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Forum Markup FAQ

This is the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for using the forum part of our site. Some of the topics on this page, however, also apply to other parts of the site. The comments about which special markup your can enter in most text entry areas on the site is covered in here. For example, you can use the forum markup code described below to format a private message.

FAQ Table of Contents

Registering
Registration is not required to view current topics on the Forum; however, if you wish to post a new topic or reply to an existing topic registration is required. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. The required fields are listed at the top of the registration form. You can register here.
Smilies
You've probably seen others use smilies before in e-mail messages or other bulletin board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile
or a frown
. This site automatically converts certain text to a graphical representation when it is inserted between brackets []. Here are the smilies that are currently supported by MyPivots:
smile [:)]
big smile [:D]
cool [8D]
blush [:I]
tongue [:p]
evil [}:)]
wink [;)]
clown [:o)]
black eye [B)]
eightball [8]
frown [:(]
shy [8)]
shocked [:0]
angry [:(!]
dead [xx(]
sleepy [|)]
kisses [:X]
approve [^]
disapprove [V]
question [?]
Creating a Hyperlink in your message

You can easily add a hyperlink to your message.

All that you need to do is type the URL (http://www.mypivots.com/board), and it will automatically be converted to a URL (http://www.mypivots.com/board).

The trick here is to make sure you prefix your URL with the http:// or https://

If you use this tag: [url="linkto"]description[/url] you can add a description to the link.

This Example:
Take me to [url="http://www.mypivots.com/board/"]Day Trading Forum[/url]
Outputs This:
Take me to Day Trading Forum
You can make clickable images by combining the [url="linkto"]description[/url] and [img]image_url[/img] tags
This Example:
[url="http://www.mypivots.com/board/"][img]emini_direct.gif[/img][/url]
Outputs This:
How to format text with Bold, Italic, Quote, etc...

There are several Forum Codes you may use to change the appearance of your text. Following is the list of codes currently available:

Bold: Enclose your text with [b] and [/b]. Example: This is [b]bold[/b] text. = This is bold text.

Italic: Enclose your text with [i] and [/i]. Example: This is [i]italic[/i] text. = This is italic text.

Underline: Enclose your text with [u] and [/u]. Example: This is [u]underline[/u] text. = This is underline text.

Aligning Text Left: Enclose your text with [left] and [/left]

Aligning Text Center: Enclose your text with [center] and [/center]

Aligning Text Right: Enclose your text with [right] and [/right]

Striking Text: Enclose your text with [s] and [/s]
Example: [s]mistake[/s] = mistake

Horizontal Rule: Place a horizontal line in your post with [hr]
Example: [hr] =


Font Colors:
Enclose your text with [fontcolor] and [/fontcolor]
Example: [red]Text[/red] = Text
Example: [blue]Text[/blue] = Text
Example: [pink]Text[/pink] = Text
Example: [brown]Text[/brown] = Text
Example: [black]Text[/black] = Text
Example: [orange]Text[/orange] = Text
Example: [violet]Text[/violet] = Text
Example: [yellow]Text[/yellow] = Text
Example: [green]Text[/green] = Text
Example: [white]Text[/white] = Text
Example: [purple]Text[/purple] = Text

Headings: Enclose your text with [hnumber] and [/hn]
Example: [h1]Text[/h1] =

Text

Example: [h2]Text[/h2] =

Text

Example: [h3]Text[/h3] =

Text

Example: [h4]Text[/h4] =

Text

Font Sizes:
Example: [size=1]Text[/size=1]

Example: [size=2]Text[/size=2]

Example: [size=3]Text[/size=3]

Example: [size=4]Text[/size=4]

Example: [size=5]Text[/size=5]

Example: [size=6]Text[/size=6]

Bulleted List: [list] and [/list], and items in list with [*] and [/*].

Ordered Number List: [list=1] and [/list=1], and items in list with [*] and [/*].

Code: Enclose your text with [code] and [/code].

Quote: Enclose your text with [quote] and [/quote].

Images: Enclose the address with the following tags:
[img] and [/img]

Moderators
Moderators control individual forums. They may edit, delete, or prune any posts in their forums.
Cookies
These Forums use cookies to store the following information: the last time you logged in, your Username and your Encrypted Password. These cookies are stored on your hard drive. Cookies are not used to track your movement or perform any function other than to enhance your use of these forums. If you have not enabled cookies in your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly. Also, you need to have cookies enabled if you want to enter a private forum or post a topic/reply.
Active Topics

Active Topics are tracked by cookies. When you click on the "active topics" link, a page is generated listing all topics that have been posted since your last visit to these forums (or approximately 20 minutes).

Editing Your Posts

You may edit or delete your own posts for a short while after making them. Just go to the topic where the post to be edited or deleted is located and you will see an edit or delete link. Click on this link to edit or delete the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum Moderator or the forum Administrator. Note that on some forums the delete function has been disabled.

Uploading and Attaching Files

Files can be uploaded by clicking the green Upload accordion bar below the post that you are making. You can also attach previously uploaded files by clicking the green Attach accordion bar. This will expand and show a list of files that you have already uploaded. The file types that can be uploaded are: .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .zip, .pdf, .doc, .swf, .fla, .txt, .rar, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .xps, .efs

Searching For Specific Posts

You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, user name, date, and particular forum(s). Simply click on the "search" link at the top of all forum pages.

Editing Your Profile

You can change any information stored in your registration profile by using the "profile" link located near the top right of each page. You must be logged in to be able to see this link. You may edit any information (except your Username). If you change your email address you will need to confirm it from the email you receive.

Signatures

You may attach signatures to the end of your posts when you post either a New Topic or Reply. Your signature is editable by clicking on "profile" at the top of any forum page and entering your Username and Password.

NOTE: HTML can't be used in Signatures. Also note that signatures will only appear in the Classic View which is rarely used by anyone. The default view is the Flow View which does not show the signature.

Censoring Posts

The Forum does censor certain words that may be posted; however, this censoring is not an exact science, and is being done based on the words that are being screened, so certain words may be censored out of context. By default, words that are censored are replaced with asterisks.

Lost Password

Changing a lost password is simple. Enter your email address on the password reset page and we will email you a new password. Because of the Encryption that we use for your password, we cannot tell you what your password is.

Can I be notified by e-mail when there are new posts?
Yes, the Subscription feature allows you to subscribe to the entire Board, individual Categories, Forums and/or Topics. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of a post that has been made to the Category/forum/topic that you have subscribed to. There are four levels of subscription:
- Board Wide Subscription
If you can subscribe to an entire Board, you'll get a notification for any posts made within all the forums inside that board.

- Category Wide Subscription
You can subscribe to an entire Category, which will notify you if there was any posts made within any topic, within any forum, within that Category.

- Forum Wide Subscription
If you don't want to subscribe to an entire Category, you can subscribe to a single forum. This will notify you of any posts made within any topic, within that forum.

- Topic Wide Subscription
More conveniently, you can subscribe to just an individual topic. You will be notified of any post made within that topic.
To Subscribe or Unsubscribe from any level of subscription, you can use the Subscriptions section on your Profile page. Or you can click on the subscribe/unsubscribe icons (
) for that Category/Forum/topic you want to subscribe/unsubscribe to/from. Each email will have a quick unsubscribe link at the bottom allowing you to one-click unsubscribe from the whole board or from the specific type of subscription you received.

What is COPPA?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and Rule apply to individually identifiable information about a child that is collected online, such as full name, home address, e-mail address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child. The Act and Rule also cover other types of information -- for example, hobbies, interests and information collected through cookies or other types of tracking mechanisms -- when they are tied to individually identifiable information.