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A Pierrot's Aria
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Hello, Newcomers! This will hopefully be a very useful guide to finding your way around our forums! Haven't introduced yourself yet? Then head on over to the Welcome Thread and drop us a hello! Even if you didn't know the thread existed and you joined a month or so ago, feel free to go and make your presence known and introduce yourself! Everyone is very happy to see you here!

In some sections you will be referred to a seperate guide with fantastic information that you can't go without.
I have also seperated this guide into sections for your viewing pleasure. tongue.gif I hope it will make navigating to relevant sections easy for you...

Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin!


CONTENTS:

1. The Powers that be
Meet our friendly staff!


2. Getting to know your fellow members
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3. Threads, Topics, Signatures, Avatars, Subscriptions
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Technical Jargon Part 2
How to embed an image into your post



Technical Jargon Part 3
Creating a Poll in a Thread
Voting in a Poll
A Guide to Making an Effective Poll


5. Forum Etiquette
Forum 'no-nos'
-Trolls
-Advertising
-Double Posting
-Creating Duplicate Threads
-Answering Year Old Questions
-Character v. Character Threads


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Guided tour of your Profile Page
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7. Gallery
Gallery Q&A


8. Hey, I didn't know that!
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Hey, I didn't know that! Part. 2
Forum News and Announcements
Regarding Open Talk and Spam Central
Using the Search Function
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9. Upcoming and Ongoing Forum Activities
Re-reading the FMA manga
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10. Other useful things you can do with knowing
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11. Thread Directories
FMA Character Discussions Thread Directory
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12. FAQ by Tombow
1.What are these things under my name?
2. Posting pictures on your post.
3. About my account.
4. How to make Direct Hotlink in the post, Pt. 2, Pt.3.


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A Pierrot's Aria
post Jan 10 2011, 05:42 PM
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<Double posting with justice; For the readability of information. Consulted board staff>

5. Forum Etiquette

Okay, so we all may feel we want to drop the old F-Bomb now and again, but we appreciate these types of words not being used. This forum caters to people of varying ages and it is therefore necessary to keep it clean. Please try and refrain from swearing.

Also, although we realise not everyone on this forum has English as a first language, please try your best to type in comprehendable English, with the use of correct spelling and grammar; do not use chat-speak.

TREAT YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS WITH RESPECT

We may not all agree with each other from time to time, but there is strictly no bashing or flaming of other members. You do not need to resort to that if you should have a disagreement.
I also think it's fair to say that you should not express your opinion as though it is fact- we all have very different views on things. Have a clean, sensible discussion using reasons and/or evidence as to why you think the way you do; basically, we don't like to see people saying "This is right, you're wrong just because", or something ridiculous like that.

Forum No-nos

DON'T FEED TROLLS
If you see a troll posting on a topic anywhere on the board, DO NOT respond to it. Not even if you want to tell this person how stupid he/she is for what they are doing, that's exactly what they want you to do, therefore you are feeding it.
If in the event someone does respond to a troll and you know that it's wrong, do not post on that thread to tell them. Instead, contact them via PM and kindly inform them that they must not feed the troll.

Please refer to the 'Dos' and 'Don'ts' when you see a Troll for more information.

ADVERTISING
Unfortunately for some, the board is quite strict about advertising other forums/boards/RP (or game) sites. In our forums, it's is forbidden to post a thread for the purpose of advertisement or recruitment for other websites.

DOUBLE POSTING
DO NOT double post! If you should do this and is picked up by a mod, it will be merged with your original post. I think the only time when double posting is excusable is if it is admin/mod-approved or if you are reviving a particular thread for a good reason.

CREATING DUPLICATE THREADS
Something that sets us apart from other forums is that we're not chat-orientated. This means we don't want members to create duplicate threads of topics that already exist. If you want to post about a particular topic SEARCH to see if such a thread has been made first. Remember- One thread = One topic!

SEE: Hey! I didn't know that! Part 2 - USING THE SEARCH FUNCTION

REPLYING TO YEAR OLD QUESTIONS
Here, we don't mind when members revive threads that are a few years old, because it can actually result in stimulating new discussion. However, when there are threads with discussion with years between them, make sure to go to the very last page of discussion so you can get what is most recently being talked about; avoid answering questions that are years old and that have possibly been already been answered long ago.

To reach the oldest post, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the button circled in the image below:


CHARACTER V. CHARACTER THREADS/POLLS
The board no longer allows 'Character v. Character'/ 'A v. B' threads or polls. There are a few reasons why: The list of combinations are obviously endless and we don't want to get inundated by an endless list of threads like "Edward Elric v. Naruto" and so on. Another problem is that not everyone will know the characters involved in the 'battle'. For example, everyone will know "A" is Edward Elric since this is an FMA board, but not it may be that not everyone will know who "B" is. Overall, we don't allow "A or B" type threads any more unless we judge that the thread holds exceptional quality or potential, or the two characters involved are clear representatives of whatever the field or common feature is.


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