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YaBB Visitor Help
Welcome to the YaBB Visitor Help and Installation Guide

YaBB is one of the world's leading providers of FREE Perl-based Message Board systems for webmasters, with currently over 50,000 web communities using YaBB worldwide, and over 1 Million registered users througout these forums! Join the messaging revolution; keep visitors coming back or help your favorite website grow by chatting on their forum....
 
 
 
YaBB is the solution! BBS sytems were meant to be: Free, Beautiful, Fast, Secure, Easy to Install, Able to give you full Administrative Control, and Easy to Use with International Languages...
 
 
 
Use this manual to learn how to use a YaBB forum (such as registering and posting), administrate a YaBB forum, or to install your own YaBB forum!

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YaBB Visitor Help
Welcome to YaBB Visitor Help
YaBB is one of the world's leading providers of FREE Perl-based Message Board systems for webmasters, with currently over 50,000 web communities using YaBB worldwide, and over 1 Million registered users througout these forums! Join the messaging revolution; keep visitors coming back or help your favorite website grow by chatting on their forum....
 
YaBB is the solution! BBS sytems were meant to be: Free, Beautiful, Fast, Secure, Easy to Install, Able to give you full Administrative Control, and Easy to Use with International Languages...
 
Use this manual to learn how to use a YaBB forum (such as registering and posting)!
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Getting started
Register
When calling up YaBB in a browser you will see a menu across the top which should have items for "Home", "Help", "Search", "Login", and "Register". Click the link/image that says Register. You will be taken to a screen where you can type a user name. Depending on what administrator of this YaBB has chosen, you can either fill out your password and information or if email registration is turned on you will be prompted for your desired user name and a valid email address.
 
If your desired user name is available you will either be able to login or you will receive an email with a temporary password - again this depends on what type of registration the administrator has set the forum to.
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Logging In
Once you have registered, or if you are returning to a site, you can login to the site. In the menu bar on the forum you will find an item that says "Login". If it says "Logout" you are already logged in. This can happen if you've already logged in before and chosen to have the forum remember who you are. This places a cookie on your system. Once you choose "Login" you will be prompted for your user name and password. If the combination is correct you will be allowed to navigate the forum as a user, rather than a guest.
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Logging Out
If you are done browsing the forum you may decide to logout. Perhaps you share a workstation with someone else, in this case you would want to log out of the forum upon leaving. When you are logged in you will see "Logout" in the forum menu, select this and the forum will log you out.
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Forgot Password
If you're trying to login to the forum but forgot or lost your password, you can retrieve it using the 'lost password tool'. On the login screen, next to the username field, it says "Forgot password?" Click this to be taken to the "forgot password" form. Enter your username on this screen and press the Send button. Your password will be sent to the email address registered to that username.
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Your Profile
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, and more!
 
To change your profile, click the "Profile" option in the forum menu.
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Edit Profile
- Password
Passwords have no restrictions, but it is recommended that you type at least 6 characters, using a combination of characters and numbers. You can change your password by typing your current password in the first field and the new password in the next two password fields. Both password fields must be the same, simply as a check that you typed it correctly.
Example: xd8bill
 
- Name
This is your real or displayed name. This is what will be shown throughout the forum, in place of your username.
Example: John Doe
 
- Gender
You get two choices. Male or Female Wink This is an optional field to provide other users with your gender.
 
- Birthdate
Your birthdate, in DD MM YYYY form. The birthday is only used to ensure that you are old enough to register on the forum. It also allows YaBB to display special items on your birthday.
Example: 31 07 1981
 
- Location
This is an optional field. You may type your current location or where you live in this field. It is displayed in your profile for other visitors to see.
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Contact Information
- Email Address
This must be valid to register, and things may be sent to this email address by the forum, such as topic notifications. It is also required if you ever wish to retreive a forgotton password.
Example: me@mydomain.com
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Posting
Create a new thread
In order to start a discussion on a subject, you must create a thread, you can do this by clicking the start new thread button on the board index page.
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Post a reply
To reply to a post, you can click the post a reply button at the top or at the button of the table. If you want to insert a quote to which you are replying, you can click the quote button of the post.
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YaBBC
For obvious reasons standard HTML code cannot be used in posts. Instead YaBB allows the use of YaBB Bulletin Board Code (YaBBC) in posts. YaBBC is similar to HTML, but safe and standardized for bulletin board use.
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Emoticons
Emoticons are a fun way to express your emotion in your posting. They can help you indicate whether you are joking, happy, sad, or a variety of other things. Each YaBB emoticon uses standard chat-style key-strokes, so it requires nothinking on your part.
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Instant Messages
Instant Messaging
YaBB is about community and communication. And there are plenty of ways to communicate: Posting on the boards, Instant Messaging, E-mail, ICQ, AIM and YIM. Of course, all methods of communication are only available to members. An exception is when the Forum Staff decides to allow guests to post on the boards: in this case all unregistered users are NOT allowed to do is viewing the Member List and sending Personal Messages to members.
 
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. Instant Messaging on the boards provides instantaneous delivery to the recipient's Private Mailbox. The mail is sent and received entirely through YaBB, so neither you nor the recipient have to open another program or leave YaBB. Instant Messaging also gives both the sender and recipient greater privacy: No one's real e-mail address is revealed. Instant Messages show only the handle and name of both parties.
If a recipient isn't online, Instan Messages wait in the member's IM box until the next time s/he logs in and manually reads and/or deletes them. YaBB Instant Messages is a self-contained, highly private e-mail system.
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