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  1. Mike

    Smart Quotes

    Back in the old version of the forum, we were forever having to clean up posts where someone had just pressed "Quote" and included a boat-load of pictures that were duplicated from the original post and therefore not needed. This exercised everyone's scroll wheel far too much and annoyed a surprisingly large number of people. No longer is this necessary if you read this topic, which you clearly are. Now we have smart quote, and it's incredibly simple to quote a portion of a post or even just a word! Highlight the part of the other person's post you wanted to quote - selecting from left to right seems most reliable. Up pops a little Quote This button. Click that menu and a new post with just the info you wanted appears for you to finish off with a reply. Cool, eh?
  2. Posting pictures on the new forum version couldn't be easier, and you don't even need the old Image button that looked like a Polaroid of a tree any more. It is so simple that you'll wonder why you even needed to ask Firstly though, if you're a long-time user of the forum you'll know that we don't allow images to be uploaded to the forum as attachments. It's just not secure, and it would overload our server's storage capability and burn through our data quicker than you can imagine. Once you need more storage and more data allowance, that increases costs. A good enough reason not to do that on its own! If you don't yet have a photo host, have a look here first, then come back and read the rest. Ok - assuming you already have your photos hosted online somewhere, you just copy the DIRECT link from wherever it is (Photobucket, Flickr, you name it), and you paste it into your posting window. Press either enter, or space, and SPANG! The forum software will automatically convert it to a photo. If for some reason you didn't want it as a photo, a little notification bar appears at the bottom of your posting window to give you the opportunity to undo the action. Look smug. You've learned how to post a photo. Told you it was simple, didn't I? If you've got a lot of photos to post that are numbered sequentially or with slight changes to the filename, you can post those easily too. Paste your image as above, but before you press space or return, just edit the filename to the next in the sequence. Rinse & repeat as necessary until you run out of pictures. Pretty simple, eh? If for some reason you have SPACES in your URL (why would you do that????), or it doesn't seem to be working with the automatic system, don't panic. Down at the bottom right of your posting window, there is a button called Insert Other Media. Click that and choose Insert Image from URL and enter your URL in the box that pops up. Save that and you should have a pic when the screen finishes loading it. "What's a URL" you might be wondering? It stands for Universal Resource Locator, and is a short form of "web address". You know - the thingy that begins with http:// and has lots of fun characters after it. You'll find the URL for this page at the top of your browser in a long box that is called your Address Bar
  3. We've had Tags for quite a while, and quite a lot of folks haven't quite figured them out. The forum uses them as additional search parameters to help you find things using words that aren't in your topic title. For example, if your topic title is as follows: AMK Mig-31BS 1:48 Those terms don't need to be in your Tags. You could add Foxhound, Soviet and Cold War, but adding any of the words in your topic title is just a waste of your time & finger power. Use them to add other search terms, such as nicknames, dates, the operator etc., that will give searchers more ammunition
  4. Mike


    The new Emoticon/Smiley system brings up a pop-up window when you click on the smiley button in your posting window. This only shows a fraction of our frankly extravagant selection, the rest of which are available by clicking on the little Categories Dropdown, and choosing Emoticons, which at time of writing shows 204 of them. They should populate the little box and you can choose at will. Alternatively, if you have a good memory, you can enter them directly whilst typing by using their keyboard shortcuts, which automatically convert to smileys the moment you leave them be. For example, the man stroking his chin is achieved by : hmmm: without the space after the first colon, so you get Hovering over a smiley in the box will give you its keyboard shortcut. Just remember the ones you use most, and you'll never have to move your hands from the keyboard to mouse and back again after hunting for a smiley. It's the only way to travel
  5. No, we're not trying to encourage stalking, but if you want to be sure to catch every utterance from any member, whether it's a friend, a modeller you admire, someone hilarious, or just a good raconteur, you can now do so with the Following options. When you decide who you want to follow, you can either visit their profile either by searching for them, clicking on their name next to a post, or by viewing the online members if they're currently visible. choose +Follow Member from their header, choose whether to do so anonymously or not, and set up your notification preferences. you can also unfollow them in the same way if they get a bit tedious or are constantly posting new FAQ topics and it's doing your head in
  6. With Activity Streams you can create your own custom searches that return these "streams" with whatever you have set it up to give you. You can also send a Stream to anyone else just by sending them a link to your Stream results. For example, I've created the Streams below for viewing Content of specific genres, which includes all the forums in that genre, plus all the reviews from that genre. Have a click and you should hopefully see what I mean. If you like those Streams, you can make them appear in your Custom Streams drop-down under the Activity tab. Aircraft Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/8/ AFV Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/10/ Maritime Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/11/ Vehicle Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/12/ Sci-Fi Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/13/ Diorama Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/14/ Review Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/15/ Ready for Inspection (RFI) Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/40/ Work In Progress (WIP) Content http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/discover/37/ When you click on a Stream, it will open in a new window and show you the result of that search. It will also pop-up with a message as follows: There is a button on the right hand side that says Add To My Streams. Click that if you think you'd like to have access to that in the future. If not, just do something else If you add it, it will appear in your Activity > My Activity Streams under the Custom Streams header
  7. If you've been delving around in the posts from the olden days, you could encounter a topic that is full of square brackets [ and ] and what's called BBCode, which was under the hood in the old forum software. This is what's going on in the background at the moment. All the content is being parsed, or converted to the new schema, and it's working backwards from newest to oldest. It's at around 50% of the way through the process as I write this, so there's still a big chunk of the forum that looks squiffy, but eventually it'll all look ok
  8. The latest versions of all the popular browsers can do what's called "push notifications" via your browser. That means it can deliver your notifications about topics and such like without you refreshing the screen. When you first visit the site, it asks the question "Britmodeller Wants to Show Notifications", and you should either allow it or not. If you allow it, it permits the pop-up notifications to come through to keep you informed while you're browsing, even if you're not on that tab at the time. If you don't permit it, you won't get all the notifications and might miss posts, messages etc., but if that's what you want, then that's what you need to do. You can always permit or deny BM permission later from your Control Panel > Account Settings > Notifications. Just tick or untick the relevant options and you're off.
  9. Sometimes people say that they find signatures annoying, and at times I have to agree with them. They can be a bit obtrusive, which was one of the reasons why we limit their size. They also increase the amount of scrolling through topics that you have to do, so you can turn them ALL off from your Control Panel under Settings > View Signatures. If you don't want to turn them all off, but some people's are getting on your nerves or the flashing of their gifs are freaking you out, you now have the option to turn them off individually, while leaving the rest visible. If you look at the little faint grey line that separates posts from signatures, you will see a little X at the rightmost end. Click that and you will be either able to hide everyone's signatures, or just that one. Another useful tool, especially if you are browsing the forum on a mobile device via 3G or 4G and you have a limited data allowance, or your scroll finger needs a rest
  10. One or two members (Thanks Ced) have mentioned that all their notifications have been set to immediate, and they're getting a lot of things popping up and commanding their attention. This is all configurable: Go into your Account Settings > Notification Settings and choose which ones you can live without, and which you deem to be essential, ticking and unticking as you go. Click here for a shortcut. Scroll down before you leave, and there are more settings that allow you greater control of your notifications from Nothing to Everything and all places in between. Click save and you're done.
  11. Sometimes when we get a new PC, tablet, phone, browser, don't log in for a week or more, or just clear our cache we have to re-log in. If you haven't used your browser's facility to save it, you will need to re-enter it. You did remember it, didn't you? No... didn't think so. Firstly, make sure you're using your new User Name, which is the same as your Display Name was under the old regime. Next to the login box there will be a Forgot Password link. Click it. Follow the process, waiting for the ReCatchpa security check to load before you blunder on. Wait for the email, and check your Spam folder if it doesn't arrive. That's particularly relevant to Gmail and some other mail hosts. Follow the instructions in the email carefully and you should be able to get back in. if none of that works, email one of the Mods from the links on the site. We don't like resetting passwords manually because of security concerns, but if that's the only way, then we'll do it.
  12. Most if not all modern browsers have built-in spell checkers these days, so take advantage of the feature that will help you to sound more erudite with very little effort. If you don't get little squiggly lines under your words when you spell them wrong (before you submit the post), then you will probably need to check the settings of your browser to turn it on and select your language of preference. Why language? Well the American spelling of Colour is Color, and if you spell it the British way and get a squiggly line under it, you need to change your language to English (UK). How do you do that? All I can say is go into the settings of your browser and have a root about. There are so many different browsers available now that it would be impossible and impractical for us to show you how each one works, so if you want to know how to do it in your browser of choice, just Google "language and spell check settings in XXXX" where XXXX is your browser's name. While you're at it, make sure you have the latest version of your browser, as the older your version is, the more chance it has of malfunctioning with a modern website like ours
  13. In version 4 the old and confusing Login Name and Display Name were ditched in favour of just one User Name. Your Display Name was used in the conversion, so instead of your old login name, just type in your display name instead. If you can't remember it, give yourself a cuff up the back of your head and go through the lost username/I'm a Nitwit notification process at the Login screen.
  14. You know how sometimes you want someone to see something you have said on the forum, and yet it's a pain to PM them and paste a link? not any more! If you want someone to see, such as a Mod or a friend, or just someone you know will have an answer for you, you must first know their name. We'll take me as an example, but if you over-use it I will track you down and I will kill you. Maybe not, but I might glare at you a bit, reminiscent of a rather large and angry baby. Back on topic. Type the @ symbol and immediately start typing the name of the person you're trying to attract to the conversation. A drop-down menu will pop out of your typing giving you some name options from the member list. Choose the correct one and it will turn into a blue square with round edges. Your quarry will receive a notification that they've been "mentioned". Please don't over-use this feature, as it will get annoying for anyone that's being constantly shouted to have a look at your posts.
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