Harry Potter Lexicon Forum FAQ
INDEX of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Last Change - 12:54am EST Monday 2 October 2006
What is a 'post', a 'thread', or a 'folder'?
• A post is a message.
• A thread is group of posts (messages) all relating to the same topic,
(e.g. the Harry Potter thread,
the Ron Weasley thread, etc.).
• A folder is a group of threads all relating to the same general area,
(e.g. the Present Students at Hogwarts folder,
the Hogwarts Staff Members - Past and Present folder, etc.).
How do I upload an avatar / portrait next to my name?
You have to have the picture saved to your hard drive,
and it must be 10K or less to work with World Crossing's
Go to "Change password or preferences" under your name
on the right in the teal colored tool bar.
Then if you scroll down, you'll see
"Upload a new portrait (optional):" and a little button
that says "Browse".
Click this button and find the file on your computer.
This will upload the picture, though you may not see
a change yet.
Then scroll down and click the "OK" button at the
bottom of the page. This will show you your new
preferences, with portrait....
How do I start a new thread? What are the rules?
To start a new discussion click 'Add Discussion'
in the teal tool bar toward the top of your browser window.
Just type in the name of the thread
(please make it relevant to the topic) and then post your post.
There aren't many rules for a thread. All we ask is that,
if at all possible, try to fit a topic in an already
existing thread. We have so many threads to keep track
of that, for both purposes of reading and administrating,
it is easier to attempt to keep the number down as much as possible.
Try the search function first to see if your topic is
already being discussed somewhere (click 'Search'
in the teal toolbar and type in some key search words
relevant to your topic).
When in doubt, post the thread and in will either be
moved into an appropriate folder or, if the topic
belongs elsewhere, the post will either be moved or
a Host will ask you to move it.
Why do I need a working email account to be a member?
Who's going to be emailing me?
Our Hosts use emails to correspond with members when
there is a problem on the Forum regarding their posts.
This doesn't happen often. Our Hosts prefer to use
emails when communicating with members about problems
rather than to make problems public by posting about
them somewhere on the Forum. This helps to keep our
family-like atmosphere and, hopefully, will help prevent
embarrassment or hurt feelings on the part members. Our
Hosts also use email to inform members about status changes,
if one is warranted (i.e. "Read Only" to
"Participant" in the first welcoming email, or
"Participant" to "Moderated" in
the case of problem posters).
What is "Moderated" status?
Why might I be placed on "Moderated" status?
Having "Moderated" means that you can post
but that it won't appear immediately on the Forum, as
it does when you have "Participant" status. The
post will be have to be read, approved, and released
by a Host before it can appear on the Forum. A member
might be placed on "Moderated" status if
they repeatedly make posts not fitting with the
"Philosophy of this Forum",
i.e. posting using bad language, Netspeak,
inappropriate topics, etc. Most members are changed
back to "Participant" after a short period of
time on "Moderated" status where their
posts have shown that they are posting within
"Philosophy of this Forum" once again.
If I have problems joining the Lexicon Forum,
who should I contact and where?
The Harry Potter Lexicon Forums are hosted on
the World Crossing forum system. If you are
experiencing problems with becoming a member of
the World Crossing system, you need to contact
the System Operators at World Crossing. Presently
the administrative problems are handled by
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