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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: Frequently asked Questions and their Answers  Reply with quote

How do I stop guests reading/posting to a forum?

In the Administration panel, under Forum Admin, select Permissions.
Simple permission set the most common options, for examples:

    Public which will allow guests to view and post.
    Registered which will allow guest to view but not post.
    Registered (hidden) which means guests cannot even see the forum.


From there you can select Advanced permissions and you will see a comprehensive list of actions guests or members will be allowed to do in that forum. You can then tailor the permissions exactly as you want them.

Changing your forums name/ or running it on your own domain

To do this you need to email the current name of your forum. e.g. for this forum:

http://forum.myfreeforum.org

to admin[at]myfreeforum.org along with the setup password and the new name you want. Note you can change only the name not the myfreeforum.org address or myfastforum.org address.

^ when emailing please replace the [at] with the @ symbol ^


The old name continues to work after a name change, until we either remove the old name, or someone else uses it.

You cannot change between myfreeforum and myfastforum addresses.

You can only change name on a forum that is clearly either phpbb2 or phpbb3, do not ask for a name change when mid upgrade.

If you buy your own domain name, it is generally possible to direct it to your forum so that it looks like it is on your own domain.

http://forum.myfreeforum.org/owndomain.html

How do I delete a forum?

We operate a policy where boards which are unvisited by members and have few members or posts will be purged from the system after a few months inactivity. So to delete your forum, delete the members and posts and disable the forum and it will happen automatically.
Before doing this please show consideration to your members, you may no longer want a forum but someone may want to takeover. People put effort into posting on forums and it is not fair to simply discard their efforts.
Note that anyone developing a forum that is "readonly" in nature, should not fall foul of our purging policy, it is geared only towards removing forums that are dead and have had no effort put into developing them.


How do I make a member an Admin or Moderator?

In the Administration panel, under User Admin, select Permissions and enter the members name in the dialog that appears.
You can now set "user level" to Admin or allow the user to moderate particuar forums in which case whilst there level on the admin screen will remain as user, they will be displayed as Moderator in the forum itself.
Do not make anyone an Admin or even a Moderator unless you have a very high degree of trust in them.
Forums can have any number of Mods, and your board can have any number of admins. But take a good look at the horror stories posted on this forum about boards being wrecked by rogue mods and admins! and thing very carefully before appointing anyone.


How do I change my name from Admin?
In the Administration Panel, look at the configure dialog and make sure "Allow Username changes" is set to yes. If it is not set to yes, then set it to yes and click submit at the bottom of the form.
Having done this, you will be able to click on "profile" at the top of the page and change your name in your profile.


Can I have a database backup/export?
All forums are backed up daily, so there is no need to worry about backups. If you do need a forum export, you can buy one in the site shop:

http://forum.myfreeforum.org/viewportal.php?component=shop

If a user has failed to recieve an email for account activation

Go to :-
The Administration Panel, then

"User Admin/Management",

Enter the user name

You will now be able to modify the users profile, at the bottom there are special admin only fields including:

"User Is Active".

This field should be set to Yes, and then you should "Submit" the changes with the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

How do I get rid of the test forum?

Go to :-
The Administration Panel, then

"Forum Admin/Management"

You can then either edit the name of the test forum by clicking edit, or simply delete it, by clicking delete.

I banned myself what do I do?
The owners control panel, available from the main menu on this forum, will let the owner in and contains an option for removing banlists.
Most people do this by banning by IP, but most IPs as seen by forums on the internet are not unique, they are used by tens of thousands of people, maybe including YOU! Don't ban by IP unless you know what you are doing.

What can be changed about the adverts?

You can pay for advert free forums in the site shop at:

http://forum.myfreeforum.org/viewportal.php?component=shop

You cannot change anything else about the adverts, we have less adverts than any other free forums system, but we do have to place the adverts where people will actually see them!

How do I change the logo?

There is a link in the admin panel "Edit template/logo", from here you can copy your current forum template into a new template than you can fully edit. With most styles the editing page will detect the main logo and allow you to upload a new logo and set the new logo image as the main logo.
Note that some styles will only work well with a new logo that has the same dimensions as the old logo.
From the editing screen you can set the template to be the default for the board. Make sure when you do this that you have set "override user style" in the Admin/Configure settings. If you do not do this users will still see the style they have previously been using.
There is a lot more that can be done with the template editor, but we recommend people try and build members and posts before distracting themselves with what can be done cosmetically to a forum.

I uploaded an icon of the same name but I did not show up

Likely reasons.

1) You need to clear cache on your browser. Pressing F5 will often reload the page and do this. Otherwise the old image is the one seen.
2) You have uploaded an image called something like icon.gif.gif or icon.GIF, when you really wanted to upload icon.gif. If this is the case you will need to rename the icon file.  Follow the instructions here to do this.

http://howtodoit.myfreeforum.org/about577.html&highlight=gif+gif


Can I run more than one forum?

You can have as many forums as you like, just so long as they stay within the general terms and conditions.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do I clear my browsers cache?

Symon wrote:
Clearing Cache on Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

  1. Click Start and select Settings, then Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Internet Options to open Internet Properties.
  3. Click Delete Files.
  4. Click OK on the Delete Files dialog box.
  5. Click OK.

Clearing Cache on Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0

  1. Click Start and select Settings, then Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Internet Options.
  3. Click the General tab.
  4. Click Delete under the Browsing History section.
  5. Click Delete Files in the Delete Browsing History dialog box.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Close.
  8. Close and relaunch your browser.

Clearing Cache on Netscape Navigator 9.X

  1. Click Tools and select Options.
  2. Click the Privacy.
  3. Click Clear Now under the Private Data section.
  4. Check the box Cache and Clear Private Data Now.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close and re-launch your browser.

Clearing Cache on Firefox 1.0

  1. Click Tools and select Options.
  2. Click the Privacy Icon.
  3. Click Clear next to the Cache section.
  4. Click Ok.
  5. Exit and relaunch the browser.

Clearing Cache on Firefox 1.5

  1. Click Tools and select Options.
  2. Click the Privacy icon.
  3. Click the Cache tab and click Clear Cache Now.
  4. Click Ok.
  5. Exit and relaunch the browser.


Clearing Cache on Firefox 2.0


  1. Click Tools and select Options.
  2. Click the Advanced icon and click the Network tab.
  3. Click Clear Now under the Cache section.
  4. Click Ok.
  5. Exit and relaunch the browser.

AOL 7.0

  1. Close your browser.
  2. Click Start, select Settings and Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Internet Options.
  4. Click Delete Files.
  5. Click OK on the Delete Files dialog box.
  6. Click OK.


AOL 8.0


  1. Close your browser.
  2. Click Start, select Settings and Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Internet Options.
  4. Click Delete Files.
  5. Click OK on the Delete Files dialog box.
  6. Click OK.

AOL 9.0

  1. Close your browser.
  2. Click Start, select Settings and Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Internet Options.
  4. Click Delete Files.
  5. Click OK on the Delete Files dialog box.
  6. Click OK.

Safari 1.x for Macintosh

  1. Click the Safari menu and selectEmpty Cache.
  2. Click Empty on the Are you sure message box.
  3. Exit and relaunch the browser.

Safari 2.0 for Macintosh

  1. Click the Safari menu and selectEmpty Cache.
  2. Click Empty on the Are you sure message box.
  3. Exit and relaunch the browser.


Firefox 1.5 for Macintosh

  1. Click the Firefox menu and select Preferences.
  2. Click the Privacy icon and click the Cache tab.
  3. Click Clear Cache Now.
  4. Click the X in the top left corner to close the Privacy window.
  5. Exit and re-launch the browser.


Firefox 2.0 for Macintosh

  1. Click the Firefox menu and select Preferences.
  2. Click the Advances icon and click the Network tab.
  3. Click Clear Now under the Cache section.
  4. Click the X in the top left corner to close the Advanced window.
  5. Exit and re-launch the browser.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do I change the age limit on the agreement page of signups?

What you do is go to your template and select edit and choose agreement.tpl (should be default selection)

and find this:
Code:
<span class="genmed"><br />{AGREEMENT}<br />By agreeing to the rules set by the admin here you are confirming that any support you seek here will only be regarding portals for the myfreeforum system.<br /><br /><br /><div align="center"><a href="{U_AGREE_OVER13}" class="genmed">{AGREE_OVER_13}</a><br /><br /><a href="{U_AGREE_UNDER13}" class="genmed">{AGREE_UNDER_13}</a><br /><br /><a href="{U_INDEX}" class="genmed">{DO_NOT_AGREE}</a></div><br /></span>


now locate this:
Code:
{AGREE_OVER_13}


and replace with:
Code:
the chosen text you want over 18s to see


So you'd see this:
Code:
<a href="{U_AGREE_OVER13}" class="genmed">{AGREE_OVER_13}</a>


become this:
Code:
<a href="{U_AGREE_OVER13}" class="genmed">By agreeing to the terms and conditions I agree that I am over the age of 18</a>



now locate this:
Code:
{AGREE_UNDER_13}


and replace with:
Code:
the chosen text you want under 18s to see


So you'd see this:
Code:
<a href="{U_AGREE_UNDER13}" class="genmed">{AGREE_UNDER_13}</a>


become this:
Code:
<a href="{U_AGREE_OVER13}" class="genmed">I am under the age of 18.</a>



So the final code should look similar to this:

Code:
<span class="genmed"><br />{AGREEMENT}<br />By agreeing to the rules set by the admin here you are confirming that any support you seek here will only be regarding portals for the myfreeforum system.<br /><br /><br /><div align="center"><a href="{U_AGREE_OVER13}" class="genmed">By agreeing to our terms and conditions I agree that I am over the age of 18</a><br /><br /><a href="{U_AGREE_UNDER13}" class="genmed">I am under the age of 18.</a><br /><br /><a href="{U_INDEX}" class="genmed">{DO_NOT_AGREE}</a></div><br /></span>



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