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General Information
Before you begin...
Registration and Forum Participation
How do I register to participate?
Why do you require an email address when I register?
How does email work on the discussion board?

Login and Registration Issues
Why can't I log in?
Why do I get logged off automatically?
Why isn't there an online user listing?
I've lost my password...
I registered in the past but cannot log in anymore...

User Preferences and settings
How do I change my settings?
The times are not correct...
I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong...
My language is not in the list...
How do I show an image below my username?
How do I change my rank?
When I click the email link for a user it asks me to log in...

Posting Issues
How do I post a topic in a forum?
How do I edit or delete a post?
Can I add a signature to my post?
Why can't I access a forum?

Formatting and Topic Types
Is text formatting or HTML used in this forum?
Are emoticons used?
What are Announcements?
What are Sticky topics?
What are Locked topics?

User Levels and Groups
What are Administrators?
What are Moderators?
What are Usergroups?
How do I join a Usergroup?
How do I become a Usergroup Moderator?

Private Messaging
Why isn't there private messaging?

phpBB 2 Issues
Who wrote this bulletin board?
Why isn't X feature available?
Whom do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?

 

Safety Guidelines
Please read our Guidelines before posting
The ASCA Forum is not a substitute for professional care and services. You should always consult a trained professional with any questions about your specific needs and concerns. Always know your own limitations and factor in your own good judgment.

Use Anonymous Email
Use a free, anonymous email address from a service like Yahoo Mail or HotMail if you want to register to participate in our forums for members. Please note that this forum uses form mail for email communications. This type of mail does not show your email address.

For Your Privacy After Registering
Login to your profile. Under "Preferences" the line "Always show my e-mail address" should be selected "no". If you leave it as "yes" your email address will be visible on this site.

Learn Good Participation Skills
We keep this discussion space safe by treating other participants appropriately. Be gentle with each other. Realize that every person who comes here has been damaged or bruised or is sensitive to those who are. Be cautious about flames or expressions of rage at fellow participants. Use 'I' statements. Speak from your own experience. Speak from your heart. This is the most powerful and influential way to make your point.

Make Appropriate Posts
Administrators and moderators will remove any inappropriate posts or articles. This includes abusive posts, or other disruptive items. Since we can't guarantee the appropriateness of content on other websites, any URLs posted will be removed. If you know of a problematic posting, contact the moderator or administrator.

Suicidal Feelings
This is not the place for suicide notes and threats. This is the place to discuss your feelings, no matter how dark or despairing. Share what you need to share, and get help when you need help.

Do Not Reveal Your Identity
We recommend that you not reveal personally identifiable information like your real name, address, city, telephone number or place of work to anyone in our discussion community. Use an alias or handle instead. We will never ask you for personal information.

Speak For Yourself
Impersonation of others is not allowed.

Use Caution About the Veracity of Others
We can't stop participants from revealing personal information, although this is your best assurance of security. We can't verify the identity of other users, or validate their statements.

Consider Anonymous Browsing
While severe privacy violations are uncommon, they are possible. If you want your Internet activities to remain secure, use an anonymization system. There are several companies that have established reputations for good security, like zeroknowledge.com and anonymizer.com. You'll need to study their websites to learn the details of the services they offer.

Do Not Discuss Offenders Directly
This is a forum for discussion and healing, and is not meant as a place to confront offenders. Do not refer to offenders by name or provide specific information that might incriminate anyone, such as the city you live in or the city an offender lives in.

Do Not Discuss Details of Unresolved Offenses
Do not discuss specific information regarding illegal activities, or crimes which have not been tried, or for which charges are pending.

Understand That We Work to Protect You
ASCA works to maintain participant's safety. However, the Web was not designed to protect user privacy and there are limits to what we can do.

Know That We Follow US Law
ASCA complies with the laws of the United States. We will comply with legal court orders. Be aware that law enforcement officials can monitor all conversations on public websites.

Ask For Help
Moderators are available to help out with individual or group problems. You can post any problems you have in a forum or email the moderator.
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General Information
Before you begin...
Welcome to the ASCA Forum. Registered users may participate in all topics. Please take a few moments to review the general information provided below. Make sure you read our Safety Guidelines before you begin posting.
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Registration and Forum Participation
We no longer have 'open' forums due to the number of spam postings. Requiring registration helps us to prevent spam that is both disruptive and offensive. It also provides added features -- form mail, viewing latest posts, viewing and editing your posts, etc.
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How do I register to participate?
1. Click on the 'Register' link located at the top of any page in this forum.
2. Please read the Registration terms.
3. Click on the 'I agree to these terms...' link.
4. Fill in the form with the appropriate information. Remember to write down your user name and password.
5. Click on the 'Submit button.

Important Final Step
You will receive an email containing a link. Clicking on this link will complete the process and activate your permissions in the forum. You will be able to login and post with your username and password.
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Why do you require an email address when I register?
An email address is required as part of the validation process. This process, along with regular forum security updates, helps us to prevent 'bots' from auto-registering in our forums. Your email address will never be provided to any third party.
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How does email work on the discussion board?
This site uses form mail so no email addresses are displayed. Only registered users may use form mail and the only thing they actually see is a button that says 'email'. Please note that when you register, your email preference is set to default to 'no'. Senders will receive a message stating that you do not wish to receive email when they click on the 'email' button.
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Login and Registration Issues
Why can't I log in?
1. Have you registered?
You must register in order to log in.

2. Did you activate your registration?
It could be your account requires activation. When you registered you were sent an email with an activation link that you click on to activate your username and password. If you did not receive the email, then check that your email address is valid. We use this process to help keep spammers and rogue users from abusing the board anonymously.

3. Have you checked your username and password?
In many cases the use of an incorrect username and/or password is the problem. If not, contact the board administrator.

4. Have you been banned from the board? (A message will be displayed if you have.)
If so, you should contact the webmaster or board administrator to find out why.


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Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Log me in automatically box when you log in, the board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university cluster, etc.
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Why isn't there an online user listing?
We do not have an online user listing. This was done to maintain each participant's privacy.
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I've lost my password...
While your password cannot be retrieved it can be reset. To do this go to the login page and click I've forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be back online in no time.
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I registered in the past but cannot log in anymore...
The most likely reasons for this are: you entered an incorrect username or password (check the email you were sent when you first registered) or the administrator has deleted your account for some reason. If it is the latter case then perhaps you did not post anything. Administrators may periodically remove users who have not posted anything to reduce the size of the database. You may have to re-register.
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User Preferences and settings
How do I change my settings?
All your settings (if you are registered) are stored in the database. To alter them click on the 'Profile' link located at the top of the page. This will allow you to change your current settings.
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The times are not correct...
What you may be seeing are times displayed in a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, you should change your profile setting for the timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users.
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I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong...
If you are sure you have set the timezone correctly and the time is still different, the most likely answer is daylight savings time (or summer time as it is known in the UK and other places). The board is not designed to handle the changeovers between standard and daylight time so during summer months the time may be an hour different from the real local time.
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My language is not in the list...
Your language has not been installed on this discussion board.
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How do I show an image below my username?
Avatars are currently not allowed in this discussion forum
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How do I change my rank?
In general you cannot directly change the wording of any rank (ranks appear below your username in topics and on your profile depending on the style used). Most boards use ranks to indicate the number of posts you have made and to identify certain users. For example, moderators and administrators may have a special rank.
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When I click the email link for a user it asks me to log in...
Only registered users can send email to people via the built-in email form. This helps prevent malicious use of the email system by anonymous users.
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Posting Issues
How do I post a topic in a forum?
You have to be a registered participant and will need to log in before you can post a topic or reply to a message.

If this is your first time posting, you will need to reply to the moderator 'sticky note' located at the top of your chosen forum with your post content. The moderator will give you permission to post on the forum.

This low tech solution along with security updates have eliminated the vast majority of offensive spam. We apologize for this extra step and any delays.

Once you have been given permission to post, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. The facilities available to you are listed at the bottom of the forum and topic screens (the You can post new topics etc. list.
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How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are the board administrator or a forum moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post (sometimes for only a limited time after it was made) by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic that lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if no one has replied; it also will not appear if moderators or administrators edit the post (they should leave a message saying what they altered and why). Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.
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Can I add a signature to my post?
For security reasons, signatures are not used in this forum. Usernames appear with each post.
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Why can't I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post, etc. you may need special authorization which only the forum moderator and board administrator can grant.
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Formatting and Topic Types
Is text formatting or HTML used in this forum?
For security reasons only plain text is used in this forum.

Note
The text formatting buttons that appear in the Topic and Reply windows have been turned off.
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Are emoticons used?
Emoticons (smileys) are not used in this forum.
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What are Announcements?
Preceded by Important, announcements can appear at the top of each page of a particular forum. Posted by the board administrator or forum moderator, they contain important information about the discussion board or a forum.
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What are Sticky topics?
Sticky topics appear below any announcements and only on the first page. Posted by the board administrator or forum moderator, they contain important information relevant to the forum.
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What are Locked topics?
A topic may be 'locked' by the forum moderator or board administrator. You cannot reply to locked topics. A topic may be locked because it is old and has had no recent responses. The moderator or board administrator may have found the information to be important and has left it in place for reference purposes. It may also be locked because the topic has grown in both size and scope. It may have been split into new topics or even into a new forum. If this is the case, you should find an explanatory post. Contact the forum moderator if you have any questions.
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User Levels and Groups
What are Administrators?
Administrators are people assigned the highest level of control over the entire board. These people have control over all facets of board operation. This includes setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc. Administrators also have full moderator capabilities in all the forums.
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What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) whose job it is to look after the day-to-day running of their assigned forums. They can edit, delete, lock, unlock, move, and split topics in the forums they moderate. Generally moderators help to prevent a forum from going off-topic or stop the posting of abusive or offensive material.
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What are Usergroups?
Usergroups are a way in which board administrators can group users. Each user can belong to several groups (this differs from most other boards) and each group can be assigned individual access rights. This makes it easy for administrators to set up several users as moderators of a forum, or to give them access to a private forum, etc.
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How do I join a Usergroup?
To join a usergroup click the usergroup link on the page header (dependent on template design) and you can then view all usergroups. Not all groups are open access -- some are closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the board is open then you can request to join it by clicking the appropriate button. The user group moderator will need to approve your request.
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How do I become a Usergroup Moderator?
Usergroups are initially created by the board administrator (who also assigns a board moderator). Contact the board administrator.
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Private Messaging
Why isn't there private messaging?
This forum does not use private messaging. This was done to address forum security and participant privacy concerns.
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phpBB 2 Issues
Who wrote this bulletin board?
This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyrighted phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public License and may be freely distributed; see link for more details
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Why isn't X feature available?
Certain features found in other phpBB discussion boards have been disallowed or removed for security or privacy reasons. Other features may have been deemed inappropriate for the content of this discussion board.
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Whom do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?
You should email the administrator of this board. If you cannot find who that is, you should email one of the forum moderators and ask them who you should contact. Please note that phpBB Group has absolutely no control and cannot in any way be held liable over how, where or by whom this board is used.
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