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  1. Welcome to our forums! Thank you so much for choosing to be a part of our community. We appreciate that out of the thousands of groups on the web, you came here. The forum staff would like to invite you to join in on all of the latest discussions regarding our group, Star Trek, and other real-life issues. We have some rules and guidelines that all members must abide by. Please take a few minutes to review the information below. Where to Post and What to Post Please try and keep on topic. We've divided the board into many different categories so as to allow discussions to be held in their appropriate areas. People who go to a forum for a specific guild DON'T want to read three pages worth of banter about what someone simmed yesterday! (Want to participate in silly, free-form chat? Head to the chat room!) "General Discussion" is where the "anything else" stuff goes. This is "off topic" conversation or things that don't seem to have a place elsewhere. Money, Politics, and Religion are mostly taboo around here. We tried that for a while and it just made for a lot of bad blood, which was no fun at all. Off-Color Language Please don't use profanity. Our forum has an automatic profanity filter which will "mask" your word for you, and we don't like seeing it! Also, please don't try and defeat the swear-word censor by inserting spaces or extra characters into your words. You'll earn yourself a stern warning, and repeated infractions may get you banned. Entirely masking a word, using _____, is acceptable. Language should be kept at or below a PG level. The people who rate movies officially say that PG includes the following: "Explicit sex scenes and scenes of drug use are absent; nudity, if present, is seen only briefly, horror and violence do not exceed moderate levels." We promote an environment which is acceptable for everyone. Please use discretion at all times. Content Advertising other RPGs is not allowed on our forums. You are more than welcome to post links to useful Star Trek sites, but none which are engaged in PBEM, PBF, or Live simming. Why? It's generally considered rude to "poach" members. Posting of any material which someone else has written or created without posting a citation is inappropriate and illegal. If you wish to post someone else's work, you must clearly include the author's name and a link back to the source. Do not post links to sites which promote or contain any of the following: bigoted language or situations; sexually oriented stories, photographs, or graphics; content deemed violent, horrific, or inappropriate by the vast majority of viewers; or any other sites which a child of 13 or younger should not view. Respect your fellow posters. Discrimination in any sense is unacceptable here. Remember the Golden Rule. Signatures, Avatars, Taglines The privilege of being able to define your personality on the boards through your signature, avatar, or tagline is one that CAN be taken away if it is abused. You should never post any inappropriate pictures or links in your avatars or signatures. Please do not make signatures that "stack" images, making them very "long" or "tall". Instead, put multiple images on one line. We will edit your signature if it is too large. Foreign languages contained within signatures must adhere to the normal board rules. No inappropriate language is allowed. Signatures should not be an eyesore, inflammatory, or anger-inducing. Global moderators may, at their discretion, request any member to change their signature at any time. Other Guidelines Respect moderators and board administrators. They work tirelessly to ensure that the contents of this board are clean and entertaining. While it is certainly humorous to play in jest with your friendly moderators from time to time, please keep it to a minimum. Those in power can only stand a roast for so long before they start banning people. All moderator decisions are final and unarguable. Actions which are considered illegal in the United States are not allowed. This includes references to said illegal behavior. Such activity will result in immediate banning and the notification of the proper authorities. Impersonation via stealing the identity of or acting as another individual will result in an immediate banning of your user account. Multiple accounts are not allowed. Posting material which is considered private is not allowed. This could include, but is not limited to instant message conversations, private images, content posted in a private/invisible forum, e-mails intended for a limited audience, or messages received via the forum's native Private Messenger (PM) system. All users must be of age 13 or above to register for the forums. We do not accept the consent of a parent or guardian for participation of anyone under this age. All users must meet this age requirement or they will be banned immediately. No exceptions. Do not post on behalf of someone who has been banned from the forums or removed from the group. It is not anyone else's responsibility to "get a message across," nor do we permit such activity. Any member found to be posting messages for a banned member will be subject to the same disciplinary measures as the person they are representing. The fact that someone has been banned from these forums means they no longer have a voice here. Try as we might, the moderating staff can't be everywhere all the time. As such, you can help to keep the boards clean by reporting those posts which you find offensive. The process is very quick and simple. To report a post, simply click on the "Report" link at the bottom of each post. (You may have to hover your mouse over the post to get it to appear.) Keep in mind that the same standards of behavior are expected here, as on a ship. In loose terms, the equivocal Commanding Officer of this area is FltAdml. Wolf. The Command Staff are the Moderators. Penalties & Discipline We don't do this often, but please be aware that we will take any of the following action against someone who makes themselves a nuisance on the forums: For most routine problems, you will be warned using the software's native warning system. Each incident will be recorded and your warning level will go up. Temporary ban. Notification of insubordination to the Executive Council. Permanent ban. These rules are subject to change on administrative authority. If you have any questions about these rules, Private Message a Moderator/Admin or post it in the Board Administration Forum.
  2. To set your member title (the line above your icon), icon, and signature, you need to edit your profile. Follow these instructions: Look for your user name near the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and click on the small down arrow next to it. Click the "My Profile" link. Click the "Edit my Profile" button (in black, toward the upper right). The "Photo" setting is your icon, which is the picture that appears next to your name. In the "Profile Information" section, look for "Member Title" to change the word(s) above your photo/icon on each post. You must have at least one post submitted to the forums before you can change this. Why not introduce yourself? To change your signature, which appears below each post you make, click on the "Signature" tab to the left.
  3. Tips You can mark a forum read just by clicking on its icon on the main forum index. (The icon is to the left of the forum name.) Hover over it, and a tooltip will pop up telling you that clicking on it will mark the forum as read. By clicking the "Follow this Forum" button or the "Follow this Thread" button, you will receive updates whenever someone creates a new thread, or a new post in either. Add your birthday to your profile and you'll probably get a few birthday wishes when your birthday rolls around! Click the "Report" link on a post to report it as inappropriate. A forum moderator will review it and remove it, if necessary. In your Private Message inbox, you can click By clicking on "Edit Storage Folders" in the sidebar menu to add private message folders, allowing you to keep important messages. Change Your Display Name Did you know you can change your display name to reflect your character rank and name? Here's how!: Click on your current username in the box near the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This should drop-down a box with a few options. Click "My Settings". On the left-hand menu on the "My Settings" page, click the "Change Display Name" option. The system will tell you how often you can change your display name, and how many changes you can make today. Enter your new name into the box and click "Save Changes". Everyone on the forums will now see your new display name. Remember - your login username does not change! Name Colors Here's the color key for the different colors you'll see in the "Who's Online" area, at the bottom of the forum index: Green Names: Admins (can moderate every forum and change board settings) Red Names: Global Moderators (can moderate every forum) Blue Names: Training Team Staff Purple Names: Contributing Members (people who have donated to the group)
  4. A few weeks ago we had the forums upgraded to the latest version. As a result, we now have two new features: Tags & Prefixes. Here's some information about each: Tags You've likely noticed the "Topic Tags" box below the "Topic Title" box when you've created a new thread. This allows you to create a tag, or category-word for each thread. These make it easier to find a thread later because you can specify tags on the search form. As such, I've gone through and added tags to many forums and threads, so that many forums will automatically insert tags into the threads for you. This will be particularly useful for threads that have been moved to the Shipyards, which is where old threads go when they become inactive. Up until now, we had no way of knowing where the threads came from before going there, but tags allows us to keep better track of that. We suggest that you use tags sparingly, and only in ways that will help you find the thread again later. If you'd like me to tag a forum that hasn't been tagged, reply here to let me know which one. Prefixes These are easier to show than tell, so check out the 2011 Writing Challenge Hall of Fame/Archive. See those purple tags before each thread name, showing the round of the writing challenge that they were submitted for, i.e.- "JAN/FEB"? Those are prefixes, and they help differentiate or categorize threads while making them quickly identifiable. If you participate in the Writing Challenges or Top Sims Contest, they'll be used a lot in those forums. You can set your prefixes directly below the "Topic Tags" box, if they're allowed in that forum. If they're not allowed, you won't see the Prefix Code drop-down box at all. If you have a need for prefix codes in a forum you frequent, reply here and let me know which one, what you need the code to say, and what color you'd like. Questions? Post 'em below and I'll answer them ASAP!
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