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Richard
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Post by Richard » Thu Mar 06, 2003 3:57 pm

Forum User Guide
By Richard Thomson
v1.0 6 March 2003

BritFoos is a fully functional message board & discussion forum, and whilst it is designed to be intuitive to use, there will clearly be aspects that new users will not understand straight away. The tips laid out below are designed to supplement the natural learning process.

Checking Posts
<ul><li>The first screen that you will be faced with on BritFoos lists the various categories of discussion available on BritFoos. You can return to this point at any time by clicking on the <a href="http://www.britfoos.com/phpBB2/index.php" class="postlink"><img border="0" src="http://www.britfoos.com/Images/BritFoos_larger.jpg" height="15" alt="BritFoos"></a> icon at the top of every page.
<li>Each of the various categories for discussion can be entered by clicking on the cell containing the category name. Similarly the posts within the categories can be viewed by clicking on the post name.
<li>Posts are sorted in reverse chronological order in all the forums. Post details are also given for every post including time, date, subject, poster, status etc.
<li>Whilst the forum does not track the messages you have read, it does track those posted since you last logged on. There are two methods for reading new messages:
<ul type="1"><li>Click on the orange highlighted icons (to left hand side of forum/message)
<li>Click on the <a class=postlink href="http://www.britfoos.com/phpBB2/search.p ... d=newposts" target="_blank">Check posts since last visit</a> link at top RHS of main forum page.</li></ul></ul>

Your User Profile
<ul><li>You can update your profile at any time by logging in and clicking on <A class=postlink href="http://www.britfoos.com/phpBB2/profile.php" target=_blank><IMG src="http://www.britfoos.com/phpBB2/template ... rofile.gif" border=0>Profile</A>.
<li>You should fill this in as much as possible to encourage contact from like minded players. In particular Location will enable others in your area to look you up to arrange a game!
<li>You can view other people's profiles by clicking on the <A class=postlink href="http://www.britfoos.com/phpBB2/memberlist.php" target=_blank><IMG src="http://www.britfoos.com/phpBB2/template ... embers.gif" border=0>Memberlist</A> icon at the top of the page, and then clicking on the profile
<li>Depending on your preferences, you can opt to be contactable via Email, Private Message (PM), AIM, AOL etc. Your email address is notreleased if you allow contact via email.
<li>If you wish to link your profile to a website, fill in the full URL (the string that appears in the Address bar of your internet browser) into the relevant box. Links for BFA player profiles can be found by going onto the BFA site and copying the link from the top of the page to your profile.
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Richard

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Post by Richard » Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:36 pm

To assist everyone getting along and the general running of the forum, i attach (kindly stolen from NeoGeo) a list of do's and don'ts:

1. Search for your answer before asking a question
Before posting a question, and after reading this FAQ, use the search function to be sure it hasn't been asked before. If you find the answers to it insufficient then go ahead and post your question (but be sure to explain you still need more info)

2. Dont bump old topics without good reason
If a topic is more than 10 days old it is generally frowned upon to bump it. This is particularly easy to do without realising if you have been using the search function, so be sure to take note at the date (it is generally a big annoyance to see a year old thread suddenly get bumped). If the thread is more than 10 days old but you still find it necessary to bump it, be sure your post is worthwhile, not just "cool" or "I agree" or "LOL".

3. Editing your own posts
You don't have to make a new post to correct yourself, you can use the edit button (the one with "edit" written on it!) and make changes to your post. Please do not edit your posts and topics down to nothing.  

4. Newbies have fun / be nice to newbies!
Don't let the b#!@?rds get you down. We were all newbies at one point and if your posts are constructive and not just flames, useless one-word posts, questions asked a million times, etc. you'll probably get along well.

5. Don't spam
Please make all your posts meaningful. It really annoys members to see useless posts in topics that seem to serve no purpose than to drive up the poster's post count. This forum does not rank posters so there is no advantage to posting a million times - it is neither big nor clever.

6. Keep quotes short
Keep quotes short and sweet. When quoting others, be specific about the part of the post you are refering to. Posts which just have a single comment or "wtg" or similar at the end of a long quote will be deleted.

7. Please proof-read your posts!
Also, please proofread posts before posting them. The most common mistakes are with quoting other posts, so make sure you have your tags correctly. Also, when you spell "you're" as "your", substitute "u" for "you", don't punctuate or capitalize, it makes people think less of your credibility.

8. DO NOT SHOUT
Do not type a message in all capital letters. This is the online equivalent of yelling and it is banned. Emphasizing single words is OK for a reason.

9. Moderators
-If you have a problem with a moderator (be it banning a member you are friends with or locking a thread or changing your signature) it is best to not post it in public. Instead, send an email to the moderator in question asking why you had action taken against you, apologizing for your actions, etc. Remember to be polite.

10. Keep control of your pictures
Please try to keep from posting pictures that are large in screen or file size in your signature. It is annoying to scroll through a huge signature for someone, and for those on dialup it is annoying to have to download a large picture. Beware of animated .GIF files as they can be quite large. If it's more than 75Kb in size it is best not to put it in your signature. Also, use your judgment as to what is appropriate to post in your signature. If it contains offensive material or a huge image, your signature can be locked by a moderator

11. Appropriate content (added 19/2/08 )
Will all forum users please note that abusive, racist, sexist, homophobic (including inappropriate use of the word 'gay') or similar language will not be tolerated on this forum, and posts will be moderated aggressively to remove any such language in accordance with the posting guidelines.



GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Spam- Useless posts, mainly used to drive up post count. Also refers to in chat many lines in a row by the same member without much content.

Bump- To post in a topic with the purpose of sending it to the top of its forum.

Flame- To insult, humiliate, or somehow degrade a member's image, be it through email or publicly.

PM- Private Message. A feature of the forum that is similar to email between its members.

MODs- Moderators. They have more command of the forums than normal members and are there to ban/suspend members who violate forum rules, lock threads and generally keep the peace.

AFAIK- As Far As I Know

IIRC- If I Remember Correctly

OMG- Oh My God

LOL- Laughing Out Loud

WTF- What The F***

TBC- to be confirmed

More acronyms can be found via the link: http://www.acronymfinder.com/

Thanks,
Richard
Last edited by Richard on Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:57 am, edited 4 times in total.

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Post by Richard » Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:00 am

The forums explained
24 February 2005
The forum categories have been redefined recently and I wanted to detail the system for users to follow. Please familiarise yourself with the following and ensure that you post in the correct location.

PLEASE NOTE: Existing topics will be extensively reorganised over the next few weeks to adopt this system more strictly. IF you lose a post, please click the <a href="http://www.britfoos.com/phpBB2/search.php" target="_blank">Search</a> button at the top of the page and define keywords/author/postdate.

Forum by forum explanation

Announcements and Important Information
Section for official BFA / BritFoos announcements and important information.
- Registered users are able to reply to topics but unable to create new topics in this forum.
- High moderator input in this forum.

UK Tournaments
Forum for national ranking tournament announcement, discussion and results/match reports.
- Pre-event posts will be locked subsequent to the event until the results can be published.
- Any partner requests etc should be placed in the Friendship Forum
- High moderator input.

International Event Info
International discussion.
- Low moderator input.

Table Football Chat
Forum for discussion of key table-football related issues, foos-in-the-news and foosball-related announcements.
- Posts should remain on-topic and relevant.
- To avoid going off-topic create a new topic in same forum if required.
- All table-related questions should be posted to Classifieds, Table Parts+Upgrades
- Medium moderator input.

Skills, Tutorials, Tips, Rules, Codes of Practice
Forum for playing advice,  tips, rules etc.
- Section hopefully to be redeveloped to be more informative
- Low moderator input.

Classifieds, Table Parts+Upgrades
- Forum for foosball-related items to be bought or sold.
- Also to cover advice on table types, upgrades, parts etc.
- Low moderator input.

Local Events and Venues
Forum for Regular Haunts to organise themselves.
- Section to be redeveloped to focus specifically on local scenes and regular haunts (more like the UK Tournaments section).
- Historically low moderator input but to increase to Medium.

Friendship Forum
Forum for NEWBIES to say hi and ask questions, HOMELESS players looking for a game, and LONELY HEARTS looking for a partner for an event.
- All "newbie"-type enquiries
- All "looking for a game in Slough" type enquiries
- All "need a partner for Oxford" type enquiries
- Low moderator input (provided everyone stays friendly).

General chat
Off-topic discussion, jokes, miscellaneous requests.
- Foosball-free zone.  
- Low moderator input.

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Post by El Capitan » Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:28 am

Boris wrote:Following a unanimous decision at the AGM, the War Zone has been removed from Britfoos.

This is necessary because we are applying for recognition as a sport and the type of comment we saw on the WZ would be entirely inappropriate - we need parents to be happy to let their kids read this forum if we are to develop the youth game.

If there is demand for the WZ or something like it, someone else is free to start up such a forum elsewhere, but not on any site hosted by the BFA.

Will all forum users please note that abusive, racist, sexist, homophobic (including inappropriate use of the word 'gay') or similar language will not be tolerated on this forum, and posts will be moderated aggressively to remove any such language in accordance with the posting guidelines.

A first offence may only result in a warning, but note that Britfoos posts come within the remit of the BFA disciplinary procedures so repeat or serious offenders may find their account suspended, or themselves banned from Britfoos, and the most serious cases could result in the offender being banned from BFA competitions for a specified period.

Obviously we don't want to see people being banned, and if everyone shows appropriate respect and restraint there will be no need for any such action.

If you must have arguments or abuse each other, please do so via private message or e-mail away from the public forums.  However please ensure your 'victim' consents to the abuse and/or responds in kind - this advice does not stretch to allowing bullying or '---ist' abuse of the weak or defenceless.

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Post by davez » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:33 pm

El Capitan wrote:
Boris wrote:...posts will be moderated aggressively to remove any such language in accordance with the posting guidelines.
Where are they?

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Post by Richard » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:53 am

davez wrote:
El Capitan wrote:
Boris wrote:...posts will be moderated aggressively to remove any such language in accordance with the posting guidelines.
Where are they?
Dave, i think the posting guidelines are on this thread (i.e. including John's post)...
I have added a new number 11 to the list above to make application clearer.

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