Kabin FAQ & Rules
HiFi Kabin Rules Who is The Kaptain and who owns the forum? Where are my email notifications? Forum Usergroups New Members Restrictions How secure is the forum? Cookies Styles Sticky Bar Icons Font Size Lost Password and Password Security Posting Images Notes Avatars Smilies Links PM's Reporting Posts Friends and Foes Bot's and Spider's Trade Menber's Heads Up Sub Forum Emporium Special Rules "The Official HiFi Kabin Chart" Other FAQ's General Advice
HiFi Kabin Rules
- Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and may result in a warning or, as a last resort, banning
- Remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated.
- Political discussion, or politicising of topics, is not permitted on the HiFi Kabin. Such posting usually descends into the mire of name-calling or worse.
What is considered political is wholly the decision of the Administrator and Moderators and will be deleted without notice or warning. No discussion will be entered into.
- The administrators and moderators reserve the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to the administrators and moderators and not users.
- Please do not act as "back seat moderators". If you note an issue which contravenes the rules, or have an issue with the forum in general, please PM a member of the 'Kurators' Do not respond to such topics yourself.
- Before starting a new topic, please use the search function at the top of the page. There might be an existing topic that covers what you want to talk about.
- Other forums and its members have no right of reply here. Please do not criticise them or their members. If you have a problem with another forum or its members, please deal with it there and not here.
- Please refain from referring to banned members for the same reasons stated above.
- Please post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, or use 'txt spk'
- Do not unnecessarily 'bump' topics.
- The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging. In addition, anyone PMing other members in an inappropriate manner, or continuing to PM when they have been asked not to, will have their membership of this forum terminated and their action reported to their isp as appropriate.
- Please remember. People on the internet are not always who or what they seem to be. If you are at all concerned about the real identity or motives of a forum member, please do not hesitate to contact a member of The Kurators.
- Please don't use avatars wider than 200 pixels. Animated Avatars are not allowed.
- Photos in signatures :- Do not have more than 2 lines of photos, each up to 700 wide, and in total no higher than 250.
Who is The Kaptain?I was a long standing member of the LINN forum who became dissatisfied with the direction it was taking. The HiFiKabin is owned and funded by myself. Top
Where are my email Notifications?Sometimes email notifications end up in your SPAM folder. To prevent this happening in the future please read these instructions. Top
Forum UsergroupsThere are several usergroups in the HiFi Kabin, what they are and what they allow you to do is described below
All members are in this group as its the starting point for all permissions.
Newly registered users
All members who have recently registered but have not posted.
There is only one administrator who has full control of the board. That is myself.
Selected members who have full moderating powers over the board.
Selected members who can approve new members posts.
Full members with 10+ posts who have access to Heads Up and can start topic in The Emporium.
Members with 10+ posts who can vote in the Kabin Album Of The Month (if you do not wish to take part you can remove yourself from this group)
Recognised HiFi retailers or manufacturers
Members who have been banned from the HiFi Kabin.
New Members RestrictionsAs a new members you will not have full access to the HiFi Kabin, in particular your first post needs to be approved by a moderator
In addition you will not be able to add a signature or avatar nor use the Private Message system. These restrictions will be removed once your first post has been approved. Top
How secure is the forum?In the life of phpBB 3.x there have only been 5 security vulnerabilities, each relatively minor, and dealt with promptly by the software writers. More Reading Any reports to the contrary are incorrect. Each code change goes through an independent security audit by SektionEins before it is released. The HiFiKabin is now a "Secured Forum" where any information you enter is transmitted in a secure manner thus keeping your password and email address safe from being intercepted on its journey. For more information See Here
There are two styles that are selectable in your UCP. The default is prosilver.
prosilver se is a lighter version of the default style which you may find easier on the eyes.
All of the styles will scale to fit in smaller devices. Top
The "Sticky Bar" that attaches it self to the top of your Browsers Screen can be turned off in your UCP
The icons at the start of the Forum and Topic rows have the following meanings. Scrolling text in the icon denotes a 'popular' topic. Contains Unread Posts Contains unread posts and also contains a subforum Contains Unread Posts and is Locked to further posting Contains no unread posts Contains no unread posts and also contains a subforum Contains no unread posts and is Locked to further posting Contains no posts but is a link to somewhere else is edit, the report this post and quote. In a quoted post, the name as shown by the red arrow takes you to the posters profile, the † as shown by the blue arrow takes you to the original post Top
You can iincrease the font size up to ~400% of the default and/or make all the font bold by going to your User Control Panel and looking in "Board Preferences" Top
Passwords are stored in the database in a way that makes them irrecoverable. Your password is first salted and then hashed which is a one way process and can not be reverse engineered to produce the original password. Should you forget your password, request another from the log on page. If you are naturally untrustful of Password Generators available elsewhere I have created one for you which is available HERE It can also be found on your Change Password and Registration pages. No data is stored, and once the page is closed or refreshed the generated password is automatically deleted. If you lose your password, click here to enable you to create a new one. The email should arrive almost instantly. If for some reason it doesn't, check your spam folder. Top
If you keep getting logged out, can not answer posts on the first attempt etc, it may be that you are a new member and your posts need to be moderated in order to prevent spam appearing on the forum. Otherwise, click the 'delete forum cookies' at the bottom left of the index page, close your browser, open it again and log in. Also the Hosting Company in its wisdom have blocked certain 'special characters' from being posted. So if you get an odd error message, check your post and try again. Top
You are now allowed to attach images into posts which are stored on this server. You can 'drag and drop' images into the posting box, or click the link under the posting box then and Browse for the Image you require on your computer. In either case you need to click for the image to appear in the body of the post. Quoted posts do not show the attached image. You can only attach images if you have made more than 2 posts The alternative way is to use BBCode. To post a picture using BBCode it needs to be on the web somewhere first. The easiest tool I have found is PostImage.org You can use it on its own, sign up to have more control over your images, or download their app which turns your print screen button into an editing and upload tool (Windoze only) Use the 'hotlink link for forums' code. Using the 'thumbnail' code will result is only the thumbnail being visible on the forum. If you are copying an image from another site (something that is not recommended) then please make sure the image code ends in a recognised image file extension (.jpg .gif .bmp etc) , highlight the link, and click the img button at the top of the posting box. [url=http://postimage.org/][img]http://s4.postimg.org/r0t42ckz1/2311ce9b_800x500.jpg[/img][/url] There is also a Postimage Upload tool under the posting box. • Add image to post To stop images appearing in posts CLICK HERE and set "Display Images Within Posts" to no Any oversized image will be resized at the client side, thus avoiding forum and server slowdown. Top
I have added a facility for you to make notes that you, and only you, can read. Just click the link as shown below to access that page. You can also acess them directly from a post by clicking the button Top
Members with 2 or more posts can upload an avatar in their profile. Find a photo you want, making sure it is not animated nor wider than 200 pix (see the Forum Rules) To upload an avatar, go to your
User Control Panel>Profile>Edit Avatarselect Upload Avatar from the dropdown and either browse for it on your computer or paste the URL in the box. To use a remote avatar, upload it as described in Images and paste the code on to a notepad document. You will have something like this [url=http://postimage.org/][img]http://s1.postimg.org/f4c6iqvaj/2311ce9b_800x500.jpg[/img][/url] then remove all of the tags, leaving http://s1.postimg.org/f4c6iqvaj/2311ce9b_800x500.jpg Next, go to your
User Control Panel>Profile>Edit Avatarpaste the code in, and submit. CLICK HERE and set "Display Avatars" to no
If you find the smilies annoying, CLICK HERE and change "Display smilies as images" to no, submit the page and they will no longer appear as pictures. Top
A long link can be shortened in the post like this. [url=Google]https://www.google.co.uk/[/url] Google Internal links automatically appear like this For example http://hifikabin.me.uk/faq.php appears as FAQ's Top
If you have notification of new PM's, but can't see them , then your inbox is, or has been, full. Once you have made space, click on Release all on-hold messages above the list of your PM's to access them. If you prefer, you can change it so that the oldest message is always deleted if a new message arrives to a full inbox. Go to User Control Panel>Private Messages>Rules, Folders and Settings>If Folder is full>delete oldest Message>change Top
Friends and Foes
You can ignore posts and PM's made by individual members if you wish by setting them as a 'foe' More information here Top
Bot's and Spider's
Any Bot or Spider you see in the Who is online section are indexing the forum so that information can be found in Search Engines. They can not view PM's/User Control Panel etc, and if they appear to be doing so they get an error message. Top
Trade Members are most welcome but you must make yourself known to The Kaptain stating what you make import or sell. Approved Trade Members will have their rank changed to that name. Please note that you can not promote or talk about products that you design/manufacture/sell if you do not have that rank. The decision to allow the rank of Trade Members is made by The Kaptain alone and no discussion will be entered into. You can apply by PMing The Kaptain or by clicking This Link There is no cost to you by becoming a Trade Members, this rank only exists in the interests of clarity, but please remember that Hi Fi Kabin is privately run and is personally funded byThe Kaptain However, donations towards the running costs are always welcome. Hi Fi Kabin does not endorse or guarantee the integrity of any equipment discussed it merely provides a venue for discussion. Effective from March 1st 2017 Top
Heads Up Sub Forum
The Heads Up sub Forum is viewable by members with 10+ posts ONLY Top
Emporium Special Rules1) This section is exclusively for the use of HiFi Kabin forum members. Only Full Members (those with 10+ posts) are allowed to start a Topic, all other members can reply. 2) No Fake or otherwise illegal items 3) All For sale items should include the price, a picture of the item with a piece of paper with your forum ID in shot. 3a) Members with the rank of Trade Member have their username coloured and only need to include the price and photo of the item. 3b) "Heads Up" and "Interest Check" posting is allowed without a photo, but a photo MUST be added before it is converted to a "For Sale" topic. 4) Any item sold for charity can be sold by auction if you wish. Set a starting bid, close date and state what Charity it is in aid of. All bids must be posted on the topic. 5) Please state FS, FS (CHARITY) or WTD in the topic title as appropriate. 6) Make it clear if the item is 'collect only' and/or where you are prepared to ship with an estimate of the cost. 7) Once the transaction is completed, please edit the title to indicate the fact 8) Neither HiFi Kabin the forum Admin or Mods can be held accountable for any transaction arising. This section has just been added to help members private transactions 9) Any listing that does not conform to the above may be removed without notice.Top
"The Official HiFi Kabin Chart"
Towards the end of every month members with a post count of 10+ AND have accepted the current GDPR will receive a link to a survey. Once there you will be able to nominate the three albums you have most enjoyed from those posted in the current months "What are you listening to right now?" Topic. Place your favourite album for the month in the First Choice and two more albums for Second and Third Choice. These may be in any format [CD, LP, Download etc] as long as you (or someone else) has posted it in "What are you listening to right now?"
- Please do not enter the same album more than once.
- You do not need to send your poll vote form until the last day of the month.
- The KABIN MUSIC ALBUM CHART will appear in this sub forum on the 1st day of the following month.
5th = 6 Points
The awarded points for each nominated album from every member are totalled up, and upon the closing time at midnight on the last day of each month, the album with the most points is the winner of The Kabin Album Of The Month. Should you not be in the 'KAOTM' group but should be, or do not get the PM with the link to the poll, please let me know. Please place all discussions about "The Official HiFi Kabin Chart" in 'Music' Top
The Internet is a great place to have fun, but some people may try to use this for their own more dangerous purposes. Remember, people in chatrooms and on message boards may not be who they say they are. You can't hear them or see them so you don't really know if they are telling the truth.
Unfortunately, you cannot automatically trust anyone you meet online. Have a look below for advice on how best to protect yourself and make sure your on-line experience is fun and exciting as it should be!
This guide is really aimed at younger users of the Website but the advice may be just as applicable to adult users.
IF YOU ARE UNDER 16 ALWAYS TELL A TRUSTED ADULT
If you are under 16 you should always let your parents or legal guardian know that you are using a message board or chatroom.
DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION
You should never give out the following information about yourself:-
- Full name
- Telephone number
- Mobile number
- E-mail address
- School name
- Log-in password