Important: New Members FAQ
New Members FAQ
Hi and welcome to UG :)
The following is a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. It has been compiled to help all users to understand how the forum works and prevent the same questions from being asked 50 times a day. Please also read The Rules, Site FAQ and Pit FAQ for further information.
The New Members Q&A Forum is for questions about the website and forums. All questions about guitar should be directed to the appropriate forum, such as Guitar Techniques for help with learning how to play the guitar, or Electric Guitar for discussing different models of electric guitar.
Threads which are posted in the wrong forum will be moved or closed.
If you are confused about any part of this FAQ, please ask a moderator for help :)
Who are the moderators and what do they do?
- The current list of moderators, administrators and column cleaners can be found here.
- The mods, admins and CCs, as they are generally referred to, are responsible for keeping the forums and columns (comments in news articles, etc.) clean and organised. They are responsible for enforcing the rules, closing/deleting threads, giving out warnings/bans, and many other things.
How do you become a moderator/CC?
- New mods are added to the team only when they are required. The current mods and admins nominate people who they believe would do a good job as a moderator. We suggest people who we think are responsible, active in the forum in question, and who may have knowledge related to the forum in question (ie. Someone who knows a lot about amps might be nominated in the Guitar Gear & Accessories Forum).
- The mods then discuss the given options and when a decision is made, the prospective mod is asked if they’d like to join the team. If they say yes, they become a mod/CC.
*Note* Asking to be modded/CC’d will not help you to be chosen.
What do the different coloured names mean?
- Administrators have moderating powers in every forum which means they can delete/close/move threads and posts, edit posts, warn/ban users, etc. They can also change usernames (special circumstances only), delete user accounts, add and remove mods, add and delete forums, etc.
- Supermods also have moderating powers in every forum. They can also edit some user options such as avatars and signatures if needed.
- Moderators have moderating powers only in their designated forum(s).
- Column Cleaners can delete any spam or offensive comments in the columns section of the site (lessons/articles, etc.). Their warning and banning privileges extend only to users who abuse the columns, not the forums.
What is a signature/avatar/user title? How do I change mine?
- Your signature is a piece of text that will be added to the end of every post you make. It must be no more than 250 characters in length (including any code) and cannot contain embedded images.
- Your avatar is the small picture that appears beside every post you make. It must be 50x50 pixels in size or smaller, and no larger than 19.5kb. If you need a picture resized, please visit the Avatar Exchange.
- Your user title is the small piece of writing that appears directly below your username, next to each post you make.
- All of these options can be changed in your Control Panel which can be found near the top of your screen:
- The options to edit your signature, avatar and user title (found within Edit Profile) can be found on the left menu in your Control Panel:
How do I 'sig' someone/put a quote in my signature?
- First you need to obtain the quote you'd like to put in your sig. Do this by clicking the 'Quote' button underneath the post containing the quote. Select all of the text that is given to you, including the [quote] tags, right click, and select copy (or alternatively you may copy by pressing Ctrl-C).
- Now go to your Control Panel, click 'Edit Signature' on the left, paste the text into the box provided, and click 'Save Signature'.
Can I change my username?
How do I put a picture in my post?
- If the picture is saved on your computer, you can attach it to your post on the Advanced Reply page. Scroll down to the Additional Options and choose Manage Attachments:
- If the picture has been uploaded to the web or you found it on a website, you will need the URL of the image which should end in an extension such as .jpg or .gif. Copy and paste this address into your post, and surround it with IMG tags, so it looks like this:
What should I do if I don't know which forum my thread belongs in?
- Before making the thread, you should ask right here in the New Members Q&A Forum, or send a private message to a moderator.
What should I do if I see someone spamming/advertising on the forums?
- When you see a thread which is obviously spam or advertising (i.e is completely pointless or contains links to websites which are trying to sell something/contain pornography, etc.) do not post in it for any reason unless you are reporting it, and include *reported* in your post so other users are aware that the thread has been reported. Bumping these kinds of threads is not appreciated and you'll receive a warning for it, even if you're telling the threadstarter not to spam.
- If the thread has already been reported by someone, just ignore it. It's not ok to spam the thread up even more, and each thread does not need to be reported more than once. Once again, warnings will be given out to anyone who contributes to a spam thread.
Why is my post count wrong?
- Posts made in the New Members forum and in The Pit do not count towards your post count. These posts are added to your post count initially but will regularly be subtracted from your total, so don't be surprised if it fluctuates.
How does the warning/ban system work?
-This is explained in The Pit's rules announcement.
This FAQ is a work in progress. Information will be added and edited as is necessary. Please ask in this forum or PM one of the moderators of this forum if you have any questions :)
- The UG Mod Team
THE UG FORUMS
I have lots of questions to ask, which forum should I post in? Can I just post threads anywhere?
- UG is made up of many different forums for a reason and each one has a specific purpose. It is important that the forums are kept organised so everyone can find the information they need quickly and easily. Please post your threads in the correct forums wherever possible so you have the best chance of getting a helpful response.
- If you are unsure where your thread belongs, please ask a moderator (for example, if you have a question about bass amps and you aren't sure whether it should go in Bass Guitar or Guitar Gear & Accessories, send a PM to one of the mods in BG or GG&A, and please be patient when waiting for a response as we're quite busy :)) or ask right here in the New Member's forum.
A quick overview of which topics/questions belong in which forum:
New Members Q&A Forum - A place to introduce yourself (in the stickied thread), or ask questions about use of the forums. This includes questions about posting on the forums (how to post pictures, hotlinks, etc.) and how to edit your profiles (including signatures, avatars and UG profiles). The FAQ thread and Rules thread are essential reading.
The Pit - For all general discussion on topics that are NOT covered by another forum. This does not mean that The Pit is a spam forum - all of the Rules still apply in this forum.
Archives of the Best Threads - Where we move the most informative or best threads that we believe are worth keeping. This is a closed forum, no one can post in the Archives.
Bands & Artists - This is where you discuss music by famous musicians and local bands. It is divided into several different subforums so make sure you post your threads in the correct genre. The 'Other' forum is for artists who do not fit into any of the other subforums (classical, rap, dance music, etc.).
Songwriting and Lyrics - The S&L rules are very different from other UG forums, so please read the rules in the announcement at the top of S&L before posting.
The main forum is the place to post ORIGINAL writing (poetry, prose or song lyrics) for critique. Do not ask questions about how to write lyrics in S&L, go to S&L Techniques for that.
- S&L Contests - A subforum of S&L where you can participate in any ongoing Lyric Competitions.
You MUST have approval from a Mod before starting a contest thread. Ideas for lyrics contests may be posted in the thread provided.
- S&L Techniques - A subforum of S&L for the discussion of lyric writing techniques and composing songs, (eg. the combination of lyrics and guitar). Do not ask questions solely theory/guitar based - they belong in Musician Talk.
Riffs and Recordings - Where you can post tabs or MP3s of your own songs.
- Tabs and Chords - A subforum of Riffs & Recordings. Post your original tablature here for others to critique.
- Original Recordings - A subforum of Riffs & Recordings. Post your recordings or links to your recordings here for others to listen to and give input on.
- Covers - A subforum of Riffs & Recordings. Post your recordings of previously recorded songs here for others to give input on.
Tab Talk - Post any requests for guitar or bass tablature in here. Always check the UG Tab Archive before you request a song.
Musician Talk - For discussion of bandleading, music theory, music setup, etc.
- Bandleading - A subforum of Musician Talk. For asking questions directly related to having/starting/joining a band. This includes getting gigs, what to play, how to fire a crappy band member and whatever other trials and tribulations go along with being involved with a band.
Promote Your Band - Where you should post advertisements for your own band, links to your website/myspace, and get some feedback on your music.
Classifieds - Where you should post if you’re looking to buy or sell equipment and/or look for musicians in your area. The actual Classifieds forum contains no threads or posts; instead, everything can be found in its two subforums, Musician Ads and Gear Ads.
- Musician Ads - Need a band member? Wanna join a band? You’ve come to the right place.
- Gear Ads - Gear for sale? Looking to purchase anything relating to guitars? You’ve come to the right place.
Guitar Techniques - Lessons and help for new guitar players, as well as discussion of more advanced techniques. If you have any questions about learning guitar, this is the place to ask them.
Acoustic and Classical Guitar - A forum for questions and discussion specific to acoustic and classical guitar.
Electric Guitar - A forum for questions and discussion specific to electric guitar.
Bass Guitar - A forum for questions and discussion specific to bass guitar.
Guitar Gear and Accessories - Discussion of all guitar-related equipment such as amps, pedals and plectrums.
Gear Building and Customizing - This forum is for questions about building your own pedals, accessories and customisation of your gear.
Site Feedback - This is where you can post error reports, suggestions or questions about the site.
- Site Suggestions - Post your suggestions for the website/forums here.
- Bug Reports - Report about all bugs, issues and major problems in this forum.
- Bad Advertising Reports - Report bad advertising inlcuding malware, spyware and annoying ads here.
- General Information and Announcements - Website announcements and general information which could be useful for UGers.
UG Contribution - Post articles and reviews here, and suggestions for articles that you would like to see on the main site.
Forum of the Banned - This forum can only be seen when you are banned. You should only post in this forum if you disagree with your ban and need to discuss it with the moderators.
- The UG Mod Team
How do I edit my profile page?
- The link to edit your profile can be found at the very top right of your screen, above the UG banner:
- The menu where you can change all of your options is on the left hand side:
For help with customising the look of your profile page, such as the background and font colours, you can find some help in this thread.
How do I upload mp3s?
- Go to your profile by clicking "My Profile" in the top right hand corner, then click "My Mp3s" on the left hand side, and finally click the green "Upload New" tab near the middle.
- Fill in the boxes for Title, Category, Description and Tags then click "Browse" and find the mp3 file and click "Open", then click "Upload your song" to upload the mp3 to your profile.
- Your song must be at the recommended bitrate and sample rate. If it is not already at these rates, you can convert the mp3 using iTunes. Open iTunes and go into your preferences. Find the ripping options, and set them to 128kbps bitrate and 44.1kHz sample rate, with mp3 as the output file type. Click OK and find the song in your library, right click it and choose "convert to mp3". You can now upload it as above.
*Note* mp3s you upload MUST be of you playing. Covers are allowed, but you MUST NOT upload copyrighted material.
A new feature called Widgets has been added to the UG main page. Widgets are handy tools that can give you information about the community, tabs, etc.
How do I start using Widgets?
- Visit the UG main page.
- Click the green square with the plus sign on the left hand side.
(If you can't find the Green Button, you need to close the sidebar in your browser (if you're using it) or reduce the size of your display. You can reduce the size temporarily by pressing the [ctrl] and [-] keys at the same time, once or twice. After setting up the Widgets, you can return to normal size by pressing [ctrl] and  (that's the number 0 not the letter O).)
- The screen will expand vertically and give you access to the Widget menu, where you can see which Widgets are available and choose the ones that you would like to view on your home page.
- The Widget menu can be collapsed at any time by clicking the green square again (it will now have a minus sign instead of a plus sign).
The Criminal Status Widget
This widget will tell you if you currently have any active warnings or bans, and how long they will remain active.
To use this Widget, follow the steps above to view the Widget menu, and then:
- Click on the selection for "Fun Widgets".
- The widget on the left is Criminal Status. Press and hold the left button on your mouse and drag the icon downward.
- A new region appears on your screen. This is where the Widgets you've selected will be active. Drag the icon into any of the three windows then release the mouse button.
- The Criminal Status widget will expand to fill the window. This is what it looks like under normal conditions:
- If you hover over the widget, you'll get a preview of the result of a warning. In the preview, you'll see a reminder to follow the rules.
- If you actually have a warning, the little inmate will look like this but he'll be holding a sign that says "Hooligan". Also, the number of days until the warning expires will be indicated on the upper right.
- This is the picture you really don't want to see. Our little inmate is "On The Rocks". See how sad and pale he is. Don't let this happen to you. Fortunately for him, this is his first ban, so he only has 30 days until release.
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