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FAQ Entries

User Preferences and Settings
How do I change my settings?

All your settings (if you are registered) are stored in the database. To alter them click the Profile link (generally shown at the top of pages but this may not be the case). This will allow you to change all your settings.

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The times are not correct!

The times are almost certainly correct; however, what you may be seeing are times displayed in a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, you should change your profile setting for the timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users. So if you are not registered, this is a good time to do so, if you pardon the pun!

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I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!

If you are sure you have set the timezone correctly and the time is still different, the most likely answer is daylight savings time (or summer time as it is known in the UK and other places). The board is not designed to handle the changeovers between standard and daylight time so during summer months the time may be an hour different from the real local time.

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My language is not in the list!

The most likely reasons for this are either the administrator did not install your language or someone has not translated this board into your language. Try asking the board administrator if they can install the language pack you need or if it does not exist, please feel free to create a new translation. More information can be found at the phpBB Group website (see link at bottom of pages).

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How do I show an image below my username?

There may be two images below a username when viewing posts. The first is an image associated with your rank; generally these take the form of stars or blocks indicating how many posts you have made or your status on the forums. Below this may be a larger image known as an avatar; this is generally unique or personal to each user. It is up to the board administrator to enable avatars and they have a choice over the way in which avatars can be made available. If you are unable to use avatars then this is the decision of the board admin and you should ask them their reasons (we're sure they'll be good!)

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How do I change my rank?

In general you cannot directly change the wording of any rank (ranks appear below your username in topics and on your profile depending on the style used). Most boards use ranks to indicate the number of posts you have made and to identify certain users. For example, moderators and administrators may have a special rank. Please do not abuse the board by posting unnecessarily just to increase your rank -- you will probably find the moderator or administrator will simply lower your post count.

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When I click the email link for a user it asks me to log in.

Sorry, but only registered users can send email to people via the built-in email form (if the admin has enabled this feature). This is to prevent malicious use of the email system by anonymous users.

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Posting Issues
How do I post a topic in a forum?

Easy -- click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message. The facilities available to you are listed at the bottom of the forum and topic screens (the You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc. list).

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How do I edit or delete a post?

Unless you are the board admin or forum moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post (sometimes for only a limited time after it was made) by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic that lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if no one has replied; it also will not appear if moderators or administrators edit the post (they should leave a message saying what they altered and why). Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

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How do I add a signature to my post?

To add a signature to a post you must first create one; this is done via your profile. Once created you can check the Add Signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio box in your profile. You can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box on the posting form.

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How do I create a poll?

Creating a poll is easy -- when you post a new topic (or edit the first post of a topic, if you have permission) you should see a Add Poll form below the main posting box. If you cannot see this then you probably do not have rights to create polls. You should enter a title for the poll and then at least two options -- to set an option type in the poll question and click the Add option button. You can also set a time limit for the poll, 0 being an infinite amount. There will be a limit to the number of options you can list, which is set by the board administrator.

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How do I edit or delete a poll?

As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator, or board administrator. To edit a poll, click the first post in the topic, which always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote then users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if people have already placed votes only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it; this is to prevent people rigging polls by changing options mid-way through a poll.

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Why can't I access a forum?

Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post, etc. you may need special authorization which only the forum moderator and board administrator can grant, so you should contact them.

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Why can't I vote in polls?

Only registered users can vote in polls so as to prevent spoofing of results. If you have registered and still cannot vote then you probably do not have appropriate access rights.

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Formatting and Topic Types
What is BBCode?

BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. Whether you can use BBCode is determined by the administrator. You can also disable it on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML: tags are enclosed in square braces [ and ] rather than < and > and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.

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Can I use HTML?

That depends on whether the administrator allows you to; they have complete control over it. If you are allowed to use it, you will probably find only certain tags work. This is a safety feature to prevent people from abusing the board by using tags which may destroy the layout or cause other problems. If HTML is enabled you can disable it on a per post basis from the posting form.

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What are Smileys?

Smileys, or Emoticons, are small graphical images which can be used to express some feeling using a short code, e.g. :) means happy, :( means sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen via the posting form. Try not to overuse smileys, though, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may decide to edit them out or remove the post altogether.

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Can I post Images?

Images can indeed be shown in your posts. However, there is no facility at present for uploading images directly to this board. Therefore you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.some-unknown-place.net/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor to images stored behind authentication mechanisms such as Hotmail or Yahoo mailboxes, password-protected sites, etc. To display the image use either the BBCode [img] tag or appropriate HTML (if allowed).

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What are Announcements?

Announcements often contain important information and you should read them as soon as possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. Whether or not you can post an announcement depends on the permissions required, which are set by the administrator.

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What are Sticky topics?

Sticky topics appear below any announcements in viewforum and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them where possible. As with announcements the board administrator determines what permissions are required to post sticky topics in each forum.

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What are Locked topics?

Locked topics are set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You cannot reply to locked topics and any poll contained inside is automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons.

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Additional references about formatting issues

You may have a look at this thread to read more about our BBcode system.

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User Levels and Groups
What are Administrators?

Administrators are people assigned the highest level of control over the entire board. These people can control all facets of board operation which include setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc. They also have full moderator capabilities in all the forums.

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What are Moderators?

Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) whose job it is to look after the running of the forums from day to day. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally moderators are there to prevent people going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

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What are Usergroups?

Usergroups are a way in which board administrators can group users. Each user can belong to several groups (this differs from most other boards) and each group can be assigned individual access rights. This makes it easy for administrators to set up several users as moderators of a forum, or to give them access to a private forum, etc.

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How do I join a Usergroup?

To join a usergroup click the usergroup link on the page header (dependent on template design) and you can then view all usergroups. Not all groups are open access -- some are closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the board is open then you can request to join it by clicking the appropriate button. The user group moderator will need to approve your request; they may ask why you want to join the group. Please do not pester a group moderator if they turn your request down -- they will have their reasons.

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How do I become a Usergroup Moderator?

Usergroups are initially created by the board administrator who also assigns a board moderator. If you are interested in creating a usergroup then your first point of contact should be the administrator, so try dropping them a private message.

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Private Messaging
I cannot send private messages!

There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the board administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire board, or the board administrator has prevented you individually from sending messages. If it is the latter case you should try asking the administrator why.

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I keep getting unwanted private messages!

In the future we will be adding an ignore list to the private messaging system. For now, though, if you keep receiving unwanted private messages from someone, inform the board administrator -- they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages at all.

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I have received a spamming or abusive email from someone on this board!

We are sorry to hear that. The email form feature of this board includes safeguards to try to track users who send such posts. You should email the board administrator with a full copy of the email you received and it is very important this include the headers (these list details of the user that sent the email). They can then take action.

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Community Issues
How do I join the Press Team?

Please have a look at this thread for relevant information.

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How do I join the Development Team?

Please have a look at this thread for relevant information.

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How do I join the Arts Division?

Please have a look at this thread for relevant information.

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How do I join the Wadio Team?

Please have a look at this thread for relevant information.

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I have more questions that are being left unanswered.

Although communication is encouraged between members and staff, it is recommended that you have a look around the board before asking anyone - remember that every PM you send to a staff member equals to 5 minutes of his time taken so make sure your question is relevant and really left unanswered. Don't forget to use the search. Ultimately, you may find important to read everything being posted in Announcements and Forum Comments sections. Our Information Center does also include useful and relevant information concerning technical issues.

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What should I consider before posting on Warez-BB?

Here on Warez-BB we have a couple of important posting guidelines in set in order to maintain an overall quality of our contents. There are many things you should consider before posting on Warez-BB. You have to read our forum rules and to comply with all of them. Additional explanation about our posting guidelines may be found at that post.

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How can I make the search work?

The search system used here at Warez-BB is very common in apparance to other bulletin boards ones. You need to input keywords, select appropriate locations to search and adjust the parameters to consider. However, our search core is developed with Sphinx open-source search engine which makes it slightly different from the one originally integrated with phpBB. For more details on how to become an efficient searcher, have a look at this useful thread.

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How can I report inappropriate contents to the staff?

We have a report system in set here on the board which allows the member to quickly report an inappropriate post to the staff. All you have to do is to click on the "Report" button at the top right of the post and fill in all the required details. For more information about our report system, have a look at this thread or that one.

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What are the other features available on Warez-BB?

Warez-BB is not only a bulletin board, it is a strong community which has some of its fellows really involved in its development. Therefore we are able to enjoy an important amount of extra features.
Wadio - the official online radio of the board;
theSCENE - our official community magazine, released bi-mensually;
Warez Shop - our official merchandising products;
Information Center - our official blog to get the latest information about the board;
Support Center - a ticket system service to get in touch with the staff from the outside;
Lilium - integrates many board's features into your Firefox (add-on);
Dark Theme - a Greasemonkey powered darker theme for the board;
SuperCharged - another Greasemonkey powered addition which enhances some of the board's features;
Search Engine Provider - integrates the search system into your browser;
Sidebar Gadget - integrates some of the board's functions into your Windows desktop.
On the top of that you will shortly realize that the board is made of many genuine features to enhance your experience.

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What are the user ranks on the board?

A user rank is a combination of a text and an image that gets annotated to the members' profiles. Warez-BB uses an incremented ranks system to identify the posting activity of its members. The normal ranks are related to your post count while the special ranks (such as Moderator or Administrator) are related to your status. There is also what is called "custom ranks" on the board which are given at particular occasions to meriting members. For more details about our ranks system, kindly have a look at this thread.

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How can I advertise on Warez-BB?

If you would like to advertise on Warez-BB, you may get in touch with our partners from The Netherlands @ Adperium.

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How can I become a Moderator?

The moderators are chosen in accordance with their activity and history on the board, as well as their dedication. The process is democratic as each current staff member is required to vote for the admission of a new moderator. It is not recommended to ask any current staff member to join the team. For more information, please have a look at this thread.

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How can I change my username?

To get your username changed kindly ask any online Elite or Super moderator and they will do that for you.

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Legal Issues
Whom do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?

You can find all our legal documentation at our Terms of Service page. For concerns related to your privacy, kindly have a look at our dedicated Privacy Policy section.

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phpBB Issues
Who wrote this bulletin board?

This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyrighted phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public License and may be freely distributed; see link for more details.

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Why isn't X feature available?

If you believe a feature needs to be added then please visit the Forum Comments section and see what the community has to say. Please do not post feature requests to the board at phpbb.com, as the Group uses sourceforge to handle tasking of new features. Please read through the forums and see what, if any, our position may already be for features and then follow the procedure given there.

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