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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why do I need to register?
  2. Can I search for topics?
  3. What are the silver and gold stars for?
  4. What are the awards/badges for?
  5. What are Kudos?
  6. What is Aquarank?
  7. How do I post an image?
  8. What do I do if I find an objectionable comment?
  9. What are the free text fields for?
  10. Why are the times incorrect?
  11. Why isnít my post count incrementing?
  12. What is the status under each name? Why are some bold?
  13. What is a moderator? How do I become a moderator?
  14. What is an administrator? Who are the administrators?
  15. What are Premium Members?
  16. How do I add a signature to my posts?
  17. How do I add different colours and fonts to my post?
  18. How do I show an image under my name?
  19. Can I change my username?
  20. I keep getting unwanted private messages!
  21. Who wrote this bulletin board?
  22. Why isn't X feature available?
  23. What is a warning level? How do I reduce mine?
  24. Can I advertise on the forums?
  25. I think Iíve found a bug, what do I do?
  26. Iíve forgotten my password.
  27. I have registered but I canít post.
  28. Why is the chat room down?
  29. Why is Aquarank down?

Why do I need to register?

You need to register in order to post messages and edit profiles. Registration gives you a unique name in the community and helps to prevent spammers. It only takes a few minutes to register so it is recommended you do so. To register click here.

Can I search for topics?

You can search for topics here. When searching, make sure you click on the search button rather than just pressing enter otherwise no results may be returned. To minimise the drain on the database server, the search is limited to topic titles only.

What are the silver and gold stars for?

The silver stars show your last quiz score. You receive a gold star for each 10 you get in a row.

What are the awards/badges for?

The awards are used to promote site participation. At this time there is no complete list of awards. Please do not ask for an award, many are automatically given.

What are Kudos?

Kudos points were created to encourage participation in on-topic forums. You receive 1 kudos point for each new topic and 2 kudos points for each reply to a topic (1st 5 replies only).

What is Aquarank?

Aquarank points are given for each day that you vote for FishProfiles.com using the voting image . You must be logged in to have your vote counter incremented.

How do I post an image?

Premium members can attach images or use [img] tags to display images directly in their posts. These images need to be hosted somewhere else on the internet. They cannot be hosted on FishProfiles.com. Please do not post images you do not own the copyright to.

What do I do if I find an objectionable comment?

If you see an objectionable comment that breaches the FishProfiles.com terms of service please report it using the report post icon at the base of the post.

What are the free text fields for?

When you edit your profile, several free text fields are provided for you to populate with your own personal information. You can list your tanks here if you like, or anything that does not breach the terms of service.

Why are the times incorrect?

You may be seeing times displayed in a time zone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, you should change your profile setting for the time zone to match your particular area.

Why isnít my post count incrementing?

To combat spamming, post counts are only incremented in on-topic forums, where the post is above a certain length. Short posts and posts in off-topic forums do not increase your post count. Posting for the sake of increasing your post count may result in your account being time limited between posts and your post count may be reduced.

What is the status under each name? Why are some bold?

Each member is assigned a community status depending on their post count. Some members are also assigned an honorary status which is shown in bold under their community status. A listing of all statuses and their required post counts is unavailable to discourage spamming.

What is a moderator? How do I become a moderator?

A moderator looks after the running of their forums from day to day. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move and delete topics in the forum they moderate. Generally moderators are there to prevent people going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

What is an administrator? Who are the administrators?

An administrator has moderation access to all of the forums and can perform many other advanced functions. Administrators manage the overall day to day activities of the site and its members. The Administrators are Adam and Babelfish.

What are Premium Members?

Premium Members choose to support the site by paying a small subscription fee. In return for supporting the site, Premium Members are given extra options and privileges. Without Premium Members, FishProfiles.com would not exist in its current form. To become a Premium Member, click here.

How do I add a signature to my posts?

To add a signature to a post you can add one to your profile. Please limit the size of your signature to three lines or less and a maximum of one link. Large images in premium member signatures will be removed.

How do I add different colours and fonts to my post?

Colours, fonts, avatars, and many other benefits are for Premium Members. For a small yearly subscription fee, Premium Members support the site and are given privileges for doing so. Without Premium Members, FishProfiles.com would not exist in its current form.

How do I show an image under my name?

Each Premium Member is entitled to have a personalised image known as an avatar under their names. Premium Members can add an avatar by editing their profile.

Can I change my username?

Currently only Premium Members can change their usernames.

I keep getting unwanted private messages!

If you are receiving unwanted private messages from FishProfiles.com members, please forward them to an administrator. Unsolicited private messages are against the FishProfiles.com terms of service.

Who wrote this bulletin board?

This software was written from scratch specifically for FishProfiles.com by Adam Lundie, using ASP.Net. The source code is not available for public viewing.

Why isn't X feature available?

Because these forums are custom written for FishProfiles.com, some features available on common commercial versions of forums are not available. If you have a suggestion please post it in the Site Feedback forum.

What is a warning level? How do I reduce mine?

Warning levels are used by administrators and moderators to keep a track of your behaviour. If your warning level gets too high, you may have administrative action taken against your account. If your warning level reaches 100% you will be permanently banned.

Can I advertise on the forums?

Advertising is not allowed on the forums without prior approval from the administrator. For advertising information, click here.

I think Iíve found a bug, what do I do?

Please post your bug in the Site Feedback forum with as much information about your browser and what you were doing at the time. If the bug generates an error message, please post the entire error message.

Iíve forgotten my password.

If you have forgotten your password, please use this page to reset your password. Alternatively, you can contact an administrator to have your password changed.

I have registered but I canít post.

Please ensure your profile is validated. You can check this by editing your profile. When you register, an email is sent to the email address specified in your profile with instructions on how to validate your registration. If you did not receive this email, please check the email address specified in your profile and check your spam filters or junk mail folder. You change your email address or resend the validation email when editing your profile.

Why is the chat room down?

The chat room is hosted on a different server than the main site and may not operate from time to time.

Why is Aquarank down?

Aquarank is an independent web site unrelated to FishProfiles.com. We have no control over its operation.

The views expressed on this page are the implied opinions of their respective authors.
Under no circumstances do the comments on this page represent the opinions of the staff of FishProfiles.com.

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