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The User Control Panel

Post by The Four Wheel Drive Club » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:50 am


The User Control Panel (UCP) allows you to alter personal preferences, manage posts you are watching, send and receive private messages, and change the way information about you appears to other users. To view the UCP, click the 'User Control Panel' link that appears after logging in.

The UCP is separated into seven tabs: Overview, Private Messages, Profile, Preferences, Friends and Foes, Attachments, and Groups. Within each tab are several sub pages, accessed by clicking the desired link on the left side of the UCP interface. Some of these areas may not be available depending on the permissions set for you by the administrator.

Every page of the UCP displays your Friends List on the left side. To send a private message to a friend, click their user name.

Private messaging will be discussed in its own section


Front Page
The Front Page displays a snapshot of information about your posting habits such as the date you joined the forum, your most active topic, and how many total posts you have submitted. Overview sub pages include Subscriptions, Bookmarks, and Drafts.

Manage Subscriptions
Subscriptions are forums or individual topics that you have elected to watch for any new posts. Whenever a new post is made inside an area you have subscribed to, an e-mail will be sent you to informing you of the new addition. To create a subscription, visit the forum or topic you would like to subscribe to and click the 'Subscribe' link located at the bottom of the page.

To remove a subscription, check the box next to the subscription you would like to remove and click the 'Unsubscribe' button.

Manage Bookmarks
Bookmarks, much like subscriptions, are topics you've chosen to watch. However, there are two key differences: 1) only individual topics may be bookmarked, and 2) an e-mail will not be sent to inform you of new posts.

To create a bookmark, visit the topic you would like to watch and click the 'Bookmark Topic' link located at the bottom of the page.

To remove a bookmark, check the box next to the bookmark you would like to remove and click the 'Remove marked bookmarks' button.

Manage Drafts
Drafts are created when you click the 'Save' button on the New Post or Post Reply page. Displayed are the title of your post, the forum or topic that the draft was made in, and the date you saved it.

To continue editing a draft for future submission, click the 'View/Edit' link. If you plan to finish and post the message, click 'Load Draft'. To delete a draft, check the box next to the draft you wish to remove and click 'Delete Marked'.

Manage Attachments
The attachment section of the UCP shows you a list of all attachments that you have uploaded to the board so far. You can delete attachments from here if you wish.


Edit Profile
This section lets you set your profile information. Your profile information contains general information that other users on the board will able to see. Think of your profile as a sign of your public presence. This section is separated from your preferences. (Preferences are the individual settings that you set and manage on your own, and control your forum experience. Thus, this is separated from your profile settings.)

A signature is a line of text or image that appears below your posts. The maximum size for an image is 100 pixels x 400 pixels.

An avatar is a small image that appears on your profile to the left of posts. The image has to be hosted externally and must be smaller than 90x90 pixels.

Edit Account Settings
In this section you can change your e-mail address or password.

Board Preferences

Edit Global Settings
Here you can select your contact preferences and language/timezone etc.

Edit Posting Defaults
Here you can specify posting defaults such as attaching signature, using smilies etc.

Edit Display Options
Here you can set your defaults for displaying various things such as images, signatures, post orders etc.

Private Messaging
Private messaging is covered in its own section

Not really used. States which user group you belong to.

Friends and Foes

Manage Friends
Friends allows you quick access to members you communicate with regularly.

Manage Foes
Foes are users that will be ignored by default. Posts by these users will not be fully visisble.
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