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I wanted to take a few minutes to explain the message board set up and some other board features since it’s probably different than what you are use to from your previous site.
First off, our boards here are a combination of both free and premium. Freemium as we like to call it. Our goal is to make this community the destination for all Washington fans while keeping the premium aspect of a team site community in tact.
You only have to be a registered user to post and topics are free to read by everyone unless you mark your post VIP by checking the box show post to only Realdawg subscribers. If a post is VIP, only members of this site and this site only will be able to view it. For example, a game thread or OT posts should be free for everyone to read while inside team and recruiting tidbits will be VIP. If you only want VIP members of this site to read something, just remember to check the box show post to only Realdawg subscribers.
Unread posts will be purple. After you click on one, it will turn grea. An orange icon indicates topics you have posted in.
Once you’ve clicked around for a while, green envelopes on a topic will indicate new posts since you last visited that topic. By clicking on the green envelope, it will take you to the latest post since you last read the topic. Clicking directly on the topic will take you to the first post in the topic. If you want to go directly to the last post in a topic, click on the latest post to the right of the topic subject line.
To ignore a user, click on the “Ghostbusters” symbol to the right of their avatar. You can send a user a private message by clicking on the envelope next to their avatar. Your private message inbox is located at the top right of the screen and it will alert you to any unread private messages in your inbox.
If the first post in a topic links to another article, a paper icon will display. If the first post in a topic contains an attached photo, a camera icon will display. If the first post in a topic contains an attached YouTube video, a video camera icon will display. The paper icon with a blue arrow indicates the article in the original post was published on Realdawg.com.
Users have the ability to upload a photo directly from their mobile device to a board post. After clicking on post new topic or reply, below the message field, there are two links to upload photos from mobile. After clicking on choose file, you’ll have the option to take a photo or choose an existing photo.
Your star rating is determined by the percentage of up votes versus down votes you receive. For example, if you receive 10 total votes and 8 were up votes and two were down votes, your 247Sports star rating will be 80.
To avoid abuse only registered users of Realdawg.com will be able to down vote and all users receive 25 votes per day (20 up votes and only 5 down votes).
What does it mean if the down vote button is grayed out?
There are two possible reasons why a down vote button will be disabled. First, if you registered on a site other than your home team site, the down vote button will be disabled. To switch your home site, contact customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Secondly, if you use a higher ratio of down votes to up votes per day, your number of down votes will decrease which may leave you with zero down votes.
How do I add a signature?
Click on the “My Account” link at the top right of the site and then click on the Signature tab. At this location you’ll be able to add your signature. (Images must be less than 1MB) To turn off signatures, there’s a button at the top right of the message board. It’s located below the On This Board number.
How do I add an avatar?
Click on the “My Account” link at the top right of the site and it’s the first option. Click change photo and upload your avatar. (Images must be less than 1MB)
How do I turn off signatures?
To turn off a signature, click on the turn off signatures button at the top right of the message board.
What happens when I follow a board?
If you follow a board, the board will then appear under the tab for “my boards” at the top of the message board and at the top of the tool bar to the left of your Username and PM inbox. Then you can easily jump to one of the boards that you follow.
What is the dashboard?
The "Dashboard" link at the top left of the board will show you the most viewed topics on the board, the most active topics, the most up voted topics, the most down voted topics, what users are in the hall of fame for up votes and what users are in the hall of shame for down votes. You can also see what users are most followed on the board.
How do you bold and italicize?
Our message boards at 247Sports currently don’t accept HTML formatting, but we have tags to bold and italicize text.
To bold and italicize, use the following code, but remove the spaces within the brackets.
[ b ] Bold [ /b ]
[ I ] Italic [ /I ]
How many users can I include in one private message?
You can include up to 10 users when sending a private message.
How long can a user name be?
User names on 247Sports must be between 3 and 15 characters
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