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Login/Logout

In the top right corner of every page are links to login and logout.

If you are not logged in it will say:

"Login/Join"

When you log in please check whether this site requires an email address or a username for login.

If you have lost your password, you can have it sent to your email address by clicking a link on the login page called "Lost Password?"

Why register?

Many features of the site require a login to view. You will also be able to save personal preferences when you are logged in.

Remember Me

Select this option if you wish to save a cookie on your computer to stay logged in automatically to the community.

Logout

Clicking the logout link will log you out of the site and clear the "Remember Me" cookie if selected.

Personal Zone

Click the "Go" button in the top navigation bar on any page. Choose the option "Personal Zone"

Profile

Clicking the profile link will first show your Public Profile. This is the information other members of the community may see about you.

In order to view and edit your "Private Profile," click the "Edit Profile" link. Your site administrator determines what fields are required and what fields are optional. Required fields are marked with an asterisk and you may not submit your profile unless these fields are filled in.

I was sent to my Profile without asking!

This means there are new terms of service posted by the administrator or a new profile field required by the community. You will need complete your profile before proceeding to regular community pages.

Buddies

This is a list of community members in your own personal group. Use this list to create Private Messaging topics, if enabled by your site administrator.

To add members to your group, click the "Add members" link and search for other members by name.

Ignore List

To manage your ignored users, go to the Personal Zone section and click the "Ignore List" link. Your current list of ignored users will be displayed.

For ignored users, replies in topics are hidden by default. In addition, you will not receive notifications of new content by ignored users, and ignored users will not be able to start a Private Message with you.

To add someone to your ignore list, click the "Add Users" link. This link is to the right of your ignore list's title. Search for the display name of the user you wish to ignore, check their box, and click the "Add Selected Members" button.

To stop ignoring another user, go to the Personal Zone section and click the "Ignore List" link. Your current list of ignored users will be displayed. Check the box next to the user you wish to stop ignoring, and click the "Remove Checked Users" button.

Groups

You may belong to "power groups" or "premium groups" within the community. Membership in these groups gives you special access and features within the community. Click the link to show your group memberships.

Permissions

The permissions browser shows what you may and may not do within your community.

Click each section to expand the permission descriptions. A check mark shows that you have a permission. No check mark means that you do not have the permission.

Private Messaging

If enabled, Private Messaging topics are discussions where those invited may view and participate.

You may join an existing Private Messaging discussion by clicking on the title. You may start a new Private Messaging discussion by clicking the "New Private Message" button. Use your Buddies list to choose other members to invite.

Notifications

Here is a list of notifications you may have requested while browsing the community. Click "edit" to change any notification option. Use the check box beside any title to select notifications you wish to delete. You may also temporarily suspend all notifications or remove all notifications.

Karma

This is a rating of your performance and reputation in the community. It is normally based on participation in the community, but may be edited by the administrator.

Preferences

Choose your personal preferences for common options in the community.

Terms of Service

Message Board Rules:

By signing up for these message boards, you agree not to upload, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish in any Forum/Board any material that is:

1. libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, pornographic, threatening, or an invasion of privacy; 2. an infringement of the intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights and trademarks, of any person or entity; 3. illegal in any way or advocates illegal activity; 4. an advertisement or solicitation of funds, goods, or services; 5. a message posted by a user impersonating another; 6. personal information such as messages which identify phone numbers, social security numbers, account numbers, addresses, or employer references; or 7. chain letters of any kind. You also agree to indemnify Scripps Howard for any claims or suits arising from your posting of such material in a Forum.

More legal information...

Other guidelines:1) Before posting a message, please be sure you are in the appropriate category. 2) No advertising is allowed on HGTV's Message Boards. 3) Off-topic and off-color postings will be deleted at our discretion. 4) Please be nice. No name calling, personal attacks or flaming. 5) Posts containing certain words will trigger moderation of the post, whether words are contained in the post or in the signature line. These words mostly cover political and religious topics, which are TOTALLY off the topic covered by HGTV. 6) Topics having over 2000 pageviews will be closed by the moderators of this message boards.

Supported Browsers

This community software is designed to work with the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 5.5+
  • Netscape 7+
  • Mozilla
  • Safari
  • Opera 7+
If you are not using one of those browser versions, you may experience severe usability problems. Please upgrade your browser to a newer version for optimal performance.
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Navigating and Reading

There are two main methods to navigate through the forum application.

On the top and bottom of all pages is a "breadcrumb" line. These links show where you are in the community, and give you the option to click up or down the structure of the community. Within each breadcrumb line are icons to open up options within each level of the site. Each icon will open up direct links to tools like search or other forums and categories within the Forum application.

A second navigation tool is the "Go" button built into the top left side of each page.

Use the "Go" button to navigate directly to your Personal Zone, Forums or Chat if enabled.

How to Post Topics and Replies

To post a new topic, click the "New" tab on the top left of any forum page. You will be asked to choose a new Discussion, Poll , Private Message or Photo Album (if enabled). Click one of these options to begin.

A discussion is a topic with replies.
A poll invites people to vote on a question, and then add replies.
A private message is a discussion where only those invited may see it and participate.
A photo album is a gallery of uploaded images, with a place to add comments as required.

To post a reply, look for a "Reply" tab at the top or bottom of any discussion or poll. Click this tab to open a posting window with tools for enhancing your post with bold text, images or attachments.

Beside each "Reply" tab is a yellow arrow for "Quick Reply." The "Quick Reply" is for fast text-only responses to a discussion.

How to Post Photo Albums

First, be sure the administrator has enabled photo albums and given you permission to post them. You can check your permission using the "Go" button -> Personal Zone -> Permissions links.

To post a photo album, click the "New" tab and then the "Photo Album" link.

A photo album wizard will take you through the following steps:

Step 1 - "Basics" - provide basic information about the album, choose whether to allow comments, and select your notification options.

Step 2 - "Upload" - upload files from your own computer. Note: there may be size and number limits set by the administrator.

Step 3 - "Organize" - add titles and captions to each uploaded photo. You may also add new photos, delete photos or re-order photos in this step.

Step 4 - "Preview" - confirm the appearance of the final album before you approve it for viewing by other members.

Please note: An administrator may require approval of photo albums before they go live.

If you are the owner of the album, you may edit the album after it has gone live by using the "edit" icon in the bottom right corner of the gallery view.

Enhancing or Editing a Post

You can edit a post after it goes live by clicking the small edit icon in the lower right corner of the message. An administrator may restrict the time frame for editing a message.

You can enhance a post when first creating it or when editing it.

Choose a "mood" icon for the discussion by clicking the selector beside the "Subject" or "Reply To:" field.

You may insert a "graemlin" emoticon into your posts by clicking the emoticon icon on the left side of the posting tools.

The posting page tools include some or all of these options:

Graemlins - an inline emoticon image
URL - a web page link
Bold - bold text
Italics - italic text
Quote - indented text List bullet - ordered text
Email - a clickable email address
Image - a properly formed link to an web image
Attachment - where enabled, an uploaded file attachment

UBB Code

FunctionUBBCode Tags
Bold[b] [/b]
Italics[i] [/i]
Strikethrough[strike] [/strike]
Unordered, bulleted[list][/list]
Ordered,numbered[list=1] [/list]
Ordered,lettered[list=A] [/list]
List item[*]
Quote [quote] [/quote]
CodeSnippets[code] [/code]
URLs[url] [/url]
URL with name[url=http://www.yourURL.com]namehere[/url]
Email Addresses[email] [/email]
Images[img] [/img]
Image Aligned Left[img:left] [/img]
Image Aligned Right[img:right] [/img]
Image Aligned Top[img:top] [/img]
Flash Video[flash_video] [/flash_video]
Horizontal Rule[hr]
Subscript[sub] [/sub]
Red[color:red] [/color]
Green[color:green] [/color]
Blue[color:blue] [/color]
Yellow[color:yellow] [/color]
White[color:white] [/color]
Black[color:black] [/color]
Pink[color:pink] [/color]
Purple[color:purple] [/color]
Brown[color:brown] [/color]
Grey[color:grey] [/color]
Graemlin Codes

:DBig Grin
:confused:Confused
:cool:Cool
:(Frown
:pRazz
:eek:Eek
:oRed Face
:)Smile
:mad:Mad
;)Wink
:rolleyes:Roll Eyes
:icecream:Ice Cream
:wave:Wave
:cookie:Cookie
:coffee:Coffee
:yuck:Yuck
:censored:Censored
:grouphug:Group Hug
:shhh:Shhh
:cry:Cry
:donut:Donut
:nostar:No Star
:star:Star
:yummy:Yummy
Favorites and Notifications

Favorites

To add a discussion to your favorites list, click the "Tools" tab button and select "Add to favorites." You can keep a list of up to 30 discussions in your Personal Zone page. Icons there will show whether your favorites have been updated since your last visit.

Notifications

Click the "Notify" tab on a community page to request email notifications of new content. Delivery options may include:

  • Daily Email Digest - a summary of all notifications sent once a day.
  • Weekly Email Digest - a summary of all notifications sent once a week.
  • Immediate Notification - email automatically sent when there is an update.

Modify or Cancel a Notification

Click on the Personal Zone tab and then click Notifications. Click the "edit" link to change delivery options or cancel the request entirely. You can also edit your preferences directly from the email you receive.

Suspend my Notifications Temporarily

You can temporarily suspend your notifications at any time. For example, this might be useful if you were going on vacation. Select the "suspend subscriptions" box at the bottom of the "Notifications" page to put them all on hold. They will stay suspended until you uncheck that box.

Subscribe to another Member

Click the person's name within the interface, then select "notify me of new posts by x". You will be notified via email every time that member posts to the community.

Hiding/Showing Posts

You can ignore a post by clicking the small "Hide Post" link in the upper right section of the post. If you've ignored a user, their posts will be hidden by default.

If you want to show a single post from an ignored user, click the small "Show Post" link on the top right of the post.

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