|Can I search the forum? |
|You can search for posts based on username, word(s) in the post or just in the subject, by date, and only in particular forums. |
To search a specific forum, click on the Search Forum button at the top of the forum. To search the site, click on the Search button on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
You can search any forum that you have permission to search - you will not be allowed to search through private forums unless the administrator has given you the necessary security rights to do so.
|What are announcements? |
|Global Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are designed to be a simple one-way communication with the users. Global Announcements are found at the top of any forum page next to the icon which looks like a satellite dish.br/> |
You can find regular announcements in the Announcements Forum in Member Assistance.
|Google Ads |
|Google Ads |
You will not post about the Google Text Ads in a public forum as this breaches this site's contract with Google. You may provide feedback and report inappropriate Google Text Ads by sending the webmaster a PM here. Google displays contextual text ads that are based on keywords on the page. As such, if the ad is on a page discussing an offensive topic, inappropriate ads may be displayed.
We have blocked as many inappropriate sites and keywords as possible but some may have bypassed our filter. We apologize in advance for this.
To report an inappropriate ad, click the ad, then copy the URL (address) of the ad. Send a copy of that URL to any moderator or Supermoderator or Advisor.
|Can I send email to other members? |
|Yes. If they have enabled that option.
If you are reading a thread and want to send an email to a member, click on their username. On the drop-down menu, select send email to member. Title your email, write your email in the text box, and click send message.
You may also email a member from their profile page. Go to their page and click send message. If they have enabled the email option, select it from the drop-down menu and send your email.
If a member does not wish to receive emails from other members, you will not have the option to email them on any menus. |
|How do I use the Member List? |
|The Member's List contains a complete list of all the registered members of this forum. You can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date that the member joined the forum, or by the number of posts the members have made. To access the Member's List, go to the navigation bar and click on Member's List. |
The member list also has a search function which allows you to quickly locate members. If you know their username, click on the Search Members link and type their username or a portion of their name into the search box and click Go. If you would like to do a more advanced search, such as searching for users by location, occupation, Ministry, etc., go to the Search Members box and click on Advanced Search, then enter your search details into the box and click search now.
|How do I use the calendar? |
The calendar functions in a way similar to the forums in that there can be multiple calendars. One calendar could hold just events that you are able to see, while another may list birthdays.
There are two types of events on the calendar: normal events and recurring events.
Normal Events span the time frame from when the event starts until the event ends.
Recurring Events repeat over a set period of time based on certain criteria. Examples would be an event that occurs on the first Monday of every month and an event that occurs every Monday and Wednesday.
The administrator may have enabled registered members to post events, but usually this is not the case. You can most likely post your own private events that are only viewable to you.
Birthdays may be shown on the calendar if the administrator has enabled this feature. Your birthday will automatically be shown on the calendar if you have entered the date of your birthday in your profile. Note: if you do not enter the year of your birth when you edit your profile, your age will not be shown on the calendar.
If you enter your birthday, your name will also appear on the main forum page when it is your birthday.
|What are the various thread display options? |
|When viewing a thread, you will be able to view the thread from a choice of four modes. |
Linear Mode (Newest First) - This is the same as the above mode, except that posts are ordered in an opposite way (newest first). Threaded Mode - In this mode, a tree is shown along with every post. This tree allows you to see the relationship each post has to others, in terms of who responded to whom. Only one post is shown at a time. Hybrid Mode - This mode is a mixture of the linear and threaded modes. The post tree is displayed like in the threaded mode, but multiple posts are displayed simultaneously like in the linear modes.
|How to subscribe to a thread |
|When reading a thread, go to your Thread Tools drop-down menu and select Subscribe to this thread. You may then decide if you want to be notified of new responses by email instantly, daily or weekly.
To see your subscribed threads, go to UserCP and find the section Subscribed Threads.
If you want to automatically be subscribed to each thread you start or each thread you post in, go to UserCP and Edit Options. Scroll down to Default Thread Subscription Mode. You then can choose to be updated of new postings instantly, daily or weekly. |
|How to subscribe to a forum |
|On the forum's mainpage that lists all the current threads is the blue tab "Forum tools" (located in the right upper corner), click on the arrow and the drop down menu is displayed. Click on "Subscribe to Forum. You will be ask to confirm this subscription and you need to click on the button "Add subscription". You'll see a confirmation page that your subscription is successfully added. If your browser does not automatically redirected you, click on the link "click here if you are not automatically redirected". |
You are now subscribed to the forum and it appears in your UserCP (click tab "UserCP" in the blue menue bar). Under the section "New Subscribed Threads" a new section is automatically added: "Subscribed Forums" and you can keep track now on all new threads as well as posts within that forum.
|USENET Newsgroups |
|There is an exciting new feature for our Site Supporters! |
Christian Forums introduces our NNTP News Gateway into selected USENET Christian Newsgroups!
What is USENET?
A worldwide bulletin board system that can be accessed through the Internet or through many online services. The USENET contains more than 14,000 forums, called newsgroups, which cover every imaginable interest group. USENET postings are distributed around the world using the NNTP protocol.
We now have forums that import and export posts to USENET automatically.
This category is open For All Members - Christians and non-Christians, but at the moment is only for Site Supporters.
Only Site Supporters can read, post and reply to the USENET posts in these forums.
We have chosen newsgroups that are moderated externally by volunteers who run these newsgroups - these moderators are NOT part of Christian Forums. As a result, some posts in these forums may appear to break some of our Christian Forums rules. This cannot be helped as we have no moderating control over these newsgroups. The good news is that these newsgroups are moderated - some of the alt. Christian newsgroups are not moderated at all, and have really offensive content. These will not be imported here.
You use the USENET newsgroup forums just like any other Christian Forums forums - you read, post, reply, search and basically use it like you would any other forum.
Just a few pointers:
1) You cannot use vBCode or any other forum code, or HTML.
2) Your signature will not show up in it.
3) You should be reminded always that if you post in a newsgroup, your post will show up on NNTP servers mirrored around the world, not just here.
Enjoy our USENET gateway!
|Where can I find the RSS feed? |
The administrator may have enabled RSS syndication, this allows you to view newly created threads in guest viewable forums without visiting the board.
The feeds are currently provided in two formats, RSS and RSS v2. The differences are as follows:
- RSS 0.91 - This feed is based on a standard written by netscape and provides a link and the title of the thread.
- RSS 2.0 - This feed contains title, author, date and the contents of the first post of the thread.
To add this to MyYahoo click here.
The forums to which this applies can also be limited to specific guest viewable forums by adding another parameter to the URL containing the forumids as follows:
If you would like the content to be generated for multiple forums you can separate the forumids by commas.
|Why can't I log out of Christian Forums? |
|It can sometimes happen that some members find themselves unable to log out. |
The most common cause for this is that the cookie has been set for a URL that has greater 'scope' then the current cookie.
For example, let's say that a member goes to http://www.christianforums.com/ and logs in. The cookie's domain is now set to 'www.christianforums.com'.
Later on, the same member goes to http://christianforums.com/ (without 'www' in front) and logs in again. There is now a cookie with a cookie domain of 'christianforums.com'.
Now this member tries to log out. Christian Forums dutifully clears out the cookie for 'christianforums.com', but the member finds that he is still logged in at 'www.christianforums.com', even though he just got a message telling him that all cookies were cleared!
This happens because there is still a cookie for 'www.christianforums.com' (with the www subdomain) and that cookie is overriding the one for 'christianforums.com'. Normally this could be quite tricky to solve - one sure way is to delete ALL cookies in your browser. However, Internet Explorer (IE) 6 & XP offers a neat way to clear out the old cookie without clearing all your cookies (which is very annoying when you have to do it).
To clear out the offending cookie, click on the Tools > Internet Options menu in IE and click on the 'Privacy' tab. Once in there, click on the 'Edit' button for web site cookie handling (at the bottom of the panel) and add 'www.christianforums.com' to the list of blocked sites. Okay out of the menu and log in and out of the www.christianforums.com forums to refresh stuff, and hopefully you will find yourself properly logged out.
Finally, don't forget to go back into the IE options and remove www.christianforums.com from the list of blocked sites!
This issue should no longer be a problem since www.christianforums.com now automatically redirects to christianforums.com.
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