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Hjolmaer

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Attention New Members: Read This First
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:20:09 PM »

If you are reading this, then you are now a member of The Celtic Connection message board.   Welcome to the forums.  A few things before you get started.  In general, we try to promote an atmosphere of welcome discussion free from harassment and/or ridicule.    It is our goal to encourage our members to share their spiritual beliefs, personal paths, gnosis, knowledge, experiences, anecdotes, etc with each other.

You are, of course, free to post wherever you may so desire, and all we ask of you is that your posts are coherent and readable.  With that said, you will want to familiarize yourself with the forum guidelines, then the other stickied threads (This image: appears next to its name, and its name is in bold type.  These threads are ?stickied? (or affixed to the top of the threads) because they contain information that is relevant to all users.  There are stickied threads in most of the sub-forums (Newbie Haven, Temporary Insanity, Informative Announcements, etc).

Of particular note to new members are:

Forum Guidelines:
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=138.0

Abbreviations You May Need To Know (has turned into a rather humorous thread):
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=1992.0

How To Use The Search Function:
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=1766.0

A friendly note from TCC?s resident mouser entitled ?Here My Friend, You Are Going To Need This?
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=3556.0

And for the new seekers of the Wiccan path:

Read THIS If You Want To Be Wiccan:
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=1832.0

I?m Interested In Wicca?How Do I Get Started?
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=2205.0

Once you?ve familiarized yourself with the forum guidelines and other various errata unique to The Celtic Connection (usually abbreviated ?TCC?), feel free to go to the Newbie Haven Introductions thread:
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=3900.0 (its stickied) and tell us something about yourself if you?re not shy.  Or even if you are.  It?s all good.  But we would like the chance to get to know you.

There are a number of questions new members wind up asking, either on the forums proper or via private message (PM), so I?ll attempt to address some of those here.

Q: What does the tree name under my username mean?
A: Nothing.  It relates to the number of posts you have.  The list can be found in the Forum Guidelines for the terminally curious.  Otherwise, it bears not impact other than minor amusement.

Q: I need a spell??
A: TCC has a ?No Spell Sharing? policy.  It is the opinion of many that the best spells are written by the individual in question.  Don?t ask for a spell.  You?ll just be told the same thing I just said in forty different ways.

Q: What about chat speak or l33t?
A: No.  The reasons this is not generally tolerated is because some members here either A) don?t speak English as a primary language (or may not speak your native language if English isn?t yours), or B) because they aren?t ?up to speed? on the latest and greatest in electronic short-hand.  Another reason is because this forum is dedicated to intellectual discussion, and such typing styles take away from the ability to take you seriously.

Q: Why can?t I edit my posts?
A: New members don?t have access to a couple minor forum tools (post editing and viewing profiles, for example) for the first 30 days.  After the 30 day period, your regular membership tools will be unlocked.

Q: I want to start a new thread on a great topic idea I have, but I?m not sure where it goes.
A: Two ways to handle this.  You can 1) ask a mod/elder, or 2) post it wherever and we?ll move it to the appropriate section.  We do ask that you ask someone first, though.  It?s a minor inconvenience, but can often get very irritating for most members to have to deal with.

Q: What about A.S.K: Ancient Spiritual Knowledge?
A: Please PM a mod or elder if you want to set up a workshop in there.  We?ll get the ball rolling for you, and let you pick up the momentum from there.  It keeps it cleaner/easier to read.

Q: Where can I find a group/teacher/coven/mentor/store/gathering/etc?
A: Check either www.witchvox.com or www.meetup.com. Both sites are good for finding things like that.

Q: How do I take over the world?
A: With a table saw and 3 pounds of straws.

Q: What the hell was that supposed to mean?
A: Comprehension would blow your mind.

Q: How do I know when someone is being serious, joking, or sarcastic (or anything else)?
A: Either you can ask a couple of the other members, or just be patient.  Given time, you?ll be able to tell when someone is being serious compared to their own particular breed of humor.

More as I think of them/they get offered up.

BB Codes ? Formatting Your Posts

If you look right above the text box that appears after you click on ?Reply?, you?ll see three rows of buttons.  The top row is most of your standard formatting: Bold, Italics, Underline, Strikethrough, Glowing Text, Shadow Text, Scrolling Text, Preformatted Text, Left Align, Center Align, Right Align, Horizontal Rule, Text Size, and Text Color.

Below that is the slightly less standard formatting tools: Insert Flash, Insert Image, Insert Hyperlink, Insert Email, Insert FTP Link, Insert Table, Insert Table Row, Insert Table Column, Super script, Subscript, Teletype, Insert Code, Insert Quote, and Insert List.

The third and last row is smileys.

Clicking on these will insert the appropriate BB Code (forum formatting code) into the message body.  This is usually some collection of characters enclosed in brackets []

Here are some examples of formatting you?ll encounter a lot on the forums:

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[b]bold type[/b]bold type

Code: [Select]
[i]italicized type[/i]italicized type

Code: [Select]
[url] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA [/url] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

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[img] http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/funny-pictures-truth-in-advertising.jpg[/img]

The above is a common one.  All you have to do is right-click on the picture you want to share with the boards and select ?Copy Image URL?.  Then paste it in between the brackets as I did up there.  If the picture is on your personal computer, you?ll need to upload it to a website that hosts photos, such as Facebook or Photobucket.

Here?s another that some like to use.  It embeds the url of the webpage in the text.  We?ll use the Thriller music video on Youtube again.

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[url= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA]Micheal Jackson?s Thriller[/url]Micheal Jackson?s Thriller

Notice that the webpage url is in the first set of brackets.  Much like a hyperlink, except you add an equals sign ?=? and the url in the first set of brackets.

Remember, in using the bb codes, don?t put any spaces within the brackets or it won?t work.  If it looks like this:

[b ]bold type[/b]

It?ll look just like that.  A space anywhere within the brackets (first or last set) will break the bb code.

Any other questions, just ask someone who does it.

Happy posting!
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