JavaScript, Cookie, and Cache Browser Settings

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Browser Configuration

Optimum viewing of this website requires that your browser have JavaScript enabled, cookies enabled, and that your browser's cache settings be configured so that it checks for new versions of each page on each visit.

Below is an explanation of how to configure the most popular Internet Browsers.

You can use these two tests to determine if your browser has JavaScript and Cookies enabled.

Javascript

Cookies

If JavaScript is enabled

A window will appear
after clicking this button.

Click this button

to check cookie status.
Note: Javascript must be enabled to use the Cookie Test

Pop-up Prevention Software

If you have problems viewing messages, and have Pop-up Prevention software running on your computer, you may want to disable it, at least temporarily, to see if it's related to the problem. If it is related, then you can re-enable it, but configure it to not block pop-ups from bulletinboards.com.
These instructions may help with enabling pop-ups for Internet Explorer and Firefox. Most modern browsers such as Internet Explorer 7, 8, or Firefox include their own pop-up blockers. In Internet Explorer 7 and 8, click on the Tools menu, then Pop-up blocker and finally Pop-up blocker Settings to add a website to the exceptions list. In Firefox, click on Tools, then Options, then the Content tab and access the Block pop-up windows - Exceptions button to add a web site to the exception list.

Firewall Software

Another possibility, if you're running Firewall protection software, is a setting within your Firewall configuration that is preventing messages from being displayed. In order to test this possibility you may want to, at least temporarily, to turn off or shutdown your Firewall and see if that makes a difference. If it does then you'll want to restart your Firewall and instruct it to consider BulletinBoards.com a good guy.
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Contents

 


Enabling Javascript/Cookies Quick-Chart

Platform Browser & Version Find Javascript Settings in... Find Cookie Settings in...

Microsoft
Windows

Firefox
2.x  Tools > Options > Content > Check Enable Javascript
 Tools > Options > Privacy > Check Accept cookies from sites

Opera
9.x Tools > Quick Preferences > Check Enable Javascript Tools > Quick Preferences > Check Enable Cookies

Netscape
Navigator
8.x Tools > Options > Site Controls > Master Settings > Check I Trust This Site Tools > Options > Site Controls > Master Settings > Check I Trust This Site

Mozilla
1.7.x Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Scripts & Plugins ...
... Enable Javascript > for Navigator
Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Cookies > Allow Cookies for the originating website only

Internet
Explorer
7.x Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Levels > Scripting > Active Scripting > Enable Tools > Internet Options > Privacy > set to medium or lower



MacOS

Safari
2.x Safari > Preferences > Security > Enable Javascript Safari > Preferences > Security > Accept Cookies > Only from sites you navigate to

Firefox
2.x Firefox > Preferences > Content > Check Enable Javascript Firefox > Preferences > Privacy > Check Accept Cookies

Opera
9.x Opera > Quick Preferences > Check Enable Javascript Opera > Quick Preferences > Check Enable Cookies



Ubuntu
Linux

Firefox
1.x Edit > Preferences > Content > Enable Javascript Edit > Preferences > Privacy > Cookies > Allow sites to set cookies

Opera
9.x Tools > Quick Preferences > Check Enable Javascript Tools > Quick Preferences > Check Enable Cookies


Cookies

Our web servers use cookies as a persistence mechanism: From one page to the next, the server needs to know that it's your browser returning, so it can keep your activity on the site associated with you and not somebody else. To handle this need, we use only session cookies that vanish from your computer when you exit your browser program, so there is no significant security or privacy risk from enabling cookies issued by this site. The only exception to this policy is if you specifically request a password be saved on your computer.

Most browsers have cookies enabled by default, but there are quite a few ways you might have disabled cookies, even without knowing it. If your login on this site is not working correctly, check to make sure cookies are enabled, at least for this site.

Internet Explorer 6+

Internet Explorer is a member of a family of browsers with similar cookie handling. The browser built into America Online (up to at least version 7) is MSIE, and many other browsers are either MSIE with different branding or entirely new user interfaces built upon the basic MSIE engine.

The various versions of MSIE and its relatives offer a lot of flexibility in ways to deal with cookies. All of these capabilities are accessed through the Internet Options panel. Depending on which browser you're using, you may be able to find Internet Options under the Tools menu. But in any case, the same Internet Options panel is available in the Windows Control Panel.

If you open the Internet Options panel and click on the Privacy tab, you'll get a display like this:

MS Internet Explorer cookie configuration

If you set the privacy level to Medium, you should have a reasonable balance between privacy safeguards and ability to operate on websites like this one. But there are two other adjustments you can make.

One way to enable cookies for this website without affecting your browser's handling of cookies on other sites is to click on the Edit button or Sites button (for I.E. 7+) and enter this website's address(BulletinBoards.com) with an Always Allow setting.

Your other option is to fine-tune your browser's cookie policies. If you click on the Advanced button, you'll get a display like this one:

MS Internet Explorer privacy settings

If you check the box labeled Override automatic cookie handling, you can adjust various other cookie handling options. The key is to enable the option labeled Always allow session cookies. You can also specify separate settings for first-party and third-party cookies.

Netscape 7+

Netscape 7+ is a member of a family of browsers based on the Mozilla Gecko engine. Most of the following is applicable to the other browsers in the family: K-Meleon, Mozilla, etc.

Netscape 7+ offers somewhat less cookie configuration flexibility than MSIE 6. Open the Edit menu, click on Preferences and double-click on the Privacy and Security category label, then click on Cookies. You'll get a dialog box like this one:

Netscape 7 cookie configuration

Unless you want to enable all cookies, what you want to do here is to click the option labeled Enable cookies for the originating web site only. You can also configure the browser to warn you before accepting any cookies, and you can force all cookies to vanish from your computer when you exit the browser program -- though this option will not affect our website, because we use only nonpersistent, session cookies that will vanish automatically anyway.

Advanced Netscape browsers have begun to offer the option of managing cookies on the basis of privacy policies published by the website. This website does not yet make use of this facility, because Internet Explorer does not yet offer a similar capability. If this becomes a web standard, we'll use it.


Cache

The objective here is to make sure that your browser doesn't use stale information that has been temporarily stored or "cached" on your PC. You need to make sure that the browser checks the cached data against the age of the data on the web server every time you view a page.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

If you use MSIE 6+ or one of its relatives, open your Internet Options panel and click on the General tab, to get a display like this one:

Internet Explorer 6 Internet Options

In this panel, click on the Settings button, and you'll get another popup box like this one:

Internet Explorer 6 cache configuration

In this panel, find the configuration option Check for newer versions of stored pages:, and select the value Every visit to the page.

Netscape 7

If you use Netscape 7 or a related browser, you should open the Edit menu and click Preferences. Double-click the Advanced category label. Beneath Advanced, click on Cache to get a display like this:

Netscape 7 cache configuration

In this panel, find the configuration option Compare the page in the cache to the page on the network: and select the value Every time I view the page.


Still Have Problems?

One last thing to try.
Click on this link ResetBoardPasswords and then retry visiting your board.

If you've done all this and continue to have problems, please email support@bulletinboards.com
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