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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Those looking for a FAQ for Hurricanes Check Here this faq is for board usage.
Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions. You can click on any of these and get some help with anything you might be having a problem with. If you know of anything else that should be addressed on this page please send your suggestions to cfhc@flhurricane.com.
Why should I register a Username?
Why do you ask for two email addresses?
Do I have to accept cookies?
How do I login?
Help! I'm having trouble logging in
What is the string that appears beneath my username in posts?
What are these Titles about?
I forgot my password!
How do I change my password?
How do I add an image to my message?
Is there a limit to signature image size?
Can I attach a file to my post?
What are the rules?
How do I edit my profile?
How do I edit my display preferences?
Why is a post's subject so important?
How do I find posts that may already have the answer to the question I have?
What does the flashing envelope icon on the Menu bar denote?
What do the letters in the Received Private Messages display denote?
I'm having problems getting the URL tags to work
How do I layout my posts so as to have white space between paragraphs?
Is there a spellchecker?
What if I make a mistake in my post?
What if I post in the wrong forum?
Can I use html in my posts?
How do I put a poll in my post?
I want to see more (or less) posts per page.
What's with all the buttons?
Why are Subject, Poster and Posted on clickable?
Can I run my own forum?


Why should I register a Username?

By registering a Username, you will be able to edit your profile and preferences. You will get the most out of your time here if you change your profile to suit your individual tastes. There are a lot of options in your profile to make your experience here more enjoyable, so please take a few moments to try the various settings. Also only people with registered Usernames can take advantage of the "New Posts" feature upon each visit.

Why do you ask for two email addresses?

The real email address is used for email notifications and forum subscriptions and to email your password. The other is what other users see when they view your profile. We realize that some people don't want everyone to know their normal email address, but we need to know it in case you want to subscribe to a forum or if you want to have replies emailed to you. For this reason you can give us your real email address that only we will see and you can provide a different one for the general public. Some people like to put in something like scream@no.spam.domain.com. This way people can still figure out what your real email address is, but spamming agents can't just parse through the page and spam you.

Do I have to accept cookies?

Yes. Cookies are used to track your Username/Password and which posts you have read for your current session. Without accepting cookies some functions won't work properly.

How do I login?

If you have registered an account (username) within these forums, you must login in order to take advantage of the personalization features. To login, look in the upper right-hand corner of your screen for the Login link. This link will take you to a page where you can enter your Username and Password. Keep in mind that the password is always case-sensitive. This means that S and s are considered different by the software.

Once you have entered your Username and Password, you'll be brought to what is called the Start Page. If you have any Private messages, you'll see a flashing envelope at the top left of the menu bar. You can now enter the main forum area by clicking the Main Index link at the top of the page. This will list all of the forums for you.

Help! I'm having trouble logging in

This checklist may help you successfully login:

1) Make sure you are entering your password correctly. They are case-sensitive.
2) Ensure that your browser supports cookies; if so, check the security level you are using. High levels of security restriction in certain browsers will automatically reject cookies. In order to use the key features of these forums, you'll need to accept cookies.
3) Completely logout by hitting the Logout link on the page, and then log back in again.
4) After logging in, you may have to hit the reload/refresh button on your Web browser to expedite the authentication.
5) If these steps don't work you can try purging your cookies from this site using the My Cookies tool.
6) If you continue to have problems, go to the login page. Enter your Username in the Username field and click the "I forgot my password" button. A temporary password will be generated and emailed to the email address used for the account setup. You MUST enter a Username in the Username field before you use this feature.

What is the string that appears beneath my username in posts?

It's a system-generated User Title - stranger, newbie, journeyman, member etc. You progress through the various levels according to the cumulative number of posts you have made.

What are these Titles about?

Everyone has a title within the forum. You will notice them below the Username in each post. Some titles are automatically assigned based on the number of posts a user has made, and some titles are assigned by the forum owner to denote official representatives of the company or other VIPs in the forums.

0	Registered User
10 Verified CFHC User
25 Weather Watcher
50 Weather Hobbyist
100 Weather Guru
200 Storm Tracker
400 Weather Master
700 Storm Chaser
1200 Veteran Storm Chaser
1600 Knows everyone at the NHC
2500 Is the weather
1000 Senior Storm Chaser


I forgot my password!

If you have forgotten your password, dont worry! You can very easily have a temporary password emailed to you. All you need to do is go to the login page of the forums and enter your Username in the Username field. Then click the button marked I forgot my password, and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address of the username you registered.

This process is safe because the password is only emailed to the original owner of the account. There is no way to steal the password by using this feature.

How do I change my password?

You may change your password any time. All you need to do is click the option found on any page. Then, under the Main Configuration heading, click on "Personal Information, email, password...". To change your password, simply edit the password and verify password fields on this page. Once you have entered the new password, click submit to save the information. (Keep in mind that passwords are case-sensitive.)

How do I add an image to my message?

In order to add an image to your message or your signature, you must have the image already available on a web server. This can be an image on your own personal web page, for example. To place an image within a message, simply use the following Markup Tag:

[image]http://www.url_to_image.com/image_name.gif[/image]

For example, if you have an image called cateye.gif and its available from your own website at http://www.mywebsite.com/pics, then you would use the following image markup:

[image]http://www.mywebsite.com/pics/cateye.gif[/image]

You can do the same for your signature. Click the option found on any page. Then, under the Main Configuration heading, click on "Personal Information, email, password...". Look for the Signature box, and enter your desired information, including any images/markup as above.

Note: To keep the forums loading quickly for everyone, it is recommended that you do not exceed 35k for your image size.

Is there a limit to signature image size?

We ask that you keep your images relatively small. As a rule, please do not exceed 125 x 600 pixels and/or 35k for a signature image. This will ensure that the forums load quickly for all users.

Can I attach a file to my post?

If you have a browser that is Mozilla 4+ compatible then the answer is yes you can. When you preview your post you will have the opportunity to attach a file to your post.

What are the rules?

Flhurricane is fairly leniant with discussion, but please use common sense when posting. We try to be as fair as possible, but are also trying to keep the quality of the site relatively high. Quality content over quantity is the goal of this site.

Posting here implies acceptance of the following terms and conditions:
- Participants shall not post any material likely to cause offence, that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right - without the express permission of the owner of such copyright - or that contains personal phone numbers or addresses.
- Use of appropriate content is required. Abusive, profane and vulgar language will not be tolerated.
- Participants may not use the Forums to post or transmit advertisements or commercial solicitations of any kind. If you want a website linked, email us the link and we will add it.
- The appropriate Forum Moderator has the right to edit, censor, delete or otherwise modify any posted message.
- This web site does not verify or guarantee the accuracy of the material posted to the Forums or bear any responsibility for any loss, damage, or other liabilities caused by any posted message.
- Public Personal attacks on other users will not be permitted.
- Excessive "Forum Drama" will result in a probation or ban.
- Wishcasting and alarmist posts are prohibited. Gut feeling posts without any explanation are not allowed on the news talkbacks, they will be moved to the forecast lounge. Alarmist posts will be graveyarded.
- Attempts to hack or perform denial of service attacks on the flhurricane server network will result in a firewall block for the entire flhurricane subnet and possible legal action.

Hints:

Before you post: Before posting, please ask yourself the following question: "Am I making a post which is informative, or interesting or adds to thoughtful discussion on any level? If is a reply, does it offer any significant advice or help contribute to the conversation in any fashion?" If you can answer "yes" to this, then please post. If you cannot, then refrain from posting.
Low Content Posts: Please do not make single line posts containing no content (ie, "Thanks!" "Great Post" "Cool!", "I agree", or something else completely void of meaning). Or general cheerleading, for example, if you think someone did a good job and have nothing else to add send them a PM, it works better for this. We appreciate the thanks, but otherwise posts like these just litter up the forums. Remember, CFHC is not a Chat Room - it is a Niche topic-oriented site, so please attempt to stay 'on topic' by placing your posts in the proper Forum. Main page articles are usually focused on one particular topic, the other forums are open to use as well and are moderated less strictly.
Entire Article/Advisory Reposting: Don't do it. The main page has most of the advisories and just tend to clutter the site. It is likely to be edited down or graveyarded depending on how much content other than the article/advisory is there. If there's a specific part of an advisory or article, reposting that excerpt with discussion is fine.
Politics: This is not a political board, if it involves a certain party or a certain particular individual or group that is politically based, your post will be graveyarded.
Deparment of Redundancy Department: If a poster continually makes the same post, or nearly the same post repeatedly on the same point, it will likely be put in the graveyard and the poster be put on timed poster probation.
Respect the Mods: The moderators are here to keep the forum function of the site safe, sane, and secure. Please do not harass or intentionally annoy the mods. If they ask you to do something, please do it. If you do not like the mods or the moderation here, then feel free to not post here. If you have an issue with a mod, email cfhc@flhurricane.com or pm an Administrator
Harass and Sass: If somebody is harassing you on the forums then discuss it with them over PM or email before contacting a mod about it. Someone who simply disagrees with you does not constitute harassment. Please do not post others' personal information (phone number, addresses, emails, etc.). Try to stay out of other peoples' personal lives as well. Keep in mind there's a good distinction between the Internet and real life.
Crazy Catchall: Please do not try to cleverly circumvent some rule listed here. These rules are general guidelines and are very flexible. We won't catch everything, and we don't try to be overly zealous in moderation either. It is impossible. Although we don't take ourselves or the site very seriously, the subject matter of hurricanes we do.
Posting Style: Proper spelling/grammar is a big plus. This helps people understand what you're trying to say. It doesn't have to be perfect, but at least make it look like you try. Obviously, English is not the native language of everyone and even native speakers are prone to mistakes. Simply try to spell properly. Do not use spelling short hand, or what is often referred to as "AOL Speak". The message board is not AIM or ICQ or IRC. You are not within the bounds of AOL's system. You are not in a race for post counts. You can and should take your sweet time when posting. Some examples of spelling short hand are "u" for "you", "4" for "for", "r" for "are", and others.
Do not intentionally butcher your words. We're not your English teacher, but we don't wish to be subjected to your abysmal spelling just because you think it's trendy, unique, cool, or whatever. It is not trendy. It is not unique. The only way it makes you stand out is as someone lacking a reasonable number of brain cells. Some examples of this spelling are "kewl", "luv", and any instance of replacing "s" with "z". Occasional usage is accepted, but don't construct your entire posts like this.
Image size and linking. Keep all inline post images smaller than 600 pixels horizontal and 500 pixels vertical. Make sure all images you display in your posts are hosted on your own webspace. We do not approve of bandwidth leeching and forcing other people to pay for your images. If it is not hosted by you or a image hosting service (ie imageshack or photobucket ), just use a hyperlink to the image instead.

Distruptive, or bad posts will get moved to the graveyard (as well as any direct responses to a graveyarded post) to serve as an example of what not to post. If a post of yours ends up in the Graveyard, don't worry, mistakes happen. It isn't intended to humilate, just serve as an example. Non main news forums are less strictly moderated.

Any violation of the Guidelines could result in messages being edited and/or removed and the violator being warned, put on timed posting probation, or banned.

- Please use the "Alert Mods to Bad Post" button () below each post to report any possible violators.
For other questions/suggestions and updates see the site update forum

If you do not agree with these rules, please do not register an account or post. The only people we want to register accounts are those who really want to be here and will respect the rules and other forum members. We reserve the right to ban anybody on the forums. If you disagree with the above, then you are more than welcome to create your own hurricane site, and we will link it.

How do I edit my profile?

Click the link on the Menubar. At the bottom of the next screen you will see options for editing your profile.

How do I edit my display preferences?

Yes, you'll be missing a trick if you fail to take advantage of the versatility UBB.threads Forums offer. There are many aspects of how the Forums are displayed that may be customized. The procedure is similar to that for editing your profile, but in this case, after clicking the link on the Menubar, you need to select the 'Display preferences, .....' option in the Main Configuration area.

You can choose what language you want the Forums to use, the stylesheet that you want to govern the Forums' look and feel, how many posts there are per page, whether or not you want to view Users' pictures alongside their posts, and much more. Once saved, these become your default settings. You may edit these preferences again at anytime.

Why is a post's subject so important?

The first post of a given topic establishes the subject by which all subsequent replies will be known. Once there's been a reply, the topic subject cannot be subsequently changed. It's therefore important to get the subject right from the outset. Make it as descriptive and as specific as possible. For example, 'LCD burn-in questions', is much better than something completely generic, such as 'Newbie needs help!'. Not only is it more likely to elicit a response, but it'll also make it much easier for all posts in the topic to be subsequently located.

How do I find posts that may already have the answer to the question I have?

One of the key benefits of the discussion board format is that it enables commonly asked questions to be answered once, for the benefit of all. Before posting your question, it is always worth checking to see if it has already been asked - and answered! You can do this via the Search link on the Menubar. Various options are available, both for how the search term is specified and for controlling how much of the Forums database you want to search. This is where the specificity of topic subjects is important, making it much easier to locate precisely what it is you're after from a list of search results.

What does the flashing envelope icon on the Menu bar denote?

It means that you have unread Private Messages.

What do the letters in the Received Private Messages display denote?

'N' denotes an unread message.
'R' denotes a message that's been replied to.
A space denotes a message that's been read but not replied to.

I'm having problems getting the URL tags to work

If the tags are showing up in your text or you're getting a link, but it's to 'http:///', you're including some unwanted spaces in the syntax. Avoid any intervening spaces, and everything will work fine.

How do I layout my posts so as to have white space between paragraphs?

By hitting carriage return twice at the points where you want to insert a blank line. If you opt to preview your posts, you get the opportunity to do a further iteration of editing before you finally accept the post.

Is there a spellchecker?

No. If you want to be sure that you're word perfect, you'll have to spellcheck your post in some text editor and then cut and paste it into the Forums edit box.

What if I make a mistake in my post?

Users can edit their own posts up to 48 hours after they are made. Where the change is substantive, you should mark the post as edited so as to alert viewers to the changed content. For cosmetic changes it's better not to do so.

What if I post in the wrong forum?

Let the Forum Administrator know - he/she will be able to move it for you.

Can I use html in my posts?

There are 2 ways that this can be configured on a per board basis. If HTML is On then you will see HTML is On and you can use normal HTML in your posts. If UBBCode is on you will see UBBCode is On. The following tags are available for your use if UBBCode is enabled:

[b] text [/b] = Makes the given text bold.
[email] joe@email.com [/email] = Makes the given email address clickable.
[i] text [/i] = Makes the given text italic.
[code] text [/code] = Surrounds the given text with pre tags.
[quote] text [/quote] = Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This UBBCode tag is used for quoting a reply.
[url] link [/url] = Makes the given url into a link.
[url=link] title [/url] = Makes the given title into a hyperlink pointing to link.
[list]
[*]Item 1
[*]Item 1
[/list]
= Makes a bullet list. [list=A] or [list=1] will make order/numbered lists.
[blush] or :o =
[cool] =
[crazy] =
[frown] or :( =
[laugh] or :D =
[mad] =
[shocked] =
[smile] or :) =
[tongue] or :p =
[wink] or ;) =
[color:red] text [/color] = Makes the given text red.
[color:#00FF00] text [/color] = Makes the given text green.


Can I run my own forum?

Yes, UBB.threads is available at www.infopop.com

How do I put a poll in my post?

Putting a poll in your post is simple.

If polls are enabled then you start by just creating a new post in a forum. You will see a text box that allows you to specify how many polls you want to have in your post and the system will guide you through the rest.

I want to see more (or less) posts per page.

You can change the number of posts to be displayed per page by editing your profile. You can set this from anything between 1 and 99 posts per page. When you first sign up this gets set to 15 posts per page.

What's with all the buttons?

The buttons are used for navigation and displaying posts. Depending on the screen you are on they may serve different purposes.

When displaying a list of all threads:
- The and buttons will take you to the previous or next page of posts.
- The button will take you to the index of all available forums.
- The button will let you make a new post on that board.
- The and buttons will allow you to toggle between expanded and collapsed threads. Expanded threads will show the subject of all posts and replies in a threaded format. Collapsed threads will show the subject of the main post along with the number of replies to that post.

When viewing individual threads:
- The and buttons will take you to the previous or next thread.
- The button will take you back to the listing of all posts on that page.
- The button allows you to view the entire thread on one page if there are any replies to the original message.
- The button allows you to view the current post with all other posts on that thread displayed below in a threaded format.
- The button allows you to reply to a post.
- The button allows you to edit a post.

Why are Subject, Poster and Posted on clickable?

You can click on any of these to change the order in which the posts are sorted and displayed. If you click on Subject once, it will display posts by Subject in reverse alphabetical order. If you click on it again it will display posts by Subject in alphabetical order. Poster and Posted on works similarly.


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