Discussion Forum Help

How to register a username
You will have to register a username if you would like to post messages in this discussion forum. Registration is part of our First Class Membership. You will find the rules and registration page here.

How to post a new topic
You can post a new topic by pressing the "Start a new topic" link on top of the main discussion forum page. You will need to supply your username and password. Before posting a new topic, check and double-check that the topic has not recently been discussed and that it complies to the rules. Once you have written the message you should press the "Post" button. You will be able to preview what your message will look like and make final changes if needed.

How to post a reply to a topic
At the bottom of the page of every topic there is a form you should use if you would like to reply to a particular topic. Apart from the location, it is very similar to posting a new topic (read above).

How to update your user profile
You will find a link on the main forum pages marked "Profile". Click on it, supply your username and password and you'll be able to update your info. You can also use this link.

What to do if you forgot your password
Simply click here, supply your username and we will send you your password to the e-mail address you registered with.

What are those blue and red folders good for?
means old, read topic
means new unread topic
means old topic but with new, unread replies
means important post from the Administrator
means archived post (that can not be replied to)

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What is that "Suggest Deletion" button good for?
Press this button if you find a post that you belive violate the rules. Help us moderate the forum by suggesting that the post (or the whole thread) should be removed. If we find that it does violate the rules, we will be able to remove it much faster with your assistance.

It will also help us to find out what our users find acceptable / non-acceptable.

This function is a vital part of our forum. Use it wisely.

What is that "Respected Users" list good for?
In this list, you can name up to 20 (30 for First Class members) users that you feel deserve your respect regardless of whether you agree with their opinions or not. Before adding someone to your Respected Users list, please make an effort concluding that the user is really worthy of your respect. Check older posts by the person, different forums etc. The credibility rating of the user will in part depend on who he/she is respected by.

To update your Respected Users list, use the "Edit Profile" function or press the button located beside the name of the user you want to add to your list.

This feature is only active for users that have posted more than 20 posts.

How to use those funny faces (smilies)
You've probably seen others use smilies before in email messages or other forum posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This discussion forum automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation. For example, if you type :o in your post, it will automatically be converted to - a shameful face. The following are the basic smilies:

:) smile
:( frown
:-o embarrassment
:D big grin
;) wink/being sarcastic
>:-( Mad
:-O Wow!
:-I Yeah, sure (sarcastically)
?:-| Confused
:-D Silly
()-) Cool

In addition to the basic smilies, you may use the smilies listed below. Simply copy the text beside the smilie and paste it into your post. For instance, to include a cheerful smiliy in your post, type {cheerful} and it will automatically be converted to - a cheerful face.

Important note: Please do not overuse these smilies. Never use more than one smiley to express an emotion. Posts that use smilies inappropriately will be removed.


UBB Code
Airliners.net recognizes UBB code in forum posts as many of our users are familiar with such code from other discussion forums. You may use normal HTML as well but with much caution - if you use code that in any way disrupts the usage of the forum for other users your account may be suspended.

URL Hyperlinking
You do not need to use any code at all to post a link. Any links included in a post (text starting with http:// or www.) will automatically be made clickable.

You can also make words in the text show up as a link in the following manner:

[url=http://www.airliners.net]The coolest website[/url]

In the examples above, the UBB Code automatically generates a hyperlink of ht text "The coolest website" to the URL that is encased. Also note that you should NOT use quotation marks inside the URL tag. You can also use the [email] UBB Code to make an e-mail hyperlink. For example; [email]me@host.com[/email]

Bold and Italics
You can make italicized text or make text bold by encasing the applicable sections of your text with either the [b] [/b] or [i] [/i] tags.

Hello, [b]James[/b]
Hello, [i]Mary[/i]
Adding Images
To add a graphic within your message, just encase the URL of the graphic image as shown in the following example (UBB Code is in red).


In the example above, the UBB Code automatically makes the graphic visible in your message. Note: the "http://" part of the URL is REQUIRED for the [img] code.

Quoting Other Messages
To reference something specific that someone has posted, simply use the "Quote selected text" that you will find beside each post in our forum.

You can also quote manually using the code below if you want to quote something that was not posted in a particular thread. just cut and paste the applicable verbiage and enclose it as shown below (UBB Code is in red).

[QUOTE]Ask not what your country can do for you....
ask what you can do for your country.[/QUOTE]

In the example above, the UBB Code automatically blockquotes the text you reference.

You can make bulleted lists or ordered lists (by number or letter).

Unordered, bulleted list:
[*] This is the first bulleted item.
[*] This is the second bulleted item.
This produces:
  • This is the first bulleted item.
  • This is the second bulleted item.
Note that you must include a closing [/LIST] when you end each list.

Adding an A or a 1 to a [LIST] tag will create an ordered list. Typing [LIST=A] will produce a list from A to Z. Using [LIST=1] will produce numbered lists.

Here's an example:
[*]This is the first ordered item.
[*]This is the second ordered item.
This produces:
  1. This is the first ordered item.
  2. This is the second ordered item.

How to make a link to a photo on Airliners.net
To spice up your message you can include a photo of the aircraft/airline discussed in the topic. Simply choose an appropriate photo from the Airliners.net photo database, remember the ID number (written above the thumbnail image on every entry) and type the following in your message where you would like the photo to appear:

where "12345" is the ID number. Using this number would create the following graphic:

Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Miguel Snoep

The following code will put two photos beside each other and use the space more efficiently if you are including more than one photo in your post: <twoid:12345,12346>

(Note that there is no space after the comma or anywhere else in the code. If you include a space it will not work!)

The above code will generate the following result:

View Large View Medium Click here for bigger photo!
Photo © Miguel Snoep
View Large View Medium Click here for bigger photo!
Photo© Miguel Snoep

You may link to the photo in this way from your message but any other usage is strictly forbidden without prior permissions from the copyright holder.

You can also link in a similar way to photos on our sister site MyAviation.net. Simply use the code <maid:12345> and <twomaid:12345,12346> instead of the code decribed above. Note that the ID numbers must match the ID numbers on MyAviation.net, not Airliners.net.

Modified Airliner Photos (MAP) also offers HTML code to include thumbnails. Click the "Generate HTML thumbnail" link below each large picture on the site. Copy the code and paste directly into your Airliners.net post.

How to post copyright protected articles
So you found an article somewhere on the web and would like to share it with the rest of the users? This is how you do it:

Start with a summary of the article that describes, in your own words, the important parts of the text. You may also include short quotes from the article. At the bottom, include the name of the publication and a direct link to the article using the linking code found above. The summary should be enough for most people but the link is there for those who wants to read the whole thing.

Due to copyright issues, you may not copy a whole text and include it in your post.

Administrators control the discussion forums. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts in the forums. If you have a question to the administrators you should not post in the aviaton discussion forum but rather e-mail them at moderators@airliners.net. If it might be of interest to other users, you can post your question/suggestion in the Site Related forum.

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