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10 February 2010
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Hi Matt. I'll take these in turn.

1. The site's built using WordPress, and there's a plugin (add-on) called Simple:Press Forum, which is what runs this forum. The arithmetic is, as you realise, a spam prevention measure which seems to keep the bots out. I don't think the software allows an alternative CAPTCHA (what these measures are known as - it stands for 'Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart') but I'll see.

Sorry if it's a nuisance. I'll try disabling it and see if we get spam here. Did you lose what you've written when you got the sum wrong?

2. The guest was a user account I deleted. I can't remember exactly why, but I deleted the account and left the person's message up on the forum. The name next to the message was then automatically changed to 'guest', even though I normally people have to sign up before they can post.

3. gorky5 is another of my accounts. I have three accounts with different admin/user rights, so I can test the forum software and see what others are seeing. I might change it though as I don't really need a moderator account.

Moderators don't do anything as such - I occasionally edit messages for broken links/images or badly-formatted quotes (though these are a pain to fix as the software can be cranky with code sometimes), but I wouldn't alter what people wrote unless it was libellous or grossly offensive. If this forum gets wildly popular I may ask others if they'd be interested in becoming a moderator in case I'm not around, but at the moment it's not necessary. As it goes I'm the only person who can make changes to the site.

26 February 2010
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It's not a feature that was removed. It uses a system called Gravatar (globally-recognised avatar): http://en.gravatar.com/

The idea is that an email address has an image attached to it. Whenever people comment on a site which uses gravatars, and leave their email addresses, the picture will appear automatically.

When no gravatar has been set by a person, the default is the AHD'sN pic of the back of George's head.

It'd be nice if avatars in this forum could be carried over to those on the main part of the site, but I don't think it's possible.

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8 April 2010
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The smileys not appearing when editing a post is a quirk of the software. Hopefully it'll be addressed in a future release.

There is a way to do it, though it requires some guesswork. Each of the smileys has a shortcode. For example, : ahdnr 8 : (without the spaces) gives a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 (A Hard Day's Night, Ringo pic 8).

Some numbers are missing because I uploaded replacements later on. The other option, of course, is to copy the image location of another smiley and use html to include it in your edit, but that's a bit of a nuisance too.

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9 April 2010
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17 July 2010
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Thanks Skye.

There's some information in the help guides section here: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....ng-images/

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