts must be approved by a moderator before they are fully activated. Accounts are moderated by Admin. New accounts are activated Monday-Friday only. Accounts created on weekends will be approved on Monday morning. Q: Where/how do I create a sig? A: You can find this option in your User Profile. To access your user CP, simply click on your username, located (typically) at the top right of your screen. Once viewing your profile, you can access your Signature and Avatar options by clicking the appropriate links. Editing your signature is very simple. You will see a text box, type what you would like to appear in your signature into the box, and hit the "Save Signature" button. You should be good to go! Please note that signatures are limited to three lines. Unlike other forums, we do not allow HTML/VB markup in the signature, this prevents pictures, links, etc from appearing. Editing your Avatar: If you would like your own, personal avatar, follow these steps: Find or create a picture that you would like to appear under your screen name. The guidelines for a signature are consistent with the forum policies, no offensive content, and definitely NO pornographic material. With that said, you will very likely have to re-size this image so it will work with the forum. The max size 200x200. Now that you have found/prepared your image, you can now put it up! Select the "Use Custom Avatar" radio button, and then click "Choose file." Locate your image, and hit the Save button. Once this is complete, click the "Save Changes" button. Your avatar should now be ready to go! Q: I tried doing that! I can't find these options! What is going on? A: If the options pictured above are not showing up for you, chances are you are a new user. New users will gain access to these privileges after they have reached 50 posts. If you are past 50 posts, and still not able to access these features, contact the administrator using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page. If you have very recently reached 50 posts, it may take a moment for the system to recognize the change in access rights. Another trouble shooting tip is to log out of your account, then log back on. The system typically does not pick up on the status change until after one relogin. Please be patient! Q: I am far away from 50 posts. How do I get so many?! A: Whatever you do, do NOT spam, or make rubbish posts to achieve a post count of 50. This is certainly frowned upon, and can result in a ban. All an avatar does is give you a small picture by your name. Just take your time, give useful input, and soon enough you will have it! Be patient Q: How to I report a bad or offensive post/poster? A: This is an often overlooked feature, but there is a button at the bar on top of every post on the forum that allows you to report an offensive post. Click "Report" in that bar. Please help us by giving a brief reason why this post is a "bad" one. An example of a good reason would be: "The post contains obscene language." Obviously "offensive" content is subjective, the moderators/administrators will review each reported post as they come and deal with each separately. If you would like to report a bad poster, the process is the same. You can flag offending posts, and/or you could send an e-mail with a reason of concern to the administrators at the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page. The "Contact Us" link will direct you to the administrator, the "Report bad post" link will send an e-mail to all administrators/moderators of the board.