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MangaHelpers FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

What are the advantages of registering?

In order to fully utilize the abilities of this forum, you must register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:
  • Post new threads
  • Reply to other peoples' threads
  • Edit your posts
  • Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Enter events in the forum calendar
  • Set up a 'buddy-list' to quickly see which of your friends are currently online
To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) The forum is configured to send you the final part of the registration process by email, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working.

Does this forum use cookies?

The use of cookies on this forum is optional, but may enhance your experience of the site. Cookies are used to enable functions such as showing whether or not a thread or forum you are viewing has new posts since your last visit, or to automatically log you back in when you return to the site after being away for a while. When you register, you will be given the option to 'Automatically login when you return to the site'. This will store your username and password in a cookie, stored on your computer. If you are using a shared computer, such as in a library, school or internet cafe, or if you have reason to not trust any other users that might use this computer, we do not recommend that you enable this. This forum also gives you the option to use a cookie to track your current session, ensuring that you remain logged-on while browsing the site. If you choose not to store this information in a cookie, the session data will be sent through each link you click. Choosing not to use a cookie may cause problems if your computer's connection to the Internet uses a proxy-server and you share links with other users behind the same proxy. If in doubt, we recommend that you select 'yes' to enable the cookie. After you have registered, you may alter your cookie options at any time by changing the settings on this page.

How do I clear my cookies?

You may clear all your cookies by clicking here. If you return to the main index page via the link provided and you are still logged in, you may have to remove your cookies manually.

In Mozilla Firefox:
  1. Click the "Tools" menu.
  2. Select "Options" from the menu that appears.
  3. From the dialog box, select the "Privacy" tab at the top.
  4. Click "remove individual cookies"
  5. Click "Remove All Cookies"
Your cookies should now be removed. You may want to restart the computer and revisit the forums to be sure.

I lost my password, what can I do?

If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Forgotten Your Password' link on any page that requires you to fill in your password.

This will bring up a page where you should enter your registered email address, and an email will be sent to that address instantly, with instructions for resetting your password.

You can also go directly to http://mangahelpers.com/forums/login.php?do=lostpw to request a new password be sent to your registered email address.

How can I change the information in my profile?

It is your responsibility to keep the information in your profile up-to-date. You should especially ensure that your email address is kept current. You can alter any of the fields in your profile, except your username and birthdate. Once you have registered your username, it becomes yours for life. You may request to change your username once in the New Username Request thread.

Edit your profile in the Edit Profile section of your User CP.

What can I do in my User CP?

You can edit all sorts of personal settings in your User CP.
  • Edit Signature allows you to create or change your signature.
  • Edit Email & Password allows you to change/update your email and password.
  • Edit Profile allows you to change/update your personal information.
  • Edit Options allows you to change your options on how you view the forums.
    • Login & Privacy allows you to set yourself to invisible and allow/disallow vCard downloads.
    • Message Notifications allows you to set your email and PM (Private Message) settings. (To learn more about Private Messages read our What is Private Messaging? FAQ). And set your default subscription method.
    • Thread Display Options allows you to set how you view the threads. To find out more about this feature read the What are the various thread display options? FAQ.
    • Date & Time Options allows you to set your time zone and how you view the calendar.
    • Miscellaneous Options allow you to set things like Message Editor Interface, how you view the posts you make while you're writing it. Forum Skin allows you to change the theme/colors of how you view the forums. mkPortal Integration lets you turn mkPortal on or off. mkPortal shows the nav bar on the left side of your browser when enabled. Country Display lets you choose whether you want to see other people's country as flags or text.
  • Edit Avatar allows you to add/change/delete your avatar.
  • There is also the PM section of the options which lets you send/view your PMs received & sent and organize them into folders of your choice.
  • Subscription Threads section allows you to view all your subscriptions and also change the subscription notification setting by thread. And create folders to sort your subsciptions neatly.
  • Miscellaneous lets you join public groups, and set up your Buddy / Ignore List. For more information on that, you can take a look at the What are Buddy / Ignore Lists?

How do I change my theme?

You can change your theme 2 different ways.
  1. From the bottom of any page on the forums by:
    1. Find the drop down on the left side.
    2. Select the theme style you want.
    3. Wait for the page to refresh with your chosen theme.
  2. From your User CP by:
    1. Click on Edit Options and scroll down until you see Miscellaneous Options
    2. Find the box that says Forum Skin and select the theme you want in the dropdown list.
    3. Scroll down until you see the Save Changes button and click.

What are Avatars and Signatures?

Avatars:
Avatars are the pictures underneath your user name when you make posts.

Custom avatars are enabled on this forum, which allows you to upload an avatar image from your computer.

After you have registered, you may set your signature. This is a piece of text that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts, a little like having headed note paper.

You will then have the option to include your signature on any posts you make. If you have specified a signature, then the forum will automatically append your signature to any messages you post. You can disable signatures on a per-post basis by un-ticking the 'Show Signature' checkbox when you compose your message.

Signatures:
You may turn the signature on and off on posts you have already made by editing the post and altering the state of the 'Show Signature' option.

You can set your signature by going to your Edit Signature section of your User CP.

These small images are called Avatars. They are displayed below your username on all posts that you make. There are two kinds of avatars: those provided by the administrator and those that you upload yourself.

For more information on how to upload your chosen avatar and signature, you can read the Avatars, Signatures, Images FAQ.

What are Buddy / Ignore Lists?

The buddy list is used to keep track of the friends you have made on this forum. By going to your "Open Buddy List" in "Quick Links" menu of the navbar, you'll be able to see which of your friends are currently online and send them a private message. Adding people to your buddy list also allows you to send private messages to multiple forum members at the same time. You may add any member of the forums to your buddy list by viewing their profile or by going to Buddy / Ignore Lists in your "User CP".

Ignore lists are used for those people whose messages you wish not to read. By adding someone to your ignore list, those messages posted by these individuals will be hidden when you read a thread.

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