Shop LC Community - User Guide

1. User Control Panel:
Overview: The Overview displays a snapshot of information about your posting habits such as the date you joined the forum, your most active topic, and how many total posts you have submitted. Overview sub pages include Subscriptions, Bookmarks, and Drafts.
 
Subscriptions
Subscriptions are forums or individual topics that you have elected to watch for any new posts. Whenever a new post is made inside an area you have subscribed to, an e-mail will be sent you to informing you of the new addition. To create a subscription, visit the forum or topic you would like to subscribe to and click the ‘Subscribe’ link located at the bottom of the page.
To remove a subscription, check the box next to the subscription you would like to remove and click the ‘Unsubscribe’ button.
 
Bookmarks
Bookmarks, much like subscriptions, are topics you’ve chosen to watch. However, there are two key differences: 1) only individual topics may be bookmarked, and 2) an e-mail will not be sent to inform you of new posts.
To create a bookmark, visit the topic you would like to watch and click the ‘Bookmark Topic’ link located at the bottom of the page.
To remove a bookmark, check the box next to the bookmark you would like to remove and click the ‘Remove marked bookmarks’ button.
 
Drafts
Drafts are created when you click the ‘Save’ button on the New Post or Post Reply page. Displayed are the title of your post, the forum or topic that the draft was made in, and the date you saved it.
 
To continue editing a draft for future submission, click the ‘View/Edit’ link. If you plan to finish and post the message, click ‘Load Draft’. To delete a draft, check the box next to the draft you wish to remove and click ‘Delete Marked’.
 
Notifications
  • Notifications alert you to events that have taken place on the board. They will appear in the Notifications menu at the top of your screen. Events include:
  • New topic was created in a subscribed forum
  • New post was created in a subscribed topic
  • A new post is awaiting moderation
  • A post has been reported
  • Your topic/post has been approved/disapproved
  • You have been quoted in a post
 
Profile: This section lets you set your profile information. Your profile information contains general information that other users on the board will able to see. Think of your profile as a sign of your public presence. This section is separated from your preferences. (Preferences are the individual settings that you set and manage on your own, and control your forum experience. Thus, this is separated from your profile settings.)
 
Signature
Your signature appears, at your option, below every post you make. Signatures may be formatted using BBCode. The board administrator may specify a maximum length for signatures is 255 character limit.
Avatar
Your avatar is an image the displays with every post you make.
  • UPLOAD FROM YOUR MACHINE: You may upload an avatar from your machine to be hosted on the board’s server.
 
2. Posting Options:
When posting either a new topic or reply, there are several post options that are available to you. You can view these options by selecting the OPTIONS tab from the section below the posting form. 
DISABLE SMILIES: If Smilies are enabled on the board and you are  allowed to use them, this option will be available. Checking this box will not convert any of the smilie's characters to their respected image. For example, ;) will be seen in your post as exactly ;).
 
ATTACH A SIGNATURE (SIGNATURES CAN BE ALTERED VIA THE UCP): If this box is checked, the signature you have set in your profile will be attached to the post provided signatures have been enabled by the administrator and you have the proper permissions. For more information about signatures, please see UCP Signatures.
 
SEND ME AN EMAIL WHEN A REPLY IS POSTED: If this box is checked, you will receive a notification every time another user replies to the topic. This is called subscribing to the topic. For more information, please see UCP Subscriptions.
 
DRAFTS: When creating a post, it can be saved or loaded using the drafts feature. If the board permissions allow drafts to be saved, then SAVE and LOAD buttons will appear on the posting page.
  • SAVE - Saves a post as a draft. When a draft is saved, only the subject and message of the post are stored. Topic icons, attachments, etc will be lost.
  • LOAD - Loads a saved draft. When clicked, a listing of available drafts will appear. Click the title of the desired post to load the draft. Any information in the current post will be lost and replaced with that of the draft.
Once a draft is used, it is removed. For more information on managing drafts, please see User Control Panel- Drafts.
Note: If there are no drafts available, the LOAD button will not appear
 
QUOTING TEXT IN REPLIES: There are two ways you can quote text, with a reference or without. When you utilise the Quote function to reply to a post on the board you should notice that the post text is added to the message window enclosed in a [quote=""][/quote] block. This method allows you to quote with a reference to a person or whatever else you choose to put! For example 
To quote a piece of text Mr. Blobby wrote you would enter: [quote="Mr. Blobby"]The text Mr. Blobby wrote would go here[/quote]
The resulting output will automatically add "Mr. Blobby wrote:" before the actual text. Remember you must include the quotation marks "" around the name you are quoting, they are not optional.
The second method allows you to blindly quote something. To utilize this enclose the text in [quote][/quote] tags. When you view the message it will simply show the text within a quotation block.
 
GENERATING LISTS:
1. Creating an Unordered list: An unordered list outputs each item in your list sequentially one after the other indenting each with a bullet character. To create an unordered list you use [list][/list] and define each item within the list using [*]. For example to list your favourite colours you could use:
 
[list]
[*]Red
[*]Blue
[*]Yellow
[/list]
 
This would generate the following list:
Red
Blue
Yellow
 
2. Creating an Ordered list: The second type of list, an ordered list, gives you control over what is output before each item. To create an ordered list you use [list=1][/list] to create a numbered list or alternatively [list=a][/list] for an alphabetical list. As with the unordered list, items are specified using [*]. For example:
 
[list=1]
[*]Go to the shops
[*]Buy a new computer
[*]Swear at computer when it crashes
[/list]
 
will generate the following:
  • Go to the shops
  • Buy a new computer
  • Swear at computer when it crashes