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YaBB is one of the world's leading providers of free, Perl-based message board systems for webmasters. Our innovative system allows people to get and stay connected in an easy to use, easy to understand format. Come see what hundreds of thousands of webmasters and millions of registered users already know!

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This help section will get you up to speed on the functions of this YaBB forum. Inside, you will learn how to register an account, login, edit your profile, post a message, and much more. If you would like to skip ahead to a section, please use the menu to the left.

Since the last release of YaBB, many new features have been introduced, so take your time reading through these HELP files.

You may use the menu on the left to quickly jump to any topic below.

You may use this ^ button at the bottom right of each Help section to return to the top of the Moderator Help page

Getting started
Register an Account
Since this forum is powered by YaBB, registering an account is so simple, you'll be chatting in no time!

Step 1: In the menu above, you will see items titled "Home", "Help", "Login", "Register", etc. Click on "Register".

Step 2: On this new page, you will see a form where you can choose your username and displayed name, password (if the administrator allows), and enter you email address. Fill in the boxes with your information.

Step 3: If enabled by the Administrator, you may need to fill in the characters presented in the Verification Code (CAPTCHA) box.

Step 4: Check the box to agree to the User Agreement if the Administrator has enabled one.

Step 5: Click on the "Register" button at the bottom of the page.

That's it! The administrator may require you to validate your account before you can post. If this is the case, an E-mail will be sent to you containing your password.

USER TIP: Some ISPs and E-mail handlers treat the link sent to you in such a way that it will not work if you click on it. If that happens, try copying and pasting the link from the E-mail into your browser's URL window and reaching the forum that way.

Now you"re ready to log in and post!

Log Into Your Account
Now that you've registered an account, it's time to sign in.

Step 1: In the menu above, you will see items titled "Home, "Help", "Login", "Register", etc. Click on "Login".

Step 2: On this new page, you will see several options.

  • Username or email address - Enter in the userID or the E-mail address you registered with.
  • Password - Type in your password.
  • Logged in For - Choose how long you would like to stay logged in for.
  • Forgot Password - If you can't remember your password, click this button to have it resent. (Full directions below.)

Step 3 Once you have everything filled out, click the button in the form titled "Login".

Congratulations! You are now ready to participate in this community!

USER TIP: If you do not see the "Login" button in the menu, you may already be logged in. This can happen on some boards set up for instant registration.

Log Out of Your Account
When you are done posting, it is a good idea to log out of your account so others using your computer will not have access to your information. To do this, find the menu item titled "Logout". Once you click this button, YaBB will log you out of the forum. You must log in again if you wish to post or access member-only functions.
Forgotten Password
If you have forgotten your password, YaBB can resend it to the E-mail account you have given in your profile.

Step 1 In the menu above, you will see items titled "Home", "Login", "Register", etc. Click on "Login".

Step 2 On this new page, you will see a button titled "Forgot Password". Click this button.

Step 3 A new page will load with a single box. Enter your username or the E-mail address you registered with.

Step 4 Click the button titled "Send".

User CP and Profile
User CP
YaBB's User CP (User Control Panel) is a combination of your user profile with Buddy List, Personal Messaging, Notifications, and Favorites.

When you enter the 'User CP', you have multiple choices of what to do:

  • Above the left side pane, you see a tabbed menu containing 'Messages', 'Profile' and 'Posts'.
  • In Messages, you are controlling all of your personal messages, you can sort them in your folders (if enabled) or send new messages as well as search for a particular message.
  • In Profile, you can view your Profile's appearance and edit its contents. With the 'Buddy List' you can quickly check your friends' online status, send messages to them, and check their details.
  • In Posts, you can check & update your Notifications and Favorites as well as consult your own latest posts.
  • On the right hand pane you'll see part of your Profile as it appears in the Display Posts page, your Buddy List, information regarding your online/offline appearance, and your Board and Topic Notifications.

Profile Overview
YaBB allows you to fill out a profile which tells people about you. You can have your name, age, instant messenger information, personal avatar (picture), and more!

Step 1: To change your Profile, click the "User_CP" option in the forum menu above. Then click "Profile" in the small tabbed menu below the main tabbed menu. This will bring you to the View Profile page.

Step 2: On your View Profile page, you will see several links that allow you access to each part of your user Profile, which is divided into five sections: Edit Profile, Contact Information, Options, Buddy List, and PM Preferences. Click the appropriate link to access that part of your profile.

Step 3: For security reasons, you will then be asked to enter your password. Do so, then click "Confirm Password".

You now have access to all of your account settings and options for this YaBB forum. Details on each of these settings are described below.

Edit Profile
The Edit Profile section gives you quick access to your basic profile settings for your account on this YaBB forum.

If you wish to change your password, you may do so by filling in this box. It is highly recommended that your password be at least 6 characters and use a combination of letters and numbers.

Verify Password
To help prevent you from inadvertently being locked out of the forum, YaBB checks to be sure you/ve spelled the new password correctly by having you enter your new password again in this box.

This is your Displayed Name. This is your name that everyone will see throughout this YaBB forum.

Optional. Optional. If you want others to know your gender, you may pick "Male" or "Female" from this drop-down box.

Optional. If you would like others to see how old you are and have a special icon in your profile on your birthday, please enter it in DD (day), MM (month), YYYY (year) format.

Optional. This box is available for filling in information about where you live, where your from, or anything else you choose to have displayed in your Profile.

USER TIP: Keep in mind that some Boards may contain an age or gender restriction for access. For example, if you don't enter an age in your profile, there will be no way to know if you should be allowed access to a Board that sets an age limit of over 21. Likewise with gender, if a Board is set up to allow Females only, you won't be allowed access if you don't enter Female as your gender in the Profile.

Contact Information
If you would like other members of this YaBB community to be able to contact you, this section will allow you to provide this information in your profile.

This must be a valid e-Mail address. It is used for system notifications such as a forgotten password, topic notifications, and forum e-Mails.

Hide e-Mail from Public
Check this box if you do not want other YaBB community members to view your e-Mail address. Note: this does not hide it from Admins.

If you have an ICQ account, you may enter your UIN here.

If you have AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), you may enter your user name here.

If you have Yahoo! Instant Messenger, you may enter your screen name here.

If you have an MSN Messenger address, you may enter it here.

Google Talk
If you have Google Talk, you may enter your address here.

Skype or VoIP
If you have a Skype or VoIP address, you may enter it here.

If you have a MySpace page, you may enter it here. Note, you only need to fill in the last part of the URL. For example, if your MySpace page is 'http://myspace.com/yourname', you only need to enter 'yourname'.

If you have a Facebook page, you may enter here. Note, you can either use your profile ID number or your username. For example, to use your profile ID number, if your Facebook URL is 'http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=123456', you only need to enter '123456', and to use your username, if your Facebook URL is 'http://facebook.com/yourname', you only need to enter 'yourname'.

Website Title
If you have a website, you can enter the title here. This will be the text the URL (below) will attached to.

Website URL
Here you can enter the URL to your website. Note, this must be a full URL. (i.e. include http:// )

The Options section of your YaBB profile allows you to edit forum settings that relate to your account.

YaBB allows you to define a small picture (called an avatar) that will display under your name to the left side your posts. This forum has a number of avatars already installed, and you may pick one from the list. If you wish to use your own image as an avatar, please see the options below.

The Administrator may also enable either or both of the following options:

  • Linking to your own avatar image
    If you have your own image and would like to use it on this YaBB as an avatar, you may enter the URL here.
  • Uploading your own avatar image
    If you would like to upload your own image and would like to use it on this YaBB as an avatar, click on the Browse button and select a file on your computer to upload.

Personal Text
This is a small line of text that will display below your avatar.

Your signature is displayed at the bottom of every post you make and in your profile.

Preset Time Format
This option allows you to change how the dates and time are presented to you throughout this YaBB community.

Custom Time Format
You may also create a custom time format using the special codes here.

Time Offset
Since your time may be different from the server, you can enter your correct time zone to adjust it accordingly.

Enable Automatic Daylight Savings Time Change
Checking this option will add or subtract an hour from your time zone as appropriate. NOTE: Times for starting and stopping DST varies around the world, and a server located in one geographic area may not display DST corrections correctly for a user in a different geograhic zone.

If the webmaster of this YaBB forum has more than one template available for use, you may choose one from this box.

Here you can select your native language to view this community in if it is available.

Buddy List
The Buddy List section of the profile gives you the ability to add other members that your frequently contact to a list that will show in your User CP view. Your Buddy List will display each name, their Online/Offline status, and link options to send the user a PM, an e-Mail, or visit the link to their website.
  • Add users to your Buddy List by clicking on the link below the Buddy List display box.
  • Delete users from your Buddy List by double-clicking on their user name inside the Buddy List display box.

PM Preferences
This section of your profile gives you the ability to customize how you view and receive Personal Pessages from other community members.

USER TIP: Keep in mind that Personal Messaging is an optional feature and will only be available if the Administrator chooses to enable it. Likewise, some of the options listed below that are underlined may not be seen in your PM Preferences list because they are also optional at the Administrator's discression and may be disabled.

This function allows you to ignore other members by preventing you from viewing any personal messages they send. Additionally, you are given a checkbox option to disable all PMs if you wish.

Notify Me of New PMs by e-Mail:
If you would like an e-Mail when a members sends you a personal message, this options allows you to enable that feature.

Enable Personal Message Popup?
Checking this box will display a small popup window to notify you of any new Personal Messages. If not checked, you will see new messages in the "greeting" at the top of the forum in this format: You have X message(s), and Y new message(s).

PM Popup shows PMs in new Window?
If you have PM Popups enabled, checking this box will open your PMs in a new window when you click on the link in the popup window, otherwise, it will load in the current one.

Enable the "Preview" Button for the PM Posting Page:
Checking this box adds a button below the PM screen that allows you to preview your PMs just as you can with posts.

View Message Text In List View of Personal Messages?:
Checking the box enables viewing the first line of message text in list views. To view only the sender/recipient and date etc., leave this box unchecked.

Enable the "Active" Preview Option on the PM Posting Page:
Checking this box adds a button at the top of the PM screen that allows a live preview of your PM as you type it.

Starting a Topic
After you have registered an account, you will have the ability to start new topics. To do so, navigate to a category you would like to begin a conversation in. Make sure that this is the correct category for the subject of your post. Once you're inside this category, search for a link or button titled "Start New Topic" and click it. The exact location of this button will vary depending on which template is being used, but it is often near the top of the list of topics.

This will present you with a new page where you can begin to type your post. Below you will find a description of the items on this page.

Subject: This is the title of your topic and is what will be shown on the category page.

Message Icon: If you would like to add a special icon to your post, you may choose one from this list.

Add YaBBC tags: YaBBC tags give you the ability to format the text in your post. To add, simply click on the button of your choice. See below for a complete reference.

Add Smileys: Personalize your post by adding an emoticon, or smiley. Just click on the one you want and YaBB will automatically put it in your post.

Attach: If the Administrator allows, you may be able to add a file to your post by clicking on the "Browse" button to find the file on your hard drive to upload. Pay attention to the allowed file types and maximum file size.

Post/Preview/Reset: These three buttons do exactly what you would expect. Press the "Post" button if you're ready for the community to view your message, press "Preview" if you would like to see what your post will look like first or press "Reset" to clear all of the boxes and start again.

Replying to a Post
In addition to posting new topics, you can also reply to existing posts or topics quickly and easily. When you find a topic you would like to comment on, look for the button or link titled "Reply" or "Quote". Using "Reply" will take you to a post page much like the one described above. Quote does exactly he same thing, however, it will add what another user has said to your post in a special box like you see below.

This is a quote

Posting a Poll
If you have a question you would like to ask this community, YaBB gives you the ability to create a poll along with your topic. This is a fantastic way to get a good idea of what this community feels about your question. To post a poll, find the button titled "Start New Poll" from the category view and click it. The exact location of this button will vary depending on which template is being used, but it is often near the top of the list of topics. On this special post page, type in your question and options in the respectively labeled box, then fill out your message as described above.
YaBBC Reference
For security reasons standard HTML code cannot be used in posts. Instead YaBB allows the use of YaBBC (YaBB Code) for formatting. YaBBC is similar to HTML, but safe and standardized for bulletin board use. To use, you can either click on the YaBBC button of your choice on all post pages or manually type them in. Below is a listing of each tag and it's function.

What is YaBBC?

YaBBC is a set of tags based on the HTML language. It allow you to add formatting to your messages in the same way as HTML does, but have a simpler syntax and will never break the layout of the pages you are viewing. Most YaBBC tags can be wrapped around text, by first highlighting the text, and then clicking on the YaBBC button with the desired formatting.

URL Button Insert URL, Link
[url=http://www.yabbforum.com]YaBB Forum[/url]
YaBB Forum
  • Type URL and text: www.yabbforum.com YaBB Forum
  • Highlight all of it: www.yabbforum.com YaBB Forum
  • Click the button: YaBB Forum
The [link] YaBBC tags work in the same manner as the [url] tags, with the exception that the [link] tag (there is no insertion button for this tag) will open the clicked link in the present window, whereas the [url] tag opens the clicked link in a new window.

FTP Button Insert FTP

Image Button Insert Image



Email Button Insert Email
[email=myname@domain.com]Click to email me[/email]
Click to email me
  • Type mail-addr. and text: myname@domain.com Click to email me
  • Highlight all of it: myname@domain.com Click to email me
  • Click the button: Click to email me

Add media files Insert multi media files
[media]url to flash file[/media]

Table ButtonTable Data ButtonTable Row Button Insert Table - Column - Row
Syntax: [table][tr][td]text example[/td][/tr][/table]

Horizontal Rule Button Insert Horizontal Rule

Teletype Button Insert Teletype
[tt]text example[/tt]
text example

Code Button Insert Code

[code]<script language="Javascript">
alert("Hello YaBB 2!");
</script> [/code]

<script language="Javascript">
alert("Hello YaBB 2!");

Quote Button Insert Quote
[quote]Hello YaBB 2[/quote]
Hello YaBB 2

Edit Button Insert Edit
[edit]This was edited in YaBB 2[/edit]
This was edited in YaBB 2

Superscript Button Insert Superscript

text [sup]example[/sup]

text example

Subscript Button Insert Subscript

text [sub]example[/sub]

text example

List ButtonInsert List - List Item

[list][*]item 1
[*]item 2
[*]item 3[/list]
  • item 1
  • item 2
  • item 3
You can create ordered lists by including the letter "o" at the beginning of the list tag.

[olist][*]item 1
[*]item 2
[*]item 3[/olist]
  1. item 1
  2. item 2
  3. item 3
You can create 2 or 3 level lists by including a list inside another list.

[list][*]item 1
[*]item 2
[list][*]subitem 1
[*]subitem 2[/list]
[*]item 3[/list]
  • item 1
  • item 2
    • subitem 1
    • subitem 2
  • item 3

/me Button/me
/me loves YaBB 2
loves YaBB 2

Move Button Insert Marquee
[move]text example[/move]
text example

Timestamp Button Insert Timestamp
07/17/05 at 06:19:22

Bold Button Insert Bold Text
[b]text example[/b]
text example

Italic Button Insert Italic Text
[i]text example[/i]
text example

Underline Button Insert Underline Text
[u]text example[/u]
text example

Strikethrough Button Insert Strikethrough Text
[s]text example[/s]
text example

Highlight Button Insert Highlighted Text
[highlight]text example[/highlight]
text example

Font Face Selector Change Font Face
[font=Courier New]Courier New font[/font]
Courier New font

Size Selector Change Font Size
[size=14]14 point font[/size]
14 point font

Color picker and the palette Choose a text color
You can either use the quick color picker to choose a text color from the palette containing 12 ready made color tags or open the palette to create a custom color tag.
[color=#ff0000]red colored text[/color]
red colored text

Preformatted Button Insert Preformatted Text

[pre] this is preformatted text [/pre]

 this  is
preformatted text

Left Align Button Insert Left Aligned Text



Center Align Button Insert Center Aligned Text



Right Align Button Insert Right Aligned Text



Personal and Broadcast Messages
Personal Messaging
YaBB is about community and communication. And there are plenty of ways to communicate: Posting on the boards, Personal Messaging, e-Mail, ICQ, AIM, YIM, MSN, SKYPE/VoIP, and Gtalk. Of course, all methods of communication are only available to registered members. An exception is when the Forum Staff decides to allow guests to post on one or more boards. If unregistered members (Guests) are allowed to post, they still cannot view the Member List nor send Personal Messages (See exception below).

Personal Messages

While e-Mail is a good way to correspond privately with members, it has several drawbacks: You must open your e-Mail application to write and send the message; the recipient must open his/her e-Mail application; check his/her mail and your message will mixed in with all the other mail and it can take sometimes several minutes to an hour for mail to reach the recipient.

As an alternative to e-Mail, YaBB offers a faster, more private method. Personal Messaging on the forum provides instantaneous delivery to the recipient's private mailbox. The PM is sent and received entirely through YaBB, so neither you nor the recipient have to open another program or leave YaBB. Personal Messaging also gives both the sender and recipient greater privacy: no one's real e-Mail address is involved or revealed. Personal Messages show only the username and name of both parties.

YaBB offers an option for Administrators to allow Guests to send an Alert to the Moderator of a Board if there is a problem. If this is enabled, the Moderators of the Board will receive a PM but will not be able to reply except by sending an e-Mail to the Guest.

USER TIP: Allowing Guests to post on your forum or send PMs poses risks, such as spam or worse being posted or sent in PMs. To reduce this risk, we highly recommend the Administrator use the option available in the Security Settings to require a Validation Code for any Guest action (Post, PM, Alert).

Another option the Administrator can enable is allowing Personal Messages to be sent as copies similar to e-Mails. If enabled, you can send carbon copies (cc) and blind carbon copies (bcc) and the recpients may also respond directly to other original recipients.

The Admnistrator may also enable the option for members to create additional storage folders for their PMs, and if the number of messages is large, you can find individual messages by using the PM Search feature.

If a recipient isn't online, Personal Messages wait in the member's PM box until the next time he/she logs in and manually reads and/or deletes them. Should you for some reason need to call back the message before the other party reads it, you can recall it by going to your PM Outbox and clicking the Recall link under the message.

YaBB Personal Messages center is basically a self-contained, highly private e-Mail system.

Broadcast Messaging
YaBB allows Forum Staff the capability to communicate with each other through the use of Broadcast Messages.

Broadcast Messaging is a optional feature for Administrators to enable if they choose. The Administrator can enable Broadcast Messaging for these groups:

  • Administrators
  • Administrators and Global Moderators
  • Administrators, Global Moderators, and Moderators

Those allowed Broadcast Message permission can send BMs to the following recipients:

  • Administrators
  • Global Moderators
  • Moderators and all members of member groups assigned as Moderators
  • All forum members
  • Any combination of the above

The Admnistrator may also enable the option for Guests to send a PM to the Administrator. These PMs are actually transmitted to the Administrator as a Broadcast Message, so it requires both the PM to Admin option AND Broadcast Messaging allowed for Administrators in order to work.