On most forums you will find it impossible to post new topics or reply to existing ones, unless the Admin
allows this explicitly. So, in order for you to be able to participate in the discussion, you would likely be
required to register. By registering you will also obtain access to many other features of the forum such as:
Email Notification, when someone replies to your messages
Customized signature, avatar, personal tag etc...
Ability to send private messages to one or more members of the forum
You'll be able to choose a time zone so that forum's time is equivalent to that of the region you live in
Unless otherwise specified, the registration for the forum is completely free and requires only minimal information such as
your email address and a nick name of your choice.
If COPPA is enabled and you are under 13 years of age, you will need to have your legal guardian provide consent before your
account can be used to post messages. Upon completion of the registration process on COPPA enabled forums, members younger then 13 years of age
will be taken to a form, which their legal guardian will need to fill out and send to the appropriate address shown on that page.
If for some reason your browser does not support cookies, FUDforum will instead use sessions, which do not store any information
on your computer. During the login process you can choose to bypass the cookie system and opt for the session system, this is recommended
if you are using a public terminal. Doing so will prevent the possible identity theft, which may occur if you do not logout after using the forum.
In most cases however, you probably should leave cookies enabled as it is much more convenient in the long run.
For example, you will not need to login each time you visit the forum.
As a forum member you have a personal profile inside which you can store various information about yourself, such as IM client ids, signature,
biography, etc... Your profile also stores various settings, which deal with the forum. Any time you are logged in you may change your profile settings,
you should be aware that most data inside your profile can be viewed by other forum members. So, you should try to not store any sensitive information
that you do not wish other people to see.
Your profile has an option "Show Email Address", which if set to NO will hide your email address from view. You may want to use this option
if you do not want other people to see your email address.
Signature is a string of text that you may automatically append to the end of every message you post. In your profile you have an option,
"Use Signature by default" that will enable or disable this feature by default. However, on every post form you can change this option for
that particular post.
In addition to plain text, this string can contain (if allowed by administrator) various tidbits such as links to favorite URLs,
personal photos, etc...
If you do not wish to see the signatures of other people, you can turn them off by setting the "Show Signature" to NO in your profile.
If cannot remember your password for FUDforum, you should go to the reset password page,
on that page enter your email address inside the text box and press the GO button. This will send you an email with a special URL, when you access that URL
your password will be reset and you will receive a new email with your password.
Note: Your passwords are stored in a one-way encryption format called MD5 HASH.
This is military grade 128-bit encryption, there is no way to restore your password.
It works by encrypting the data every time you enter it and then comparing against
Therefor if you forget your password it can not be restored back, so, upon a restore
password request the forum will randomly generate you a new password.
Avatars are images that appear below your user name on the messages that you've posted as well as your user information page.
FUDforum supports 3 types of avatars, some of which may or may not be enabled by the forum's administrator. You may choose an avatar for yourself
from your profile page.
Built In - These are the avatars the Admin has made available, you can choose one of those avatars and it will become your avatar as soon as
you submit the change to your profile page.
Upload Avatar - If enabled, you can upload an image that would be your avatar to the server. Once uploaded, it would need to be approved by the administrator before it becomes your avatar.
Specify URL - If enabled, you can specify a URL to an image, that you wish to be your avatar. If approved by the administrator, this image will become your avatar.
note: You may change your avatar at any time, however the Uploaded & URL avatars will always need to be approved prior to going live on the forum.
A buddy list is your own little list of forum members with whom you wish to converse more frequently. By putting a person on your buddy list,
you will be able to see their birthday (if they entered one) as well as easily choose them as recipients of your Private Messages.
Ignore List is a database of forum members who's messages you do not wish to see as well as not allow these members to send you
private messages. On every message there is a quick link that would give you an opportunity to add the author of that message to your ignore list.