The purpose of this topic is to act as a new member 'technical support' if you will, but since posting etiquette is half the battle, read the rules if you have yet to do so. It'll save you - and us - a lot of headaches in the future. Anyways, a lot of commonly asked questions by newbies can be answered via the User Help page, found by clicking the "HELP" tab. Please read through it first before asking for help, especially the page specifically on Posting. If by some chance that page doesn't answer your question, feel free to ask any forum/posting-related questions here. Anything notable will be added to this first post Q & A-style. -------------------------------------------------------------- Commonly Asked Questions 1. How do I get a custom avatar? Answer: You first need 50 posts. After that, the option will become available on your profile editing page. 2. What are the member ranks and how do I change mine? Answer: Your member rank is also known as your post count based group. As you've probably guessed, the number of posts you have determines what your member rank is. The full rundown is as follows: 0-50: Newbie 50-75: Trainer 76-150: Skillz0r'd 151-300: Master 300-500: Hercules 500-1000: God 1000-2000: Pwnz0r3 2000+: Get off the bloody computer & get a life Newbie/Trainer: One PokeBall Skillz0r'd/Master: Two PokeBalls Hercules/God: Three PokeBalls Pwnz0r3 and on: Four PokeBalls 3. How do I put an image in my posts? Answer: The main thing to remember is the image coding tags. This coding is as follows: Code: [img]your_image_url_here[/img] An example of an image url place within the image tags is this: Code: [img]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y101/Linkachu166/LinkachuBanner.jpg[/img] Always remember that your opening and closing tags must surround your image url or it won't show up. Alternatively, for easy retrieval of the image tags you can use the "Insert Image" button above your text area when making or editing a post (not present for "Quick Replys" or when editing signatures). This is the button that looks like a picture frame with some trees. Hovering your mouse pointer over it, or any other shortcut button, for a few moments will tell you what each represents. 4. How do I edit my signature? Answer: The first step is to actually access your profile editing page, found by first clicking the "Profile" tab on the left sidebar under "Forum Navigation", then hovering over the "Modify Profile" tab and clicking the "Forum Profile" link. Once you've made it that far, you'll see various options such as editing your avatar, changing your personal text and info, etc. Just keep scrolling down until you find the edit signature text box and you should be good to go. 5. How do I upload an image off my PC to use on the forums? Answer: Since the gallery and attachment functions of Charms still aren't working properly, your best bet is to use a free imaging hosting service like Photobucket. They're free, easy to sign up with, and fairly straight forward to use. 6. How do I turn an image into a hyperlink? Answer: If you're trying to turn an image in your signature/post into a clickable link, you'll need this basic coding present for it to work properly. Code: [url=http://www.yourwebsiteurlhere.com][img]your_image_url_here[/img][/url] Always remember to surround your image url(s) with the website url tags (opening AND closing). It is especially important to remember your url closing tags if you're trying to make several different images linkable to different web pages within the same post/signature. Without them present, everything following will be linked to the same initial url. 7. How do I make a Trainer Card? Answer: I really think this one goes without saying, but nevertheless... http://www.pokecharms.com/trainercards/ Go to that url, read the paragraph, and then hit the bottom url to start making your card. It's a pretty straight forward system so you shouldn't have any problems working it. And there you have it. Note that because of the stress on the server caused by the TCM, it may not always be available. 8. How big should my signature be? Answer: Assuming you've already read the Global Pokecharms forum rules, you should already know the answer to this question. If not, it's highly suggested that you read through them. 9. Where can I introduce myself on the forums? Answer: The New Member Introduction Thread can fulfill your needs, and is stickied on the Random Chatter forum. If you'd like you introduce yourself, feel free to post in that topic.