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the faqs
Click the headings below for frequently-asked questions and answers about how the Ship of Fools bulletin boards work. If you would like to suggest any other questions for these pages, please write and let us know.

Registration and login

> Do I have to register?
> Once I register, can I change my ID?
> What do I do if I lose my login ID or password?
> My password is hard to remember... what should I do?
> I'm logged in but I'm being told I'm logged out! Why?
> How are cookies used?
> What do I do if I can't log in?

Your board identity

> How do I change my profile?
> When do I change from apprentice to shipmate?
> Can I have a custom title?
> What are avatars?
> How do I set up my avatar?
> Can I have a custom avatar?
> Who are the avatars by?
> How do I add a signature to my posts?
> How long can my signature be?
> Why is my name in the "recent visitors" display?

Posting messages

> How can I use smilies?
> Can I add HTML to my messages?
> What is UBB code?
> Can I edit my own posts?
> Can I ask one of the board hosts to delete my post?
> Can I attach files to my posts?
> Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my thread?

Board culture

> Is there a set of rules for the bulletin boards?
> Who are the board hosts?
> Who are the board admins?
> How do I get started?
> What is the Hell board?
> How do I take an argument to Hell?
> Which board should I choose to post a new thread on?
> How long do threads stay on the boards?
> Is anyone ever banned from the boards?
> Can my messages be re-used by Ship of Fools?
> Can I quote material from the boards?
> What do ETA, YMMV and the other abbreviations mean?

Ancient history, etc.

> What's the history of Ship of Fools?
> What is Ship of Fools about?
> Where does the name "Ship of Fools" come from?
> When did the ship's boards first open?
> Do threads and posts still exist from the earliest boards?
> Who created the cartoons at the top of the board pages?

Which board is which?

> The Styx
> Heaven
> Purgatory
> Hell
> All Saints
> Ecclesiantics
> Kerygmania
> The Circus
> Dead Horses
> Limbo

Private and disused boards

> Are there any private boards?
> What are the private boards run by shipmates?
> Can I have my own private board?
> How come I saw lurkers on a private board?
> What are the ship's administrative boards?
> Are there any disused boards on the ship?

Private messages

> What are private messages?
> Can private messages be posted on the public boards?
> What is an ignore list?
> What is a buddy list?
 
 
ten commandments
Keep taking the tablets
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