- Before submitting your comment you can preview it by clicking ‘Preview Post’ at the bottom of the post box. Then if you make any further changes ‘Update Preview’.
- After making a post you can edit its contents for up to 15 minutes – this allows you to correct any mistakes. Just click the ‘EDIT’ button at the bottom of the post.
- You can keep any eye on topics you have posted in by going to your profile page – just click on your username at the top of the forum, or the ‘member’ tag on your forum posts.
- You can also add topics to your ‘favourites list’ by clicking on ‘add to favourites’ in any topic.
- You can even subscribe to any forum, topic, posts, or favourites list through RSS – links are provided on the relevant pages. – If you don’t know what RSS is then this explanation will revolutionise your way of browsing the web.
- If you want to make your email address available to other members you can place it in ‘Visible Email’ on your profile page. Note that this is viewable by non logged in people viewing the site. (fix for that planned!)
- Your profile page also lets you subscribe to the Singletrack newsletter – now with a free gift!
Can’t Remember Your Password?
Click on the ‘lost password‘ link. Then fill in your username. An email will then be sent to the email address that you registered with. In this email there is a hyperlink. Click on this to confirm you want to reset your password. You will then receive another email with your new password in.
Changing Your Password
If you want to change your password from the one that was given to you just log into the site. Then click on your username at the top. Then go to Settings > General.
Posting an Image
The image must be hosted on the internet somewhere.
If it is on your computer you must first upload it to a photo hosting site. Try a search for image hosting to get you started.
Once you have chosen the image you want to show on the forum you need to find its URL (universal resource locator – its location on the internet).
Do this by right clicking on the image and choosing “copy image location” (or similar wording depending on your web browser). Note that this must be the location of the image itself, not the URL of the page it is on.
Then go to the forum and type :
Where ‘http://www.singletrackworld.com/common/logo.png’ is the URL you just retrieved.
If you are linking to an image that you do not own copyright on then you must link back to the originating website by adding the [url] tag around the [img] tag as so:
Flickr follows the same rules as above but they have added a button to retrieve the BBcode.
- Find the photo you want on flickr
- Above the photo there are two boxes “actions” and “share this”
- Drop the menu in “share this”
- See “grab the HTML/BBCode” and click.
- See two buttons below the script, “HTML” “BBCode”
- Check “BBCode”
- Paste this code into the Singletrack forum post box
This practice is known as ‘hotlinking’. Some people frown upon hotlinking as it uses their bandwidth to show their image on someone else’s website. To stop this from happening various practices may be deployed. One of which is to supply a different image to the one you wanted to show – quite often a porn image.
As you can imagine we don’t want these images displayed on the forum. Therefore you must be careful about which images you place on this site.
Usually images from manufacturers websites will be OK as it is promoting their product. Images from personal websites are more likely to employ this tactic.
If it happens to an image you post you will often not know what has happened as the image will seem normal to you – this is because the correct one will have already loaded into your cache (web browsers download images and files to stop the need to get the same thing every time you visit a site). Other people will see the replaced image. If you suspect something wrong then clear your browser cache to check – and inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Note that using the preview option will not show you if an image has been replaced, because the correct one is already loaded into your browsers cache.
Use the URL of the page within the video tags:
[ video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eBT6OSr1TI[/video ]
[ video]http://youtu.be/5eBT6OSr1TI[/video ]
[ video]http://vimeo.com/2539741[/video ]
The same decency rules apply! Just because it is on YouTube or Vimeo does not mean it is suitable for singletrackworld.com. Keep it safe for work please.
Avatars and Gravatars
The little picture in your profile is known as an Avatar. We use a service called Gravatar to host the images for us, and make sure they are safe for work.
To set your avatar just go to gravatar.com and signup. You can then set different pcitures for different email addresses. So use your singletrack account email address with Gravatar so they link.
Once you’ve done that it will take a little while for your picture to run down the interpipes, but once it has it will appear in your profile.
Gravatar also have a help page at gravatar.com/site/faq/ that will tell you more than we can/will.