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"Home" Button - Can I have the "Home" button on my board point back to my home page? YesDetailed Answer
Direct Link - Can I Create a direct link from my homepage to my board? Yes Detailed Answer
Board Management - How and Who manages the board? You Do Detailed Answer
Features - How do your features compare to other message boards? Very Well Detailed Answer
Chat Room - Does your board offer a Chat Room feature? Yes Detailed Answer
Visitor Counter - Can I track/count the number of visitors to my board? Yes Detailed Answer
Password Protection - Can I password protect my board? Yes Detailed Answer
Board Content Policy - Are there any restrictions on how I can use my board? Yes Detailed Answer
Advertising - Will there be any advertising placed on my board? No Detailed Answer
Attach Files/Photographs - Can I attach files/photos/jpeg/gifs to my message? Yes Detailed Answer
Keyword Search - Can I search all messages for a specific keyword? Yes Detailed Answer
Message Formatting - Can I use special effects(i.e. "underline", "bold", "color", "line break" etc.) when typing a message? Yes Detailed Answer
Message Length - How long can a message be? 10 pages Detailed Answer
Custom Logo - Can I have a custom logo at the top of my board? Yes Detailed Answer
Archive Messages - Can I archive messages on my board? Yes Detailed Answer
Delete Messages - Can I delete more than one message at a time? Yes Detailed Answer
Who Can Post - Can anyone post messages to my Board? You Decide Detailed Answer
Moderated Board - Am I able to approve/disapprove messages before they are posted? Yes Detailed Answer
Threaded Board - Can I set my board up as a "Threaded" board? Yes Detailed Answer
Changing Forum Names - How do I change Forum names or my password? Yes Detailed Answer
Monitoring - Who is responsible for monitoring board content? You Are Detailed Answer
Board Limitations - Is there a limit on the number of messages that can be posted? No. Detailed Answer
Voting Messages - Can\How do I create a "Votable" message?
Yes Detailed Answer
More Features - Do you have a more complete list of features? Yes Detailed Answer
Domain Name - What type of domain name will my board have? You decide Detailed Answer
Tech Support - Who do I contact for technical support? Us Detailed Answer


 
  • Can I have the "Home" button on my board point back to my home page? Top
    Yes. On your Management Page there is a 'HomePage URL' field where you can specify the address your home button should point to.

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  • Can I Create a direct link from my HomePage to my board? Top
    Yes, when your Board is set up, you'll receive a URL address that allows you to link directly to your Board. This address allows you to create a link/button, on your home page, that takes a visitor directly to your board without knowing your board code.

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  • How do I manage my board? Top
    When your board is set up you're given access to a personal "board management panel". To view a sample "Management Site" Click Here

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  • Chat Room - Does your board offer a Chat Room feature? Top
    Yes, an Integrated Chat Room can be added by simply clicking a radio button in your Board Management page. The Chat Room option does have an additional $4.95 monthly fee associated with it, because of additional resources required.

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  • Visitor Counters - Can I track/count the number of visitors to my board? Top
    Yes, when your Board is set up, you're given access to a management site that will allow you to monitor number of visits to your board. This site also gives you the capability to change other configuration parameters such as categories, company name, etc.

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  • Can I password protect my board? Top
    Yes, when your Board is set up, you're given access to your board management site which allows you to specify system and user passwords/privileges. In addition to a "Members Only" password for system wide Board access, you can assign individual login passwords to your users and specify level of access (view/post/modify/delete/vote) for each user. You can also protect certain sections/forums on your board by designating specific forums/sections to be viewable only by designated users. If you set up a "Moderated" board you can designate one or more moderators and even specify what sections of your board they have "Moderator" privilege over.

    You as the board manager, control the assigment of passwords and board privileges through your board management page. To view a sample "Board Management Page" Click Here

    Each user, when posting a message can create unique passwords for messages they post, ensuring only they can modify/delete their own messages, although remember, you as the Board Manager can delete/modify anyone's message.

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  • Are there any restrictions on how I can use my board? Top
    Yes, Although the content and use of your board is entirely your responsibility, we do enforce a policy of prohibiting Adult-oriented boards displaying pornographic material.
    Our current policy prohibits Adult-oriented boards, designed for entertainment or commercial purposes. Restricted boards include those providing access to pornographic materials (images or multimedia), whether for free or for payment, regardless of whether adult verification is used or not.


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  • Will there be any advertising placed on my board? Top
    No, there is no advertising placed on your board. Although you can place your own advertising on your board, we do not place advertising of any kind on your board. All boards are private, and the only visitors to your board will be those whom you make aware of your board. To view our Privacy Policy page Click Here.

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  • Can I attach files/photos/jpeg/gifs to my message? Top
    Yes. Your board's File Attachment option allows users to attach any kind of file to a message. Your board will automatically create a thumbnail of any attached graphic files and embed them within a user's message.The File Attachment option allows users to upload files directly from their pc. Without using this option a user can cause a graphic to appear within a message, if the graphic already exists somewheres on the net, simply by referencing the website address of the graphic within the message. To attach a file/photo, a user clicks a checkbox at the bottom of the form used to post a message. The checkbox is labeled: "Click here to attach a photo/file".

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  • Can I search all or a subset of messages for a specific keyword? Top
    Yes. Click on the "Search" button at the top of your board and you'll be prompted to enter a keyword to search on.

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  • How can I create special formatting effects, like underlining, bold words, color, line breaks, etc. when typing a message? Top
    Every message you enter will be formatted automatically. However, if you want to add additional formatting features, such as "Bolding", "Underlining", manual line breaks, and Color, with your message text as well as inserting URL links, you can use the full set of HTML formatting codes to accomplish this or simply use the Message Formatting Toolbar:
    Bold Italicized Underline Centered Insert Image Insert List Insert Smilie
    For detailed info on using the Message Formatting Toolbar Click Here.

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  • How long can a message be? Top
    Up to 10 pages of text

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  • Can I have a custom logo or banner inserted at the top of my board? Top
    Yes. We'll create one custon logo for you free, automatically, but if you don't like the one we create or have one of your own, send it to us and we'll insert it at the top of your board free or if it resides elsewhere on the net go to your management page and specify its location in the field labeled "banner logo".
    You also have the ability to add an introductory paragraph/text at the beginning/top of your board.

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  • Can I archive messages on my board? Top
    Yes, you have detailed archiving capability.
    You can archive messages by date and/or category/date.
    Users also have the ability to search/filter archived messages based on a number of criteria including keywords and date ranges.
    The board manager also has the ability to configure the board to automatically archive older messages.
    In the event no archiving specification is given, a board will automatically begin archiving older messages after 250 active messages have been placed on the board.
    When your board is set up you're given the address of your management site, where you can do, among other things, archive messages on your board. To give you an idea of the user interface you'll use to archive messages, following is a link to a sample board's "Archive" page.
    Sample Archive Page
    To view Archived Messages, use the "Search" button on your board.

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  • Am I able to approve/disapprove messages before they are posted? Top
    Yes, If you are the Board Manager you have full control of all messages posted on your board. You have the ability to modify and/or delete any message appearing on your board. You also have the ability to set your board up as a "Moderated" board. meaning all messages will have to be approved by you before they will be viewable by the public.

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  • Can anyone post messages to my Board? Top You. as the board manager, are able to control who can view/post/modify/delete messages on your board. Using your board management site, you can specify view/post/modify/delete privileges at the entire board level, the category level(i.e. subsections of your board), and/or at the user level.
    You also have the ability to set your board up as a 'Moderated' board, meaning even though you allow users to post messages, you must approve them before they will appear on your board.

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  • How do I create a "Votable" message? Top Designating your message as a "Votable Message" will cause your board to display your message in a format allowing users to Vote "Yes" or "No" on the issue described in the message.

    Only designate your message as a "Votable" message, if the message is of a type you want users to vote Yes or No on.

    When you create a message there are two check boxes near the bottom of the Post Message form,
    that allow you to designate your message as a "Votable Message.

    To make your message "Votable" Click either of the two checkboxes labeled:
    "Click Here to make this a Votable Message (with voter registration required)"
        This checkbox ensures users must identify themselves to vote.
    or
    "Click Here to make this a Votable Message (no voter registration required)"
        This checkbox allows users to vote on the message anonymously.

    It's easy, give it a try. You can always delete the message when your through.
    To see an example of both types of 'Votable Messages' Click Here

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  • Can I view a list of people and how they voted on an issue? Top
    Yes, for Votable messages requiring voter registration, Click on the "View Detailed Results" button that will be displayed with the voting results.

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  • Is my vote anonymous? Top
    Depends. If your voting on a message that has been set up as an "Anonymous Votable Message", then the answer is "Yes". If the message your voting on requires voter registration, then anyone viewing your Board has the ability to view detailed voting results on the issue/message you voted on. When they do this they will see a list of everyone who voted on the issue with their associated name. Your vote is only anonymous to the extent someone is able to associate you with the name you gave when you registered to vote. In other words, if you give a bogus name then no one will be able to associate you with your vote.

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  • Can I restrict the list of people who are allowed to vote on issues? Top
    Yes, as a Board Manager, you can set your board up so only you can register voters. This will allow you to control who can vote on your board. The default is, to allow anyone visiting your board to vote on messages set up as "Votable Messages".

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  • How often are the vote totals updated? Top
    The vote totals are updated immediately. As soon as you record your vote, the vote totals will have been updated. To see that your vote has actually affected the vote totals, press the "Reload/Refresh" button on your browser. You can also see that your vote has been recorded by clicking on the 'View Detailed Results' link underneath the 'votable' message you are viewing.

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  • How do I change Forum names or my password? Top
    Go to your management page => Forums section. You can change/add Forum names and passwords as well as other configuration options here.

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  • Who is responsible for monitoring board content? Top
    The Board Manager is.

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  • Board Limitations? Top
    Although there is no limit on the number of messages that can be posted, board managers should realize there is a different fee schedule for High Bandwidth boards. It is unlikely your board will be classified as a High Bandwidth board. Less than 1% of our existing boards are High Bandwidth boards. A board must receive over 500 unique visitors per day, for 5 consecutive days, to be classified as a High Bandwidth board. Boards averaging over 500 unique visitors per day can not be supported on the $9.95 per month pricing plan. Boards receiving this type of traffic should contact support@bulletinboards.com to upgrade their account. A detailed description of High Bandwith board fees can be viewed at BulletinBoards.com/HighBandwidth

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  • Can I delete more than one message at a time? Top
    Yes, as the board manager you can always delete groups of messages, by category, by date range, or selectively from a list. You can also configure your Board to automatically Delete old messages. These functions are available via your board management page.

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  • Can I set my board up as a "Threaded" board? Top
    Yes, You can change the configuration(Threaded/Semi-Threaded/Non-Threaded) with the click of a button, via your Board Management panel. Do this as often as you like, anytime you want. You can even give your users the option to select their own personal display configuration. To see examples of each type of display configuation (i.e. "Threaded vs Semi-Threaded vs Non-Threaded) Click Here .

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  • Do you have a more complete list of features? Top
    Yes, to view a comprehensive list of features our boards provide Click Here    

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  • What type of domain name will my board have? Top
    Each board is given a unique URL/Domain name.
    We offer three types of Domain names that can be used for your board. Click Here for more info    


  • Who do I contact for technical support? Top
    Send email to webmaster@bulletinboards.com or call (321) 984 9080 8am-5pm EST..
    Email is usually answered within 4 hours.

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