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Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 05-13-2010, 06:29 PM  
News Tutorial Series - Part III: Tips and Tricks!
Posted By Adam
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This is our third and final installment in our series of site usage tutorials. After reading these handy guides, you might just happen to rediscover our site!

Part I - Finding what you want:
Part II - Site sections:

If this tutorial was helpful to you, please let me know by leaving a comment via the reputation system- click
the [Add to Reputation] link directly above this text!

Our winner of increased attachment space has been drawn: Congratulations!

There's much more to than just our discussion forum. Read on to see what else site members have access to!

Quick 'Mark Forum as Read'

Did you know that you can mark an entire forum read simply by double-clicking its icon?
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Thread Hover Preview

You can preview the contents of a thread by hovering over the table cell surrounding its title:
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Automatic Media Embedding

If you post a youtube or vimeo link in a post, it will automatically be converted to an embedded flash video player. (this can be disabled via a checkbox in the advanced posting innerface, or overriden by [yt] bbcode, which embeds youtube videos without a surrounding frame. More details here:

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Mobile Skin

Use a BlackBerry, Droid, iPhone, or other smartphone? We feature a mobile forum skin optimized for your device; it is automatically enabled on your device unless you disable it via the User CP options page:

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Note that we also support TapaTalk for iPhone users.

Ignored Forums

As shown in the User CP options screenshot above, we also allow users to entirely ignore certain sections of the forum!

Quick Forum Controls

If you're a site supporter or Pentaxian, you'll see extra mini-icons beside each forum. These allow you to search new threads, start a new thread, or subscribe to the entire forum.

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Auto Thread Subscriptions

You can enable this option in the User CP so that by default, you receive User CP or e-mail notifications about updates to all threads you've posted in. This feature is not retroactive.

Multiple Forum Styles

We feature 7 forum styles here at Our Modern Skin comes in 6 variations: Green Fluid (default), Green Fixed, Red Fluid, Red Fixed, Classic Gray Fluid, and Classic Gray Fixed. The Fixed screens are set to an 800-pixel width, while all other versions stretch horizontally to fit your screen.

The final style is the 'low-fi skin', which is optimized for users with slow computers or internet connections. It also features a larger font for easier readability. Few graphics are used in this style.

To switch styles, visit the bottom-left corner of any forum page. To set a default, visit your User CP options, accessible via the manage account link by the login area.

Forum Home Social Groups

Social groups which you're a member of are displayed as if they were forums at the bottom of the forum homepage, for your convenience!

Supporting us

In addition to making donations, you can support us every time you shop at the photo superstores Adorama Camera and B&H Photo. Simply click one of the banners here: - Donate to support us! (or in my signature) prior to placing items in your cart, and a cut of your purchase will be donated toward site costs. Depending on the size of your order, you may also be eligible for Marketplace access and site supporter status! Please contact me after buying from either store!

Your support of these stores may lead to some very attractive offers from them in the future, such as personal Pentax support!

A sticky containing information about the B&H / Adorama affiliation crediting info can also be found in the Marketplace, here: I've spoken with both B&H and Adorama several times over the past week, and they're quite excited to have us on board, and quite eager to give us some exciting features in return for your support of both their store as well as!

That concludes our Tutorial Series! Thanks go to the 2,000 users who have so far taken the time to read these helpful guides. We will select a winner of the upgraded forum account once 800 views to this thread have been made.
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