The forum is your place to meet with other tankers and discuss the game. The forum is all about the community - you can join a clan, enter contests or simply participate in avid debates about the best turrets, hulls and paints in the game.
Users of the forum are divided into 3 groups, depending on their rank. This allows players of a higher rank to have more permissions on the forum. The main reason for this is to help guide new players into the forum, as well as decrease the amount of flooding, phishing and other violations which may occur by players who create alternate accounts solely for this purpose.
- Beginner (Gefreiter to Staff Sergeant) - Can leave comments in the "News and Announcements" section, and can create topics and comment in the "Problems and Solutions" and "Violation Reports" sections.
- Advanced (Warrant Officer 1 to Legend) - Can now create topics and leave comments in all sections of the forum.
Sending and using the PM
PM is the common abbreviation for "Private Messaging."
The PM forum service is the project's only official means of communication for players outside of the chat lobbies of the game itself. It can only be utilized by forum members and can be used even if a player is banned from making public forum posts, or sending chat messages in the game. There are two types of private messaging: Individual-individual communications and private group chats.
In order to send a PM to another player(s):
1. Click on the envelope at the top of the page and then "Compose New".
2. Enter the name of your chosen recipient(s) (you can send a message to up to four players), and the subject of the message.
3. Enter the message you wish to send to the recipients.
"Send Message" sends the message, "Preview Message" shows you what your PM would look like when sent and "Save (Send later)" allows you to save the message so you can finish writing it later on.
4. If you already sent your PM but forgot to add other recipients or you are viewing a received PM and you want to add other users to it, simply click on Add and enter the name of the recipient(s).
Using your Notification Log
The Notification Log is an extremely useful utility that is used by most Forum users. In case you don’t know how to use it, you can activate it by locating User Settings in your User Panel:
Then open “Notification Settings” and choose the options that suit you. Once you manage to activate it, you should see something that looks like this:
Unread notifications appear highlighted, whilst read ones don’t.
Following and Unfollowing Topics and Forums
Following Topics and/or Forums is extremely handy and a necessity for most. To follow a Forum, simply click on a desired Forum (News and Announcements, for example) and locate the “Follow this Forum” button, click it, choose which type of notification you’d like to receive and you will then receive notifications if and when a new topic is posted. The button looks something like this:
To follow a Topic, click on your desired topic and click the “Follow this Topic” button, then choose your notification preferences and you will receive notification alerts when a new post appears in your chosen Topic.
You can also click on the icon beside the “Follow this Topic/Forum” button to see some of the players who are also currently following that Forum/Topic.
Replying to Topics and using the Post Editor
For certain areas of the Forum, you need to first make sure that your Forum Group is high enough to allow you to reply to your chosen topic. To reply to a topic, simply open the topic and scroll to the bottom where you will find a box that allows you to type your reply and allows you to further organise your post using a Post Editor. This picture indicates what the Post Editor looks like and its 10 handy components:
1. Bold, Italics, Underline, Strikethrough, Subscript, Superscript
Each function modifies the appearance of the text; Bold, Italics, Underline,
Strikethrough. Subscript and Superscript work differently, though. Subscript can be used to position characters below text and Superscript can position characters above text. For example: Subscript(text here), Superscript(text here).
There are two types of lists - a bulleted list and a numbered list. They both come in handy when trying to make an indented list. This is how they look like when used correctly:
Hyperlinks are fantastic little tools! They can make words or pictures redirect you to an external page when clicked without the need to copy and paste long links. To hyperlink a word, simply highlight the word, click the first button and paste the link. To remove a hyperlink, click on the second button and it will remove the hyperlink for you. Inserting pictures is easy. Click on the “Picture” button and paste the link, then the Forum will automatically generate your image for you. Keep in mind that certain image extensions are not compatible with the Forum and only links with an image extension at the end of them work. If you are struggling to take a screenshot, refer here. If you are struggling to upload a screenshot, refer here.
4. Inserting Code, Quotes and Tagging Twitter Profiles
These aren’t overly used functions but are nevertheless useful in their own way. This is how each of them look when used correctly:
5. Indents and Paragraph Alignment
Indenting paragraphs is a useful function used to move text towards different parts of a post. Paragraph alignment helps to neaten up paragraphs by aligning text in different styles.
6. BBCode and Removing Formatted Text
BBCode is a mode which transfers all written text into code. This is not suggested as it is much more difficult to use. This is usually only useful when attempting to copy large amounts of texts and pasting it to an external source. The second button removes formatted text. If the text is (for example) centred, it will remove that format and revert the text to its standard form. The last button is for Special BBCode. It will open a dropdown menu and you have the choice of selecting from a variety of different types of BBCode.
7. Adjusting Text Font, Size, Colour and Inserting Emoticons
Plain and generic text is suitable for ordinary posts but for special posts, we often wish to make our posts seem more glamorous! To do this, we can adjust the font, make our words larger or smaller, change the colour and insert emoticons.
8. Uploading Pictures from Media
If uploading pictures to a hosting site is not your cup of tea, simply upload images already saved on your computer. To do this, click the “My Media” button and select your desired image.
9. Find & Replace Tool and Undo/Redo Buttons
The Find and Replace tool is extremely useful but unfortunately underused. It can be used to “find” a specific word or phrase and then “replace” it with another word or phrase in your post. Simply click on the binoculars button, enter the word you want to replace then enter the word you want to replace it with. The undo and redo buttons aren’t overly useful and rather self-explanatory. A better alternative would be using CTRL+Z/CTRL+Y or ⌘+Z/⌘+Y.
10. Copy & Paste Tools
These tools are easily replaced by using CTRL+C/CTRL+V or ⌘+C/⌘+V but can still be used to paste a document from Microsoft Word. The last button is the “Options” button which allows you to paste as plain text by default or clearing your saved content. This button can be ignored as it serves no major purpose.
Before creating a topic, make sure that your Forum Group permits you to do so in the specific section. When you have an idea for a topic, you must first find the most appropriate section for it. Then, click on the button saying “Start New Topic” and begin by first giving your new topic a title.
You should be directed to a page looking like this and follow the directions given in the picture to make a good topic:
Creating Topic Polls
Sometimes it’s nice to see the opinions of players by creating a survey, or poll, where players can submit their opinions on a question/topic. To create a poll in an already existing topic, click “Edit” on the first post and find the “Manage Topic Poll” button. If you are creating a new topic, simply look on the right hand side of the Post Editor for the button. You should find a pop-up looking like this:
First, give your poll a title, then enter the title of the first question of the poll and the different choices. Repeat this until you have done as many questions as you like. The answers are live and once you’re happy with your poll and the answers, you can delete it. The poll should appear to look something like this when completed:
Of course, it will have more realistic numbers!
Hiding, Editing and Previewing Posts
We often find ourselves posting before completely checking our facts or accidentally double posting or realising how unnecessary our post was. The simple fix is to either hide or edit the post.
To hide the post, just click the “Hide” button and enter a reason (if you wish) for hiding the post. Normal players will be unable to see your post however Forum Moderators will still be able to. To edit a post, click the “Edit” button and make the changes that you wish. If you’d like to see what your post will look like before you actually post it, you can click on “More Reply Options” and then “Preview Post.” The preview is handy if you’re trying some new coding or checking what your post will look like before everyone can see it.
Quoting and Reporting Posts
Sometimes it is good to reference or reply to a specific post and we wish to show which post we intended on quoting, this is where the “Quote” button proves to be rather nifty! The quote button word-for-word copies a post written by a player with its timestamp. You can also click the little arrow in the top right-hand corner of the quote to redirect to the original post. This is what a quote looks like if used correctly:
You may also use the "Multi Quote" button to quote multiple posts without needing to individually keep pressing “Quote.”
Sometimes you may find that players have violated the Forum Rules and the best thing to do is to "Report" their post. You can do this by locating the "Report" button besides their post:
You can then choose to enter a message as to why you’re reporting this member and a Forum Moderator will try to resolve the issue as promptly as possible.
Sometimes there are players who we just can’t stand and, similarly to in-game, there is a way to Ignore players in the Forum. First, go to your User Panel, then click “Manage Ignore Prefs”:
You should be directed to a page looking like this and under the “Add a new user to my list” box, enter the name of the player who you wish to Ignore, like so:
Then tick the options that you wish to be hidden.
You should eventually end up with something looking similar to the above picture.