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.

First off:

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
- 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.

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Last edited by Ximich at Jun 21, 2013,

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 Authors Community - This is accessible only to contributors (those who have submitted tabs, for instance) and moderators. Used to discuss contributions, the contribution system, etc.

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

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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.

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