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    Jake
    Keymaster

    Greetings Fellow Hop-Aholics!

    If you are wondering how this forum works, need some questions answered, or are looking for information on how to post, edit, or otherwise interact with the forum and its other users, you’ve come the the right place. Let’s dive in!

    Contents:

    1. How do I get an account?
    2. How do I edit my profile?
    3. Forum, Topic, or Reply?
    4. On Another Note:
    5. Using the WYSIWYG Editor
    6. Signatures
    7. Rules and Moderation

     

    How do I get an account?  – Click Here

    Requesting an account is easy! Simply click here.  Please fill out the contact form, and a moderator will grant you access to an account. Forgot your password? No problem, just repeat the steps to register for an account, and we will generate a new password for you.

    Please keep in mind that all web masters and forum administrators are members of the club volunteering their time. Be patient and we will get to you, but don’t be surprised if it’s a day or two. Think you can do better? We are always looking for more volunteers. Ask not what Hopaholics can do for you, but what can you do for Hopaholics.

     

    How do I edit my profile?

    Due to the nature of WordPress, what we built this site with, editing your profile will be a limited experience. The first few days you log in, you will have access to your profile, there you can change your signature, password, etc. However, in order to change your profile pic, you will need to head over to Gravatar, use the email address you used to create your account, and follow the directions there. This will give you a standard avatar for your email address that can and will be used on almost all forums across the internet, so pick your pic accordingly.

    After a few days, we are going to lock you out of editing your profile. There really isn’t much to do in there, and if you want permanent or temporary access to it, just ask. However,  if you happen to find your way into the backend of this site and you break anything, plan on an evening at my place learning how to fix what you broke. You’re supplying the beer. Lots of it.

     

    Forum, Topic, or Reply?

    Okay, we are ready to create our first post! But, where does it go? Easy! Our forum is grouped into three sections:

    1. Forums
    2. Topics
    3. Replies

    You never need to create a forum, and probably couldn’t if you wanted to. That’s what I do. If you have an idea for a new forum, just let me, or any of the site administrators know! We will be happy to add it for you.

    Topics are where all of the relevant content lives. For example, this post is a topic. If you want to start a topic, you may do so inside any of the forums. Simply use the dialog box to create a new topic. For example, if you wanted to share a new recipe and maybe get some help fine tuning it, you would create a topic in the Recipes forum, post your recipe, and wait for others to chime in on it.

    Replies are how you interact with topics. Once inside a topic you will see a dialog box on the bottom of the page. Fill it in with your helpful comment, hit submit, and your reply is saved into the forum topic.

     

    On another note:

    Please utilize the search function of the forums when considering adding new content. This forum could eventually end up taking up a lot of space on our servers, so let’s try to keep duplicate content to a minimum. This is not the biggest deal, but anything you can do to keep the forums clean is very much appreciated.

     

    Using the WYSIWYG Editor

    The what? WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get. It is the name of the box you type your content into when creating a topic or reply. It’s called this because it is a very literal type of program: what you put in the box is what your post will look like. It works very much like a Word document, and shouldn’t take too much time to figure out. However, this is not Microsoft Word, and some things work a little differently. You may notice that if you attempt to add an image via the button, it is going to ask you for a source, in this box you must provide a URL or link to the image on the internet. If you are trying to insert an image from your computer, you will find it much easier to use the file uploader at the bottom of the editor. If you are struggling with it, let me know and we can set up some time with you and a moderator, in person, to help get you started a little more quickly.

    Signatures

    Some of you may want to include signatures in your replies. A signature is a little snippet of code used to display text, images, links or really anything. Mine, being the keymaster, conjures a quote from the timeless comedy classic, GhostBusters, as well as some fan art. Here is the code:

    <h4>-"Are you the gatekeeper?"</h4>
    <img src="http://f.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/1280/poster/2014/04/3029663-poster-p-2-the-ghostbusters-30th-anniversary-exhibit-is-an-ectoplasmic-explosion-of-fan-art.jpg" border="0" height= "100px" width="100px">

    Notice how I used a URL to load the image from another website? This is what you should be doing, instead of uploading files to our server, if you want to include an image in a signature.

    Your signature is located in your account settings. Again, if you would like permanent access to this page, just let a moderator know.

    Rules and Moderation

    Very simple, use the site as it was intended. Don’t be rude, lude, or try anything funny. If you would like to moderate the forums, let an administrator know. We are always looking for more volunteers. If you would like to contribute to the site, contact the Communications Team. If you would like to donate to the costs of the site, feel free to make a cash or beer donation to me (Jake), or any of the other site admins, at the next club meeting.

     

    WARNING:

    Before any attempt is made to hack this site, I would like to formally invite you to remember a time without the internet, think about it for a moment, bask in it. A land of hand written letters, home phone lines, and purchasing everything you ever need to purchase in person, locally. Now ask yourself if you would like to return to that era? I’m your Huckleberry.

     

    That’s it, that’s all! I think I speak for the whole club when I say we are really excited to see what you guys do with this, so get to posting!

    Jake Vendegna, Keymaster

    -"Are you the gatekeeper?"

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