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Acceptable Use Policy
Just like the caution tag on hair driers that states "not for use in shower", here are several common sense things that you should avoid doing in order to keep your Remote Central account in good standing.
You may not post advertisements for commercial entities (for-profit endeavors). Instead, you may purchase direct advertising through Remote Central. Individuals and individuals only may use our marketplace to post for-sale items.
Swearing is frowned upon. This is a public forum, and we prefer to keep it family-friendly.
Users may hold only ONE Remote Central user account. Users found with multiple accounts may find some or all of these accounts suspended.
You may not post other members' personal information without their express permission.
You may not threaten or harass other members through the forum or private messaging system. Any harassment of other members through private emails may still be considered grounds for the removal of your Remote Central account.
Remote Central and/or our forum moderators reserve the right to remove or modify any post that is deemed inappropriate, and ban or temporarily suspend your account for inappropriate behavior.
Moderation actions are not to be discussed in our public forums. If you have a question or concern about a moderation action, please send a private message (RC Mail) to a moderator or use the contact form.
Getting a Forum Account
Why do I need to register?
Due to rampant abuse of non-registration forum systems, Remote Central requires members to register before they post using a valid email address. This also has the benefit of providing members with the opportunity to customize exactly how the forum works for them, and also grants access to other member-based features such as user reviews, news commenting and access to member-only special events.
How do I register?
Just look for the "Register" links near the top of any forum screen or on forum asking you to log in. This will take you to a screen where you can enter your desired user name, along with an email address through which your account will be verified. Further instructions are provided on those screens.
What if I don't have an email address?
Unfortunately the registration process absolutely requires that you have a valid, functional email address.
Forum Account Management
Can I change my password?
Yes! As soon as your account is verified and you are logged in, click on "My Account" in the upper grey bar, then select "Email & P/W" in the blue column on the left. Enter your account's current password (likely as sent to you through the registration email), and then fill in the two "password" boxes near the bottom with the password you would like to use.
Can I change my email address?
Yes, but you'll have to re-validate your account from the newly entered email address. Click on "My Account" in the upper grey bar, then select "Email & P/W" in the blue column on the left. Enter your account's current password, and fill in the two "email" boxes with your new email address. A new verification email will show up at the address entered - remember that you must re-validate your account before you can post again!
I made a mistake in my user name or would like to change it. Is this possible?
Usually, no. However, we will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Contact the forum administrator with your request and, if we can make the change we'll get back to you.
I've forgotten my password! Can I get it back?
Yes! At the bottom of the main forum index (where you found the link to this FAQ), locate the "Lost your password?" line and click on the link. Enter the email address used to register your Remote Central account. Your current account name and password will be sent in an email to that address. If the email address on record is no longer valid, you will not be able to retrieve your password without intervention by the account administrator.
What do the "After Posting" and "After Editing" options do?
This allows you to customize what happens after you submit a post or edit a message. You may return to either the thread, to view your finalized message, or to the thread index, to continue browsing.
How can I tell how many posts I've made?
There's a "View Profile" link next to every post you've made - however you can also link there directly by clicking on "My Account", then "My Profile" in the blue column, and look for the "view" link in the yellow title bar.
How can I send an email to a user?
Under each post is a link to "View Profile". Clicking on this will show a screen with information such as their profile information, email address (if they allow public viewing of it), registration date and posting statistics. If a user does not allow their email address to be shown, you may be able to use private messaging (RC Mail) to privately contact them.
If a member has disabled both their email address and RC Mail, can I still contact them?
Unfortunantly, no. Your best bet is to reply to one of their postings and resquest they get in touch with you.
I can't seem to log out. How do I fix this?
If you're shown as logged in and clicking on the "Logout" link doesn't do anything for you, try this alternative logout method to clear any cookies set by prior versions of our forum software.
Working with Messages
Can I use HTML in my posts?
Yes, but only in the body - not the subject line. Also note that certain intrusive HTML functions have been disabled for the convenience of our readers. If you are inexperienced with how to format with HTML, here's a quick guide to basic options:
<B>This text will be bold.</B> This text will not.
<I>This text will be italicized.</I> This text will not.
<CENTER>This text will be centered.</CENTER>
<FONT COLOR="blue">This text will be blue.</FONT>
(Other valid colors include aqua, black, fuchsia, gray, green, lime, maroon, navy, olive, purple, red, silver, teal and yellow)
Can I post hyperlinks?
Yes - the forum software will automatically add a hyperlink to any valid URL. So, just paste the full address and the forum will do the rest!
Can I insert a picture into my post?
Yes, however the actual file must be stored elsewhere (for example, on a photo sharing site). To make the image show in your post, simply paste the URL to the image as per the instructions above. The forum system will automatically detect links to images and will add all of the correct HTML code for you. It couldn't be easier!
Alternatively you can use the following HTML code:
When should I quote a previous message?
Due to the linear nature of Remote Central's forum system, messages are added one after the other without any kind of "tree" structure. The benefit of this is that entire conversations can be read quicker and in a more logical manner. However, if you're replying to specific points from a message or to one further up the thread, it makes sense to include the original message text. However, when quoting, only include lines that are relevant to your response - not the entire message.
What's the quickest way to navigate Remote Central's forums?
In addition to the basic text links found on the forum's yellow background, each page also has other ways to navigate, located in the blue header graphic at the top of the screen. By clicking on "Forums" you'll be presented with an entire overview of our forums, including the number of messages in each and when the last post was made. While in a forum, the two outer grey buttons at the top right can be used to jump to the previous or next forum (the exact order is duplicated from the forum index), while the larger inner buttons will navigate pages (where appropriate).
Why doesn't this work quite like other forums I've been on?
Remote Central is proud to have developed our own forum system in-house - that's right, it's been coded from scratch and isn't based on any off-the-shelf forum package! Our forum's unique interface, feature set and overall "feel" has been refined over more than a decade thanks to suggestions made by our users - so if you have an idea that would make Remote Central a better place, please contact us!