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The Newbie Help Topic

Discussion in 'Questions and Site Feedback' started by Linkachu, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    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.

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    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.
     
  2. Nice, helpful topic Linkachu! A question I have is: Can a regular member (like me) get the MasterBalls? Or do I just get a ton of PokeBalls?
     
  3. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    You get a ton of PokeBalls, yeah - six total to be exact ^^

    The MasterBall display is just to differentiate Admins between the rest of the different types of members. So, unless you're an Admin... sorry ^^;
     
  4. Can anyone see my trainer card? I can't. :-[
     
  5. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    You had spaces in the url. I fixed it for you. Works perfectly fine now ^^
     
  6. I was wondering: how do I start a topic? The way explained doesn't work for me, as there is no link to start a new topic. Help!
     
  7. On the page that lists topics, look for this on the upper right side of the screen.

    [​IMG]

    If it's not there, it may have something to do with permissions that I don't deal with.
     
  8. hey Linkachu why cant my trainer card appear at my messages ???
     
  9. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    What url did you copy after making it? Unless you saved it, then you'll need to upload it somewhere else and get the new url.

    After that, you'll need to enter that url, with the forum image tags, into your signature. You can find out the coding for image tags on the posting help page.
     
  10. A weird question indeed but;
    Where is the link to edit your signature.

    If it wouldn't be too hard, when answering, please refrain from typing siggy, etc.
     
  11. how do you become an admin
     
  12. [glow=red,2,300]I've seen some people with great balls instead of pokeballs... whats up with that[/glow]
     
  13. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Swear yourself to Doc Oak and be his personal bitch.

    Kidding.

    Kinda... ^^;

    Different levels of power. Some custom titles have styles of PokeBalls outside the standard PokeBall-GreatBall-UltraBall-MasterBall as well.

    But don't bother asking if you can be a mod or something. It doesn't work that way :p

    First you go up to that "Profile" tab at the top of the forums, below where it shows your current avatar, the news, etc., and between the 'chat' and 'Admin' tabs.

    Then, you click on the link circled in the picture I attached to this post. That'll lead you to where you can change your signature, avatar, and so forth.

    [attachment deleted by admin]
     
  14. When you put more than one image in your sig, how do you get the images side by side instead of one under the other? I don't want to take up too much space. By the way, is there a limit on how big a signature can be?
     
  15. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    Just put the image tags side by side, without a breaking line between them - like this:

    Code:
    [img]http://www.whatever.com/image.gif[/img][img]http://www.whatever.com/image2.gif[/img]
    There's no set limit on Sig sizes, but if you do have a ludicrously sized signature, you will be asked to change it - and failing that, have it simply deleted.
     
  16. how do i import a custom avater??
    Snorlax is a B****ing pkmn but i want my avatar.
     
  17. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    You can select a custom avatar after you have acheived 50 posts.
     
  18. how do you post a trainer card you created on appleworks?
     
  19. Finally, Now I know how to get custom Avvies.
     
  20. Post it and wrap quote tags Clark. Simple.
     
  21. And if you're technologically stupid like me, try uploading it to photobucket.com.
     
  22. I made a sprite based off of lukas on appleworks and want to show it
    [​IMG]
     
  23. linkachu how do i put my trainer card on a post? ???
     
  24. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Its kinda already been stated
     
  25. I dont know if someone ancered it allready but how do you upload an appleworks sprite
     
  26. idk how to get an avatar!!!how do u do it!!!??? ???
     
  27. god how many times has the above question been asked T_T

    You need 50+ posts to get a custom avatar. Until then you need to use avatars from the pre-uploaded avatars.
     
  28. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    And said pre-uploaded avatars are unfortunately not working at the moment (which has also been asked in this very forum).

    I'll fix the problem soon, but until then you'll just have to make do without.
     
  29. i wondered y i couldn't get one..thanks doc
     
  30. *tosses luv* This was really helpfull. Thank you very for making this thread. =D
     
  31. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Good to know its serving its purpose =)

    I've edited the first post a bit with a couple of more commonly asked questions. If people can think of any others worth adding in there, let me know.
     
  32. Um... What's the deal with those quote-like things between some people's username and ranking? :-\
     
  33. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Like where it says "i'm Zubatman" for Oak?

    It's an Admin-only feature, sorry.
     
  34. Alrighty, then! Thanks for clearing that up for me!

    And I have another question (I'm so sorry; I'm just kinda cluless ^-^;;):
    If you have to make 50 posts to get a custom avatar, how come some people that have less than 50 posts have them? I've seen about 3...
     
  35. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Hmm... Who three? Anyone who was around before the 50-posts rule was made and uploaded custom avatars would have them, but most of those members either left ages ago or have more than 50 posts now. What you're probably seeing is some of the less used avatars that are part of the forum-hosted collection (like the Colosseum avatars).
     
  36. Okay, I'm a newbie here and I've read the Rules, and SPAM explanation thing, but I'm still confused.

    I saw the Sprite and Sprite Comics category, and I wanted to post my Pokemon sprites that I've edited/recolored, and they're on another webiste.

    I have a lot of sprites, and I'm too lazy to go and post them all on the board, so I was wondering if I could just post the link to the site that I have my Pokemon Sprites on, but there's the advertising rule...

    I wouldn't want to get warned or banned or something like that, so I don't know if it's okay to post the link to my Pokemon Sprite website..

    x_x Can I get some help please? =/​
     
  37. Reia- Lordess of Fishie Crackers- I think posting a link to a site with your sprites on it is fine as long as it's only your sprites.
     
  38. Not a newbie but I need help. How can I get more than one image in my signature? The 150 character rule keeps cutting off the second image. I've never had this problem before. I just want to display my trainer card AND my image from Naruto.
     
  39. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    You don't. I imposed a restriction because a lot of people were taking the piss by having half a dozen trainer card images one after another in their signatures - not to mention other pictures.

    IF people can be expected to be sensible, I will remove the restriction again, but frankly, considering the shit that's gone on in this place for the last month/two months, I doubt there's more than a handful of people on here that can be trusted to not be a fucking moron any more.
     

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