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  • What is the best way to ask questions on JavaRanch?

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  • What's the deal with these titles (Greenhorn, Ranch Hand, Bartender, Sheriff, Author, etc)?

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  • Can I be notified via E-mail about replies to my threads?

  • That's called the Watch feature, and there are buttons for it at the top and the bottom of each topic. You need to be logged in to use it. You can add Watches for all topics, not just the ones you started.

  • Which RSS feeds are available?

  • Feeds for individual forums, individual topics, and for the most recent topics are available. Look for the little RSS icon next to the page title:

  • Where can I see all the posts I've made?

  • The search page can retrieve all your posts, either by name or by user ID. You can also click on the "My Posts" link at the top of the page. That will show all topics you posted to, starting with the most recently active one.

  • What are "graemlins" and how do I use them?

  • Also known as "emoticons". See SaloonGraemlins

  • What is UBB code and how do I use it?

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  • Use the Code button

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  • Changing Your Profile

  • You can easily change any information stored in your registration profile, using the "My Profile" link located at the top of each page. You must be logged in in order to update your profile.

  • Editing Your Posts

  • You may edit your own posts for a number of hours after posting. Look for the edit icon on the post to be edited: No one else can edit your post, except for the forum moderator(s) or the message board administrators. A note is generated at the bottom of each post that is edited so that every one knows when a post has been edited. Please note that the forum administrators may disable the ability of members to edit posts. Only registered members can edit their posts. After the editing period has elapsed, you can add more information or a correction by posting a reply.

  • Adding Signatures

  • You may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. You may set your signature in your member profile. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it with any post you make by checking the "include signature" box when you create your post. This message board's administrator may elect to turn the signature feature off at any time, however. If that is the case, the "include signature" option will not appear when you post a note, even if you have stored a signature. You may change your signature at any time by changing your profile, unless a message board administrator locks your profile. Please keep the signature short; overly long signatures (anything over 2 lines) may be shortened or deleted by the moderators.

    Note: You can't use HTML in your signature file, but you can use the url and i UBB code tags; other UBB tags are not available.

  • Attaching Files

  • You can attach image files to your posts. For other file types, however, you need to provide a hyperlink to where those files are hosted elsewhere.

  • Searching For Specific Posts

  • You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, by a particular registered member, by date, and/or by forum. Just click on the "Search" link at the top of most pages.

  • Member Ratings

  • We don't have any kind of a "karma" rating system. Everybody here is valuable and has something to contribute. Well, almost everybody.

  • Purple Mooseages

  • Members can send purple mooseages to each other. A purple mooseage is not email. Purple mooseages are one-to-one communications that can only be read by the recipient and the staff. You can read and send purple mooseages by following the "My Purple Mooseages" link at the top of most pages. You can also elect to be notified by email whenever someone sends you a purple mooseage (you can set this in your profile). Only registered members may send purple mooseages. To send someone a purple mooseage, look for the purple mooseage icon on a post or in a profile of that person:

  • Lost Login ID and/or Password

  • Retrieving your login ID and password is simple. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your username and password carry a "lost password" link that you can use to have your username and password emailed instantly to your email address of record.

  • What are Recent Topics?

  • When you visit the Saloon, you will see a link at the top of the list of forums called "Recent Topics". Clicking on this link will provide you with a listing of the most recently posted topics, generally those from the current and the previous day. Private forums posts are included in this listing only if you have access to those forums.

  • Can I search private forums?

  • Yes, if you have permission to access the particular private forums you wish to search. Note that you must be logged in to search private forums.

  • Where can I find code examples on JavaRanch?

  • This guide points out all the places where one could find sample code on JavaRanch

  • Is it possible to link to individual posts in a discussion (as opposed to the discussion itself)?

  • Yes, that's possible. Each post has its own anchor tag. Click on the little icon before the "posted" date at the top of the post you want to link to. That's the URL of that post.

  • More hints and tricks about how to use the Ranch site

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