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Frequently Asked Questions

 

General Concepts

What is a Comment ?
What is a Thread ?
What is a Forum ?

A. Getting started

A1. What is this site about ?
A2. Why should I use this site ?
A3. How to choose the language ?
A4. Why to choose a language ?
A5. The language is not listed ?
A6. How to find what you are looking for ?
A7. Why can I not see the content of the thread ?

B. Your account

B1. Why should I register ?
B2. How to login ?
B3. What are the benefits of becoming a member ?
B4. How can I become a member of a group ?
B5. How do I know if I become a member ?
B6. What is Domain Alias for ?
B7. What is Google Verification for ?
B8. What is Mark as Spam in My Inbox ?

C. Add Comment

C1. How can I answer a question ?
C2. Why can I not post my comment ?
C3. How can I contact somebody ?

D. Create your own thread

D1. What is the title and language for ?
D2. What are the keywords for ?
D3. What is the Request Keyword ?
D4. What is 'comments in blog order' ?

E. Create your own Forum

E1. Where is my Forum ?
E2. What is a public Forum ?
E3. What is a private Forum ?
E4. How can I add members to my private Forum ?
E5. How can I blacklist somebody from my public Forum ?
E6. What is a Moderator ?
E7. How can I add a Moderator ?
E8. Can I personalize my forum ?
E9. Can I measure anything on my forum ?
E10. I already have a community. Can I use my user database on Forumgeeks ?

 

F. Contribute

F1. How can I contribute ?



 What is a Comment ? Top

    A comment is the written oppinion of a member about a subject being discussed. A comment can be added by any member to any open discussion if it was allowed by the one who opened that particular discussion.


 What is a Thread ? Top

     A thread is a discussion related to one particular question. Any member can open a question to which the other members can add their comments. A thread inherits the rights of the domain of the member who opened it. The members can configure who can see a thread, who can post a comment on it and who can open new threads on their own subdomains. For more details see section E


 What is a Forum ? Top

     A forum is the collection of the threads opened by a member. Also contains the threads opened on your subdomain by members who you configured as Moderators. Your forum is accesible from yourusername.forumgeeks.net.


 A1. What is this site about ? Top

    This site was built to help people find fast answers to their questions and to share their personal experience and knowledge with the whole world. We attempt to do this by creating an easy to use centralization of forums. The forums are categorized on language and field of interest, given by a set of keywords.


 A2. Why should I use this site ? Top

    Use this site to find answers fast to questions asked already by other members of this site or share your experience and knowledge with others looking for answers.
    Use it to build your own FREE Forum and also attach it to your existing web page.
    Share your field of interest with people alike.
    Create even closed communities to discuss in private.
    Create your FREE Blog.


 A3. How to choose the language ? Top

    You can choose the language from quick links on the left. Your selection will be remembered in a cookie in order to make your experience better.


 A4. Why to choose a language ? Top

    By choosing a language you get closer to your answer. Choosing the right language is the most important step. When you select a language the whole site will switch to that language making  your experience more friendly. All the questions and answers you can find here are in your prefered language.


 A5. The language is not listed ? Top

    If a language is not listed it means that we have no posts on that language yet. You can request a new language if you are a registered user to post your question, on the Languages page. The new language will be added shortly by our team. If a new language is requested we will begin to translate the whole site to that language to support it's community.


 A6. How to find what you are looking for ? Top

    You can browse the questions and answers by selecting up to 5 keywords, which describe the best your field of interest or you can use the search in the home page.


 A7. Why can I not see the content of the thread ? Top

    There are threads belonging to closed communities; this means that only the members belonging to that group can see the thread itself. You can request to become a member of a group by sending a message to the moderator of that group. The decision belongs entirely to the moderators of the group.




 B1. Why should I register ? Top

    You can register for FREE and become a member of our community. As a member you will have full access for free to all the features this site offers.


 B2. How to login ? Top

    If you don't have an account yet you can register and get a FREE account, or you can use your OpenID. (http://openid.net/get/, for now we support only OpenID 1.1 )


 B3. What are the benefits of becoming a member ? Top

    As a member you have access to the following features:
        - Post your questions, and answer other's
        - Bookmark your prefered threads and find out fast if they have new comments.
        - Have a quick link to all the questions you have posted under the My Threads menu.
        - Contact and to be contacted by other members.
        - Get your own domain for FREE.
        - Create and customize easily the Forum for your own site (Business or Personal).
        - Receive configurable email alerts about messages and posts on your own domain


 B4. How can I become a member of a group ? Top

    You can request to become a member of a group by sending a message to the moderator of that group by clicking on a thread belonging to this group. The decision belongs entirely to the moderators of the group, the team of forumgeeks.net has no influence in this decision.


 B5. How do I know if I become a member of a group ? Top

    If you have the email notification enabled for your access rights change in your account settings, you will receive an email shortly after you were added to a group or check regulary your ForumGeek Inbox.


 B6. What is Domain Alias for ? Top

    Domain Alias is used to point your existing domain name to your username.forumgeeks.net subdomain. For this you have to configure your nameserver to point the domain name to our IP address 82.79.50.9.
This is usefull if you want to attach your username.forumgeeks.net subdomain as a forum to your existing site; This will give the impression to your visitors that they have never left your site.


 B7. What is Google Verification for ? Top

    Google verification is useful if you want to promote your username.forumgeeks.net subdomain on google.
On your google account you will get a verification file, you will have to enter the name of this file in order to assure google that the subdomain is yours.


 B8. What is Mark as Spam in My Inbox ? Top

    If you feel that another forumgeeks.net member is bugging you with it's messages you can mark the mail as a Spam, in this case you will receive no more mails from that particular user.




 C1. How can I answer a question ? Top

    You can answer by clicking on the  'Add your comment' link on the top of the thread.


 C2. Why can I not post my comment ? Top

    You need to be a member to be able to post a comment. Comment can be added only to open threads. On private forums you need to be a member of that group in order to post your comment.


 C3. How can I contact somebody ? Top

    If you are already a member you can write a private message to any other member by clicking on the user name of that member.



 D1. What is the title and language for ? Top

    By selecting the language you define under which language you want to place your thread. By giving the title we will try to suggest you the most used keyword combinations for this kind of subject, based on existing threads on the selected language.


 D2. What are the keywords for ? Top

    The keywords are used to categorize the different threads in Topics. Up to five keywords can be used but a minimum of two keywords are necessary to define a Topic. The better the keywords describe your thread the easier others will find it.


 D3. What is the Request Keyword ? Top

    In case you try to use a keyword not used before we will verify the existence of that word. If the word can be found in our dictionary it will be validated in real time, if not it can be submitted for manual validation by forumgeeks.net team.


 D4. What is comments in blog order ? Top

    This means that all the comments will be listed backwards, the newest will be the first. This must be set if you want to use your subdomain as a Blog.



 E1. Where is my Forum ? Top

    Personal forums can be found at the username.forumgeeks.net address, and it is the collection of your threads.


 E2. What is a public Forum ? Top

    A public forum is a personal forum visible for all the forumgeeks.net members. Comments can also be added by anybody, except those who were blacklisted by the Moderators of the forum.


 E3. What is a private Forum ? Top

    A private forum is a personal forum visible only to members added by a Moderator to the forums group.


 E4. How can I add members to my private Forum ? Top

    Private members can be added from the My Account / My Domain section.


 E5. How can I blacklist somebody from my public Forum ? Top

    Members can be blacklisted to post any comment on your public forum. This can be done from the My Account / My Domain section.


 E6. What is a Moderator ? Top

     The Moderator of a forum is a member who has the same rights on the threads of a forum as the one who have created them. Moderators should be trusted members of a forum who help manage that particular forum and it's community.


 E7. How can I add a Moderator ? Top

    Moderators can be added from the My Account / My Domain section.


 E8. Can I personalize my forum ? Top

    Yes, forums can be personalized in the My Account / My Style Section. You can create your own style, the way your Forum is shown.


 E9. Can I measure anything on my forum ? Top

    Yes, statistics for your own forum are accesible under the My Statistics section.


 E10. I already have a community. Can I use my user database on Forumgeeks ? Top

    Yes, you can log in your users from your site as virtual users on forumgeeks. Virtual users have only access to the discussion sections of forumgeeks. To implement a virtual user system you need basic programming skills. We provide perl and PHP implementation with exampes and a detailed documentation here.



 F1. How can I contribute ? Top

    You can contribute in the following ways:
        - Suggestion: if you have any suggestion related to forumgeeks.net, you can share your ideas at the Feedbacksection;
        - Donation: if you want to donate, you can do it via PayPal on the Contribute section.
        - Translation: if you would like to help the introduction of a new language or correction of any errors, you can contact us at the contribute section.
        - Filter abuses: if you find any thread misplaced or any improper content you can report it to our stuff. All reports will be analyzed and the proper action will be taken.
 The forumgeeks.net team greatly appreciates any help !