Frequently Asked Questions about the Napoleon Series Forum
1. How do I post a message on the Forum?
To post a message on the "Create a Profile" Button. You
will be asked for your real name and a valid e-mail address. You must
include both. You may provide any additional information you wish,
such as information about your interests. When you create a profile,
our Forum will send a password to your e-mail account within five
minutes. You must use your full name and password when you create
a message. The Forum software creates a cookie on your computer the
first time you post a message. After that, it will automatically put
your name and password into the message form when you go to post a
2. How do I change my password or other information
in my profile?
You may change your password or any other information in your profile
by clicking on the "Edit Profile" button. You may not
change your name or your e-mail address.
3. How do I use smilies in my posting?
Our forum can accept the following smilies:
4. How do I place a picture in a posting?
1.) You cannot post an image on the
2.) You can post a link to an image.
The reason is that images are big and use a lot of storage when
sitting there and bandwidth when accessed. We pay for storage and
3.) The link has to point to a place
on the web where the image exists and that is accessible by other
users on the web. Your PC is not such a place since you should
have firewalls to prevent strangers accessing anything in your
4.) Therefore you have to place the
image elsewhere. There are numerous services, many of which provide
a level of free hosting. Do NOT pay for anything at the level of
hosting you are seeking.
5.) One site used by many of our members
6.) Set up a profile - very easy. This
will require an email address and a password. Use one of your generic
passwords that you are likely to remember no matter what as you
probably won't use this service much. Failing that, they are very
quick at helping when you do forget your password.
7.) Once you log in you will see a
menu of Actions. Click "Upload Image". This opens a window that
requires you to browse to an image on your computer. I presume
the image IS on your computer.
8.) You should now see an image has
been uploaded to Image Shack. The original still exists in your
computer. A copy has been placed on a server that anyone on the
web can see.
9.) Now you need a link to your image.
Right click on the image. You'll see a list, pick "Share it". This
will give an array of different urls for various specific purposes.
Use the one called "Direct". Simply copy and paste this into your
post. Click anywhere on the url, right click, select "Copy", go
to your post and paste. You can test this by copying the link into
an empty word document.
5. How do I place a link to another site in my posting?
Should you wish to use links in the body of the posting, you can
use the following method:
1. Place the following within < >: a href="url of site"
(Make sure you use the quotation marks.)
2. After the > list the name of the site
3. After you list the name of the site place the following within
< >: /a
6. Can I place html code within my posting?
The Forum software permits limited html. The following codes are
To bold face: <b></b>
To underline: <u> </u>
To italicize: <i> </i>
To indent: <blockquote></blockquote>
To use these codes, place the first <> before the item you
want to use and the </> after the item.
7. Is there a need to change the subject line if
I respond to a post?
As a courtesy to other readers you may change the subject line of
the posting to reflect what your message is about. If your response
alters or renders the previous subject irrelevant, then you should
change the subject line.
8. How do I avoid having my messages being deleted
when archiving is being done?
One of the reasons why we keep this bulletin board system, despite
its age, is because it allows us to archive the messages. Right now
there are almost 50,000 messages in our archives. Unfortunately, the
system does not automatically archive the material.The moderators
decide which messages to archive. It generally takes about an hour
to archive about 500 - 600 messages. No message is automatically archived.
About 15 - 20 % are deleted. The person doing the archiving has to
decide which one to save and which one to delete. Most of the time,
the decision is based on the subject line. It is rare that a message
is re-read when archiving. The procedure is:
1. Decide which messages to delete and then delete them. These messages
generally fall in the following categories:
b. Messages with "NM" in the message line. Most of these
messages are thank-yous to other posters for their support. While
they are appreciated at the time, they generally are not worth saving
for future research. Occasionally there are "NM" postings
with with cryptic subject lines. The moderators do not read messages
with "NM" in the subject lines before they delete them.
c. Messages that are time-sensitive.
2. Once these messages are deleted, then the other messages are archived.
This takes time. The moderators do not have the time to re-read every
message. The most important criteria for them on whether a message
is archived or deleted is the subject line.
1. The forum software will only recognize text in a message. If you
post an image or a url in the message and do not include any text
with it, it will come up as a "NM". There is a 99% chance
it will be deleted.
2. Change the subject line of your message. If you are posting something
in an off-topic thread, it will be deleted even if your message is
relevant to our era. Additionally, if you post a message in a humorous
thread, it will get deleted unless there is something in the subject
line that is relevant.