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Old 07-24-2008, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Welcome New Member! I'd like to show you some cool things you can do here....

I'm going to take time every so often to show off some of the new things that this site does. We worked hard in upgrading the system and making modifications for better interaction and usabilty. (zzzZZzzZZZzzzzzz...)

Basically, there is some really neat things you can do here that I'll try to share on a regular basis. The important thing to note is that my example will always have 2 spaces to remove behind the first bracket. Those should not be there when you want to use the bbcode.

I'll start with some tame things because it's only the beginning of the show.

[ GOOGLE]Apple pie[ /GOOGLE] bbcode allows you to put the search window right on the post.

Apple pie

[ WIKI]Apple Pie[ /WIKI] bbcode allows you to link directly to Wikipedia.

Apple Pie
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Hi Cynthetiq,

I just read your cool things for new users post, and finally decided to ask a simple question. How do you make a link with the name you choose - eg

http:// youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE

would be more informative as "Pay the Writer" , but I don't know how to name a link.

Got a link to a quickie lesson that a technological cement-head such as myself can follow?

Thanks for whatever you can give me.

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In order to do what you're asking, it's not hard. You can use the WYSYWIG editor



type your words Pay the Writer and highlight them, and click the WEB LINK button. It will popup a small window for the URL; paste in http:// youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE.

you should wind up with

[ url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE]Pay the Writer[ /url]

For images, you upload your pictures to a site like Photobucket.com or Flickr.com and paste the URL and then click on the EMBED IMAGE button.

[ IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v141/cynthetiq/7-24-20084-11-37PM.png[ /IMG]

But here are a couple of really cool things that the site does for you automatically.

Take the Youtube URL and put it right into your post

http:// youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE

will get you and automatic embed like below.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE
It will only do that for some sites (about 155 and growing,) but for all sites, it will pick up the window title and convert the URL into the words.


So if I put in http: //www.cnn. com/ 2008/LIVING/personal/07/24/rs.time.for.yourself/index.html

I wind up with How to grab more time for you - CNN.com automatically.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For Firefox users, another way to accomplish what Community Member #1 wants to achieve is the Make Link extension. You can right-click on a page to generate a perfectly-formatted URL link to paste here, using the page title and page URL. Or, you can select some text before the right-click, and that text becomes the link title.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Let's talk about harnessing the power of the internet to get people to read your posts!

If you ever write a lovely post here on the TFP and are feeling quite proud of yourself, you don't have to just WAIT for people to read it. Here are a few ways to get publicity for your post:

1. Use the Bookmarks links at the bottom of the thread.
Digg, del.icio.us & StumbleUpon are social bookmarking sites that will attract users to your links, depending on the appeal they have to other people. The more people who use these features, the more people who are more likely to check out the links. Simply click on the icons and follow the instructions to distribute the link across the internet.

2. Use your blog as a recap of your posting.
Its totally acceptable to use your blog to promote the posts that you make on the general forum. Every 10 minutes, the "featured blog" on the main blog page will rotate and you might find that your post is now being viewed by everyone hitting the page at that time. That's a good way to call attention to your great post.

3. Use the tagging feature.
Also featured at the bottom of each thread is a section for Tags. If you click on "Edit Tags" you will be able to add tags to the thread. Tags are words or phrases that are relevant to the content of the thread. What tags do is link threads with similar content together. So, if someone is looking at a different thread on a similar subject to yours, they can click on one of the tags and your thread will show as a common tagged thread. If the subject is popular enough, it will show up in the tag cloud which allows even more access to your threads.

4. Link to blogs/sites that utilize trackbacks/linkbacks
Some blogs have a feature called either trackbacks or linkbacks. When a website links to their blog post, it can detect the traffic that comes from that website and then puts a link back to the site on their page. The end result is a two-way link between both sites. Essentially, by linking to that blog, the blog will link back to your post.

Hope you all take full advantage of these tips! They only work if people use them.
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Pretty sweet stuff you can do with bbcode, thanks for the tips!
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Today, I figured I would recap some of the basic BBcodes.

Today, we will use some of the simpler codes that are available to the community.

vBulletin Community Forum - BB Code List

[b], [i], [u] - Bold / Italic / Underline
The [b], [i] and [u] tags allow you to create text that is bold, italic and underlined.
[b]this text is bold[/b] [i]this text is italic[/i] [u]this text is underlined[/u]
this text is bold this text is italic this text is underlined

[color] - Color
The [color] tag allows you to change the color of your text.
[color=blue]this text is blue[/color]
this text is blue

[size] - Size
The [size] tag allows you to change the size of your text.
[size=+2]this text is two sizes larger than normal[/size]
this text is two sizes larger than normal

[font] - Font
The [font] tag allows you to change the font of your text.
[font=courier]this text is in the courier font[/font]
this text is in the courier font

[highlight] - Highlight
The [highlight] tag allows you to emphasize your text.
[highlight]this text is highlighted[/highlight]
this text is highlighted

[left], [right], [center] - Left / Right / Center
The [left], [right] and [center] tags allow you to change the alignment of your text.
[left]this text is left-aligned[/left]
[center]this text is center-aligned[/center]
[right]this text is right-aligned[/right]
this text is left-aligned
this text is center-aligned
this text is right-aligned

[indent]
The[indent] tag allows you to indent your text.
[indent]this text is indented[/indent]
this text is indented
[email] - Email Linking
The [email] tag allows you to link to an email address. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.
[email]j.doe@example.com[/email] [email=j.doe@example.com]Click Here to Email Me[/email]
j.doe@example.com Click Here to Email Me

[url] - URL Hyperlinking
The [url] tag allows you to link to other websites and files. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.
[url=http://www.vbulletin.com/forum]vBulletin Community Forum - Powered by vBulletin[/url] [url=http://www.vbulletin.com/forum]vBulletin Community Forum[/url]
vBulletin Community Forum - Powered by vBulletin vBulletin Community Forum
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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How to share your last.fm widget

Here's how you do it:

From your Last.fm profile page, go all the way to bottom to Resources.

Hit the link for Widgets.

Hit the button that says Show Me the Code.

Within the first few lines of text you should see a number like this:

6fb0c82741154ba2d1b5c62268fbca66

Code the number like this:

[lasfm=yourlast.fmusername]6fb0c82741154ba2d1b5c62268fbca66[/lastfm]

...don't forget to include the 't' in last.

and you will wind up with something like this:




And here's the perfect place to share it:
http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/general...aylist-us.html
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Some neat utilities.
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i have already found im going to enjoy this site but unfortunatley im not real computer savey would you be kind enough to define and explain how to do the basic navagation in chatting?what r threads,codes,bb codes,trackbacks,all that stuff im completly lost,please help
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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You'll figure out most of it along the way - just focus on reading and replying to posts. If you happen to hit the chat when people are active, just say you're new and ask for help.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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threads - you are in one right now!!!! look out behind you! really this is a thread, the whole discussion right here. Each individual entry is a post. The first entry of the thread is called the OP or opening/original post.

bbcodes, those are a bit trickier, but they are how you can change the function of your post, to make bold, italics, underline, different colors or even the different things here.

take your time, if we sit and explain it to you like in school, you'll forget most of it. I know that I do. I forget all the different functions that came with the forum, and then the modifcations I made that peoeple asked for, and the ones that I thought would be useful.

enjoy your visit!
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Just a quick update..

Mixwit is pretty much dead as far as the create playlist goes. They are still developing some of their ccMixter stuff but the playlists we grew accustomed to are gone.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yes, I forgot all about it. I had gotten an email from Mixwit about their demise and how they were shutting down. He was hopeful that they could operate in some limited fashion even just as an archive of sorts.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yes, I forgot all about it. I had gotten an email from Mixwit about their demise and how they were shutting down. He was hopeful that they could operate in some limited fashion even just as an archive of sorts.

they still have playlists and search functions with the ccMixter applications on the web.. not what it used to be but not bad

ccMixter - Welcome to ccMixter
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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can we have a list of what features are required for the different m'ship levels?


ie... 15 posts to be able to post links

embeding videos?

the various promotion levels and hidden fora? is 50posts one of them?

any other perks waiting in the wings?
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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what you are looking for is listed already here:
http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/get-til...17-2009-a.html
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:13 PM   #18 (permalink)
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thnx ! this really impressive thresd to start with...
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:13 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Wow! I've only been on here today and I'm learning! I'm the worst when it comes to posting links and URL's.
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:39 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:43 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I wanted to test out the youtube link but I am one post away from being able to perform it.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:52 AM   #22 (permalink)
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It would be nice if you could make an "internal" link to another TFP thread like I can on a wiki without having to post 15 times. Something like this: [[Welcome New Member! I'd like to show you some cool things you can do here....]]
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:04 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It would be payo, but 15 posts isn't a lot of posts to contribute. This 15 post limit accomplishes a couple of things. First it helps us weed out spammers. Second it helps us get people who truly are willing to contribute to discussions by trying to hit the 15 post mark with good thoughtful posting. We monitor the new registrations here and see if they are just running up post counts so that they can get access to posting links. If we find they are spammers, we nip them in the bud quickly. If they are trying to contribute thoughtful content, we encourage them the post the 15 to unlock the ability.

This place is all about contribution and if you continue to post past 15, there are different areas that open up at different posting spots.

I spend a lot of time making sure that the back end gets useful mods that help the community contribute more. I don't see how 15 posts is so far out of reach. Also, I don't see how posting internal links makes it any better or useful than achieving the full unlock at 15.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:17 AM   #24 (permalink)
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What, exactly, is your signature? Thanks.

---------- Post added at 08:17 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:13 AM ----------

Oops! I think I just found out. I filled in the field a couple of days ago, but it didn't add it to my post, so I thought it must be something else. Sorry! I'm still learning my way around the sight.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:41 AM   #25 (permalink)
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At the risk of sounding like a dumb-ass, how do you go about quoting all or part of someone's message, in your post. I clicked on 'quote message in reply', but nothing happened. Sorry, but I'm a slow learner Thank you.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:30 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Using the green/default skin, you should see 2 buttons in the lower right of a post. One says "quote", the other says "quote+". If you want to quote multiple people, toggle the "quote+" button on for each of those posts. When you reach the last one you want to quote, hit "quote". That will take you to a new screen where you'll see each of the posts where you toggled "quote+" on.

If you just want to quote one person, click the quote button. It will take you to a new screen with the quote already embedded in the reply box.

If you want to manually quote someone, you can use the [command] and [/command} box. Just insert "quote" (without the quotes), put the text between the two commands and replace the "}" with "]". It should work just fine.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:09 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Hey what's up, new to the site so let's get rollin !
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:26 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Welcome CrazyK!

I welcome you to venture outside one liners in "Found on the Net" and check out some actual discussions on this board. I look forward to seeing what you have to contribute!
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