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 Frequently Asked Questions 
The Old Man Clan
When did the OMC get started? Who are the founding members?
Why was the OMC started?
How do I become a member of the OMC?
How old do you have to be to apply?
Why doesn’t the OMC participate in clan battles?
What games does the OMC play?
How many members does the OMC have?
What hours do people generally play?
Who are the leaders of the OMC?

Login and Registration Issues
I’ve lost my password!
I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
Why can’t I register?
What does the “Delete all board cookies” do?

User Preferences and settings
How do I change my settings?
The times are not correct!
I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
My language is not in the list!
Can I show an image along with my username?
What is my rank and how do I change it?

Posting Issues
How do I post a topic in a forum?
How do I edit or delete a post?
How do I add a signature to my post?
How do I create a poll?
Why can’t I add more poll options?
How do I edit or delete a poll?
Why can’t I access a forum?
Why can’t I add attachments?
Why did I receive a warning?
How can I report posts to a moderator?
What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?
How do I bump my topic?

Formatting and Topic Types
What is BBCode?
Can I use HTML?
What are Smilies?
Can I post images?
What are global announcements?
What are announcements?
What are sticky topics?
What are locked topics?
What are topic icons?

User Levels and Groups
What are Administrators?
What are Moderators?
What are usergroups?
Why do some usergroups appear in a different color?
What is a “Default usergroup”?
What is “The team” link?

Private Messaging
I cannot send private messages!
I keep getting unwanted private messages!
I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!

Searching the Forums
How can I search a forum or forums?
Why does my search return no results?
Why does my search return a blank page!?
How do I search for members?
How can I find my own posts and topics?

Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks
What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
How do I remove my subscriptions?

 

 The Old Man Clan 
» When did the OMC get started? Who are the founding members?
The Old Man Clan was founded in 2005 by Dog, Blaze, Bangalor and Blue.

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» Why was the OMC started?
After playing numerous online games infested by trolls, the founders formed the OMC as a refuge for adult gamers. We consider ourselves more like an online drinking team rather than an actual gaming clan.

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» How do I become a member of the OMC?
Becoming a member of the OMC is more like pledging a fraternity than a usual gaming clan. Applicants start out in boot camp to learn the basic rules of how we play, then they become pledges. After a period of time, if the OMC deems you worthy, you will become OMC.

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» How old do you have to be to apply?
You need to be at least 30 to apply. However, there are exceptions for active duty military/veterans and friends/family of OMC members.

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» Why doesn’t the OMC participate in clan battles?
At our age, we have enough stress in our lives and play videogames for fun.

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» What games does the OMC play?
As a clan, pretty much all first person shooters on all Playstation systems, but members will often play other types of games together as well.

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» How many members does the OMC have?
Right now over 150.

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» What hours do people generally play?
Since we have members all over the world, there is rarely any time when there’s not an OMC Member playing online. The heaviest time is usually between 8PM and 2AM Eastern time.

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» Who are the leaders of the OMC?
The OMC has a leadership structure for the USA side and the European side. Each has its president and vice president who serve a term of 2 years before another member is voted in. Each side has a full recruiting team and judicial department to handle any matters that arise in the clan. To view the current team visit this link.

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 Login and Registration Issues 
» I’ve lost my password!
Don’t panic! While your password cannot be retrieved, it can easily be reset. Visit the login page and click I’ve forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be able to log in again shortly.

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» I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
Due to an issue with our boards in June 2010, we had to start them over. If you registered before then, you will need to re-register. If you registered after June 2010, but more than a month ago, aren’t an OMC member, but didn’t make any posts, we deleted you to keep our user database slim and sexy.

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» Why can’t I register?
It is possible that you were being an ass and we banned your IP address or disallowed the username you are attempting to register.

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» What does the “Delete all board cookies” do?
“Delete all board cookies” deletes the cookies created by phpBB which keep you authenticated and logged into the board. It also provides functions such as read tracking if they have been enabled by the board owner. If you are having login or logout problems, deleting board cookies may help.

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 User Preferences and settings 
» How do I change my settings?
If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in the board database. To alter them, visit your User Control Panel; a link can usually be found at the top of board pages. This system will allow you to change all your settings and preferences.

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» The times are not correct!
It is possible the time displayed is from a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, visit your User Control Panel and change your timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users. If you are not registered, this is a good time to do so.

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» I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone and Summer Time/DST correctly and the time is still incorrect, then the time stored on the server clock is incorrect. Please notify an administrator to correct the problem.

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» My language is not in the list!
Although we are a world-wide gaming clan, we only use English on the forums.

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» Can I show an image along with my username?
There are two images which appear along with a username when viewing posts. One of them is your posting rank, modeled after US Military ranks, though some OMC have other images here depending on their role in the OMC. The other image is known as an avatar and is generally unique or personal to each user. You are able to pick one of our pre-loaded avatars or upload your own.

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» What is my rank and how do I change it?
Ranks, which appear below your username, indicate the number of posts you have made or identify certain users, e.g. moderators and administrators. In general, you cannot directly change the wording of any board ranks as they are set by the board administrator. Please do not abuse the board by spamming posts just to get your rank up. We will ban you.

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 Posting Issues 
» How do I post a topic in a forum?
To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. If you are a new user, you will be able to reply to posts, but not create new topics. A list of your permissions in each forum is available at the bottom of the forum and topic screens. Example: You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc.

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» How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a board administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the edit button for the relevant post, sometimes for only a limited time after the post was made. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic which lists the number of times you edited it along with the date and time. This will only appear if someone has made a reply; it will not appear if a moderator or administrator edited the post, though they may leave a note as to why they’ve edited the post at their own discretion. Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

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» How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post you must first create one via your User Control Panel. Once created, you can check the Attach a signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio button in your profile. If you do so, you can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box within the posting form.

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» How do I create a poll?
When posting a new topic or editing the first post of a topic, click the “Poll creation” tab below the main posting form; if you cannot see this, you do not have appropriate permissions to create polls. Enter a title and at least two options in the appropriate fields, making sure each option is on a separate line in the textarea. You can also set the number of options users may select during voting under “Options per user”, a time limit in days for the poll (0 for infinite duration) and lastly the option to allow users to amend their votes.

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» Why can’t I add more poll options?
The limit for poll options is set by the board administrator. If you feel you need to add more options to your poll than the allowed amount, contact the board administrator.

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» How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or an administrator. To edit a poll, click to edit the first post in the topic; this always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote, users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if members have already placed votes, only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This prevents the poll’s options from being changed mid-way through a poll.

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» Why can’t I access a forum?
Probably because you are not allowed. If you aren’t seeing a forum that you think you should be, contact OMC-DUTCHBOY or OMC-FROSTY

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» Why can’t I add attachments?
Attachments can only be added by Grads and OMC Members. If you are a Grad or OMC, contact OMC-DUTCHBOY or OMC-FROSTY and we will investigate.

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» Why did I receive a warning?
Probably because you did something stupid. Or maybe because we felt like it. Or maybe we were just testing the system.

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» How can I report posts to a moderator?
You should see a button for reporting posts next to the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post.

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» What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?
This allows you to save passages to be completed and submitted at a later date. To reload a saved passage, visit the User Control Panel.

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» How do I bump my topic?
By clicking the “Bump topic” link when you are viewing it, you can “bump” the topic to the top of the forum on the first page. If you don’t see this button, the time allowance between bumps has not yet been reached.

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 Formatting and Topic Types 
» What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, offering great formatting control on particular objects in a post. The use of BBCode is granted by the administrator, but it can also be disabled on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML, but tags are enclosed in square brackets [ and ] rather than < and >. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.

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» Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this board and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using BBCode instead.

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» What are Smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether. The board administrator may also have set a limit to the number of smilies you may use within a post.

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» Can I post images?
Yes, images can be shown in your posts. If you are OMC or a Grad, you can upload the image to the board via an attachment. Otherwise, you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. imageshack. 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. To display the image use the BBCode [img] tag.

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» What are global announcements?
Global announcements contain important information and you should read them whenever possible. They will appear at the top of every forum and within your User Control Panel. Global announcements can only be posted by Admins and Moderators.

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» What are announcements?
Announcements often contain important information for the forum you are currently reading and you should read them whenever possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. As with global announcements, announcement permissions are granted by the board administrator.

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» What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the forum appear below announcements and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. As with announcements and global announcements, sticky topic permissions are granted by the board administrator.

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» What are locked topics?
Locked topics are topics where users can no longer reply and any poll it contained was automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You may also be able to lock your own topics depending on the permissions you are granted by the board administrator.

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» What are topic icons?
Topic icons are author chosen images associated with posts to indicate their content. The ability to use topic icons depends on the permissions set by the board administrator.

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 User Levels and Groups 
» What are Administrators?
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire board. These members can control all facets of board operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the board founder and what permissions he or she has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all forums, depending on the settings put forth by the board founder.

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» What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

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» What are usergroups?
Usergroups are groups of users that divide the community into manageable sections board administrators can work with. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can be assigned individual permissions. This provides an easy way for administrators to change permissions for many users at once, such as changing moderator permissions or granting users access to a private forum.

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» Why do some usergroups appear in a different color?
To make things pretty.

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» What is a “Default usergroup”?
If you are a member of more than one usergroup, your default is used to determine which group colour and group rank should be shown for you by default. The board administrator may grant you permission to change your default usergroup via your User Control Panel.

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» What is “The team” link?
This page provides you with a list of board staff, including board administrators and moderators and other details such as the forums they moderate.

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 Private Messaging 
» I cannot send private messages!
If you are a brand-new user, you cannot send private messages.

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» I keep getting unwanted private messages!
You can block a user from sending you private messages by using message rules within your User Control Panel. If you are receiving abusive private messages from a particular user, inform a board administrator; they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages.

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» I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!
We are sorry to hear that. The e-mail form feature of this board includes safeguards to try and track users who send such posts, so e-mail the board administrator with a full copy of the e-mail you received. It is very important that this includes the headers that contain the details of the user that sent the e-mail. The board administrator can then take action.

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 Searching the Forums 
» How can I search a forum or forums?
Enter a search term in the search box located on the index, forum or topic pages. Advanced search can be accessed by clicking the “Advance Search” link which is available on all pages on the forum. How to access the search may depend on the style used.

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» Why does my search return no results?
Your search was probably too vague and included many common terms which are not indexed by phpBB3. Be more specific and use the options available within Advanced search.

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» Why does my search return a blank page!?
Your search returned too many results for the webserver to handle. Use “Advanced search” and be more specific in the terms used and forums that are to be searched.

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» How do I search for members?
Visit to the “Members” page and click the “Find a member” link.

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» How can I find my own posts and topics?
Your own posts can be retrieved either by clicking the “Search user’s posts” within the User Control Panel or via your own profile page. To search for your topics, use the Advanced search page and fill in the various options appropriately.

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 Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks 
» What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
Bookmarking in phpBB3 is much like bookmarking in your web browser. You aren’t alerted when there’s an update, but you can come back to the topic later. Subscribing, however, will notify you when there is an update to the topic or forum on the board via your preferred method or methods.

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» How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the “Subscribe forum” link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the “Subscribe topic” link within the topic itself.

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» How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to your subscriptions.

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