Some newbies (and not so newbies) have been asking how to do certain things on the forum such as how to obtain a signature or avatar, create a hyperlink, post an image on the forum etc So here’s how to do all that and more! If someone asks how to do one of those, please direct them to this thread. =)
How to… bold/italicise/underline text.
would be italics
would be bold
would be underline
Alternatively, you can highlight the word or phrase with your mouse that you want to alter and click on one of the B, i or u buttons above the writing space in your post. This will automatically put tags around the word(s) you highlighted, except for the strike tags of which you have to put in manually.
How to… use spoiler tags.
A spoiler tag is a feature used to hide certain parts of a sentence, or even whole messages so that people who do not want to know important details of a movie will still be able to browse the forum. The general rule of thumb is that if the movie has still yet to be played in some cinemas anywhere in the world, you should err on the side of caution and use the spoiler tags. (Mods, feel free to correct me on this rule.)
To use the spoiler tags you put these tags around the spoiler like so:
[spoil]this is a spoiler[/spoil]
which will be turned into this: [spoil]this is a spoiler[/spoil].
How to… have an avatar.
An avatar is the square image underneath a member’s name. Avatars are limited by 100 x 100 pixels and 40 KB, but you are welcome to have your avatar smaller than that.
click on ‘Profile’ whilst you are logged in to Pixar Planet.
scroll down to the ‘Avatar control panel’ section.
If the avatar is on your computer, click ‘browse’ and a pop-up will prompt you to locate it on your computer.
Find the avatar, then click ‘open’ then ‘submit.’
You can also upload the image to an image hosting site and then copy and paste the url into the “Upload an avatar from a URL:” field. For example: examplewebsite.com/picture.jpg
How to… write a symbol/special character.
An example of a few symbols: •☼♪:spades:⅓ To use a symbol in one of your message posts there are a few ways to do this. In Windows, you can open up your ‘Character Map’ and copy and paste it from there. Or you can type in a short cut on your keyboard buy using the instructions on this page. To insert symbols if you are using a Mac, follow the instructions on this website.
How to… join a group.
Ever wondered what those little squares are underneath members’ names, and how to get them? Those pictures represent groups that members belong to, such as which Pixar movies they like, what fan medium they dabble in, who are moderators and admins etc. You can see which groups you are able to belong to, as well as request membership to a group by clicking on ‘Usergroups’ at the top of the page when you are logged in. After your membership to a group has been approved, a picture will appear underneath your username.
How to… have a signature.
A signature is something that is displayed underneath members’ posts on this forum. You are able to have text, links, symbols and an image in your signature. Just make sure your whole signature (including text) does not exceed 175px high X 500px wide. If your signature is too big, it will automatically be resized. You can also use BBCode (italics,bold, underlined text, symbols, links, etc) in your signature, too.
If you want to know how to create a signature from scratch in Windows, here’s a different thread detailing how to do so: Creating a Signature 101. That tutorial can also be followed in the same way to create your own avatar. Unlike avatars, you cannot upload signatures to this forum, but you can link to them from somewhere else on the Internet. Your image needs to be uploaded to the Internet from your computer. I use tinypic.com because it is free and you don’t have to sign up to use it. But any other hosting website that you prefer is fine.
After you have uploaded the image to a hosting provider, get a direct link to the image and put IMG tags around it, like so:
then click on ‘Profile’ once you are logged in to Pixar Planet, and scroll down to signature field, and copy and paste that IMG tagged URL into that field, and press ‘Submit.’
How to… post an image in a thread.
Upload the image to an image hosting provider website like Tinypic, or whichever hosting website you prefer. Obtain the direct link, which is usually http:examplewebsite.com/picture.jpg, but put something called ‘image tags’ either side of it. So what you end up with is:
which tells the forum to turn that link into a displayed image.
How to… create a hyperlink.
There are two ways to create a hyperlink: you can either copy and paste the url into your message, like so:
But if you want to turn a word (or phrase) into a link, you would write it as:
It would then turn it into: link.
If you wanted to turn a picture into a hyperlink (so that when you click the picture, it links to another webpage) you would do this:
How to… quote someone’s post.
Highlight the member’s words that you want to quote and put quote tags around it like so:
[quote="member's username you are quoting] members post that you are quoting, blah blah blah [/quote]
which will turn out like this:
Please use the quoting feature sparingly. There is no need to quote someone’s whole post, in most cases, especially if their post is right above yours. If you are still unsure as to when and when not to use the quoting feature, refer to this thread: Questionable Quoting.
Just to let you know, there are a few ways that members prefer to use BBcode here. If you are going to say a member’s name: you bold it. If you are talking about a movie or TV show: you italicise it. If you are talking about the name of a song, you put “quotes” around it. For example:
Mitch - Did you know that in WALL•E, they use the song “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” numerous times?
But that is just a guideline to use the codes that way, not a rule.
If anyone has any other tips they’d like to share along the same lines, respond to this thread and I’ll add it to this post. Thanks. =)