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User Guide for the phpBB 3.0 Olympus program

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:43 pm

The ZFI bulletin board discussion forum website uses the phpBB 3.0 Olympus program. This "User Guide" is Chapter 5 from the phpBB3 Olympus Documentation.

Chapter 5. User Guide

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Table of Contents

5.1. How user permissions affect forum experience
5.2. Registering on a phpBB3 board
5.3. Orienting Yourself in the User Control Panel
~~5.3.1. Overview
~~~~5.3.1.1. Subscriptions
~~~~5.3.1.2. Bookmarks
~~~~5.3.1.3. Drafts
~~5.3.2. Profile
~~~~5.3.2.1. Personal settings
~~~~5.3.2.2. Registration details
~~~~5.3.2.3. Signature
~~~~5.3.2.4. Avatar
~~5.3.3. Preferences
~~~~5.3.3.1. Personal
~~~~5.3.3.2. Viewing
~~~~5.3.3.3. Posting
~~5.3.4. Friends and Foes
~~5.3.5. Attachments
~~5.3.6. Usergroups
5.4. Mastering the Posting Screen
~~5.4.1. Posting Form
~~5.4.2. Smilies
~~5.4.3. BBCodes
~~5.4.4. Post Options
~~~~5.4.4.1. Topic Types
~~5.4.5. Attachments
~~5.4.6. Polls
~~5.4.7. Drafts
5.5. Communicate with Private Messages
~~5.5.1. Message display
~~5.5.2. Composing a new message
~~5.5.3. Message Folders
~~~~5.5.3.1. Custom Folders
~~~~5.5.3.2. Moving Messages
~~~~5.5.3.3. Message Markers
~~5.5.4. Message filters
5.6. Search - How to Find What You are Looking For
5.7. The Memberlist - More Than Meets the Eye
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5.1. How user permissions affect forum experience

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:47 pm

5.1. How user permissions affect forum experience

phpBB3 uses permissions on a per-user or per-usergroup basis to allow or disallow users access to certain functions or features which software offers. These may include the ability to post in certain forums, having an avatar, or being able to communicate through private messages. All of the permissions can be set through the Administration Panel.

Permissions can also be set allowing appointed members to perform special tasks or have special abilities on the bulletin board. Permissions allow the Administrator to define which moderation functions and in which forums certain users or groups of users are allowed to use. This allows for appointed users to become moderators on the bulletin board. The administrator can also give users access to certain sections of the Administration panel, keeping important settings or functions restricted and safe from malicious acts. For example, a select group of moderators could be allowed to modify a user's avatar or signature if said avatar or signature is not allowed under a paticular forum's rules. Without these abilities set, the moderator would need to notify an administrator in order to have the user's profile changed.

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5.2. Registering on a phpBB3 board

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:58 pm

5.2. Registering on a phpBB3 board

The basic procedure of registering an account on a phpBB3 board consists in the simplest case of only two steps:

1. After following the "Register" link you should see the board rules. If you agree to these terms the registration process continues. If you don't agree you can't register your account

2. Now you see a short form for entering your user information where you can specify your username, e-mail address, password, language and timezone.

As mentioned above, this is only the simplest case. The board can be configured to add some additional steps to the registration process.

~ If you get a site where you have to select whether you were born before or after a specified date, the administrator has enabled this to comply with the U.S. COOPA act. If you are younger than 13 years, your account will stay inactive until it is approved by a parent or guardian. You will receive an e-mail where the next steps required for your account activation are described.

~ If you see in the form where you can specify your username, password etc. a graphic with some wierd looking characters, then you see the so called Visual Confirmation. Simply enter these characters into the Confirmation Code field and proceed with the registration.

~ Another option is the account activation. Here the administrator can make it a requirement that you have to follow and link mailed to you after registering before your account is activated. In this case you will see a message similiar to this one:

Your account has been created. However, this forum requires account activation, an activation key has been sent to the e-mail address you provided. Please check your e-mail for further information

It is also possible that the administrator himself/herself has to activate the account.
Your account has been created. However, this forum requires account activation by the administrator. An e-mail has been sent to them and you will be informed when your account has been activated.

In this case please have some patience with the administrators to review your registration and activate your account.

[Note from ZFI: The ZFI board is set up to be user activated using the middle method of online activation with the Confirmation Code. However, some users begin the registration process but fail to activate their account. In this case they may receive a notice like the one above saying that their account has been created but not activated and to follow the instructions in the email.]


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5.3. Orienting Yourself in the User Control Panel

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:20 pm

[Note by ZFI: Some portions of this section have not been completed in the original documentation available on line and are indicated by "TODO" notes.]

5.3. Orienting Yourself in the User Control Panel

The User Control Panel (UCP) allows you to alter personal preferences, manage posts you are watching, send and receive private messages, and change the way information about you appears to other users. To view the UCP, click the 'User Control Panel' link that appears after logging in.

The UCP is separated into seven tabs: Overview, Private Messages, Profile, Preferences, Friends and Foes, Attachments, and Groups. Within each tab are several sub pages, accessed by clicking the desired link on the left side of the UCP interface. Some of these areas may not be available depending on the permissions set for you by the administrator.

Every page of the UCP displays your Friends List on the left side. To send a private message to a friend, click their user name.

TODO: Note that Private messaging will be discussed in its own section


5.3.1. Overview
The Overview displays a snapshot of information about your posting habits such as the date you joined the forum, your most active topic, and how many total posts you have submitted. Overview sub pages include Subscriptions, Bookmarks, and Drafts.

Figure 5.3. User Control Panel Overview (Index)
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The UCP Overview section

5.3.1.1. Subscriptions
Subscriptions are forums or individual topics that you have elected to watch for any new posts. Whenever a new post is made inside an area you have subscribed to, an e-mail will be sent you to informing you of the new addition. To create a subscription, visit the forum or topic you would like to subscribe to and click the 'Subscribe' link located at the bottom of the page.

To remove a subscription, check the box next to the subscription you would like to remove and click the 'Unsubscribe' button.

5.3.1.2. Bookmarks
Bookmarks, much like subscriptions, are topics you've chosen to watch. However, there are two key differences: 1) only individual topics may be bookmarked, and 2) an e-mail will not be sent to inform you of new posts.

To create a bookmark, visit the topic you would like to watch and click the 'Bookmark Topic' link located at the bottom of the page.

To remove a bookmark, check the box next to the bookmark you would like to remove and click the 'Remove marked bookmarks' button.

5.3.1.3. Drafts
Drafts are created when you click the 'Save' button on the New Post or Post Reply page. Displayed are the title of your post, the forum or topic that the draft was made in, and the date you saved it.

To continue editing a draft for future submission, click the 'View/Edit' link. If you plan to finish and post the message, click 'Load Draft'. To delete a draft, check the box next to the draft you wish to remove and click 'Delete Marked'.

5.3.2. Profile
This section lets you set your profile information. Your profile information contains general information that other users on the board will able to see. Think of your profile as a sign of your public presence. This section is separated from your preferences. (Preferences are the individual settings that you set and manage on your own, and control your forum experience. Thus, this is separated from your profile settings.)

5.3.2.1. Personal settings
Personal settings control the information that is displayed when a user views your profile.

~ ICQ Number: Your account number associated with ICQ system.

~ AOL Instant Messenger: Your screen name associated with AOL Instant Messenger system.

~ MSN Messenger: Your email address associated with the MSN Messenger (Windows Live) service.

~ Yahoo Messenger: Your username associated with the Yahoo Messenger service.

~ Jabber Address: Your username associated with the Jabber service.

~ Website: Your website's address. Must be prepended with the appropriate protocol reference (i.e. http://)

~ Location: Your physical location. Note that this is generally displayed along with your user information with every post, so standard caution regarding releasing personal information on the Internet should apply.

~ Occupation: Your occupation. The information entered will appear only on the viewprofile page.

~ Interests: Your personal interests. The information entered here will appear only on the viewprofile page.

~ Birthday: Your birthday. This information is used for displaying your username in the Birthday section of the Board Index. If year is specified, your age will be displayed in your profile.

5.3.2.2. Signature
Your signature appears, at your option, below every post you make. Signatures may be formatted using BBCode. The board administrator may specifiy a maximum length for signatures. You can check this limit by noting the line There is a x character limit. above the signature editing textbox, where x is the currently set limit.

5.3.2.3. Avatar
Your avatar is an image the displays with every post you make. Depending on board settings, avatars may be completely disabled, or may appear in one (or more) of three forms: "Upload from your machine", "Upload from a URL", and "Link off-site".

~ Upload from your machine: You may upload an avatar from your machine to be hosted on the board's server.

~ Upload from a URL: You may specify the URL of an existing image. This will cause the image to be copied to the board's server and hosted on it.

~ Link off-site: You may specify the URL of an existing image. This will not cause the image to be hosted on the board's server, but rather hotlinked to its current location.

Additionally, a board administrator may opt to provide an avatar gallery for users to make use of. These images are pre-selected by the administrator and are able to be used by any of a board's members.

5.3.3. Preferences
Preferences allow you to dictate various behaviours of the phpBB software in regards to your interaction with it.

5.3.3.1. Global
Global settings control various overall interactions with the phpBB software.

~ Users can contact by e-mail: If Yes is selected, users can e-mail you via the "e-mail" button in your profile.

~ Administrators can e-mail me information: If Yes is selected, you will receive mass-emails sent out by the board administrator.

~ Allow users to send you private messages: If Yes is selected, users can send you private messages via the board.

~ Hide my online status: If Yes is selected, your online status will be hidden to users. Note that administrators and moderators will still be able to view your online status.

~ Notify me on new privates messages: If Yes is selected, you will receive an email when you receive a new private messages.

~ Pop up window on new private messages: If Yes is selected, a pop-up window will appear on the board to alert you of new private messages.

~ My language: Allows you to specify what language pack the board utilizes. Note that this setting applies only to board language strings; posts will be rendered in the language they were written.

~ My timezone: Allows you to specify what timezone board times should appear in.

~ Summer Time / DST is in effect: If Yes is selected, board times will appear one hour earlier than the selected setting. Note that this setting is not updated automatically; you will have to change it manually when needed.

~ My date format: Controls what format times are rendered in. You may select one of the options in the dropdown box -- advanced users may select "Custom" and input a custom format (in the format of the php.net date function).

5.3.3.2. Posting
Posting settings control the default settings of the posting editors when you create a post. Note that these options are controllable on an individual basis while posting.

~ Enable BBCode by default: When Yes is selected, BBCode is enabled within the post editor.

~ Enable smiles by default: When Yes is selected, smiles will be rendered within your posts.

~ Attach my signature by default: When Yes is selected, your signature will be appended to your posts.

~ Notify me upon replies by default: When yes is selected, you will be notified by email when a reply to your post is made.

5.3.3.3. Display
TODO: Explain the settings you can edit here.


5.3.4. Friends and Foes
TODO: (Not sure if this deserves its own section yet. For 3.0 this does not have much of an influence on the overall forum experience, this might change with 3.2, so leaving it here for now.) Write a detailed explanation about what Friends and Foes are and how they affect the forum like hiding posts of foes, adding users to the friends list for fast access / online checks, and so forth.

5.3.5. Attachments
TODO: The attachment section of the UCP shows you a list of all attachments that you have uploaded to the board so far ...

5.3.6. Usergroups
TODO: Work in progress, might change, so not sure how this is going to be structured.

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5.4. Mastering the Posting Screen

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:59 pm

[Note from ZFI: The "TODO" notes are in the original documentation and are notes by the team writing the User Guide to themselves.]

5.4. Mastering the Posting Screen

TODO: How to write a new post and how to reply. Special items like attachments or polls are subsections. Don't forget to mention the "someone has replied before you replied" feature, the topic review, and so forth. Topic icons, smilies, post options, usage of HTML ... it would probably best to add a screenshot with arrows to the different sections.

Posting is the primary purpose of bulletin boards. There are two main types of posts you can make: a topic or a reply. Selecting the New Topic button in a forum button will take you to the posting screen. After submitting your post, a new topic will appear in that forum with your post as the first displayed. Other users (and you as well) are now able to reply to your topic by using the Post Reply button. This will once again bring you to the posting screen, allowying you to enter your post.

5.4.1. Posting Form
You will be taken to the posting form when you decide to post either a new topic or reply, where you can enter your post content.

~ Topic/Post Icon: The topic/post icon is a small icon that will display to the left of your post subject. This helps identify your post and make it stand out, though it is completely optional.

~ Subject: If you are creating a new topic with your post, the subject is required and will become the title of the topic. If you are replying to an existing topic, this is optional, but it can be changed.

~ Post Content - While not being labled, the large text box is where your actual post content will be entered. Here, along with your text, you may use things like Smilies or BBCode if the board administrator has them enabled.

~ Smilies - Smilies, or emoticons, are small images which can be inserted into your post to add expression emphasis. If Smilies are enabled, you will see the text "Smilies are ON" to the righthand of the Post Content box. Otherwise, you will see the text "Smilies are OFF." See Posting Smilies for further details.

~ BBCode - BBCode is a type of formatting that can be applied to your post content if BBCode has been enabled by the board administrator. If BBCode is enabled, you will see the text "BBCode is ON" to the righthand of the Post Content box. Otherwise, you will see the text "BBCode is OFF." See Posting BBCode for further details.

5.4.2. Smilies
Smilies, or emoticons, are small images which can be inserted into your post to add expression emphasis. To use Smiles, certain characters are put together to get the desired output. For example, typing :) will insert [insert smilie here], ;) will insert [insert wink smilie here], etc. Other smilies require the format :texthere: to display. For example,
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:roll:
will insert smilie whose eyes are rolling: :roll:, and
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:cry:
will insert a smilie who is crying: :cry:.

In many cases you can also select which smilie you'd like to insert by clicking its picture on the right side of the Post Content text box. When clicked, the smilie's characters will appear at the current location of the curser in the text box.

If you wish to be able to use these characters in your post, but not have them appear as smilies, please see Posting Options.

5.4.3. BBCodes
TODO: What are BBcodes. Again, permission based which ones you can use. Explain syntax of the default ones (quote and URL for instance). How to disable BBcode by default, how to disable/enable it for one post.

BBCode is a type of formatting that can be applied to your post content, much like HTML. Unlike HTML, however, BBCode uses square brackets [ and ] instead of angled brackets < and >. Depending on the permissions the board administrator has set, you may be able to use only certain BBCodes or even none at all.

For detailed instructions on the useage of BBCode, you can click the BBCode link to the righthand of the Post Content text box. Please note that the administrator has the option to add new and custom BBCodes, so others may be availible to you which are not on this list.

Basic BBCodes and their outputs are as follows:

TODO: How do we want to go about displaying the output?


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[b]Boldface text[/b]
gives Boldface text

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[i]Italicised text[/i]
gives Italicised text

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[u]Underlined text[/u]
gives Underlined text

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[quote]Quoted text[/quote]
gives
Quoted text


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[quote="John Doe"]Quoted text[/quote]

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gives
John Doe wrote:Quoted text




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[url]http://www.phpbb.com[/url]
gives http://www.phpbb.com

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[url=http://www.phpbb.com]Linked text[/url]
gives Linked text

[flash=width,height]Path to flash[/flash] will play the flash animation with the specified dimensions.

Again, for more detailed instructions on the useage of BBCode and the many other available BBCodes, please click the BBCode link to the righthand of the Post Content text bos.

5.4.4. Post Options
TODO: Gather various screenshots of the basic post options box. When posting a topic/reply and/or moderation functions, etc.

When posting either a new topic or reply, there are several post options that are available to you. You can view these options by selecting the Options tab from the section below the posting form. Depending on the permissions the board administrator has assigned to you or whether you are posting a topic or reply, these options will be different.

~ Disable BBCode: If BBCode is enabled on the board and you are allowed to use it, this option will be available. Checking this box will not convert any BBCode in your post content into its respected output. For example, Bolded text will be seen in your post as exactly Bolded text.

~ Disable Smilies: If Smilies are enabled on the board and you are allowed to use them, this option will be available. Checking this box will not convert any of the smilie's characters to their respected image. For example, ;) will be seen in your post as exactly ;).

~ Do not automatically parse URLs: When entering a URL directly into your post content (in the format of http://....com or http://www.etc.com), by default it will be converted to a clickable string of text. However, if this box is checked when posting, these URLs will stay as a standard string of text.

~ Attach a signature (signatures can be altered via the UCP): If this box is checked, the signature you have set in your profile will be attached to the post provided signatures have been enabled by the administrator and you have the proper permissions. For more information about signatures, please see UCP Signatures.

~ Send me an email when a reply is posted: If this box is checked, you will receive a notification (either by email, Jabber, etc) every time another user replies to the topic. This is called subscribing to the topic. For more information, please see UCP Subscriptions.

~ Lock topic: Provided you have moderation permissions in this forum, checking this box will result in the topic being locked after your reply has been posted. At this point, no one but moderators or administrators may reply to the topic. For more information, please see Locking a topic or post.

5.4.4.1. Topic Types
Provided you have the right permissions, you have the option of selecting various topic types when posting a new topic by using Post topic as. The four possible types are: Normal, Sticky, Announcement, and Global. By default, all new posts are Normal.

[Note by ZFI: Only moderators have permissions to set topics as "sticky", 'announcement" or "global". If you believe a topic deserves to be set as one of these types, then contact the forum's moderator.]

~ Normal: By selecting normal, your new topic will be a standard topic in the forum.

~ Sticky: Stickies are special topics in the forum. They are "stuck" to the top of the first page of the forum in which they are posted, above every Normal topic.

~ Announcement: Announcements are much like Stickies in that they are "stuck" to the top of the forum. However, they are different from stickies in two ways: 1) they are above Stickies, and 2) they appear at the top of every page of the forum instead of only the first page of topics.

~ Global: Global, or Global Announcements, are special types of Announcements which appear at the top of every page of every forum on the board. They appear above every other type of special topic.

You also have the ability to specify how long the special (stickies, announcements, and global announcements) keep their type. For example, an announcement is created and specified to stay "stuck" for 4 days. After the 4 days are over, the announcement will automatically be switched to a Normal topic.

5.4.5. Attachments
Attachments allow users to upload files and attach them to their post. The ability to attach and download attachments is determined by the "Can attach files" and "Can download files" permissions respectively.

To add an attachment, find the Upload Attachment section of the posting page and click the Browse button. A comment may be placed in the File Comment text box. Clicking Add the file will upload and attach the file to the post. To upload multiple files, repeat the process.

To delete an attachment, find the Posted Attachments section of the posting page and click the Delete File button for the desired attachment.

Attachments can be displayed within the post text by clicking the Place Inline button for the desired attachment. When an attachment is placed inline, text similar to a BBCode is inserted into the post text so that it may be moved. If an attachment is not placed inline, it will be displayed at the end of the post.

Attachments are controlled by a set of restrictions, namely file size and file type.

~ File Size: The maximum file size for uploaded files is set by the Administrator. The default is 256KiB.

~ File Type: The types of files allowed for upload are restricted by their file extension. The allowed extensions are set by the Administrator.

For more information on changing attachment settings, please see ACP Attachment Settings.

5.4.6. Polls
Polls allow users to use a topic to vote about an idea or issue. Polls can only be created in the first post of a topic. The ability to create and vote in polls is determined by the "Polls" set by the administrator.

~ Poll question - This is the idea or issue that is being voted on in the poll. This is required to start a poll.

~ Poll options - These are the allowed answers to the poll question. When entering a poll option, each should be placed on a separate line of the textbox. At least two poll options are required.

~ Options per user - This is the number of options each user may select when voting. When a user is allowed more than one option, a series of checkboxes replaces the radio buttons of the standard poll.

~ Run poll for - This is the number of days in which users can vote in the poll. Once the time has passed, no more votes can be made and the results will be displayed.

~ Allow revoting - If this is chosen, users will be able re-cast their votes.

5.4.7. Drafts
When creating a post, it can be saved or loaded using the drafts feature. If the board permissions allow drafts to be saved, then Save and Load buttons will appear on the posting page.

~ Save - Saves a post as a draft. When a draft is saved, only the subject and message of the post are stored. Topic icons, attachments, etc… will be lost.

~ Load - Loads a saved draft. When clicked, a listing of available drafts will appear. Click the title of the desired post to load the draft. Any information in the current post will be lost and replaced with that of the draft.

Once a draft is used, it is removed. For more information on managing drafts, please see Section 5.3.1.3 UCP Drafts.
Note
If there are no drafts available, the Load button will not appear.


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5.5. Communicate with Private Messages

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:13 pm

[Note from ZFI: The "TODO" notes in this section are in the original documentation and are notes by the team writing the User Guide to themselves.]

5.5. Communicate with Private Messages

phpBB 3.0 allows its users to communicate privately by using Private Messages. To visit the Private Messages section, you either can click on the [X new messages] link on the left hand side below the forum header, or you can directly access it through the User Control Panel..

Depending on your [settings], there are 3 ways of being notified that a new Private Message has arrived:

1. By receiving an e-mail or Jabber message
2. While browsing the forum a notification window will pop up
3. The [X new messages] link will show the number of currently unread messages

You can set the options to your liking in the Preferences section. Note, that for the popup window notification to work, your will have to add the forum you are visiting to your browser’s popup blocker white list.

You can choose to not receive Private Messages by other users in your Preferences. Note, that moderators and administrators will still be able send you Private Messages, even if you have disabled them.

[To use this feature, you have to be a registered user and need the to have the correct permissions.]

5.5.1. Message display
The Inbox is the default incoming folder, which contains a list of your recently received Private Messages.

5.5.2. Composing a new message
TODO: Similar to the posting screen, so a reference for the basic functions should be enough. What needs to be explained are the To and Bcc fields, how they integrate with the friends list and how to find members (which could also be a link to the memberlist section).

5.5.3. Message Folders

Just like in your e-mail client, all private messages are stored in folders. Working with folders is similar to working with forums in phpBB 3.0. The Inbox is your default incoming message folder. All messages you receive will appear in here.

Sent messages will appear in either the Outbox or the Sent Messages folder. As long as the recipient(s) have not yet read the message, it will stay in the Outbox. As soon as someone reads the message it will be archived to the Sent messages folder. If the administrator allows it, you can edit messages after sending them as long as they are in the Outbox and the recipients have not yet read them.

Each folder, including Sent Messages and Outbox, can hold a board-defined amount of messages. This is a global setting that only a board administrator can change. An info text displays the current number of allowed messages and the current percentage of space your messages are using at the top of each folder. If no restriction is displayed, you are allowed unlimited messages in each folder.

Note
Please note that the total amount of messages allowed is a per-folder setting. You can have multiple folders which each allow 50 messages for instance. If you have 3 folders, your actual global limit is 150 messages, but each folder can only contain up to 50 messages by itself. It is not possible to merge folders and have one with more messages than the limit.


5.5.3.1. Custom Folders

If the administrator allows it, you can create your own custom private message folders in phpBB 3.0. To check whether you can add folders, visit the Edit options section of the Private Message area.

To add a new folder, enter the folder's name into the Add Folder input box. If creation was successful, your new folder will appear at the bottom of the folder list. You can then use it like a normal message folder and move messages into it or set a filter (see the section on Private Message Filters for more information about filters) to automatically do it for you.

[Note from ZFI: The current settings for member's PMs alllow for 4 additional custom private message folders of 100 messages per folder. So, Including the Inbox folder and the Sent Messages folder a member may have up to 600 messages saved.]



5.5.3.2. Moving Messages

It wouldn't make sense to have custom folders if you weren't able to move messages between them. To do exactly that, visit the folder from which you want to move the messages away. Select the messages you want to move, and use the Moved marked pull-down menu to select the destination folder.

Note
Please note that if after the move, the destination folder would have more messages in it than the message limit allows, you will receive an error message and the move will be discarded.

5.5.3.3. Message Markers

Messages inside folders can have colour markings. Please refer to the Message Colours legend to see what each colour means. The exact type of colouring depends on the used theme. Coloured messages can have four different meanings:

Marked message
You can set a message as marked with the Mark as Important option from the pull-down menu.

Replied to message
If you reply to a message, the message will be marked as this. This way, you can keep hold of which messages still need your attention and which messages you have already replied to.

Message from a friend
If the sender of a message is in your friends list (see the section on Friends & Foes for more information), this colour will highlight the message.

Message from a foe
If the sender of a message is one of your foes, this colour will highlight this.

Note
Please note that a message can only have one label, and it will always be the last action you take. If you mark a message as important and reply to it afterwards, for instance, the replied to label will overwrite the important label.

5.5.4. Message filters
TODO: How to work with message filters. That is quite a complex system


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Re: User Guide for the phpBB 3.0 Olympus program

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:16 pm

[Note from ZFI: This section has not been completed in the original documentation. The "TODO" note is in the original documentation and is by the team writing the User Guide to themselves.]

5.6. Search - How to Find What You are Looking For
TODO: Explain how to use the search system. This should also include the results page, and the refine function. Also note, that the title (Search: search term) is a link that one can copy and paste into a post to directly link to the results. Egosearch and the global search field should also be included here.
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5.7. The Memberlist - More Than Meets the Eye

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:20 pm

5.7. The Memberlist - More Than Meets the Eye

phpBB3 introduces several new ways to search for users.

Figure 5.4. Sorting the memberlist
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Choosing an option to sort the memberlist by.

Sort By Username
If you want to find all members whose usernames start with a certain letter, then you may select the letter from the list of letters shown at the top of the memberlist. For instance, clicking "A" will display all usernames beginning with the letter A, while clicking "B" will list all usernames beginning with B. Clicking the hash (#) will display a list of usernames that do not begin with one of the twenty-six letters: in other words, numbers and other characters.

Sort By Column Headers
Each of the column headings are also sort links. That means you can click Username, Rank, Posts, Website, Location, >Joined, or Last Active to sort by that group. Upon clicking this for the first time, the lists will be sorted in ascending order (meaning that usernames would be listed A to Z and joined date would be listed earliest to most recent.) If you want to order the list in descending order, wait until the page has loaded in ascending order and click the column heading you wish to order by for a second time.

Sort By Other Options
You may also sort the memberlist by using the dropdown boxes on the bottom of the page.

Find a Member Search Tool
You can narrow down your search results using the Find A Member search function. This feature allows you to find members by their username, ICQ number, AIM, YIM, MSN Messenger/Windows Live Messenger address, join date, last active date, number of posts, IP address, and usergroup membership(s). All dates should be entered in the format YYYY-MM-DD (such as 2004-02-28 to represent February 28, 2004). The asterix (*) can be used as a wildcard for partial matches, such as entering "Ar*" into the username field to find all usernames beginning with Ar. Press the Submit button to begin the search, or the Reset button if you wish to clear all fields and start the search again.

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