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May 8th, 2006, 03:12 PM
Forum User Manual

- Registration

In order to fully utilize this forum, you need to register (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/register.php) as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:

Post new threads
Reply to other peoples' threads
Avoid image-verification feature when searching the forum
Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
Send private messages to other members

To start registration, click on the "Register" button in the upper left corner, or proceed to registration page at http://wirednewyork.com/forum/register.php. To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address.

To complete registration, you must reply to activation email sent to your email address, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working. Sometimes activation email ends up in your spam folder, so make sure you check it if you do not receive activation email.

Forum Rules related to Registration

Only one username per person is allowed.
Username may not contain special characters or non-English characters, only letters and numbers.
Certain words or combination of letters (anything offensive or related to pharmaceuticals and spam, etc) are not allowed in the username. The determination of appropriateness will be done by forum management. Usernames not complying with this policy will be deleted without notification.
During registration process, a valid email address must be supplied. To complete registration, the user has to reply to an activation email. Please note that sometimes the activation email may end up in the spam folder.
Exploiting the forum for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes is not allowed.

- General
Some questions are answered at wirednewyork.com/forum/faq.php (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/faq.php)

- Forum Community

Forum Leaders
View Forum Leaders (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showgroups.php) page

Edward (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=2663)

Alonzo-ny (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=3623)
infoshare (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=5190)
NoyokA (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=2634)
NYatKNIGHT (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=2643)
ZippyTheChimp (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=2463)

Membership categories
When you first join the forum you receive a title of a Junior Member. After you make 10 posts, you become a Member. After 100 posts (and 90 days after joining) you become a Senior Member. Over 1,000 posts (and minimum of 270 days as a member) makes you Forum Veteran. The list of forum Administrators, Moderators and Forum Veterans can be found on View Forum Leaders (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showgroups.php?) page.

Member List
The member list (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/memberlist.php?) contains a list of registered members of this forum (with the exception of Junior Members). Using the search function (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/memberlist.php?do=search), you can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date that the member joined the forum, or by the number of posts the members have made. You can also locate members by username, number of posts, join date, or post date.

Membership stats
1/1/2008 - 12,300 members
1/1/2007 - 7,400 members
1/1/2006 - 3,700 members
1/1/2005 - 1,780 members
1/1/2004 - 980 members
1/1/2003 - 215 members
1/1/2002 - 15 members
10/22/2001 - 0 members

Active Members (registered members that logged in the past 30 days) - 117 (as of September 2014)

Forum User Names
Forum User Names (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7305) thread

How do I contact other forum members?
Registered members may send each other private messages using Private Messaging (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/private.php?) system. Private messages work similar to email, but are limited to registered members of this forum. You may send a private message to a member of this forum by clicking the 'Send A Private Message (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/private.php?do=newpm)' link in the private messaging section of your user control panel, or by clicking the http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/buttons/sendpm.gif button in member's posts.

- Rules of Conduct
Forum Rules of Conduct (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3711) thread

- Reading and Posting Messages
Posting Images
Images can be either inserted inside a post (see procedure below) or attached to a post (see next section).

1. If the image you want to post is already on-line, you have to know its URL. If the image you want to post is on your computer, you have to transfer it to some server on the web. Wired New York Forum does not store your images (except see attachments section below), it just displays the images in the forum post, while the images are located on some other web-server. There are web sites that allow to store your images for free, for example Flickr; however, some sites do not allow to view the images from another server (so called "hot linking" ).

2. Once the image is on-line and you know its URL (if you enter the URL into your browser, you would see the image), you can make the actual post. Position your cursor at the place in your post where you want the image, then click on the following icon http://wirednewyork.com/forum/images/editor/insertimage.gif (above the post space) and paste the URL.

The images wider than 800 pixels do not display well on a forum page, so large images should be rescaled using any image editor, or posted as a link.

Also see Posting Images (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3709) thread

Posting Attachments
Posting Attachments (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5708) thread

You can use the attachment feature of this forum, which gives you the ability to attach files of certain types to your posts. This could be an image, a text document, a zip file etc. Only certain types of files may be attached: these are the valid file extensions for files to be attached to this forum: bmp gif jpe jpeg jpg pdf png txt zip.

To attach a file to a new post, simply click the button at the bottom of the post composition page, and locate the file that you want to attach from your local hard drive. There is a limit of 10 files per post. After posting, the attachment will show up in the body of your message. To view the contents of the attachment (if it is not already displayed) simply click the filename link that appears next to the attachment icon.

There is a limit of 150 Kbytes file size limit for pictures and the largest picture dimension cannot exceed 800 pixels. If a picture your are trying to attach is too big, forum software will attempt to resize the picture. Picture thumbnails are automatically created for *.jpeg image files (but not for *.bmp image files).

There is also a limit for a total size of all attachments for each user - 10 Mb for Members and Junior Members, 50 Mb for Senior Members and 100 Mb for Forum Veterans. If you are close to your limit, in User Control Panel under Miscellaneous/Attachments you can select attachments that you wish to delete.

[B]Posting Guidlines
Using quotes (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6707) thread

Reporting Problematic Posts
Please report all spam, advertising messages, and problematic (uncivil, disrespectful, harassing, violating Forum Rules of Conduct (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3711)) posts by clicking on this image http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/buttons/report.gif in the upper right corner of each post.

When citing a passage from an article that someone else posted, do not use the QUOTE button from the post. The result will attribute the quote to the poster, not the article, causing confusion. Copy and paste the passage, enclosed in the quote tags on the reply screen.

How do I find new posts?
Registered users can see new posts since the last visit by going to New Posts on the top navigation bar. To see all posts made today, click on Quick Links, then Today's Posts on the top navigation bar.

- Searching the Forum
Using Google
You can search using Google by adding site:wirednewyork.com to the query string. That will return pages both from the website and forum. For example, you can use the following string - empire state building site:wirednewyork.com (http://www.google.com/search?q=empire+state+building+site%3Awirednewyork %2Ecom) - to search for Empire State Building pages.

Using Forum Search
There are two different search options, both accessible from the top navigation menu. The default one is very easy on the server, but is less accurate. It will return threads with any word in the search string, i.e. if you are searching for Empire State Building, it will include threads that have only word Empire, only State, only Building, and also these words together - a lot of threads, many not relevant.

The other option is more accurate (and server-intensive). If you look at the Search (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/search.php) page, on the bottom left there is a box called Search Type. The default selection is Natural Language, and this is the less-accurate, faster version that I described above. The more accurate type is called Boolean. Select this option for the more accurate search.

You can use the wild-card character * in the search string with the boolean option. For example, searching for emp* will return posts not only with the word empire, but also employee and empty. You can use boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT with this option. For example, searching for the following string - empire and state and building - will return threads where all three words are present. You can search for phrases with the use of quotes. For example, searching for "empire state building" will return only threads with this exact phrase.

On the Search page there are several options that can help you with searching. Right below the box where you type your keywords there is a box that allows you to select the option of searching only in the thread titles or all the posts. To make the search in thread titles more accurate, the thread title must be well designed; for example, I tried to have threads about condominium developments in the real estate section to have the word Condo in the thread title.

You can also narrow down your search to particular forums - only in Skyscrapers and Architecture for example, or only in New York Skyscrapers and Architecture. Using Ctrl+click you can select any combination of forums.

- User Maintenance

I lost my password, what can I do?
If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Forgotten Your Password' link on any page that requires you to fill in your password. This will bring up a page where you should enter your registered email address, and an email will be sent to that address instantly, with instructions for resetting your password.

How do I get a picture under my username?
These small images are called Avatars. They are displayed below your username on all posts that you make. Members and Junior Members can use only avatars provided by the administrator in the Avatar Gallery (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/misc.php?do=showavatars). Senior Members and Forum Veterans can also use custom avatars. Custom avatars have to be 70x90 pixel and under 10Kb, and "safe for work".

How can I change the information in my profile?
It is your responsibility to keep the information in your profile up-to-date. You should especially ensure that your email address is kept current. You can alter any of the fields in your profile, except your username. Once you have registered your username, it becomes yours for life. In extreme circumstances, you may request that the administrator (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=2663) change your username. Proceed to User Control Panel (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/usercp.php) to edit your profile.

Profile picture has to be under 180x180 pixel. Senior Users and Forum Veterans can have custom title.

Blog User Manual

- General

You have to be a registered forum member in order to blog and post comments on other's blogs.
The Wired New York Blogs area is at wirednewyork.com/forum/blog.php (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/blog.php)
Each forum member's profile page now has a Blog section which displays total number of blog entries as well as a link to find all blog entries.
Each forum post now displays (in the top right corner) a number of blog entries and a link to find all blog entries, in addition to the usual information - Join Date, Location, Number of Posts.

- Blog Options
Blog Control Panel for each forum member is located at wirednewyork.com/forum/blog_usercp.php (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/blog_usercp.php)

- Blog Comments
Each blogger has several options regarding the posting of comments, which could be applied to all blog entries, or only to particular posts:

No comments allowed
Comments allowed to any forum member
Comments allowed only to members on blogger's buddy list (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/profile.php?do=editlist)
Comments need to be approved by blogger before being displayed

- Blog Picture
If a member has Profile picture, then this picture is displayed in his/her blog (downscaled to 180x180 pixels if it's too big). Profile picture can be specified in User Control Panel (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/profile.php?do=editprofilepic); it can either be uploaded from member's computer or from other website.

February 17th, 2008, 11:36 AM
Wow, it's amazing to see how the forum has grown!
This refreshes me hope for my online shop which is open 1 month now and not getting many visits after so much hard work.:(
I guess it just takes time.

February 17th, 2008, 12:01 PM
Wow I didnt realise the Forum Veterans were so exclusive!

MG did you post about your website here?

February 17th, 2008, 01:24 PM
Show your website on your profile page.

February 17th, 2008, 06:16 PM
To do so ^ would reveal one's true identity, yes?

February 17th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Depends on how you set it up.

February 17th, 2008, 09:51 PM
I'm really nervous/excited/anxious to have you guys see my stuff.:o
To say that I value your opinions would be an understatement.

I have all these designs and artwork that I have been sorting through and adapting for printing on stuff. The first bit is up, there is much more to do.
One storefront is artwork based on animals, nature, locations, etc. and the other is the political shop with saucy progressive t-shirts etc.
I still have some things to add and organize since I'm painfully learning HTML on my own.

I would like to somehow let you guys see when it is ready.
Zippy, do you mean I can have a link on my profile? Maybe that would help me get some feedback since it feels like hardly anyone has seen it yet.
Also, I have been thinking about blogging. Would I be allowed to refer to my project there?

February 17th, 2008, 11:02 PM
You could put the URL as your custom title, then it would be discretely everywhere you post!

February 17th, 2008, 11:20 PM
Edward has made it known that he does not want addys in the forum. It's best to post this information on your profile page.

February 17th, 2008, 11:58 PM
Zippy, do you mean I can have a link on my profile?
User CP

Edit Profile

Home Page URL. Put the address in the dialogue box.

When someone clicks on your ID, the drop-down menu will show a link "Visit MidtownGuy's homepage"

Also, I have been thinking about blogging. Would I be allowed to refer to my project there?Edward of Jasonik will answer that.

February 18th, 2008, 05:35 PM
Midtown Guy

Everyone has been very nice and tolerant of me having a thread for my book -- which I tried to tie to events such as reviews or readings ..

Maybe you could start a thread for your new site and we could come visit it from time to time?

ali r.
{downtown broker}

February 24th, 2008, 12:04 AM
MidtownGuy - You know that my identity was revealed for the TLOZ memorial. All positives came from it. The only other suggestion is to send the links to folks you trust here. You want opinions from people you trust.

I did it with my firm's website. I got great feedback on the design and functionality, and no one has disclosed where I work publicly on the forum.

February 24th, 2008, 08:54 AM
MG- You may need to carefully think over how much of your identity you want to reveal publicly on this site. Advantages/disadvantages are pretty obvious. Front_Porch decided that the advantages of publicly disclosing her identity outweigh the disadvantages. I guess most of the rest of us decided the other way.

I also didn't have a choice Punz, the Department of State requires that as a licensed real estate agent, when I have opinions I put my name on them

Legally, every single thing I post on the Internet is supposed to have my full name, my brokerage's full name, my land line phone number, and my mailing address --I am not kidding -- truly technically I should put all that stuff down for Jersey too, although my license there is pretty dormant --

But that would create a signature block 12 lines long, and it would look too much like an ad.

So my compromise is that I do try to make myself identifiable as an agent and findable not just so people can hire me from here (though they do, bless y'all) but also so that if someone disagrees with what I say they can call me out for it.

ali r.
{downtown broker}

February 24th, 2008, 10:17 PM
^That's why we love Ali. She's an honest broker with integrity - and she'll give advice when she has an answer.

Personally, I appreciate it and I do hope it brings her some more clients thru WNY.

February 25th, 2008, 09:21 PM
So If I wanted to talk about setting up my shop on a blog would that be allowed? Is it a commercial message to post a link to the shop so people could see what I'm talking about? Jasonik's post in the blog section says no commercial messages.:confused:

February 25th, 2008, 09:25 PM
BR, thanks for the love!!

Punz, I think I'm okay with "front_porch" (which is the ideal I aspire to of actually making people happy)

as long as I sign out with

ali r.
{downtown broker}

August 16th, 2010, 12:00 AM
I would like to make a clarification about the custom avatars - the custom avatars have to be "safe for work". If your current avatar is not "safe for work", please either change it or remove it. If you are unsure whether your avatar is "safe for work", you can contact me or any forum moderator.

August 17th, 2010, 09:28 AM
Since I don't have an avatar, I guess mine's safe for work.

If I didn't own my office, I probably couldn't surf Wired New York at my workstation because of other avatars.

August 17th, 2010, 09:44 AM
Especially as of today ;).

(I'm not criticising, mind. I don't use WNY at work, anyway.)

August 26th, 2010, 11:07 PM
Work should be for work