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 Post subject: Forum Tips for Members by Members
PostPosted: October 14th, 2006, 11:23 pm 
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Forum Advice for Members from Members

These hints and tips are from the following threads, which used to be stickied:
Are You New? Click Here! >>Things I Wish I Knew
Forum slang
Online passwords

Things I Wish I Knew by RinielAranel
Hello all newbies! And/or oldies! I'm going to share 12 things that I wish I knew when I joined A-U.*

1. Just post! The Miscellaneous Randomness is a good place to get started. That's how you'll find a place at A-U.
2. NEVER try to read through the first 100 pages or so of a topic. I tried about twice and gave up on that. Just figure out where the discussion is now and join that.
3. It may seem hard to make friends, but it's not really hard! Don't actually try to chase after specific people to be your friend. Just be yourself and post where you feel like it. When you start talking a lot to someone you'll find a friend!
4. The best was to improve your graphics skills is to enter contests. Have fun! Don't worry about winning. You'll see a great improvement if you practice and play around.
5. I began to know a lot of people by their avatar, or graphics. Never do this!!! Graphics change periodically, and you'll be lost if you don't recognize the people! Discern users by their NAMES not their AVATARS!!!
6. Explore lots of places. A-U is so big, it's easy to skip over an interesting thread! Don't just visit one spot over and over. Look through a lot of different places. You'll discover new people and ideas!
7. Watch what you say. It's easy to lean one way or the other in debates, but it's sometimes best to use kinder words in expressing your feelings over certain people, characters, or ideas.
8. Remember: posts should count on quality not quantity! It's easy to fall into the race to reach a higher rank and compromise for short, useless posts. Don't do this! Enjoy your time in each rank; you'll reach the upper ones soon enough. Concentrate on the quality of your post.
9. THE A-U FAMILY TREE IS NOT A REAL FAMILY. (I thought this for a while and soon learned that I, and YOU! YES, YOU! could become a part of the family by simply joining in the miscellaneous randomness section. figure out how to join the imaginary families! it's fun and gives you a place at A-U.)
10. Follow the rules. Always. There's nothing stupider you can do than get yourself in trouble.
11. Use the smilies! It's what they're here for!
12. Remember: obsession is a good thing! A-U is a place where you can rant and go crazy about LotR, and non-LotR stuff too! We're here to have fun, so have fun!

I hope you enjoy your time here!

How to join an RPG by Luthien of Lorien
It all depends on the rpg you want to join. Most will have the main storyline and member list on the very first post. Some that have been going on for a while will have left the original plot far behind, tho. The best way is to PM the person who started the thread, ask if they will accept a new RPer, and to give you an update on what had happened so far.

The easiest RPGs to join are the newest ones. But the general rule for joining any RP is simply to post saying that you wish to join. Someone will tell you yes or no. IF yes, then post the biography of the person you will be playing as.

I hope that answered your question! If not, PM me!

Being Recognized by Herenya
It can sometimes be good to keep your banner, avatar etc consistant for a while, especially while other people are still getting to know you. Changing them, and the same goes for changing your name, can potentially mean people don't realise who you now are...
Of course, once you've been here a while, it is a slightly different story.

The Symbols in People’s Sigs by Ea
The little signs some people put within brackets in their signatures indicate if they want to talk about their religion (which doesn't necessarily have to be Christian, but most likely) or pray for others.
You can find the meaning of the "codes" here:

Online Passwords by Queen of the Stars
I decided to start this thread to give members helpful hints about how to create a safe password that computer hackers would find hard to crack.

Hint #1: Use a password that's unique to you. Example: your favorite number + your favorite color + your pet's name.

Hint #2: Change your password often. Computer hackers will find it very hard to know what password you're using at what time.

Hint #4: A long, confusing password does not always mean that it will make it harder for others to figure it out. You might want to use a short, simple password that would be so easy that computer hackers would not think of it, shuch as: 'hi' or 'me.'
That's all I can think of at the moment. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to post them!
Hint by Larael: think number+letter passwords are usually the best. For a while I had someone who knew the password for my email account and so I changed the password to a letter/number combo that only I would know.

One other way to prevent hacking is simple: Don't give away your password or hints about what it could be.

Common sense people...
Hint by Daughter of kings I read that a good way to do it is't by letters and numbers, but remember the shape on the keyboard. then you get a random pattern that you don't forge also, i know a friend of mine uses foreign words, becuase she stresses about having forgotten which one she used, but that might help against the dictionary thing...

Password Safety hint from They Grey Pilgrim
Whoa! Be careful!

1. If you use something unique to you, someone who really wants to get in can get can find your info (which normally isn't that hard, depending on how careful you are). One of the first things legal safecrackers (the people the bank calls when someone forgot the combination, or went off on a trip, and they need the vault opened) look at are birthdays and phone numbers and things.

4. Hackers won't normally just be guessing and typing different passwords in. Normally they try something called a "dictionary attack" where they have a computer try all the words in a _LOOONG_ list of words. Chances are, if your password is in the dictionary, the hacker's computer will try it.

Long passwords are better. But don't let people know how long your password is. it's easier for a hacker to try every "word" from "AAAAA" to "ZZZZZ" than it is for them to have to try "A" to "ZZZZZ"
More advice:

Avoid sequences-- things like "abc123", "12345" -- these are common and also easy to check

Don't use real words

That said, it helps if your password is sort of pronounceable, because that makes it easier to remember without having to stick it to your monitor or under the keyboard.

Put numbers in, and mix them in.

Use symbols if you can.

Also, don't use passwords for mor than one thing. Otherwise a hacker only has to figure out one password (Maybe because they figure it out, or maybe because a website doesn't keep it safe, or whatever) and they know everything.

Different ones!
Otherwise a hacker can get into everything once they get into one thing. If they break into some site and get your password, then they just have to look at your email address, go to the webmail page, and they're into that, too... And so on.

If you feel you _really_ need to use the same password so you don't forget, then only use one password for things like forums and chats where it doesn't really matter if someone gets your password (worst case is they post spam messages all over or whatever and you need to email Arwen to explain and get your account unbanned.) (This wouldn't apply to Arwen, because if someone got her password they could do a lot more, so needs to be careful with her password.) And use a different password for each of the things that matter more (probably email, certainly your computer, DEFINETELY stuff like online banking).

Forum Slang, by Still Flying:
Heres a list of forum slang, acronyms and smilies and their meanings. Thank you very much Jo for reasearching! If you have any more that we've missed, PM me to add them :)
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away From Keyboard
AKA Also Known As
ANFAWFOS And Now a Word From Our Sponsor
ASAP As Soon As Possible
BAIK Boy Am I Confused
BAK Back At Keyboard
BBS Be back soon
BF Boy Friend
BFN Bye For Now
BOT Back on Topic
BRB Be Right Back
BTDT Been There, Done That
BTFT Been There, Fixed That
BTW By the way
C&B Crash & Burn
CE Creative Editing
CIAO Goodbye
COTFLGOHAHA Crawling on the Floor Laughing Guts Out and Having a Heart Attack
CSY Can't Stop Yawning
CU Cracking Up
CUL Catch You Later (Goodbye)
CUL8R See You Later
CWYL Chat With You Later
CYA See Ya
D&C Duck & Cover
DITUIHIBMSL Did I Tell You I Hate IBMs Lately
DITUILIBMSL Did I Tell You I Love IBMs Lately
E2EG Ear to Ear Grin
EOD End of Discussion
EOL End of Lecture
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FYI For Your Information
FTR for the record
G2G Got to go
GASP Go Away, Silly Person!
GD&R Grinning, Ducking and Running
GD&RVVF Grinning, Ducking and Running Very Very Fast
GF Girl Friend
GGN Gotta Go Now
GIGO Garbage In, Garbage Out
HOMPR Hang On, Mobile Phone's Ringing
ILSHIBAMF I Laughed so Hard I Broke All my Furniture
IMO In My Opinion
IRL In Real Life
JK Just Kidding
jooc just out of curiosity
KISS Keep It Simple Stupid
L8R Later
LOL Laughing Out Loud/ Lots of Love
LTIP Laughing Til I Puke
*beep* Laugh my a*** off
MCBTY(SN) My Computer is Better than Yours (So Nyerrr)
NERD National Establishment for Real Dorks
NFA No Flaming Allowed
NRN No Reply Necessary
NP No problem
NUNP No Users, No Problem
OIC Oh, I See
OOC Out Of Character (This is used in RPGs for when you are talking, not RPing)
OC Own Character (Going back to your RP charrie)
PBKAC Problem Between Keyboard and Chair
POV Point of View
PM Private Message
ROFFNAR Rolling on the Floor for no Apparent Reason
ROFL Rolling on Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a*** off
ROFLOL Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud
ROFLOLBAG Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud Busting a Gut
ROTBA Reality on the Blink Again
SO Significant Other
Swoon- Faint, usually at a member of the opposite sex :p
Swoonage- Someone very hot
TBH To be honest
TTFN Ta Ta for Now
TTM To The Moderator
TTYL Talk To You Later
TTYRS Talk To You Real Soon
TY Thank you
W00T! Yay! Or somethings very good
W00tage A very good thing
WB Welcome Back
WBS Write Back Soon
*beep* What the (yeah, you get the idea!)
WTG Way To Go
WTH What the Heck?
YW You’re Welcome

:-) Your basic smiley. This smiley is used to inflect a sarcastic or joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection over e-mail.

;-) Winky smiley. User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark. More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smiley.

:-( Frowning smiley. User did not like that last statement or is upset or depressed about something.

:-I Indifferent smiley. Better than a :-( but not quite as good as a :-).

:-> User just made a really biting sarcastic remark. Worse than a ;-).

>:-> User just made a really devilish remark.

>;-> Winky and devil combined. A very lewd remark was just made.

(-: User is left handed.

%-) User has been staring at a green screen for 15 hours straight.

:*) User is drunk.

[:] User is a robot.

8-) User is wearing sunglasses.

B:-) Sunglasses on head.

::-) User wears normal glasses.

B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses.

8:-) User is a little girl.

:-{) User has a mustache.

:-{ 2 User wears lipstick.

{:-) User wears a toupee.

}:-( Toupee in an updraft.

:-[ User is a vampire.

:-E Bucktoothed vampire.

:-F Bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing.

:-7 User juust made a wry statement.

:-* User just ate something sour.

:-)~ User drools.

:-~) User has a cold.

:'-( User is crying.

:'-) User is so happy, s/he is crying.

:-@ User is screaming.

:-# User wears braces.

:^) User has a broken nose.

:v) User has a broken nose, but it's the other way.

:_) User's nose is sliding off of his face.

:<) User is from an Ivy League School.

:-& User is tongue tied.

=:-) User is a hosehead.

-:-) User is a punk rocker.

-:-( Real punk rockers don't smile.

:=) User has two noses.

+-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office.

`:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning.

,:-) Same thing...other side.

|-I User is asleep.

|-O User is yawning/snoring.

:-Q User is a smoker.

:-? User smokes a pipe.

O-) Megaton Man On Patrol! (or else, user is a scuba diver)

O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least).

:-` User spitting out its chewing tobacco.

:-S User just made an incoherent statement.

:-D User is laughing (at you!)

:-X User's lips are sealed.

:-C User is really bummed.

:-/ User is skeptical.

C=:-) User is a chef.

@= User is pro-nuclear war.

*<User> What?

:@ What?

:D Laughter.

:I Hmmm...

:( Sad.

:[ Real Downer.

:<What>;*{)) A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an updraft, a mustache, and a double chin.

}:^#}) Updrafted bushy-mustached pointy nosed smiley with a double-chin.

:-) ha ha

|-) hee hee

|-D ho ho

:-> hey hey

:-( boo hoo

:-I hmmm

:-O oops

:-P nyahhhh!

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 Post subject: Re: Great Thread of Forum Tips for Members by Members
PostPosted: May 5th, 2011, 3:15 pm 
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I just found this thread while nostalgicly browsing the forum and thought it was worth a bump. :-)

>>Be the change you wish to see in the world<<

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 Post subject: Re: Great Thread of Forum Tips for Members by Members
PostPosted: May 5th, 2011, 3:40 pm 
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This should be stickied!


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 Post subject: Re: Great Thread of Forum Tips for Members by Members
PostPosted: May 5th, 2011, 8:12 pm 
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My goodness, I laughed out loud reading some of those ridiculous acronyms and smilies!! :roll: :comppunch:

This is a great thread. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Forum Tips for Members by Members
PostPosted: May 7th, 2011, 12:29 pm 
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I'm not sure the definitions of a newbie, middler, and oldie fit anymore but the rest is still useful. Post here if you want to add a piece of advice. :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Forum Tips for Members by Members
PostPosted: May 13th, 2011, 9:38 am 
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No, it's way outdated on the forum, Ea! Archaic by internet time! Will remove that!

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PostPosted: December 3rd, 2011, 2:28 pm 
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Wow, I just found this. I NEVER knew some of this stuff. Like the whole symbols in people's sigs thing. Never knew about that. :blink:


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