The FAQ thread gives some information on how to use different tools on the site and will help prevent you from becoming an idiot. (Seriously don't ask people any questions until after you've read through the FAQ.) The FAQ is also accessible via the link at the top of the CL webpage.
The ReadMe threads are useful as there you will find indexes, current events, and popular threads.
2. Equip your parson with a gravatar.
Your gravatar is your most precious and reliable tool for giving yourself some individuality. Choose wisely, as this will become the symbol of your CL self (subject to change at any time).
Also note: Signing up for gravatar and wordpress will not give you herpes or shrink your genitalia. (After verifying your email address you shouldn't have to worry about getting any junk mail from either.)
3. Know your settings.
You can also get to this by clicking "Settings" in the top right corner of your screen.
In your settings there are several things you can take care of.
- You can change your email address.
- You can change the color of your chat bubble. (I realize it's kind of hard to see the color in that small square but if you click on your username in the top right by the "Settings" button it will take you to your profile page where you can see the color surrounding your gravatar picture. You can also check what your profile looks like on this page of course.)
- You can adjust site options.
- And you can edit your profile.
4. Introduce yourself and visit chat to say, "Hello."
The majority of people in chat are not out to steal your soul. (No guarantees there...) Also don't freak out because your super secret superhero identity will not be revealed by visiting chat. (Which is quickly accessible via clicking the chat button at the top of the CL webpage.)
If you have any questions about things you haven't understood in the FAQ or that weren't there to begin with chat would be the place to go to ask about it. (You may get called an idiot but usually there's someone who will answer your question.)
- How to Use Chat:
Chat is pretty self explanatory but there are a few things we get questions on sometimes.
When you want to catch a certain user's attention you may want to ping them. To do this you insert their full username in your post. Pinging a user will highlight a post and make a loud noise to catch said users attention. NSFW
When posting a link or a message that may be considered inappropriate insert a "/nsfw" (don't include the quotations of course...) in front of it. This will keep people from clicking on something that might cause them to get into a bad situation if they're not in the right place at the time.
Ex: If I type in "/nsfw Bunnies are born when rainbows hump clouds." I will get a post that looks like this:
Also, if you do not have the "Show NSFW material." box checked in your "settings" posts like this will not show up for you.
Inserting "/me" before a post will give you an emote. Ex: If I say, "/me decided she was going to go swimming with her rubber ducky." I would get a post that looked like so:
Posting in Threads
When talking to a specific person in a post be sure to tag them by clicking the "Quick @reply" button at the bottom of their post or by typing in their full username. This will send them a message letting them know someone has responded to them.
How to make a subpost...
You can also find more about formatting your post HERE.
DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER MAKING A THREAD...
...until you have used the search bar on the right hand side of your screen to see if the thread you'd like to create already exists in some form.
To search for a particular thread click the "Search titles" button under the search bar. "@title" will appear in your search. Type in the thread topic you are looking for after "@title." This will bring up a series of threads related to the topic you are searching for.
To search for a particular post click the "Search content" button under the search bar. "@content" will appear in the search. Type in the topic you are searching for after "@content." A list of post with similar topics will appear.
If indeed no such thread exists consider these pointers when making a thread.
- Use a clear title. (So that user's understand what your thread's about.)
- Tag your thread. (Seperate tags with commas. Tags help users search old threads via that search bar we were talking about. ^_^)
- Clearly explain what the thread you've made is going to be about and add any information or links that other users may need in order to understand the topic.
- If your thread is going to contain material that's not safe for work than please check the box indicating so when creating the thread.
To Include a poll in your thread:
First click the "New poll" button on the right hand side of the screen. After clicking this button you will be taken to a page that looks like this: Enter your question and answer choices. There is an "+ Add Answer" button at the bottom of the poll creation box so you can add more than one answer choice by clicking it. When you are finished creating your poll, click the "Publish Poll" button.
After doing so your new poll will receive a poll ID #. (EX: #255) Now to insert your poll in a thread you simply enter the ID number in the "Poll ID:" box in thread creation.
You have now completed your quick intro to CL life. Please take care when exiting and Welcome to CL!