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Finders Forum Help


A collection of hints, tips and other helpful information
to help make your forum experience more enjoyable


How to register as a Finders Forum member

To register as a forum member simply click on the "Register" link at the top right of the Forum entry page and the Finders Forum "Registration Agreement Terms" page will open. Firstly read the terms, and then move your mouse cursor over the appropriate page agreement clause and click to accept.

The "Registration Information" page will then open. You will find that this page is self explanatory with the six mandatory required information fields to be completed being, - Username, E-mail address, Password, Confirm password, Confirmation code, and Are you human? - you will note that these fields are marked with a * as in - fieldname*. If you wish you can leave the rest of the fields that follow as they are by default (unfilled/blank), or enter your information into which ever of the remaining fields that you choose.

When you are done, first make sure you have recorded your password for future reference, and then click the "Submit button at the bottom of the page to complete your registration.

Once you have become a registered member, you can change any of your original registration details that you originally entered with the exception of your username.
To update your Profile you must firstly be logged in, then simply click on "Profile" in the menu immediately under the page heading at the top of either the Finders Forum Index or Finders Forum pages, and the Registration Information page will open and you can then proceed as described above.

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Forum members privacy

All registration and/or personal information submitted by Forum members is treated as being strictly private and confidential by TOSD (Finders Forum Management) and will not be disclosed to any other third party with the exception that TOSD is legally required to by the due process of law.

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How to post a new topic on Finders Forum

To make a posting you must firstly be a registered member of Finders Forum and logged in.
Posting is simple and straight forward and is just a matter of following the flow of options available to you.
  • With the forum main page open showing all the post listings you will see a button at the top left of the page listings table which has "newtopic" on it.
  • Click on this button and it will open the - Post a new topic page.
  • Place a subject heading in the box provided at the top of the form.
  • Next move to the second larger box and type subject matter of your intended post - you can also cut and paste your text into this box from a text editor or other document.
  • You may use a Emoticon from the group at the left hand side by simply clicking on the one of your choice while you are typing your text.
  • At the bottom of the page you will see a preview button which if you click on it will open your posting as it will appear when posted.
Due to this Forum (and most other internet Forums) being continuously targeted by Spammers attempting to peddle medications, porn, and countless other scams, we have no option other than to incorporate certain security procedures to control these unwelcome practices.
The "General Error" message shown below will display if a new member attempts to include a URL clickthrough link into a post, the message will not display for established members that meet the qualifying conditions. To be able to include URL clickthrough links into their postings, members must have posted a minimum of ten articles and been a Forum member for at least 7 days this also applies to "Replies to a topic" below.
We regret having to take these measures which we expect should discourage most Spammers and their automated robots.

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How to reply to a topic on Finders Forum

To post a reply to a topic you must firstly be a registered member of Finders Forum and logged in.
As with posting a new topic above posting a reply to a topic is also a simple and straight forward procedure and very similar to the method above and it is also just a matter of following the flow of options available to you.
  • You should have the thread that you wish to reply to open
  • Place a subject heading in the box provided at the top of the form.
  • Next move to the second larger box and type subject matter of your intended post - you can also cut and paste your text into this box from a text editor or other document.
  • You may use a Emoticon from the group at the left hand side by simply clicking on the one of your choice while you are typing your text.
  • At the bottom of the page you will see a preview button which if you click on it will open your posting as it will appear when posted.
  • When you are satisfied with your post content click the submit button to post.
Please note that the security measures described in the paragraph above also apply to members when replying to a topic.

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Advertising to buy or sell goods on Finders Forum

As detailed in our Forum Welcome message we do not permit members to buy or sell goods on Finders Forum, however members may advertise non commercial goods free of charge on our new "Finders Auction Action" site.

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Forum Etiquette

Firstly you should consider other members and address them as you would like them to address you.

Do not post normal text using all CAPITAL LETTERS as this is taken by other members to be SHOUTING, and is considered by most to be rude.

It is also considered bad form to criticise other members or make inflammatory statements when you do not put your proper name to your post, instead hiding behind a pseudonym or nickname (nick).

Do not use images, single words or web links that are wider than the forum page window size ( 600 pixels), as this forces the overall width of all postings in that thread to conform with your oversize post, thus forcing other members to scroll across the page to read not only your post but also all the other postings in the thread as well.

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How to prepare an image file for posting

Image files for the internet should be kept as small as possible to enable web pages to load faster. They should have a resolution of between 72 to 96 pixels per inch which matches the maximum resolution of a computer screen.

The maximum width of an image for posting on Finders Forum should be no more than 600 pixels, and we ask that all members confine their images to this this maximum dimension.


Internet web browsers only recognise three type of image files, GIF, JPEG, and PNG, these files are saved with the last three letters of the file name ending with - filename.gif - filename.jpg - filename.png

files (.gif) are a low resolution format and are usually only used for buttons, logos, and other non critical images, however they also have a useful feature in that they can be produced with a transparent background.

JPEG files (.jpg) are the most widely used format providing a good looking screen image with a reasonably compact file size when saved with a 72px or 96px resolution. JPEG files cannot be saved with a transparent background.

files (.png) are not as widely known and they are not supported by some browsers and most digital camera manufacturers, they have good screen resolution similar to JPEG files and they can also be saved with a transparent background.

We recommend that you use the JPEG file format (.jpg) for all photos that you include in your forum postings and that you ensure that the maximum width of the image is no more than 600 pixels.

Because of the aspect ratio of computer monitors is wider across than it is high, you should generally try to format your photos for the web in a landscape format, please note the maximum width for posting on Finders Forum.

Most digital camera owners probably received some form of image management software with their camera package. If you do not have suitable image editing software to crop and resize your images for the forum, then you should take a look at the selection of image management software listed below, all of which is freeware and is available for non commercial use free of cost. Simply choose any of the following the links to browse a brief description of the chosen program's features, and when you have finally made your choice click on one of the mirror sites to download the software.


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How to post an image

As there is no provision for storing your images on our website at the present time, you will need to find suitable alternative off site web image storage space on which to store your photographic images. Such storage space should be reliable and accessible online 24/7.
If you already own your own hosted web site with sufficient space available then your best option is to store your photo images there, failing this you should check if your ISP has provided you with sufficient storage space available for your needs.
Alternately you may find the following links below helpful, these links are a collection of web sites all of which provide varying amounts of free storage space for photo images, of which one or more should suit your image storage needs. Numerous other paid storage sites are also available for a modest monthly fee.

Free Image Storage Sites:

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Inserting your image into a post

Once you have uploaded your image to a host site and have the URL of the image, you can then place it into a link on a forum posting. Start by clicking on the content area of your post where you want the image to display, you may want to leave a clear break below any text that you may have previously written, you also may want to center your cursor so the image will be centered on the page. Next click on the "Img" button to place a opening tag, and then without leaving any spaces type or paste your image URL, now finally click on the Img button again to place a closing tag. Your finished image link should look like the example below. When you submit your post your image will then display where you positioned it.

[img]http://www.your_image_url[/img]

Once again please note - that the maximum width of an image for posting on Finders Forum should be no more than 600 pixels, and we ask that all members confine their images to this this maximum dimension. Posts containing images that do not comply will be deleted by Admin.

Above information current as of August 2007

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