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Old 03-20-2017, 01:12 PM
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Fan Forum Questions, Problems, Technical Help #22

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Avatars: What are they, and how can I add a custom one?
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Censoring Posts
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How do I add a message board?
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Member Permissions:
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If any forums here go without a post for more than 48 hours, we commence doing a post count and the forums must have at least 105 posts over the following week to remain here. If the forums meet this minimum requirement, they are also placed on a Low Post Count Warning List, and if they go without a post for more than 48 hours again any time within the next six months, they will be closed.

Moderators / How do I become one?
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MST (Moderator Support Team)
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Requests board / New Forum Polls
You need 50 posts to be able to vote in the polls for adding new forums. To request a subject be added to the polls, you need to have 500 posts. More information about the Requests system is available here.
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1. Inactive Posting - if you haven't been posting regularly, but continue to vote on the polls. A history of inactivity on Fan Forum's boards would indicate that it's unlikely you would post regularly on any board.
2. Breaking any of the other Request Guidelines can result in losing your access to the Requests Board, such as duplicate accounts, spamming for votes, etc.
If you feel that these reasons do not apply to you, please PM Johnnie.

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Signatures
Once you have 50 posts, you may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. You may set your signature in your UserCP in the Edit Signature section. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to not include it with any post you make by unchecking the "Show your signature" box when you create your post. Please note: only up to four Fan Forum smilies are allowed, and images/banners aren't allowed in a signature. Please make sure that your signature and signature length does not break the rules of this website by reading the Fan Forum Rules Announcement found HERE.

Starting a New Thread
Click "Post New Thread" on the board where you want to open the thread. Existing threads should be restarted at 300 posts. If you wish to keep the opening graphics or lists, click "Reply With Quote" on the original opening post of the old thread, copy and paste that information into the opening post of the new thread and remove the "Quote" tags from the text. A moderator will close the old thread.

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Thread Display Options
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Thread Tags & Social Bookmarking
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Using vB Code
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  • [b] - Bold
  • [color=blue] - Blue
  • [ig]p/xfH-yaP3ww[/ig] - Instagram
  • [i] - Italic
  • [img] - [img]insert image url[/img] Note: there is a limit of 25 images per post.
  • [s] -Strikethrough
  • [size=3] - Size 3 Font
  • [sp] -
    Spoiler:
  • [sup] - Superscript
  • [tweet]550347454038945793[/tweet] - Just the number at the end
  • [u] - Underline
  • [url] - [url=insert url]name of link[/url]
  • [yt] - YouTube YouTube
    Just the number at the very end, in this example u78r4iYrz7o
Complete details on vB Code are listed HERE.


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User ranks
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<Note: A manager should restart this thread. Thanks.>
Update link in Rules & Guidelines announcement when restarted.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:14 PM
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For everybody who reported issues accessing the site yesterday:
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Originally Posted by Jerry D (View Post)
Yes, the Google Warning has been lifted. My thanks to Rachel and Leif for their hard work on this.
If you're still having issues, please try logging out and clearing your temporary internet files. Thanks.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:15 PM
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TFTNT and thank you guys for your hard work
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:22 PM
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Thank you for fixing the problem since it seems that it's working now.. I really appreciate it!
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:44 PM
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TFTNT Chris.

I'm not getting the warning now as well. Thanks to Jerry for contacting Rachel & Leif about this and to the both of them for fixing everything.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:32 PM
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Thanks for fixing the problem
I thought it was just me who was having the issue.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:41 PM
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Tftnt!
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:04 AM
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The "Deceptive Site ahead" warning is back for me. It was gone for two days or so.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:27 AM
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Same for me, Soph.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:43 AM
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I'm getting the same deceptive site warning in Firefox, and I've reported it to Goldenboy and Raonaild. There is apparently some kind of flaw in vBulletin that causes this false reading. When it occurs, Raonaild can fix it, but what's frustrating is that there doesn't seem to be permanent fix for this. Other vBulletin sites have had this happen to them. Believe me, I know it's frustrating, and it's frustrating for me as well. Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:14 AM
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Yep it's definitely back.
Thanks for letting us know about that Jerry.

But has something new happened or? Because I don't think we used to get this warning. All the years I've been coming to this site, I've never seen this warning until now.
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:54 AM
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It happens often, from time to time...I use Google Chrome as it spots the site as harmful...Thanks for doing your best to solve this annoying problem
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:58 PM
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When I tried to get to fanforum today with Google Chrome I had the same problem and I still have. But with another browser it works.
But thanks for doing everything to solve the problem Jerry. You guys are the best here.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:53 PM
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Here we go again same desktop issue with red page warning. Still showing up only on my desktop
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:38 PM
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The warning is showing again for me too. Thanks again, Jerry, for getting on top of this.
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