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Why do I have to register? Why should I register?
Registration was implemented to keep spam and trolls off the boards and to allow PhinisheD to offer more useful features and a more personalized experience for users. The greater degree of security on PhinisheD is necessary to maintain a vibrant and healthy community. In order to fully utilize all the features of PhinisheD, you must register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:
  • Set the site clock to your own time zone
  • Read the message boards
  • Post new threads on all boards
  • Reply to other peoples' threads
  • Rate threads
  • Edit your posts
  • Post polls
  • Attach photos and other documents to your posts
  • Chat and exchange documents with fellow members
  • Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Comment on and rate sites listed in the links directory
  • View and enter events in the public calendar
  • Use your own private calendar
  • Set email reminders of public and private calendar events
  • View member prophiles, who's online info, and member and visitor maps
  • Set up a 'buddy-list' to quickly see which of your friends are currently online
To register, you will need to specify a username, a password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) The webmaster has configured the board to send you the final part of the registration process by email, so please ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working. Some users, particularly those who use Yahoo! and Hotmail for email, have found that the confirmation email goes into their bulk or junk mailbox rather than their inbox. If you cannot find the confirmation email, please make sure it hasn't been caught by your spam filter. If you are still unable to find the email, please return to the site and login for further instructions, or contact the webmaster using the link in the page footer. After you have confirmed your email address, the webmaster must approve your membership application. Because the site has recently been targeted for abuse by trolls and one particular disgruntled former member, the webmaster may contact you at the email address you provided to request further information before he will approve your membership. Any such information provided to him will be held in the strictest confidence.

I'm just a lurker and never post. What difference does registration make to me?
See the FAQ on registration above. As a registered lurker, you'll be able to read the message boards, set the site time to your own time zone, use the private calendar and email reminders, rate threads and links, and avoid having to decode the jumbled letters and numbers every time you want to search the boards. Registered users are not shown in the prophiles list until they've posted at least once, so if you never post, your prophile won't be listed at all.

Why do I have to answer a silly question or read and retype jumbled letters to register or search the boards?
The purpose of the question and the jumbled letters is to prevent automated spammers or "spambots" from gaining access to PhinisheD. The image is difficult to read for people so that it is impossible to read for computers. You need only face this issue once, when you register. After you've registered, you'll be able to log straight in and be recognized by the board, and you won't be asked to decode the jumbled image when you want to search the boards.

What happened to the Photo Album?
The Photo Album was necessary on our old site to allow us to share photos. On this site, we don't need a photo album because photos can easily be shared by attaching them to messages posted on the OT board. You can even attach multiple photos to one message, and each file will be automatically thumbnailed and linked to a full-size image. For more info on attachments, please see the relevant FAQ.

What is the difference between a "Quick Reply" and an "Advanced" reply?
This new PhinisheD offers two different ways of responding to posts. The quick reply is just that: It allows you fire off a brief reply without needing to specify a separate message title and body, and the form is at the bottom of each thread. The advanced editing form, on a separate page you can access by clicking the "Reply" button in the lower right corner of each message or the "Go To Advanced Editor" button beneath the quick rely form, gives you the option of adding a title to your post and adding many extras such as text formatting, smilies, vibes, links, and attachments. If you begin writing a response in the quick reply form, and then decide you want to switch to the advanced form instead, the message you've written so far is transferred to the new form.

How do I keep track of my unread messages without the blinking arrows?
On the old site, blinking arrows indicated unread messages. On this site, unread threads and messages are signified by a more subtle yellow shading in their icons, and a bold font. One good way to keep track of unread messages is by clicking on "Unread Posts" in the Boards menu, or by clicking on the "X new posts" link in the welcome message. Another way to keep track, particularly if you want to pay very close attention to a board or a thread, is to subscribe by clicking on the "Subscribe" link in the Board Tools or Thread Tools menu.

When you subscribe to a board or a thread, you can track all new posted messages in your user control panel, and choose whether to be notified by email instantly, daily, or weekly about new messages posted.

When you have read all the previously unread messages in a board, you can select "Mark This Board Read" under the Board Tools menu in the upper right corner of the thread list. When you've read all messages on the site, you can click on "Mark All Boards Read" in the Boards menu or under the board list on the home page to reset the unread counters to 0.


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