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The Types of Users

There are several different kinds of user account. Some transfer between them is automated, others are specific project access, and others still are paid.

New Users

When first registered, a new user has very limited read-only access until the account and email have been approved by an admin. They can be rejected for being a spam board, for being from a malware domain, or for being logged in from a blocked country. (At the moment, Ukraine, Russia, and China.)

After approval, there's a 72 hour no-post moratorium - this prevents the majority of spambots who do get through from sticking around, as the average spam-bot-machine changes identity every 24-48 hours.

Finally, there's a 10 post minimum and 30-day limited posting time - during this time, all posts are moderated. This 30-day window can be shortened by positive reputation awards from moderators and moot members. 100 positive rep will move someone into regular user.

New users have green screen names

New users have limited posting access in many areas, and can't post new threads in many areas.

Regular Users

Once through the moderated posting stage, users have full access to the public areas of the boards. Note that this is the "general" level of membership.

Regular users have blue screen names.

Moderators and Supermoderators

Certain trusted users help run the board, mostly by killing spam, approving posts, and enforcing the rules. All have established track records of good posts, and extensive access to the forums. They are not paid. Every moderator sees every reported post notice and every infraction notice, so there is review. Appeals go to the Admin(s).

Moderators and Supermoderators have red screen names if they choose, and have a red or silver star in their information line.

Moot Member

Some users support the board by purchasing Moot Membership. This grants them access to some areas of the board that regular users don't have, and increased permissions. They can also opt out of the reputation tracking - it does't actually opt them out, as much as it simply prevents others from seeing reputation-based labels.

Moot Members have a Moot Tower Icon in their information line.

Naughty Users

Users who have broken board rules receive infraction points, which eventually go away. Any poster with three unexpired infraction points is returned to moderated posting status, including a green screen name.

Admin

At the moment there are 4 admins - Aramis, Cryton, McPerth and Avery.

Aramis is a volunteer, and is the day-to-day bbs lead administrator

McPerth is a volunteer, and is the day-to-day spam blocking administrator

Cryton is a volunteer, and is the fill-in administrator

Avery is Marc Miller, the board owner and creator of Traveller. While generally hands-off, he is aware of all reported posts and infractions.

Project Membership Usergroups

T5 Beta

It was only open to those who bought the preview CD from FFE, and granted access to the T5 playtest boards. It still exists, for legacy access, but the playtest forums themselves are now in archival mode only.


Types of Messages on COTI

Types of Messages

Normal Posts

Normal posts can be read by anyone with access to the area, or by use of search engines. Most areas are open to search bots.

Some areas are off-limits to bots. This means Google doesn't get to see them, but it also means only people allowed in can see the content.

Visitor Messages

All users have a single thread on their profile page. This is a PUBLIC thread, but the user can moderate it themselves. It's readable by search bots.

Most users can post Visitor Messages, once approved and past the probationary period. (Blue name instead of green or sanguine.)

Private Messages

Private messages, or PM's, are in-board "email". They are not searched by the bots, and are not visible to other users.

Files Posts

Aside from allowing uploads, they're the same as normal posts.

Image Gallery Posts

Image gallery threads are set up differently. They are visible to all, but lack a number of the post capabilities.


Why are certain emails banned?

Certain email providers are blocked due to excessive spammer use. We don't block individual email addresses. We block at the mail provider level

gmail.com, hotmail.com, ymail.com, ymail.org, ymail.net and cmail.com have all been blocked from being entered in the automated registration, and from users changing their address themselves to these addresses. These are because those sites do not adequately check for humans when creating new email accounts. Blocking these reduced the spammer registrations by (in total) over 200 per day.

Blocking them saves the admins over 2 hours of work per day and allows the automated registration system to remain in use.

Users with existing accounts may Private Message Aramis, Cryton, or McPerth, listing the current registered email address, the new one they want it sent to, and a nicely worded request, and we'll change it over, even to one of the blocked email providers.

New users are asked to use a non-blocked email address for registration, then to PM one of the above mentioned admins for the change.


Why is my email banned? (Gmail, Hotmail)

Registration

We blocked registration using G-Mail and Hotmail because of 50+ spammers per day each.

Likewise, certain top level domains associated with massive spammers have been blocked. Note that the spammer countries have also been blocked from board access. This does mean the board isn't available to users in Ukraine, Russia, China, Pakistan, Turkey, or Poland.

Changing My Email

if you need your email changed, and you're told the new one is banned, private message Aramis, Cryton, or McPerth, tell us both the current one registered and the one you want it switched to, and why. We will manually change it from the admin panel.

We will let you use a banned email, but only once you've established that you're a valid user.

A portion of the blocked domains list

TLD blocksmajor email services
  • .biz
  • .cn
  • .kz
  • .lv
  • .md
  • .pl
  • .pn
  • .ru
  • .ua
  • @cmail.com
  • @cmail.net
  • @cmail.org
  • @e-mail.com
  • @e-mail.net
  • @e-mail.org
  • @gmail.com
  • @gotmail.com
  • @gotmail.net
  • @gotmail.org
  • @hotmail.com
  • @ymail.com
  • @ymail.net
  • @ymail.org

Why is my IP address blocked?

If you see the message intermittently based upon where you log in from (and thus are able to read this directly), it means either your ISP or one of their customers has repeatedly spammed the board, and your different access methods have different IP addresses.

If you get this all the time (and are reading this via a search engine), either: you're using a TOR node anonymizer; you're in Russia, Ukraine, China, Turkey, or North Korea; you're in Sweeden (which has a huge issue with spammers)

If you get this randomly, it means that your ISP is randomly assigning your IP and there may be a block in place from a prior administrator.

In any case, use the contact us link to send email to the board admins if you feel we should unblock the range.


Using BBCodes
vB code is a set of tags based on the HTML language that you may already be familiar with. They allow you to add formatting to your messages in the same way as HTML does, but have a simpler syntax and will never break the layout of the pages you are viewing. The ability to use BBCode is set on a forum-by-forum basis by the administrator, so you should check the forum rules when you post a new message.

Below is a list of the BBCodes you can use to format your messages.

[b], [i], [u] Bold / Italic / Underline
[color] Color
[size] Size
[font] Font
[highlight] Highlight
[g=glosstext] Gloss Text. hover to get popup, click to get inline
[left], [right], [center] Left / Right / Center
[indent] Indent
[email] Email Linking
[url] URL Hyperlinking
[thread] Thread Linking
[post] Post Linking
[list] Bulleted Lists / Advanced Lists
[img] Images
[imgw=x] Images with specified width in pixels
[code] Code
[php] PHP Code
[html] HTML Code
[pre] unboxed code, preformatted text
[quote] Quote
[noparse] Stop BBCode Parsing
[attach] Attachment
[table]
[tr]
[td]
[tc]
table
Table Row
Table Cell
Table Cell spanning Collumns
[sblock]
[spoiler]
spoiler block
alternate tag for spoilerblock
[sup] superscript text
[sub] subscript text
[o] overstrike text
Incorrect BBCode Usage:
  • [url] www.vbulletin.com [/url] - don't put spaces between the bracketed code and the text you are applying the code to.
  • [email]myname@domain.com[email] - the end brackets must include a forward slash ([/email])

Bold / Italic / Underline
The [b], [i] and [u] tags allow you to create text that is bold, italic and underlined.
Usage [b]value[/b]
[i]value[/i]
[u]value[/u]
Example Usage [b]this text is bold[/b]
[i]this text is italic[/i]
[u]this text is underlined[/u]
Example Output this text is bold
this text is italic
this text is underlined

Superscript, Subscript, and Overstrike
The [sup], [sub] and [o] tags allow you to create text that is superscripted, subscripted and overstruck.
Usage [sup]value[/sup]
[sub]value[/sub]
[o]value[/o]
Example Usage [sup]this[/sup] text is [sup]superscript[/sup]
[sub]this[/sub] text is subscript[/sub]
[o]this text is overstruck[/o]
Example Output this[/sup] text is superscript
this text is subscript
this text is overstruck

Color
The [color] tag allows you to change the color of your text.
Usage [color=Option]value[/color]
Example Usage [color=blue]this text is blue[/color]
Example Output this text is blue

Size
The [size] tag allows you to change the size of your text.
Usage [size=Option]value[/size]
Example Usage [size=+2]this text is two sizes larger than normal[/size]
Example Output this text is two sizes larger than normal

Font
The [font] tag allows you to change the font of your text.
Usage [font=Option]value[/font]
Example Usage [font=courier]this text is in the courier font[/font]
Example Output this text is in the courier font

Highlight
The [highlight] tag allows you to emphasize your text.
Usage [highlight]value[/highlight]
Example Usage [highlight]this text is highlighted[/highlight]
Example Output this text is highlighted

Gloss
The [g=glosstext] tag allows you to provide in-text popup glossing of your text.
Usage [g=glosstext]value[/highlight]
Example Usage [g="Far Future Enterprises"]FFG[/g]
Example Output FFE
Notes Hover over the gloss to have the glosstext pop up as a floating definition.
Click on the closstext to have it appear inline; click on the glosstext to make it hide again. Relies upon inline javascript to get the inline mode.
Example output is functional.

Left / Right / Center
The [left], [right] and [center] tags allow you to change the alignment of your text.
Usage [left]value[/left]
[center]value[/center]
[right]value[/right]
Example Usage [left]this text is left-aligned[/left]
[center]this text is center-aligned[/center]
[right]this text is right-aligned[/right]
Example Output
this text is left-aligned
this text is center-aligned
this text is right-aligned

Indent
The [indent] tag allows you to indent your text.
Usage [indent]value[/indent]
Example Usage [indent]this text is indented[/indent]
Example Output
this text is indented

Email Linking
The [email] tag allows you to link to an email address. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.
Usage [email]value[/email]
[email=Option]value[/email]
Example Usage [email]myname@domain.com[/email]
[email=myname@domain.com]Click Here to Email Me[/email]
Example Output myname@domain.com
Click Here to Email Me

URL Hyperlinking
The [url] tag allows you to link to other websites and files. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.
Usage [url]value[/url]
[url=Option]value[/url]
Example Usage [url]http://www.TravellerRPG.com[/url]
[url=http://www.TravellerRPG.com]TravellerRPG.com[/url]
Example Output http://www.TravellerRPG.com
TravellerRPG.com

Thread Linking
The [thread] tag allows you to link to threads by specifying the thread id. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.
Usage [thread]threadid[/thread]
[thread=threadid]value[/thread]
Example Usage [thread]12345[/thread]
[thread=12345]Click Me![/thread]
(Note: The threadid/postid is just an example and may not link to a valid thread/post.)
Example Output http://www.TravellerRPG.com/CotI/Discuss/showthread.php?t=12345
Click Me!

Post Linking
The [post] tag allows you to link to posts by specifying the post id. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.
Usage [post]postid[/post]
[post=postid]value[/post]
Example Usage [post]654321[/post]
[post=654321]Click Me![/post]
(Note: The threadid/postid is just an example and may not link to a valid thread/post.)
Example Output http://www.TravellerRPG.com/CotI/Discuss/showthread.php?p=654321#post654321
Click Me!

Bulleted Lists
The [list] tag allows you to create simple, bulleted lists without specifying an option. Within the value portion, each bullet is denoted by the [*] tag.
Usage [list]value[/list]
Example Usage [list]
[*]list item 1
[*]list item 2
[/list]
Example Output
  • list item 1
  • list item 2

Advanced Lists
The [list] tag allows you to create advanced lists by specifying an option. The option should have a value of 1 (for a numbered list) or A (for an alphabetic with capital letters list) or a (for an alphabetic with lowercase letters list) or I (for a numbered with capital Roman numeral list) or i (for a numbered with small Roman numeral list).
Usage [list=Option]value[/list]
Example Usage [list=1]
[*]list item 1
[*]list item 2
[/list]

[list=a]
[*]list item 1
[*]list item 2
[/list]
Example Output
  1. list item 1
  2. list item 2
  1. list item 1
  2. list item 2

Images
The [img] tag allows you to embed images within your posts. You can also combine this tag with the [url] tag to make images become links.
Usage [img]value[/img]
Example Usage [img]http://www.TravellerRPG.com/CotI/Discuss/images/statusicon/forum_new.gif[/img] (Not linked)

[url=http://www.vbulletin.com] [img]http://www.TravellerRPG.com/CotI/Discuss/images/statusicon/forum_new.gif[/img] [/url] (Linked)
Example Output (Not linked)

(Linked)
Images
The [imgw] tag allows you to embed images at specified widths within your posts. You can also combine this tag with the [url] tag to make images become links.
Example Usage [imgw=15]http://www.TravellerRPG.com/CotI/Discuss/images/statusicon/forum_new.gif[/img] (Not linked)

[url=http://www.vbulletin.com] [img]http://www.TravellerRPG.com/CotI/Discuss/images/statusicon/forum_new.gif[/img] [/url] (Linked)
Example Output (Not linked)

(Linked)

Code
The [code] tag switches to a fixed-width (monospace) font and preseves all spacing.
Usage [code]value[/code]
Example Usage [code]
<script type="text/javascript">
<!--
    alert("Hello world!");
//-->
</script>
[/code]
Example Output
Code:
<script type="text/javascript">
<!--
	alert("Hello world!");
//-->
</script>

Quote
The [quote] tag allows you to attribute text to someone else.
Usage [quote]Quote[/quote]
[quote=User Name]value[/quote]
Example Usage [quote]vBulletin[/quote]
[quote=John Doe]vBulletin[/quote]
[quote=John Doe;32]vBulletin[/quote]
Example Output
Quote:
vBulletin
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Doe
vBulletin
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Doe View Post
vBulletin

Stop BBCode Parsing
The [noparse] tag allows you to stop the parsing of BBCode.
Usage [noparse][b]value[/b][/noparse]
Example Usage [noparse][b]vBulletin[/b][/noparse]
Example Output [b]vBulletin[/b]

Build Tables
The [table][/table], [tr][/tr], [td][/td], and [tc][/tc] tags allow building HTML tables
Usage [table]Rows[/noparse]
Usage [tr]cells[/tr]
Usage [td]cell content[/td]
[tc=ColumnsWide]cell content[/tc]
Example Usage [table][tr][td]Col1 Cell 1[/td][td]Col 2 Cell 1[/td][/tr][tr][td]Col 1 cell 2[/td][td]Col2 cell 2[/td][/tr][tr][tc=2]col 1-2 cell 3[/tc][/tr][/table]
Example Output
Col1 Cell 1Col 2 Cell 1
Col 1 cell 2Col2 cell 2
col 1-2 cell 3
Caution Any text outside the [td][/td] tags will show outside the table. This includes (unfortunately) returns. Rowspan has not been implemented.

Spoilers
The [sblock][/sblock] or [spoiler][/spoiler] hiding text so it requires a button press to show the concealed text.
Example Usage [spoiler]Text to be hidden[/spoiler]
Example Output
Spoiler:
Text to be hidden

DiceThere is a dice system installed in the COTI boards.
Usage
[roll]xdy[/roll]
[roll]xdy+z[/roll]
[roll]xdy-z[/roll]
[/roll]
Generates a die-roll using fairly standard dice notations. Note that there is cheating checking on display - once posted, the no rolls can be added or deleted in edit. Deleting generates a BIG cheater notice.
Roll notations are altered into a different format.
[rolln] this is a result tag. It pulls roll n from the result list for that post from the database and displays it. If you add dice rolls to a post where you have quoted someone else's [roll1], their first roll will show up as matching your first roll, rather than actually showing their roll.
 
You do not enter this tag. It replaces the tag you enter.
x number of dice, and is optional (presumed to be 1 if not included)
y sides per die, and can be any positive number above 1; it is required.
+z add z to the total; optional.
-z subtract z from the total; optional.
[roll]xdybd+z[/roll] keeps the best d dice
Variations
[roll][/roll] generates just a total.
[rollv][/rollv] generates a string showing each die.
[rollo][/rollo] is like rollv, but each die open ends on it's maximum roll.
[roll][/roll] generates just a total.
[rollv][/rollv] generates a string showing each die.
[rollo][/rollo] is like rollv, but each die open ends on it's maximum roll.
Example
Code Sample Output
[roll]4d6[/roll] (4d6)[20]
[roll]d%[/roll] (d%)[61]
[roll]7d6b3[/roll] (7d6b1)[0]
[rollo]4d6[/roll] (4d6)[2][5][1][2](10)
[rollo]3d%[/roll] (3d%)[11][44][82](137)
[rollo]7d6b3[/roll] (7d6b1)[5][1][2][14][1][4][2](21)

Tips and Tricks

A collection of tips and tricks for doing nifty stuff on COTI forums

To use images on COTI you need to upload them to the gallery, or as an attachment. Not all users can attach files, so here's how to use them on COTI.

0. Have an image on your hard driveThe usual rules apply. You must either own the image, it must be a fair use of Traveller materials, or you must have explicit permission to upload it from the owner. You also need to be able to find it on your computer
1. Go to Imperial Museum of Art This can be found on the top menu, under COTI Features
if doing this while editing a post, do it in a new tab or new window. You might want to do so anyway, so you can go back and forth.
2. Click Upload This is found in the Gallery Navigation bar, on the second row.
3. Select category This is found in the popup menu that appears..
4. Choose File click on the Choose File button, navigate on your machine to select the file, and hit OK or Upload, as appears.
5. Fill in Data Give the image a title, and if desired, fill in some information about it. If it isn't yours, please list where it is from (Book and page if a Traveller publication).
6. Upload click on the Upload button at the bottom of the page.
7. Copy the URL of the image
Small images (under 500x500 pixels)
right-click on the image in the lower part of the screen, and select Copy image location or Copy image URL
big images
right-click on the small thumbnail version of the image in the upper part of the screen, and select Copy image location or Copy image URL
8. go create your post We'll presume you know how to do that.
9. Add the Image tag In your post, add:
[img][/img]
where you want to put the image.
Put your cursor between the
[img][/img]
tags, and paste the URL you copied earlier.
if the URL shows the chunk
/small/
you can replace it with
/medium/
for a larger thumbnail image
10. add a link (optional) In your post, add:
[url=]
before the
[img]
tag.
in another tab or window, go back to the image's page, and copy it's URL
put the cursor after the
=
and past the url.
put
[/url]
after the
[/img]
tag.

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