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  • VOC Members: There is no login facility using your VOC membership number or the details from page 3 of the club magazine. You need to register in the normal way
  • AOL Customers: Make sure you check the 'Remember me' check box otherwise the AOL system may log you out during the session. This is a known issue with AOL.
  • AOL, Yahoo and Plus.net users. Forum owners such as us are finding that AOL, Yahoo and Plus.net are blocking a lot of email generated from forums. This may mean your registration activation and other emails will not get to you, or they may appear in your spam mailbox

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What are Threads and Posts

A thread is the name given to a topic or subject and a post is a reply to that topic/subject.


Embed Google and YouTube video in your post

You can now embed Google and YouTube videos in your posts.

Bring up a new thread form or reply to an existing thread, then in the message box click one of these icons:

YouTube

click this for a YouTube video

Get the URL (address) of the video from YouTube and place it between the code so it looks like any of these examples:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl2UUunlI2Q[/youtube]
[youtube]hl2UUunlI2Q[/youtube]
[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl2UUunlI2Q"]Aston Martin Crash[/youtube]
[youtube="hl2UUunlI2Q"]Aston Martin Crash[/youtube]

Google

click this for a Google video

For Google video place the code like any of these examples:

[gvideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3688185030664621355[/gvideo]
[gvideo]3688185030664621355[/gvideo]
[gvideo="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3688185030664621355"]1980's Izuzu Gemini Advertisement[/gvideo] [gvideo="3688185030664621355"]1980's Izuzu Gemini Advertisement[/gvideo]

Submit your post..done.


Registration problems

There are a number of problems that can happen during registration.

AOL Customers
There is a known issue with AOL because of the way they set up their systems. You may find you are going around in circles trying to register or log in. If this affects you then try this before contacting us:

Minimise your AOL browser - click the small square in the top right of your screen with the (-) sign in it.

Open any other web browser installed on your computer. Try again with this.

Account Activation
After you complete the registration process an automated email will be sent to the email address you entered during this process. Before you can access the forum you need to verify your address by clicking the link that is in that email. If you fail to do this the email will be resent after 3 day, 5 day, and 8 day periods. After 10 days if the account is not activated it will be automatically deleted.

Image Verification.
During the registration process you will be required to verify the letter/numbers in a graphic.

Why?

This is a security process to try to prevent automated scripts 'joining' and then spamming the forum and members with junk and other unwanted matter.

If you find it difficult to read then click the image or the link to refresh it and another will appear.


How do start a new Thread/Subject
New Thread

Go to the forum you want to ceate your thread in then click the button 'New Thread' that is to the top left. That will bring up the box to enter the title of the thread/subject and whatever you want to say or ask.

NOTE: The colour and style of button will vary according to the style you have chosen


Users Awaiting Email Confirmation

If your username appears in this colour it is because you have not yet responded to the email sent to you after you registered. The email contains a link you need to click on to verify your email address and activate your account. You need to do this before you are allowed full access to the forum.

The email is resent after 3 day, 5 day and 8 day periods. If after 10 days the account has still not been activated it will be automatically deleted. .

If you did not receive an email following registration then you either did not enter a valid email address or made a spelling mistake when entering your address. There are some other known instances where the email does not arrive.

Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page to let us know if you have a problem.

Please include your username so we can find your account.


How do I reply to a thread
Reply

Click the 'Post Reply' button that is to the left.

Reply with Quote

If want to quote the message your are replying to then click the 'Quote' button in the bottom right of the post you want to reply to.


Members Cars

This is a section where registered users of this forum can create up to 5 personal pages for their Volvo cars.

First go to User CP in the menu bar then select Edit Members Cars. You will then be presented with a page where you enter the details you want to include and upload up to 16 photos of the car. You can customise this any way you want.

Each 'module' is like this:

[b]Engine Specifications:[/b]
[list]
[*]N/A
[/list]

If you want to change existing ones just replace Engine Specifications with a heading of your choice. Then change N/A to the details you want to appear there.

To add more such 'modules' just copy/paste a 'module' such as the one above and then change the text as I have just described.

If you don't want all the pre set headings and 'do your own thing' with a heading in bold and then text after, just delete all the preset stuff then start with:

[b]Your heading[/b]

and then just type in what you want on the next line.

If you know HTML then the world is your oyster, just use square brackets for the tags.


What is a cookie
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small item of data which a webserver sends to your computer. In our case, when you log on our server looks up your username on our database and sends you a cookie containing that username. That way our computer can detect, by the presence of the cookie, that you have logged on. Without the cookie it would be virtually impossible to differentiate between logged-on members and casual visitors to the site. This is true of any membership-based site, not just ours.

There are two types of cookie - "permanent" cookies, which are stored on your computer's hard disk between browser sessions, and "session" cookies, which are only stored in the browser's memory and therefore are automatically deleted when you quit the browser. We only use session cookies, which is why you have to log on again every time you come back to the site (unless you specifically enable the automatic logon feature, in which case a permanent cookie will be placed on your computer).

There's a lot of hype talked about how cookies can be used to spy on your browsing habits and suchlike, but all of that requires the owner of the site concerned to want to do that sort of thing. We have no interest at all in spying on you, and absolutely the only reason we use cookies is to enable us to differentiate between a logged-on member and a casual site visitor. It is therefore perfectly safe to enable cookies on volvoclub.org.uk.

OK, so how do I enable cookies?
Normally, cookies will be enabled automatically unless you have specified otherwise. However, if you are getting a message when you log on that you need to enable cookies, then there are two possibilities: either your browser program (Internet Explorer/Firefox etc) has been set up to block cookies, or you have some third party privacy or security software which is blocking them. Examples of the latter include Zone Alarm, Norton Internet Security and various McAfee products for PC computers, and Net Blockade for Apple Macs.

Below you will find instructions for enabling cookies in the most common browser programs. If these do not fix the problem, try restarting your computer: sometimes it takes a complete restart for changes of this type to have effect.

If you still get the error message about cookies, check to see if you have any other security or privacy software installed on your computer. Unfortunately there are a lot of products available which have cookie control features and we cannot give you instructions for all of them. But if after following the instructions below you are unable to solve the problem, please answer "no" to the question at the bottom of this page, and you will be shown a form where you can request personal assistance. Please remember to tell us as much about your computer as you can, including any security or privacy software you have on it.

To enable cookies please proceed as follows. The instructions depend on which web browser program you are using. We have detected that the browser you are using is Internet Explorer 6.

AOL 8 users
Go to AOL keyword Preferences, then click Internet Options. Then follow the instructions for your browser version as below.

AOL 9 users
Go to AOL keyword BROWSER SETTINGS. Then click on INTERNET EXPLORER SETTINGS.

Click the Privacy tab, and then ensure that the slider is at or below Medium High. Alternatively, to enable cookies for this site only, click Edit and in the new window, enter www.volvoclub.org.uk and click Allow. (NB This latter option does not work if the slider is at Block All Cookies.) Click OK.

Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 4 and 5 (PC)
Click the Tools menu at the top of your browser window, and then select Internet Options. Click the Security tab, then click the Custom Level button. Scroll down the Settings list until you find the Cookies section. Opposite Allow per-session cookies click Enabled. Click OK and then stop and restart Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 (Apple Mac)
Click the Edit menu, and then select Preferences. Under Receiving Files, click Cookies. On the right-hand side of the window, for When receiving cookies select Never ask. Click OK and then stop and restart Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 (PC)
Click the Tools menu at the top of your browser window, and then select Internet Options. Click the Privacy tab, and then ensure that the slider is at or below Medium High. Alternatively, to enable cookies for this site only, click Sites or Edit and in the new window, enter www.volvoclub.org.uk and click Allow. (NB This latter option does not work if the slider is at Block All Cookies.) Click OK and then stop and restart Internet Explorer.

Netscape version 4 (PC or Apple Mac)
Click the Edit menu at the top of the browser window, and then select Preferences. Under Category, click Advanced and then on the right-hand side of the pop-up window, click either of the two options to Accept cookies. Click OK and then stop and restart Netscape.

Netscape version 6 or 7 (PC)
Click the Edit menu at the top of the browser window, and then select Preferences. Under Category, click on the little arrow next to Privacy & Security - this will open up a sub-menu. Click Cookies and then on the right-hand side of the pop-up window, click either of the two options to Enable cookies. Click OK and then stop and restart Netscape.

Netscape version 7.02 (Apple Mac OS9)/
Click Edit then Preferences. Then click Privacy & Security, and then click Cookies. Make sure that one of the following is checked:
Enable Cookies for the originating website
Enable Cookie based on Privacy Settings (if you check this option, make sure the privacy setting is Medium or lower)
Enable all Cookies
Then, click on Manage Stored Cookies. Click the Cookie Site tab. If www.volvoclub.org.uk is listed and the status is 'Site cannot set cookies' then select and remove the entry.

Netscape version 7.2 (Apple Mac OSX)
Click Edit then Preferences. Then click Privacy & Security, and then click Cookies. Make sure that one of the following is checked:
Enable Cookies for the originating website
Enable Cookie based on Privacy Settings (if you check this option, make sure the privacy setting is Medium or lower)
Enable all Cookies
Then, click on Manage Stored Cookies. Click the Cookie Site tab. Enter www.volvoclub.org.uk and click Allow.


How can I clear the message that tells me how many unread posts I have.

Click 'Quick Links' on the menu bar then select 'Mark Forums Read'.


Saying 'Thank You'

A lot of people have put a lot of work into providing answers and help to many questions. Saying 'thank you' to them goes a long way.

Thank You

This has been made easier by having a 'Thank You' button at the bottom right of each post. Clicking on that generates a 'thank you' message and your courtesy is recorded in your profile and the profile of the person you thanked.


I want to keep a copy of a thread on my own computer.

When viewing the thread click 'Thread Tools' then select 'Download PDF Version'. You can also select 'Show Printable Version' and print it off.


Subscriptions. What's that?

Subscription does not refer to any form of payment on this forum. This forum is totally free.

Subscription refers to the system of getting a notification by email that someone else has posted a reply to a thread/topic you are interested in.

To activate this in any thread, before you post your message scroll down to the section 'Additional Options'. Find the drop down box with the header 'Notification Type:' and select 'Instant Email Notification'. When you no longer want to get these notifications just change the option.

You can also cancel any of these subscriptions in User CP > Subscribed Threads > List Subscriptions.


Selecting forums/posts to display in 'New Posts'

I have set up a system where registered users can choose which forums they can get new posts from using the 'New Posts' link.

Go to 'User CP' then 'Edit Options' and scroll down to the box entitled 'Miscellaneous Options'. There you can make your choices. If you want to view all forum new posts then select 'None'. You can alter your options at any time. If you want to exclude any only select the actual forum and not the forum header name that has the "" around it. Then click 'Save Changes'.

The only forum that is excluded from this is 'Forum and Web Site Users Support' forum, as I use this to put out some important forum use messages.


Multiple Login Accounts

Accounts and logins are monitored to alert us of any member who logs in with what may be multiple accounts. This is not permitted.

However, part of the monitoring system will alert us if more than one person logs in from the same computer. In many cases this is perfectly genuine, such as work computers, or persons living in the same house.

When this happens we will ask you for an explanation, and if this is a genuine case we will add those user ID's to our 'ignore' list.



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