Did You Know? Forum Tips and Tricks (New)

Discussion in 'Site Announcements' started by Brokor, Jul 3, 2012.


  1. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    NEW FORUM THEME: 'DARK MONKEY' (updated)
    This is a clean, dark style for members who requested it. Made possible by your generous donations, the Survival Monkey continues to expand!


    HOW TO CHANGE FORUM THEME

    You can change the theme (colors, look) of the forum at any time with the click of a mouse. Just navigate to the bottom left of the screen and click:
    Screenshot_3.
    The style chooser will pop up and display your choices:
    Screenshot_16. Screenshot_17.
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2013
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  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Thanks Brokor, was just coming to post this. I think I'd like to delete CAMO style at some point so we don't have to maintain 2 dark styles.
     
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  3. Boogie

    Boogie Monkey

    sorry cant download the user guide.

    Is it me or do I have to wait for more preveledges?
    get the error I do not have permission to view this page or perform this action
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    The server has to update your membership approval from admin, being done manually. It's done in batches. You'll be good to go in short order.
     
  5. Boogie

    Boogie Monkey

    Oh..ok Thanks
     
  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    FORUM TIP: -- TAGS --

    You might notice at the bottom of each thread, there's an area to add a tag which is relevant to the topic. Any member can add tags when they start a thread, but only from tags which have already been created. Ask any staff member to create a new tag for you via private conversation or through the Shoutbox.

    By adding a tag, you will make cross referencing much easier on the forums!

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    Once you've clicked on (Edit Tags), you can type the words which best fit. Try to type correctly, spelling is important! You can type two words, or just one word. If you cannot see the tag you like, just ask us to make it for you. When finished, click the "save" button:

    Screenshot_4.

    You could always go back and delete your tags by clicking (edit tags) and clicking the 'X' on the specific tag itself.

    The best part is, for every thread, at the bottom of the page where you can add tags, there will be links to "Related Topics" which also fall under the same tag. This will grant members the ability to cross reference much easier...

    Screenshot_12.

    Just remember: MORE tags DO NOT equal BETTER tagging. Try to be accurate. Just one or two accurate tags for the subject is better than 100 vague tags like "survival".

    Finding additional information on a subject couldn't get any easier! Of course, it all requires your active participation for it to work...so, GET TAGGING! ;)



    *TRICK*

    Hover your mouse over a forum thread title to see if it has any tags. If it does, they will display at the bottom of the popup information:
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    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
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  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    TIPS: HOW TO SEARCH WITH TAGS

    Having a hard time finding what you need? The more we use tags, the better this gets...
    Right now, the forum can cross reference the tags as it searches, so using the normal search function should yield results.


    STANDARD SEARCH
    First, start by clicking on the forum "SEARCH" bar at the top.
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    Once you get to the search page, you can type your search criteria. I typed in 'gas mask'. I wanted to show everything, so I first chose the tab for 'search everything' at the top. I was also certain I checked the box 'search titles only' to help refine my search to threads focusing on this subject. I chose 'all forums', and hit SEARCH.

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    Click on 'SEARCH TAGS' and type in your search term. I am using 'Gas Mask'.
    tag01.



    Now you will see the displayed threads for 'Gas Mask'...

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    HOW TO ACCESS TAGS LISTINGS
    Currently, this is how to navigate to the tags page without typing in the address: Tags | Survival Monkey Forums

    UPDATE as of 11/2015: Did You Know? Forum Tips and Tricks (New) | Page 4 | Survival Forums

    You may choose to watch any tag you wish, making it easier to navigate to this topic listing any time you like.

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    Last edited: Jun 23, 2016
  8. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    TIP: Remove Formatting

    This feature is available on the toolbar in every reply box, in the upper left corner of the new style.

    When you typically copy and paste information from another website and wish to revert to default forum format, this option comes in handy.
    formatting.
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    TIP: Change Font Color

    Now you can enjoy the ability to return to normal default text color when creating a post with no hassles. Typically, all it takes to change a text color is to click the option in the toolbar:

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    And, the font colors are displayed, and to revert back to default font color, all you have to do is choose 'None'...

    test99.

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    TIP: Drag and Drop Images and Attachments

    This feature is interesting. Now it is even easier to add images and files to your posts in a reply. Simply drag an image from your computer and drop it into the reply box. The image or attachment will be automatically uploaded, and you can then insert as a thumbnail or full image like usual below your post:
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    New Feature: Quote box auto-collapse in reply

    When you quote somebody in a reply, or use the BBCODE for quoting:
    Code:
    [quote] [/quote]
    You will now see the quote collapsed and shaded if it is lengthy...

    Screenshot_15.
    By clicking 'click to expand' you will be able to see the full quoted text.

    This feature will assist in keeping the size of a post to a minimum and allow the user to expand and view as necessary. It is automatically applied to the post, so there is nothing to do on your own part when posting. Images will also be automatically reduced to thumbnail size inside a quote, too.

    If you have any questions about using BBCode, please visit our reference page: BB Codes | Survival Monkey Forums
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    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
  9. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    TIP: QUOTING

    QUOTE is very important. Since we are not speaking, only typing, it is hard to tell to whom you are typing in relation to. If you expect every reader to go back through pages of text to look for the string of text you just placed in quotation marks, you are mistaken. Please allow me to give you all a simple class on QUOTING...

    OPTION ONE: The easiest way to quote, is for you to click the "Reply" link at the bottom right corner of every post:
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    If you do this, the forum code will automatically insert the entire post of the user and you can then edit out the portions you do not want to quote:
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    You should be left with BBCode as follows:

    [quote="C.T.Horner, post: 281070, member: 11922"]....Quoted text goes in between the quote tags here...You can easily edit this text....[/quote]
    Looks like:
    OPTION TWO: Another easy way to quote is to simply know how to use BBCode. Type the QUOTE code by hand. It's so easy, 8 year old children do it every day...

    Quoting a specific member by adding their username inside "quotations":
    [quote="Brokor"]....quoted text goes in between the quote tags here....[/quote]

    Looks like:
    Quoting any member you like, but without relation to their name:
    [quote]....quoted text goes in between the quote tags here....[/quote]
    Looks like:
    Remember, you can now quote a member's entire post, no matter how long, and not have to worry about it being a huge post which takes up room. The forum will automatically collapse the large quotes and grant each reader the option to expand to view more. Please use the features of this forum, it's for everyone's benefit. Take the time to use BBCode. If nothing else, you will walk away with the knowledge of quoting!

    Further information: BB Codes | Survival Monkey Forums
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
  10. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++

    Ok.. Feeling a bit foolish, however, could someone much brighter than I, explain the uploading of files.. I have some that maybe of interest to others here.. They are in PDF format..
     
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    There are several ways, but assuming you have them on your drive, simply start a thread (or reply) and at the bottom of the text box, there a pointer to attachments. Then you browse to the file on your drive and insert it. EZ PZ, most of the time.
     
  12. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++

    I had tried : start new thread, upload a file, and Failed miserably..

    Tried again with mixed results, attempted to upload a couple files that was about 40 mb or less with no poor effect.. Was able to upload 2 of the 3 hospital corpsmans , however that 3rd file just would not load.. Had difficulty with stories exposition and commentary on the constitution.. Did notice someone else had diff. with posting a pdf formated doc.. Will continue trying with some other doc..
     
  13. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Certain file types cannot be attached to your post (uploaded), and some files which are too large will be rejected. If you can copy the error message you receive and notify an admin or moderator via private conversation, they can further assist you.
     
  14. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++


    Have some screen shots of the process I have used to try and upload. This file is a pdf document that is 4.3mb in size.
    I started by creating a new thread, labeled it and then clicked on "upload a file" , selected the file and waited..
    I received no error messages, just "no file selected".. OOP's, no num 3..
    num 1. num 2.
    num 4. num 5.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 23, 2014
  15. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++

    And here is one upload that worked.. Followed the same process as above..

    Thanks for the help..
    num 1. num 2. num 3.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 23, 2014
  16. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Thread updated. Will do more as time permits. Bump for new members.
     
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  17. Gesko

    Gesko Monkey+

    So i just tried to set my location under personal details and get the following error:
    The following error occurred:
    Location:
    You do not have permission to use this field.

    Couldn't find anything here about it, is there any requirement like XX number of posts until i can use that?
     
  18. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    You should be able to input your location and hit the "save changes" button with no issues. I don't think you need a minimum of post for that function. If it continues to not work start a conversation / PM an administrator and they can assist.

    Welcome to the Monkey as well!!
     
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  19. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    You may want to go with a general location, rather than a specific one. (just for personal security reasons) . you can always share more personal details (if need be) by "conversation" which is a private message. welcome.
     
  20. Gesko

    Gesko Monkey+

    Yeah, i wasn't planning to put my GPS coordinates in there, just my country ;)
     
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