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For the Members of the FMA Public Discussion Boards:


You have just registered and you do not know what there is to do, or you have too much that you want to do and do not know how to go about it. Fear not, for this guide was created to help make your stay more pleasant, and lead you to a better understanding of the not-so-intricate workings of this message board.

For those of you who are new to the forum, please read the following words with great care, else you will be exposing yourself to unnecessary danger and humiliation. Yes, we can be your friends and we are here to help, but if you disregard the rules, then please do not blame us when we tuck that little piece of friendliness away to the time-out corner. Ignore these guidelines at your own risk. For those with shorter attention spans, please go here.

Furthermore, in this guide, if something is underlined, please click on it for your benefit. It may be a helpful link.


TERMINOLOGY: (and/or the related stuff you should be aware when posting on our board)

THREAD = Also known as a TOPIC. It is made up of an initial post about a subject (food, computers, etc.) and all other responses to it.

POST = The individual components that make up a thread (you post in a thread).

SPAM = Anything a member posts that is unrelated to the thread it is in (off-topic), or something that consists of only one word or one smilie, or just nothing significant in general.

AVATAR = The little picture under a member's username.

SIGNATURE = Also known as a SIG. It follows after every post you make. Be sure that yours is not too big or not including any inappropriate material, as the forum has restrictions regarding signatures, where your image may be REMOVED or REPLACED.

The maximum size for your personal sig space on our board is 500px in width and 300px in height (click me) and that is including all images and typed-in text in the sig space. If you disobey this regulation, you may receive one of these or any of its variations or other reminders as a grand prize.

Also, if you use fanart(s) as your avatar or sig, make sure to 1.) give reasonable efforts to obttain the permission to use the fanart, and 2.) give proper credit(s) to the artist(s) on your sig space. 3.) If the artists specifically asks not to use his or her fanart, then please do not use it.

There are certain sig banners designated to be used only by our board staff. Please do not use those on your personal sig. If you are not sure, please inquire our board staff.

For more information on what is allowed and not allowed onour board for signature and avatars, please read this announcement (click me) before you add your personal avatar or signature.

SPOILER = Information that spoils an important event in a movie/anime/book/etc. for someone who has not yet seen/read it. On our board, unless you are posting on designated "spoiler-tag free" thread, you MUST use spoiler tags and/or if necessary add sufficient Spoiler Warning when posting some content that is a significant part of the storyline for any of the FMA series, or any other such series, books, etc. Or, give sufficient warning if making a thread with the possibility of the existence of posts with such Spoiler content on the thread.
Further more, this extends to other "publicly viewable" part of the board, including members' avatars, signatures, and contents on members' personal Profile page, including, but not limited to, 'Comments' section, members' personal pictures, My Content section, and so on.

MODERATORS = Also known as Mods. They are here to make sure the board will run smoothly and as the way intended. Moderators on our board are quite nice if you heed their friendly advise on how to be a good member on our board. But, they are also equipped with sufficient disciplinary means, to be used if needed. Yes, that was a warning.

GRAMMAR POLICE = Also known as the GP. We very much understand that English may not be the first language to many of the members on our board, and hence normally we are very tolerant of unintentional minor grammatical and/or spelling mistakes, but if you intentionally make posts that are largely consisting of "chat-speak," "teen-speak," or other non-standard English usage, or include a large quote on your post with only a minor portion of the quote actually being relevant to your post, or making a quote-pyramid (quote in quote in quote in quote, and so on) then the board staff may EDIT your post to correct the situation, with or without further notice. This is known as a Grammar Police strike.



Go to My Controls near the top of any page at the forums (underneath the Help button and to the left). Clicking on it will take you to a page where you can edit your settings. Go to Edit Avatar Settings on the left menu. From there, you can choose to upload a picture or insert a link from somewhere on the Internet. Please make sure that the picture being used is an appropriate size.

Same as editing an avatar, but go to Edit Signature. Put whatever you want there, and if you want to imput an image, place the URL of a picture from the Internet (or one that you have uploaded) in between [ img ] and [ /img ] (without the spaces between the brackets and the letters). Remember our restrictions for signature sizes (see TERMINOLOGY: SIGNATURE above).

Spoiler Tags
To place something inside spoiler tags, first type [ spoiler ] (without the spaces) and then type the words/sentences you want in the tags. Proceed to close the sentence with [ /spoiler ].

Email Notification
You are automatically subscribed to a thread when you make a post in it, and keep receiving troublesome e-mails that take up space in your inbox? To remedy this problem, go to My Controls, then click on Email Settings (under Options). Check off the box beside Enable 'Email Notification' by default? and ensure that the default type is No Email Notification. For a pictoral example, see this picture.

For further assistance with problems not listed here, please visit our Technical Support section.



- The Fullmetal Alchemist series only has 51 episodes. ONLY 51. Episode 52 DOES NOT exist, no matter what anyone tells you.

- The FMA movie was released in Japan on July 23, 2005. For updates, news and discussion, please visit the FMA Movie sector of our forum.

- "Fullmetal" is one word. Just because.



Initially, people will refer to you as a newbie or a n00b. There is a distinct difference. Everyone is a newbie once, but not everyone is a n00b. Newbie status disappears after a certain amount of relevant forum participation, whereas it is possible for someone who is a n00b to stay a n00b for the entire duration of their forum stay. A n00b is a type of newbie. They always type like they either don't comprehend the English language or are constantly in chat. We are nicer to newbies than n00bs, and given that piece of advice, please make a wise decision.

Also, here is the answer to a common question: You can raise your rank by increasing your post count, but allow me to tell you this: POST COUNT DOES NOT MATTER. IF THAT IS ALL YOU CARE ABOUT, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT BE HERE.

Please ensure that your posts are coherent and, on the most part, devoid of grammar and spelling problems. Try to type more than one sentence whenever possible. Do not be alarmed if you are suddenly corrected by the more language-conscious people on these forums. We are only trying to help, and hopefully teach you some basic language skills in the process. It is here that I shall introduce your new best friend, The Dictionary.



- Double-posting is a taboo unless in used with a reason in certain situations. Double-posting is when you post twice consecutively; triple-posting is when you post thrice consecutively, so on and so forth. Please refrain from doing so. Do not talk to yourself in the same thread, because it will only make you look stupid. There is an EDIT button near the bottom right-hand corner of each and every post you make. Also, we are aware that occasionally, the system may automatically make a double-post. If that happens, please edit one of the two posts and replace the content with "Delete Me!" or something similar, so a passing mod will know that the extra post was not intentional.

- Do not ask for or post links to certain fansub/dub/raw/music downloads if asked not to do such by our board staff.

- Spam is not tolerated anywhere, with the exception on certain designated threads in Spam Central. Our board staff may edit/delete/merge your post(s) consisting of such spam postings with or without further notice.

- Please abstain from using that 4-letter word which begins with an F and rhymes with “duck.” Also, although other "cussing" words may/may not be acceptable, please try to use them in moderation. (The general guideline is... the use of one such word in a post.)

- The attachment feature is not to be abused. If you have a picture you want after every post, please put it in your signature. Otherwise, if the picture/file you are attaching has absolutely NOTHING to do with your post content, then please do not attach it, or a moderator who happens to pass by your post will have the right to remove it.

- Moderators and administrators are to be obeyed. No questions asked.

- If you include quote on your post, include only the portion oft he quote that is relevant to your comment on your post. Also, avoid making "quote pyramid" on your post. Else, Grammar Police may strike your post and edit your post to amend such situation.

- Forum protocol dictates that you should respect all members. Their opinions are not yours, and you do not always have to see eye to eye. If you have no desire to be hated, then please do not express hatred towards anyone else. Some of the members that you might end up feeling frustration for are quite intelligent in their own right, so it is in your best interest that you do not try to pick fights with them, lest you become another laughing stock of the forum community. More specifically, bashing, trashing, name-calling of other FMA fans, or FMA characters, FMA fan-pairings, and 'shippers of such FMA characters/pairings are not tolerated on our board.



- Most importantly, please use the SEARCH feature this site has, which is located near the top of every page you visit on the forums (as you can see, it is right beside HELP, should you require further assistance). Before starting a new thread, please check and see if it has already been made. If it has, please post in the existing thread. For more entertainment, please go here and view a lovely video.

- If you want to introduce yourself, please do so in the Newcomers thread. If you would like to announce to the forum that you are leaving for good or for a period of time, you may post about the matter in the Goodbye thread. If you would like to welcome someone back to the forum, do not start a new thread, but visit the Welcome Back thread instead.

- So you are, like, totally in love with Edward or Alphonse or Roy or Riza or Nina or Winry or Den or Pinako . . . we get it. There are usually pre-existing threads about these people in Character Discussion. Go there first, or use the standard SEARCH engine, or the more specific SEARCH engine.

- Please do not add any more "Character vs. Character" or "A or B" type polls/topics, "Whatsisname is the Hottest/Funniest/Cutest/etc." to the current collection.

- Mind your thread titles and topic descriptions when making new threads. Please avoid creating topics which shout out unnecessary spoilers. Not everyone has seen the entire series, and not everyone can handle the shock of knowing who died and how. If you absolutely must have spoilers, please place them in the posts within spoiler tags, and specify in the topic description that the thread contains spoilers.

- Before starting a new thread to ask for assistance with technical difficulties, please check out the Technical Support region of the forums, because it is likely that your question has already been answered.

- If you start a new thread that is closed due to the fact that you have not abided by the above guidelines, please do not start the same thread again.

- It is recommended that you do not start new threads until you have been relatively active for at least 2 weeks at these forums.


That concludes the condensed guide to our beloved forum. To the more experienced members: please inform me if there is anything missing from all this, or if you feel there is more that can be added. If you read the entire guide, I commend you on your dedication. I thank you on behalf of the management.

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Except for I used CODE Tags so that this would show up for you. It's really not that hard to figure out.


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Replace the URL and picture link to specify what you want. It should show up just like this:

How do I insert a web address?
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But how did I do this?

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How do I quote?
Just like with URLs/pictures, the tags we use are:
[quote] [/quote]

Except I used CODE Tags so that this would show up for you.

[quote] <your quote here> [/quote]

[quote="name"] <your quote here> [/quote]

<your quote here>
QUOTE ("name")
<your quote here>

But in order for the name of the person you're quoting to show up at the top of the quote, you will need to modify the code as shown in example 2.
Also, take note that you need the = and " " for it to work.

I can't get this to work on another forum.
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post Jan 20 2005, 10:14 PM
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- Quistis88   A Beginner's Guide To Forum Decorum   Jan 20 2005, 09:52 PM
- - hitokiri   perhaps this should be pinned.... also on a perso...   Jan 20 2005, 09:58 PM
- - xrninja   quistis is awesome. maybe a quick definition of GP...   Jan 20 2005, 09:59 PM
- - Quistis88   GP definition? Certainly. And hitokiri, it's...   Jan 20 2005, 10:00 PM
- - Ailuro   *bows to Sensei* Thank you oh so very much for mak...   Jan 20 2005, 10:10 PM
- - Quistis88   That was the original purpose. Whenever you see s...   Jan 20 2005, 10:12 PM
- - xrninja   QUOTE(Quistis88 @ Jan 20 2005, 08:52 PM)For a...   Jan 20 2005, 10:15 PM
- - Quistis88   Yes, it is, because that's where I first made ...   Jan 20 2005, 10:16 PM
- - xrninja   it goes to the top of page 41, and i don't thi...   Jan 20 2005, 10:17 PM
- - Quistis88   Hmm, thank you. That shall be fixed. Tell me if ...   Jan 20 2005, 10:18 PM
- - xrninja   yup, perfect!   Jan 20 2005, 10:21 PM
- - Quistis88   Excellent. Thank you.   Jan 20 2005, 10:22 PM
- - mei_tenshi   Awesome job, Quis! *bows*   Jan 20 2005, 10:42 PM
- - Bling_bling_Angel   Good gravy, Mom... you go, girl!   Jan 20 2005, 11:01 PM
- - Quistis88   Thanks, girls.   Jan 20 2005, 11:06 PM
- - Gashole   QUOTEDo not be alarmed if you are suddenly correct...   Jan 21 2005, 12:02 AM
- - Quistis88   When we least expected it.   Jan 21 2005, 12:06 AM
- - Bling_bling_Angel   You're under arrest for spamming the Guide Thr...   Jan 21 2005, 12:10 AM
- - Quistis88   Well, technically, we're still on topic, as we...   Jan 21 2005, 12:11 AM
- - Goldfish   So who decides who is a newbie or n00b? Is it just...   Jan 21 2005, 12:36 AM
- - hitokiri   Judge Wapner thats who, though in his absence Ed K...   Jan 21 2005, 12:41 AM
- - love_me_destroyer   *claps* horray! good work quis.   Jan 21 2005, 12:40 PM
- - Gashole   You know, I kind of doubt those who need to read t...   Jan 21 2005, 05:26 PM
- - Quistis88   That's true, I figured that much, but there is...   Jan 21 2005, 07:16 PM
- - love_me_destroyer   If you respond like that you will be shot. no tria...   Jan 21 2005, 07:18 PM
- - Fresh_Coffee   Nice job Quis you've outdone yourself. I didn...   Jan 21 2005, 07:25 PM
- - water_alchemist   Very well written, Quistis! This is amazing...   Jan 21 2005, 09:08 PM
- - Thievesvinegar   Impressed. What will this forum do without you? Or...   Jan 21 2005, 09:52 PM
- - Quistis88   Punishment = Banishment That is, if you're a ...   Jan 21 2005, 09:54 PM
|- - arche   QUOTE(Quistis88 @ Jan 21 2005, 11:54 PM)Punis...   Jan 22 2005, 07:44 AM
- - sevter   I didn't read the earlier posts so I'm not...   Jan 22 2005, 08:11 AM
- - Omakase Shimasu   The little blue and red blocks make up the warning...   Jan 22 2005, 08:39 AM
|- - Quistis88   QUOTE(Omakase Shimasu @ Jan 22 2005, 08:39 AM...   Jan 22 2005, 11:46 AM
- - blueices   QUOTEThe little blue and red blocks make up the wa...   Jan 22 2005, 08:46 AM
- - Omakase Shimasu   No worries, I didn't catch on at first either,...   Jan 22 2005, 09:08 AM
- - Omakase Shimasu   No problem. And you know it should be the other wa...   Jan 22 2005, 12:13 PM
- - Quistis88   Haha, thanks, and you're quite welcome. This ...   Jan 22 2005, 12:23 PM
- - arche   If nothing else, we all as members of the forum ha...   Jan 22 2005, 12:27 PM
- - Quistis88   I've posted, pinned, and closed the guide in a...   Jan 22 2005, 07:15 PM
- - hitokiri   damn woman, talk about total saturation.... good j...   Jan 22 2005, 07:24 PM
- - Quistis88   Haha, thanks. Now that I think about it, maybe I ...   Jan 22 2005, 07:27 PM
- - Thievesvinegar   Am I the only one thinking that this is getting sc...   Jan 22 2005, 10:24 PM
- - hitokiri   scary? how?   Jan 22 2005, 10:25 PM
- - Thievesvinegar   spending so much time agonizing over noobs. The ma...   Jan 22 2005, 10:37 PM
- - Quistis88   Obsession . . . not really. More like a precautio...   Jan 22 2005, 10:39 PM
- - arche   n00bs are technically a problem on every forum. Tr...   Jan 22 2005, 10:41 PM
- - hitokiri   also the guide doesn't just help us stem back ...   Jan 22 2005, 10:42 PM
|- - arche   QUOTE(hitokiri @ Jan 23 2005, 12:42 AM)also t...   Jan 22 2005, 10:43 PM
- - Quistis88   Or the rest of the old and stingy members will sca...   Jan 22 2005, 10:43 PM
- - hitokiri   @quis: or Richard Moll.....   Jan 22 2005, 10:43 PM
|- - Quistis88   QUOTE(hitokiri @ Jan 22 2005, 10:43 PM)@quis:...   Jan 22 2005, 10:45 PM
- - Thievesvinegar   *sigh* fine, i'll read it.   Jan 22 2005, 10:44 PM
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- - Omakase Shimasu   <3 at first sight. Hmm, maybe you should consi...   Jan 23 2005, 09:51 AM
- - arche   Actually, they could just be inserted into the pos...   Jan 23 2005, 09:56 AM
- - Omakase Shimasu   Oooh, spawnage from the Angst thread! Of cour...   Jan 23 2005, 10:01 AM
- - Thievesvinegar   hah, beautiful arche.   Jan 23 2005, 10:09 AM
- - arche   I'm thinking of making a double post one. I...   Jan 23 2005, 10:11 AM
- - Thievesvinegar   ^this is exactly what I'm talking about!   Jan 23 2005, 10:17 AM
- - arche   You don't want to burn out on management. You ...   Jan 23 2005, 10:20 AM
- - Quistis88   arche, that's brilliant! I thank you on...   Jan 23 2005, 03:44 PM
- - hitokiri   hey quis can you please add the following two line...   Jan 23 2005, 11:10 PM
- - Quistis88   Certainly. I'll get right on that.   Jan 23 2005, 11:16 PM
- - hitokiri   thanks... *gives quis a persimmon gift basket*   Jan 23 2005, 11:17 PM
- - Quistis88   Ohh! *stares at gift basket* Thank you. T...   Jan 23 2005, 11:24 PM
- - Lord Odenetheus   I'm glad you made this thread.   Jan 25 2005, 05:20 PM
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- - Mike   Hurrah for Quis (you callin me a n00b! Huh...   Jan 27 2005, 04:40 AM
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- - Quistis88   ^ Now this is the sort of posting all newbies shou...   May 9 2005, 06:09 PM
|- - The "Diddi" character   Hehe... yeah well.. as a newbie, I reserve myself ...   May 9 2005, 06:29 PM
- - Quistis88   You posted in this thread, but did you not read th...   May 9 2005, 06:42 PM
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- - Chief2046   I hope you don't mind but i didn't read wh...   May 13 2005, 07:14 PM
|- - Quistis88   QUOTE(Chief2046 @ May 13 2005, 08:14 PM) I ho...   May 13 2005, 07:16 PM
|- - hitokiri   QUOTE(Chief2046 @ May 13 2005, 10:14 PM) I h...   May 13 2005, 07:39 PM
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