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Grasscity Forum

Your Settings

You can access your settings from any page by selecting your name at the top of the screen and then selecting "My Settings".

There are several tabs on the side of the page, which allow you to configure and update different board settings:

Profile Settings
From the Profile Settings area of your UserCP, you can configure various aspects of your profile, including:

  • Profile Picture: This is the photo used to identify you throughtout the community.
  • Timezome
  • Allow Comments: If checked, other forum members can leave comments on your profile.
  • Friends
  • Edit your "About Me" information
  • Change your Member Title
  • Update your Birthday
  • Add profile information, such as interests
  • Share contact information such as AIM usernames.


Profile Customization

From the Profile Customization tab of your UserCP, you can setup a custom profile background, change the colors of your profile, and perform other ways to customize the look and feel of your profile.


Email & Password

The Email & Password area allows you to update the password or email address associated with your account.


Display Name

The Display Name page allows you to change the name that is shown to members throughout the community. The board administrator limits the number of times you can change your display name, so make changes wisely.



The signature page allows you to modify the custom signature that is shown below all of your posts.



The "ignore" tab allows you to configure your Ignore settings - you can choose to hide individual member's posts, signatures, chats, status updates, or other aspects of a member that you wish to hide.


Manage Facebook/Twitter

If you have connected your forum profile to Facebook or Twitter, you can manage your connection here, including settings on importing status updates, linking your user photo, and more.


Manage Attachments

This page will display all attachments that you have uploaded to the forum. If you are running close to your global attachment limit, you can delete attachments from this area. 


Notification Options

The Notification Options page allows you to configure how you should be notified of certain events, such as a reply to a topic, a private message, or a new topic. You can configure how you would like to recieve these notifications as well, such as via the mobile application, email, or inline notifications.


Your Notifications

This tab will display the most recent notifications that you have recieved.





How to Register
To be able to enjoy all of the features available to the community, you will need to sign up for a member account. Registration is easy and only takes a moment to complete.

To sign up, click the "Create Account" link at the top of any page. You can then provide your email address and password to complete the registration process.
Some communities may have an easier way to register without filling out the registration form. If enabled, you will see a Facebook or Twitter icon next to the Create Account button. If you use these services, you can use your existing login information from those services to link your account. Registration via this method takes only 3 clicks and will return you back to the forum after you authorize it.
You may be registered and logged straight in, or you may have to verify your email address by clicking a link in an email that we will send you. If this is the case, a screen will appear with further instructions. You will receive a confirmation of your membership as an email.

Why should I register?
In order to fully utilize the abilities of this forum, the administrator will probably require that you register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:
Post new threads
Reply to other peoples' threads
Edit your posts
Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
Send private messages to other members
Enter events in the forum calendar
Manage your 'friends' to quickly see which of your friends are currently online
To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) The administrator may have configured the forum to send you the final part of the registration process by email, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working.

Does this forum use cookies?

The use of cookies on this forum is optional, but may enhance your experience of the site. Cookies are used to enable functions such as showing whether or not a thread or forum you are viewing has new posts since your last visit, or to automatically log you back in when you return to the site after being away for a while. When you register, you will be given the option to 'Automatically login when you return to the site'. This will store your username and password in a cookie, stored on your computer. If you are using a shared computer, such as in a library, school or internet cafe, or if you have reason to not trust any other users that might use this computer, we do not recommend that you enable this. This forum also gives you the option to use a cookie to track your current session, ensuring that you remain logged-on while browsing the site. If you choose not to store this information in a cookie, the session data will be sent through each link you click. Choosing not to use a cookie may cause problems if your computer's connection to the Internet uses a proxy-server and you share links with other users behind the same proxy. If in doubt, we recommend that you select 'yes' to enable the cookie. After you have registered, you may alter your cookie options at any time by changing the settings on this page.

How do I clear my cookies?

You may clear all your cookies by clicking here. If you return to the main index page via the link provided and you are still logged in, you may have to remove your cookies manually.
In Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP:
Click the "Tools" menu.
Select "Internet Options" from the menu that appears.
Click "Delete Cookies" on the dialog box that appears. It will be in the center area of the "General" tab.
In Mozilla Firefox:
Click the "Tools" menu.
Select "Options" from the menu that appears.
From the dialog box, select "Privacy" on the left.
Find "Cookies" on the main pane, and click the "Clear" button adjacent to it.
Your cookies should now be removed. You may want to restart the computer and revisit the forums to be sure.

How can I change the information in my profile?

It is your responsibility to keep the information in your profile up-to-date. You should especially ensure that your email address is kept current. You can alter any of the fields in your profile. In order to manage your profile click on your username on header bar, and follow 'Your Settings' link.

Edit your profile here.

How can I create a signature?

After you have registered, you may set your signature. This is a piece of text that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts, a little like having headed note paper.
If the administrator has enabled signatures, then you will have the option to include your signature on any posts you make. If you have specified a signature, then the forum will automatically append your signature to any messages you post. You can disable signatures on a per-post basis by un-ticking the 'Show Signature' checkbox when you compose your message.
You may turn the signature on and off on posts you have already made by editing the post and altering the state of the 'Show Signature' option.
You can set your signature by editing your profile.

I lost my password, what can I do?

If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Forgotten Your Password' link on any page that requires you to fill in your password.
This will bring up a page where you should enter your registered email address, and an email will be sent to that address instantly, with instructions for resetting your password.

How do I add a custom status to my profile?

In order to post a new status update, click on your username within header bar, and post your status update within 'what's on your mind' section.

How to upload profile picture?

Profile pictures are displayed below your username on all posts that you make. To upload a profile picture you have to go to your profile settings and click on change my photo link. Select an image from your computer and then upload.

How to manage friends?

In order to manage friends click on your username within header bar, follow manage friends link. 

How can I create a thread?

In addition to responding to posts in Grasscity threads that others have started, you can start your own new thread if you have an issue that hasn’t already been addressed.
Click the Create Thread button in the upper-right corner of the forum page.
The Create a New Thread page opens.
Type a descriptive, relevant title for your thread in the Title field.
For best results, type your whole question into the Title field (if it fits).
Type your post in the Post field.
Click the Create Topic button.

What is Private Messaging?

Using The Messenger Section
The Messenger section is limited to registered members of this forum. You may be able to include BB Code, smilies and images and attatchments in private messages that you send.
You may send a private message to a member of this forum by clicking 'Messenger' section on top of the site and 'Compose New' or by clicking 'Send me a message' button in a member's profile page.
When you send a message, you have the option to save a copy of the message in 'My Conversations' folder.
Messenger Folders
By default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are Messenger and My Conversation folders.
'Messenger' folder contains any new messages you receive, and allows you to view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent.
'My Conversation' folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent, where you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference.
You may create additional folders for your messages by clicking the 'Edit Folders' link.
Each folder has a set of message controls which allow you to select messages, then either move them to one of your custom folders, or delete them completely. You may also have a button which allows you to forward multiple messages from a folder to another member of the forum.
You will need to periodically delete old messages, as the administrator has probably set a limit to the number of private messages you can have in your folders. If you exceed the number of messages specified by the administrator, you will not be able to send or receive new messages until you delete some old messages.
Whenever you read a message, you will have the option to reply to the message, or forward that message to another member (or multiple) of the forum. 

What are announcements?

Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are designed to be a simple one-way communication with the users. If you wish to discuss announcements, you will have to create a new thread in the forum, since you cannot reply to announcements.

How do I rate a thread?

You may find a small menu on thread pages which allows you to 'rate this thread' with a number between 1-5.
Casting a vote for threads you view is entirely optional, but if you think that the thread is superb, you might rate it as a 5-star thread, or if you think that it's unspeakably dismal, you might choose to rate the thread with a single star.
Once enough votes have been cast for the thread rating, you may see a set of stars appear with the title of the thread in the thread listings. These stars reflect the average vote cast, and can allow you to quickly see which threads are worth reading if you are on a very busy forum with a lot of threads.

Where can I find the RSS feed?

The RSS icon located on footer left , will allow you to browse all existing RSS feeds.
The administrator may have enabled RSS syndication, this allows you to view newly created threads in guest viewable forums without visiting the board.
This feed is based on a standard written by netscape and provides a link and the title of the thread.
This feeds contains title, author, date and the contents of the first post of the thread.
Blog RSS Feed
Blog RSS Feed
If you would like the content to be generated for multiple forums you can separate the forumids by commas.

How to use notifications?

If you post a new thread, or reply to an existing thread, you can choose to be notified by email/website notification/mobile notification when someone else replies to that thread. 
Grasscity Community uses advanced notification options for different type of actions that occur on website. In order to configure your settings please follow Notifications link in header and click on Options to customize your notification settings.

How to use BBcodes?

These controls allow you to quickly and easily enter BBcode into your posts and messages. To use them, simply click the appropriate buttons or select items from the lists to enter BBcode.
There are three editor modes available: Basic, Standard and Enhanced mode. When using the Basic editor, there are no BBcode buttons to assist your editing. You must enter any BBcode markup manually in this editor.
When using Standard mode, highlight the text you wish to modify and press the appropriate button. This will place the proper BBcode tags around the selected text. Pressing a button while not having any selected text, will insert BBcode tags at your cursor. You may then enter your text between the tags.
When using the Enhanced mode, pressing a button will modify any highlighted text. This mode is a WYSIWYG mode, What You See Is What You Get, whereas your final post appears the same while being edited. Clicking a button while having no text selected will not have any effect.
To use the clickable smilies, simply click the smiley that you want to insert into your message, or click the Show All Smilies link (if available) to access the full list of smilies.

How do I create and vote in polls?

You may notice that some threads on this forum also include a section where you can vote on an issue or question. These threads are called 'polls' and this is how to create them:
Creating a new poll
When you post a new thread, you may have the option to also create a poll.
This function allows you to ask a question and specify a number of possible responses. Other members will then be able to vote for the response they wish, and the results of the voting will be displayed in the thread.
An example poll might be:
What is your favorite color?
Sky-blue pink with yellow spots
To create a poll when you post a new thread, simply click the 'Yes! post a poll' checkbox at the bottom of the page, and set the number of possible responses you want to include.
When you click the submit button, you will be taken to the poll creation page, where you can specify the question and the list of responses you want to include.
You may also want to specify a time limit for the poll, so that (for example) it only stays open for voting for a week.
Voting in and viewing a poll
To vote in a poll, simply select which option you want to vote for, and click the [Vote!] button. You may view the current results for a poll before you vote by clicking the 'View Results' link. Voting in a poll is entirely optional. You may vote for any of the available options, or cast no vote at all.
Generally, once you have voted in a poll, you will not be able to change your vote later, so place your vote carefully!

What are Attachments?

The administrator may allow you to use the attachment feature of this forum, which gives you the ability to attach files of certain types to your posts. This could be an image, a text document, a zip file etc. There will be a limit to the file size of any attachments you make.
To attach a file to a new post, simply click the [More Reply options] button at the bottom of the post composition page, and locate the file that you want to attach from your local hard drive.
After posting, the image attachments may display a thumbnail, depending on the forum settings. To view the contents of the attachment (if it is not already displayed) simply click the filename link that appears next to the attachment icon.

How can I edit my own posts?

If you have registered, you will be able to edit your posts. Note that the administrator can disable this ability as he desires. Your ability to edit your posts may also be time-limited, depending on how the administrator has set up the forum.
To edit your posts, click the  button by the post you want to edit.
After you have made your modifications, a note may appear, which notifies other users that you have edited your post. Administrators and moderators may also edit your messages but this note may not appear when they do so.

What are moderators?

Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other manipulations. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating.

Why have some of the words in my post been blanked?

Certain words may have been censored by the administrator. If your posts contain any censored words, they will be blanked-out like this: +++++.
The same words are censored for all users, and censoring is done by a computer simply searching and replacing words. It is in no way 'intelligent'.

How can report posts?

The best way to contact us and have us review content on the site for violations of our Terms of Service is by sending us a direct link through our Report system.
To do this, click "Report' button at the bottom of the user name where the content is located on. 

How can I delete my account?

Please follow these simple instructions to request to have your account deleted from Grasscity.com.
Click on your User Name at the top right to access the drop-down menu. Click on My Settings. Choose Delete My Account from the menu list. 
You will then see this:
Sorry to hear you're leaving our forum! We'd just like to point out a few things before you go:
Once you permanently delete your account, it's gone and there's no going back. We are not able to reinstate your account.
Deleting your account only removes your user details from appearing on the forum. Your posts and replies to threads will remain visible to everyone, but a Guest prefix will appear in place of your deleted username and details.
If you're ready to delete your account, please confirm that you've read these terms. An administrator will receive your request and your account will be permanently deleted.
You will need to check the box next to a statement that says: I have read, understood and agree to these conditions and I want to delete my account. After checking the box, please click Save Changes.
Please keep in mind that no one will ask you if you are sure this is something you want to do. If you put in the request, then you are confirming that you do indeed want your account deleted. 

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