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Testing attitude

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Beta Testing

» What is beta testing?
Beta testing is to trial computer hardware or software prior to being released. In this case, we are testing Thief community-made missions before they are released to the Thief community.

A test could include any of the following:

  • Compatibility tests (will it run with certain system specs, versions of Darkloader, with other mods installed)
  • Completion tests (is the mission completable, do objectives work)
  • Loot checks (can all loot be obtained)
  • Difficulty checks (do difficulty settings work, are they too easy/difficult)
  • Texture/object errors (are there graphical problems, are objects aligned to other objects/surfaces, is the wrong texture being used)
  • Sound and lighting errors (are there bright spots that should be dark, are there missing sounds, are they applicable to the atmosphere)
  • Asthetic testing (does the mission need changes to make it look more appealing)
  • Technical testing (testing using Dromed)
  • Ghosting and alternative styles testing (can this mission be played with alternative styles)

» I'd like to beta test
That's good news. It helps the community a lot to give up some of your time to make sure missions are adequately tested. You have a few options if you want to do a test, such as waiting for a request in one of the TTLG forums [FMs] [Editors] by one of the authors. Alternatively, you can sign up to this forum and join the Available for testing usergroup, which authors are able to view and pick volunteers from the list.

» How do I join the beta tester list?
The testers list is known as a usergroup. All open usergroups memberships need to be requested using the User Control Panel. All the specific missions have their own usergroups which are open to join requests (unless the author decides otherwise), the Available for testing usergroup can be joined and left freely without intervention from a mission author or forum admin.

To join:

  • Go to the User Control Panel
  • In the Options box select Usergroups
  • Select Edit memberships (or click here)
  • Select the circular option box besides Available for testing
  • Using the dropdown list at the bottom, select 'Join selected' and submit

To remove yourself from the list if you no longer have time to test more, follow the above instructions and select 'Resign selected' instead of 'Join'.

» I am a mission author, should I get a forum here?
As an author, it is important to get your mission tested before you release it to the public. The reasons are best summarised in this TTLG thread.

What this site offers for mission authors:

  • Your own forum for private beta testing
  • A usergroup solely for your beta testers, which you can fully manage: adding/removing testers, editing the group description & appearance
  • Moderator access in your testing forum, which allows you to lock/spit/delete/move posts and threads
  • You can upload your mission to this site for your testers to access, including a backup site for large uploads
  • Assistance when you need it, including a forum for discussing issues or problems you're having with the site.

» How do I get a forum for testing?
All requests for testing forums are currently being accepted. The best way to go around it is to register on this site and send a setup admin a message Send private message. Alternatively, you can contact us (Duss, Pav, Tannar) on TTLG. You should include the name of the mission, when you want beta testing to start, the name of the game (i.e. Thief Gold), and your name if it differs from the name you registered with. Once your forum is set up you will need to get your beta testers to join.

» How do I find beta testers?
You could create a thread in the Find Testers forum with some information on your mission, and people may post their interest. Also, you can make a similar thread at TTLG's forum to get a wider audience. Alternatively, you can check out this forum's Beta Testers list which is a voluntary list members join if they are available.

» How do I give my beta testers access to my forum?
This forum is running based on group permissions. Each fan mission has its own group with the author set as the group leader. As the group leader, authors can add users to or remove them from their testing forum.

Adding/removing testers:

  • Get the tester(s) to register on this forum
  • Go to the User Control panel using the link here or in main bar above.
  • In the Options box, click 'Usergroups' and then 'Manage groups'
  • On the Manage groups page, pick the group related to your fan mission
  • Scroll down to the 'Add User' section and type in your tester's username - keep the 'default group' option set as 'no' - submit once you're happy
  • Also on this page you can select users who have requested to join the testing, by ticking the mark box by their name and using the dropdown box - then submitting
  • You can use this method to remove testers if you no longer want them to have access to your forums.

» We have finished beta testing, what now?
Once you've completed the tests for your mission and your final mission version is the one you intend to release, it'll be unlikely you'll need the testing forum for anything but referencing. Please contact the setup admin(s) once you've completed a beta. They will move your testing forum to the Completed category and archive the forum, so it will still be accessible.

An archived forum will be locked to protect your data from change. If you need to edit posts or add new ones, please contact us so we can unlock your forum.

» Can I get my mission alpha tested here?
Yes, you can get your mission tested at any stage of development. This site is only named 'Beta' due to missions commonly entering testing at this forum at that stage.

» I would like my beta as private as possible / I've entered a contest
By default users will not be able to see your forum or read/post inside. They will, however, be able to view and request to join your usergroup. But if you wish to have a completely private beta and/or you've entered an anonymous contest - your usergroup can remain hidden to all but yourself and its members.

Also, if you do not wish to reveal the name of your mission, please tell us when setting up your mission and we'll select a generic name for you. Additionally, when registering on the forum (or alternatively if you've already registered - message an admin) you can select a username which does not reveal your identity, which can be changed after the beta is finished. And finally, by default admins are able to view and post in all forums. You can request that this access is removed if you feel it necessary.

» I can't see the forum I want to test in!
Forums are used to test individual missions and each mission or campaign is given its own forum for discussions to take place. It is unlikely and not recommended that testing discussions take place in threads in the public forums, which are those in the 'General Forums' category.

The 'Current Betas' category is likely to house forums for mission testing. However, they are invisible to the public due to the private nature of testing and to avoid giving away spoilers. All the forums rely on permissions to see and post on them. For instance, this public forum gives registered users the right to post and edit but it doesn't allow the same thing for unregistered users.

Each forum dedicated to testing a mission/set of missions will have a usergroup with the same name. This usergroup allows people to access the mission testing forum. A usergroup is managed by the FM author responsible for the mission. Hence, if you've agreed to test a mission you should make sure you contact the FM author so they can add you to their usergroup. Once this occurs you will be able to see the forum in the 'Current Betas' category. Alternatively, you can apply to join a usergroup yourself, which will send a request to the FM author, which they can either approve or not.

The process for this is outlined in the following link, but with a couple of differences, outlined below. *Jump to FAQ entry*.

Instead of selecting the circular option box besides 'Available for testing', you will need to select the option besides the mission you want to test. If there is no circular option next to a mission, it means that the FM author is not accepting additional testers at that point.


Considerations / Suggestions for Testing

» Can I be a beta tester?
There are some things you should consider before volunteering to beta-test an FM.

  1. Make sure you have a reasonable amount of time each day during the test to spend on the mission. Most authors are anxious to get their mission released by the time it hits the beta stage and don’t want to wait weeks for feedback from testers.
  2. Do NOT volunteer just to get a “sneak preview” of upcoming missions. Beta-testing is a commitment to the author and you have to be willing to do serious work helping him/her find and fix bugs, etc.
  3. Beta-testing is an important job but it’s not always fun. You will often be expected to play and replay the same mission many times on each difficulty setting and at times it can become a little boring, depending on the mission. You need to be able to continue working despite this.
  4. Your suggestions and input may not always be implemented by the author, even if you think they might improve it. Don’t take it personally and if that will be a problem for you, then perhaps there are other ways for you to contribute to the Thief FM community.


This section of the FAQ was written by Nightwalker & pavlovscat.

» What do beta testers do?
The points below are activities we recommend beta-testers do to help mission authors get rid of any bugs in their missions. If you have any other ideas on what and how to beta-test a mission then go for it. Here is a detailed list on the different activities:

  1. Objectives: Check to make sure all objectives can be completed and do your best to find ways that might “break” these objectives, such as doing things in an unexpected order or not completing bonus and optional objectives to make sure the mission will still finish.
  2. Textures: Look for textures (surfaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, rocks, etc.) that are missing (usually leaving plain blue in an inappropriate place) or wrong textures that don’t fit in with the rest of the surface, e.g. Plain wood in a carpeted floor or wood in a brick wall.
  3. Sounds: Listen carefully while you play for missing or incorrect sounds. When you walk, can you hear your footsteps and does the sound match the surface where you are walking? When you try to open a locked door, can you hear the sound of the locked handle? When you try to pick open a door, can you hear the picks working? When you open and close a door does it make the proper sounds from both sides? Bang on surfaces with your blackjack and sword to make sure that wood sounds like wood, etc. When you fire an arrow does it make the proper noise when it hits a surface?
  4. Dead zones: Try to get places that the player is not supposed to be able to go. Look for places where you can sink a rope arrow and climb onto high areas that allow you to see the “edge” of the mission which can crash a computer. Climb, crawl and poke into every nook and cranny to see if you get stuck. You get the idea!
  5. Weapons: Make sure you try out all the weapons to check they work properly.
  6. AI behaviour 1: Thief is about sneaking so most of us are used to playing in a sneaky manner but if the mission allows killing then at least one time through, you should kill AI to make sure they actually die properly. (It’s funny to see someone pop back up and run off shouting but not something that should be left in.)
  7. AI behaviour 2: Attempt to knock out all AI with the blackjack. Some may have helmets which prevent them from being knocked out with a black jack, so make sure these AI cannot be black jacked. Also, check the sound made by the blackjack, especially on helmeted guards. Also, watch & listen for the AI’s reaction to being blackjacked.
  8. AI behaviour 3: Knock out (or kill) every AI so that you can pick them up and drop them. Sometimes you will find that dropping a carried AI will crash the mission. With custom skinned Al, you should also check to make sure that the carry icon matches the AI you’re holding and that the body over your shoulder has the correct appearance.
  9. AI behaviour 4: Watch the AI carefully to make sure that they patrol properly and don’t get stuck on furniture, corners, etc. Also make sure they return to their patrols/station once they settle down after they are alerted.
  10. Readables: Check the books, etc. for spelling mistakes and also to make sure that they convey the necessary clues for a player. If you find that you don’t know what to do or where to go next, chances are that others will have the same problem once the mission is released. Also, let the author know if you find a break in the logic of the mission.
  11. Loot: Try to find all the loot if possible to check and make sure it’s really present in the mission. Sometimes bits of loot are counted into the loot total but can’t actually be picked up or are accidentally buried in a solid surface. Those need to be caught and corrected.


This section of the FAQ was written by Nightwalker & pavlovscat.

» Testing attitude
  1. The MOST important role of the betatester is to be candid about their impressions of the mission. If you find it much too hard, say so though do it in a polite and helpful manner. If you find the clues aren’t giving you enough information and you have a suggestion that might make thing clearer, then pass it on. The whole point of the process in general is to release a mission that will be fun to play, challenging but not so hard as to be frustrating to the average player.
  2. If you volunteer to test a mission and after starting it, realize it is the type of mission that you really do not want to play (e.g. Kill everyone in the mission, which you find distasteful or forced ghosting, which drives you crazy) don’t just go quiet and disappear. Let the author know that although you are sure others will enjoy the mission, it is not something that appeals to you and gracefully back out. The same thing applies if you find that something has come up in real life that is preventing you from having sufficient time to work on a mission. It’s very frustrating for an author to be sitting waiting for feedback from someone who’s not even playing the mission.
  3. Authors: If a tester can no longer test your missions due to real life issues please try and be understanding as it can happen by no fault of their own.
  4. Remember that, especially on large missions, there may be several rounds of beta testing. Make sure that you are clear on what the author is expecting from you. If you are doing an early beta test, expect to find more things that need to be fixed. If you are doing a final round beta, the mission should be more complete with fewer problems. Early round beta teams may be expected to do more tedious testing. Do not volunteer for an early round beta if you do not have the time or temperament to work with an incomplete mission. Let the author know that you are interested in late round testing only.


This section of the FAQ was written by Nightwalker & pavlovscat.


Notes and Guidelines for Mission Authors

» Guideline introduction
The following is a list of suggestions and observations that we hope will make your testing experience more enjoyable and productive. These are guidelines only and by no means do we wish to dictate how authors should test their mission. You are free to set up and run your testing session any way that you like, but we hope that you will find the following guidelines useful.

This section of the FAQ was written in entirety by Tannar, with input from nickie, pavlovscat and Dussander (minor amendments only).

» Communicating with testers
The testing process is a two-way street and communication is the key to a successful testing session. Communication is sometimes a contentious issue for testers as they may feel out-of-the-loop if they aren't readily informed.

The testers will be posting notes about the things they find or their opinions about certain aspects of the mission. Try to respond to each of your testers, or at least to the group at large, so that they get some feedback on what they have reported.

Here are a few things to consider during the testing process:

  • Testers may report things that you do not think need fixing. As the author, the choice of whether or not to change anything in the mission is entirely yours. But remember that your testers will be reporting everything they find, however trivial. Testers understand that not everything they report or suggest will be acted upon.
  • Do not feel obligated to change something just because a tester suggests it. Testers may offer opinions and/or suggestions about the mission or the fixes. This can be very helpful but feel free to disagree. Again, it is your mission and you have the last word on what gets changed. On the other hand, sometimes testers will make suggestions that will improve the mission. Either way, testers will appreciate a response to their suggestions so do try to acknowledge the feedback you are getting.
  • If there are particular aspects or features of the mission that you wish tested make this clear to your testers. They may test them anyway but are more likely to address what you consider priorities if you make them clear.
  • Give your testers a time frame for testing. Some authors are truly in no hurry or are in the early stages of mission development. If you want to release your mission in two weeks, then be sure to say so. That way your testers will know that you need prompt feedback. In return, give them the courtesy of prompt feedback as well.
  • Inform your testers if you are going to be away, sudden events in real life are preventing you from working on your mission or that you cannot do anything further on your mission.
  • Be sure when to mention that you're ready to release your mission so any last minute testing and comments can be made.

» What should I expect from my testers and from the testing process?
Though everyone’s testing sessions are different to some degree, there are some things that are universal. Here are a few things you can expect from your testing session and some suggestions for getting the most out of it:

  1. Bugs: You should expect that testers will find things that you overlooked. Of course, this is why you are having the mission tested in the first place. There will always be things that get missed during mission construction and a good testing session should make it possible to find and fix those things. Also, your testers will likely have different playing styles and various computer configurations which will increase the chances of bugs being found. You will find an explanation of many of the activities your testers will be engaged in here.
  2. Variation: You should expect some variation in what gets reported by different testers. Testers may differ in terms of what kinds of things they are likely to spot during testing. For some, things like textures, room brushing and objective design will stand out. For others, deficiencies in plot and story line or AI behavior are most noticeable. Some will have had no experience with Dromed, for example, while others may be authors themselves. Some will have more experience testing than others, though this does not necessarily mean that you will get more out of them. But regardless of level of experience or approach, all testers will likely have something constructive to add.
  3. Keep in mind what your testers are going through and try to allow sufficient time for testing whenever possible: It can be very time-consuming to test certain mission aspects. Objectives are a good case in point. For example, a “no kill” objective may need to be tested with each AI in the mission to be sure the mission fails appropriately. And testers will be trying to do things out of the order you intended to be sure the objectives trigger properly and the mission continues or ends as expected. This can be time consuming as it usually entails going over the same sequence (sometimes the entire mission) multiple times in different ways and on each difficulty level. Be patient.

» How should I choose testers?
In most cases, anyone you choose as a tester is going to have something to contribute to your testing session. But there are several things you might wish to consider when choosing testers:

  1. Keep in mind testing experience when choosing testers. Experienced testers are used to the process and can provide a lot of useful feedback as well as assistance to your other testers. But realize that even those with little experience may be very good at spotting problems or have useful suggestions to make. And everyone must start somewhere. There will be some very good testers out there who have not yet tested many missions.
  2. It is sometimes useful to have at least some testers who have experience with the kind of mission you have made. For example, if you have a Thief 1 mission you might find it beneficial to have someone with experience testing Thief 1 missions.
  3. If possible, try to include testers with different computer configurations so that you get your mission tested on multiple platforms and setups. It may also be useful to have the mission tested in both Darkloader and Garrettloader. This will help ensure that fewer people have problems with the final release.
  4. Each tester registered at the forum has an online profile which you can view. This profile will list what missions they have made (if any), what missions they have tested, what their favorite playing style is and what their computer configuration is.
  5. When asking for testers it is helpful to indicate the size and type of FM you have created (e.g. city, mansion, undead, keyhunt etc). This will help you find the testers best suited to your mission as not all testers prefer to work on the same types of missions and some may not have the time to commit to an extremely large mission or campaign. If you are completely honest about what your mission entails, then testers won't feel surprised that the mission isn't what they hoped it would be and maybe get bored or overly frustrated.
    • For example, you might say something like this: “This is a haunted house mission with a fierce army of undead and there will be many puzzles and limited weapons. The mission is large - the size of Ambush.”
    • You could supply this information in your mission usergroup - group leaders have the ability to alter their groups description using the UCP (User Control Panel -> Usergroups -> Manage group -> Select group and click Edit) - the info could go there.
  6. It is possible that you may not have a great deal of choice regarding who will test your mission. It will depend on the availability and commitments of the testers but if you are struggling to find testers you can start a thread requesting testers and you can also view the list of available testers.

» Treating testers kindly!
You are not being paid for your work, but neither are your testers. They are donating their time to your project. If you don’t find a particular tester’s input helpful, don’t use it. However, be tactful. If you treat your testers with respect, you’ll never have problems finding a good team!


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» The times are not correct!
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» What is my rank and how do I change it?
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» When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to login?
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Posting Issues

» How do I post a topic in a forum?
To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message. A list of your permissions in each forum is available at the bottom of the forum and topic screens. Example: You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc.

» How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a board administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the edit button for the relevant post, sometimes for only a limited time after the post was made. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic which lists the number of times you edited it along with the date and time. This will only appear if someone has made a reply; it will not appear if a moderator or administrator edited the post, though they may leave a note as to why they’ve edited the post at their own discretion. Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

» How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post you must first create one via your User Control Panel. Once created, you can check the Attach a signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio button in your profile. If you do so, you can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box within the posting form.

» How do I create a poll?
When posting a new topic or editing the first post of a topic, click the “Poll creation” tab below the main posting form; if you cannot see this, you do not have appropriate permissions to create polls. Enter a title and at least two options in the appropriate fields, making sure each option is on a separate line in the textarea. You can also set the number of options users may select during voting under “Options per user”, a time limit in days for the poll (0 for infinite duration) and lastly the option to allow users to amend their votes.

» Why can’t I add more poll options?
The limit for poll options is set by the board administrator. If you feel you need to add more options to your poll than the allowed amount, contact the board administrator.

» How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or an administrator. To edit a poll, click to edit the first post in the topic; this always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote, users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if members have already placed votes, only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This prevents the poll’s options from being changed mid-way through a poll.

» Why can’t I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post or perform another action you may need special permissions. Contact a moderator or board administrator to grant you access.

» Why can’t I add attachments?
Attachment permissions are granted on a per forum, per group, or per user basis. The board administrator may not have allowed attachments to be added for the specific forum you are posting in, or perhaps only certain groups can post attachments. Contact the board administrator if you are unsure about why you are unable to add attachments.

» Why did I receive a warning?
Each board administrator has their own set of rules for their site. If you have broken a rule, you may be issued a warning. Please note that this is the board administrator’s decision, and the phpBB Group has nothing to do with the warnings on the given site. Contact the board administrator if you are unsure about why you were issued a warning.

» How can I report posts to a moderator?
If the board administrator has allowed it, you should see a button for reporting posts next to the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post.

» What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?
This allows you to save passages to be completed and submitted at a later date. To reload a saved passage, visit the User Control Panel.

» Why does my post need to be approved?
The board administrator may have decided that posts in the forum you are posting to require review before submission. It is also possible that the administrator has placed you in a group of users whose posts require review before submission. Please contact the board administrator for further details.

» How do I bump my topic?
By clicking the “Bump topic” link when you are viewing it, you can “bump” the topic to the top of the forum on the first page. However, if you do not see this, then topic bumping may be disabled or the time allowance between bumps has not yet been reached. It is also possible to bump the topic simply by replying to it, however, be sure to follow the board rules when doing so.


Formatting and Topic Types

» What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, offering great formatting control on particular objects in a post. The use of BBCode is granted by the administrator, but it can also be disabled on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML, but tags are enclosed in square brackets [ and ] rather than < and >. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page. This can also be accessed by using the following link.

» Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this board and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using BBCode instead.

» What are Smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether. The board administrator may also have set a limit to the number of smilies you may use within a post.

» Can I post images?
Yes, images can be shown in your posts. If the administrator has allowed attachments, you may be able to upload the image to the board. Otherwise, you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.example.com/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. To display the image use the BBCode [img] tag.

» What are global announcements?
Global announcements contain important information and you should read them whenever possible. They will appear at the top of every forum and within your User Control Panel. Global announcement permissions are granted by the board administrator.

» What are announcements?
Announcements often contain important information for the forum you are currently reading and you should read them whenever possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. As with global announcements, announcement permissions are granted by the board administrator.

» What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the forum appear below announcements and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. As with announcements and global announcements, sticky topic permissions are granted by the board administrator.

» What are locked topics?
Locked topics are topics where users can no longer reply and any poll it contained was automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You may also be able to lock your own topics depending on the permissions you are granted by the board administrator.

» What are topic icons?
Topic icons are author chosen images associated with posts to indicate their content. The ability to use topic icons depends on the permissions set by the board administrator.


File Uploading and Hosting

» Site allowances
This site allows files to be uploaded and maintained by both authors and testers. The absolute size limit for any file is 40MB. It's expected that only complete mission packs will reach this size. Temporary allowances may be made for file sizes just over the limit (within reason). For allowances please contact the site admin, Dussander.

For private messages the limit is 1MB and is restricted to 3 file groups.

» File types
The site allows the following file groups:
  • Archives (40MB max) - zip, rar, ace, 7z etc.
  • Documents (5MB max) - pdf, doc, xls, rtf etc.
  • Images (2MB max) - gif, jpeg, jpg, png
  • Plain text (0.5MB max) - txt, ini, log, csv
  • Thief specific files (4MB max) - sav, str, mis

Archives are only allowed on specific forums, such as all active beta forums and the testers forum. If you aren't able to upload zip files in your beta forum then please contact a member of the admin team.

Only .mis, .sav and .str Thief files are currently permitted. If you feel that other file types should be permitted then please contact Dussander.

» Limits to the number of attachments per post
There's a global limit on how many attachments can be uploaded to any one post. This limit is 10, and is the sum of all the documents, images, archives etc added to a post. If you wish to upload more than 10 files, please use a second post (particularly in terms of images).

Only one attachment is allowed per private message and only for documents, text files and images.

» Attachment pruning
As there isn't unlimited space on this site for attachments, uploads may be pruned after they're deemed finished with. The most likely files to be pruned are the mission pack files as they consume the most space. Pruning is done by the administrators but can be done by individual posters. Old files, such as loot lists and save files may be pruned after a time as well, particularly if they take more than 1MB of space.

Images won't be pruned except for in special circumstances.

» How to attach files
On the post reply/new topic page there is a section called 'Upload attachment '. Click browse and navigate to the file you wish to upload. You may want to include a comment for the file, such as its version, or a description. Select the file and click Open, then click Add File. The file should then upload, this may take some time based on the file size and your uploading speed. Once it's uploaded you can upload another file, and another up to 10 for one post.

Attached files will appear on the post (or shown as an image) at the bottom. Alternatively, you will see an option above the post option for attachments, where you can select attachments to be placed inline within text. This may be useful for large posts where attachments may be applicable for only a section of the post.

If you wish to delete your file from the post, edit your post and click the Delete file button by the appropriate attachment. Alternatively, go to your User Control Panel, and under Overview on the left select Manage Attachments. From there you can select multiple attachments and delete them.

» Cannot attach file?
There may be a few reasons why a file fails to attach. In exceptional cases the upload may not finish, either meaning that there's a problem with your connection or the server has run out of space to host your file. If you suspect the latter case please contact Dussander. Another reason may be the file is too large, please check the limits stated on the posting page or in this FAQ above. Additionally, the file type may not be supported. If you feel that the file type should be allowed, please contact Dussander. Otherwise, the post or PM you wish to upload to may not allow the attachment type on a forum basis.


User Levels and Groups

» What are Administrators?
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire board. These members can control all facets of board operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the board founder and what permissions he or she has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all forums, depending on the settings put forth by the board founder.

» What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

» What are usergroups?
Usergroups are groups of users that divide the community into manageable sections board administrators can work with. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can be assigned individual permissions. This provides an easy way for administrators to change permissions for many users at once, such as changing moderator permissions or granting users access to a private forum.

» Where are the usergroups and how do I join one?
You can view all usergroups via the “Usergroups” link within your User Control Panel. If you would like to join one, proceed by clicking the appropriate button. Not all groups have open access, however. Some may require approval to join, some may be closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the group is open, you can join it by clicking the appropriate button. If a group requires approval to join you may request to join by clicking the appropriate button. The user group leader will need to approve your request and may ask why you want to join the group. Please do not harass a group leader if they reject your request; they will have their reasons.

» How do I become a usergroup leader?
A usergroup leader is usually assigned when usergroups are initially created by a board administrator. If you are interested in creating a usergroup, your first point of contact should be an administrator; try sending a private message.

» Why do some usergroups appear in a different colour?
It is possible for the board administrator to assign a colour to the members of a usergroup to make it easy to identify the members of this group.

» What is a “Default usergroup”?
If you are a member of more than one usergroup, your default is used to determine which group colour and group rank should be shown for you by default. The board administrator may grant you permission to change your default usergroup via your User Control Panel.

» What is “The team” link?
This page provides you with a list of board staff, including board administrators and moderators and other details such as the forums they moderate.


Private Messaging

» I cannot send private messages!
There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the board administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire board, or the board administrator has prevented you from sending messages. Contact a board administrator for more information.

» I keep getting unwanted private messages!
You can block a user from sending you private messages by using message rules within your User Control Panel. If you are receiving abusive private messages from a particular user, inform a board administrator; they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages.

» I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!
We are sorry to hear that. The e-mail form feature of this board includes safeguards to try and track users who send such posts, so e-mail the board administrator with a full copy of the e-mail you received. It is very important that this includes the headers that contain the details of the user that sent the e-mail. The board administrator can then take action.

» I sent a message and it's been in my outbox for ages!
Ah, the message may be in your outbox, but all messages are sent to recipients instantaneously - and will be in their inbox. A message remains in your outbox until the recipient has read the message. During this time it may be possible to edit your message if necessary.


Friends and Foes

» What are my Friends and Foes lists?
You can use these lists to organise other members of the board. Members added to your friends list will be listed within your User Control Panel for quick access to see their online status and to send them private messages. Subject to template support, posts from these users may also be highlighted. If you add a user to your foes list, any posts they make will be hidden by default.

» How can I add / remove users to my Friends or Foes list?
You can add users to your list in two ways. Within each user’s profile, there is a link to add them to either your Friend or Foe list. Alternatively, from your User Control Panel, you can directly add users by entering their member name. You may also remove users from your list using the same page.


Searching the Forums

» How can I search a forum or forums?
Enter a search term in the search box located on the index, forum or topic pages. Advanced search can be accessed by clicking the “Advance Search” link which is available on all pages on the forum. How to access the search may depend on the style used.

» Why does my search return no results?
Your search was probably too vague and included many common terms which are not indexed by phpBB3. Be more specific and use the options available within Advanced search.

» Why does my search return a blank page!?
Your search returned too many results for the webserver to handle. Use “Advanced search” and be more specific in the terms used and forums that are to be searched.

» How do I search for members?
Visit to the “Members” page and click the “Find a member” link.

» How can I find my own posts and topics?
Your own posts can be retrieved either by clicking the “Search user’s posts” within the User Control Panel or via your own profile page. To search for your topics, use the Advanced search page and fill in the various options appropriately.


Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks

» What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
Bookmarking in phpBB3 is much like bookmarking in your web browser. You aren’t alerted when there’s an update, but you can come back to the topic later. Subscribing, however, will notify you when there is an update to the topic or forum on the board via your preferred method or methods.

» How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the “Subscribe forum” link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the “Subscribe topic” link within the topic itself.

» How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to your subscriptions.


Attachments

» What attachments are allowed on this board?
Each board administrator can allow or disallow certain attachment types. If you are unsure what is allowed to be uploaded, contact the board administrator for assistance.

» How do I find all my attachments?
To find your list of attachments that you have uploaded, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to the attachments section.


phpBB 3 Issues

» Who wrote this bulletin board?
This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyright phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public License and may be freely distributed. See the link for more details.

» Why isn’t X feature available?
This software was written by and licensed through phpBB Group. If you believe a feature needs to be added please visit the phpBB Ideas Centre, where you can upvote existing ideas or suggest new features.

» Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?
Any of the administrators listed on the “The team” page should be an appropriate point of contact for your complaints. If this still gets no response then you should contact the owner of the domain (do a whois lookup) or, if this is running on a free service (e.g. Yahoo!, free.fr, f2s.com, etc.), the management or abuse department of that service. Please note that the phpBB Group has absolutely no jurisdiction and cannot in any way be held liable over how, where or by whom this board is used. Do not contact the phpBB Group in relation to any legal (cease and desist, liable, defamatory comment, etc.) matter not directly related to the phpBB.com website or the discrete software of phpBB itself. If you do e-mail phpBB Group about any third party use of this software then you should expect a terse response or no response at all.


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