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IKEAFANS Site FAQ

These are FAQs relating to the IKEAFANS forums primarily as well as member benefits, how to manage your account, etc. If you are looking for FAQs relating to IKEA, IKEA products and so forth, please see Articles or search in the Forums. If you have questions which remain unanswered, please Contact Us

Account: How can I tell you more about me? 

Only you have the ability to update and maintain your profile. You should especially ensure that your email address is kept current so that you can receive notifications of replies to threads you start (if you've selected this option),so that you can receive important messages from us about special events, and so that you can be informed about changes to our policies or to the site in general. You can alter any of the fields in your profile, except your username. Once you have registered your username, it becomes yours for life. In extreme circumstances, you may request that Susan or James change your username, though we will require a very good reason to do so.

Please take a minute to review and edit your profile once you are registered! Afterall, we want to know if you're a meatball or a cinnamon bun kind of person! Edit your profile here.

Announcements: What are announcements for?

This is where we tell you important stuff. Usually at the top of your forum views. We know you have important stuff to say too, but you'll have to start a thread in the forums for it. If you want to comment on the announcement, you'll also need to start a thread, or you can PM one of us

Attachments: Photos and documents

As a member, you are able to use the attachment feature of this forum, which gives you the ability to attach files of certain types to your posts. This could be an image or maybe a text document, like your budget sheet. The limit to the file size of any attachments is 102K and a max of 640 x 480 pixels.

To attach a file to a new post, simply click the [Manage Attachments] button at the bottom of the post composition page, and locate the file that you want to attach from your local hard drive.

After posting, the image attachments will display a thumbnail, depending on the forum settings. Click on it and it grows! It's like magic. To view the contents of the attachment (if it is not already displayed) simply click the filename link that appears next to the attachment icon. That's all there is to it! 'Course if it's giving you fits, please feel free to ask for help, either in the forums, or by PM.

Avatars: What is an avatar and how can I get one?

These small images are called Avatars. They are displayed below your username on all posts that you make. There are two kinds of avatars: some hokey ones that we've collected and those that you upload yourself. Do this from your "My Account".

Buddy Lists: Why have a buddy list?

The buddy list is used to keep track of the friends you have made on this forum. By going to your "Open Buddy List" in "Quick Links" menu of the navbar, you'll be able to see which of your friends are currently online and send them a private message. Adding people to your buddy list also allows you to send private messages to multiple forum members at the same time. You may add any member of the forums to your buddy list by viewing their profile or by going to "Buddy List" in "My Account".

Cookies: Refusal of Cookies

You can clear all your cookies by clicking here - this process happens as soon as you click that link, so be sure you want to do so! Although if you return to the main index page via the link provided and you are still logged in, you may have to remove your cookies manually.

In Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP:

  1. Click the "Tools" menu.
  2. Select "Internet Options" from the menu that appears.
  3. Click "Delete Cookies" on the dialog box that appears. It will be in the center area of the "General" tab.
In Mozilla Firefox:
  1. Click the "Tools" menu.
  2. Select "Options" from the menu that appears.
  3. From the dialog box, select "Privacy" on the left.
  4. Find "Cookies" on the main pane, and click the "Clear" button adjacent to it.
Your cookies should now be removed. If you're still unsure, you can reboot and check again.

Cookies: The Use of Cookies

The use of cookies on this forum is optional but it may enhance your experience of the site. See, cookies are used to allow the forums to remember you; you will be able to see whether or not a thread or forum you are viewing has had new posts since your last visit, to have the system automagically log you back in when you return, and to store your preferences. Sounds good, right?

Here's another good reason to use cookies on this site: We give you the option to use a cookie to track your current session, ensuring that you remain logged-on while browsing the site. If you choose not to store this information in a cookie, the session data will be sent through each link you click. Choosing not to use a cookie may cause problems if your computer's connection to the Internet uses a proxy-server and you share links with other users behind the same proxy. If in doubt, we recommend that you select 'yes' to enable the cookie.

One caveat: If you are using a shared computer, such as in a library, school or internet cafe (or if you have reason to not trust any other users that might use this computer) we highly recommend that you do not enable this. Afterall, you will be responsible for anything that gets posted under your username, and more importantly, you may not wish to have your personal information viewed or altered by someone who comes along behind you.

See also: Cookies: Refusal of Cookies

Display Modes: Threads and Trees

It's not as complex as it sounds. When viewing a thread, you will be able to view the thread from a choice of four modes.

  1. Linear Mode (Oldest First) - In this mode, posts are displayed chronologically from oldest to newest. Posts are shown in a flat mode so that many posts can be viewed simultaneously.
  2. Linear Mode (Newest First) - This is the same as the above mode, except that posts are ordered in an opposite way (newest first).
  3. Threaded Mode - In this mode, a tree is shown along with every post. This tree allows you to see the relationship each post has to others, in terms of who responded to whom. Only one post is shown at a time.
  4. Hybrid Mode - This mode is a mixture of the linear and threaded modes. The post tree is displayed like in the threaded mode, but multiple posts are displayed simultaneously like in the linear modes.
If you migrated over from IKEAFANS 2.0, you will probably be most familiar with #2. That just happens to be my personal preference, but your mileage may vary.

Editing: How to fix mistakes or update information

Absolutely. You will be able to edit and delete your posts - we all make mistakes, right?

To edit or delete your posts, click the button by the post you want to edit. If your post was the first in the thread, then deleting the post may result in the removal of the entire thread, or maybe not. If you would like a post deleted, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.

After you have made your modifications, a note will show up, indicating that you have edited your post. It's kind of expected that you make a note of why you edited the post - sometimes it's just "Oops! Typo." Well, for me anyway.

Email: What about emailing other members?

Yeppers* To send an email to another member, you can either locate the member you want to contact on the member list, or click the button on any post made by that member.

This should open a page that contains a form where you can spill your guts. All done? Click on the [send email] button and your message will be sent instantly. Note that for privacy reasons, the email address of the recipient is not revealed to you during this process, nor is your email address accessible to the recipient.
Another useful email function is the ability to send a friend a link to a thread you think they may find interesting. Whenever you view a thread, you will find a link somewhere on the page which will allow you to send a brief message to anyone you like. Your referrerid is added to the link you send, so if your friend registers on this forum as a result of viewing the link you sent to them, your referrals total will automatically be credited! Someday we hope to give thanks to those who refer others to the site -- stay tuned!
See also: Private Messaging.

*The possibility exists that the member whom you wish to send the email to has elected not to receive email.

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Lost Password: What can I do?

If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Forgotten Your Password' link on any page that requires you to fill in your password.

Members List: The many uses

Well...the member list contains a complete list of all the registered members of this site. You can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date that the member joined the site, or by the number of posts the members have made. It is easy to locate other members who live near you, shop your IKEA or share the same doorstyle by doing an advanced search.
Search you say?
The member list also has a search function, which allows you to quickly locate members according to categories you specify, such as searching for all members have Hallarum or those who shop at the Elizabeth, NJ store. Cool, eh?

Moderators: Who are these people and what do they do?

Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other administrative tasks. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating. There's no pay involved, just prestige, so be kind to your friendly moderators - they are some of the most helpful and knowledgable people in our little family and keep the forums the pleasant, useful place we've come to know. Want to know more? Meet your moderators!

Polls: What are polls all about?

You may notice that some threads on this forum also include a section where you can vote on an issue or question. These threads are called 'polls' and this is how to create them:

Creating a new poll
When you post a new thread, you may have the option to also create a poll. This function allows you to ask a question and specify a number of possible responses. Other members will then be able to vote for the response they wish, and the results of the voting will be displayed in the thread.

An example poll might be:

What is your favorite color?
  1. Red
  2. Blue
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Sky-blue pink with yellow spots

To create a poll when you post a new thread, simply click the 'Yes! post a poll' checkbox at the bottom of the page, and set the number of possible responses you want to include.

When you click the submit button, you will be taken to the poll creation page, where you can specify the question and the list of responses you want to include.

You may also want to specify a time limit for the poll, so that a decision can be made.

Post Icons: What are they for?

That's a message or post icon. It sort of indicates the tone of the post or thread. For example, if you just found out that there is a 20% off sale at IKEA on Saturday, you'd want to post about that real quick and put a thumbs up or maybe an exclamation point to let people know it's something great. Conversely, if you just found out your doorstyle has been discontinued effective immediately, you may wish to post a thumbs down, or perhaps something that looks like a growl. Up to you.

Private Messaging: An internal messaging system

One of the perks of being a registered member is (drumroll, please)... Private Messaging It's an internal email system, whereby you may send messages to other IKEAFANS in private. For questions about assembly and installation, modifications and the like, we'd prefer that you ask or chat about it on the forums so that everyone can benefit from the discussion, but there are times when private messaging may be more appropriate. Please note that private messaging is NOT for marketing, advertising or self-promotion of any kind.
That said, here's a quickie primer:
Sending Private Messages
Private messages work a little like email, but are limited to registered members of this forum. You may be able to include vB Code, smilies and images in private messages that you send.
You can send a private message to a member of this forum by clicking the 'Send A Private Message' link in the private messaging section of "My Account", or by clicking the button in a member's posts.
When you send a message, you have the option to save a copy of the message in your Sent Items folder
Private Message Folders
By default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are the Inbox and the Sent Items folders.
The Inbox folder contains any new messages you receive, and allows you to view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent. Whenever you read a message, you will have the option to reply to the message, or forward that message to another member of the forum.
The Sent Items folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent, where you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference.
You may create additional folders for your messages by clicking the 'Edit Folders' link. Each folder has a set of message controls which allow you to select messages, then either move them to one of your custom folders, or delete them completely.
Because there is a limit to the number of private messages you can have in your folders, you will need to periodically delete old messages. This means that if you've got more than 50 messages in your inbox you will not be able to send or receive new messages until you delete some old messages.

Referrals: Share the love...

Having a referral system allows us to recognize you for referring members to the site. If you haven't already asked for some FanClub cards, please PM us! We'd be happy to send you a stack, one for your own personal membership, and a bunch more to hand to people at your local IKEA, Home Depot, bus depot...whereever! Put your membername on the card and ask the person to list you as the Referrer when registering. We'll be awarding individuals who have a high referral count. Stay tuned for more information!

Registration: Why should I register?

In order to fully utilize the abilities of this forum, we require that you register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:

  • Post, edit and reply to threads
  • Create a blog of your own projects
  • Reply to other peoples' threads and comment on blogs and articles
  • Rate and review IKEA Installers
  • Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Receive rewards for members that you refer to the site
To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. This will enable you to receive the confirmation email necessary to complete your registration, so please ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working. .

Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) And as a final assurance, we NEVER sell any emails account or condone spamming in any way. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information.

If you are under the age of 13, we do require that a parent or guardian provides consent before allowing you to complete the registration. More information about this is available during the registration process.

RSS Feeds: Really Simple Syndication

We are so cool that we're syndicated - and not in the mobster sense of the word. We have RSS which allows you to keep up with what's going on in your favorite forum, or to see if someone's replied to your plea for help.
The feeds are currently provided in two formats, RSS and RSS v2. The differences are as follows:

To add this to MyYahoo click here.
The forums to which this applies can also be limited to specific forums by adding another parameter to the URL containing the forumids as follows:
http://www.ikeafans.info/forums/external.php?type=rss2&forumids=123

If you would like the content to be generated for multiple forums you can separate the forumids by commas. Please note that you will not be able to pull up threads from any Private Forums that you may be a member of.

Search: How to use the search function

Can I use the search function?
Depends. Are you a member? If so, then yes. If not, then sorry...
You can search for posts, blogs, articles, etc. based on member name, word(s) in the post or just in the subject, by date, and only in particular forums or sections of the site. To access the search feature, click on the "search" link at the top of most pages. You'll be amazed at what you can find!
As a side note...on the bottom of the each thread display page you'll find a "Similar Threads" feature - this is so cool!

Signatures: What’s a signature for?

A "signature" in a forum is not like signing your name, it's more like signing each of your posts with a little bit of you. This is a little blurb (like maybe a quote, or a word or two about your IKEA obsession) that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts. In order to protect our members against undesired advertising, or "forum spamming" by nefarious parties, we do not allow the use of links in signatures. This is too bad because it would be nice to be able to link to photos on Flickr or the like. You CAN, however, list your photohost and your username so that other members can find you. If you would like to have a signature on all of your posts, you will have the option in your profile to set this and select the option once you have registered

How does it work you ask? If you have specified a signature, then the forum will automatically append your signature to any messages you post. You can disable signatures on a per-post basis by un-ticking the 'Show Signature' checkbox when you compose your message. You may turn the signature on and off on posts you have already made by editing the post and altering the state of the 'Show Signature' option in your profile.

Smilies: Codes

Smilie Codes

Strange Edits OR: Why do I have strange characters in my posts?

Cuz you cussed.

Text Formatting

For the most part, your posts will contain plain text, but on occasions, you may want to emphasize certain words or phrases by making them (for example) bold or italic.The answer?

Well, there's two. One is to use the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to add formatting and even images and links to your posts. You can also add a bit of personality, or convey emotions with smilies; while this cannot be a substitute for facial expressions and tone of voice, often a smilie will get across your feelings where words cannot.

Two is to use vB Code: a special set of tags which you can use to produce the most popular text-effects. vB code has the advantage that it is very simple to use, and is immune to malicious javascripts and page layout disruption. You can also use the [img] code, which allows you to add pictures to your message.

Time: Why is the time wonky?

The time that is displayed is, by default, GMT or the time in London/Lisbon/Casablanca. If you are not in one of these places, you can adjust the times displayed by going to "My Account" on the blue nav bar at the top of most pages and editing your profile.

Using vB Code to format text

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