Only registered members can post messages on the board. In addition, members have access to features not available to guest users such as using avatars, emailing other members, selecting a time zone, etc. It only takes a minute to register so give it a try!
I registered but can't login!
Are you sure you registered correctly? This board requires that you activate your new account before you can log in. Was the address correct? You must confirm your email address by following the instructions mailed to the address you used to register. Did you use a unique name and email address? The name may be taken or you may have tried registering before, in which case you cannot use the same name or email address. In rare cases a registration cannot be completed or a registered member cannot post because a banned member and their associated ip addresses are blocked from use.
If you are confident the registration was successful, first check that you are entering the correct name and password. And try deleting your cookies and temporary internet files, close all your browser windows, then open up a new one. Contact the administrator if you are still having problems.
I get logged off automatically!
You must check the Log me in automatically box when you login, otherwise the board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. Cookies must be enabled to remember you the next time you visit. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the 'Remember Me' box during login. this is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, such as a library, internet cafe, university cluster, etc.
I lost my password!
Don't panic! While your password cannot be retrieved it can be reset. To do this go to the login page and click I've forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be back online in no time.
I registered in the past but can't login any more?!
You may be using the wrong name or password (check the email you were sent when you first registered). Periodically the administrator may remove users who have never posted to reduce the size of the database. Try registering again and get involved in discussions.
how can I unregestr? i amnot intrested in partiipating anymore :-( UR just 2mean!!!!
Unfortunately your account cannot be deleted from the database, especially if you have posted on the board. If a member chooses to leave the board, the easiest way is to simply log out and never log in again. Deleting all your cookies will also accomplish this. Once you have either logged out or deleted your cookies, your name will no longer appear at the bottom of the page as a logged in member if you visit the board.
Your Profile -- Changing Your Preferences and Settings
Change your settings
All your settings (if you are registered) are stored in the database. To alter them click the Profile link at the top of each forum page, make your selections, and click on the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page.
Change the time zone
The administrator has selected a time zone to use on the forums. You can change the display you see to a different zone to match your location, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Just experiment until you have it right. The board is not designed to handle the changeovers between standard and daylight time so during summer months the time may be an hour different from the real local time. Changing the time zone, like most settings can only be done by registered users. So if you are not registered this is a good time to do so.
Show an image below your name
This image is called an avatar and is selected by each user. Log in, click on the Profile button (found at the top of each page). At the bottom of your Profile page you can choose to upload a remote avatar so long as it is a non-animated jpg and is no larger than the maximum listed size. This is a guinea pig board. Select a picture of one or more of your pets as an avatar. Other avatars will be removed. If this is the first avatar you have tried to add to your profile and you are having problems, send a copy of the jpg to the administrator, who can size it correctly and either send you the file to upload or upload it if you are unable to do so. Be sure to include your user name with the request.
Posting and Using the Board -- a How-To Guide for Registered Members
How the yellow light bulbs and folders work
You will find some of the most useful features on the board are the light bulbs, folders, and navigation links. When you first arrive at the main board page and log in, the yellow light bulbs will tell you which forums have new posts. Click on a forum name (link) for the list of topics in that forum and you will see more yellow light bulbs if there are unread topics. Click on the little orange/red folder and arrow next to a topic and you will be taken to the last unread post in that topic. White light bulbs and white folders indicate forums and posts that have been read. The white folders are a link to the last post on a topic and are also very useful.
And at the top right on most pages, is the most valuable link of all: View posts since last visit. Many people click on this link first for an overview of new posts on the board. Experiment to find out what suits you best. Some people have problems losing their yellow light bulbs. If you close your browser and reopen it or log off and log back on again, they will be reset to a later time and all your light bulbs will be off (unless there have been new posts in the interim). If the light bulbs persist and do not reset properly, empty your temporary internet files.
Post a new topic in a forum
You must be registered and logged on to post. First, go to the forum you wish to post in by clicking on the forum name on the main page. Once you are in the appropriate forum, click on the New Topic button on the top right of the page. The New Topic button also appears on the top right of each thread (topic). If you are starting a new topic, be sure to use the appropriate forum and don't forget to fill in a title.
When you post, try to pick an appropriate forum. Do NOT post the same question in multiple forums! The topic will be moved if it is in the wrong place.
- Emergency and Medical Forum -- Use this forum for any and all medical questions related to guinea pigs. Once you begin a topic on your ill pet, post all updates and related questions on that same thread. Members find it difficult to remember the history of your animal. Keeping things in one place is better for you and for us.
- Reference and First Hand Accounts -- This forum is NOT designed for asking questions. It is intended as place to post reference information and for summaries of a particular guinea pig's medical care. If you have any questions about whether or not your post is appropriate for this forum, contact the administrator.
- Cavy Chat -- General questions and information on cavy related topics.
- Behavior -- Cavy behavior issues. Topics in the Cavy Chat and Behavior Forums sometimes overlap.
- Cavy Placement -- Need to find a guinea pig? Or find a home for one? Discussions about rescues, etc. can be included in this forum.
- Cavy Chronicles -- A few members have chosen to write about their pigs with stories, history, and a little bit about why they love them. This is not a memorial forum, though the end of a story may include the passing of a beloved guinea pig. It is a celebration of the life and joy guinea pigs bring us.
- Feedback -- Post board related issues on this forum.
- General Chat -- Not about cavies? Put it here! Just about anything goes, but be warned that politics and religion can be touchy.
Reply to posts
When you are reading a topic, you can post a reply by using the 'Quick Reply' box at the bottom of every page or by clicking on the 'To Reply Page' link on the bottom and top right of each topic page. Enter text in the text area and click on the 'Submit' button. The 'Quick Reply' box has limited features but is very handy. The standard reply page allows you to include your signature, receive email notifications, preview your post, and use the BB Code Buttons. You must be registered and logged on to post.
You can edit your own post for a limited time after it is made by clicking the edit button for the post you wish to edit. If someone has already replied to your post, the board adds a note (Edited by your name on date and time). If no one has replied, the 'Edited by' text will not appear. Nor will an 'Edited by' message appear if an administrator has edited the post. If edited, the administrator will generally add a message explaining what was altered and why. Please note that users cannot delete posts.
Can I add a signature to my post?
The signature feature has been disabled.
Creating a poll
Only an administrator can start a poll.
Voting in polls
Only registered users can vote in polls.
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML which can be disabled on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML except that tags are enclosed in square braces [ and ] rather than < and >, offering greater control over what and how something is displayed. For more information on BBCode check the BBCode Guide for detailed instructions. This guide can also be accessed from the posting page.
Smilies, or Emoticons are small graphical images which can be used to express some feeling using a short code, e.g. :) means happy, :( means sad.
We hate smilies so they have bitten the dust. We use words instead. Mwahahahaha!!!
How to Display Images
Images can indeed be shown in your posts. However, there is no facility at present for uploading images directly to this board. Therefore you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.some-unknown-place.net/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. Use the BBCode [img] tag to display the image. To do so, ensure that BBcode is enabled and describe the picture to be displayed like this:
For more information on using the image tags, check the BBCode Guide for detailed instructions.
If the picture is a useful and descriptive medical picture, the administrator may be willing to host it and edit your post to display the image. You can email the jpg to the administrator. Include the name you post under on the forums and a direct link to the thread it will go to (i.e. don't just say, 'My Thread in the Behavior Forum', but use a url instead).
For more advice on displaying pictures and how to get them hosted elsewhere at a free site, see: this thread in the Feedback Forum.
Sticky topics appear at the top of the forum page listing topics. They are often quite important so you should read them at least once.
You cannot reply to locked topics and any poll it contained is automatically ended. Topics may be locked for a variety of reasons.
Why can't I read the General Chat Forum?
The General Chat Forum is limited to members. To view, read, and post you must be registered.
Can I post information from other sites on the forum?
You are not allowed to reprint information from other sites on these forums without the express permission of the author (see Registration Agreement). Information posted on the internet is usually but not always copyrighted. Instead of copying information, use a link to the site. Keep in mind, a sentence or two with credit is generally considered acceptable but reprinting large blocks of information is not.
Can I post emails people send me?
You are not allowed to reprint emails on these forums without the express permission of the author (see Registration Agreement).
Can I sell things on this board?
This board is not a sales board. As a general rule, sales of products or services are discouraged, especially when it appears the only reason a person joined the board is to offer an item for sale. However, long time active members may conversationally offer an item, as appropriate, in a thread. Contact the administrator if you have any question concerning sales or sales related posts. (see also Registration Agreement).
Can I set up a fundraiser or post a gofundme link?
Fundraising of any kind, including gofundme, is discouraged on this board. Personal fundraising is not allowed. You must get authorization from the site owner (Lynx) before engaging in any fundraising. (see also Registration Agreement).
What do you expect of me on this board?
From the Registration Agreement:
Please be courteous and considerate in your public posts and use good internet etiquette when posting. Members who misuse the forums may be removed or have their posting privileges temporarily suspended. This includes, but is not limited to avoiding the following:
You show consideration for the members of the board by creating readable posts when you use standard capitalization and punctuation and avoiding 'chatspeak'. Should you have any questions, check out The Internet Writing Guide.
- Flooding the board with new posts
- Starting multiple topics inappropriately
- Writing posts in all caps (considered 'shouting')
- Starting a new topic vs. replying to a thread where appropriate (keep all relevant posts in the original thread -- multiple threads on the same topic confuse members -- especially important for medical threads)
- Posting extremely long passages without breaking the text into paragraphs to improve readability
- Failing to use appropriate capitalization at the beginning of sentences and for "I" when you are referring to yourself.
Readability is important to us. Expect you may be encouraged to improve your writing habits and expect that your posting privileges may be curtailed if you do not. While none of us are perfect and typos and misspellings may occur, we feel posters should make an effort to write readable posts. Latitude is shown members for whom English is not a first language.
u r saying im gonna be tossed off this board if i dont shape up?
Who wrote this bulletin board?
This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyright phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public Licence and may be freely distributed, see link for more details.
Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to material posted on this board?
You should contact the administrator of this board. You will find an email link to the administrator at the bottom of each forum page.
About This Site -- Contributors
Whose board is this?
www.GuineaLynx.info is registered to Lynx, who maintains both the board and the medical advice at Guinea Lynx. Lynx is a novice who has only had guinea pigs since 1999 and has learned everything she knows from people she has met on the internet and from reading. If you have problems with the forums, write Lynx. See www.guinealynx.info/mail.html.
How can I support this site?
You can support Guinea Lynx by sending Lynx modest sums of money (or even large sums) which will be used to defray current and future expenses associated with running the site, like paying for web space, purchasing medical reference books, and more (i.e. tranquilizers, chocolate). Operating costs have risen significantly so your help is most definitely needed. Supporters are welcome to a notation under their avatar ("Supporter in'05" or a notation of their choice) which will be in place during that calendar year. At the beginning of each year the notations will be removed in hopes that funds can be raised for the current year's operation. We hope to remain ad-free. Do your part! See: www.guinealynx.info/mail.html for more information. See also the site Donation Page
Where did that cute favicon come from?
Nurgle designed that great favicon and a couple other icons for the site.
Whose advice should I be listening to on this board?
The members of Guinea Lynx are here to share their own experiences and advice with those who need it. Some members give tirelessly of their time. Treasure them. We have all learned a great deal from their personal experiences and benefited from their advice. While there are no veterinarians currently posting on the board, a couple members have extensive experience as vet techs.
But remember that it is only advice. We can't see your pig or know precisely what is wrong. And no one over the internet can conclusively diagnose any illness. You are responsible for the health of your guinea pig and in the end, a qualified exotics vet experienced in treating guinea pigs, will be your best resource for dealing with illnesses.
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