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Offline William Chase

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Simple Tools/CZ Forum, Forum FAQ
« on: August 06, 2008, 05:10:05 PM »
Here we will point out some hints, tips, and HowTos about making the most of the forum software that our beloved CZ Forum is currently running.

Feel free to suggest topics we need to include in this section!

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Inserting pictures, links, etc.
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008, 05:39:39 PM »
All items to be viewed as part of a post must be hosted on the web somewhere. They are then added to the post as hyperlinks of one kind or another.

In the standard message post page:



there is a row of text-related icons, and a second row of graphics-related icons. If you position your mouse over them, you will get a "hint" as to what they do.

Video/Flash
The leftmost icon is for inserting Flash or similar video clips. As YouTube is the most common site for this, if you take the YouTube "Embed" code for a clip, which looks like:

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<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HgKd6OTDeuc&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HgKd6OTDeuc&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
and Copy and Paste only one of the "http://..." parts, in this case:

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http://www.youtube.com/v/HgKd6OTDeuc&hl=en&fs=1
and paste it into your post.

Then highlight it with your mouse and click the "Insert Flash" icon, and you will see the bbcode tags:
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[flash=200,200][/flash]
surrounding the web address. All you need do now is adjust the size values, currently 200,200, to match the size stated in the Embed code, again, here, 425,344.

The final post result looks like:

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[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/HgKd6OTDeuc&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]
To insert a picture, you need the web address, say, http://www.czfirearms.us/PostIcons.jpg and paste that into your post, then highlight it, and click the "Insert Image" icon, the second one from the left, that looks like a little frame painting.

The other object link icons work much the same for websites, and ftp links. One difference for websites is if you want the website link to have different text, other than just the web address. Like:

Go to CZ Forum

To do this, you modify the url bbcode. Normally, this would look like:

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[url]http://www.czfirearms.us[/url]
But to create the text for the link, you move the link inside the first open bracket, preceded by an "=" sign. Then, between the url bbcode, insert the actual text:

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[url=http://www.czfirearms.us]CZ Forum[/url]
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« Last Edit: March 22, 2013, 10:46:30 AM by wlchase »

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Searching
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2008, 05:46:29 PM »
One nice thing about this forum software is the "Search" feature.

If you've just browsed back to the Forum, and all forums are visible, the Search will work on the whole shebang! (Might take a bit, though.)

If you're in one of the Forums (Fora?) and Search, it will search only the topics in that Forum.

Likewise, if you're reading one topic, Search will work only on that topic.

Pretty cool, I think.

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Passwords, signature lines, etc.
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2008, 10:42:28 AM »
You may customize how you are represented in your posts in several ways, such as custom image representations (Avatars), signature lines below your post, and instant message contacts.

All this begins at your "Profile," where you may change your password as well. The forum software has a few "stock" Avatars, or you may include a link to a website of, or upload one of your choosing. Maximum size for the Avatars is 150x150 pixels.

You will also find places to include your favorite IM method's ID, a custom title (keep it clean, please) and signature.

Lots of ways to make the CZ Forum your own!
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Reading unread posts
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 11:12:43 AM »
One VERY nice aspect of the SMF Forum software comes when returning to the boards to follow a topic or forum you're interested in.

The Forums with new posts since last visit get the red "new content" CZ symbol. Click on that, and you will see only the topics with new content.

On those topics, you will see a little "new" image. Click that, and you'll be taken to the post after the last one you've read!

Sweet!
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Posting pictiures
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2010, 04:14:30 PM »
Due to increasing space taken up by attachments, we have disabled new attachments for pictures and such.

In order to post a picture, you will need to host it on another website, and link to it here. There are commercial and free websites that offer this feature, if you do not have your own website. Photobucket, Imageshack, etc., come to mind, as well as Picasa & Flickr.

Thanks for your patience.

Bill (http://www.czfirearms.us System Admin)
« Last Edit: March 22, 2013, 10:47:47 AM by wlchase »
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Re: Simple Tools/CZ Forum, Forum FAQ
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 01:30:32 AM »
If there was a place to "try out" the posting features, it would be helpful.

eg: actually do a 'hyperlink", "image", etc.

It could be delete almost immediately to save bandwidth.

Thanks

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Login and password NOT saving?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012, 02:21:41 PM »
Unique to this particular forum, every time I visit I need to again login - Yes, I DO check the box to keep me logged in 'forever' but for some reason it does not work? I leave the website and come back 15 minutes later and it still says I am only a "Guest".

FWIW I am running Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 9.

Any help greatly appreciated.
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Re: Simple Tools/CZ Forum, Forum FAQ
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 10:00:47 PM »
Can someone explain the sizing issue I'm having with posting pictures? Right side is cropped off. Anything I can do to post a full view of my pics?
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Re: Simple Tools/CZ Forum, Forum FAQ
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2015, 08:21:11 PM »
You might want to check the bottom and see if there is a scroll bar that pops in with large pictures. It's easy to miss and if you post a large picture depending on your own screen size it might place a scroll bar at the bottom. I've seen that other places as well