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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Site Feedback
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    Editing your Signature

    You can edit your signature by clicking Quick Links and selecting Edit Signature (or Click Here)

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    From February 2008 there are new signauture rules:
    This post is to give you some information on changes to the way signatures will operate. Firstly, don’t panic! We love signatures and certainly aren't doing away with them. However, we want to try and standardise the type of signatures we have to ensure the forum remains an easy to read, pleasant experience for all users.

    We’re doing this because the forum is used by 100,000s of people and everyone needs to be able to read it without being distracted by huge overpowering signatures after every post – and we get lots of complaints about these. Let's be clear though - we LOVE the diary type signatures that aid you in MoneySaving and the last thing we ever want to do is stop them. However we do need to strike a balance which is what we hope this will achieve; it’s the big shouty signatures that put most people off.

    So what are we doing?

    Simply, we are limiting some aspects of what you can do with your signature to keep them a reasonable size and style. The following succinctly outlines the key points:

    1. There is now an upper limit of 5 lines per signature (i.e. every time you press return).

    2. There is now a limit of 300 characters. We hope this allows plenty of room for your signatures, especially our users who like to use signatures as diaries (Debt-Free Wannabees for example).

    3. Font size maximum of "3" (this is equivalent to font size 12 in Word). This ensures that the signatures don't overpower the forum.

    4. These changes apply only to the registered users, currently Board Guides and the MSE Team won’t be restricted - so please don’t report us!


    Your current signature won’t change unless you change it

    For most of you, you will spot no immediate change. The process shouldn't cut, chop or remove any current members’ signature automatically. It will take effect for new members and will also take effect the next time you save your signature. However, the next time you do change it, you will be advised by the system as to what you need to change to make your signature fit the new guidelines.

    The system, shouldn't remove your signature if you change it and it doesn’t meet the guidelines (you can simply re-edit it). Therefore we are not looking to pro-actively change current signatures and you do not need to report anyone’s signature to us because it hasn't changed. Over time the system will bring all signatures gently inline.

    So what happens now?

    The signatures will change on Friday 1st February, which is a week from this post. This should allow you time to sort your signature out or save it; even though it won’t change them, in case you forget in future and tweak your signature we want to give you fair advance warning.

    Once again: The system shouldn't remove your signature if you change it and it doesn’t meet the guidelines (you can simply re-edit it), but it will not allow you to save until it's right.
    Other Notes

    You cannot use images in your signature (except MSE smilies icon7.gif)
    Links in signatures are no longer allowed (click here for details)
    unless approved by the Forum Team (See this list)


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    Guide coming soon

    For now see here for inserting images already hosted on the internet

    and see here for uploading images from your computer
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    Feed not available

    Feeds are only available for guest-viewable forums (or else people would be able to view their contents without logging in)

    This board is now only available to logged-in users and therefore there is no feed for it.
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    Board Guides

    Most Board Guides have a statement in their signature explaining their role:
    Hi. Martin has asked me to tell you I'm the Board Guide on the X (and Y) board(s). I'm a volunteer to help the board(s) run smoothly, and I can move and merge posts there. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an abusive or illegal post then please report it to [EMAIL="abuse@moneysavingexpert.com"][email protected][/EMAIL] (it's not part of my role to deal with abuse). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.
    You can read the Board Guide Role Description here
    It is very important to point out that Board Guides are not moderators.
    Abuse should be reported to [EMAIL="abuse@moneysavingexpert.com"][email protected][/EMAIL]


    A full list of board guides can be found by clicking View Board Guides and Admins
    at the bottom of the Main Index:

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    You will also find that the Board Guide is listed at the bottom of each Board Index:
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    Instant Messaging



    Instant Messaging is used through a Messaging Program
    Not to be confused with Private Messaging (Click Here)


    If you use a Messenger program, you can enter your details in your profile.

    Clicking the icon under a users name will let you contact the user through their service

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    im_aim.gif AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)

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  • srasra Forumite
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    Images have to be enabled to use this guide.
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    Change Interface

    If you haven't already, change to Enhanced Interface

    Click Here
    and you will see the following box:

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    from now on, you'll have lots of formatting controls above the reply box:

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    Using the Thanks Button


    If you think a post has been helpful, you can click the thanks button at the bottom-right of that post.

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    This puts your name in a small box underneath that post and increases that poster's thanked count:

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    Using the thanks button means that you can say thank you quickly without creating a single-word 'thanks' post.
    This also means that members can quickly tell which posts have been found useful by others.

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    Abbreviations commonly used on MoneySavingExpert.com

    As with any forum, abbreviations are often used on MoneySavingExpert. Below are a list of just a few of the most common. For an extensive list of abbreviations used on the internet see Netlingo.

    Please remember that it's usually better not to use abbreviations as many users will not understand them


    • AFAIK- As Far As I Know
    • AFAIR - As far As I Recall
    • BOGOF - Buy One Get One Free
    • BRB - Be Right Back
    • DD - Dearest/Darling Daughter
    • DFD - Debt Free Date
    • DFW - Debt Free Wanabee (Debt Free Wanabee Board)
    • DGC - Dear Grand Children
    • DGD - Dear Grand Daughter
    • DGK - Dear Grand Kids
    • DGS - Dear Grand Son
    • DH - Dearest/Darling Husband
    • DS - Dearest/Darling Son
    • DSD - Dearest/Darling StepDaughter
    • DSS - Dearest/Darling StepSon
    • DW - Dearest/Darling Wife
    • FAO - For Attention Of
    • HTH - Hope This Helps
    • IM(H)O - In My (Humble) Opinion
    • IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean
    • IYSWIM - If You See What I Mean
    • LOL - laughing Out Loud
    • MIL - Mother In law
    • MSE - Money Saving Expert
    • PM - Private Message
    • PMSL - Peeing MySelf Laughing
    • ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
    • ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A!! Off
    • SO - Significant Other
    • SOA - State(ment) Of Affairs
    • TIA - Thanks In Advance
    More Abbreviations
    Old Style Abbreviations
    Abbreviations often used on the Moneysaving Old Style Board

    The DFW Dictionary
    Some of the phrases and abbreviations used on the Debt Free Wannabe board


    Should anything else be on this list? Reply here.
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    To put a strike through text, simply add [ strike] befrore the text and [/strike] afterwards
    (with no space between the [ and the strike] )


    For example...

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    gives you...

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    You can also use the strike.gif icon to add these tags.

    Just highlight the text you want to be struck through and click the icon

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    this will surround the text with the right tags...


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    but you won't see the result until you post the reply...

    I [strike]don't[/strike] like this


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    Spellchecker



    The forum's reply box now has a Spellcheck Button at the top-right
    (Internet Explorer only - and only if you are using the Standard or Enhanced Interface)

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    This button is for use with the IESpell program which you can download from here.

    After you've installed it, the first time you use the Spellcheck button, select options...


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    then click the Language & Dictionaries tab so that you can change the language to English (U.K.)

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    Related Links

    ieSpell
    Google Toolbar (also has a spellchecker and is Firefox compatible)

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