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Forum - The forum is the whole installation, and usually contains multiple boards. You should always enter the forum through the link http://gprs.ivanovo.ru/mwf/forum.pl (not forum_show.pl) to let the forum know when you start a new session. Otherwise the forum won't know when to mark posts as new or old.
Board - A board contains topics, which in turn contain the posts. Boards can be set to be visible to registered users or to administrators and board members only. Boards can be anonymous, meaning the user's ID won't be stored with the post (this doesn't guarantee full anonymity from admins, though), and can optionally allow posts by unregistered visitors. Announcement boards can be read-only, so that they only allow posts by admins and members, or reply-only, which means that only admins and members can start new topics, but everybody can reply. Another option for boards is approval moderation. If this option is activated, new posts will be invisible to normal users until an administrator approves them. Score Moderation is explained in more detail below. Users can subscribe to a board, which means they will get all new posts in that board in one daily email.
Topic - A topic, otherwise known as thread, contains all the posts on a specific subtopic, that should be named in the topic's subject. Boards have expiration values that determine after how many days their topics will expire or get locked after their last post has been made. Administrators can also manually lock topics, so that no new messages can be added to them.
Post - A post is a single public message by a user. It can be either a base post, which starts a new topic, or a reply to an existing topic. Posts can be edited and deleted.
User - A user is anyone who registers an account in the forum. Registration is not required for reading, but only registered users will see statistics about new/read posts. Users can be granted membership status to selected boards, enabling them to see private boards and post in read-only boards.
Forum Administrator - A forum administrator can control and edit everything in the forum. A forum can have multiple forum administrators.
Board Administrator - A board administrator is what most other forum applications call the board moderator. A board administrator's powers are limited to the boards he is administrator of. A board administrator can edit, delete and approve posts by normal users, lock and delete topics and add and remove board members. A board can have multiple board administrators.
Score Moderation - If the score moderation system is active for a board, every post in that board has a score. Users with votes can moderate a post up or down, adding or subtracting a point to/of the post's score. All users can set a score threshold in their options. If a post's score is lower than that threshold, the post will be invisible to the user (except for a small hidden-post indicator). Using the 'Reveal' button on the hidden-post indicator, users can temporarily reveal all hidden posts on that page. Forum administrators can set the default number of daily votes new users get, change this value for individual users, and set the starting score individual user's posts get.
Markup Tags - For security reasons, mwForum only supports its own set of markup tags, no HTML tags. Markup can be enabled/disabled per board. http:// and ftp://-URLs are automatically displayed as links. Available markup tags:
Smileys - The following emoticons are displayed as images: :-) ;-) :-( :-o
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