You need to be registered and logged in to be able to post messages and replies. When you register with the forum, you will be able to edit your member profile and preferences. You will get the most out of your time here if you change your profile and preferences to suit your individual tastes. There are many options in your profile to make your experience here more enjoyable, so please take a few moments to try the various settings. Once you've registered and logged in, click "Edit Profile" or "Edit Preference" under the My Stuff menu.
The Email Address field is used for email notifications, Watch Lists and to email your password. The Public Email Address field is what other users see when they view your profile. We realize that you may not want everyone to know your real email address, but we need to know it in case you want to watch certain content or if you want to have replies emailed to you. For this reason you can give us your real email address in the Email Address field and only the Administrators of the board will see it. You can provide a different email address for the general public using the Public Email Address. Some people like to put in something like firstname.lastname@example.org. This way people can still figure out what your real email address is, but spamming agents can't just parse through the page and obtain your email address to spam you.
Yes. Cookies are used to remember your login information as well as what posts you have read during your current session. Without accepting cookies some functions won't work properly.
If you have registered with these forums, you must log in to take advantage of the personalization of settings. To log in, look in the upper right-hand corner of your screen for the "Log In" link. This link will take you to a page where you can enter your Username (email address) and Password. Keep in mind that the password is always case-sensitive. This means that the software considers "S" and "s" to be different characters.
Once you have entered your Username (email address) and Password, you'll be brought to your Starting View, which is usually the Forum List (You can change the page used for your Default Starting View by clicking "Edit Preferences" in the My Stuff menu.) If you have any Private Messages waiting for you, you'll see a flashing envelope on the My Messages island.
This checklist may help you successfully log in:
1) Make sure you are entering your password correctly. Passwords are case-sensitive.
2) Ensure that your browser supports cookies; if so, check the security level you are using. High levels of security restriction in certain browsers will automatically reject cookies. In order to use the key features of these forums, you'll need to accept cookies. The maker of your browser can help you with additional problems you may have with your cookie settings.
3) Completely log out by hitting the Log Out link in the upper right-hand corner of the page, and then log back in again.
4) After logging in, you may have to hit the Reload or Refresh button on your browser to expedite the authentication.
5) If these steps don't work you can try purging your cookies for this site using the My Cookies
6) If you continue to have problems, go to the Log In page and click "Have you forgotten your login information?". Enter your real email address into the Email Address field and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address used for the account setup.Do not hesitate to contact us by email, live chat, or phone if you still need help logging in.
It's a system-generated User Title to give ranking to your postcount. You will progress through the various levels according to the cumulative number of posts you have made.
Everyone has a title within the forum. You will notice the title below the Display Name in each post. Some titles are automatically assigned based on the number of posts a user has made, and some titles are assigned by the forum owner to denote official representatives of the company or other VIPs in the forums.
If you have forgotten your password, don't worry! You can very easily have a temporary password emailed to you. Go to the Log In page and click "Have you forgotten your login information?". Enter your real email address into the Email Address field and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address used for the account setup.
This process is safe because the password is only emailed to the original owner of the account. There is no way to steal the password by using this feature.
You may change your password any time. From the My Stuff menu, click "Edit Profile". Edit the Password and Verify Password fields and then click "Submit" to save the information. (Keep in mind that passwords are case-sensitive.)
There are two ways you can add an image to your post.
1) Make the image available on a web server (e.g. web space provided by your ISP or an image hosting website) and reachable by a URL. This can be an image on your own personal web page, for example. To place an image within a message, simply use the following Markup Tag:
For example, if you have an image called cateye.gif and its available from your own website at http://www.mywebsite.com/pics, then you would use the following image markup:
You can use the image button in the markup panel to accomplish the same thing. Note that there are options to have your image "float" left or right. This means that the image will appear beside the text in your post.
2) Include the image with your post as an attachment. To do this, click the File Manager link when you are replying to a post and select the image file. .GIF, .PNG, and .JPG are accepted. As long as the image is under 512 KB, it will be displayed inline - that is, in the body of your post. If it is larger than that but less than 1 MB, it will be available as a download.
We ask that you keep your images relatively small. As a rule, please do not exceed 600 x 125 pixels and/or 35k for a signature image. This will ensure that the forums load quickly for all users. If you need to quickly resize an image you want to use, you can do so online using sites such as cranno.com
Registration as a User implies acceptance of the following terms and conditions:
- All material posted or uploaded to the forum remains the property of the original poster and PG Music Inc. The moderators and administrators of this site reserve the right without notice to access or view all such material including posts, profile information, emails sent through the forum software, and personal messages, to edit the subject of a post, or to move, rename, reclassify, or delete any post or other material at any time.
- There will be no profanity or foul language. Any disruptive language will be removed and you may receive sanctions.
- There will be no racial, ethnic, or gender based insults or any other personal discrimination.
- There will be no posts meant to offend or hurt any other member in a manner which is offensive or inflammatory.
- Spamming is not permitted.
- Pornography, warez, piracy, software hacking, or any other illegal transactions may NOT be linked in any shape or form.
- Advertising is forbidden in any relation to your account except by explicit permission. This includes, but is not limited to, any goods for sale, advertising websites, and commercial-related or competing products.
- Posting (or requesting) links to songs, music or other copyrighted material is forbidden. You are allowed to post links to your own original songs.
- All of the forums except for the Off Topic forum are for discussions of PG Music products only. The Off Topic forum is used for MUSIC-RELATED discussions that aren't about PG Music products. Please keep all your posts as constructive as possible.
- Any impersonation of a user within these forums, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in the offending user being banned.
- Multiple account sign-ups are not allowed.
- Actions taken by a moderator or administrator are final.
- This web site does not verify or guarantee the accuracy of the material posted to the forums or bear any responsibility for any loss, damage, or other liabilities caused by any posted message.
- Don't hijack someone else's thread topic with a different topic. For example, if the thread is about "Topic A", don't add a reply in the same thread about a different "Topic B". Instead, start your own thread for "Topic B".
You can change your display preferences by selecting "Edit Preferences" under the My Stuff menu. This includes removing the right sidpanel. Once saved, these become your default settings. You may edit these preferences again at anytime.
The first post of a given topic establishes the subject by which all subsequent replies will be known. Once there's been a reply, the topic subject cannot be subsequently changed. It's therefore important to get the subject right from the outset. Make it as descriptive and as specific as possible. For example, "LCD burn-in questions", is much better than something completely generic, such as "Newbie needs help!". Not only is it more likely to elicit a response, but it'll also make it much easier for all posts in the topic to be subsequently located.
One of the key benefits of the discussion board format is that it enables commonly asked questions to be answered once, for the benefit of all. Before posting your question, it is always worth checking to see if it has already been asked - and answered! You can do this via the Search island. Using the Search island, you can perform a quick keyword search, or click on the "Advanced" button to search by more specific criteria. Various options are available, both for how the search term is specified and for controlling how many forums you want to search. This is where the specificity of topic subjects is important, making it much easier to locate precisely what it is you're after from a list of search results.
It means that you have unread Private Messages. When you hover over this image it should display how many unread Private Messages that you have.
On the "New Private Topic" screen, you can type in a new user then press "add" or you can select them from the "My Buddies" dropdown. You can add up to the forum maximum of users (this limit will show on the "New Private Topic" screen) to the Private Topic.
If the tags are showing up in your text or you're getting a link, but it's to "http:///", you're including some unwanted spaces in the syntax. Avoid any intervening spaces, and everything will work fine.
Users can edit their own posts up to 72 hours after they are made. Where the change is substantial, it is courteous mark the post as edited so as to alert readers to the changed content. For cosmetic changes, it's better not to do so.
Let the forum Administrator or Moderator know - he/she will be able to move it for you.
No, however you can use BBCode, which is very similar to HTML and is described in the next FAQ topic.
UBBCode is a simple markup language. Like HTML, you simply enclose the text you want to format within an opening and closing tag. When posting on the forum, there are buttons that help you add the tags to your text. For example, to make text bold, you could highlight the text and press the B button. Whether you use the buttons or type the UBBcode in manually, the end result is the same.
The following tags are available:
= Makes the given text bold.
= Makes the given text italic.
= Underlines the given text.
= Will post your text with a line through it (strike through).
= Makes the given text red.
= Makes the given text green.
= Will change the size of the text to whatever size value you specify.
[font:Comic Sans MS]
= Will post your text with the specified font.
= Makes the given email address clickable.
= Makes the given email address clickable.
= Makes the given url into a link.
= Makes the given title into a hyperlink pointing to link.
= Embeds an image.
Code Tags & Highlighting
= Surrounds the given text with pre format tags.
= Passes the text through the PHP Syntax Highlighter
= Will highlight your text.
= Will wrap your text in a spoiler container. Users must click a button in order to see this text, thus giving them the ability to specify if they want to read the item.
= Will wrap your text in a spoiler container and allow you to specify the warning message displayed. Users must click a button in order to see this text, thus giving them the ability to specify if they want to read the item.
Text and Image Alignment
= Will align the text in the direction defined.
= Will allow you to allow text to wrap on the specified side of your image.
[/list] = Makes a bullet list. [list=A] or [list=1] will make order/numbered lists. Other options include: circle, i, I, a, A, 1, disc, square.
= Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This UBBCode tag is used for quoting a reply.
= Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This UBBCode tag is used for quoting a reply. The username specified will be shown as quoted.
Putting a poll in your post is simple.
If polls are enabled, start by creating a new post in a forum. Below the body of your post, you will see a text box that allows you to specify how many polls you want to have in your post and the system will guide you through the rest.
You can change the number of posts displayed on each page by editing your display preferences. You can set this to anything between 1 and 99 posts per page. By default, this is set to 60 posts per page.
Quick Reply is made as a "Quick Response" block, so you can make a response to a post (or thread) before you forget or as you read them. Quick Reply is meant as a "no thrills" response box, as it's just there for a fast/non-formatted response.
Reply however brings you to a "Full Response" page that allows for heavy posting.
You can also click the "Full Reply" button from the Quick Reply box which will forward you (and all of your Quick Reply text) to the Full Reply page.
Quote will quote the users text to the Full Reply page. Quick Quote will quote the users text to the Quick Reply box below the thread.
Select "Edit Profile" from the "My Stuff" dropdown on the Forum Navigation top menu.
When creating a new thread or response, you'll see a "File Manager" link on the "Full Reply" or "New Post" page. When selecting this option you'll receive a popup which will allow you to attach files to your post.
1. Click "File Manager" to bring up the "Attachment" window.
2. Click "Browse" to bring up the file browser window; this will allow you to browse your computer for any files or images you wish to upload; please note that you're bound by whatever the "allowed file type" setting is for the board.
3. Click "open" on the file you wish to upload.
4. Enter a description of what the file is (if you want to).
5. Click "add file" to add another file, or "done" to close the window and complete your posting.
Please note that you must enter some text in both the "subject" and "post" fields when responding otherwise you will receive an error; you cannot just respond with an attachment ;).
Subscribing to a Forum
Enter the Forum and Select "Add Forum to Watched Forums" from the "Forum Options" dropdown.
Subscribing to a Topic
Enter the Topic and Select "Add Topic to your Watched Topics" option from the "Topic Options" dropdown.
Managing Watch Lists
Select "My Watch Lists" from the "My Stuff" dropdown, from here you can select the type of List that you wish to edit and by clicking the "Edit Watched Topics" (or "Edit Watched Forums" or "Edit Watched Users") link you can remove them or toggle the "Email Notification" option.
Toggling Emailed Watch Lists
See the above "Managing Watch Lists" directions.
Toggling the Default "Email Watchedlist" Options
Select "My Preferences" from the "My Stuff" dropdown. From here you can manage the "By default should anything added to your Watch Lists be emailed to you?" option.
Emailing a Post or Thread
To email a post, simply navigate to the post and select "email post" from the bottom set of buttons (near reply, quote, notify, etc).
From this "email post" screen, you can select to mail yourself:
Just this post
This post and all replies
The entire thread
Emailing a Private Topic
When viewing a Private Message, simply click the "Email Topic" button from the bottom set of buttons (near reply, quote, etc).
The username colors generally specify a users status. Some select users can can also have special colors signified by the Administration.
The default user status colors are:
Search Engine Robot
The numbers in parenthesise indicate how many new topics (or posts) have been made since your last visit to the forums.