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if you're still reading.....
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Manager

has some admin rights to manage some parts of the forum

Moderator (mod)

moderates the forum and members

Support Team

*unsure yet what to do with this group
will either be those that help with the site itself
or members that have some moderator permissions but not full moderators, just content moderation*

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banned members have no permissions at all and will be redirected from the forum

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allowed more space, smileys, images, and larger font in signature
no time limit to edit posts
No Attachment limits
unlimited pms
can edit display name


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Post Count Based (may change)

Newbies (0 - 5)

can't use pms, add/edit events, post external links, use buddy system, change repute, signatures, add website to profile
can view auctions but not list/buy/give trader feedback
can view/vote fanfic
require verification to post

Semi-Newbie (5 - 20)
under 10 posts external links are set to [nonactive] under 15 posts external links are set to [nofollow]
under 10 posts requires verification to send pms (max 20 pms allowed)
can use signature, but can not add links

Junior (20 - 100)
Member (100 - 500)
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Hearsay (10000 - 50000)
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Demigod (500000 - 1000000)
God 1000000 +
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Hello Guest
if you are new here, well then you'll probably want to read through some things here :)
if you're not new, well it's a refresher  :crazy:

when creating a post don't forget to fill out the Subject
clicking on the formatting tab has all of the bbc shortcuts and formatting options
the attachments tab, well is for attachments
other options tab you can select/deselect settings like notify me of replies and other things
then there is all of the smiley tabs  =))
the [more] button just displays all of the smileys except the basic smileys in a pop-up (I may eventually get rid of it)



There are 5 themes installed currently (3 light and 2 dark)
please note that not all modifications may work correctly on all themes (I will try my best but some themes may lack certain options)
if you notice an error or that some functions do not work on the theme you are using, please let me know and I will work on fixing it, if I am able to (as stated some modifications will not work on all themes) *please be sure to include where the error was and the theme used, a screenshot would be helpful as well*
due to heavy modifications I will not be installing brand new themes
if you prefer one theme over another but would prefer a different color, ask and I will see what I can do :)

4REarth (default - costume to match our site)


Curve (standard theme that comes with script)


Boru


LimeStone


NightBreeze (one of my personal favorites)






To try and help users there are several different languages to choose from, please pick the utf8 version where available
please note however that you are to post in english outside of language specific forums, this is just to help with functionality (also note that not everything is translated, if you find something please let us know and the appropriate translation and it will be added)

current languages (which may not be accurate or fully functioning): ShowHide

Albanian
Arabic
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese_simplified
Chinese_traditional
Croatian
Czech
Czech_informal
Danish
Dutch
English_american (default)
English_british
Esperanto
Finnish
French
Galician
German
German_informal
Greek
Hebrew
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Malay
Norwegian
Persian
Polish
Portuguese_brazilian
Portuguese_pt
Romanian
Russian
Serbian_cyrillic
Serbian_latin
Slovak
Spanish_es
Spanish_latin
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese


not that I think anyone will need it, but posts are "limited" to 100,000 characters  ;))
however there is a minimum of 15 characters and minimum 3 words (to try and cut down on spam type replies)

the karma system aka Repute (as I renamed it) is member based and not post based (hence the rename)

signatures have a max 400 characters and 2 lines, 5 smileys are allowed, bbc is allowed, 3 images are allowed max width 200px, max height 100px, max font size allowed is 12px (please note that donors get 3x the amounts)

there is a warning system in place...warnings do not decrease over time unless an admin changes it
only staff and the warned user can see warning levels
after 5 warnings the user is automatically put on a watch list
after 15 warnings the user is automatically put on to moderated posts (staff must approve posts)
after 20 warnings the user is automatically put on mute
depending on the severity a user may be banned without any warnings

as noted above, there are a lot of modifications that have been done to the forum (over 200, pushing 300)
a few of them are
incase of a browser crash, one modification will attempt to restore entered text in the Quick Reply form and Reply form
The text entered in the Quick Reply field is saved when moving between pages of the same topic, which allows you to reply to messages located in a different places of the current topic.
along these same lines is the multi-quote that uses cookies to allow multiply quoting of messages (even from different topics)
as well as there is the Save as Draft button, if you start to create a post but are not ready to actually post it yet.

The extended helper, a good place to learn about how the forum functions
Introduction - SMF User Help
it's not 100% but it's a good start for those new to forums

Member awards, you will see that at the bottom of your posts there might be some awards, you can also find them in your profile...there are awards that are automatically added/removed such as most time online, most posts, years you've been a member, ect....then there are some that can be assigned such as helpful user, knowledgeable, ect

you will also notice at the bottom of posts there is a smiley post rating (it does not show up on your own posts, only on others posts)

you will notice that when you post a link (most of the time) it will display the links title instead of the url

bots and topic authors do not increase post view count

in your profile you will find all kinds of settings
custom titles (you can use bbc), member name colors, referrals, buy me a drink (if set and put your paypal, if members wish to they can send you donations for helpful posts and things), and many more things

there's a treasury (if you'd like to donate, also shows where donations are going), a buddy page, hall of fame page

the list goes on about modifications but  :yawn:
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The Rules and Helpful Information in Forum Announcements
« Last post a month ago by Shadav  »
A Placeholder for The Rules, whenever I get around to adding them
Rules will be updated as we see fit to help keep the community in order

  • Posts must be in english, except in appropriate boards (you may request specific language boards)
  • No porn (I shouldn't have to say that, but.....)
  • Be kind/respectful
  • No hate speech
  • No spam
  • No promotions/advertisements
  • Referral links are allowed but do not abuse it....don't go spamming referral listings....but if someone is looking for something you can use your referral link, or if you write an article, you can place relative/related referral links within the article.....
  • Some words are censored (if you feel that it shouldn't be, or that a word should be...feel free to let me know) [sometimes the censor is stupid, so feel free to let me know so I can try and fix it]
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Want A Language Specific Board? Ask Here! in Other
« Last post a month ago by Shadav  »
Please note that posts are to be in english, unless within a specific language board

Specific language boards will be created on a need to need basis....if there are enough members that speak a specific language, you can request a board to be created here.

A poll may be put up for members to vote on to help decide if there is a need for a specific language.
As well as then a member to become a moderator for that specific language and be held responsible to make sure posts don't go against the rules. You can nominate a member (or yourself) for this responsibility and the staff will then decide on it.
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Make your own Seasonings and Mixes in Miscellaneous
« Last post a month ago by Shadav  »
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Taco Seasoning:

1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
1/8 cup ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon sea salt
Put ingredients into a jar and shake.

Dry Onion Soup Mix:
2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake. I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.
Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.

Ranch:
5 tablespoons dried minced onions
7 teaspoons parsley flakes
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix together and store in an air tight container.
For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.
For dip: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream.
Mix up a few hours before serving, so the flavors all blend.
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Homemade Febreze in Miscellaneous
« Last post a month ago by Shadav  »
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I have been using this for years now and love it....

Best $5.00 spent!
Eucalyptus - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil - 10ml from ebay!
And reusing an empty febreze bottle (any spray bottle will work)
You can also add any other essential oil fragrances that you would like

Bet you didn't know all the wonderful uses of eucalyptus oil:

+ Odors/pest repellent
Add three drops of eucalyptus oil to a spray-bottle filled with warm water and shake well before each use to create a deodorizing/bacteria killing spray that doubles as a pest repellent (can even be used on plants).

+ Degreaser/Stain Remover
A few drops of pure eucalyptus oil will remove sticky residue (like chewing gum, sticker/decal) from surfaces (even glass, stainless steel and vehicles) and take grease, oil, paint and ink out of clothes, carpets and furniture

+ Cleaner
Bathroom: Mixing 1.6 ounces of eucalyptus oil in a quart of water creates a fresh-smelling disinfectant, mould and mildew remover and prevent re occurrence for cleaning toilets, tubs and sinks

Laundry: Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of eucalyptus oil to your load of washing for a fresh scent along with the anti-microbial benefits

+ Air Freshener
At home: A few drops on your ducted heating or cooling air intake will freshen your house and help remove stale odors and bacteria from the ducting

In the car: add a few drops to you old hanging car freshener (never buy car fresheners again)

Not to mention that while using it as a spray to deodorize rooms and repel bugs and kill bacteria....eucalyptus is also a natural decongestant so for all of us with allergies can hopefully breath easier as well.

AND THE LIST GOES ON!
Best part is, a little bit goes a long way!
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From Cloth Pads to Crocheted Tampons in Miscellaneous
« Last post a month ago by Shadav  »
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You probably already know that with so many sustainable, reusable menstrual supplies out there, there’s no reason to use disposable ANYTHING during your period.

But even though there are a lot of great manufacturers of reusable menstrual supplies out there, if you're feeling crafty, there's no reason why you couldn't make nearly everything that you need all by yourself. When you DIY, you can make your stuff extra comfy, extra cute, of just the right absorbency, and even completely from stash, if you're super-resourceful.

Check out the following tutorials for comfy, cute, customizable, and stash-busting DIY menstrual supplies

*menstrual pad patterns: The She Who Runs in the Forest site, in the wide world of the internet, is a classic for those who sew their own menstrual pads. My favorite pattern, and the pattern that I used for the pad above, is the panty liner, but other pads include a DIY version of a Luna pad, and a very customizable circle pad.

*make your own menstrual pad pattern: If you’d prefer to draft your own pattern for your menstrual pads, check out the complete menstrual pad pattern-drafting tutorial, with a second post just for sewing instructions, from Moo Said the Mama. Is your * a special snowflake, such that no commercial pad or standard pattern is just exactly right for it? Drafting your own pattern is the means to constructing the exact pad for you, and if it happens to be topped with faux fur or a freezer paper stenciled tiara, well, then that’s nobody’s business but yours.

* reusable tampons: With a Tangled Skein has directions for both sewn and knitted reusable tampons. These tampons also unroll flat for washing, allowing them to get really clean with a lot less effort. For tampons, consider choosing natural, 100% organic materials, even if you have to purchase them new. Hemp and bamboo fabrics are both far more absorbent than cotton, and thus a good choice for adding absorbency to tampons without adding bulk, while for knitted tampons, an organic cotton or organic cotton/bamboo blend yarn can work well, and use up just the last bits and bobs of your yarn stash.

*postpartum pad: After the births of my two babies, I was frightened anew each time I was handed my first postpartum pad–those things were as big as my newborns! Well, yeah… and necessarily so. If you’re sewing postpartum pads for your first birth, or as a baby shower present that you plan to hand off while snickering behind your hand at your own happy fortune in not requiring gigantic lady pads in the near future yourself, it’s really easy to underestimate exactly how big you’ll want to make them, which is why the DIY postpartum pad tutorial from County Cloth Creations is so helpful. As you sew, you may find yourself thinking that surely your measurements are off, because these pads are big! Nope, your measurements aren’t off. They’re just big.

*wet bags: Since you won’t be tossing your comfy cloth menstrual supplies, you’ll need a way to tote them. For my Diva cup, I use a simple drawstring bag to store it between uses, but for cloth pads and panty liners, I recommend using a waterproof fabric such as PUL or wool to make a zippered bag, such as this zippered wet bag tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home.

source: From Cloth Pads to Crocheted Tampons: DIY Menstrual Supplies • Crafting a Green World
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Patterned rolls for decoration in Miscellaneous
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Natural Antibiotics in Miscellaneous
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How to Grow Fresh Air in Miscellaneous
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