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TheShoppie.com forum is a public discussion area. Views expressed by members are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the operators of the site. Freedom of speech is respected however members are expected to behave resonably and must not post offensive or inappropriate material unsuitable for a family audience. Postings made in reply to other members must also be resonable and polite - treat other members with the same courtesy you would when speaking face-to-face.
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You've probably seen others use smilies before in e-mail messages or other bulletin board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile or a frown . This bulletin board automatically converts certain text to a graphical representation. Here are the smilies that are currently supported by TheShoppie.com:

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PLAIN TEXT EDITOR:

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The trick here is to make sure you prefix your URL with the http:// or, https://

The forum will allow you to include various standard HTML tags and you can include links from sites such as YouTube by using the standard code they provide. Any member found to be abusing this privilidge will have their account suspended - you have been warned!

ENHANCED EDITOR:

The Enhanced Editor has tool bar icons which help you to include links and images in your post. You cannot enter HTML codes directly into the Enhanced Editor - if you wish to include HTML code (such as a YouTube video link) switch to the plain text editor first.

Email addresses should not be included in posts. Please do not include any email addresses in your posting as this will cause the address to be collected and used by spammers.

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Links of a commercial nature or solely posted with the intention of generating referrals or similar will be removed and result in suspension of your account.

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Moderators control most forums. They may edit, delete, or prune any posts. Moderators and Administrators are identified by the colour of their username as shown in "Active Users".

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You may delete all cookies set by these forums in selecting the "logout" button at the top of any page.

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Active Topics are tracked by cookies. When you click on the "What's New" link, a page is generated listing all topics that have been posted since your last visit to these forums (or approximately 20 minutes).

Go To Top Of PageEditing Your Posts

This forum uses 'Post Locking' which means you may edit or delete your own posts unless another member has replied and only up to 10 minutes after posting it. Just go to the topic where the post to be edited or deleted is located and you will see a edit or delete icon (EditDelete) on the line that begins "posted on..." Click on this icon to edit or delete the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum Moderator or the forum Administrator.

If you wish to edit or delete a post which has been locked please contact an Administrator or Moderator for assistance.

Go To Top Of PageAttaching Files

You may upload a limited number of image files to our website to include with your postings. The file size, image dimensions, allowed types, and your upload space may be varied, limited, or completely withdrawn at any time. Additionally we make no guarantee that files you send to our website will be backed-up or otherwise preserved in any way. Please refer to the post editing page "explain this" help link for details of current restrictions, etc.

Go To Top Of PageSearching For Specific Posts

You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, user name, date, and particular forum(s). Simply click on the "search" link at the top of most pages.

Go To Top Of PageEditing Your Profile & Signature

You may easily change any information stored in your registration profile by clicking your username located near the top-left of each page. You may edit any information (except your Username).

You may attach signatures to the end of your posts when you post either a New Topic or Reply - your signature is also editable on the profile page. NOTE: HTML can't be used in Signatures.

Go To Top Of PageCensoring Posts

The Forum does censor certain words that may be posted; however, this censoring is not an exact science, and is being done based on the words that are being screened, so certain words may be censored out of context. By default, words that are censored are replaced with asterisks.

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Changing a lost password is simple, assuming that e-mail features are turned on for this forum. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your Username and Password carry a "lost Password" link that you can use to have a code e-mailed instantly to your e-mail address of record that will allow you to create a new password. Because of the Encryption that we use for your password, we cannot tell you what your password is.

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Yes, the Subscription feature allows you to subscribe to the entire Board, individual Categories, Forums and/or Topics, depending on what the administrator of this site allows. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of a post that has been made to the Category/Forum/Topic that you have subscribed to. There are four levels of subscription:

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Go To Top Of PageWhat does it mean if a forum has Moderation enabled?

Moderation: This feature allows the Administrator or the Moderator to "Approve", "Hold" or "Delete" a users post before it is shown to the public.
Approve: Only the administrators or the moderators will be able to approve a post made to a moderated forum. When the post is approved, it will be made viewable to the public.
Hold: When a user posts a message to a moderated forum, the message is automatically put on hold until a moderator or an administrator approves of the post. No one will be able to view the post while it is put on hold.
NOTE: Authors of the post will be able to edit their post during this mode.
Delete: If the administrator or moderator chooses this option, the post will be deleted and an e-mail will be sent to the poster of the message, informing them that their post was not approved. The administrator/moderator will be able to give their reason for not approving the post in the e-mail.

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