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   Table Of Contents

General Information
    Threaded vs Semi-Threaded vs Non-Threaded Configuration
    Customizing your board
    Moderator Capability
    Security/Password Protection
    Profanity Language Filter
    Searchable (Filter Queries)
    Board Partitioning
    Integration into your existing site
    Email Notification
    Votable Messages
    Formatting Message Text, Embedding Graphics and HTML
    Board Management Panel
    File Attachment Capability
    Visitor Counters
    Archiving Messages
    Billing/Cost
    Content Policy
Sign Up and Installation Procedures
Defining Categories/Forums - Board Partitioning
Security/Password Protection
Types of Email Notification
Configuration Settings
    Appearance Configuration Settings
        Board Logos
        Custom Buttons
        Smaller Font
        Background Gif
        Background Color
        Message Background Color
        Message Text Color
        Link Text Color
        Category Table Color
        Setting Frame/No-Frame view option(Threaded Configuration)
    Other Configuration Settings
        Setting Default Time Zone
        Setting Default Date Range for Msg Retrieval
        Set the Default Format for Posting Messages
        Enabling the File Attachment Option
        Enabling the Spell Checker Option
        Enabling Auto Reply Field Fill-In (Threaded Configuration)
        Making a Msg Always Appear As the First Msg in a Category
        Making the Email Address and/or User Name Field Required
        Changing the Input Field Names on the Post Msg Form
        Setting the Msg Sorting Sequence to Use
        Configuring the "Home" button
        Setting the Maximum Msg Size of a single Msg
        Creating an Introductory Paragraph for your Board
        Preventing Profanity Language on your Board
        Banning IP addresses
        Wording - i.e. Bulletin Board/Message Board/Forum/etc.
Restricting Board Capabilities
    --Viewing Restrictions
    Hiding Board Buttons
    Hiding Visitor Counters
    Hiding IP addresses
    Hiding Message Id
    Hiding Message Creation Date
    Hiding Message Creation Time
    Hiding Email Address of poster
    Hiding User Date Range Prompt
    Hiding the MsgId, UserName, Email Address of a Msg
    --Posting Restrictions
    Only allow Board Mgr to Post Messages
    Only allow Board Mgr to Create Votable Messages
    Prevent users from using HTML when posting messages
    Hiding Email Prompt on Post Message Form
    Hiding Phone Number Prompt on Post Message Form
    Hiding User Name Prompt on Post Message Form
Management Utilities
    Deleting Messages
    Archiving Messages
    Moving Messages from one section(category) of your board to another
    Backup Utility
    Email List Utility
Contact/Billing Information
Search Engine Options
50% Revenue Sharing Affilliate/Partnership Program


KeyWord Options
    Calendar Color Scheme change
    Display Visitor Counters on the Login Page
    Display Messages without surrounding Table Border(Non-Threaded & Semi-ThreadedBoards Only)
    Display Message Hierarchy List using a Bold Font(Threaded Boards Only)
    Don's allow web site addresses to be entered in messages.
    Don't format "Introductory Paragraph" on a board's Login Page
    Don't allow file attachments of executable files
    Don't load board into a new frame (Threaded Board Only)
    Eliminate width limit used to display messages(Non-Threaded/Semi-Threaded Boards Only)
    Email Notification Security
    Have List of Message Titles appear first (Non-Threaded/Semi-Threaded Boards Only)
    Hide All Buttons at the top of your board
    Hide Category/Forum names Table (Non-Threaded Boards Only)
    Hide the "Board Manager Only Options" on the "Post Message" Form
    Hide Folder Icon Color Legend (Threaded Boards Only)
    Hide Footer Information
    Hide the "Help" Link (Non-Threaded/Semi-Threaded Boards Only)
    Hide the Manager's Guide Icon
    Hide Message List Text at the top of your board (Threaded Boards Only)
    Hide Post Msg Form link "Click Here to have a copy of your message/password emailed to you"
    Hide the Names of Voters
    Hide the Password Save option
    Hide Last Message Posted
    Hide Link labled ViewMsgTopics
    Hide Virus Disclaimer phrase (Threaded Board) or Optimum Viewing phrase(Semi-Threaded Board)
    Hide the "Password Field" on the "Post Message" Form.
    Hide the "Smilie Icons" on the "Post Message" Form.
    Hide "Top" link (Non-Threaded/Semi-Threaded Boards Only)
    Limit size of uploaded files to 25,000 bytes
    Make Board Run Faster (Threaded Boards Only)
    Make the "Phone" field a required field
    Make your board more secure
    Notification when email address notifications added or deleted
    Only allow the Board Manager to attach files
    Require users to register, to Post a Message
    Prevent Search Engines from indexing your board
    Redefine the "Top" link/shortcut (Non-Threaded/Semi-Threaded Boards Only)
    Reverse the Ban IP effect




General Information     Top

This guide is for use by board managers.
It serves as an orientation guide and documents most board features and options.
If you've not already set a board up, setup takes less than 3 minutes.
There's no software to download. All boards are private and no advertising is placed on your board.
Your board allows you to customize over 100 items on your board. However, if you prefer to use the system defaults, your board will work just fine without making any changes or customizations.
This guide doesn't provide information for general users, but rather information for the board manager on how to manage and configure your board.
Users can find information regarding viewing, searching, and posting messages by
Clicking Here for User's Guide

As the board manager, you have the ability to customize or change over 100 different settings/configurations on your board. Some board managers never change any of these settings, instead preferring to use the system defaults. However, you can usually change/select any feature by clicking Yes/No radio buttons next to a list of features on your board management page.
To view a sample Board Management Site Click Here

A list of available features follows:


Non-Threaded vs Semi-Threaded vs Threaded Configuration    
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You can configure your board as a Threaded, Semi-Threaded or Non-Treaded board. The difference between these configurations is the format used to display messages. Your choice will depend on personal preference and how you use your board.
In general if your board is used more as a discussion forum, where you'll have users posting replies to messages and replies to replies...etc, you'll want to use the "Threaded" configuration.
If your board is used more in the fashion of a Bulletin Board that you might have hanging in the company hallway, i.e. used to post items, events, etc. of interest to the group, the Non-Threaded format may be a better format to use.
The Semi-Threaded format is sort of a compromise between the two.
For a detailed description of these two formats Click Here.

Customization     Top
Board managers can customize over 100 board features. Customization is not necessary, however a board manager has the ability to customize the appearance and functionality of the board, in most cases just by selecting "Yes/No" radio buttons associated with various customization features. For a detailed description of features that can be customized, review the section below labeled: "Configuration Settings". To view a sample Board Management Site Click Here

Moderator Capability    
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Your board can be configured as a "Moderated" board. Using this configuration, messages Posted by your users do not appear on your board until you (or someone you've appointed as a "Moderator") has "Approved" the message. Multiple moderators are allowed. You, as the board manager, and/or other users you've designated as "Moderators", are notified immediately whenever a user posts a message. An email is sent to you, and/or your moderators, so the newly posted message can be reviewed and then approved, disapproved, or deleted.
Moderators can always view messages awaiting approval by going to: http://www.bulletinboards.com/usermod.htm and using their Moderator password. Doing this allows a moderator to view any message awaiting approval, as long as the moderator has "Moderator Privilege" for the forum the message was posted into.

Security/Password Protection    
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Board managers have the option of setting up various levels of Security and Password Protection for their board. A system wide password and/or individual login passwords can be setup to limit access to your board. Individual login passwords can even be designated access to only certain parts of your board.
You have the ability to password protect only certain sections of your board.
You also have the ability to Ban IP addresses from accessing your board or vice/versa, i.e., only allow access to specific IP addresses.
To view a detailed description of Security/Password protection features Click Here.

Profanity Language Filter    
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Each board has a Profanity Language Filter that if enabled will filter profanity from user's messages.

Searchable - Message Board Filter Query    
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Visitors to your board can retrieve only the subset of messages that interests them. They can search your board for one or more specific messsages based on keywords, email addresses, username, date range, etc.

Board Partitioning    
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You have the ability to divide your board into sections/categories to create a more organized look and user friendly format. You also have the option of designating different access privileges for each section.

Seamless Integration into your existing site
Your board can be configured to appear as just another page existing on your current site. Board Managers can create a link or button from a page on their site directly to their board. The "Home" button at the top of your board will automatically take users back to the page on your site where they came from. This results in your board appearing as just another page on your site.


Automatic Email Notification    
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Users can request to be notified whenever a message is posted to your board. They can even request to be notified only of messages posted to a specific section of your board.
Click Here for a detailed explanation of different types of Email Notification available.

Votable Messages    
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"Votable Messages" can be created allowing users to Vote yes/no on the idea presented in the message. "Votable Messages" are always displayed showing the current yes/no voting count. To make a message "Votable", a user need only click on the checkbox within the Post Message form labeled: "Click here to make this a Votable message". This capability can be given to all users, or restricted to only the board manager.

Formatting Message Text, Embedding Graphics and HTML    
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Your board provides users with an easy interface (the HTML Formatting Toolbar) for inserting graphics, hyperlinks, smilies, and HTML code. The Formatting Toolbar also allows users to easily use color, bold, italics, font type/size, etc. when formatting a message. For a more detailed description of these capabilities Click Here.

Board Management Panel    
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Each board manager is provided with their own "Board Management Panel". Managers can use their Management panel to make configuration changes to their board. They do so by clicking Yes/No radio buttons associated with different board options. To view a sample Board Management Panel Click Here

File Attachment Capability    
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You have the option of allowing users to attach files to messages. No FTP or other software is required, this capability is built into your board. This feature allows users to easily attach files (Word, Excell, Text, Graphics, etc.) to messages, giving users an automated way of uploading files directly from their PC. If you decide to turn this option on, there is a $.50/megabyte/month storage fee for uploaded files.
To view the user interface, board managers use to enable the FTP option Click Here

Visitor Counters    
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Each board has two "Visitor Counters" associated with it. These can be hidden or displayed to the general public. One counter tracks the number of visitor to your board since it was created and the other tracks the number of visitors to your board as of a date you specify. The second counter can be reset to zero by yourself at any time via your board management page.

Archiving Messages    
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You have the ability to archive specific or groups of messages into a special "Archived" data base. This option lets you remove messages from your board while still allowing users to search your board's "Archives" for messages you've archived. You can configure your board to automatically archive messages, based on date range or number of messages. You also have the ability to selectively specify which messages to archive. 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.

Billing/Cost    
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Because we place no advertising on user boards and therefore receive no advertising income, we do charge a monthly service fee of $9.95. There are no other fees associated with the use of your board, i.e. no setup fees, and no maximum message limit. Payment can be made via credit card or via check (although credit card or PayPal payment is required for Non-US customers).

Content Policy    
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Board Managers are responsible for all messages posted on their board. The only restriction concerns Adult oriented content. Our policy prohibits Adult-oriented boards, designed for entertainment or commercial purposes. This includes providing access to pornographic materials (images or multimedia), whether for free or for payment, regardless of whether adult verification is used or not. Our content policy and terms of use are described in more detail by clicking here: Terms Of Use




Sign Up and Installation Procedures     Top

Installation Procedures     Top
There are none.
There's nothing to install, just complete and submit the setup form. Your board is installed on our server, there's no software to download, install, or maintain.

Sign Up Procedure    
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The "Sign Up" procedure should take you less than 3 minutes. Upon submitting the SetUp form and email is sent to you immediately, confirming your Sign Up was successful and your board is operational.

The Sign Up form is located at: http://www.bulletinboards.com/setup.cfm
Completing this form involves:
   Designating a unique 1-8 character code for your board
   Designating a unique 1-8 character manager's password for your board
   Optionally, Defining any partitioning of your board
   Providing Billing and Contact information
You can change any of this information via your board management page after your board is set up.
Within 3-5 minutes after submitting the Sign Up form, you'll receive an email confirming your board is operational and giving you the address of your board and the address of your board management page. Your Board Management page will allow you to make further customizations to your board, if you choose.





Defining Categories/Forums - Board Partitioning     Top

Defining Categories/Forums    Top
You have the option of dividing your board into a maximum of 12 different categories/forums. Creating categories/forums on your board, allows users to post messages under different subjects and presents users with a more organized grouping of the board's messages. The decision to create multiple categories/forums on your board is entirely yours. Although you can create up to 12 forums the only requirement is to have at least one forum defined. When you set your board up initially, one forum will be automatically created for you. Subsequently, via your board management page, you can add/delete/rename forums as often as you like.

Category/Forum Privileges    Top
When defining categories/forums you have the option of specifying access and posting privileges for each category/forum. For example, you could have one category/forum Viewable by all users and another category/forum only Viewable by a select group of individuals. For a detailed explanation of assigning posting/access privileges to categories/forums Click Here




Security/Password Protection     Top

Password Protection Is Not Required    Top
The default configuration for your board doesn't have password protection enabled, however, you can easily enable this option via your board management page.
To enable this option, go to your Board Management page => Password Protection section =>
and answer "Yes" to the option labeled:
     "Step 1.Enable Registration/Password Protection for your board?"
Enabling Password Protection forces all users to your User Login Page, where they must enter a valid password to gain access to your board.
For a summary synposis of password protection Click Here

Board Manager's Password    Top
This password is required to set your board up. You created a 1-8 character code to be used as your manager's password when you set your board up. You can change your manager's password at any time via your board management page. Your manager's password gives you full access to any section of your board, regardless of the section's assigned access privilege. The manager's password can be used to delete or modify anyone's message. It's the only password providing access to your board management page. Your board management page is accessed via the url: http://www.bulletinboards.com/usermod.htm.

Moderator Passwords     Top
Passwords configured as "Moderator Passwords" have special privileges. Users with Moderator Passwords can "Approve/Disapprove", Modify, and Delete messages for those parts of your board where you've given them "Moderator" privilege. The "Approve/Disapprove" option is only valid for boards using the "Moderated" configuration.

System Wide Password     Top
You can define a System Wide Password via your board management page. A System Wide Password is simply a password you create and give to everyone on the system. The advantage of this level of password protection is that it's easy to set up. The disadvantages are that if you have a problem user and need to change the password, you'll have to notify all users of the new password and you're limited to giving everyone the same level of access. When using individual login passwords you can specify access privileges at the individual level and if you have a problem with one user, you need only remove that particular password.
Although not usually done, there is a way of sending users to your board's login page without enabling password protection on your board. The usual need for this scenario is where you want some of your board open to the public but other parts are Restricted. In that case you'll want to send privilege users(those having an individual password with Restricted access privileges) to your board's login page. Your board's login page is always:
http://www.bulletinboards.com/chkpswd.cfm?comcode=xxx
where xxx is your board code will display your board's login page.

Individual Login Passwords    Top
In addition to a system wide login password you have the option of setting up individual login passwords. You can define individual login passwords, usernames, and associated access privileges via your Board Management page => Password Protection section. You can assign different individuals, different access privileges. For example, you could assign one login password Viewing and Posting privilege for a particular forum and yet for another login password, only assign Viewing privilege for that same forum.
Some board managers create individual login passwords and then assign them to different groups, every member of a particular group getting the same login password. This allows you to set up different access privileges at a group level instead of the individual level.

Assigning Access and Posting Privileges to Login Passwords     Top
When defining login passwords, you can associate specific privileges with each password. Privilege refers to the right to View, Post, Modify and Delete messages on your board. You can assign all or some subset of these privileges to each password. For a detailed explanation of login password privileges Click Here

Introductory Text on Login Page     Top
Your board provides you, via your board management page, with the option of creating an "Introductory Paragraph" that will appear on your board's login page. The text in this "Introductory Paragraph" is entirely of your own choosing and can include html, if you choose.

Login Name     Top
To have each user's assigned Login Name automatically associated and displayed with each message they post, you'll want to configure your board as follows(utilizing your board management page):
     2. Select the "Yes" radio button beside the question:
       "Users must use their assigned password to post messages?"
     3. Select the "Yes" radio button beside the question:
       "Display Users Assigned Login Name with messages?"


Passwords and Posting Messages    Top
This seems like a good place to answer the question that often comes up regarding the "Password" input field found on the "Post Message" form.
If you've assigned individual login passwords you can require users to use their assigned login passwords to post messages. However, regardless of whether you've enabled password protection, all users have to enter a password when posting a message. Unless you're requiring visitors to use their assigned login password, the password they use when posting a message can be any 1-8 character code they choose. The only way to bypass this requirement is to not allow users to Modify or Delete their own messages. In that case users are not required to enter a password. Entering a password when posting a message ensures no one except the message creator (and you as the board manager) can Delete or Modify that message.





Types of Email Notification     Top

Four types of automated email notification are available.
These options are all controlled via your board management page.

Board Manager Notification    Top
You board can provide Immediate Email Notification to the board manager whenever a message is posted to your board.

Message Creator Notification    Top
Your board can send Immediate Email Notification to the creator of a message, whenever someone posts a Reply to his message. This option is only applicable for Threaded Boards.

Board Member Notification    >Top
Visitors to your board can add their email address to your board's Email Notification List by clicking on a link at the top of your board labeled:  
        "To Be Notified when a new message is posted, Click Here"
A user can then request notification if any new messages are posted to the board or alternatively, can request email notification only if new messages are posted to a specific section of your board.

To view a page similar to one your visitor would use to add their email address to your board's Email Notification List Click Here

For more info on Board Member Email Notification Click Here

Board member notification occurs once each day. The system searches each board's email notification list and for each email address found, based on the level of interest associated with the email address, determines if new messages have been posted. If new messages are found an email is sent to the email address indicating new messages have been added to the message board.

The default email notification configuration causes email notifications to contain text indicating how many new messages were added to Forums the user is interested in. The notifications will not contain the actual content of the new messages.
If you enable the "Email Notification Plus" feature, via your board management page, your user's email notification messages will contain the actual content of new messages. This feature also allows users to post and reply to messages directly from their email browser.

Immediate Email Notification     Top
Immediate Email Notification can be enabled, by the board manager, for up to 12 users. This is accomplish via your Board Management page => Main Settings => "Click Here To View Current Email Notification List". Immediate Notification is often used when a board has different moderators monitoring different sections of the board. Using this option each moderator can be immediately notified whenever a message is posted into the forum/section he is monitoring. However, this capability can be assigned to any user. The board manager has the option of designating up to 12 email addresses on his/her board's email notification list, to receive Immediate Email Notification of new messages posted to the board. Other users on the board's email notification list will receive notification once per day, of new messages added to the board. To

Sign Up Procedure    Top
The "Sign Up" procedure should take you less than 3 minutes. The end result will be an email sent to you confirming your Sign Up was successful and your board is operational.

The Sign Up form is located at: http://www.bulletinboards.com/setup.cfm
Completing this form involves:




Configuration Settings     Top

There are over 100 configuration settings available to a board manager, allowing substantial contol over the appearance and functionality of his/her board. All settings are configurable via each manager's "Board Management Page". To view a sample Board Management Site Click Here

Appearance Configuration Settings     Top

Board Logo(s)     Top
A customized logo is created, based on the organization's name, automatically when you set your board up. However, you can use any logo/graphic you like. You can specify a maximum of two logos/graphics be displayed at the top of your board. If two logos are desired you can also specify if they should be place above and below each other or arranged side by side. The fields controlling these settings are labeled "Board Logo:" and "nd Board Logo:". The 2nd Board Logo field is located on the "Advanced Custom Settings Page". To have a logo appear on your board requires that you enter the URL of the graphic you want to use for your logo into one of these fields. If the graphic you want to use doesn't have a URL address, because it doesn't reside on the net, then send it to us and we'll place it on our server. This will create a valid URL address for the logo. If you don't want to use a logo you can always enter this URL into the logo field: http://www.bulletinboards.com/gif/onepix.gif. This causes the system to not place any logo on your board.

Custom Buttons    Top
If you don't care for the appearance or name of any button on your board you can change them. All buttons at the top of each board, i.e. the "Post", "Modify", "Delete", etc. can be replaced with your own custom buttons. To replace one or more of these buttons, via your management page, go to the "Advanced Custom Settings" page, where you'll be able to specify a replacement for any button on your board.

Smaller Font     Top
You can have the text of messages on your board appear in a smaller size font by selecting the "Yes" radio button associated with the question:
"Should Message Text be displayed in Smaller Font?".

Background Gif     Top
If you have a gif or jpg graphic file you would like to use as the background for your board, you can do so by specifying the URL of the graphic file in the field labeled: "Background Gif:". Alternatively, you can select a background gif from several system offered selections located beneath the "Background Gif" field on your management page.  

Background Color    Top
You can specify a Background Color to be used for your board via the Advanced Custom Settings page. Specifying a Background Color will override any Background Gif setting you may have specified.

Message Background Color    Top
You can specify a Custom Color to be used as a background color for each message, separate from the general background color of the whole board. This setting is available via the Advanced Custom Settings page.

Message Text Color    Top
You can specify a Custom Color to be used for all message text displayed on your board via the Advanced Custom Settings page.

Link Text Color    Top
You can specify a Custom Color to be used for all hyper-links displayed on your board via the Advanced Custom Settings page.

Category Table Color     Top
For Non-Threaded boards, you can specify a Custom Background Color to be used for the "Category Table". The Category table is the rectangular green area at the top of your board.
For Threaded boards, you can specify a Custom Background Color to be used for the "First Time Msg Warning" box. This is the message displayed when a user first visits your board, showing the Icon Color Coding Legend, and the notice about the initial download of a Java Applet. Both of these settings are available via the Advanced Custom Settings Page.

Setting Frame/No-Frame view option(Threaded Configuration)    Top
The default display setting for boards using the Threaded Configuration is to divide the browser into two frames, i.e. a top frame(MsgList Window) showing the messages titles/folders and a lower frame(Message Content Window) to display the content of any particular message selected from the upper MsgList Window.


Other Configuration Settings     Top

Setting Default Time Zone    Top
The default time zone used is U.S. Eastern Standard Time. This default can be changed via the Advanced Custom Settings of your management site.

Setting Default Date Range for Msg Retrieval     Top
The default date range used for message retrieval is All Msgs., effectively causing all messages to be retrieved. As the number of messages grow you may want to change this default to a shorter date range to limit the number of messages retrieved. For example, you may want to set it to only retrieve the last 2 weeks of messages. This will tend to make your board display faster, since fewer messages are retrieved. Regardless of the default setting you used, the user can always override this to retrieve whatever date range they prefer. This default can be changed via the Advanced Custom Settings of your management site.

Set the Default Format for Posting Messages      Top
This option is only available if you configure your board to Not Allow users to post HTML within their messages. You'll see this option listed in the Main Settings section of your Board Management page, with the label:
Should AutoFormatting be the default format for posting msgs?
This option determines whether line breaks in sentences are displayed exactly as typed, or whether the width of paragraphs are expanded to accomodate the width of a user's browser window. The user can always override this default when posting a message. Click Here for a more detailed explanation of this feature.

Enabling the File Attachment Option      Top
Activating the FTP option for your board, allows users to easily attach files (Word, Excel, Text, etc.) to messages. When a user elects to attach a file to a message, your board will automatically upload the file from the users computer and store it on our server. Other users can then download the attached file by clicking on the "Download" link displayed with the associated message. Click Here for a more detailed explanation of this feature.

Enabling the Spell Checker Option      Top
Activating the Spell Checker option for your board, allows users to request your board to run a Spell Check of their message, before it's posted.. Click Here for a more detailed explanation of this feature.

Enabling Auto Reply Field Fill-In (Threaded Configuration)      Top
Enabling this option causes the ShortTitle field of Reply messages to be automatically filled in with the ShortTitle text of the message being responded to.
Selecting the "Yes" radio button associated with the question:
"Should ShortTitle field be filled in Automatically, for reply msgs?" enables this option.

Making a Msg Always Appear As the First Msg in a Category     Top
You can cause a message, that you post as the board manager, to always be displayed as the first message in a category. Normally, the order in which messages are displayed is based on the Sort Order you've specified, i.e. Sorted by date(the default) or Sorted alphabetically by ShortTitle.
To have a message always appear as the first message in a category you should do two things:
  1. Use your manager's password when posting the message
  2. Selecting the "Yes" radio button associated with the question:
     "Make this the first message in its category?" on the Post Message Form.

Making the Email Address and/or User Name Field Required      Top
It's possible via your management site to specify that whenever a user posts a message, he/she must enter their email address and/or their user name.

Changing the Input Field Names on the Post Msg Form     Top
There are two fields, labeled "UserName" and "Phone", that appear on the Post Message Form, that can be renamed if desired. For example, you could rename those fields to be "Job Title" and "SSN" instead of "UserName" and "Phone". On the "Advanced Custom" settings section of your management page you'll find an area that allows you to rename these fields. Realize, you can always hide these fields also, so that the user is not prompted at all with these fields.

Setting the Msg Sorting Sequence to Use     Top
For Non-Threaded boards, you can select the order in which messages are displayed from one of the following 3 selections: Earliest Messages First, Oldest Messages First, or Alphabetically by Message ShortTitle.
For Threaded boards, you can select the order in which messages are displayed from one of the following 2 selections: Earliest Messages First or Oldest Messages First.
You specify the sorting order of messages via your board management page.

Configuring the "Home" button     Top
Every board has a "Home" button. Most board managers, who link/integrate their bulletin/message board into their already existing site, will configure the "Home" button on their message board to point back to their site. This gives visitors to your board the feeling of the board being "just another page on your site". The default link for the "Home" button is www.bulletinboards.com. Re-Configuring the "Home" button to point to your website, is done via the field on your management page labeled: "Home Page URL:".

Setting the Maximum Msg Size of a single Msg     Top
You can limit the size of messages that are posted to your board. The default maximum size for a single message is around 500 lines. You can specify a new smaller maximum message size by entering the maximum number of lines a single message can contain. The new size you specify, must be less than 500 lines (approx. 80 characters per line). Some board managers use a reduced Max Msg Size, in order to prevent a user from posting messages, that could potentially, each be 10 pages long.

Creating an Introductory Paragraph for your Board     Top
You can create an introductory paragraph for your board that will appear just beneath your board logo. To do this use the link on your management page labeled: "Click Here To Create/Modify An Introductory Paragraph near the top of your board".

Preventing Profanity Language on your Board     Top
Enabling the "Profanity Language Filter" ensures any new messages posted to your board will not contain profanity.
Click Here for more information.

Banning IP addresses     Top
Your board management page allows you to ban specific IP addresses and also IP ranges. You can type in a specific IP address (205.33.100.45) or a range (205.33.100.*). To view a sample user interface for Banning IP addresses Click Here

Wording - i.e. Bulletin Board/Message Board/Forum/etc.     Top
Your board can use wording other than "Bulletin Board" (e.g. Message Board, Forum, Discussion Group, etc). You can substitute whatever text you like to replace the phrase "Bulletin Board". There is a field on your management page that wiil allow you to specify whatever wording you want to substitute for the phrase "Bulletin Board".




Restricting Board Capabilities     Top

The default setting when your board is first set up is to enable all options. Some board managers, prefer to limit users access to all capabilities of their board. Following is a description of the Viewing and Posting options a board manager can restrict or disable.

Hiding Board Buttons     Top
One way to limit or restrict users from specific functions on your board is to remove the associated Buttons at the top of your board linking users to those functions. For example, if you don't want users to be able to Modify their messages you could remove the "Modify" button. All Buttons-Links at the top of your board can be hidden via your management site. Simply clicking a Yes/No radio button on your management site will hide or display the associated functional button on your board.

Hiding Visitor Counters     Top
There are always two visitor counters maintained and viewable via your board management page. You have the option via your management page of having these counters made visible or invisible to users visiting your board.

Hiding IP addresses     Top
The IP address of anyone posting a message on your board is captured and stored with the associated message. You have the option, via your management page, of displaying each message's associated IP address at the bottom of each message.

Hiding Message Identifiers (MsgIDs)     Top
Each message has a unique message identifier. Message Ids are used when identifying a message to delete or modify. They are displayed at the bottom of each message. You have the option, via your management page, of specifying whether message identifiers should be visible to your users.

Hiding Message Creation Date     Top
You can specify, via your management page, that message Creation dates, which are normally shown at the bottom of each message, be hidden.

Hiding Message Creation Time     Top
You can specify, via your management page, that message Creation times, which are normally not shown at the bottom of each message, be visible or hidden.

Hiding Email Address of poster     Top
You can specify, via your management page, that the email address of the message creator, if one exists, be visible or hidden.

Hiding User Date Range Prompt     Top
The "User Date Range Prompt", i.e. the drop down-down box at the top of your board that allows a user to specify the date range of messages to view, can be removed from your board via your board management page.

Hiding the MsgId, UserName, Email Address of a specific Msg     Top
The system default when displaying messages, is to display, at the bottom of each message, the Message Identifier, Date of the Message, and if entered the Username and Email Address. As the board manager, when posting a message, you can cause these items to not be displayed on a specific message by doing two things:
  1. Use your manager's password when posting the message
  2. Selecting the "Yes" radio button associated with the question:
     "Hide the MsgId, Name, Date, EmailAddress for this msg?" on the Post Message Form.

Only allow Board Mgr to Post Messages     Top
Enabling this option on your board management page ensures no one will be able to post a message unless they possess the "Manager's Password"

Only allow Board Mgr to Create Votable Messages    Top
Your board defaults to allow anyone to create/post "Votable" messages. However, you can change this default to prevent the creation of "Votable" messages or only allow the board manager to create "Votable" messages.

Prevent users from using HTML when posting messages     Top
The system default is to allow users to embed HTML within their messages. You can disabled this option via your board management page.

Hiding Email Prompt on Post Message Form    Top
Users are normally presented with an input field to enter their email address when posting a message. You can disable this prompt via your board management page.

Hiding Phone Number Prompt on Post Message Form     Top
Users are normally presented with an input field to enter their phone number when posting a message, you can disable this prompt via your board management page.
Realize, you could rename this field for some other use, other than to capture a user's phone number. For example, you could rename this field to be "SSN" to capture a user's social security number.

Hiding User Name Prompt on Post Message Form     Top
Users are normally presented with an input field to enter their user name when posting a message, you can disable this prompt via your board management page.
To prevent users from being prompted to enter a user name, answer "Yes" to the option in the "Hiding Fields" section of your board management page, labeled:
"Should User Name Prompt of Msg Creator be hidden?"
Realize, you can rename this field for some other use, other than to capture a user's name. Just as an example, you could rename this field to be "Your favorite song" to capture a users favorite song.






Management Utilities     Top

Deleting Messages    Top
A board manager can delete anyone's message, and via utilities on the board management page, can do so one message at a time, selectively, by date range and/or as a group. This capability can also be configured to occur automatically without manager intervention.
fyi: Users can delete messages they create, but only messages they create. You can disable this option by removing the "Delete" button from your board.

Deleting Messages Selectively
You have two options when deleting messages selectively. One way is to use the "Delete" button at the top of your board, like all other users, and specify the message id of the message you want to delete(remember to use your manager's password). The other way is to use the "Delete Messages Selectively" utility on your management page. This utility generates a list of all messages on your board with a radio button beside each message allowing you to just click on the "Delete" radio button beside each message you want to Delete. Altenatively, instead of listing all messages, you can request a subset of all messages, by date range, to choose from for selective deletion.
Click Here to view a sample user interface used to Delete Messages Selectively.

Deleting Messages As A Group
You can delete messages as a group using the "Delete Messages By Category" utility on your management page. This utility allows you to delete groups of messages by category and date range. It can also be used to delete messages from your message archives.
Click Here to view a sample user interface used to Delete Messages as a group by Category.

Deleting Messages Automatically
You have the option of configuring your board to automatically delete messages. This option allows you to have your board automatically delete messages older than X days or to automatically delete all messages except for the latest X number of messages. This option is provided as a utility in the Utilities section of your management page labeled: "Automatic Deletion of Old Messages".

Archiving Messages    
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The board manager has the ability, via the board management page, to move messages from the active part of his board into a special archival storage area reserved for his/her's board. Messages moved into a board's archived area remain accessible and searchable by users. The primary reason for archiving messages is to maintain a clutter-free board and also to improve user response time. A board with fewer active messages, loads faster.
Archival of board messages can be done selectively, by date range and/or as a group, and/or configured for automatic archival based on date range or number of messages. Moving old messages into your "Message Archive" will tend to cause your board to load faster, especially if there are a large number of messages posted.

Archiving Messages Selectively
You can "Archive" message selectively via the "Archive Messages Selectively" utility on your management page. This utility generates a list of all messages on your board with a radio button beside each message allowing you to just click on the "Archive" radio button beside each message you want to Archive. Altenatively, instead of listing all messages, you can request a subset of all messages, by date range, to choose from for selective archival.
Click Here to view a sample user interface used to Archive Messages Selectively.

Archiving Messages As A Group
You can archive messages as a group using the "Archive Messages By Category" utility on your management page. This utility allows you to archive groups of messages by category and date range.
Click Here to view a sample user interface used to Archive Messages as a group by Category.

Archiving Messages Automatically
You have the option of configuring your board to automatically archive messages. This option allows you to automatically archive message older than X days or to automatically archive all messages except for the latest X number of messages. This option is provided as a utility in the Utilities section of your management page labeled: "Automatic Archival of Old Messages".


Moving Messages from one category to another    
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Assuming you allow users to Modify their own messages, each user can move a message he/she has already posted in one category to another by using the "Modify" button at the top of your board. The procedure is to Modify the message and select the radio button beside the category you want to move the message to. Although users can move individual messages from one category to another with this method, as the board manager you have a utility("Move Messages") on your management page that allows an entire group of messages to be moved from one category to another.
Click Here to view a sample user interface used to Move Messages from one section(category) of your board to another.

Backup Utility    
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You can request a comma delimited ascii file be created of all messages on your board using the "Backup" utility on your management page.

Email List Utility    
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You can request a comma delimited ascii file be created of all email addresses associated with messages posted on your board using the "Email List" utility on your management page.





Contact Billing Information     Top

All information regarding billing and point of contact can be viewed and modified via your board management page. If you choose you can specify different information for billing and the board manager.
This section allows you to specify two email addresses, one used by our staff for billing purposes and the other used by board visitors to contact yourself(the board manager). The email link displayed at the bottom of your board labeled "Bulletin Board Management" is derived from the email address you enter in the second email address in this section labeled "Board Manager Email".






Search Engine Options     Top

Some board manager's may want to submit their board for listing within internet search engines. Your management page provides the capability of creating hidden Search Engine data important in most search engine placement algorithms. These options are located at the bottom of your management page. The hidden Search Engine data you can create and associate with your board used by Search Engine Robots are: the Title, Keywords, and Page Description. If you're not submitting to search engines you can ignore these fields. However, if you're planning on submitting it's a good idea to update these fields before submitting your board for search engine indexing.






50% Revenue Sharing Affilliate/Partnership Program     Top

A 50% revenue sharing partnership is available to board managers participating in our affiliate program. The program pays 50% of all income generated from referral accounts, for as long as those accounts exists.
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KeyWord Options     Top


These options are infrequently used and not readily apparent from your management page. There's no radio button to enable these options. Implementing these options requires the board manager to place a specific keyword in the field labeled "Keywords" at the bottom of the management page.
Remember to separate multiple keywords in the Keywords field with commas.
For example, you might enable three of these options by placing the following keywords in the "Keyword" field on your management page: nofooter,fast,noresults


Explanations follow:

Alpha Sort of messages modifier. [AlphaDesc]
This option, modifies the default alpha sort based on ShortTitle of message. The normal alpha sort causes messages to be sorted alphabetcally based on ShortTitle in Ascending order, i.e. letter a is displayed before letter b. Using this option causes the alpha sort to be sorted in Decending order.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "AlphaDesc", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Display Message Hierarchy List using a Bold Font. [BoldMsgList]
This option, applicable only for boards using the Threaded Display format, causes the Hierarchy of Message List titles and Forum Names to be displayed using a Bolded type face.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "BoldMsgList", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Email Notification Security [SecureEmail]
This option allows the board manager to place tighter security control on automatic email notification messages. Normally email notification messages include a user's email notification password.within the email, as a convenience, in case the user wants to modify/delete his email nofication profile. Use of this option prevents the inclusion of a user's email notification password within an email notification message.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "SecureEmail", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Change Color Scheme of Calendar. [GreyCalendar]
This option allows the board manager to change the default color scheme of the Calendar page to a Black/Grey background color scheme.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "GreyCalendar", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Make your board more secure. [ExtraSecure]
This option allows the board manager to add an extra layer of security. This feature validates that every user is retrieving pages in a prescribed manner. This feature prevents hackers or users who are hiding their identity from attempting to enter your board in an unauthorized manner.
Caveat - when this feature is enabled, it will prevent any user from accessing your board that is using identify protection software. Also in this mode, session cookies are not used, which will cause users to have to log in every time the board is refreshed/reloaded.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "ExtraSecure", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Notified board manager when email notifications added or deleted. [EmailNotify]
This option allows the board manager to have the system send him/her an email notification whenever a user adds or deletes their email address to/from your board's email notification list.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "EmailNotify", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Make Board Run Faster Option (Threaded Boards). [Fast]
For "Threaded" boards, this option allows you to realize a slight improvement in board response time by eliminating some database queries. Utilizing this option will improve board response time, however you sacrifice the "number of messages count" normally displayed beside each category folder.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "Fast", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide All Buttons at the top of your board Option. [HideButts]
This option is very infrequently used, but still available.
It allows you to configure your board so that no buttons (i.e. "POST", "MODIFY", etc.) are displayed on your board.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "HideButts", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide Category/Forum names Table (Non-Threaded SemiThreaded Boards). [HideCat]
For "Non-Threaded" boards, this option allows you to configure your board so that the Table of Category/Forum links at the top of your board are not displayed.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option 'HideCat', without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide the "Help" Link. [HideHelp]
This option allows the board manager to hide the Help link that appears after the word Forums located at the the top of Non-Threaded and Semi-Threaded boards.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "HideHelp", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide the Manager's Guide icon. [HideMgrGuide]
This option removes the ability of User's to access the Manager's Guide.
Place the keyword option "HideMgrGuide", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page. Remember to separate multiple keyword options in the Keywords field with commas.

Hide "Top" link (Non-Threaded Boards). [HideTop]
For "Non-Threaded" boards, this option allows you to configure your board so that the link labeled "Top", listed after each category, (used to take a user back to the top of your board) is not displayed.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "HideTop", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Display Visitor Counters on the Login Page Option. [LoginCounters]
This option applies only to those boards utilizing login passwords. Visitor counters, are by default shown on your main message board page and not shown on the Login page. However, they can be made to appear on the Login page by placing the keyword option "LoginCounters", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page. Remember to separate multiple keyword options in the Keywords field with commas.

Limit size of Uploaded files to 25000 bytes. [Max25000]
This option applies only to those boards that have the File Attachment capability enabled. There are two other associated keyword options(Max50000,Max500000) that limit the size of uploaded files. Max50000 limits an uploaded file size to 50,000 bytes and Max500000 limits the uploaded file size to 500,000 bytes. Enable this option by placing one of the keyword options described above in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page. Remember to separate multiple keyword options in the Keywords field with commas.

Have List of Message Titles appear first [MsgList])
This option is not applicable for boards using the Threaded display format. Normally the List of Message Titles are displayed at the bottom of a message board. This option allows the board manager to specify that the List Of Message Titles appear at the top of the message board when the board is first displayed.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "MsgList", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Only allow the Board Manager to attach files. [MgrOnlyFileAttach]
This option allows the board manager to specify that only he has the authority to attach files/photos to messages. The FTP(file attachment) option must be enabled for this to work.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "MgrOnlyFileAttach", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide Folder Icon Color Coding Legend Option (Threaded Boards). [NoFolderIcons]
For "Threaded" boards, this option allows you to hide the block of text that is initially displayed containing the Folder Icon color coding legend and other descriptive info.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoFolderIcons", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide Footer Information Option. [NoFooter]
You can hide the support information located at the bottom of your board. This is the information that reads:
-----------------------------------------
To Learn About Bulletin Boards: Click Here
To View Frequently Asked Questions About Bulletin Boards: Click Here
System Support Email: support@bulletinboards.com

(321) 984-9080
© 1997 - 2011 P.A. Corp. V9.0 
------------------------------------------
Place the keyword option "NoFooter", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page, to cause this information to not be displayed. Remember to separate multiple keyword options in the Keywords field with commas.

Don't format Login Page introductory paragraph. [NoLoginFormat]
This option, which is only applicable for boards using password protection and where the board manager has created an introductory paragraph for the Login Page, will cause the introductory paragraph on the login page To Not be formatted within a table. The default is to have the introductory paragraph enclosed within a table with borders and this option prevents that.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoLoginFormat", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide the "Board Manager Only Options" on the "Post Message" Form. [NoMgrOptions]
This causes the two "Board Manager Only Options", on the bottom of the Post Message Form, labeled:
    Make this the first message in its category?
    Hide the MsgId, Name, Date, EmailAddress for this msg?
to not appear.
Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoMgrOptions", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.



Hide the "Password Field" on the "Post Message" Form. [Hide the Modify and Delete buttons]
Entering a password on the Post Message form is required so the message creator can be identified in the future, if he/she decides to Modify or Delete the message.

It is possible, to eliminate the requirement to enter a password when a message is posted.

If your board is using "password protection" and a user saves his password, via the link on your board's login page labeled: "Should your computer remember your password?" the user will not be prompted to enter a password. The system will use his saved password and not therefore not require the user to enter a password.

If your board is not password protected, there is another option available. It is possible to not require the user to enter a password by Hiding the Modify and Delete buttons and the Modify/Delete link.
Although doing this allows a user to post a message without entering a password, the password field still appears on the Post Message form. This allows the board manager, moderators, or users with special posting privileges to enter a password when posting a message. If you want to completely hide the password field from the Post Message form, the procedure to follow is(using the Hiding Buttons section of your mgmt. page):
1. Hide the Modify Button.
2. Hide the Delete Button.
3. Hide the Modify/Delete Link
4. Place the word "NoMgrOptions", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.
If your board is password protected, a user can just ask the board to save their login password, and thereafter the board will not ask for a password when creating a message.

Hide Message List Text at the top of your board Option (Threaded Boards). [NoMsgList]
For "Threaded" boards, this option allows you to hide the text at the top and/or right side of your board that reads:
                             Message List
Double-Click (quickly) on folder icons below to view Message Titles.
Clicking on a Message Title displays the message in the bottom window

This option will also hide the Folder Icon Color Coding Legend that appears when the board is first loaded.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoMsgList", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide the Smilie Icons displayed near the bottom of the Post Message Form. [NoSmilies]
This option hides from the user the row of Smilie Icons listed near the bottom of the Post Message form.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoSmilies", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide the Password Save option on the User's Login page [NoPasswordSave]
This option prevents users from saving their Login Password on their computer. Although allowing users to save their password is a convenience, some board managers may want the additional security provided by forcing users to always login with their login password.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoPasswordSave", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide the Names of Voters Option. [NoResults]
This option applies only to boards containing "Votable" messages. Users are always able to view not only the vote count of "Votable" messages but to see the names of each voter. Suppressing the names of the voters from public view can be accomplished by placing the keyword option "NoResults", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page. Remember to separate multiple keyword options in the Keywords field with commas.

Hide the phrase listing the Date of Last Post [HideLastPost]
This option applies only to boards using the Non-Threaded or Semi-Threaded display format.

Hide the link next to category/forum names, labeled: ViewMsgTopics. [HideViewMsgTopics]
This option applies only to boards using the Non-Threaded or Semi-Threaded display format. You may want to consider this, since users can always view message topics by clicking on a Category/Forum name.

Prevent Search Engines from indexing your board. [NoRobot]
Although Search Engines are not able to locate a message board unless they are given the link to the board, they will index the board if given the url to your board. You can prevent any indexing of your board, even if a search engine has your board's url by using the keyword option "NoRobot".
Enabling this option is accomplished by placing the keyword option "NoRobot", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page. Remember to separate multiple keyword options in the Keywords field with commas.

Display Messages without surrounding Table Border. [NoTable]
This option, applicable only for boards using the Non-Threaded and Semi-Threaded Display format, will remove the normal border that surrounds the message list display.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoTable", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide the NAVirus Disclaimer (Threaded Boards). [NoVirusWarn]
For "Threaded" boards, this option allows you to have the NAVirus Disclaimer link(explaining the misdiagnosis by older Norton AV software of the NiceDay Virus) to not be displayed.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoVirusWarn", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.
This will also cause the "Optimum Viewing" phrase in the footer section of Semi-Threaded boards, to not be displayed.

Don't allow users to enter website addresses into messages. [NoWebAddrs]
Prevents users from adding a website address into either the message or message title.
This feature is sometimes used to reduce spam postings, since most spam posting have links to other websites.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoWebAddrs", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Make the "Phone" field a required field. [PhoneRequired]
This option allows the board manager to make the Phone field a required field whenever a user posts a message. Remember, the Phone field can be renamed to represent anything you like. For example, you could change the Phone field label to be "Eye Color" or anything else you like. The rename field capability can be accomplished via the Advanced Settings section of your board management page.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "PhoneRequired", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Require users to register, to Post a Message. [RegisterToPost]
This option requires users to "Register" before they can post a message. Registering requires creating a password and providing a valid email address. This option only works if you have answered "Yes" to the option in the Password Protection section of your Board Management page, labeled:
"Users must use their assigned password To Post Messages?"

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "RegisterToPost", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Reverse the Ban IP effect. [ReverseIP]
This option causes the ban ip page to have the opposit effect, i.e. IP addresses requested to be banned, will be the only ip addresses allowed to view board.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "ReverseIP", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Redefine the "Top" link/shortcut [TipTop]
This option allows the board manager to redefine the "Top" links (displayed after each category name) to point to the very top of the board, as opposed to the top message. I.E., enabling this option causes the board to be repositioned(whenever a user clicks on a "Top" link), to the very top, so the board logo is displayed, as opposed to being repositioned just beneath the top so the first message is at the top. Some board managers may want to enable this option to ensure the board logo is displayed every time a user clicks on one of the "Top" links.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "TipTop", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Hide Email Message Copy on Post Message Form[NoMsgCopy]
This option allows the board manager to hide the line on the Post Message Form that reads "Click Here to have a copy of your message/password emailed to you"

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoMsgCopy", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Eliminate maximum width limit when displaying messages[No680]
This option allows the board manager to eliminate the default maximum table width size used to display messages, for Non-Threaded and Semi-Threaded boards. The default limit used when displaying messages is to display messages within a table defined to be 680 pixels wide. Message lines are wrapped within this table when their width exceeds 680 pixels. Using this keyword will cause your board to display messages where message text will fill a users complete screen width before wrapping.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "No680", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Don't load board into a new frame. [_self]
This option allows the board manager to specify (only applicable for Threaded Boards using Noframe Format) to not display messages in a new window. This option only useful for websites that display their board within a Framed page and are using the Threaded-NoFrame display format.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "_Self", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Don't allow users to attach .EXE files [NoExeFiles]
This option prevents users from attaching and uploading files having a .EXE filename extension. This option is only useful for boards that have the File Attachment Option enabled.

Three related keyword options are "NoRunTimeFiles", "NoRunTimeFiles1", "NoRunTimeFiles2".

Using the keyword option "NoRunTimeFiles prevents files with the following file extensions from being uploaded:
.exe, .com, .cmd, .bat, .dll, .mdb, .mde, .vbs, .js, .sys, .pif, .ocx, .vbe

Using the keyword option "NoRunTimeFiles1" prevents any file not having one of the following filename extensions from being uploaded:
.jpg, .gif, .pdf, .doc

Using the keyword option "NoRunTimeFiles2" prevents any file not having one of the following filename extensions from being uploaded:
.jpg, .gif


Enable this option by placing the keyword option "NoExeFiles", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.

Allow users to post Replies into "View Only" forums. [ReplyOk]
This option is usually used when a board manager wants to set up a forum/category where only the Board Manager or a Moderator can post New Message Topics but still allow normal users to post "Replies" to those message topics. This is accomplished by setting the access privilege of a forum to "View Only" and then placing the keyword option "ReplyOk", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page. Caveat, doing this will allow users to "Reply" to any forum that has "View Only" privilege. This option is only applicable to Semi-Threaded and Fully Threaded boards.

Enable this option by placing the keyword option "ReplyOk", without quotes, in the keywords field at the bottom of your management page.