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This topic is for all members who are having trouble doing something on the forum.

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If after you have read both the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and "The Rules" and you do not find an answer, ask it here.


Over the years a lot of new members have fallen into the same old traps, so here’s a quick guide to make life easier for new members of the Board.

1. Your welcome email asks you to introduce yourself on the New Members thread. Please do this, it’s here:

Hello All NEW Members - please briefly introduce yourself! -

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10277

2. Please use correct English. Lots of us are old, lots of us are not native English speakers. Text speak or slang is not helpful to either group. Your posts stay here forever, so ensure they look tidy.

3. Pictures. As they say, they’re worth a thousand words. We get a remarkable number of newbie posts saying something like “I’ve got a stamp that shows a man’s head and the word “Postage” below, is it valuable?” It probably isn’t, but we can only guess. Posting pictures is very easy – a tutorial & a place to practice is here:

https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=53532

One IMPORTANT thing to remember - pictures are not hosted on the Board, the software just links to your online album (such as in https://www.imgur.com). Consequently, if you move or delete an image in your album, it will vanish from the Board - please NEVER do this!

4. On the subject of practice, the “PREVIEW” button is your best friend, especially when new to posting.

5. Some of the terminology & Board structure can be tricky for those new to the use of online forums. The basics are explained here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum

6. Don't assume the world revolves around the stamps of your country, and the preferred catalogue for that country. We get a remarkable number of new members posting about "#184" or some such meaningless number, without telling us which country they're referring to, and which catalogue they're using. It could be one of hundreds of stamps.

7. Don't start a thread till you're ready. For reasons we've never quite worked out, people often start threads asking a question we can't really answer without seeing the items in question, and then say "I will load up some pictures tomorrow". Why not just wait till tomorrow when you've got the pictures ready & then start the thread?!

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and...we were all new here once.

Just remember, the only dumb question is the one you don't ask.

For older members like me who grew up with a slate-board, asking how to attach one of those damn smilies is a given. (check out the side of your slate; click on the one you want and hey, presto!)

The PREVIEW button, down the bottom of the box you type your message in, is your best friend. Did you get the photo link right?? Is everything in the right position? The right colour? The right size? If you have messed it up, you can fix it BEFORE your message goes out "live". Just remember to look up above the box you are typing in .... that's where the preview screen is.

If in doubt, do what the 18-month-old does. Press every button in sight and see what happens. You can always hit the "CANCEL" button. 8)
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very good topic, specially for those not fluent the english

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Yes Emilio we are very gentle in here and will explain things simply so next time you need help, visit here.

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AMark posted the below in another topic and I thought it would perfect for in here too (so I stole it :shock: )
AMark wrote:Hello Everyone!

Sometimes it's better to see how certain things are done instead of reading about them. That saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" can apply to complex or simple ideas. A visual whether an image or a video can transcend all languages.

I have found a few, "How to..." videos on youtube that might be useful to beginner collectors. In addition, I am including several excellent supplementary readings form Stampboards.

1. How to remove the backing paper from self adhesive stamps. This video is done by a Stampboards member, RolyRJ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWMcVYgIZjM

Further reading.

How to soak and clean self adhesive & peel and stick stamps!

2. How to soak stamps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoJEmT4Jsso

3. How to identify stamps. The quality of this video is not the greatest but, I think it serves the purpose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW-AMx-pNqM

4. How to use a perforation gauge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-38SfQQZqQ&feature=relmfu

5. How to find watermarks on stamps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkGjeP_XSdQ

Further Reading.

Stamp Watermarks - what are they and how to see them best?

6. How to mount stamps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTrmcxHczL0&feature=relmfu

7. How to hinge stamps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OLJFowAEmw&feature=relmfu

8. A tutorial for beginner collectors done by waroff49.

Beginning Collecting - One man's view and tutorial

Please add anything that you feel is relevant.

Thank you.

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Good subject.

If a question is permitted, what is the logic behind requiring a new member to introduce him/her self in a separate section?

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Britcollector, it's just nice to say Hello and break the ice so to speak. Some write as little as possible (the shy ones) and others will share more.

It's good if they post what areas they collect, gives a better insight but it's all up to the new member, no pressure.

Hope this answers your question and if you have anything else you want to know, just ask.

Cheers....

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Very good and informative post, Thanks Amark & Brummie ! :)
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Hi all,

could someone let me know how I can send a private message. I can't find what I click on to send PM to another member?

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Private Messages (PM's) have not been enabled on this Board for good and valid reasons. Members can email each other however using board software.

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I am brain cramped today and have to ask two simple questions.

1. My EMail is Hotmail, how do I add this to my profile? i.e. what line to I put it on?

2. I was browsing last night and came to a thread where swap circuits are set up ( like # number 155 etc.) Now, believe it or not, I cannot find that thread. Please someone help me find the way back home!

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bluey wrote:I am brain cramped today and have to ask two simple questions.

1. My EMail is Hotmail, how do I add this to my profile? i.e. what line to I put it on?

2. I was browsing last night and came to a thread where swap circuits are set up ( like # number 155 etc.) Now, believe it or not, I cannot find that thread. Please someone help me find the way back home!

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Re #2:-

Go to the top of the page, click "SEARCH" and enter "SWAP" then go to the bottom of the page and click "SEARCH":-

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A list of topics with the word "SWAP" will appear. Click on the link.

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Bazza

Thankyou.

Cannot believe I couldn't figure that out- a real senior moment

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bluey wrote:1. My EMail is Hotmail, how do I add this to my profile? i.e. what line to I put it on?
1.You don't have to add it to your profile as it is the one you joined with and when somebody emails you it will automatically come through on your Hotmail account.

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Thanks for the help.

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Hullo,
I am an Australian who just happens to reside in Phuket, Thailand.
I have stamps from numerous countries around the world and wish to place them in albums. I am therefore seeking information and details regarding these stamps.

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Welcome Peter,

Get an image of the stamps you want information on, if you don't know how to do this, go to these links:-

http://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=53532

and -

Want to add a photo/image? Practice posting a picture HERE!
http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=284

Once you have the images, start a topic here:-
You ask the questions - SOMEONE will have the answers!
http://www.stampboards.com/viewforum.php?f=10

Only post 4 or 5 images in one post and wait for the answers. Then post more when you have solved the first lot:idea:

I've noticed if you flood a post with images there is just too much to comment on and mainly a blanket reply is given.

Hope to see your new topic soon.

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I need some further input....I have the "quote" button down but what is meant by the use of styles for selected text. Have looked around but haven't found the answer yet.

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seriouscollector wrote:I need some further input....I have the "quote" button down but what is meant by the use of styles for selected text. Have looked around but haven't found the answer yet.
That is just a tip to say you can change the style in a post by using the different options ie Hover over B and it changes to 'Bold text: text' etc.

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Brummie- you are too quick for me!

The board software allows you to jazz up your text a little using some style options.

There is no choice of font but you can use:

Bold
Italics
Change font size
Change font colour


Its a bit fiddly but firstly highlight the text you want to apply the style to. Then while it is highlighted click on the style element you are changing from the options on the top and right side for colour.

You will see that coding appears about the text

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example for bold
example for italics
example for size
example for colour

Have fun experimenting but remember to use the PREVIEW button (at the bottom of the posting box) to make sure it looks OK

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While I'm on a roll... AVATARS

This are the small pictured that sit on the left of the screen with your username.

To solve the mystery of the suddenly appearing avatar.... if member's haven't loaded an avatar after a week or so the avatar fairy chooses one for them

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Members can change their avatar at any time by going to the User Control Panel at the top right of the Stampboards home page.

Open the panel and select Profile from the Options menu on the left

From the Profile menu on the left select Change avatar

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Brummie wrote:
seriouscollector wrote:I need some further input....I have the "quote" button down but what is meant by the use of styles for selected text. Have looked around but haven't found the answer yet.
That is just a tip to say you can change the style in a post by using the different options ie Hover over B and it changes to 'Bold text: text' etc.
This is an example of my quote problem. Someone has written 3 paragraphs concerning a new Canadian stamp. I want to reply but just want to use the quote for one particular sentence in the reply. How is that accomplished????

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seriouscollector wrote:This is an example of my quote problem. Someone has written 3 paragraphs concerning a new Canadian stamp. I want to reply but just want to use the quote for one particular sentence in the reply. How is that accomplished????
Hit he quote button on the post you wish to reply to.

Delete the text that you do not wish to respond to, and then type
at the start and [/ quote], omitting the spaces I inserted in the brackets, at the end of the text you have retained, then you get:
This is an example
I want to reply but just want to use the quote for one particular sentence in the reply.
I hope this makes sense.

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To solve the mystery of the suddenly appearing avatar.... if member's haven't loaded an avatar after a week or so the avatar fairy chooses one for them

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Hello all...I am new to the site.

Struggling with uploading an avatar .... I moved one to www.IMGUR.com, but cannot figure out whats next ... Sorry to be so d--b !

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Go to the Board front page & click on "User control panel " near the top right corner.

Click on "Profile" on the menu at left.

Click on "Edit avatar" from menu at left.

Upload or link as you prefer.

Click "Submit".

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Message now says " The Avatars filesize must be between 0 and 73 KB. mine is now 73.24 KiB...How to reduce it? thanks, Joe

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Usually under 'Programs' from the Start Menu (if you have one) then under 'Accessories'.

Optionally, try resizing in IMGUR: use the 'Edit' option and select 're-size'. You'll then be shown two boxes, where you can change the width and height of the image. You can crop the image here as well.

Try and get used to the IMGUR method, as this will pay off if you have to re-size any images you want to post on the board.

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Hi, Getting e-mails telling me I have replies since my last post, but when I log on I cannot find them.

Should I go to "Roll Call" after every log on , just introduce myself , and then go to another forum to ask questions / receive answers?

I've clicked on "view your posts" in the past and easily found posts & replies but not found any this week. Help!! What am I doing wrong?

Also, am I meant to enter information in space below (poll creation?)


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No you don't have to introduce yourself every time you come online :)

Why not just click the link in the email??

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Dave, first of all I'm telling you now so you wont wonder what happened to my post, I'm going to merge this topic in to:-
"I'm new here, and I don't know how to do this ..... "
http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=40010

When you can't seem to be able to do what you want just post in there and ask what to do.

To find the topic that sends you a notification but click on the highlighted link it sends you and it takes you straight to the post. :idea:

Another handy thing is the 'View New Posts' (just before the 'View My Posts').

Don't forget this is being moved.

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I have been uploading many stamp and cover images to my IMGUR account. Great so far. Looks like without spending on a capacity upgrade I will run out of space FAST.

Does this mean if I DELETE a photo of something I posted on STAMPBOARDS (and linked to the IMGUR picture like a good boy, doing as I was told) that the link will be "dead"?

Sorry for the apparent ignorance; I just want to do the right things to keep my posts linking to pictures of stamps people can SEE!!!!

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If you delete an image from your IMGUR account, then the link will die automatically. This is not a good thing, as some poor Moderator (usually Brummie or Kevin) then has to run around and clean up the mess.

Moving an image will have the same effect.

DO log in to your account every few months - from memory, I think this is 90 days; if the account is deemed to be inactive, then it will be deleted.

This has happened to members on this board, who for one reason or another, have not used their library within the time-frame. Very frustrating for everyone involved.

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Great advice - yes folks PLEASE log into your IMGUR account each few months to ensure it stays "active"!

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Norbert Jenkins wrote: I'd best stick a repeating reminder in my calendar to log onto IMGUR for 10 seconds every months.
Brilliant idea! :idea:

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I'm having problems with the "Wide Ranging Postage Stamp Discussion Corner". I was going to post some news about Canada Post that just came out, but I can't even read the existing posts in this forum let alone add a new one! I'm getting a message "You do not have the required permissions to read topics within this forum."

Help! Please! :)

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Hi Barry

I had this problem earlier this week & wondering what I was doing wrong!

To get to the relevant section, go to the Board Index first. DON'T click on "Wide Ranging Postage Stamp Discussion Corner", click on the RED heading that says "Discuss stamps - and *anything* at ALL happening with stamps"

Hope that solves it for you.

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woomik wrote:Hi Barry

I had this problem earlier this week & wondering what I was doing wrong!

To get to the relevant section, go to the Board Index first. DON'T click on "Wide Ranging Postage Stamp Discussion Corner", click on the RED heading that says "Discuss stamps - and *anything* at ALL happening with stamps"

Hope that solves it for you.

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Hi. I,m Chuck. I have a stamp from WWII that has the Normandy crest, a house, and a woman and child with nap sacks on it. I was told it is a cindarella stamp. I need help to post a photo of it.

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Re: Sinistres de Normand stamp

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Hi mech2mech

Welcome to Stampboards, your first post should have been in the thread mentioned in your welcome email. I would suggest you do that next. Here is the link: http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10277

After that have a look at this topic which runs you through how to post an image.
http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=284

Once you manage that I am sure someone will be along to help.

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Hi,

I'm not sure how to post in a thread without being a reply to the previous post in that thread...I'm not sure if I expressed myself well enough to be understood, sorry.

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camelspotter wrote:Hi,

I'm not sure how to post in a thread without being a reply to the previous post in that thread...I'm not sure if I expressed myself well enough to be understood, sorry.
Just select the 'post reply' button. It doesn't have to be a reply. If you want to reply to a post which is perhaps a number of posts further back, you can use the 'quote' button.

Here you can isolate the point you want to answer by removing the text around the part of the post you don't want.

Does this make any sense?

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Let's see. I always pressed 'post reply' and it appeared as a reply to the last post, not an independent post...

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as you can see, it doesn't seem to work for me...

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Do you want to reply to a post further up or just ask a general question?

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Most (all?) threads on Stampboards follow a sequential pattern. The Opening Post (OP), and then the first response (reply), then the second, third, and so on. There are many threads which run for pages.

There are also a number of these threads where people post random thoughts, comments, etc., without in any way connecting to the post directly above them.

If, on the other hand, you wish to start a thread topic which you don't feel has been covered here before; then you select the forum you think best suits your need, and in the top left hand of the screen under the Forum title, you'll see a button "New Topic". That's the button you want.
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camelspotter wrote:Let's see. I always pressed 'post reply' and it appeared as a reply to the last post, not an independent post...
Are you actually asking how to start a 'new topic'?

If you are, then you can select 'Board Index' near the top of the page. This will display the 'Forum' list. You can select the appropriate forum highlighted in red. On the page that then displays, go down to the bottom and select 'new topic'.

Just make sure you select the correct forum.

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Brummie wrote:Do you want to reply to a post further up or just ask a general question?
I just want to ask a general question in the same thread, not connected to any of the previous posts.

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Oh, sorry, I got it. It was because of my large avatar, that I thought my post appeared more to the right then the ones up...I thought i was replying to that particular post...sorry :oops:

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