Forum Basics

This is probably one of the most common questions asked on the forums...and does take some active knowlege on the users part.

Firstly, images that show up inside of posts are actually links to images that already exist somewhere else on the net. What this means is that the picture(s) you would like to display need to already be uploaded onto the internet somewhere. There are several ways of getting your pictures up on the net from ones own website to photo hosting services....a list of services may be developed in the future but for now, if you are unsure of what service to use, just ask in the Questions, Tests and Comments section and you will more than likely receive responses from users who have already done the research into what works and what doesn't.

Once you have a picture uploaded onto the net, you do need to find the address of the picture. Every picture on the internet has a unique address which can be used to link to. The easiest way to discover the address is to view the picture you want to link to, right click on it(this is assuming you are using a Windows OS) and a menu will drop down with some options. Left click on properties and you should see an Address(URL) with something that normally begins with with http://. This is the address that is used to link to. Sometimes the address is very long so you may want to make sure you are seeing the whole thing by holding down your left mouse button and dragging your cursor across the address and down....this should not only highlight the address but show all of it as well.

To display an image in your post simply at any point in your post you want the image to display put [img]tags around the address you highlighted and put within your post at DollFan.

For each picture you want to display within your post you can repeat the above.

We do ask to not have too large of images with your posts....most of the world is on dial-up internet connections and though many broadband users(i.e. DSL, Cable, etc) normally don't notice a big difference between small and large pictures, it can mean a great difference to dial-up users in how long it takes for a post to load when the pictures get overdone. Alls we ask is a bit of consideration for all of the users of DollFan :)

You should see a red exclamation button for reporting posts next to the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post. Please feel free to utilize this function if you feel it is warranted but as well please think before doing so and do not report posts frivolously. As well, please bear in mind that not all reported posts are acted upon for a variety of reasons....moderators may even agree with you but not take action because the post in question is "buried" already, for example. There may be different interpretations of the post as well.

To add a signature to a post you must first create one via your User Control Panel(UCP).  Please read the post concerning signature sizes before doing so. Once created, you can check the Attach a signature box on the posting form to add your signature to your posts. If you'd like to by default have your signature added to all your posts you can check the appropriate radio button in your profile...i.e., select "yes" for Attach my signature by default:. If you do so, you can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box within the posting form.

Unless you are a board administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts....please note that the delete option may at times be disabled to regular users. You can edit a post by clicking the edit button for the relevant post, sometimes for only a limited time after the post was made. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic which lists the number of times you edited it along with the date and time. This will only appear if someone has made a reply; it will not appear if a moderator or administrator edited the post, though they may leave a note as to why they’ve edited the post at their own digression. Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

Easy -- click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You do need to be registered before you can post a message. The facilities available to you are listed at the bottom of the forum and topic screens (the You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc. list).

    •  To create a new topic, simply enter into the forum that you wish to make a new topic in, (General Dolly Discussions, for example), and then click on the new topic button which can be found on the top left or bottom left of each list of posts. Once clicked on, a new page will open which will allow you to enter the mandatory subject of your topic and also display a box in which you can enter the text you wish to enter. After entering your post, you can preview it by clicking on the preview button and edit if necessary or simply submit the post which will create the new topic.

      You may notice above the posting screen where you enter your text several buttons which allow you to format(change color, size, type, etc.) the text of your post. The use of these buttons is explained in the BBCode link which you will see under 'Options' on the left hand side of the posting screen. As well, you may notice that below the box where you enter your text are some options which you can turn off or on on a per post basis...for instance, if you have your signature in your profile set to display in every post, you can uncheck the 'Attach signature' box before you post which will not display your signature in this particular post.
    • To reply to a post, simply enter into the forum and then the 'thread' which contains all the posts within a topic. You can then click on the 'Post Reply' button which you will see next to the 'New Topic' button on the top left and bottom left of the posts. You do not need to enter in a subject for the subject was already determined by the topic/thread starter but the act of posting in reply is similar to posting a new topic described above.

Alternately, you will notice a plain text box at the bottom of the row of posts with a "submit" and "preview" button underneath. This is a "Quick Reply" option where while the above allows for more formatting of your posts such as font color, size, insertion of images, etc. the Quick Reply method offers the user the ability to post without all of the options. As a lightweight option to how posts are normally made it benefits those who simply need to make a post and also those with slower internet connection speeds where all the normal options can increase wait times.

The image below your username is known as an avatar and is typically an image 90px X 90px or smaller which you can upload from your computer to your UCP area. This does require you to be familiar with basic image manipulation for you will need to create the avatar/image to be used with whatever image program available to you....please refer to the "help" section of the program being used and/or feel free to ask questions in the Questions, Tests and Comments forum. Sometimes you can find other users willing to make avatars for you if asked.

DollFan does include the ability of users to interact with each other in sales or trades related to the doll hobby. The section of DollFan where these transactions takes place is within the Classified forums and/or the Advert section. Many users do have concerns with dealing with others in this fashion and DollFan does give it's users the ability to comment on transactions they have been a part of for others to view.

In order to leave feedback simply click on the feedback link(may not be viewable if you are not logged in)found on the top right of most pages or view the individuals feedback rating within their profile which is also a clickable link. When presented with the option of leaving feedback make sure the one you are leaving feedback for is listed after Username. The next option is Role which denotes the one leaving feedbacks role in the will either be the buyer, seller, or if a trade was involved instead select "trade". Feedback is then the notation of whether you perceived the transaction to be postive, neutral, or negative on the part of the one you are leaving feedback for.....the Comments text box lets you elaborate on why you had selected the feedback option you chose. Comments do not have unlimited space and are currently maximized at 255 characters...if you see an error stating the feedback cannot be posted please make sure your comments are precise and under the 255 character limitation.

This allows you to save passages to be completed and submitted at a later date. To reload a saved passage, visit the User Control Panel.

If you have broken a rule, you may be issued a warning. Please note that this is the board administrator’s and/or moderators decision and if you wish to contest it contacting who had given the warning is encouraged.....attempting to take it to the forums as a means of resolution is heavily frowned upon and will more than likely result in another warning or removal from the board. We attempt to make DollFan a fun experience for everyone and we do run into individuals who unfortunately attempt to dictate what is fun and not fun to others including the admin/moderators. The admin/moderators have busy lives outside of DollFan and in short do not feel the need to "babysit" the rare individual who attempts to resolve an issue by seeking public support. Please contact the board administrator or a moderator if you are unsure about why you were issued a warning.