FAQ

These are the top asked Questions concerning the Boards System. You just have to click on the Question to have more information on that subject.

How do I create a Poll?

Users can put a poll in their post that others can vote on. To add a poll in your post, you need to use the following format :

[pollstart]
[polltitle=Name of your poll]
[polloption=First Choice]
[polloption=Second Choice]
[polloption=As many choices as you would like]
[pollstop]

You can only have 1 poll per post. A “V” icon will appear next to your subject to indicate the post has a voting poll.

Remember: Posts with polls in them cannot be edited but they may be deleted.

To view the Poll Result, click on the “View Poll Results” link that appears at the bottom of every post that has a Voting Poll.

You can also configure who can post voting polls (Everyone or Admins/Moderators Only) in the “Admin” – “Edit Configuration” section. Also, you can choose who can vote on the voting poll (Everyone or Registered Accounts only).

Example of Poll :
[pollstart]
[polltitle=What is your Favorite Color?]
[polloption=Red]
[polloption=Yellow]
[polloption=Blue]
[polloption=Uh! I do not have Any]
[pollstop]

How does the Groups System works?

The Groups system allows you to define who have access to which boards. If the user does not have Read Access (more on this later) to a restricted board, he will not see the board at all and will be unable to access the board.

There are 4 default groups available :

Administrators Administrators of the boards. You can give Administrator access to other by using the Grant Admin Privs option.
Moderators Moderators of the boards. You can give Moderators access to other by using the Assign a moderator option if you wish to give moderator access to a specific forum, or you can use the Grant Global Mod Privs if you wish to give moderator access to all of the forums.
Users Registered Users. All users who have an account is automatically part of this group.
Guest The users who are not logged or who does not have any account is part of this group.

Every Administrators and Moderators are also member of the Users group.

There are some limits:
– You can have 99 different Groups (counting the 4 default ones).
– Each user can belong to a maximum of 60 groups.
– Each board can have a maximum of 60 groups for read permissions and 60 for write.

Groups cannot be deleted, however they can be renamed with the exception of the 4 default groups. By default new boards created will have read and write permissions given to both the Users and Guest groups. If you remove write privileges from a certain group read privileges will be removed from that group as well. If you grant write privileges to a group read privileges will be given to that group as well.

To give you a better idea of how the Groups system works, I will give you some examples of how the boards can be configured and how it will affect each users.

For this example, let say there are 7 groups defined :
1- Administrators (default)
2- Moderators (default)
3- Users (default)
4- Guests (default)
5- Guild Member
6- Guild Leader
7- Guild Division A

You have the following Users defined with the following groups access :
1- Moonlight : Administrators, Users, Guild Member, Guild Leader
2- George : Users, Guild Member
3- Frank : Users, Guild Member, Guild Leader
4- Simon : Users, Guild Member, Guild Division A
5- Joe : Users

NOTE: Accounts are automatically in the Users group.

Then, you create the following Boards with the Read/Write Groups Access below :
1- Open Discussion : READ: Users, Guests – WRITE: Users
2- Announcements : READ: Guild Member – WRITE: Guild Leader
3- Guild Discussion : READ: Guild Member – WRITE: Guild Member
4- Division A : READ: Guild Division A, Guild Leader – WRITE: Guild Division A, Guild Leader

Now, I will explain what each of the 5 users will be able to do :

Moonlight : Moonlight have full access to the Message Boards
==> Will See : Open Discussion, Announcements, Guild Discussion, Division A
==> Can Write : Open Discussion, Announcements, Guild Discussion, Division A

George : George is a regular Guild Member of the Guild
==> Will See : Open Discussion, Announcements, Guild Discussion
==> Can Write : Open Discussion, Guild Discussion
==> He will be able to Read the Announcements board but will be unable to post any Message into it.
==> He will not see the existence of the Division A board.

Frank : George is a Guild Leader
==> Will See : Open Discussion, Announcements, Guild Discussion, Division A
==> Can Write : Open Discussion, Announcements, Guild Discussion, Division A
==> Like Moonlight, he will have full access to the boards.

Simon : Simon is a Guild Member and he is a member of the Division A
==> Will See : Open Discussion, Announcements, Guild Discussion, Division A
==> Can Write : Open Discussion, Guild Discussion, Division A
==> Like George, Simon can read in the Announcements board but is unable to post there.
==> He have access to the Division A board, both in read and write.

Joe : Joe is an unknown user who registered on the board. He is not a Guild Member
==> Will See : Open Discussion
==> Can Write : Open Discussion
==> Since Joe just have access to the Users group, he will not see any boards that contains Guild info.

Now, let say someone go to your Message Boards and he is not logged since he/she doesn’t want to have an Account and is just browsing the Message Boards :
==> Will See : Open Discussion
==> Can Write : NOTHING
==> The user is automatically a member of the Guests group since he/she is not logged. He will only see the existance of the Open Discussion board but is unable to write any messages into it until he register an account. At that time, he will have Usersaccess and will be able to write in it.

Now, as you can see, the Groups system can be very useful to hide private boards from other users and to organise who can post where.

Remember, if you want to have a Message Boards completely private, remove the Users & Guests access to all boards. Only users that you decide will be able to see the forums, others will see no forums listed at all.