Yes, if you want to post; no, if you only want to read. This is a change in policy for AgTalk and was implemented only because we became the target of intense spamming in 2006. Unwanted ads were popping up faster than the admin team could delete them. Requiring registration-to-post allows us to weed out the spammers. Using a Verification Code prevents spam bots (automatic spamming software) from logging in.
When you first visit the AgTalk forums you will see a line near the top of the page that says "You are logged in as a guest. ( logon | register )." Click on register. Read the terms of usage carefully and, if you find them acceptible, check the "I agree" box and Submit. Your username and password are required fields; everything else is optional. Click Submit. Return to the forums and click logon.
This has caused some confusion. The new logon Verification Code is a randomly generated 6-digit number that appears on the right side of the logon form. (It will be different every time you logon.)
In this case: 000001. Type that number in the Verification Code box. It's that simple.
[The number is presented as a graphic, which means a spam bot would somehow have to determine its relevance, read it optically, then figure out where to enter it. Easy for us -- but the software processing power involved will make AgTalk an unattractive site for automatic spammers.]
How do I create a signature?
Once you register and logon, you will see a link to the Control Panel near the upper-right corner of each forum page, at the far right end of the header bar. Click that link and scroll about half-way down through the Control Panel options. On the right side you will see two boxes: Upload mapdot and Set mapdot URL. If your mapdot file is on your computer, choose Upload mapdot and browse to its location on your hard drive, then click Go. If your mapdot file is already on the Internet, you can choose Set mapdot URL, enter the Web address, then click Go.
In the large Signature box, to the left of the mapdot boxes, you can enter the text portion of your signature. This will display directly under you messages. You could put your mapdots here but they will take up more room on the message pages, so we do not recommend it.
Where is my mapdot?
Beginning with this upgrade of AgTalk, we will store mapdot files on our dedicated server. If, like many AgTalk users, you had your mapdot stored on Tim Reinhart's Agri-Links server, you need to edit your URL to the AgTalk server mapdot location. You will find them in the http://www.newagtalk.com/mapdots/ folder.
How do I put my mapdot on the side?
If you entered your signature's HTML code in the Signature box, your entire signature (mapdot and all) will display under the text of your message. This is how the previous version of AgTalk worked and is technically OK, but we recommend using the page area to the left of the message text for your mapdots. That saves room when viewing threads in Threaded or Nested styles.
I forgot my password...
Hey, it happens! We cannot see your password but we can assign a new one to you. You can use it indefinitely or you can use it just long enough to logon and enter the Control Panel, where AgTalk users can change their passwords. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Our cookies are set to expire at 60 days, after which time you will need to logon again. Use a password that you can remember -- or keep it in a safe place.
Can I change AgTalk's style?
Yes. No two people have the same style preferences...so AgTalk now gives you some options. On the right side of the header bar you will see the "Skins" link. Click that and you will see a list of styles that you can apply to the forums. If you are a registered user, AgTalk will remember your selection. Have an idea for a better style? Let us know! At any given time we'll keep several styles available. If nobody likes a particular style, we'll delete it. Tracking which styles are most popular will help us to design for the future.
How do I enable HTML?
HTML is code that allows users to add style to their messages, embed images, link to other Websites, and so on. If you want to use HTML in your posts, you need to be registered, logged in, and have HTML Editor selected in your Control Panel. The HTML controls (buttons) will then display across the top of the message post box. Examples include bold, italic, and underlined text; ordered and unordered lists; font and background colors; special characters, subscripts, etc.
Can I disable HTML?
Sure. There are times when you do not want browsers to interpret something as HTML. A good example is when one user is trying to show another how to use HTML. The objective is to show the code without actually implementing it. You can select basic text in your Control Panel, which disables HTML until you switch back to HTML Editor . Or, if you only want to disable HTML temporarily, check "Disable HTML" at the bottom of the message post box. That suspends HTML for that message only.
What is HTML Editor?
You have a choice between using basic text and HTML Editor in AgTalk. With basic text, you simply type and Submit. Since the post message box has no HTML controls included, it loads very fast over a slow connection. HTML Editor offers a number of useful HTML functions but is noticeably slower to load over a dial-up connection. (After you use HTML Editor once in a browsing session, your browser will probably load the icons from cache, which is much faster.)
If you want to use HTML in your messages, HTML Editor has to be enabled. Before you can use HTML Editor , you need to be registered and logged in. Go to your Control Panel and scroll down to the option that says "Use HTML Editor when composing messages?" and select Yes or No.
How do I upload a file?
Enter your message text then select the box that says "Check box to attach a file (<100 KB)" and click Submit. Another dialog box will display and will allow you to browse to the file on your computer. When you find the file, select it and click Open. The filename will show in the "Attach a file" box. Click Submit. You can select multiple files, clicking Submit after each, and even change their display order with the small arrows in the "Edit attached files box." When you are ready to post your message, click the link at the bottom labeled "I'm done. Click to post."
You can also embed images or link to images already on the Internet. To do this, you need to be registered and logged in. You also need to have HTML Editor enabled from your Control Panel. Having done that, use the HTML tools at the top of the message post box. Click the button with the picture of a tree on it (Insert/edit image). Enter the image's URL (for example: http://www.newagtalk.com/images/AgTalk03.gif) and click Insert. Click Submit to post your message.
Another way to display an image is to enter the link manually. Again, you have to be registered and logged in, with HTML Editor enabled. Use the HTML IMG tag (for example: <img src=http://www.newagtalk.com/images/AgTalk03.gif>) and click Submit to post your message.
For more details, see our Uploading or linking pictures turorial.
How do I insert a Web link?
In Internet Explorer, adding a Web link is as simple as Copy and Paste. Default security settings in Firefox prevent the use of the clipboard in the Mozilla rich text editor. (There is a work-around -- but I want to check it out before recommending it.) Also, even though Paste is not available from the Firefox right-click menu, you can paste into the post message box using Ctrl-V. With any browser, you can always enter a Web link manually with the <a> tag (for example, <a href="http://www.newagtalk.com/images/AgTalk03.gif">Welcome to AgTalk</a>).
How do I search a forum?
AgTalk now allows you to search the forums you select by keywords, by author, by subject, by posting date, etc. the Search link is on the left side of the main forum header. If all you want to do is sort posts by date, you can use the Filter buttons at bottom-right to show only those posts made after a certain date.
How do I contact the Webmaster for support?
Sometimes you simply want a place to work on your signature or try uploading images. The Test forum is the place for doing that. As you might guess, we have no full-time employee to answer e-mails here at AgTalk. I have a few friends who are well-versed in the operation of our forum software and we'll do our best to monitor the FAQ & Support forum for users having trouble. You can also reach us at email@example.com.