Forum User Guide
Want to join the thousands of users making use of our forums? This guide will help you! From getting registered, to using formatting tags, to some handy forum tips -- this guide is the user guide for the new Tip.It forum users.
Registering is very easy. It takes at most a minute. When you first visit our forums, you'll see the Register button. Click on it and confirm if you are thirteen or older or under thirteen. Users under the age of thirteen must get written parental consent before having a forum account activated.
You will then be brought to a page with the Tip.It terms and conditions and forum rules. After agreeing to the terms, you will be presented with your profile. The only fields you need to fill out are: Username, Email Address, Confirm Email Address, Password, Confirm Password, and Confirmation Code. The rest can be changed later so do not worry about filling them out now. Once you've completed the required information, you will be sent an activation email (so it is key you have provided an actual email). From this email, you can activate your account and then participate on our forums.
How much easier can it get?
If you do not receive the activation email, you can request that your account be activated by submitting a Tip.It Account Problem Report, or requesting a new email from the login screen. It is also wise to check your junk mail settings to be sure your activation email wasn't classified as junk!
Tip.It has a large number of volunteers who work on keeping the site and forums in top condition. The staff has three groups: Administrators, Moderators, and Crew Members. Staff Members who are currently online are represented with custom colours in the "Who's Online" section at the bottom of the main Forum Index.
Administrators manage the website, forums and staff. Normal Administrator duties include user discipline, implementing forum suggestions, updating the users with the latest Tip.It news, dealing with account problem reports, ban appeals, and many other duties. Administrators are often busy but users are welcome to send private messages regarding suggestions, complaints, or comments regarding the forums, staff, or website.
Moderators browse the forums and help keep them clean and friendly. Their main job is to deal with threads that break the rules. They have the ability to lock/unlock, delete, split, merge, and move posts. You should contact a Moderator if you see a user or post that is breaking the rules.
If you find a forum thread that appears to be in violation of the rules, please use the report post function. The report button is found on each posting, marked by a "!". This function will display your report for Moderators. If a thread needs immediate attention, send a private message to an online Moderator. If no Moderators are currently available, an Administrator may be contacted.
Crew Members work on the Tip.It website. Their job is to update the site with the latest RuneScape information and to deal with the suggestions, complaints, and comments sent to them by the Tip.It users. If you find missing information on the website, you can post an item on the appropriate topic on the Website Updates & Corrections forum or send a PM to a crew member.
The Tip.It forum is backed by a set of rules that are located here. Most rules are straightforward. In addition to supporting the official RuneScape rules, we are a family-friendly forum. Many of our rules relate to keeping a family-friendly environment for all ages. For the best Tip.It experience, it is important that you read the forum rules before joining the community. If you have a question regarding a particular rule, do not hesitate to private message a Moderator or Administrator.
Account not activated? Banned? Receive a new scam email? There is one form that you can use to report all of these things. It is called the Tip.It Account Problem Report form. If your account is inactive for any reason, or you have lost your password, do not hesitate to send in an account problem form. An Administrator will deal with your problem and send a response as soon as possible. Please be as specific as you can when reporting a problem -- the more information the better.
If you have received a RuneScape scam email, feel free to send it in through the form. We post up all the latest RuneScape scam emails for our users to see on the forum. By sending in the emails you receive, you help keep Tip.It and its users safe.
If your forum or IRC account has been banned, you can send in an appeal on the same form. Forum bans of two week or less are not to be appealed as the ban will be lifted before the appeal is fully processed. Again, providing an actual email address will ensure you get a response. The normal turnout time for appeals is less than a week, but it may take as long as thirty days, depending on the current situation.
Getting Yourself Heard
When you create a new thread, you have to input a topic title. Many experienced forum users do not open all the forum threads they see, and comment on the ones that are suitable -- they look at the forum topic titles. A major factor in getting responses and valuable input is having a proper topic title.
Proper topic titles:
Improper topic titles:
The Forums and Their Purpose
Plus a wide variety of other forums.
Stickies and Announcements
BBCode -- Adding bold, colours, and other text formats to your posts
How do I become Tip.It Staff?
Can I use your forum rules or stickies on my forum?
How do I post pictures on the forum?
How do I see only the topics I've posted to?
Am I allowed to advertise my website on your forum?
RuneScape won't load. Help!
I've registered but I don't like my username anymore. How do I change it?
There is a lot to discover on the Tip.It forums, and a lot to learn. But it is worth it in the end. Feel free to stop by any time and meet some new friends, learn new things, and participate in the forum of the most popular RuneScape fansite ever.
Original Guide by: Tip.It Staff
Last updated by: Baffler
Last updated on: 24-Aug-2012
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