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TWMB HELP

I - INTRODUCTION

II - USER HELP

1 - Listing Subtopics
2 - Viewing Subtopics
3 - Posting a Subtopic/Reply
4 - Tool Bar
5 - Expressive Icons
6 - Search

III - BASIC ADMINISTRATION HELP

 

I - INTRODUCTION
  • TWMB is an internet-based application written in various scripts implementing Microsoft's ASP (Auto Server Page) technology, which in turn requires Windows NT/2000 servers with IIS 4.x installed.  Microsoft is planning to release its version IIS on servers other than Windows NT/2000, until then, you'll have to make sure with your web hosting company if this technology is supported for your website.
  • TWMB does not require you to regsiter objects or DLLs to the server, a webmaster will only have to create a directory structure and copy all the files to their designated folders.  After that, anyone can begin to customize all the forums, boards, color theme and identity, and start running.  Click here to view the features.
  • Although TWMB's code is visible in scripting languages and not compiled in binary code, it is not released as an open source code software to the public, the author is only condoning any use or modifications of the code under reasonable circumstances. Contact at webmaster@tawarnolds.com for more information.
II - USER HELP
  • TWMB is organized into forums, each forum contains topics, each topic contains subtopics, and each subtopic contains replies; none-administration level 1 users can only generate subtopics and replies, or messages.
1 - Listing Subtopics

- The old/new status of a subtopic or thread is dictated by its latest post/reply's date/time, which means a subtopic that has been posted months ago can be resurfaced to its 'new' status if there is a new reply added to it.  Sub-topics can be listed on the left frame in the following manners:

  1. Select a forum from the top most list box.
  2. Select a topic from the list of topics immediately below.
  3. [Optional] Show: indicate the timeframe in which the sub-topics are to be listed.
  4. [Optional] Sort: sort the sequential order of the listing sub-topics from oldest or newest.
  5. [Optional] Font Size: Set the font size that will be displayed.
  6. [Optional] Compact: Check to list only the subject line, omit additional details.
  7. [Optional] Closed Only: Check to list only closed sub-topics, those that remain as posts from the archives.  Closed sub-topics are especially isolated by administrators, they represent frequently posted content, thus, prevents further unnecessary participation of old information.

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2 - Viewing Subtopics

- Subtopics are thread separators, each of them is basically the first message in a thread that leads to replies posted by other participants.

- Left frame icons:

  • folder.gif (892 bytes) A subtopic with no relpies.
  • folderp.gif (906 bytes) A subtopic with one or more replies.
  • foldern.gif (974 bytes) Indicates as a newly created subtopic, or contains new replies (Old and new posts are marked according to your last visiting date and time, it is inapplicable that either you've read them or not).
  • Folderc.gif (991 bytes) This subtopic is locked, no more replies to this particular thread are allowed..

- Clicking on the icon will take you to a composite mode where all the posts [in that thread] are open in one single scan, this mode is quick and straightforward however contains lesser user header details.

- Clicking on the link next to the icon will take you to a more detailed viewing of the posts, however, only one post is open at a time. The icon breturn.gif

    (1726 bytes) at the bottom of the post means that you're reading a reply, clicking on it will take you back to the original sub-topic (or the beginning of the thread).

  • [Previous Thread] and [Next Thread] links are for navigating through subtopics by their database order.

- Right frame icons:

  • pagei.gif (908 bytes) Hide or show all posts opposite to their current state.
  • pageh.gif (247 bytes) Hide a post.
  • pageo.gif (869 bytes) Show a post.
  • page.gif (869 bytes) Old post editing icon.
  • pagen.gif (881 bytes) New post editing icon.

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3 - Posting a Subtopic/Reply
  • Click on the icon in the left frame bnew.gif (1764 bytes) to post a new subtopic (or create your own thread).   Since TWMB hosts a collection of boards, after filling all the fields, you need select a board so TWMB will know where to place your post.  The color-coded fields are for logged in users, TWMB will automatically fill in the information that is currently registered.
  • At any given time, when viewing in composite or detailed mode, you can post a reply to the targeting subtopic from the 'Reply' window below.
  • The 'HTML Preview' function is used to parse and preview your HTML-encoded text.   Although TWMB can display HTML elements, only logged in [registered] users are able to use this feature.

4- Tool Bar

bthome.gif (1143

      bytes) The frontpage of TWMB.
btlogin.gif (1121 bytes) Login window.
btadmin.gif (1191 bytes) View Administration panel.
btvwu.gif (1212 bytes) List level 1 members.
btsearch.gif (1665 bytes) Go to the search window.
bthelp.gif (1136 bytes) Help page.
btwrite.gif (1230 bytes) A link to posting a new subtopic, indicates that the current user can post subtopics or replies.  This function can be locked by the Administrator.
btnwrite.gif (1731 bytes) Indicates that the current user can not post subtopics or replies.  This function can be unlocked by the Administrator.

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5 - Expressive Icons

The followings are icons which you can use to express emotions in your message, you can insert an icon by entering its designated 3-character code within your message.

ICON CODE Meaning... SOURCE
fmad.gif (1382 bytes) }:{ ...mad icons/fmad.gif
fangry.gif (1410 bytes) :-[ ...angry icons/fangry.gif
fgrin.gif (1396 bytes) :-] ...grinning icons/fgrin.gif
fkiss.gif (1390 bytes) :@) ...kissing icons/fkiss.gif
flaugh.gif (1401 bytes) :)) ...laughing icons/flaugh.gif
fsad.gif (1404 bytes) :(( ...sad icons/fsad.gif
fscare.gif (1402 bytes) :{} ...scared icons/fscare.gif
fsmile.gif (1401 bytes) :-) ...smiling icons/fsmile.gif
fsurprise.gif (1412 bytes) :-o ...surprised icons/fsurprise.gif
fwink.gif (1507 bytes) ;-] ...winking icons/fwink.gif
shelp.gif (1381 bytes) [+] ...in need of help icons/shelp.gif
sokcool.gif (1468 bytes) [K] ...being cool icons/sokcool.gif
squestn.gif (1458 bytes) [?] ...asking a question icons/squestn.gif
sstop.gif (1416 bytes) [x] ...wishing to stop icons/sstop.gif
sheart.gif (5854 bytes) [@] ...in love icons/sheart.gif

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6 - Search
You can search for username, email and URL addresses, subject and content in all posts by using various options and parameters in the 'Search' page.
  • Board: Select a board or all to search in.  Each board has its own table in the database, to expedite the scanning process, select the appropriate board will shorten the waiting time.
  • Search in: Each post has several fields containing separate items of information such as username, email, URL, subject and content.   Again, select only the appropriate field(s) to quicken the search, otherwise, leave the default 'All fields' option.
  • Display: Control how much content of the returning results are to be displayed in the page.  Selecting 'Highlight search value(s)' will enable TWMB to highlight the searching values in the reading window.
  • Value: Enter what to search for.  You can use a boolean operator, AND or OR, to concatenate two or more words/values to broaden the search.  Do not use the combination of both, AND and OR, in one single search string.
  • Action: When you are done entering values and options, click 'Search...'
III - BASIC ADMINISTRATION HELP
View a list of level 2 & 3 administrators/moderators (available only to logged in users).
View a list of level 1 users.
Edit your TWMB exclusive online profile.
End/destroy your currently logged in session.  When you are logged in, your online profile as well as other preferences are actively stored in the server's session object, thus, exiting your session properly will efficiently  free up server's resources.
View the connection information which is being exchanged between your browser and the server.
Compose and send email.  Level 1 users are allowed to send 3 emails per session and only to users that are indigenous to this board.
View a list of recently logged in users.  TWMB keeps track of date/time and username of each successful login so users may know who have recently visited the board.  Administrators can refresh this list.
Set personalized preferences that are to accommodate your experience on this board.  These preferences are saved on your computer as cookies (cookies are stored in a tiny text file, they are pairs of key values so that a website can recall your online behaviors; contrary to popular speculations, they can not explicitly and permanently identify the user as well as cause any possible harms to their hosting computer).

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