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Do I have to register?
How can I use smilies?
Can I add HTML to my messages?
How do I place an image in a post?
What are moderators?
How can I change my registration profile?
Can I customize the bulletin board in any way?
Are cookies used?
Can I edit my own posts?
Can I attach files?
Can I search?
What are announcements?
Are there any censor features?
What do I do if I lost my username and/or password?
Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my topic?
What is Daily Active Topic List?
What are icons?
What were those Rules, Policies and Disclaimers I agreed to when I registered?

Registration is required if you plan to post new topics or reply to existing topics. Registration is free, and you are not required to post your real name. You will be required to provide an actual email address, however, you can select for it not to be shown in your profile. See also: Privacy Information and Policies.

You've probably seen others use smilies before in email messages or other bulletin board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This bulletin board automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation. For example, if you type :o in your forum post, it will automatically be converted to - a shameful face. The following smilies are currently supported:

:) smile
:( frown
:o embarrassment
:D big grin
;) wink

Using HTML and/or UBB Code
You may use HTML and/or UBB Code in your posts. Be very careful that you use proper HTML syntax as if you do not, your moderator may have to edit your post. UBB Code is similar to HTML, but offers just a few basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing. A complete list of current UBB Codes are listed here.

Placing Images in Your Posts
Good pictures make all the difference in whether or not one receives useful responses to their posts.

If you are preparing the pictures yourself consider:

File Format: most browsers will display .jpg and .gif images, each of which have their strengths and drawbacks. For a color photograph, .jpg will usually be best.

Image Size: a width of 6 inches (576 pixels at 96 dpi or 432 pixels at 72 dpi) is usually enough to show good detail. When it gets much larger, it may not be viewable "all at once" in a browser, except by using the slider bar. Such oversize images will also distort the frame for the entire thread, requiring the slider bar to be used back and forth to read the text in all of the posts.

File size: When saving a file in .jpg format there will be an option for "quality". Higher quality means larger files and lower quality means smaller files. The goal is to preserve enough detail for the picture to be useful without making it too much of an ordeal for those surfing via telephone modem to see your images.

If you have server space, load your pictures onto your server and then, in your forum post, enclose the URL between [img] and [/img] as with this example: [img]http://www.vikingsword.com/ethforum/images/shotel2o.jpg[/img]
If the image has a width of over 576 pixels you can constrain the size by using html instead:

If you need moderator help to prepare the pictures:

E-mail your pictures to ljones@vikingsword.com.

It is better to send large picture files (high quality .jpg) with too much detail rather than those with too little. If you have already given them a good squeezing and they have to edited for any reason, such as being resized or joined into a single composite image, further quality will be lost in the process.

If you wish a moderator to insert the images into a post you have already placed, please be definite in your instructions as to where you want the pictures to go; that is, explicitly identify both the thread into which the images are to be inserted as well as the exact order in which you wish the images to appear, specifying the filenames you have used.

If you have not prepared the post yet or wish to place the pictures yourself, advise of this preference. Once the images are loaded on the server you will receive a reply including the text you will need to paste into your post to display the images.

We are pleased to facilitate discussions by providing the picture posting service. Please realize that there may be delays in preparing and posting your pictures and that requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. Pictures are placed, and expenses for their storage and transmission borne, only for their use in conjunction with these forums. Linking to pictures on this server for any commercial purpose, i.e. auction or sale listings, etc. or use on other fora without explicit advance permission constitutes theft of service and is prohibited. In most cases permission is likely to be granted if requested.

Moderators control individual forums. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts in their forums. If you have a question about a particular forum, you should direct it to your forum moderator.

Changing Your Profile
You may easily change any info stored in your registration profile, using the "profile" link located near the top of each page. Simply identify yourself by typing your username and password and all of your profile information will appear on screen. You may change any items, except your username.

Lost User Name and/or Password
Retrieving your username and password is simple. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your username and password carry a "lost password" link that you can use to have your username and password emailed instantly to your email address of record.

Customizing User Preferences
As a registered bulletin board user, you may store your username and password in memory for up to one year at a time. This will prevent you from having to type your user name and password every time you post a note. You also have the option of changing the default number of days back to view topics. Just click on the "prefs" link and you can make either of these settings.

This bulletin board uses cookies to store the following information: the last time you logged in, your username and password, and your preferred "topic view", if you set it in preferences. These cookies are stored on your browser. Cookies are not used to track your movement or perform any function other than to enhance your use of the bulletin board. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly. You may delete all cookies set in this forum by visiting the "preferences" area of the forum and selecting the "delete cookies" link.

Editing Your Posts
You may edit your own posts at any time. Just go to the topic where the post to be edited is located and you will see an edit icon on the line that begins "posted on..." Click on this icon to edit the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum moderators. A note is generated at the bottom of each post that is edited so that every one knows when a post has been edited.

Attaching Files
For security reasons, you may not attach files to any posts. You may cut and paste text into your post, however, or use HTML and/or UBB Code to provide hyperlinks to outside documents.

Searching For Specific Posts
You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, user name, date, and particular forum(s). Just click on the "search" link at the top of most pages. Note: announcements are not included in the search returns.

Announcements are one-way communications from a forum moderator. No one may post replies to these announcements. If you want to talk about specific announcements, you will have to create a new topic in the appropriate forum.

Censoring Posts
The moderators have the power to censor certain words that may be posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored out of context. Please realize that the censoring, if any censoring is being performed, is being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are censored are replaced with asterisks.

Email Notification
If you create a new topic, you have the option of receiving an email notification every time someone posts a reply to your topic. Just check the email notification box on the "New Topic" forum when you create your new topic, if you want to use this feature.

What is the Daily Active Topic List?
When you visit this bulletin board, you will see a link at the top of the list of forums called "Daily Active Topic List". Clicking on this will provide you with a list of topics in all forums that have been posted to that day.

What are icons?
Depending on the configuration of your forums, you may be able to associate an icon with each post that you make. There are currently 14 icons, each expressing a different emotion or identification. These icons range from a simple note to sadness to warning. These icons appear next to each topic in a forum listing and on each post.

Rules, Policies, and Disclaimers

Except that 'forum' has replaced 'BB' in places, this is the text which you had to click on the "I agree" button to proceed with registration:

Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for us to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the contents of posted messages and are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this forum or any entity associated with this forum. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this forum or you have the explicit permisssion of the copyright holder to post such material.

Although this forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at this forum reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this forum, Madrona Park, Inc. (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

We at this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

Please note that advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on this forum, with the exception that the Classifieds section may be used by individuals to post for sale items meeting the description of an ethnographic edged weapon on the home page of this site and books about such weapons. Such postings should be limited to no more than two per week and a notation should be posted when the item is sold or otherwise no longer available. This site and its related service providers make no warranty whatsoever concerning the accuracy and reliability of such advertisements and those who place them or of the reliability of potential buyers. As with the rest of the vikingsword.com forums, use of this facility is entirely at the user's risk and appropriate caution is advised.

The following clarification to policies concerning advertisements was published on 14 December 2001:

• If you are the seller of an item or have any financial or personal relationship with the seller of an item which, to the most paranoid among us, could constitute a conflict of interest, then any post you initiate about such item belongs in the swap forum. If your only interest or connection is as a potential bidder or buyer of the item, this restriction does not apply, however, you agree to hold all forum members acting in good faith harmless, should you base any purchase decision upon information from such a discussion.

• If someone else has initiated discussion on any item for which the preceeding paragraph applies in your case, you may reply to and participate in the discussion, but must in each such reply include a statement of your actual or potential commercial interest in the item.

• I do not believe there is an enforcable external legal constraint against posting an object for discussion in a forum such as ours and later deciding to sell the item and posting a link to the discussion. However, if a forum member does this without having received the permission of the authors of the relevant posts in advance for such commercial use of their remarks, this now constitutes grounds for cancellation of the offender's forum registration.

All of which may pretty much be summed up as "You are solely responsible for what you write", "Please obey the law" and "No advertising, except in the Swap Forum".


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