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How to format text? back to top
Generally, messages on the forum are mostly plain text, however on occasion you may want to add some formatting to your text, such as making certain words bold,italics,etc...

Since in most cases the admin does not permit you to use HTML inside your posts, you can use FUDcode, which is a special set of tags that allows you to apply certain formatting to your text. FUDcode is very easy to use and is a lot more secure then HTML.

Here is a list of the supported FUDcode tags & short examples on it's usage URL Hyperlinking

The forum can automatically pick up on many forms of URLs, for example:


will be automatically picked up as a URL and converted to a valid URL, which will look like this:
You can create a URL yourself by using FUD code also, this can be done in 2 ways, a simple way works like this:

this will result in a generation fo the following link:
You can add a description to your URL by using a different syntax inside the [URL=http://www.myhomepage.com]My Homepage[/URL] this code will result in the following:

Email Hyperlinking

To create an email link simply type the email address as it would normally appear, for example:


the forum will automatically understand this create a link. In addition it is also possible to create a real email hyperlink using this format
[email=support@prohost.org]Click here to email our tech support[/email]

Text Styling
There are a number of tags which you can use to style text, they are:

  • [b]bold [/b] produces bold text
  • [u]underline [/u] produces underlined text
  • [i]italic [/i] produces italicized text
It is also possible to control color/size and even font face.
  • [color=red]red text [/color] produces red text
  • [size=4]big text [/size] produces text in the specified size
  • [font=courier]text [/font] produces text using the named type face
It is also possible to combine various formatting tags:
[b][u][i][color=red][size=10][font=courier]Formatted Text[/font][/size][/color][/i][/u][/b]
this example produces:
   Formatted Text

Text Alignment
FUDcode supports text alignment via the [align] tag, which allows your to align your text in 3 ways:
  • [align=center]centered text[/align] produces:
  • centered text
  • [align=left]left aligned[/align] produces:
  • left aligned
  • [align=right]right aligned[/align] produces:
  • right aligned

Various Lists
You can create various kinds of lists using Form Code:

Un-ordered bulleted list:
[*]first item
[*]second item

would produce
  • first item
  • second item
It is possible to use various kinds of lists, for example to create an numerical ordered list:
[list type=1]
[*]first item
[*]second item
which produces
  1. first item
  2. second item
to create an A-Z list:
[list type=A]
[*]first item
[*]second item

which produces:
  1. first item
  2. second item
Adding Images
It is possible to include in-line images with the message. using the [img][/img] tags.

so, for example,
will insert an image in the message as such:
in addition you can create links to images by enclosing them inside a [url][/url] tags such as
which will create a linked image such as

Quoting other messages
It is possible to quote something that has already been posted, by just putting [quote][/quote] tags around it.
[quote]hello world[/quote]
would appear such as:
Hello World

Computer Code and Pre-formatted Text
The [code][/code] tags allows to post text exactly as it is, maintaining relational formatting such as tabs and multiple spaces.

it used like this:

$fp = fopen('somefile', 'w');
if ( !$fp ) {
exit('no such file!');
else {
fwrite($fp, 'hello world');

which produces the text exactly as it was typed maintaining the formatting.

$fp = fopen('somefile', 'w');
if ( !$fp ) {
exit('no such file!');
else {
fwrite($fp, 'hello world');

You may also find that the administrator has enabled smilies, which allow you to use small icons to convey emotion, and the [img] code, which allows you to add pictures to your message.

What are Smilies/Emoticons? back to top
Smilies are small icons that you can insert into your message to convey various emotions & feelings. If smilies are enabled, a list of smilies supported by the forum will be listed above the message box where you type your message. Clicking on a smiley, will insert that smiley into your message.
Common smilies may automatically be replaced with their equivalent images, if you do not wish for that to happen, click on the Disable Smilies checkbox.

How do I use Polls? back to top
In certain forums you may have the ability to include polls inside your messages. Polls allow you to ask a question and provide a number of answers other forum members may choose from. For the sake of accuracy only registered users may cast in their votes.
When you click on the CREATE POLL link, located on the post page a pop-up will appear allowing to create a poll with several potential multiple choice answers. When you are done, simply click on the Edit button and you will be taken back to the post page and then poll you've created will be attached to the message.
You can edit an existing poll, by clicking on the EDIT link, or you can remove the poll entirely by click on the DELETE.

You will only have 1 opportunity to vote in a poll, so make your decision careful, you will not be able to change it at a later point.

Can I attach files to messages? back to top
If allowed by administrator, you may attach one or more files to your normal as well as private messages. This ability is determined on a forum by forum basis, so while you may be able to attach files in one forum you may not be able to do so in another.
The post form will list 3 rules which apply to your file attachments:

Allowed File Types - a list of file types that you may attach to your message. ex. jpg, gif. png
Maximum File Size - the maximum size of each file that you may attach to your message
Maximum Files per Message - the number of files you can attach to your message.

To attach a file to a message, click the Browse button at the bottom of the post page. In response your browser will open a dialog window allowing your to select a file you wish to upload from your hard drive. Once you've selected a file, click on the Upload File button to attach the file to your message.
If you wish to remove any attached files, simply click on the Delete located to the right of the file.

What's a post icon? back to top
Post icons are small images that you can choose to show beside your messages. They are most commonly used to indicate the nature of your message or the feeling your are trying to convey. If you do not see those icons on the post form, it means the administrator has disabled this feature.

Can I edit my message? back to top
If you are a registered member, you may be able to edit messages that you have previously posted. This option may be time-limited, so it is possible that you'll be able to edit your recent posts, while unable to edit posts made a while ago.
If you edit your post, a small note will be prepended to your message, showing that this message was edited by you and indicate the time & date of editing.
If a moderator or an administrator have edited your message you may or may not, depending on the forum settings see a note identifying the fact that this message was edited.

Who are the moderators & administrators? back to top
Moderators are "super users" who generally oversee one or more forums. They have the ability to edit, delete, approve messages as well as make forum announcements. These are the people to contact if you see something inappropriate being done in a forum they are moderating. You may also address moderators if you have any questions in regard on how to use the forum.

Administrators are the controllers of the forum, they can do ANYTHING, so be polite when talking to them ;-). Administrator in addition to being able to do everything a moderator can do, also can approve Avatars, assign & remove custom tags, block users and respond to various forum questions. If you encounter any bugs with the forum, Administrator is the person to contact.

Censorship? back to top
The administrator may choose to censor certain words, those words would be replaced by the administrator's chosen alternative. Censorship is forum wide, so the same things you cannot see, other people will also not be able to see.

Can I be notified of replies to my messages? back to top
When you post a new thread or make a reply to an existing thread, you may choose to be notified via Email or ICQ (select via your profile) of the replies. You can also subscribe to a thread without posting a reply, by clicking on the Subscribe link at the top of the page or if you want you can subscribe to a forum, so that whenever a new thread is made in that forum you will receive a notification about it.

If you choose to stop receiving notifications from a thread or forum, you can click on the Un-subscribe link, while viewing that thread or forum. Or go to the Subscriptions tab in your profile and remove the thread or forum from that list.

The ability to receive notifications is limited to registered users.

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