Frequently Asked Questions

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#1
These are site FAQ's, not Todd and Tyler Show FAQ's, but maybe the show needs its own question and answer thread?

Anyway, this thread is open just for FAQ questions that I find useful. It is open for anybody's replies, but I may split out off-topic posts to try to keep this FAQ clean and free of STD's.
 

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Where are your rules listed?
There is a link listed at the bottom of each page, it is also located via this URL.


Do you have a privacy policy?
Coming Soon.


Where is "forum jump"?
Some message forum software suites have a "forum jump", or a drop down for you to easily get to other forums or pages on a site. On this site, it's called "Quick Navigation", it has a list of commonly used links that can be quickly accessed, such as your news feed of people you follow, your profile, and recent activity. To get to it, click the "triangle with a circle around it" to the far right of the title banner that says something like "Forums - Other Crap - [forum name]" (referred to as the "breadcrumb"). It is also located toward the bottom right of the page, above the footer.


How can I find out if anybody is online or what recent visitors have been doing?
If you click the "Members" tab above, or hover over it and click the "Recent Activity" link, you'll see a more comprehensive global look at what other members have been doing, other than creating posts. This feed includes "likes" that members have performed, members changing avatars, and such. If you don't want all that information, you can just see new threads and posts by clicking the "What's New?" link under the "Forum" tab at the top.


How can I find out what my buddies are up to?
Similar to the "recent activity" link described above, which shows activity of all members of this site, you can choose to only display activity of your friends/buddies. If you have "followed" a person, it acts like a "buddy list" on other platforms. If you are following somebody, you can view their activity on your "News Feed". This feed can be accessed at the bottom of the "Recent Activity" stream from the Members tab, as well as your profile, under "Personal Details".

How do I stalk "follow" somebody I find interesting?
You can add somebody to stalk "follow" by hovering over your username toward the top-right of the page, and click the "People you follow" link. Then type their username in the text box, followed by a comma, and then another name to add if you want. It's similar to a buddy list.


How do I attach an image to my post?
You may choose to upload a number of images to your post to dispel or prove a point. The best way to do this is to view this video of one of the board software authors. If you need more information, please let me know so that I can add it to this FAQ.
View: http://vimeo.com/29863436


What's all this Facebook crap? I don't want to attach Facebook to my account here!
Facebook account linking is entirely optional, and if you use it here, it is only used to help you sign in without requiring a password.


What are trophies?
Trophies are special gifts members are assigned for achieving specific tasks, such as make their first post, having one of their posts liked, etc. More information about trophies can be found here: http://tntu.net/community/help/trophies

You can see a list of the trophies you've "won" by vising your Personal Details page, and clicking the "Your Trophies" link


How to I make an embedded link to a video, like from Youtube or Vimeo?

For a lot of video sites, you can just paste the URL to the video in your message, and it will be automagically changed to an embedded video in your post when it is created. You can also click the "Media" button in the editor (the thing that looks like a film strip) to paste your URL into your message.

This:
Code:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ5TajZYW6Y
Or this:
Code:
[media=youtube]XZ5TajZYW6Y[/media]
Will get converted to this:
View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ5TajZYW6Y

A lot of different media types are supported, click the "Media" link in the editor to see a list, or click the "Help" tab at the top and then browse the bbcodes to see a list of supported media types.


When I paste content from another web site, it copies the font size and color with the content. How can I prevent that?

The reason that happens is because this site uses the "rich text editor" by default, and when you paste something into it, it also brings the font styling as well as the content. To paste only the text, and not the font styling, a few of different methods can be used.

  1. You can highlight the text you want to remove the styling from and click the eraser button on the editor, this will attempt to remove the formatting from the text. The eraser button is the first "button" on the editor.
  2. Click the "editor switcher" icon toward the top right of the editor, it looks like a plain text "A", and a rich text/fancy "A".
    tntu_editor_switcher_icon.png
    Clicking this icon will switch you to the plain text editor, where the only thing pasted into it is text characters. To switch back to the rich text editor, click the "Use Rich Text Editor" link on the bottom left of the plain text editor. You can switch back and forth as much as you need. You can also use the plain text editor to remove styling that you don't want in your message.
  3. Some browsers have an option where you can paste just the text, and no styling/formatting included with it. In Chrome, you can right click where you want to paste your content, and choose the "paste as plain text" option. There may be similar functions in other browsers.
If you prefer the "plain text" editor over the "rich text" editor, you can change that option in your Preferences. The option is called "Use the rich text editor to create and edit messages". You can get to your preferences by hovering over your username at the top, and the clicking "Preferences" link.


I don't like this orange theme on the board, don't you have anything else?

There is a blue theme/style available by clicking the link "TnTU Orange" on the bottom left of the page. Select "TnTU Blue" to change the theme. If you don't like blue nor orange, then GTFO!


Hey, I see a blank white page from time to time, what the hell is going on with that?

If you see a blank white page with no error message, it probably means I'm fixing a style, or doing something with a style that is making it unavailable at the moment. It is only temporary. I plan to do some server upgrades soon that should lessen the impact of those types of changes.


I registered on your site, but didn't receive any email notice, I requested another email confirmation email, and I didn't get that either!

Check your spam folder for email from [email protected], which is my personal email address. You may also receive mail from [email protected], but that should revert to my email address eventually.


I see an error message "The Server Did Not Respond in Time". What did I do?

This is normally due to high loads. It doesn't happen very often, but please report it if you see it frequently.
 

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ob1 is attacking me, how can I ignore him?

Every member has the ability to ignore any non-administative member. The quickest way is to click on the nefarious user's name, then click on the "ignore" link that shows up on the pop up "member card". The link is also available by hovering over your username above, and selecting "People You Ignore", as well as here.

This ignore system is similar to other boards, with a few changes. If a person that you ignore tries to start a conversation (private message) with you, you won't receive it. If they post a public message on your profile the content won't be visible by you unless you click the "Show ignored content" link at the bottom right, but other members that aren't ignoring the member can see the content. In other words, ignored users are (mostly) unaware they are being ignored, this is by design.

If a user you have ignored starts a thread, you'll still see the thread, but the word "Ignored User" will appear as the topic starter, this is by design as you probably don't want to ignore the whole thread, just the topic starter.
 

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How can I find the link to a certain post in a thread?

Beside each post, next to the "Like" and "Reply" (quote) links, there is a number, such as #4, for this post. Normally called a "permalink", click on that, and you'll get a pop up that will allow you to copy the URL, the bbcode URL, the HTML HREF code, and/or share the link with a few different social networks.
 

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#5
I keep getting email notices that somebody has replied to a thread I posted in, or I have a lot of email that I'm not interested in from these forums.

When you register on this forum, your profile is set by default to "watch" every thread you start or participate in, similar to "subscribing" to a thread. When you watch a thread, you'll receive alerts at the top indicating when somebody has replied to your thread, or replied in a thread that you participated in. Also, by default, you'll receive an email notice indicating that the thread you're watching has been updated.

You can watch a thread without participating in it by clicking the "Watch Thread" link to the right of the first post in a thread. If you are currently watching that thread, the link will say "Unwatch Thread".

You can view all the threads you are watching/following by and hovering over your username at the top and clicking the Watched Threads link. From this list of threads, you can select them and (at the bottom of the page) choose to "stop watching the threads", "enable email notification", or "disable email notification" when the threads are updated.

You can also turn off email notifications completely via your profile preferences. Uncheck the box for the option to automatically watch threads you start or reply to that says "and receive email notifications of replies"

If you get too many alerts at the top of the page that you're not interested in, you can choose which alerts you want to be shown. It is the Alert Preferences link available by hover over your username at the top.
 

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#6
I'm trying to use bbcodes in my post, but they are automagically being parsed like a bbcode, but I want to DISPLAY the bbcode, how do I do that?

Use the 'plain' tag like so: This content will [b]not[/b] be parsed.


How do I go to the first post in a thread? It keeps taking me to the first unread post?

Click on the date/time under the thread title.
 

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#7
Are you going to ban me for advertising my business or favorite place to hang out?

No, forum spam's one thing, but letting people know about your favorite haunts are another. I allow any links (as long as they follow the rules) in your signature. Links can be to message forums, blogs, web sites, whatever. They can't be links meant to degrade or criticize another member, such as "Hey, look at how stupid Sheryl is?!", but I know it's a gray area as to what people would think is offensive.

I encourage providing links to content you find on the web that support your opinion or content you provide.
 

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#8
I get a message saying "Website Offline, No Cached Version Available".

This is a message from this site's hybrid CDN called Cloud Flare. Cloud Flare is used to cache javascript, css, and to help block malware visitors and spammers. Sometimes it doesn't play nice with regular users.

Normally, this error message is temporary, and sometimes just indicates that the tntu.net sute is down. If it happens to you, and nothing seems to work refreshing the page, try going to this URL: http://direct.tntu.net/community

This URL is a direct request to the server, bypassing the Cloud Flare system. It should work nearly identical to the normal URL, you will just need to re-login with your userid/password as the tntu.net sessions and cookies won't work on direct.tntu.net.

Let me know if you have consistent problems with this error.
 

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#9
When I'm looking at a list of threads, why are there 2 avatars (one offset and smaller) displayed next to it?

Avatars are used prominently throughout this site. What you're looking at when you see 2 avatars together next to a thread title is the thread starter's avatar, and a "mini-me" avatar, which means that you have participated in that thread discussion.
 

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#10
Do you have a live chat forum?

Duh, yes, available on the home page, and it's own page here.
http://tntu.net/community/chatbox/

The chat box shows up on the main/home forum page, and can be "popped out" by browsing to the triangle beside the "Chat" tab at the top of the page and choosing "Popup". You can also choose the "Full view" option to show a whole page of chats.
 

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#11
What does the link "View your identities" do ?

You can edit your identities in your Contact Details. Identities are references to your accounts on AIM, Windows Live, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, Skype, Google Talk, Facebook, and Twitter, if you choose to enter them.

You have the option in your privacy options to choose which group of people get to see that information.
 

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#12
Does this site support any mobile devices?

This site supports both Forum Runner (iPhone and Android) and Tapatalk (iPhone, Android, and Blackberry) mobile device apps. These apps help you navigate and peruse the forums with a better UI without having to browse the entire site on a smaller screen. You can sometimes find these apps for free on GetJar, Amazon, or somewhere else, but these are the official links.

Tapatalk Download Page ($2.99)
http://www.tapatalk.com/mobile.php

Forum Runner Download Page ($1.99)
http://forumrunner.com/

Once installed and launched, search for "Todd and Tyler Unauthorized" in the respective app to find this message board. You can use these apps for any message board that supports them.

Forum Runner appears to support more of the features of the board, but I think Tapatalk is more stable.
 

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#13
Can other people read our, "conversations" (aka PM's), in our inbox?

Through the board control panel, admins don't have access to anybody's PM's/conversations. They only know how many conversations are stored as a total in the database, via the daily statistics.

If the admin has access to the database that the board uses, outside of the control panel, he can run some queries against it to see personal conversations. I have seen the database while installing the software here, but I haven't looked at any conversation tables to see messages.
 

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#14
How do I delete old conversations (private messages) that I don't want anymore?

If you take a look at your current conversation list, you may find some that you aren't interested in anymore.

You can click on a conversation, and then click the "Leave Conversation" link toward the top of it.

You will then be presented with 2 options when leaving that conversation
  • Accept future messages
  • Ignore future messages
If you "accept" future messages, the conversation will remain in a "deleted" state to you. You won't see it, but if anyone part of the conversation replies to it, it will be restored in its entirety for you to see.

If you "ignore" future messages, the conversation will be removed completely, and you won't receive any replies to the message if any participant updates it.

The normal course of action would be to "Leave the conversation", and "accept" future messages, if you are interested in seeing any replies from anybody participating in that conversation.

If you're not interested in the messages or future messages in the conversation (as in, if it was from Thender), l then "ignoring" future messages would make more sense.
 

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#15
What is this fake money amount I see on everybody's posts?

You can now earn credits for posting, liking, logging in, uploading an avatar, even getting views from members for your content you create!

Each registered member starts off with somewhere around $100 in credits. What you do with it to earn more or spend is up to you.

Credits will be used in the future for payments of virtual goods and services.

Take a look around:
http://tntu.net/community/credits/
 

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#16
Stock Trader? What's That?

With your fake "Throcks", the official currency of TnTU, you can buy shares of your favorite public stock, and track it here.

Just like a real stock broker, you'll need enough cash to purchase shares in your favorite, or least favorite, company, and increase your virtual net worth in real time, as your share price increases or decreases in price. Fees for selling and buying also exist.

You earn this fake money by posting, creating threads, liking threads, and even reading threads.

http://tntu.net/community/stocktrader

If you have a bunch of Throcks, want to "invest" it in some stocks, but not sure which ones, you can see a list of the popular ones here:

http://tntu.net/community/stocktrader-popular/

Click on individual tabs to see what other members of this site are holding, as well as other stocks from various exchanges.

You must wait at least 1 day before selling any stock you purchase.
 

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Sportsbook? What's that?

With your "Throcks", you can place bets on various sports or other events that have been entered into the site's bookie system.

To use it, visit the list of open events:
http://tntu.net/community/sportsbook-events/

Click on an event you're interested in.

The event page will tell you when the event closes for betting, or if it has to be settled after an events outcomes are known. It'll also list a number of outcomes for the event, with the "current odds" listed.

If you'd like to place a wager on one of the outcomes, click the "Place Wager" next to the outcome.

After the event takes place (after the "Event Close Date"), the bets will be settled, and you will be notified of any winnings.

If you have any questions, or if there are certain events you're interested in placing wagers on, just let me know.

Viking80Fan is the resident degenerate that is TnTU's official bookie. Keep an eye on him.
 

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#18
How do I change my font color, size, etc. while creating a post or thread?

There are 2 types of editors available to you when you make a post on TnTU.net. The basic, BB Code Editor, and the Rich Text Editor (see attached images). You may choose which editor you want to use in your Preferences, checking or un-checking the box that says "Use the rich text editor to create and edit messages". Each editor has advantages.

The Rich Text Editor is more like a word processing WYSIWYG editor, you can easily change font type, color, size, indentation, etc. But it can be a PITA when working with content copied from other sources. You may need to highlight content copied from another source and use the eraser (on the top left of the editor box) to erase any formatting that you don't want from the text.

The BB Code Editor is a simple text only editor that is faster, and preferred by some people that have used forums for a length of time. Font types, colors, and sizes can still by used in BB Code Editor, you just have to use BB Code to do it.


Code:
[COLOR=#ff6600]font color = orange[/COLOR]
[SIZE=4]font size = 4[/SIZE]
[FONT=courier new]font type = courier new
Results in this:
font color = orange
font size = 4
font type = courier new


You can switch between the Rich Text Editor and BB Code Editor by clicking the "A/a" icon on the top right of the Rich Text Editor, or the text "Use Rich Text Editor" while using the BB Code Editor.

Rich Text Editor
rich_text_editor.png




BB Code Editor
bb_code_editor.png
 

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#19
There are too many smileys to work with on a page, the whole screen gets cluttered. Fix It
I recently added a new smiley drop down box on the bottom center of each new post. Click that for a better selection list of smileys. An arrow should appear to the left or the right of the smiley list to change the smiley category.
:yeahthat:
See attached screens for more information

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tntu_new_smiley_dropdown2.png
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#20
How can I get somebody's attention in a thread without starting a conversation with them?

There now exists a feature to mention somebody in a post (in a thread or on a profile), to draw attention to that person as if to say "psssstt... over here". It's similar to Facebook's tagging feature where you can mention a person's name, and it appears as a link to that person's profile. For this site, the person you mention will receive an alert that somebody mentioned their userid.

For instance, somebody might mention that during the zombie apocalypse, that their store has run out of Banana Moon Pies. Somebody might be nice enough to mention Mrs.C so that she can be notified that she might be interested in unloading her hoard of Moon Pies to help this person out.

To "tag" a person in a post, type an @ sign, then start typing their userid, and a window should pop up showing the person's userid. At that point, either hit return to select that userid, or click on the userid you want to mention, then continue your post, and hit reply