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Formatting

What is "formatting" all about?
This page provides some tips to keep in mind when posting messages to the TMP forums.
Such as?
Use smaller paragraphs, rather than lumping everything into one giant run-on paragraph. And avoid using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS - it's the internet equivalent of shouting.

Hot Links

How can I put a live link into my posts?
Just type the URL in your message, with nothing in front or behind it. The server will automatically convert the URL into a clickable link. So if you type (for instance): "http://www.shiftinglands.com/", you will get "shiftinglands.com"...
This message includes a live link
or, for longer URLs, it might end up shortened as just "link":
This message also includes a live link
I did what you said, but my link isn't live.
The server only recognizes certain types of URL. Usually, you need to type the full URL, starting with 'http:..' If that still doesn't work, use the BBCode formatting instead (see below).
What if I want to put a URL in my message, but I don't want to make it "live"?
Enclose the URL in parentheses. (Or anything else except blanks.)
Does TMP support BBCode formatting?
Yes. The format is [url]URL[/url] (where 'URL' is the link you want to use). So, if you enter:
[url]http://theminiaturespage.com/[/url]
you will see
theminiaturespage.com
Can I change the link text?
Yes. The format is [url=URL]TEXT[/url] (where 'URL' is the link you want to use, and 'TEXT' is the text you want to use). So, if you enter:
[url=http://theminiaturespage.com/]The Miniatures Page[/url]
you will see
The Miniatures Page

Images

How can I put a picture into my posts?
Just type the photo's URL in your message, with nothing in front or behind it. The server will automatically convert the URL into a photo. So if you type (for instance):
http://theminiaturespage.com/tmpshead.jpg
you will get
Does TMP support BBCode formating?
Yes. If you use the BBCode formating, you don't need to leave the spaces before and after the image information. Simply enclose the photo URL between BBCode-style image tags: [img]URL[/img]. For example, if you type:
[img]http://theminiaturespage.com/tmpshead.jpg[/img]
you again get
Can I put a caption on my photo?
Yes. The format is [img=URL]CAPTION[/img], so for instance, if you type:
[img=http://theminiaturespage.com/tmpshead.jpg]The TMP logo[/img]
you will get
The TMP Logo
(Mouse over the photo to see the caption pop up.)
I want to post a link to a photo on Flickr. How can I do that?
Flickr's policies do not allow a direct link to a photo. Following their guidelines, on Flickr, from the photo's page...

Flickr photo page

...go to Share (the right-facing arrow on the bottom right of the page), and then click BBCode...

Share area

...select a size (Medium 500 works well)...

Select a size

...and copy-and-paste the BBCode into your TMP message. It will look like this:
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/53926268@N03/6152835567/][img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6152835567_4c97089585_z.jpg[/img][/url][url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/53926268@N03/6152835567/]Straits of[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/53926268@N03/]estiu87[/url], on Flickr
That will almost work on TMP, but we don't currently support putting IMG tags inside of URL tags. So you need to snip off the parts marked in bold above, to get:
[img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6152835567_4c97089585_z.jpg[/img][url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/53926268@N03/6152835567/]Straits of[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/53926268@N03/]estiu87[/url], on Flickr
which will give you:
450
Straits of by estiu87, on Flickr
How do I embed a YouTube video in my post?
Sorry, but you can only post a link to your video, you cannot embed the video on the forums.
What if I want to post a nude or possibly offensive photo?
First of all, the photo must be hobby related, such as a wargaming model or diorama. Second, you must include *adult* in the photo caption. Otherwise, you will be in violation of forum rules [OBJECTIONABLE PICTURE]

Quoting

How do I quote something a previous poster said?
Place the text within <q> and </q> tags. For instance:
Formatting a quote
...and when you press submit, it turns into:
Post with quote

Emoticons

How do I get those funny pictures when I post something?
By using one of the Emoticon Codes in the text of your message.
Demonstrating the proper use of money...
And the codes are...?
The code consists of the name of the emoticon, between two asterisks. The defined emoticons are:
  • *badge* badge
  • *baloney* baloney
  • *bed* bed
  • *beer* beer
  • *bleep* Bleeped text
  • *brush* brush
  • *cheese* cheese
  • *clock* clock
  • *coke* coke
  • *cup* cup
  • *donut* donut
  • *doodles* doodles
  • *dr pepper* dr pepper
  • *eggnog* eggnog
  • *evil grin* evil grin
  • *figleaf* figleaf
  • *firetruck* firetruck
  • *frown* frown
  • *glue* glue
  • *gold star* gold star
  • *grin* grin
  • *guinness* guinness
  • *huh?* huh?
  • *idea* idea
  • *iron cross* iron cross
  • *knife* knife
  • *koolaid* koolaid
  • *laugh* laugh
  • *liberal* liberal (Blue Fez only!)
  • *money* money
  • *napoleon* napoleon
  • *neocon* neocon (Blue Fez only!)
  • *noose* noose
  • *no star* no star
  • *notes* notes
  • *old fart* old fart
  • *paint* paint
  • *peace* peace
  • *penalty* penalty
  • *pie* pie
  • *pizza* pizza
  • *popcorn* popcorn
  • *pork rinds* pork rinds
  • *rum* rum
  • *scotch* scotch
  • *snowflake* snowflake
  • *sock* sock
  • *thumbs up* thumbs up
  • *tinfoilhat* tinfoilhat
  • *troll* troll
  • *unicorn* unicorn
  • *violin* violin
  • *vodka* vodka
  • *wine* wine
  • *wink* wink
What if I screw the code up?
If you have javascript enabled in your browser, you can test your message using the Preview button to make sure you got the code right. (If you mess up, the text you typed just goes into your message.)
Can new emoticons be added?
Yes, but you'll need to come up with art (21 pixels square, GIF format), and then you'll need to convince me it's a good idea...

HTML

Can I use HTML code in my posts?
You can use the following tags, but they must be in lowercase:
  • <h2>

    Big Headline

    </h2>
  • <h3>

    Medium Headline

    </h3>
  • <h4>

    Small Headline

    </h4>
  • <b>bold</b>
  • <strong>bold</strong>
  • [b]bold[b]
  • <i>italics</i>
  • <em>italics</em>
  • [i]italics[/i]
  • <u>underline</u>
  • [u]underline[/u]
What if I want text just the way I type it in, spaces and all?
Use the <t> and </t> tags for pre-formatted text (but don't go too wide, or the page go off screen). Example: Typing
<t>
1 0 0 1
1 1 0 1
0 1 0 1
</t>
will give you...
Use the T tags to make a matrix
Alternately, you could use <pre> and <pre> tags, or [code] and [/code] tags.
Can I make a bulleted list?
Yes, just as you would in HTML. Bracket <li>each item<li> with "li" tags, then bracket the entire list with <ul><ul> tags, like this:
<ul>
<li>item one<li>
<li>item two, etc.<li>
</ul>
...and you will get:
  • item one
  • item two, etc.
Can I make a numbered list?
Yes, as above but use "ol" instead of "ul" tags:
<ol>
<li>item one<li>
<li>item two, etc.<li>
</ol>
...becomes:
  1. item one
  2. item two, etc.
What if I use some other tag, such as one that works in HTML?
It will show in your post, but have no effect.

Currencies

I typed "$3" but my post says "$3 USD"
Currencies are automatically converted to a special format, so that you can see the conversion rate to your preferred currency when you put your cursor over it. For more information, see the Currency section.
Sometimes it doesn't work...
Don't put commas in the amount, and don't space between the dollar and the amount.
What if I don't want U.S. dollars?
If you use a "$" sign, the currency defaults to U.S. dollars. If you use a "£" sign, the currency defaults to British pounds. And if you use the "€" sign, the default is euros.
So how do I get other currencies?
Add the 3-letter currency code immediately after the amount (no spaces). For instance, type "$3CAD" to get Canadian dollars: $3.00 CAD. You can view a list of available currencies here.