Joined: 04 Jul 2006
Location: West Springfield, Massachusetts
|Posted: July 16 2006, 22:57 Post subject: Registration / Profile Information
|Your Profile page has several fields for entering information about yourself that others may see. You can change this information any time by going to your Profile and submitting the changes.
Username: This is your "Forum name". This is the name you enter to login to the forums. It can be, within reason, anything you like. This name will be visible to other registered members on the bottom of the index page as "newest registered user is:" until a newer member registers. It will be visible in all the posts you make and any PMs you send. It may also show next to "Users browsing this forum:" while you are in that forum.
First Name and Last Name: Enter this Optional information if you would like other registered members to see your real first and / or last name in your Profile.
Email Address: This should be a valid, working address. If you forget your password, this is the address a new password will be sent to. Your email address is considered as confidential information. It will not be sold or given out under any circumstances except those as specified in the "SPAM policy" sticky. If you do not want other registered members to see it, use the checkbox under "Preferences".
Current Password, New Password, and Confirm Password: If you want to change your password this is where to do so. You must enter the current password and then enter the new password twice. Passwords will not be seen by anyone, and the forum administrator has no access to them.
Confirmation code: This is one of several measures taken to reduce the amount of SPAM in the forums. This image helps ensure that a human is filling out the form. This only appears when you first register.
Profile Information (Optional Information)
ICQ Number, AIM Address, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger: If you enter this information, other registered members will be able to see it.
Website: Enter this information if you would like other registered members to be able to see it.
Location, Occupation, Interests: Enter this information if you want other registered members to be able to see it in your Profile.
Custom Title: After you have been a forum member for 1 week and have made 10 posts, you can enter your own title that will replace the forum's default names. e.g. instead of "Newcomer Level I"
Signature: You can enter a personal "signature" to your posts that can be seen by other registered members. You are allowed to enter a "self-promotional" URL here if you wish.
Always show my e-mail address: Yes, other registered members can see it. No, it won't be visible to anyone.
Hide your online status: Yes, the index page will show you as a "# user online, # hidden". No, the index page will show you as a "# user online, # registered", and your username will visible to other registered members next to "Registered Users:" on the index page in the "Who is Online" area, and also in the "Who is Online" page.
Always notify me of replies: Yes, every time someone posts to a topic that you also posted to, you will get an email notifying you of this. No, you will not receive any notification emails. You can also "watch" specific topics, and you can select the "Notify me when a reply is posted" checkbox when you post.
Notify on new Private Message: Yes, if someone sends you a private message, you get a notification email. No, you don't.
Pop up window on new Private Message: Yes, if you want to be notified of private messages while you're in the forums. No, if you don't.
Always attach my signature: Yes, registered members will see your signature in your posts. No, they won't. This can be enabled and disabled on a per post basis.
Always allow BBCode and Always enable Smilies: Yes, if you want to be able to use either of these in your posts. No, if you don't. These can be disabled on a per post basis.
Timezone: You can see times in relation to you timezone. For example, If I post at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT - 5 hrs), someone on the West coast, with their timezone set at GMT - 8 hrs, would see the time as 4 PM.
Date format: You can choose the date format you're most comfortable seeing dates in.
Avatar: You can select an avatar from the gallery, or upload one of your own. This will appear in your posts under your username, title, and rank. Or you can choose to have no avatar.
*Note* Personal information can also be shared on a member-to-member basis via Private Messages.
Please read the "Privacy Levels" sticky for more information.