How Do i <insert hardware/software question here>?
I Do Not Know! I can't tell you how many people write to me personally asking questions about how to do something without giving me any context, or even telling me what piece of software or hardware they're using. Even if there was lots of information, i probably couldn't answer your questions, and really, that's what this site is all about. Please ask your questions on the message boards. As much as i'd like to help each person individually, i don't have time, and i'm probably not the right person to ask anyway. To post a message, go to a message board, hit the "New Message" link, and fill in the form. you can even have the answers emailed to you if you post as a registered user.
A link someone posted is no good. What do i do?
There's nothing i can do about messages that are posted with incorrect links. your best bet is to respond to the message and ask that the person who posted it try to provide an updated link.
I want you to add a new forum
Great! if the forum you're looking for isn't already on the site, feel free to suggest it to me. you can do this through my user profile page. I usually wait until there's some interest shown from several people before i add the board, so it may not appear right after you request it.
Why do i keep getting emails from the site?
Postforum automatically sends out emails in two situations - the first is when you choose to have replies to a thread sent to you. in order to do this, you need to post a message to the thread, you need to check the box at the bottom of the message posting form, and you need to be registered and logged in. if you post anonymously, you won't see the checkbox. The other situation where you'll get emails is if you sign up to receive an email digest of messages posted. this is a read-only message that is sent out by the site periodically. it contains all messages posted since the last digest. You should not reply to either of these types of email, as they're read-only.
What's a digest?
A digest is a compilation of messages posted [since the last digest], squished into one file and mailed out to whoever wants a copy. For very buys message boards, digests are sent out multiple times each day, but for most, you'll get one daily. You must be a registered user to subscribe. Once you've registered, follow the "Forum Subscriptions" link in your personal navigation box. Check off the forums you want to subscribe to and hit the submit button. to unsubscribe, simply uncheck the same box and submit the form.
Why can't i reply to an email?
Postforum is not a mailing list. The emails sent out by the site are sent as a courtesy, so that you don't need to visit the site to read all of the messages. Replying to an email will only send that email to the trash on the postforum server. To reply to a message, follow the instructions in the message itself. In a nutshell, just click on the link provided to get to the message response form. From there you can reply to it like you would any other post on the site.
What software is used to run this site?
Ahh, so you want to be a geek, eh? Postforum is currently run on Geeklog and Phorum. Geeklog has been stripped down to the bare minimum, and i use it for the user authentication and XML parsing functionality. Phorum is the message board software. It has been heavily modified as well, to fit the look and feel that the users of the site have been working with since 1996. Everything is written in PHP, with MySQL as the database backend. The site is served at pair networks in Pittsburgh, PA, on a PentiumIII/600 running FreeBSD 2.11.