Just a little pet peeve of mine..perhaps I am being pedantic.
However, I am spending an increased amount of time editing people's posts to correct mistakes and bad forum code. This is something I shouldn't have to do. Everyone has the option of editing their own posts for a few days after posting. At the bottom right of your post, there is an 'edit' button right next to the 'quote' button.
Hopefully, after you post something, you go back and read through it. If you have forgotten a link, or mistyped something or notice forum code isn't working..then just edit your post and correct it. No need to reply to your own post. Just fix it.
This is particularly irritating when it comes to quotes. Quotes are not needed if you are replying to the post directly above yours. We can see what you are replying to. However, if you feel you need to quote, then please use it correctly.
BB Code (forum code) works like this: You can click on any of the code boxes just above where you are typing or editing your message.
You have ones such as B (bold) I (italics) u (underlined) Quote (obvious) etc.
These will wrap your text with an open function and a close function. Open function is like this and to close it, you use a / ()
So to do italics or bold etc....you will have an xxxxxxxxxxxx
Think of the / as a close function. The same applies for quotes. Your quoted text will start with
You can either hit the quote button, which will give you
and end with
and then you type your words in the middle of those 2, or you can highlight all of the text you want it to apply to...and then hit the correct box which will apply that to all of the text and wrap the text with
insert text here
If you want to just quote text, then use
If you want to add who you are quoting, then put their name in "" "" in other words:
The forum automatically changes links to clickable links. The only time you need to add the link is when the link contains characters that are not recognised as a link, such as ? or & etc. You will see the link wasn't converted properly when you review your post. Then just edit, and wrap the whole link in tags.
The main errors I see concern quotes though. If you see your quote didn't work, then you will find you either deleted a single [ or ] or forgot to add the close ( / ) to the end of the quote. EDIT your post, click submit, and check it. Look carefully, and in every case you will see you either added a space, forgot a bracket or the close / sign.
You will also see that there is a "Disable BBCode" check box under your post. This is used when you want to show the tags like I am doing now. No reason to use that check box usually.
Please ask any questions about these tags here, and get into a habit of editing and correcting our own posts.