KSI Forums Guidebook / FAQs
This guide is intended for new users to the KSI Global Gaming Network official forums website or those who are unfamiliar with IPBoard forums pages. The below information is only to get new users on track towards becoming a true professional forums user but cannot possibly answer all questions that may arise on an individual basis. For any questions that remain at the end of this guide, feel free to message a member of the KSI Moderation and Administration Staff for help -- they would love to see everyone active on the site and will help no matter how minor of an issue is presented.
Section 1 - Making Topics / Posting
The KSI Global Gaming Network is home to many different forums sections and subsections for members to chat among a number of different things from general topics, such as games, sports, music and movies, and anime and manga, to chats between members of KSI's divisions and squads. The KSI Forums website is a great tool for communication between members all throughout the KSI Global Gaming Network which all starts with creating new topics and posting on existing ones.
If you go to a section that does not have a topic that you wish to discuss between other users on the site, you are encouraged to create a new in the area most suited for the topic. For example, if you want to discuss the sporting event that is coming up this week, the “Sports” subsection under the “General Discussion” section, most relates to the topic. By going to the section you will see a button listed as “Start New Topic”. Clicking this will bring you to the “Topic Editor” where you can create new topics. You will need to meet a few different criteria before your topic will go live - the topic must have a topic title and have some content associated with it as a first post (the tags is optional). Returning to the example of creating a topic for the upcoming sporting event, you may want to name your topic “Upcoming Sports Event” so that other users can get a feel for what they will be able to read in that topic. If you wish to tag items to the topic, tags such as “sports” and “events” may be appropriate but are not needed. In the bottom text box in the section you will want to provide some content to get a conversation started. In this example, maybe you post “I am excited for Team A to play and beat Team B, how about everyone else?” This will create a conversation between other users, thus making a for a good topic. The last step is to click “Post New Topic” and your topic will go live for others to see. Try not to create topics that have been already created as the KSI Moderation and Administration will close the topic if one already exists.
The other side of the conversation on the KSI Forums is posting on existing topics. Posting on topics will have similar steps as creating a new topic. If you find a topic that you find interesting in any of the areas of the site, join in on the conversation! Go to the bottom of the page and you will see a chat input box. Once clicked on, the input box will look identical to how it does in the “Topic Editor”. Type in your message and click “Post” and your post will go live for other users.
Every instance that you post or create a new topic you will receive 1 post towards your total post count. Any posts or topics in the Spam / Watercooler section, however, are considered spam posts and topics, meaning they are complete and utter nonsense. The topics here may include topics such as a “Count to 1000” where you simply post the next number in succession. You will NOT receive 1 post towards your total post count as this is the only section the KSI Moderation and Administration Staff allow spam posting.
Avoid double posting when you are creating a new topic and or post. This could mean one of two things. The first is if you did not include everything you meant to in your last post, instead of creating another post to correct it, on the bottom, far right of your post is the option to “Edit”. Clicking that will allow you to edit the content of your original post. The second way to avoid double posting is to give the site a few seconds to upload your post. Clicking the “Post” button a second or third time may cause the KSI Forums to lag and instead of posting faster, create multiple, identical posts. This does, in rare instances, happen randomly. If this happens, contact a member of the KSI Moderation and Administration Staff to clean up the extra post.
Section 2 - Shoutbox
The Shoutbox is an instant chat messenger that the KSI Forums offers to users. To gain access to the shoutbox, you must have a minimum of 5 posts. The Shoutbox can be found and accessed at the top of most of all of the pages on the KSI Forums. Although there is a feature to prevent it, forcing all users to wait a minimum of 7 seconds to shout a second time in quick succession, be aware the flooding the Shoutbox with multiple shouts can be considered spamming.The Shoutbox is moderated the same way the rest of the site is so it is important to still follow the KSI Code of Conduct and KSI Forums Rules and Regulations when utilizing the Shoutbox.
Section 3 - Profile Edits
Your personal profile on the KSI Forums holds all sorts of information about yourself that is provided by none other than yourself. It can be made however you want, serious, silly, whatever! When viewing any page, you will see your display name and image in the upper right hand corner of the website. Clicking your name will spin down a menu of options. To change your “About Me” and other profile specific customizations, go to “Profile”. Once on your profile, in the upper right hand corner of your cover photo will be an option to “Edit Profile”; clicking that will bring up a number of different options that can be changed at any point, as many times as you wish. Some key areas of the page to bring up is the ability to change your profile picture, adding contact and personal information if you wish (none of them are required), creating an “About Me” that will be displayed when users first view your page. To create a signature or change your display name which will display that the bottom of all your posts, you will have to modify your account settings. Go to the upper right hand corner of any page, click your display name and spin down the menu options, and go to “Account Settings”. On the left hand side will be a menu of options that you change change, the two most common being “Signature” and “Display Name”. You can change these to your liking and the edits will be shown on every instance of a post you have made.
Section 4 - Moderation and Administration Staff
If after following the steps to any of these sections, or your question may not be answered by any of these sections, you can forward your inquiries to the KSI Moderation and Administration Staff. The members of the KSI Moderation and Administration Staff’s jobs, no matter Moderator or Administrator, is to work for the membership and will all gladly help out. It is important to follow the Chain of Command with your questions. Moderators are the lowest ranked members of the KSI Moderation and Administration Staff and are in the cyan color group. Global Moderators are the next level and are in the dark blue color group. If your question / request is about some out of their hands, you may need to contact an administrator (issues such as forgotten login information / profile merges cannot be completed by moderators). Although it is not lower in rank than any other administrator, the User Support Administrator is the best person to seek out as it is their job to help members with KSI Forums issues. There is also, even in rank with the User Support Administrator, the Technical Support Administrator. Above these two administrator positions is the Chief Administrator followed lastly by the Webmaster. Most issues / questions can be solved / fixed at a moderation level however, so do not skip right to an administration level for moderation level question.
*Original Guide created by: Kered
**2017 Edition created by: Anatomy