Current date/time is 4/27/2017, 10:33 pm
- Site FAQ
- What does PJO, HoO, RR, CHB, CJ, TLT, SoM, TTC, BotL, TLO, TLH, SoN, MoA, and/or HoH mean?
These are all initialisms for things that appear in the Percy Jackson book series. Bellow is a guide to what they stand for:
PJO: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a book series by Rick Riordan.
HoO: Heroes of Olympus, a sort of spin-off or sequel series of PJO by Rick Riordan, mostly centering around the Roman camp, Camp Jupiter, and its demigods.
RR: Rick Riordan, the author of the books.
CHB: Camp Half-blood, the main setting for the books. It is a Greek camp for demigods.
CJ: Camp Jupiter, the Roman camp for demigods and Legacies.
TLT: The Lightning Thief, book 1 of the PJO series.
SoM: The Sea of Monsters, book 2 of the PJO series.
TTC: The Titan's Curse, book 3 of the PJO series.
BotL: The Battle of the Labyrinth, book 4 of the PJO series.
TLO: The Last Olympian, book 5 of the PJO series.
TLH: The Lost Hero, book 1 of the HoO series.
SoN: The Son of Neptune, book 2 of the HoO series.
MoA: The Mark of Athena, book 3 of the HoO series.
HoH: The House of Hades, book 4 of the HoO series.
- How do I register?
Click the "Register" button near the top of the site and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Okay, I'm registered. Now what do I do?
Once you've been registered and activated your account, you are now ready to become part of the community! Start by reading the rules found here. Once you're familiar with the site rules, introduce yourself in the "Introductions" forum. Click on that link and then click "New Topic" near the top. Name the topic whatever you like and say whatever you like to introduce yourself, as long as you follow the rules!
Once you've made an introduction topic, go make a character form (Details on how to do this are listed below). You can make your character like you (don't use your real full name, though!) or you can make them totally different. It's up to you!
You may have to wait a while after you submit your character before it is approved by a character approver, so you have a few options at this point. You are free to browse and access any of the forums under "General." The OOC forum is great for general chat, so feel free to join a conversation or start your own. If you have any questions, this is a great place to ask them. You also have access to the chatbox at the bottom of the site, where you can talk with other users. The chatbox can be intimidating to some newer members, so it is recommended that you get to know a few of the members through ooc or rp before delving into the chat.
If you have any further questions, feel free to private message (pm) any of our staff members. These special users have brightly-colored names.
- What does PM mean, and how do I do it?
PM or pm stands for "private message." These are messages you can send to a single person and only they can see it. PMs are nice when you want the attention of a single person. You can ask questions, invite someone to an rp, or just get to know someone one-on-one. There are several ways to send a pm:
- What is the chatbox?
The chatbox (or cbox) is a chatroom near the bottom of the homepage where users can gather together and talk ooc. This can be a great place to get to know other users, though it can be a bit overwhelming to new users. Feel free to ask questions here if you are confused and join the conversation.
The chatbox looks like this:
- How do I make a character?
STEP ONE: On the home page, you go to the third Forum from the top called "Character Forms."
STEP TWO: Once in the forum, click the topic titled, "Sticky: Character Form.”
STEP THREE: Once in the topic, read the rules for making a character form and then scroll down (probably a bit more than half of the page) until you find a little section that says, "Greek/Egyptian/Norse Demigod Form:" (with a spoiler underneath). Click on the spoiler.
STEP FOUR: The spoiler should open and you should see a blank character form. Hi-light and copy it (ctrl+c).
STEP FIVE: Return to the previous page (Character Forms). On the left-hand side of the screen near the top, you should see a button that says, "New Topic". Click that.
STEP SIX: You should find a large blank text box with a bunch of emoticons to the left. Paste (ctrl+v) the character form you copied in "Step Four" in the biggest text box. Also be sure to give your topic a title by filling out one of the small text boxes above the large one.
Fill out as much information as you can into the form and hit "SEND". Now you're finished!
Once you've sent it, and admin or approver will come by later and check the form. If there is something that needs clarified, or fixed, they will comment on the form, and tell you what needs to be changed (You'll need to fix what they asked by editing the original form and/or simply replying to their comment and explaining there). This will go on for a bit until the admin says its approved (by stating "approved" and moving it into the approved character forms section), and then your free for role-play! (As long as you follow the rules, of course.)
- How many characters can I have?
Each member is allowed to have 5 characters at the start. These characters can be any combination of Greek and Roman characters, demigods, nymphs and dryads, and satyrs and fawns. One of these five characters is allowed to have an Egyptian or Norse god-parent, but they don't have to. Additional character slots can be purchased using the site store found here.
- What is "RP" and how do I do it?
“RP” stands for “Role-playing.” Role-playing is like writing a story, except you only get to control one character. For more details on how to role-play, click here.
- What are drachmas and how do I get them?
Drachmas are a form of currency used by Greeks before adapting the Euro. We use them as a form of currency on this site for various things. Anyone can earn drachmas by simply posting in the rp area. (See the site shop for more details.)
- How do I make a signature?
Shan has made a lovely guide on this here.
- What is BBCode and how do I use it?
BBCode is a coding system used primarily on forums like this one. Guide coming soon.
- How do I take a screenshot?
The process of taking a screenshot is slightly different from computer to computer, and on each different computer there are a few ways you can do this.
Push the "PrtScrn" or "Print Screen" button on your keyboard. The screenshot should be copied to your clipboard now. Go into a paint or another photo editing software on your computer and paste the image into it (using Ctrl+V or Right-click > Paste). At this point you can crop and edit your screenshot if you like. Save the image. Upload to the internet using tinypic, photobucket, or some other uploading website.
Push and hold the Command Button (usually an apple symbol) and press 3. This will take a screenshot of your whole screen and save it to the desktop. For a partial screenshot, Push and hold the command button and press 4. After the screenshot is saved to your computer you can upload it to the internet using tinypic, photobucket, or some other uploading website.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc
Press the home button and the sleep button simultaneously. The screen should flash white and the screenshot will be saved as a photo. At this point, you can email it to yourself or plug it into your computer and transfer files to get it to your computer to upload it to the internet.
Android (4.0 and newer) Devices
Press and hold the volume down and power buttons at the same time. The screenshot should be found in your gallery.
Within Your Internet Browser
Awesome Screenshots is a great extension available on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
If you are still confused, click here for a more in-depth guide.
- What do the colored usernames mean?
Colored user-names indicate our site staff and moderators. Near the bottom of the homepage, there is a legend indicating what each color means. The staff and moderators are meant to help the Admins keep the site running smoothly and to help newer users find their way around.
- How do I become a mod?
The admins will periodically allow you to apply for various staff positions when they become available. You will have to meet certain requirements for each position, and you will only get it if the admins think you deserve it more than anyone else who applied.
- My question isn't here! What do I do?
Contact any member with a colored username and they would be happy to help with any other questions you might have. Click on their username and go to the "contact" tab near the top and select a contact method OR click on the "pm" button near the bottom of one of their posts.
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- Login and Registration Issues
- Why can't I log in?
Have you registered? Seriously, you must register in order to log in. Have you been banned from the board? (A message will be displayed if you have.) If so, you should contact the webmaster or board administrator to find out why. If you have registered and are not banned and you still cannot log in then check and double-check your username and password. Usually this is the problem; if not, contact the board administrator -- they may have incorrect configuration settings for the board.
- Why do I need to register at all?
You may not have to -- it is up to the administrator of the board as to whether you need to register in order to post messages. However, registration will give you access to additional features not available to guest users such as definable avatar images, private messaging, e-mailing to fellow users, usergroup subscription, etc. It only takes a few minutes to register so it is recommended you do so.
- Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Log me in automatically box when you log in, the board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university cluster, etc.
- How do I prevent my username from appearing in the online user listings?
In your profile you will find an option Hide your online status; if you switch this on you'll only appear to board administrators or to yourself. You will be counted as a hidden user.
- I've lost my password!
Don't panic! While your password cannot be retrieved it can be reset. To do this go to the login page and click I've forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be back online in no time.
- I registered but cannot log in!
First check that you are entering the correct username and password. If they are okay then one of two things may have happened: if COPPA support is enabled and you clicked the I am under 13 years old link while registering then you will have to follow the instructions you received. If this is not the case then maybe your account need activating. Some boards will require all new registrations be activated, either by yourself or by the administrator before you can log on. When you registered it would have told you whether activation was required. If you were sent an e-mail then follow the instructions; if you did not receive the e-mail then check that your e-mail address is valid. One reason activation is used is to reduce the possibility of rogue users abusing the board anonymously. If you are sure the e-mail address you used is valid then try contacting the board administrator.
- I registered in the past but cannot log in anymore!
The most likely reasons for this are: you entered an incorrect username or password (check the e-mail you were sent when you first registered) or the administrator has deleted your account for some reason. If it is the latter case then perhaps you did not post anything? It is usual for boards to periodically remove users who have not posted anything so as to reduce the size of the database. Try registering again and get involved in discussions.
- User Preferences and settings
- How do I change my settings?
All your settings (if you are registered) are stored in the database. To alter them click the Profile link (generally shown at the top of pages but this may not be the case). This will allow you to change all your settings.
- The times are not correct!
The times are almost certainly correct; however, what you may be seeing are times displayed in a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, you should change your profile setting for the timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users. So if you are not registered, this is a good time to do so, if you pardon the pun!
- I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone correctly and the time is still different, the most likely answer is daylight savings time (or summer time as it is known in the UK and other places). The board is not designed to handle the changeovers between standard and daylight time so during summer months the time may be an hour different from the real local time.
- My language is not in the list!
The most likely reasons for this are either the administrator did not install your language or someone has not translated this board into your language. Try asking the board administrator if they can install the language pack you need or if it does not exist, please feel free to create a new translation. More information can be found at the phpBB Group website (see link at bottom of pages)
- How do I show an image below my username?
There may be two images below a username when viewing posts. The first is an image associated with your rank; generally these take the form of stars or blocks indicating how many posts you have made or your status on the forums. Below this may be a larger image known as an avatar; this is generally unique or personal to each user. It is up to the board administrator to enable avatars and they have a choice over the way in which avatars can be made available. If you are unable to use avatars then this is the decision of the board admin and you should ask them their reasons (we're sure they'll be good!)
- How do I change my rank?
In general you cannot directly change the wording of any rank (ranks appear below your username in topics and on your profile depending on the style used). Most boards use ranks to indicate the number of posts you have made and to identify certain users. For example, moderators and administrators may have a special rank. Please do not abuse the board by posting unnecessarily just to increase your rank -- you will probably find the moderator or administrator will simply lower your post count.
- When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to log in.
Sorry, but only registered users can send e-mail to people via the built-in e-mail form (if the admin has enabled this feature). This is to prevent malicious use of the e-mail system by anonymous users.
- Posting Issues
- How do I post a topic in a forum?
Easy -- click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message. The facilities available to you are listed at the bottom of the forum and topic screens (the You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc. list)
- How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are the board admin or forum moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post (sometimes for only a limited time after it was made) by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic that lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if no one has replied; it also will not appear if moderators or administrators edit the post (they should leave a message saying what they altered and why). Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.
- How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post you must first create one; this is done via your profile. Once created you can check the Add Signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio box in your profile. You can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box on the posting form.
- How do I create a poll?
Creating a poll is easy -- when you post a new topic (or edit the first post of a topic, if you have permission) you should see a Add Poll form below the main posting box. If you cannot see this then you probably do not have rights to create polls. You should enter a title for the poll and then at least two options -- to set an option type in the poll question and click the Add option button. You can also set a time limit for the poll, 0 being an infinite amount. There will be a limit to the number of options you can list, which is set by the board administrator
- How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator, or board administrator. To edit a poll, click the first post in the topic, which always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote then users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if people have already placed votes only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it; this is to prevent people rigging polls by changing options mid-way through a poll
- Why can't I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post, etc. you may need special authorization which only the forum moderator and board administrator can grant, so you should contact them.
- Why can't I vote in polls?
Only registered users can vote in polls so as to prevent spoofing of results. If you have registered and still cannot vote then you probably do not have appropriate access rights.
- Formatting and Topic Types
- What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. Whether you can use BBCode is determined by the administrator. You can also disable it on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML: tags are enclosed in square braces [ and ] rather than < and > and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.
- Can I use HTML?
That depends on whether the administrator allows you to; they have complete control over it. If you are allowed to use it, you will probably find only certain tags work. This is a safety feature to prevent people from abusing the board by using tags which may destroy the layout or cause other problems. If HTML is enabled you can disable it on a per post basis from the posting form.
- What are Smileys?
Smileys, or Emoticons, are small graphical images which can be used to express some feeling using a short code, e.g. :) means happy, :( means sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen via the posting form. Try not to overuse smileys, though, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may decide to edit them out or remove the post altogether.
- Can I post Images?
Images can indeed be shown in your posts. However, there is no facility at present for uploading images directly to this board. Therefore you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.some-unknown-place.net/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor to images stored behind authentication mechanisms such as Hotmail or Yahoo mailboxes, password-protected sites, etc. To display the image use either the BBCode [img] tag or appropriate HTML (if allowed).
- What are Announcements?
Announcements often contain important information and you should read them as soon as possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. Whether or not you can post an announcement depends on the permissions required, which are set by the administrator.
- What are Sticky topics?
Sticky topics appear below any announcements in viewforum and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them where possible. As with announcements the board administrator determines what permissions are required to post sticky topics in each forum.
- What are Locked topics?
Locked topics are set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You cannot reply to locked topics and any poll contained inside is automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons.
- User Levels and Groups
- What are Administrators?
Administrators are people assigned the highest level of control over the entire board. These people can control all facets of board operation which include setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc. They also have full moderator capabilities in all the forums.
- What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) whose job it is to look after the running of the forums from day to day. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally moderators are there to prevent people going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
- What are Usergroups?
Usergroups are a way in which board administrators can group users. Each user can belong to several groups (this differs from most other boards) and each group can be assigned individual access rights. This makes it easy for administrators to set up several users as moderators of a forum, or to give them access to a private forum, etc.
- How do I join a Usergroup?
To join a usergroup click the usergroup link on the page header (dependent on template design) and you can then view all usergroups. Not all groups are open access -- some are closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the board is open then you can request to join it by clicking the appropriate button. The user group moderator will need to approve your request; they may ask why you want to join the group. Please do not pester a group moderator if they turn your request down -- they will have their reasons.
- How do I become a Usergroup Moderator?
Usergroups are initially created by the board administrator who also assigns a board moderator. If you are interested in creating a usergroup then your first point of contact should be the administrator, so try dropping them a private message.
- Private Messaging
- I cannot send private messages!
There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the board administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire board, or the board administrator has prevented you individually from sending messages. If it is the latter case you should try asking the administrator why.
- I keep getting unwanted private messages!
In the future we will be adding an ignore list to the private messaging system. For now, though, if you keep receiving unwanted private messages from someone, inform the board administrator -- they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages at all.
- I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!
We are sorry to hear that. The e-mail form feature of this board includes safeguards to try to track users who send such posts. You should e-mail the board administrator with a full copy of the e-mail you received and it is very important this include the headers (these list details of the user that sent the e-mail). They can then take action.
- Forum Issues
- Who wrote this bulletin board?
This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyrighted phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public License and may be freely distributed; see link for more details. Forumotion hosts and update this forum for free.
Modifications/deletions/functionalities additions have been done compared to the original script.
- Why isn't X feature available?
This software was written by and licensed through phpBB Group. If you believe a feature needs to be added then please visit the phpbb.com website and see what the phpBB Group has to say. Please do not post feature requests to the board at phpbb.com, as the Group uses sourceforge to handle tasking of new features. Please read through the forums and see what, if any, our position may already be for features and then follow the procedure given there. If you think a function must be added, please visit the support forum and see what other users and administrators think about it.
- Whom do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?
You should contact the administrator of this board. If you cannot find who that is, you should first contact one of the forum moderators and ask them who you should in turn contact. If still get no response you should contact use the litigation tool (by clicking here)