New posts may be put 'on hold' until approved by the administrator, rather than being posted publicly immediately. You'll be informed whether or not your message will have to await moderation.
Posting a new message
To start a discussion on a subject, create a thread. You can do this by clicking the POST MESSAGE link on the Message Index page. You are taken to a page containing a form to fill in. Enter your name, the subject* and your message, then click Submit your message. You'll be taken back to the index, where you'll see your posting immediately.
* In the form is a list of 'mandatory' subject prefixes: 'My English for your Pen Pals for my Students: My Afrikaans for your My Arabic for your My Bulgarian for your My Bengali for your My Chinese for your My Croatian for your My Danish for your My Dutch for your My Estonian for your My Farsi for your My Finnish for your My French for your My German for your My Greek for your My Hebrew for your My Hindi for your My Hungarian for your My Indonesian for your My Italian for your My Japanese for your My Khmer for your My Korean for your My Lao for your My Lithuanian for your My Malay for your My Mongolian for your My Nepali for your My Norwegian for your My Pashto for your My Punjabi for your My Polish for your My Portuguese for your My Romanian for your My Russian for your My Serbian for your My Spanish for your My Swahili for your My Swedish for your My Tagalog for your My Thai for your My Tamil for your My Turkish for your My Vietnamese for your My Ukrainian for your My Urdu for your Other Languages: Language Exchange Websites: Pen Pals:'. You must pick one of the subject prefixes, which will precede whatever you enter as the subject of your message.Note: POST MESSAGE should be used to start a new topic. To reply to earlier postings, use the link under the message, as explained below. ↑ Back to top
There are a number of things you can do and cannot do:
- You can preview your message before posting it. This is recommended.
- You can request that you be informed by email of responses to your message. This only works if you provide your email address.
- You can include URLs and email addresses in your messages. The script will attempt to automatically hotlink them.
- You can use Smiley code in the subject or body of your message.
- You can format your message to make it more readable.
- You can provide a link address at the bottom of your message.
- You can include a link to a graphic image on your own or another server.
- You can upload a graphic image directly from your own computer.
- You cannot delete the messages you have posted. (See removing a message.)
Replying to messages
Posting follow-ups (responses) to existing messages is not allowed.↑ Back to top
Approval of messages
Messages held for moderation will normally be approved, so long as they are relevant and do not contravene the rules of 'netiquette'. If you are in doubt about your message, you should probably post it, since this means that your intentions are the right ones and that any mistake you make is an honest one. The policy of moderating postings is intended to keep out abusive mesages and 'spam' (unsolicited advertising.)↑ Back to top
You are asked to keep the content of your messages consistent with
'netiquette': eg respect for other people's copyright, no heated messages
('flames') and definitely no personal abuse, no overlong postings, make your
subject lines relevant and informative about the content, use mixed case
in your postings (UPPER CASE LOOKS AS IF YOU'RE SHOUTING,) etc.
The message board administration takes no responsibility for the content of messages posted on this board. Nonetheless, the administrator may remove or amend, without warning or notification, any material that may be considered abusive, significantly off-topic or otherwise disruptive of the purposes of this message board.
Software routines are in operation to guard against breaches of netiquette. If your message contains "naughty" language, the submission will be rejected.
Removing a message
If you would like a message you have posted on the message board to be removed, please email Administrator. The request must come from the email address that you registered on your profile or cited in the email address field of the message, or it will be ignored.↑ Back to top
Formatting a message
This board allows the use of Smiley Code and/or Format Code.
IMPORTANT Never assume that your message will look the way you expect it to look. Always preview your message before you post it.
The following ASCII smileys will be automatically converted to images when they appear in the subject or body of a message.
|Smiley||Type this..||Smiley||Type this..|
The following Format Code allows you to have more control over how your message looks, without having to know or use actual HTML codes. Format Code will work only in the body of a message.
|You type this..||It becomes this..|
The default format of the message board index shows messages posted within the past 12 Month(s) and shows them By Threads, Reversed.
|message does not contain any original body text.|
|message contains a link URL.|
|message includes an image.|
To read a message, click on the message name and a page will be displayed
showing the message or the thread (a thread is a message and all the
replies to it,) depending on how your preferences are set up.
To return to the index, click on the Return to Index tag at the top or bottom of the page.
Marking all messages as read
When you log on for a second or subsequent time, messages that have
been posted since your previous visit, or threads containing such
messages, will be marked 'NEW:'.
You can set all messages displayed to appear as if they have been previously read by clicking on the Remove "NEW" tag at the top of the index.
Searching the message board
You can search the message board for a specific topic or for postings containing specific keywords by clicking on the Search tag at the top of the index. You are taken to the search page, where you fill in the form, click Search and you will be returned to the index page where messages fitting your criteria will be listed.↑ Back to top
Upload graphic image
The maximum size of each file (GIF/JPG/PNG format) that can be uploaded is 1200 kb.
Images take time to display when a visitor using a dial-up service opens
the message page, so please keep the file size as low as possible.
There is no limit to the pixel dimensions of an image you might wish to upload,
but please keep pictures to below 500 pixels in height.
There will be a pause while the image uploads either when previewing the message or when submitting the message.
Email addresses are held purely for the purpose of
notifying subscribers and users of postings made to the message board,
and, if necessary, of adminstrative matters relating to the use of the
message board. The message board administration will not pass on
to third parties email addresses obtained via user registration or
If you'd like your email address to be made available to readers of the message board, include it in the body of your message or on a web page linked from your message. DO NOT include the addresses of third parties without their permission.
Public posting of email or other addresses is entirely at the discretion of the poster, and the message board administration accepts no liability in regard to this.
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