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Forum tips and tricks

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
We're all new here. Share anything you've found that others might not know about.

[spoiler="FF7"]Aerith dies[/spoiler] renders this:
Aerith dies

You can do old inline spoilers with the [ispoiler] tag like this.

You can limit the size of embedded images with (for any valid width).

You can switch to night mode by clicking on the paintbrush icon on the bottom left corner of any page.

The [icode] tag is new, and it allows you to post inline code(snippets);

Finally, the [plain] tag lets you show other people BBCode tags in plain text.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Were you attempting to show a code snippet for how to limit image size?

Oh hang on, after experimenting, I see: you can just insert the image first and then drag it to any size. Or click and set a size. And alt text! Nice.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Were you attempting to show a code snippet for how to limit image size?
I was, yes. Let's try again:

[img width="123px"]

I didn't know about your method, though -- that's nice!
 

aturtledoesbite

earthquake ace
(any/all)
There's also the [whiteout] tag, which hides your text by making it faded.

Though it's not very effective for people who use After Dark.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Depends on your settings, I guess. On my monitor, they're both very difficult to see.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
This there a way to do start and end times for embedded videos? I think during the trial run I found a way to do start times but I don't remember it.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
This forum supports "following" specific users, if you want to know whenever a specific person posts. That's pretty neat!

I'll probably still stick to using "new posts", but I could see myself using follows if I reach a point in my life where I stop reading *everything*.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
You can also watch certain threads, if you only want to know when certain threads update. Or, if there's a thread that updates infrequently and you think it may slip through the cracks.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Underneath the latest posts, "What's new" will show other new things.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
There is no way to do that on a per-user basis. I've increased it from 20 to our old default of 30, though.
 

Aleryn

Gravity is overrated.
This isn't a tip, but a thank you for all the various thread tracking tools the mods here oversee. Go dig through the options and lists if you haven't, as this place is so much easier to keep up with than venerable 2.0.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
Maybe this is intuitive to some folks, but I only discovered it tonight by mistake:

If you highlight a block of text in an existing post and then wait a moment, you'll get a dynamic pop-up that will allow you either "Reply" to that block of text (which embeds it as a quote in the reply box and then jumps to give that box focus at the bottom of the page) or "Quote" it, which adds that block of text as a quote to the multi-quote buffer. So, essentially the same as the buttons on the posts themselves, but without making you manually trim it down after the fact to the relevant portions that you want. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm going to get a *lot* of mileage out of this particular bit of functionality.
 
What's the preferred way of linking to other threads?

I'm concerned that my link will break when we complete the migration and the `absolutelynot` subdomain goes away.
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
Hey @Gaer, did you know that if you use the @ symbol to mention a user, not only will it notify them, it will also turn the username into a link to their profile?
 
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