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California Association of 4WD Clubs, Inc.
Online Privacy Policy

Effective: January 1, 2008

The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) takes seriously the issue of safeguarding your privacy online. Please read the following to understand our views and practices regarding this matter, and how they pertain to you as you make full use of our website. This statement discloses the privacy practices for our website including:

   1. What information this site gathers/tracks about you
   2. What this site does with the information it gathers/tracks
   3. With whom this site shares the information it gathers/tracks
   4. This site's opt-out policy

Questions regarding these statements should be directed to the Webmaster, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frequently Asked Questions about your privacy

Does CA4WDC ask for personal information?

In general you are not required to divulge any personal information in order to read the content on CA4WDC’s websites. However you may be asked for some information when accessing certain of CA4WDC's features such as described below:

          - CA4WDC Mailing lists: When subscribing to an CA4WDC sponsored mailing list you will have to supply your email address in order to receive the Email. Lists of the subscribers and email addresses of our Email lists are not sold or otherwise commercially distributed by CA4WDC. You have the right to unsubscribe from any Email list at any time.
          - CA4WDC Forum System: When registering to use our BBS and Forums, you may be asked to supply a name, your email address and possibly other personally identifying information for the sole purposes of preventing abuse of our forum. This information is not used for any other purpose.
     - CA4WDC Contests or Sweepstakes: In order to enter any of CA4WDC's contests or sweepstakes you will be required to enter certain personal identifying information such as your name, address and phone number and may be asked certain demographic information as well. In this instance the demographic information is separated from the identifying information. The necessary identifying information such as names and addresses may be supplied to the companies furnishing the prizes for these contests. The demographic information, without any specific personal identifiers, is used by CA4WDC to develop summarized demographic information about our readership. Companies sponsoring contests or sweepstakes in direct partnership with CA4WDC agree not to sell or distribute the information derived from that contest.
    - CA4WDC Store Order Forms: When buying products from CA4WDC's own store you will have to enter personal identifying information and financial information such as credit card numbers. This will be done via a secure server. The information is used only to process your order and for no other purpose.
    - CA4WDC Advertisers: The CA4WDC is an advertising supported commercial publication. Companies may run ads on our publication and those ads may lead to the companies web sites and/or product order forms. Those sites, ads or order forms, whether hosted on our site or off of our site, may ask you for certain specific information. The CA4WDC has no control over what these outside companies may do with the information that you supply them.
    - Commercial and Advertising Inquiries: Companies or individuals seeking information about advertising on CA4WDC or entering a listing into any of our listings databases may be asked to provide information about their business. The information collected is used by our marketing staff to respond to inquiries.

How does The CA4WDC use my personal information?

    - The CA4WDC's goal in collecting the limited personal information it does is to provide you, the user and our readers, with the best web experience possible and to prevent the abuse of our system and its services.

What if I make a purchase through a site hosted by CA4WDC or a merchant who advertises on CA4WDC?

    - If you place an order at a merchant site hosted by CA4WDC, a separate affiliated merchant, or with a merchant advertising on CA4WDC, they may collect information from you, including your credit card and contact information. This information will be used by the merchant. CA4WDC does not own, control, or influence these businesses in any way and all transactions and use of any customer information are the sole responsibility of the merchant. For further information regarding the merchant's use of customer information, contact that business or merchant directly.

Will CA4WDC disclose any of my personal information?

- CA4WDC will not disclose any of your personal information, except as described above, or when we believe in good faith that the law requires or compels it, or to protect the rights and/or property of CA4WDC.
    - CA4WDC does disclose personal information in some limited circumstances, but this is specifically described to you when we collect the information, such as on any form collecting personal information, in a Terms of Service or Use Agreements, or in the rules or entry forms of sweepstakes or other promotions.
    - CA4WDC may disclose aggregated user or demographic statistics (for example, 45% of our users are males between 21 and 35 years old) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
    - If you make a purchase from a site hosted by CA4WDC, or from a merchant advertising on CA4WDC, the information obtained during your visit to those sites, and the information that you give such as your credit card number and contact information, is provided to the merchants. These merchants have separate privacy and data collection practices. The CA4WDC has no control, responsibility or liability for these independent policies. For more information regarding the merchant, their sites or stores, and their privacy policies, contact them directly.

Will CA4WDC use my information for direct mailings?

 - In general, CA4WDC will not; however, if you enter a contest or sweepstakes the contact information from your entry form may be provided to the sponsor of that contest. These contest sponsors may use it to mail you further information about their products or services or otherwise use these lists. If you have signed up for CA4WDC's mailing lists or forums you will be sent that mail and may receive mail from other users of the list. If you sign up for CA4WDC's other services, we may mail you information that is necessary to accommodate that service. If we ever do collect information for direct mailings or to provide to others for direct mailings any such use will be disclosed on any form that we use to collect that information.

What about children?

 - Naturally, the safety of children is very important to us. Kids should always ask parents for permission before sending personal information to anyone online or to any website. Parents, please keep in mind we do not intentionally collect any information from minors and that we have no specific protections in place.

Does CA4WDC use cookies?

Yes, Cookies may be used on CA4WDC in various ways:

    - Cookies may be used to control the delivery of various media including banner ads to our readers. These benign cookies are used to keep you from seeing the same rotating advertising over and over again. These cookies may be set when enter our site, or access a specific section or each page.
    - The CA4WDC does not use cookies to collect any personal identifying information about you or your computer except that it may attempt to determine your browser family, screen size and display information for purposes of showing you web pages in the best format possible.
    - Cookies may be used in CA4WDC's stores to help create and maintain a personalized shopping cart.
    - Cookies and/or IP Addresses are also used to estimate our audience size and page traffic statistics. Each browser accessing CA4WDC may be given a unique cookie, which is then used to determine repeat usage versus initial usage, and to help analyze traffic patterns. This cookie should not have any significant personally identifying information.
    - The current CA4WDC BBS and Forum system uses cookies to remember login information. The Forums preferences menu allows you to control or erase those cookies at any time.
    - In the future, CA4WDC may use cookie-based technology to provide personalized services, to remember login information or to provide more advanced features.
    - Advertisers or merchants, either on or off of our site, may use cookie-based technology. We have no control over their use of cookies.
    - Lastly, advertising networks or affiliates that serve or deliver ads onto CA4WDC may also use cookies and collect other information outside of our control.

Does CA4WDC use or collect my IP Address?

 - CA4WDC may collect IP addresses for the purposes of system administration and to track and report readership and site performance statistics. We may also collect IP information to assist in maintaining features such as our forum and email subscription services and to identify and block abuse of the system.

What is CA4WDC's Opt-Out Policy?

 - Reading any part of CA4WDC’s websites and/or using any of our services is an entirely voluntary action. On any form where you are asked to submit any personal information that you are not comfortable submitting you may elect not to fill out the form or utilize the service. Where appropriate we may also provide an Opt-Out or Opt-In option, or options, that let you elect how parts of the information you are providing is used. Any such option will be clearly indicated. We have no control over how advertisers or sites that may be linked to or hosted by CA4WDC use information that they may collect, or their privacy policies.

What else should I know about my privacy?

 - Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily post or disclose personal information online - for example on message boards, through email, or in chat areas - that same information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
    - Furthermore, while we endeavor to take all reasonable precautions to protect your personal information, CA4WDC cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.
    - In addition, CA4WDC's advertisers, merchants, partners, and third party Internet sites and services accessible through or linked to CA4WDC or parties whom we inform you are collecting data in connection with sweepstakes, promotions, etc., have separate privacy and data collection practices, independent of us. CA4WDC has no control over, or responsibility for or liability in regards to these independent policies or actions.

REMEMBER: You are solely responsible for protecting your personal information and the secrecy of your passwords and/or any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online. We will do the best we can to help you, but you have to take reasonable precautions and have reasonable expectations as well.

We do not have any control or influence over sites that may advertise with us, or merchants that may have various forms of advertising, sites, or storefronts on our servers, or sites that may be linked to us. However, if you become aware of any privacy or business abuses by any of those merchants, sites or services please inform us so we can take any possible action we deem appropriate. We do not have control or influence over the privacy policies of affiliated sites. Please see their privacy policies for that information.

Website Terms & Conditions



The California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc. ("CA4WDA", "we" or "us") maintains this web site (the "Site") as a service to our customers, potential customers, and other interested parties. Please visit us frequently, browse our pages, and make purchases, subject to the terms and conditions set out below.

Use of CA4WDA’s Web Site and Its Content
We may alter, suspend, or discontinue this Site in whole or in part, at any time and for any reason, without notice or cost. The Site may periodically become unavailable due to maintenance or malfunction of computer equipment or for other reasons.
No part of this Site may be reproduced, published, distributed, displayed, performed, exhibited, modified, used to create derivative works, sold or used in any sale, or exploited in any way, in whole or in part. or transmitted in any form, by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, except that we authorize you for personal, non-commercial use only to view, copy, download, and print posted documents (such as product descriptions, prices, forms, and FAQs) that are available on this Site, subject to the following conditions: (1). The documents may be used solely for internal informational purposes. (2). The documents may not be modified. (3). Copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices may not be removed.
Nothing contained on this Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use this Site or any documents displayed on this Site, through the use of framing or otherwise, except: (a) as expressly permitted by these terms of use; or (b) with our prior written permission or the permission of such third party that may own the trademark or copyright of material displayed on this Site.
When you use this Site, you consent to keep your password private. The protection of your username and password is your responsibility. You consent that you shall be solely responsible for what transpires with the use of your username, password, and account.
If you cannot act in accordance with these Terms of Use, please do not use this Site.

By using this Site, you agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend CA4WDA and their respective officers, directors, employees, successors, agents, subsidiaries, partners, contractors, vendors, manufacturers, distributors representatives and affiliates from any claims, damages, losses, liabilities, and all costs and expenses of defense, including but not limited to, attorneys' fees, resulting directly or indirectly from a claim (including without limitation, claims made by third parties for infringement of intellectual property rights) by a third party that arises in connection with your use of this Site. You agree to cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any claim. CA4WDA reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you.

Communicating Electronically
When you visit this Site or e-mail us, you are communicating electronically. We will email you or put notices on this Site to communicate with you. By e-mailing us or submitting an order through this Site, you agree that any requirement that a document be in writing is fulfilled by being sent electronically.

Intellectual Property Rights
Unless stated otherwise, all text, images, content, information, and/or other intellectual property contained on this Site are copyrighted, trademarked, owned, controlled and/or licensed by CA4WDA, their affiliates, or by third parties who have licensed their materials to CA4WDA, and all such materials are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws, and are protected from unauthorized copying and dissemination by United States copyright law, trademark law, international conventions and other intellectual property laws. By way of example only, and not as a limitation, "CAL4WHEEL.COM" is a registered trademark of CA4WDA. Any other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
CA4WDA and its licensors and suppliers expressly reserve all intellectual property rights in all text, programs, products, processes, technology, content and other materials on this Site at any time. No one is given any rights relating to any intellectual property of or to any license to CA4WDA or to any third party's intellectual property rights by using this Site.
Our graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, scripts, service names, design marks, slogans and other components of our Site and related materials are trademarks or trade dress of CA4WDA and its affiliates. CA4WDA's trademarks or trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not CA4WDA's, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, vendors, shoppers, or any other party, or in any manner that disparages or discredits CA4WDA. All other product marks appearing from time to time on this Site with respect to the products being offered for sale are the property of their respective owners.
Neither this Site nor any of its content, nor any related software may be reproduced, published, transmitted, distributed, displayed, performed, exhibited, modified, used to create derivative works, sold or used in any sale, or exploited in any way, in whole or in part.

Site Access and Limited License
A limited license to visit and use this Site for your personal use is granted to you by Cal4wheel.com. The materials on this Site, including, without limitation, images, text, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, programs, and written and other materials that are part of this Site are intended to be used only as an aid to shopping on this Site and may not be used by you for any purpose other than solely for personal, non-commercial use. You are not permitted to download (other than page caching) or change any portion of this Site, unless you have the express written consent of Cal4wheel.com. This license does not allow for any resale or commercial use of this Site or its content. You may not collect listings of products, prices, descriptions, use any portion of the content in any derivative way, download, or copy information or other matter for use of any other party. You may not gather information and data from mining, robots or other extraction tools. Neither this Site nor any part of it can be copied in any way or used commercially without express written permission from Cal4wheel.com.
Without our prior written consent, you may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of CA4WDA or any of its affiliates. Any use of any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing this Site's name or CA4WDA's or any of its affiliate's names or trademarks without the express written consent of CA4WDA is strictly prohibited. CA4WDA grants you a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of Cal4wheel.com, provided that the link does not portray either this Site or CA4WDA, its affiliates, or their products or services in any false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive manner. Any use of the Cal4wheel.com logo or any other proprietary graphic or trademark of CA4WDA or any of its affiliates as part of any link without our express written permission is strictly prohibited. The permission or license granted to you by CA4WDA to use this Site shall terminate automatically upon any unauthorized use by you.

Accuracy of Content; Future Modifications to Web Site
The information on this Site is believed to be complete and reliable; however, the information may contain typographical errors, pricing errors, and other errors or inaccuracies. Errors will be corrected as soon as practicable. We reserve the right to: (i) revoke any stated offer; (ii) correct any errors, inaccuracies or omission; and (iii) make changes to prices, content, promotion offers, product descriptions or specifications, or other information without obligation to issue any notice of such changes (including after an order has been submitted, acknowledged, shipped or received). If a product offered by us is not as described, your sole remedy is to return it in unused condition.

Every effort is made to show all the colors of our products as true and accurate to the actual item. The accuracy and fidelity of the colors, however, is dependent on your pc, monitor quality, and settings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or fidelity of any color represented on our Site.

Submitted Content
CA4WDA does not claim ownership of any materials you make available through the Site. CA4WDA’s sole discretion, such materials may be included in the service in whole or in part or in a modified form. With respect to such materials you submit or make available for inclusion on the Site, you grant CA4WDA a perpetual, irrevocable, non-terminable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to use, copy, distribute, publicly display, modify, create derivative works, and sublicense such materials or any part of such materials. You hereby represent, warrant and covenant that any materials you provide do not include anything (including, but not limited to, text, images, music or video) to which you do not have the full right to grant the license.

Quantity Limits & Dealer Sales
CA4WDA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to limit the number of items purchased per person, per household, or per order (including after an order has been submitted and/or acknowledged). These restrictions also may be applicable to orders placed by the same account, the same credit card, and also to orders that use the same billing and/or shipping address, or are placed by dealers. If this limit applies, we will notify you.

If you are interested in purchasing multiple quantities of items for a corporation, institution, or not-for-profit organization, please click here to contact us.
Children under 18 years of Age
It is not our intent to collect personal information about children under the age of 13. A child who is 13 but not yet 18 years of age may only use this Site if a parent or legal guardian agrees to be bound by the Terms of Use on the child's behalf. If you are a parent or guardian of a child between the ages of 13 and 18, you are financially and legally responsible for the child's actions on this Site. No person under 13 years of age may use this Site.

Any information concerning billing and registering must be truthful and genuine. If you give information that is incorrect, it is a breach of the Terms of Use. When you confirm your order, you are agreeing to pay for the goods ordered.

Site Security
It is prohibited to violate or attempt to violate the security of this Site in any manner, including, without limitation; (a) obtaining or attempting to obtain data that is not intended for you; (b) gaining unauthorized access to an account; (c) attempting to breach security without permission; (d) testing the vulnerability of this Site; (e) attempting to interfere with this Site, including the host, network, or user, in any manner; (f) sending emails that were not solicited, including ads and promotions; or (e) forging a TCP/IP packet header or any part of header information. These violations could result in civil or criminal penalties. CA4WDA will investigate violations and will work with legal authorities to prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law.

Acceptance of Your Order
You will not be charged until your order is verified, payment authorized, and your order has entered the shipping process. We reserve the right to decline your order at our sole discretion. Some of the reasons we may decline the order are if the goods are unavailable, if pricing is in error, or if there are problems concerning credit or fraud. We will contact you if we decide to decline your order or if we need more information. If we decline your order, we will credit your credit card for any amount charged with respect to such order.

Prohibited Conduct
Suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information may be submitted to us, but any illegal, obscene, threatening or defamatory content and any content that is invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable is strictly prohibited.

You agree to use this Site only for lawful purposes. Notwithstanding any other rights or restrictions in these Terms of Use, you may not use this Site to: (1) transmit via or through the site any information, data, text, images, files, links, or software except in connection with your authorized use of this Site or otherwise in response to specific requests for information by us; (2) introduce software viruses, political campaigning, chain letters, mass mailings, commercial solicitation, worms, Trojan horses and/or harmful code on the Internet; (3) obtain unauthorized access to any computer system; (4) impersonate any other person, including but not limited to, a registered user of this Site or an CA4WDA employee; (5) invade the privacy or violate any personal or proprietary right (including intellectual property rights) of any person or entity; (6) misrepresent the identity of a user; (7) tamper with or obtain access to this Site or any component of this Site; (8) conduct fraudulent activities; or (9) collect or harvest information regarding other users of the Site for any reason whatsoever, including, without limitation, for sending such users unsolicited commercial e-mail.

We may disclose any content, electronic communication, evidence or potential evidence of any kind (i) to satisfy any law, regulation, or government request; (ii) if such disclosure is necessary or appropriate to operate CA4WDA; (iii) to protect the rights or property of CA4WDA, its affiliates, subsidiaries, you or others; (iv) to prevent fraud; (v) for credit risk reduction; and (vi) to enforce or apply these Terms of Use.

Cal4wheel.com actively reports and prosecutes actual and suspected credit card fraud.

We may require further authorization from you such as a telephone confirmation of your order and/or other information. Our decision to require further authorization is at our discretion. Cal4wheel.com reserves the right to cancel, delay, refuse to ship, or recall from the shipper any order if fraud is suspected.

Cal4wheel.com captures certain information during the order process, including time, date, IP address, and other information that will be used to locate and identify individuals committing fraud. If any Cal4wheel.com order is suspected to be fraudulent, all records will be submitted with or without a subpoena to all law enforcement agencies and to the credit card company for fraud investigation. CA4WDA will cooperate with authorities to prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law.

Copyright Infringement; Notice and Take Down Procedures
If you believe that any materials on this Site infringe your copyright, you may request that they be removed. This request must bear a signature (or electronic equivalent) of the copyright holder or an authorized representative and must: (1) identify the allegedly infringing materials; (2) indicate where an authorized version can be obtained; (3) provide your name and contact information; (4) state that you have a good faith belief that the materials are infringing; (5) state that the information in your claim is accurate; and (6) indicate that "under penalty of perjury" you are the lawful copyright owner or are authorized to act on the owner's behalf. Our contact for copyright issues relating to this Site is: Copyright Agent, CA4WDA, 8120 36th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95824, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The above contact information is only for reporting claims of copyright infringement. See other portions of this Site for contact information for other issues.

Disclaimer of Warranty

Limitation of Liability

You hereby acknowledge that the preceding paragraph shall apply to all content, merchandise and services available through the Site. Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states liability is limited to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Privacy Issues
We are concerned about privacy matters for our customers. Please review our Privacy Policy, which also governs your visit to our Site.

Risk of Loss
The items purchased from our Site are shipped by a third party carrier pursuant to a shipment contract. As a result, risk of loss and title for such items pass to you upon our delivery to the carrier.

Returns/Refund Policy
With the exception of shipping damage or an order fulfillment order, returns on items ordered from our Site are not accepted. In the event of damage during shipping or errors on order fulfillment, the customer has the right to request a replacement or refund. Items must be returned within 30 days of shipment.

Orders will be shipped no later than 4-6 weeks after being placed. Membership orders are placed immediately. It may take up to two months to begin receiving In Gear magazines.

Links to Third-Party Web Sites
This Site may contain links to non-Cal4wheel.com web sites. These links are provided to you as a convenience, and you access them at your own risk. We are not responsible for the content of any linked web site or any bulletin board associated with us. Any outside web site accessed from our Site is independent from CA4WDA, and we have no control over the content of such web sites.

No Implied Endorsements
In no event shall any reference to any third party or third party product or service be construed as an approval or endorsement by us of that third party or of any product or service provided by a third party. Likewise, a link to any non-CA4WDA web site does not imply that we endorse or accept any responsibility for the content or use of such a web site.

Termination of Use
The Company may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your use or access to all or part of the Site, for any reason, including without limitation, breach of these Terms of Use. If at any time, we notify you that your access to and /or use of the Site is terminated, you must cease and desist from all such access and/or use immediately. In the event these Terms of Use are terminated, the restrictions regarding intellectual property matters, the representations and warranties, indemnities, and limitations of liabilities set forth herein (as well as any other of your obligations which by their nature should survive termination) will survive termination.

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter herein. We may, at our sole discretion and without notice, revise these terms at any time by updating this posting.

We make no representation that information on this Site is appropriate or available for use outside the United States. Those who choose to access this Site from outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

If any part of these Terms of Use is held to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

We reserve the right to make changes to the Site and our policies and promotions at any time.

We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

Enforcement of Terms of Use
By visiting Cal4wheel.com, you agree that the laws of the state of New York, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern the Terms of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and CA4WDA or its affiliates.

For Additional Information
If you have any questions about these Terms of Use, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Last Updated: September 14, 2015

Cal4Wheel Forum Help

Set up your profile

When you find a community and forum that you like and plan on staying with for a while it is a good idea to set up and complete your profile. You access your profile by clicking 'My Profile' located at the top of the forum. This area is not much different than any other form you have filled out online or in real life except that much of the information in here is optional.

Personal Info

  • Summary - All your settings from other tabs summarized.
  • Edit Your Details - Edit your login name, email address and password.
  • My Avatar - Select an avatar from those available or upload your own image. If you upload your own image, you can upload an image up to 250 x 250 pixels and 50 kilobytes. The forum will automatically scale the image for use in various locations.

Forum Settings

  • Look and Layout - Tweak a few forum appearance settings.
  • My Profile Info - Fill in personal information that you don't mind sharing publicly. This is also where you fill out your forum signature.
  • My Posts - List of your posts ordered by most recent. Handy for finding a post that you don't recall which board you posted it in.
  • My Subscribes - List of topics that you have subscribed to send you an email notification for all new responses.
  • My Favorites - List of topics that you have ticked as a favourite of yours so they are more easily identifiable in the forum list.
  • Remember to press the 'Save' button any time you make changes in your profile.

Reply to an existing post

So, you have been lurking around the forum for a while reading every post and getting to know everyone. You have just read someone's post and you have finally decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.

  • Quick Reply - this brings up a small text area (without reloading the webpage) where you can quickly type a short reply. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response. If you have a change of heart you can press cancel and nothing gets posted regardless if you typed anything or not.
  • Reply - This is the standard method in which you should reply when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will autofill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. In case you were wondering, yes, you can change the subject. OK, now you are looking at what is called a text editor. Think of it as a slimmed down version of a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) in which you can format your text, add links, images, smilies, etc. More on how to format your post later. For now, type your response and press the 'Preview' button at the bottom of the page if you wish to view your post prior to submitting it. When you are done editing and are satisfied your post is ready to contribute to the forum then press the 'Submit' button.
  • Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simple press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to make light of or expand upon a prior post. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
  • Reply Topic - This button functions the same as the 'Reply' button with the exception that your subject line will autofill with the subject of the original post (OP). This may come in handy if you replying to a long post whose subjects may have changed over time but you want to reply to the OP. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.

Create a new post of your own

Now that you have responded to a few other posts, and feel like an accepted member of the community, you want to tell us a little bit about yourself. To do this, you should start your very own topic so we can properly respond and greet you. Navigate to our General board and click on it so that you can see the list of all of the existing posts. At the top of the list is a button labelled 'New Thread'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor that you used earlier when replying to posts. Simply type your message telling us all about yourself and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.

Format your post

Remember we said earlier that the text editor is very similar to a word processor? Well, as in any word processor you can format and arrange your text for emphasis here in the forum.

The first, basic thing you should know is that the forum uses what's called BBcode or Bulletin Board Code. BBcode uses 'tags' to 'mark up' your text. Each 'tag' has an opening and closing 'tag' denoted within brackets. An opening tag will look like [ ] and a closing tag looks like [/ ]. Notice the slash in the closing bracket is the only thing that is different. If you forget the slash, the forum will interpret your closing bracket as an opening bracket.

The easiest way to 'mark up' your text is usually to type it out first, then select it, and press the appropriate button at the top of the editor. For example, if you wanted to make 'some text' bold you would type it out 'some text', then select 'some text' with your mouse, and then press the 'B' icon in the toolbar located just above the Message area (where you are composing your message). You will now see: some text. When you preview or submit your message it will be displayed as 'some text'. Alternatively, if you know them, you can type the tags manually right along with the rest of your text or you can use the buttons at the top of the editor to insert the tags the fill in your text.

The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let's move on to what the Wiki doesn't cover.


There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.

First, you use a tag that creates the kind of list you want.

[ul] [/ul] = unordered list [ol] [/ol] = ordered list

Second, you use a list tag for each item in the list

[li] [/li] = each list item.

So, the code for an ordered list would look like this:

[ol] [li] 1st place[/li] [li] 2nd place[/li] [li] 3rd place[/li] [/ol]


Embedding a video in your post is a more recent addition to the forum and makes use of many video sharing websites on the web. This gives us the ability to show the video in our forum without having to host it ourselves or making you follow a link over some other website to see the video. Once you have a video that you want to post you need to find the unique identifier in the URL to that video.

It's difficult to provide detailed instructions or examples here, so we'll only cover the basics. Understand that each video sharing website uses a unique identifier for each video. For example, this video from YouTube whose URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqJE5TH5jhc. You need to know the video's unique identifier (which differs depending on what site you visit); in our example, the unique identifier is bqJE5TH5jhc. Once you know what that unique identifier is you can embed that video in our forum by selecting the video hosting website from the 'video' drop down list at the top of the WYSIWIG editor pr typing the following:

[video type=] [/video]

If you were embedding a video from YouTube, for example, the bbcode would end up looking like this:

[video type=youtube] insert_unique_identifier_here [/video]

for example

[video type=youtube] bqJE5TH5jhc [/video]

It's a good idea to preview your post to make sure the video is visible before submitting your completed post.

Edit your own post

There will be times when you make a post and you don't catch a misspelled word, fix a broken link or something that will require you to edit you post. It happens to us all so the edit button is easily accessible. When you are looking at one of your own posts that you need to edit you will find the 'Edit' button at the bottom of your post. Simply press the edit button and you use the same editor you used to create your post populated with the actual post. Edit your post as you see fit and, when you are satisfied, press the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. All done!

Visibility and notification of your favorite posts

Now that you have settled into your new community and everyone has met you, you want to be able to keep up with your favorite posts without checking in every five minutes to see if something new has posted. There a couple of ways that you can do that.


At the top and the bottom of every thread you will find the 'Subscribe' button. Pressing this button subscribes you to that topic so that any responses to that topic will generate an email notification to your email address stating that a new post has been made along with a link directly to said post for your convenience. You will notice the button now reads 'Unsubscribe' indicating that you are subscribed and pressing the button again will remove your subscription to that thread. Remember that you can also manage your subscriptions in your profile.


Another way of gaining visibility of threads that wish to keep an eye on is set them as your 'Favorite'. This will place an obvious indicator, such as a star, beside the topic name of the thread so that it will stand out in the forum list of topics. You will notice the button now reads 'Unfavorite' indicating that the post is already one of your favourites and pressing the button again will remove it from your favourites. This is a great way to get visibility on multiple topics that you wish to watch without getting spammed by email subscriptions. Remember that you can also manage your favourites in your profile.

The Karma System

The karma system is one of those neat little things that contributes to the community aspect of a website by empowering you to give feedback to those who deserve it. It is a tool you can use to show appreciation or disapproval for anything that another member has done.

Maybe you posted for help on how to do something and got such a swift and helpful response from another member that you want to show appreciation in more than just words. You can applaud them by giving them Karma. Perhaps another member responded to that same post negatively offering no help and unnecessarily making you look foolish when you genuinely needed help. You can smite them by take away Karma. However, should you smite someone, you should follow that up with a message to an admin or moderator and let them know just in case there is a larger issue.

Please use the karma system responsibly. Don't abuse it by artificially inflating someone's karma or waging a personal war against someone by reducing their karma unnecessarily. If abuse is detected the karma system will be shut off as it is not a necessity.

The karma controls are located in the top, right of each post we make in the forum. The '+' sign adds karma and the '-' takes it away. You cannot adjust your own karma.


Now that you know how to create your own posts, edit them, set notifications, etc, you are ready to explore the rest of the forum. Don't be afraid. Go click things and see what they do. If something 'breaks' or you don't understand how to use something make a post in the forum and ask for help.

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