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Using this tutorial thread is really simple. Scroll down to the Table of Contents and highlight a topic you would like to know more information on. Simple copy it [crtl+c] and open the find option on your web browser [crtl+f], and paste [crtl+v]


*** Table of Contents ***

[1] - GETTING STARTED
> 1.1 - Forum Navigation
      > 1.1.1 - Thread Filters
      > 1.1.2 - Forum Icons
> 1.2 - Profile Settings
      > 1.2.1 - Profile Biography and Signatures
      > 1.2.2 - Avatar
      > 1.2.3 - Preferences
> 1.3 - VGC Buddy

[2] - FORUM THREADS
> 2.1 - Thread Posting and Editing
      > 2.1.1 - Quoting and Replies
      > 2.1.2 - Embedding Pictures and Videos
      > 2.1.3 - Embedding Twitter Posts
      > 2.1.4 - Hyperlinking Text and Images
      > 2.1.5 - Tables
> 2.2 - Thread Creation
      > 2.2.1 - Polls

[3] - SOCIAL (wip)
> 3.1 - Search Bar
      > 3.1.1 - User Search
      > 3.1.1 - Thread Search
> 3.2 Private Messages
> 3.3 Adding Friends

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[1] - GETTING STARTED

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Threads are organized under a few categories

Hot Topics - Threads will be listed by activity. The threads with the most recent replies will be listed first. Pinned threads will always remain at the top.
Forum Index - This allows you to filter threads based on which category the threads belong to. Simply select a category and it will filter out unwanted threads.
Latest Topics - Threads will be listed by creation date. The newest thread will be listed first.
My Topics - Threads you have replied in will be listed here. This is a good way to see if you were quoted in a thread, or if there are new replies.
Forum Search - This allows you to specifically search for a thread.




When you hover your cursor over your avatar on the top left, this will bring a drop-down menu.



Notifications - This will show you any recent notifications, such as someone posting on your wall and friend requests.
Messages - This will open your private messages between other users.
Friend Request - If a user sends you a friend request, click here to check who was the sender to accept or reject the request.
Logout - This allows you to log out of your account

My Profile - This will redirect you to your profile and wall
My Games - You can view your gaming library and add or remove games here.
My Friends - Check your friends list with this option
My Posts - This will show your posting history. Clicking on a specific thread will link you to your post in that thread.
Friend Activity Feed - Check out what your friends are up to.
Settings - This opens the settings and options, where you can change and customize your account.

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By selecting the [Show filters] button, a drop-down menu will show, allowing you to select thread categories you do not want to see. This will hide all threads in categories you did not select in Hot Topics, as well as VGChartz Home.


By clicking a major category, you can easily un-check all sub categories. Click [Save] to apply your changes.


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Thread Topics will have 1 of 5 icons beside it. Each represents a different status, making it easier to navigate which threads you may have seen

Green Pencil - You have posted in the thread and have read all messages
Blue Speech Bubble -  You have posted in the thread and have been quoted by another user
Orange Exclamation Mark - You have posted in the thread and there are new messages
Grey Open Letter - You have not posted in the thread and read all messages
Black Closed Letter - You have not posted in the thread and have not read all messages (if any)

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Hover your cursor over your avatar on the top left and select the [Settings].



Settings are split into different categories

Biography - This allows you to change and update information on your profile wall, as well as your signature in threads.
Avatar - You can upload and change avatars here.
Preferences - This allows you to customize your thread surfing experience, and e-mail notifications.
Password - Change your password. You will be notified if your password was successfully updated.
Game Networks - Add your gaming IDs (Xbox Live, PSN, Friend Codes, Steam ID) here

 

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Under Settings, click [Biography] and you can update information, such as your birthday, hobbies and other details. These will be updated on your profile wall. Just leave the fields blank if you do not want to add information.

Scrolling down to the bottom, you will be able to update your Signature. You can add text, images, gifs, and hyperlinks. Your signature will be seen by other forum members, so be sure to follow Forum Rules 6. Signatures in regards to gif sizes and content. There is also a maximum height for your signature, so if it exceeds the limit, your signature will be automatically cut off.

 

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Under Settings, select [Avatar] to change your avatar image. You can browse for an image on your computer and upload it as your avatar. If you currently have an avatar, you will need to click [Remove picture] before you can upload a new image. Finally, click [Save Changes].

Note: VGChartz favours vertical images over horizontal. Since images will be re-sized to fit, horizontal images will be extremely small and difficult to see.

 

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Under Settings, click on [Preferences]. Here, you can set your timezone, hide all forum signatures, change e-mail notifications, and other things. Be sure to click [Save Changes] after changing your settings.

By setting your profile access to Registered Users, only users that are logged in can view your profile. Setting your profile to private prevents any guest or user from viewing your profile. Keep in mind that moderators can view your profile, regardless of your settings.

You can also change your forum posts per page, which allows you to see up to 100 posts in a single page for any thread. Supporters have increased maximum posts as a perk.

 

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The VGC buddy is a tool that helps you navigate through the forums to find threads easily. When you post in any thread, they will be automatically added to your buddy. Over time, threads you do not respond to will be bumped down and eventually off the buddy, keeping your most recent posts in the buddy. You can also subscribe to a thread to add it to your buddy permanently.

When you hover your cursor over the triple user icon near the top left, this will show the VGChartz Buddy. This allows you to quickly navigate threads, check for notifications and private messages. You can toggle through by clicking one of the categories, and by clicking on a thread or message, it will re-direct you to that specific thread or message.



There are four sub-categories for the Buddy:

Recent - This will show you recent replies or quotes in threads you posted in. Unlike 'My Topics' the buddy will keep the order in
    which you last posted in.
Subscribed - You can subscribe to a specific thread and will be shown here, similar to personal 'stickied threads'. At the top of the original post in a thread, there will be the option to [Subscribe]. Clicking that will add the thread to the buddy found here.
Notifications - This tab will show any recent notifications, such as friend requests.
Messages - This will show your private messages between other users, or group of users. Simply click on the message to be re-directed to that message.

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[2] - FORUM THREADS


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When you scroll down to the bottom of a thread, you will see the option for you to leave a response. This is the Quick Reply, where you can easily type your thoughts and comments and post it to the thread by clicking [Post Quick Reply].

However, you can also click [Rich Text Reply], which will bring you to another screen, where you can make more elaborate posts. Here, you can embed pictures and videos, and have more formatting options for your post.


You can bold, italicize, underline, and strikethrough text. Change the text to headings, indent, bullet, and number among other things. After you finished your post, you can click [Preview] to see how your post looks before you click the [Submit] button.

Note that you can use simple html to change your text style, which will also work for Quick Reply:




By selecting [Styles], you can add a spoiler tag over your text. This can be for whole paragraphs or for specific words, like this. It is best to write up your post before adding the spoiler tag, or it will be difficult to type with the spoilers active.


To edit your completed post, simply scroll down to your post and click the [Edit] button, which will bring you back to the Rich Text Reply page. You can edit your post even if the thread is currently locked.

 

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You may sometimes notice that you have been quoted, as indicated with the Blue Speech Bubble. In order to quote any post from any user, simply click the [Quote] button. This will bring up the Rich Text Reply with that user's quote. After you submit your post, that user will be notified with the Blue Speech Bubble. Quote trees will automatically be limited to 2 posts, so with long discussions, you don't have to worry about really large quote trees

Alternatively, you can use the [Multi-Quote] function. Simply click this button to each post you want to reply to and you will be notified that your selected posts had been added to the queue. Finally, click the [Quote] button for the last message you want to reply to and this will bring up the Rich Text Reply with all the posts in one place. This is an easy way to notify many users at once and to prevent double posting or spamming. Note that the multi-quote function works across threads, meaning that the quote will be saved even if you open and go into another thread.

If you accidentally selected a wrong post when multi-quoting, click [Post in queue] to remove it from the list, and you will be notified as well

 

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In Rich Text Reply, click the small tree icon in your toolbar. This will bring a separate window where you can paste your image url into the space indicated. Select [Insert] to add the picture in and you will be able to resize the image afterwards. Animated gifs will work as well.

There is also a drag-and-drop method to add images, where you drag an image from your desktop directly onto this page to insert the image. Note that there is a size limit and submitting threads with these images take longer to upload.


In order to embed videos, in Rich Text Reply, select the film icon. This will bring up a small window where you can paste your YouTube url. Here, you can edit the dimensions of the video, as you will be unable to after you insert the video. If everything is done properly, you can see a preview of your video. Finally, click [Insert] to add the video to your post.

Note:
- Be sure to keep the type as 'Flash'
- Shortened YouTube links will not work
- Other non-YouTube video links may not always work


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In order to embed Twitter links on VGC, simply go to the Twitter post and click the drop-down arrow and select [Copy Link to Tweet]. Do not select the Embed Tweet option. After you have copied the link, simply paste that link directly on your post and after you submit your post, it will automatically be embedded.

Note that copying Twitter pages will not work, so copy links from individual Twitter posts.


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In order to add a URL or link to text or an image, first you need to select the text that you want to hyperlink in Rich Text Reply. Then, click the chain link and paste the URL in the 'Link URL' space. You can leave the other options as is and select [Insert]. The text you highlighted should turn blue if done correctly.

Another option that works in both Quick Reply and Rich Text Reply is the html coding method:


To un-link a URL, click the text or image, and click the broken chain link.


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First, select the Table icon with the Pencil to bring up a pop-up window. Then, input how many columns and rows you want and select [Insert]. You can add or remove columns after the table has been created already. The table will automatically adjust to fit, so you don't have to worry about the dimensions.

After the table has been created, when you select on the table, more options will be available.

o   Table row properties - This brings up a separate window for advanced table settings, allowing you to change style, alignment, etc.
o   Table cell properties - This brings up a separate window for advanced settings for one cell
o   Insert row before - Insert a row above the selected row
o   Insert row after - Insert a row below the selected row
o   Delete row - Deletes the selected row
o   Insert column before - Inserts a column to the left of the selected column
o   Insert column after - Inserts a column to the right of the selected column
o   Remove column - Deletes the selected column
o   Split merged table cells - Split cells if they were previously merged
o   Merge table cells - Merges two cells together


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Go to the Hot Topics tab and to the right, you will see [New Topic]. By selecting this you will be brought to the Rich Text Reply page where you can create your own thread



First, you will need to select a Forum Category for your thread. For example, if you are making a thread about a Sony related game, then you can put your thread under the Sony Discussion.

Tagging Games allows you to feature a game at the top of your thread, though selecting a game is a bit finicky and does not always work properly.

All the tools from Rich Text Reply will be available for you here, so tips for forum posting also applies here. When you finish your thread, you can click [Preview] to check for any mistakes you may have made before clicking [Submit] to post the thread to the forum.

Locking and editing your thread:
You cannot lock your thread or move the Forum Category. You will need a moderator to change these.

If your thread is locked, it will not be visible to other users. Under My Topics, you will still be able to access and edit your thread (and other locked threads you posted in). Therefore, if you want to work on a big thread, you can reserve a few posts and ask a moderator to lock it for you until you have finished, where they can unlock it

To edit your first post, scroll down to the bottom and click [Edit], much like how you would edit any forum post. To edit your thread, you will need to scroll to the top of the OP and select [edit thread].



This will bring you to a new page:


Here you can change the thread title, poll and tagged games. For each field you change, you will need to select Update to save your changes.

Notes:
- Be sure to follow the Forum Rules for 3. Thread Creation
- You need at least 50 posts before you can make your own thread


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If you want to add a poll to your thread, be sure to check the [Add a Poll] option before submitting your thread. After your poll has been submitted, you will be able to select a title and give options for your poll. If you would like to change your poll, select [edit thread] at the top right, and you can edit your poll, or make a completely new one.

Note that if you alter your poll, all previous responses will not be saved.



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Alrighty. It has been a long time, but now I'm back with a new and more up to date tutorial thread.

Feel free to give suggestions for any additions, as I still have some things to include



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