This section of the User Manual covers various other issues:
Episode Review Threads
Every week (when there is a new episode), we post a sticky thread for reviews of the newest Buffy and Angel episodes. There is one post for Buffy in the US, one for Angel in the US, and one for both shows in the UK (because they are behind the US). This avoids a messy array of very similar posts clogging up the thread list, and allows everyone to easily post, find, and read the reviews in one place. The threads are eventually moved to the Archive board. When you've seen the latest episode and want to comment on it or review it, you must do so in the designated thread. The thread(s) for the most recent episode(s) can be found "stuck" at or near the top of the post list in the Watcher's Diary, with a subject such as "(US/CAN) General thoughts and ratings for Buffy 4.18, Dirty Girls." Remember to read the rules outlined in the first post of the thread, and use appropriate spoiler tags. (Wonder why? See here.)
You should only start a separate thread if 1) You have a comment/question/theory on a specific aspect of the episode, and 2) No one else has already started a thread on the same topic.Back to Top
Spambot Protection for Your Public Email Address
(Note: Your private administrative address is never subject to risk from spambots; only the administrator and moderators can see it. The discussion below relates to your public address, if you choose to enter one into your public profile. Also note that the spambot avoidance techniques described below only apply to the "Public Email Address" field of your profile. If you enter your email address anywhere else (in your bio, in a post, etc.), it will not be protected.)
Obviously anything you put in your profile can be read by a human being, but spammers very rarely go out and pick up email addresses with their own eyes and hands it's a waste of time when there are much easier and faster ways to pick up millions of addresses. So if you want to put your email address in your profile so that people can email you, you can do so with very little fear of a spambot picking it up and spamming you.
In case you're curious about our other methods of fighting spam/spammers... we also make use of robots.txt (though most spambots ignore it), htaccess, and spam poison.Back to Top
How to Link to a Post
At some point, you may wish to link to another post in a thread of your own. This works just like linking to any other webpage. Here's how:
Whenever you have a link in your post, it's recommended that you preview it and click on the link to make sure it's correct (it will open in a new window, so you won't lose your post).Back to Top
How to Suggest a Post for Archiving
Some threads from the Watcher's Diary are "kept" for archiving and moved into the Archives forum after six months of inactivity. (After six months with no new posts in it, a thread in the WD is either archived or deleted irretrievably.) The idea is that some of the "best" or most interesting/active/memorable/useful posts from the Watcher's Diary are archived there posts that people may want to look back at later, or that could be interesting for newbies. The moderators and admin keep their eyes out for threads that they think should be archived, and some threads are always kept for archiving (such as the weekly sticky review threads). If you see a thread that you think should be kept for archiving, please use the following procedure:
Survey (BOQ) Templates
Surveys are quite popular here, in which one posts a bunch of questions, and a bunch of people answer them. To make the whole business easier to read and follow, you're strongly encouraged to use templates in your surveys. This way, people replying to your thread can copy your template into their post, and the questions will already have bold tags (or what have you) around them for easier reading.
The simple way to do this is to simply click one of the template buttons in the markup box above where you type in your post. The button will give you a template for making questions bold, and the button will give you a template for making questions bold and green. Simply click the button, and then type your question in place of the word "text."
Alternatively, you can make templates for any type of markup. The way to do this is to use two squiggly brackets wherever you would normally use a single straight bracket. For our example, we'll just assume that you want to make all of your questions bold. You'll type:
Users viewing your post will see:
They'll copy that directly into their post, and users viewing their posts will then see:
Another example, using two markup codes, with the goal of making survey question appear in bold, purple text:
Users will see:
Which, when they copy and paste in their post, will result in:
You may see terms used in the forums that you aren't familiar with. A few of them:OT: Off Topic (in this case, off the topic of Buffy/Angel).
BOQ: "Bunch of Questions," otherwise known as a survey.
PM: Private Message.
ME: Mutant Enemy, Joss Whedon's production company in other words, the Powers That Be that control the Buffyverse.
JM: Either the webmaster, Jamie Marie, or James Marsters, the actor who plays Spike you'll have to identify via the context of the post.
Sticky Post or Sticky Thread A thread which has been made "sticky" so that it stays at the top of the post list.
Forum / Board / Message Board: All are pretty much synonyms for the conversational facilities you see here. If you see "forums," it probably refers to the community as a whole. If you see "forum" (singular) or "board," it probably refers to one forum in particular (i.e. The Watcher's Diary, the Fanfic Forum).
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About the Spell Checker
For what it is, the forum spell checker is a good tool. However, it's not the same as the spell checker in, say, Microsoft Word. Basically, there's a huge list of words. When you spell check, the program looks to see if each of your words is in that list. If not, it tells you the word is spelled incorrectly. In some cases, this may not be true the list doesn't contain every possible word known to man, especially in the case of slang or names.
Also, the list doesn't contain possessive versions of every word, or even most words, so it will think many words with apostrophes are wrong. It's not the most superb spell checker in the world, but it does the job - it catches misspelled words. Sure, it might be possible to have a tremendously intelligent spell checker with a tremendously huge dictionary, but it would be too hard on the server anyway, so we wouldn't be able to use it.Back to Top
If you use Webwasher, you will not be able to post messages. This is NOT intentional, and we don't know why, but you'll have to turn it off in order to post.Back to Top
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