miniBB :: Abbreviated User Guide
This guide explains features that are not covered by their own explanatory text.
miniBB offers users and administrators most popular features:
Why do you need miniBB?
In miniBB concepts, moderators are people who can:
Moderators have no admin privileges and have no access to the administration panel.
Forums-wide user options
There is "liberal" user hierarchy in miniBB. Topics can be made both by anonymous users and registered users. Let's see what happens.
User info is displayed on a separate page. On the threads page, you'll find only user's nick and, if this user is registered, a "member" beneath. Clicking on it, you'll get all possible info about user, which either is specified/allowed or not (see below). NOTE: by clicking on user's nickname, you "quote" his nickname in the reply form!
All user logins are made via cookies, that need to be enabled in your browser. User login form is located on every topics or threads page, as well as on the first page. You need to type your login and password correctly. Cookie passwords are saved in encrypted format. Anonymous users also receive a session cookie that goes from one page to another.
For registering, just click on "Registration" menu and fill in the form.
Necessary fields are:
Depending on what options current forum has, you may be registered just after completing the form, and can login to forums straight away. If administrator has disabled open registration, you'll need to check for the password in your email first. When open registrations are forbidden, your password will be auto-generated by the system. That is why you need to enter a valid email address. Your email address will never be shared, sold, or used for nefarious purpose. Please refer to our Privacy FAQ if you have concerns about this.
New-topic form is placed at the bottom of each topics listing page. You need to type topic's title (New topic) and body (Message). At minimum, "New topic" field must be filled in. If you write in it but omit "Message," message body will be automatically equal to topic's title.
New-post form is located at the bottom of each threads page.
Note: Before making a post, make sure you have corresponding ENCODING for this. For example, if you make a posting with non-English characters, be sure your browser encoding is set to recognize it. To do so:
Note 2: Text breaks (newlines +carriage returns) are automatically converted to "physical" breaks.
Note 3: Don't use a lot of apostrophes, quotes and specific tags in your messages. Actually, they are converted to "real" HTML-tags like "'" (apostrophe), "&" (& sign) etc. As you see, HTML special char takes at least 4 times more space than usual character. So, if topic's title limitation is set, let's say, to 70 characters by administrator, your sentence can contain maximum 17 special characters. Practical example: your topic is "Quick brown fox jumps over lazy dog's ears & nose" (49 characters). Actual title is converted to: "Quick brown fox jumps over lazy dog's ears & nose" (58 characters). If the limitation would be 50 characters, the sentence would be truncated to "Quick brown fox jumps over lazy dog's ears" (minus "nose" minus 5 special-characters).
Email notifications can be enabled or disabled by forums admin. If enabled, every user who makes a post, can subscribe to them. Notifications are sent to user's email when someone replies to the topic after this user. Users can subscribe to notifications even if they are not topic authors. Users can also unsubscribe from notifications. For that, go to the desired topic and find "Unsubscribe" link instead of notifications checkbox, and just click on it.
If you are using links like http://thewholeinternet.com (beginning with "http://" | "https://" | "ftp://" | "www" | "mailto:"), they are automatically converted to "real" links. But, when checking "Disable" box, links ARE NOT automatically highlighted, both as BB-codes (see below).
In miniBB, there is no possibility to include HTML in topics or posts. They can contain only "BB-codes" - special HTML-code replacements, that emulate HTML code. Since HTML is not supported, these codes offer an alternative to use when posting a new message or topic. The following codes are currenyly supported:
Note that the case of BB codes doesn't matter. You can type "[URL]" or "[uRL]" or whatever. Only opening and closing tags ([urL]...[/uRL]) are important. Also, tags CAN NOT CONTAIN SPACES!
Both anonymous and registered users can use BB-codes. You can also disable BB-code on a per-post basis by checking the "Disable" flag. Usually this is not necessary, because BB-codes allow posts be more organized and and make for a better looking message.
It is possible to combine tags with each other, like "bold + italic" or "bold link." But be careful again with nesting opening and closing tags (Rule: first_opened/last_closed). For example:
'This General Public License [b]does not permit[/b] incorporating your program into proprietary programs. If your program is a subroutine library, you may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary applications with the library. If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Library General Public License instead of this License.
Return to [url=http://www.fsf.org/home.html]GNU's home page[/url].
FSF & GNU inquiries & questions to [firstname.lastname@example.org]email@example.com[/email]. Other ways to [b][url=http://www.fsf.org/home.html#ContactInfo]contact the FSF[/url][/b].
Comments on these web pages to [firstname.lastname@example.org]email@example.com[/email], send other questions to [firstname.lastname@example.org]GNU[/email].
[b][u]Copyright notice above[/u][/b].
[i]Free Software Foundation, Inc[/i]., [i][u]59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111, USA[/u][/i]'
'This General Public License does not permit incorporating your program into proprietary programs. If your program is a subroutine library, you may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary applications with the library. If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Library General Public License instead of this License.
Return to GNUs home page.
Copyright notice above.
Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111, USA'
If you need to post 100% "tagged" URL, it is better to do it with tags, since automatic replacements can't work in some cases. F.e., the following example will not work: [b]http://www.minibb.net[/b]. It is only "bolded", but not "highlighted." For bolding url links, use [url] tag.
Note: you can use tags also for multi-line text. Example:
(text contains two paragraphs) produces:
Users may also use any HTML decimal codes in their messages. This is done mostly for international forums, when user's encoding is set to different language from which he/she posted. You can use any code beginning from "" and ending with ";". For example, this:
[b]Use bold[/b]: [b]Use bold[/b]
will produce: Use bold [b]Use bold[/b]
Note that decimal codes are not replaced back, when you edit your message. They display as-is.
Topic posters can quote other messages. For your convenience, there is a "quote" link at the top of every posting. To make a quote, select some text and press this link. The selected text will be automatically inserted into the reply box at the bottom of the page.
Topic authors can lock their topics if they so desire. In order to do it, topic author needs to be logged in. At the bottom of the topic's page he must see small "lock topic" link. Clicking on it, topic becomes closed.
Nobody except topic author or administrator can lock the topic. If topic was locked by admin, topic author can unlock it ONLY if it is defined in forum options (in most cases it's not).
Registered users (and only registered) can edit THEIR messages, but only if they are cookie-logged and only if the time of the message is not expired. For this, just click on "Edit" near each post (if it is your message, you'll see the link, else not). When editing message, "automatic highlights" are replaced with "real" BB-codes, so there is no need to delete them once again. Also, "real" HTML tags are replaced back to codes. Via editing, user can add new BB-codes, links etc. - like in any new post or topic. User can edit only his POST, not topic's title, even if he is the author of the topic. After message is edited by user, info about that is displayed near each post.
There is no way to delete your message and edit topic's title, if you are topic's author. Only admin can do this.
After administrator has edited user's message, for user, it is no way to edit it once again.
For editing user preferences, you need to log in and go to the "preferences" appearing in menu. You can type new data for your account, except login, that can not be changed. If you don't want to change your password leave the password field and go next to the fields you want to edit, you don't need to write your password once more, 'cause are already logged. Then done just press submission button below.
This action works exactly like registration: you need to type grammatically correct data. Thus, you can not change your email to the one of someone who already registered (incl. admin's email ;) ). Updating preferences, you don't need to enter password, if you don't want to change it. Just leave these fields blank.
Login, go to the preferences, type new password 2 times in "password" fields. Your password will be updated to the new one.
Note: after changing password your old password will not be valid, and you will need to re-login on the login page. If you will edit more settings, you'll get the message "not allowed" or something similar.
Passwords are encrypted with MD5 algorithm. There is no way of extracting your original password...even by admin. If you have forgotten your password, we we can only change it, by generating new random password.
Follow these steps to receive new password:
You can quickly search forums for keywords. Search panel is placed under the "Search" link in menu. You can search text in topics and posts, in topics only, in poster names, by all words, any words or the whole phrase. Search results are sorted by post time in descending order (new posts are shown first).
Also remember that search phrase length can`t be more than 100 symbols. Also minimum length of any word is 3 in "Any words" type of search and at least one word must be more than 2 symbols in any other type of search. This was made to protect your server in case, if somebody will try to attack it with lots of simple search queries, like, for example, searching letter "a" in all posts and topics, which will lead a large number of search results to be returned by database server, thus it can become overloaded.
Beginning with miniBB 1.3, there is also a more complex search. You can choose "match whole words" option which actually means you will search only WHOLE words (if you type "nick," the sentences containing "nick" will be found, but not such words as "nickname" or "Snickers"). Also, you can search within defined period of days, when posts were made. If you want to expand your search, it is always better to set this to big amount, f.e., of 365 (1 year) days. Note that searching for username is NOT affected by this "search-within-days" option.
In the "statistics" menu, you can get all available information about forums. In statistics, you will find:
Beginning with miniBB 1.3, you can define period of days which will be used in calculating stats (this setting affects only most popular topics and most viewed topics, username stats are NOT affected).
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