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The following FAQ contains information on using the Second Generation Camaro Owners Group Message Board.

Please read this carefully before emailing a moderator or admin with a question like "how do I change my password?" or any other question that's already answered here.

To communicate with the message board, you must provide it with a valid email address otherwise you won't get anything (i.e. your access information).
In order to receive email from the nastyz28.com message board you must have "board-admin@nastyz28.com" or "madmike@nastyz28.com" in your trusted list if you have a spam filter. Board-admin is an automated and unattended account. Anything you email to it probably won't get answered. I can't personally fix or respond to any email rejections. Please provide the correct information up front and allow the information to be recieved by you.

NOTE: Click here if you're looking for the Second Generation Camaro FAQ. (Which contains Camaro Frequently Asked Questions & information)

I just signed up, but it says NO SUCH USER or INVALID PASSWORD????
Your username and password is CaSe SeNsItIvE. It must be typed in exactly as it appears. If your password is AbC123 - abc123 - will give you "incorrect password".
If your username is BuBBa - entering bubba - will give you "no such user".
Also be aware that the "cars for sale" section of the club requires it's own account to interact with that area. The account and password are SEPARATE from the message board username & password. Don't confuse the 2 areas.


Registering
Registration is required if you plan to post new topics or reply to existing topics. Registration is free and you are not required to post your real name. You are required to register using your actual email address, however. You don't need to reveal your email address publically, but be aware that nobody can contact you via email if you do this. Review the information about your profile for other important considerations..

PICK YOUR USERNAME CAREFULLY - once you have a username, you can't rename it to something else. If you try and resign up with another name, you'll be blocked because your email account is already associated with a username.

Also, multiple accounts are generally not allowed. We reserve the right to delete multiple accounts or unused accounts. Help us keep the place tidy by not creating multiple accounts. If you need an account renamed, email an admin and your current account will be deleted so you can resubscribe with the name you'd like.

Listing Members via the Memberlist feature
Additional functionality has been added to this message board in that you can list members based on certain criteria.

To list members click here. This link is also available in other locations around the site.
Accounts need a MINIMUM of 5 posts before they are listed on the membership list.

Smilies
You've probably seen others use smilies before in email messages or other bulletin board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This bulletin board automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation. For example, if you type :o in your BB post, it will automatically be converted to - a shameful face. The following smilies are currently supported:

:) smile
:( frown
:o embarrassment
:D big grin
;) wink

There are a wide variety of icons available locally for your use. They are located here.

To use these - find an icon you like, then you can cut/paste the image from your browser into your reply and bracket it using the ubb "img" tag as described elsewhere to make it appear.

Using HTML and/or UBB Code
HTML tags are turned off on this message board. You are able to use UBB Code in your posts, UBB Code is similar to HTML, but offers just a few basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing. A complete list of current UBB Codes are listed here.

If you want to post a picture - that picture must be on the net somewhere (have a valid URL), and you can bracket that URL with the UBB IMG tag. If the picture is deleted or unavailable on the host site it'll show up as a "empty box". Keep in mind, most "free" hosting sites are now disallowing linking to pictures from other sites. (geocities, photopoint, etc...)

If you don't have a website but have an image of your car that you'd like to let other people see, you can email the image to one of the feature car editors.

Moderators
Moderators control and monitor individual forums. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts in their forums. If you have a question about a particular forum, you should direct it to the forum moderator.

Forum moderators have the final word. If they believe your post needs to be deleted - it's gone, often with no questions asked.

Moderator duties are granted based on need, and the admins generally approach a perspective member to take on these duties if the need exists. People who request "moderator status" generally have other motives, and are not accomodated.

Changing Your Profile
You may easily change any info stored in your registration profile, using the "profile" link located near the top of each page or by clicking here. Simply identify yourself by typing your username and password and all of your profile information will appear on screen. You may change any items, except your username.

Also notice this message board is modified to accomodate information about your car. You can fill this information out if you choose. If you leave it blank, it'll be displayed as a black box in the "member list" function.

If you spoof something, the addage "Garbage in/Garbage out" comes into play. IF you list your location as "HELL", when you actually live in Atlanta - you won't appear on the member list as someone being in Georgia. Of course, you are not required to list your real location, and you will be displayed as being in hell when someone lists out locations beginning with "H". Just be aware of this when entering in your profile information.

Customizing User Preferences
As a registered bulletin board user, you may store your username and password in memory for up to one year at a time. This will prevent you from having to type your user name and password every time you post a note. You also have the option of changing the default number of days back to view topics. Just click on the "prefs" link and you can make either of these settings.

Cookies (yumm-yumm)
This bulletin board uses cookies to store the following information: the last time you logged in, your username and password, and your preferred "topic view", if you set it in preferences. These cookies are stored on your browser. Cookies are not used to track your movement or perform any function other than to enhance your use of the bulletin board. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly. Also, you need to have cookies enabled in your browser if you want to enter a private forum.

You may delete all cookies set in this forum by visiting the "preferences" area of the forum and selecting the "delete cookies" link.

Editing Your Posts
You may edit or delete your own posts at any time. Just go to the topic where the post to be edited is located and you will see an edit icon on the line that begins "posted on..." Click on this icon to edit or delete the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum moderator or the bulletin board administrator. A note is generated at the bottom of each post that is edited so that every one knows when a post has been edited. Note that if your post was the start of a new topic, deleting your post will result in the removal of the entire topic (all replies after your topic will also be deleted).

Where did my post go?
There are currently over 30 topics on the message board. Topics cater to various subjects which make it easy to search for answers or keep track of related information. It is a way of keeping the place organized and effective as an information resource.

Please try and post your questions in the appropriate topic.

If you post a transmission related question in the general camaro questions topic - it'll get magically moved to the transmission topics section for you.

It can be moved in one of 2 ways:
It can be completely moved, in which case it shows up in the new topic, and is gone in the old topic.
or
It can be locked in the current topic and open for replies in the new topic. In addition to being locked, it'll have a notification as to which topic it was moved to.

Also, as mentioned above - a user has the ability to delete a topic they start. If you reply to a topic and the original poster decides to delete the topic, your reply is history.

Moderators reserve the right to move any topic. Do us all a favor and try and post your questions in the appropriate topic so they don't need to be moved, and so people who know the answer to your question will have a better chance of seeing/answering your question. Finally, someone else who has the same question you did will be able to search & find the answer and not have to reask the question or try and guess which forum the answer might be in.

Adding Signatures
You may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. This is a new feature, so if you registered previously, you may not have been queried about storing a signature. If you click on the profile link at the top of most bulletin board pages, you will be able to edit your profile, including your standard signature. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it any post you make by checking the "include signature" box when you create your post. This bulletin board's administrator may elect to turn the signature feature off at any time, however. If that is the case, the "include signature" option will not appear when you post a note, even if you have stored a signature. You may also change your signature at any time by changing your profile.

Note: You may not use HTML in your signature file, but you may use UBB Code (except for the UBB Code Image tag).
Why? Cause nobody needs to see a 200KB image of your car after every post. If you want to display your car - put it in your profile.

Also, the admins reserve the right to edit your signature. This would only be done if your signature is 50 times larger than your posts.

Moral of the story: Please keep your signatures a reasonable length.

Attaching Files
For security reasons, you may not attach files to any posts. You may cut and paste text into your post, however, or use HTML and/or UBB Code (if enabled) to provide hyperlinks to outside documents.

Searching For Specific Posts
You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, user name, date, and particular forum(s). Just click on the "search" link at the top of most pages. Note: announcements are not included in the search returns. You can only search one forum at a time, as opposed to "shotgunning" the whole message board looking for the word "and". This is why we like members to post their questions in the "appropriate" topic - so they can be found efficiently.

Announcements
Announcements are one-way communications from either a forum moderator or a bulletin board administrator. No one may post replies to these announcements. If you want to talk about specific announcements, you will have to create a new topic in the appropriate forum.

Censoring Posts
The bulletin board administrators have the power to censor certain words that may be posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored out of context. Please realize that the censoring, if any censoring is being performed, is being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are censored are replaced with asterisks.

Members self censor their posts. If you can't post replies without swearing or acting like a moron, your replies will be deleted for you.

While on this subject - moderators/admins reserve the right to delete topics which are offensive, vulgar or pornographic.

Moral of the story: If you'd be embarassed for your mom to see what you're posting - don't post it, cause it'll be deleted.

Lost User Name and/or Password
Retrieving your username and password is simple, assuming that email features are turned on for this bulletin board. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your username and password carry a "lost password" link that you can use to have your username and password emailed instantly to your email address of record.

Click here to have your username/password combination mailed to you now.

Email Notification
If you create a new topic, you have the option of receiving an email notification every time someone posts a reply to your topic. Just check the email notification box on the "New Topic" forum when you create your new topic, if you want to use this feature.

Also be aware that this process is automated. Any correspondence from "board-admin" is automated, and if you reply to the automated procedure, your reply goes into the trash can.

What is the Daily Active Topic List?
When you visit this bulletin board, you will see a link at the top of the list of forums called "Daily Active Topic List". Clicking on this will provide you with a list of topics in all open (non private) forums that have been posted to that day.

Can I search private forums?
Currently, only administrators and moderators can search through private forums. We do plan to support seaching of private forums for other authorized users in the future.

What is the "top secret"/Special Projects forum?
This message board caters to members of all ages and "ethics". You should consider this when posting anything in a public forum (visible to anyone including unregistered viewers). This means no swearing, nudity, off-color jokes, etc...

Things of this nature posted in public areas risk being deleted.

The original intent of the special projects/top secret was to discuss various club projects outside of the scope of the message board.

The secret forum, while not a free-for-all area, may contain posts in which things not allowed in public can be discussed. The secret forum is password protected - meaning you MUST REQUEST access to the area. You can't "accidentally" get offended by something you see. If you get offended - you have the option of staying out of this area. Topics which have no value or are detrimental to the club in general may still be deleted.

To request the password to the top secret forum, simply email a moderator or admin.

What are archives?
Archives are read-only areas that contain topics that were previously posted to one of our forums. You may not add a reply to a topic that is in an archive. Topics in an archive may have been conpletely removed from the original forum where they were started, or they may still exist in their forums.

What are icons?
Depending on the configuration of your forums, you may be able to associate an icon with each post that you make. There are currently 14 icons, each expressing a different emotion or identification. These icons range from a simple note to sadness to warning. These icons appear next to each topic in a forum listing and on each post. If you do not see icons, your forum administrator may not be allowing icons on this particular forum. (Thanks to Kombat03 for the icon idea!)

This feature is not used on this message board.

Commercial Activity
This site started out as and remains a free, non-commercial information exchange for Second Generation Camaro Owners. It is still free and available for anyone to partake in. The club swapmeet and the "cars for sale" sections are intended as non-commercial areas as well.

T-shirts. Everyone thought it would be a really neat idea to have club t-shirts. This became a reality, but it in itself isn't profitable enough to support the club in any way. Purchasing club t-shirts is appriciated.

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