Intro Guide to the Ten Forums
Welcome to the Ten Forum! This post is aimed to give you some info on how to
use the Forums and the best ways to find the threads you're interested in.
Browsing the Forums
You do not need to be logged in to view the Forum. But to get off the fence and
become involved in the Forums you should sign-up as a member. Click the
"Sign Up" button on the top right of the page to join.
You can also log in using your Facebook or Twitter login when you click on the
option to log in using those. You will not need to sign up again.
Once you have created a user account, you can choose to create an online
profile so others can learn a little more about you. You can select or
upload an avatar (or a user picture) and let the other Forum users know a
bit more about yourself.
So, you're probably very keen to start posting now, but hang on! Read on to
learn how you can avoid some of the more embarrassing Forum slip ups.
New members to the Forum quite often accidentally commit a Forum slip up and
become labelled a Newbie/newb/n00b. Newbies are like learner drivers. We've all
been one at some point, but we still can't help but chuckle when we see one.
If you're new to the Forums, a good idea is to dip a toe in by participating in
some existing threads to get a feel for things before diving in at the deep end
and starting your own thread.
Newbies also are quite often confused by some of the slang terms used on the Forum.
If you come across a slang term you don't understand make Urban
Dictionary your friend.
To reply to a thread subject, use the "REPLY" button at the bottom of
a post. This will open up a reply box under the post where you may enter your
reply. If you wish to format your reply so that it looks nicer, to use
emotes or to quote the original post, click on the "Use Rich Formatting"
link at the bottom of the reply box. Once you are ready to submit your
post, click the "REPLY" button that appears under this box.
If you wish to reply to a specific post within a thread, you should quote the
original post. To do this click "REPLY" on the post you wish to
quote, then click the "Use Rich Formatting" link. Once
the post message screen appears, highlight the section of the post you wish to
quote and then click on "Click here to quote this post in your reply".
This will insert the highlighted text and you can continue to post as normal.
Before starting a new thread give the search function a whirl. More often than
not, it'll discover a relevant thread or two which will save you having to
suffer the moans and groans from the regular Forum users who've seen it all
before. The search function is found on the right hand side of the Forum
just under your avatar.
How do I post a
First you'll need to sign in or create
an account. You can do this by clicking the login link at the top of the page.
Once you're logged in, you're ready to go.
Inside the Category you wish to post in click "+ New Post"
button, found on the top right of the Category page. Come up with a subject,
something that explains clearly what you're talking about (not "hi
guys" or anything like that), then type away. Click the "Post"
button and you're done.
How do I reply to
To reply to a thread subject, use the "Reply ►" button found
at the bottom of the post or thread you want to reply to. This will open up a
reply box where you may enter your post. Once you are ready to submit your
post, click the "Reply ►" button at
the bottom of this box.
How do a quote another post?
If you wish to reply to a specific post within a thread, you should quote
the original post. To do this click the "Reply ►" button
on the post you wish to quote. Once the reply box screen appears, click the "Use
Rich Formatting" link that is below it. This will
open up a new reply page. Highlight the text you want to reply to and
then click on "Click here to quote this post in your reply".
This will insert the selected text and you can continue to post as
normal. If you do not select any text then clicking this link will insert
the WHOLE post.
How can I format the text of my posts?
To format your message text, next to the ‘reply’ button is ‘Use Rich Text’.
Click there to have more options around formatting your text such as add in Bold,
Italics and Underline.
What does it mean when a topic is locked?
It means it's been officially closed. No one can post anything in it
anymore. This may be for a number of reasons, and when it occurs the reason
will be posted by the moderation team as the last post before it is closed.
I found an
interesting topic, but it's got heaps of messages! Do I just post my message at
the end without reading everything?
No. If you do this, often the
discussion has moved on, and you may look silly as a result. Make sure you read
the most recent posts so that you are up to date with the conversation.
How do I edit a
You can only edit your own post.
And you can only do this for a short amount of time after you post (usually
about an hour). If you do, it is likely people have read it already, so
make a note in there that says it has been edited so they can stay up to date.
What’s a PM?
A PM stands for ‘Private Message’. All
users can be Private Messaged from other users once they accept their
friendship. Moderators can Private Message any users and this is the way they
are likely to contact you.
So I want to say something, I just post a new topic right?
No, you shouldn't. If everyone posted a new topic for everything they
wanted to say we'd have a massive collection of identical conversations. If you
want to say something, have a quick scan through the Forum or use the search
feature that can be found on the right-hand side of the Forum, just below your
avatar, and see if someone has already said something similar. If so, add your
comment to that thread.
Can I say whatever I want?
No, like any social situation, there are simple rules that you should
follow. Don't abuse people. Don't swear. Don't give out personal information.
Don't discuss anything that is illegal. Please check out the Community Guidelines for
It's mostly common sense, but there
are always bad apples. If you see them, make sure you report them by clicking "Report
Abuse", that way they can be warned or banned, and the
post can be removed.
Someone said something really really stupid, can I tell them what I think?
Sure, but be careful. Text doesn't take into account tone of voice or body
language, so sometimes people take things out of context. This is why it is
good to use emoticons in your posts. If you disagree with a post, say so, but
under no circumstances may you attack the person. Abuse will be dealt with
swiftly by moderators, and if you see this activity happening ensure you report
What are those little smiley faces for?
They're called Smileys or Emoticons because they're used to convey emotion.
When you type a message, you don't see the person's body language or hear their
tone of voice, meaning some messages can be misinterpreted. Smileys help avoid
this to a certain extent. You don't have to just smile, you could have a frown,
grin, wink or one of many others.
To include a Smiley in your post, click the "Use Rich Formatting" link below
the posting box. Then click on the "Smilies" icon when you wish to insert a
I've got a great image I want to share with the world, can I post it?
No. Other than ensuring the Forums are clean of inappropriate images, the
majority of images online will not have attribution of who originally created
them, so for copyright reasons, we’ve got a blanket ban on posting images in
Opposing opinion vs personal attack.
Passionate discussion is great, however, there is a big difference between
debating a differing viewpoint, and attacking a person. Know where that line
What is a spoiler?
A spoiler is information that gives away something that happens in an
episode that hasn't been shown in on TV yet. Most people don't want to know
what's happening in future episodes, but prefer to see it as it happens on TV.
You have to be very careful about posting spoilers, see below.
Please note that we do not allow
spoilers in Reality TV shows at all, and they will be deleted. Members may face
banning for posting spoilers in any Reality TV threads.
If I want to post a spoiler, how do I do it?
Spoilers are fine in fiction shows, as long as they are posted in a topic
that has the word "SPOILER" in capital letters in the topic title. Do
not under any circumstances post a spoiler in any other topic. If you do, you
will be warned or even banned and the post will be removed. We do not allow
spoilers in Reality TV shows at all.
Bob sent me a
personal message, it was so fantastic, I have to share it with everyone else.
No you can't. Like communication with
moderators, any communication between two members of the Forum via the personal
messaging system is not to be made public.
The shift key is
so annoying. I'll just keep caps lock on and type in capitals.
As mentioned earlier, text can be
misinterpreted as there is no voice or body language to add context. Like
Smileys, capital letters are used to convey emotion – and this emotion is
commonly anger or shouting. Please be aware that if you type in capital letters
it will be viewed by other Forum members as if you are shouting at them, which,
you can imagine, won’t be taken well by all users.
Can I use HTML in my posts?
No. This is unfortunate, but due to copyright issues we cannot allow images to be
included in anyone's post..
The Ten Forums have volunteer moderators who help to maintain the balance,
encourage lively discussion, and promote healthy debate.
Whatever people's opinion of moderators, the Forum is a much more hospitable
and organized affair thanks to their tireless efforts to maintain order in a
sometimes chaotic environment. Please assist them in making the Ten Forums a
happy place by co-operating with requests they may make from time-to-time.
The content on the Ten Forum is moderated based on the Ten Community
Guidelines. It's important you read the Ten Community Guidelines so that you
know what you can and can't do in the Forum. Click here to have a read.
If you see a post that doesn't abide by these Guidelines, report it to a
moderator by clicking the small warning triangle at the bottom of the post.
Who are these
Our Volunteer Moderators are generally
leaders in our Community who have been chosen by the Community Managers. The
Moderator's role is to encourage discussion, help resolve disagreements and
keep the Forum happy and healthy.
A Moderator gave me a warning. Can I complain about it on the Forums?
No, it's a fundamental rule of the Forums that all communication between
you and the moderators is not to be discussed on the Forums. Keep this
discussion to private messages.
A Moderator removed this great topic. Should I just start it again?
The topic was removed for a reason. If you do this, not only will it be
quickly removed again, you will most likely also receive a ban from the Moderators.
The only exception to this is if the topic started off by following the rules,
but then went off on a tangent and became a problem topic. If this is the case,
you can start a similar topic with a similar subject. However, be very careful
that it doesn't go down the same path as before.
But what if someone sent me a personal message that I think broke the rules?
If this is the case, send a moderator a personal message explaining what
was said and they'll deal with it.
Can I tell people about sites where we can
No. As this is illegal activity, we cannot allow people to tell other people
how or where to obtain pirated copies of movies/shows/games etc. This includes
advice on 'bittorrent' and similar peer-to-peer programs.
Don't spam the Forums. Spamming is the art of posting duplicate threads across
two or more Forums. Some people think this is an effective way to get their
message across. Duplicate posts will be removed and the poster may be banned.
Advertising is not tolerated on the Ten Forums. It will be promptly
Can I post
articles which are relevant to the Forum?
This is a copyright issue.
The Forum is a bit slow to load – what could
The Forum works best when viewed on
Broadband internet from within Australia. It also works best in browsers like
Firefox or Chrome. We’re doing our best to improve these Forums all the time,
so if you notice any issues with the Forums in any browsers, please contact us
to let us know.
Something is wrong in the Forum, what do I do?
There is a menu on the right hand side
at the bottom of the first box with your profile picture which has support
options. If you’re having an issue with a member in the Forum, please contact a
Moderator. If it’s a Technical Issue, please use ‘Report a problem’. If you’re
having issues and neither of these options appear to be working, head to the
Contact Us Page to find alternative ways to contact Ten.
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