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Frequently Asked Questions
Are you new to traditional archery/bowhunting?

Please read this article - Trad Archery for Newbies

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How do I make a post?

Click on the "New Topic" icon that's displayed on every forum.

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How do I post a classified ad?

Go to the classified forum that best represents the item you wish to sell or trade, click on the "New Topic" icon and create your ad.

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Posting Rules.

The fundamental concern of any online forum is keeping the posts/talk on-track and in line with the forum's "prime directive" - at Trad Gang, we're all about traditional bowhunting and we make that quite clear to all.

We're all humans, and we know how easy it can be to lose focus about the sharing of trad bowhunting info - we'll do our best to redirect that focus back to good stuff where we see fit.

We know that the Trad Gang cyber camp can, and has, become like family - and we understand that families are sociable and at times the posting can sway over to matters that are more chit-chat than trad bowhunting. We try to leave that be as much as possible.

Any forum post - whether it's a topic thread or a reply post within a topic thread - will most likely get deleted, or moved elsewhere, if it's about non-trad bowhunting topics that are clearly centered towards politics, sports, religion, crossbows, wheelbows ... you get the drift.

Any and all posts that are bashing, flaming, nasty and just plain ol' disrespectful - as the admin and moderators determine - will also get cut or moved.

"Working the board" - we do not allow any non Trad Gang sponsor members to use Trad Gang as a vehicle for promoting product or services sales. ANY posting by any member who is not a Trad Gang sponsor, that concerns any gear they are making or services they render, for profit - or any innuendos that might suggest such gear or services are being offered, is strictly forbidden. Such posting is liable to be deleted and that poster's Trad Gang membership may be revoked.

Moderating any forum is a *very* tough, but extremely necessary daily job.

We certainly try our very best, always - if you have a question about Trad Gang posting policies, or if you feel we've failed to let you know why your post was removed or transferred, contact any admin or moderator ASAP.

Thanx for your good understanding - and for sharing with all of us here at Trad Gang!

Your hosts,
Terry Green
Rob DiStefano

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Newbies to Trad Archery & Bowhunting

If you are new to traditional archery, we've prepared a page that delves into trad archery tackle - NEWBIES TO TRAD

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Posting Images

THE TRAD GANG CRITERIA FOR POSTING IMAGES - We do NOT allow posted images wider than 640 pixels! You MUST edit all larger images down to 640 pixels or less in width. There are no exceptions to this rule - if we find a posted image that's WIDER than 640 pixels, we reserve the right to delete it without warning or explanation! The image/picture you wish to add to a post must reside somewhere on the Internet (on a server) - you can't post an image directly from your computer. If you don't have server space to use, we strongly suggest you register with www.PhotoBucket.com - it's a FREE Internet image storing service that will allow the unrestricted remote access of your image (this is important! most online image storage services will not allow remote image access!). You MUST resize your image to no wider than 640 pixels before uploading to PhotoBucket. For PhotoBucket image tutorials, visit www.tutorials.photobucket.com - underneath the PhotoBucket image are three code lines - you want to select the last code line that's labeled "Img". This action will automatically load that image address code to your browser's "clipboard". Now go to Trad Gang, login if you haven't already, and either create a new topic post or reply to an existing topic post. You can paste that image text anywhere within your post and the image will be seen by all. POSTING IMAGES TOPIC

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I need to change my email address !

Login to Trad Gang, click on the "my profile" link that's near the top of the page, click "edit profile" and change your email address - you will be sent a new password to your new email address - make sure you are not filtering or blocking email from tradgang.com

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Help!!! I can't access Trad Gang!!!

Retrieving your login ID and password is simple, assuming that email features are turned on for this message board. All of the pages that require you to identify yourself with your username and password carry a "lost password" link that you can use to have your username and password emailed instantly to your email address of record. *** IF you can not retrieve your Trad Gang access information, PLEASE DO NOT REREGISTER! Send an email to webmaster@tradgang.com with your request for access codes - be sure to include your full name and registration email address, and if possible please include your Trad Gang Member number.

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Custom Avatars

AVATARS - Click 'contact us' at the bottom of any Trad Gang page...email and attached photo...AND include your member number. ALL avatars are subject to approval by Trad Gang Admin. AVATAR IMAGES TOPIC

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How can I use smilies?

Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This message board automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation, which we call graemlins. You can use our Instant Graemlins buttons for automatic generation. For example, if you type :o in your post, it will automatically be converted to  - - a shameful face. The following graemlins are currently supported:
:) Smile Smile
:( Frown Frown
:o Embarrassed Embarrassed
:D Big Grin Big Grin
;) Wink Wink
:p Razz Razz
:cool: Cool Cool
:rolleyes: Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
:mad: Mad Mad
:eek: Eek! Eek!
:confused: Confused Confused
:dntthnk: dntthnk dntthnk
:scared: scared scared
:smileystooges: smileystooges smileystooges
:readit: readit readit
:saywhat: saywhat saywhat
:knothead: knothead knothead
:bigsmyl: bigsmyl bigsmyl
:help: help help
:wavey: wavey wavey
:thumbsup: thumbsup thumbsup
:notworthy: Not Worthy Not Worthy
:banghead: banghead banghead
:campfire: campfire campfire
:archer: archer archer
:clapper: clapper clapper
:pray: pray pray
:coffee: coffee coffee
:goldtooth: goldtooth goldtooth
:biglaugh: biglaugh biglaugh
:jumper: jumper jumper
:laughing: laughing laughing
:archer2: archer2 archer2


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How do I use HTML and UBB Code?

HTML code is not allowed. You may use UBB Code in your posts within all forums that allow posting. UBB Code is similar to HTML, but offers just a few basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing. Complete details on UBB Code are listed here.

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What are user titles?

Each registered member has a title that reflects his or her "rank" on this board. Administrators are given the title "Administrator". Moderators are given the title "Moderator". Some members are given special titles by the administration. All other users are given their titles based on the number of posts they have made:
Posts Title
0 New Member
1 Member
100 Trad Bowhunter


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What are moderators?

Moderators control individual forums. They can edit, delete, or prune any posts in their forums. If you have a question about a particular forum, you should direct it to your forum moderator.

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How can I change my registration profile?

You may easily change any info stored in your registration profile, using the "profile" link located near the top of each page. You must be logged in in order to update your profile.

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Are cookies used?

This bulletin board uses cookies to store the following information: the last time you logged in, your login identification, and your preferred "topic view." These cookies are stored on your browser. Cookies are not used to track your movement or perform any function other than to enhance your use of the message board. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly and you will not be able to post new messages.

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How can I clear all cookies set on this board?

If you ever experience login problems, you may have a problem with the cookies that have been set in your browser. If this happens, you can try clearing all cookies set on this message board by clicking here

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What do those icons next to each topic mean?

These icons provide information on the state of each topic:
New Posts Old Posts  
[new] [old] An open topic
[new] [old] An important topic
[new hot] [old hot] Topic with more than 15 replies
[new closed] [old closed] A closed topic or poll
[new closed] [old closed] A moved topic or poll


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Can I edit my own posts?

You may edit your own posts at any time. You can not delete your posts. Look for the edit icon on the post to be edited. No one else can edit your post, except for the forum moderator(s) or the message board administrators. A note is generated at the bottom of each post that is edited so that every one knows when a post has been edited. Only registered members can edit their posts.

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Can I use a signature?

You may use a signature (commonly used in email messages) on your posts. You may set your signature in your member profile. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it with any post you make by checking the "include signature" box when you create your post. You may change your signature at any time by changing your profile, unless a message board administrator locks your profile.

Note: You may not use HTML in your signature file, but you may use UBB Code. You can not use an image in your signature. You can not use a hyper link in your signature (reserved for sponsors only!).

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Can I attach files?

For security reasons, you may not attach files to any posts. You may cut and paste text into your post, however, or use HTML and/or UBB Code (if enabled) to provide hyperlinks to outside documents.

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Can I search?

You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, by a particular registered member, by date, and/or by forum. Just click on the "search" link at the top of most pages.

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What are private messages?

The administrators of this message board may permit members to send private messages to each other. A private message is not email. Private messages are one-to-one communications that can only be read by the recipient. You can read private messages in your profile section. You can also elect to be notified by email whenever someone sends you a private message (you can set this in your profile). You can also prevent anyone from sending you a private message (also configurable in your profile). Only registered members may send private messages. This option can be disabled by the board administrators.

To send someone a private message, look for the private message icon on a post a person creates. You can send a private message through the person's member profile, or from your Buddy List, if you have added the person to your Buddy List.

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What is an Ignore List?

Ignore lists apply to private messages only. Anyone you add to your ignore list can no longer send you a private message. You can put someone on your ignore list by viewing the member's profile and clicking on the "add to ignore list" link. Private messaging must be enabled on this site in order to use buddy lists.

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What is a Buddy List?

Buddy lists apply to private messages only. Anyone you add to your buddy list is stored in a handy location, so that you can easily send the person a private message. You can put someone on your ignore list by viewing the member's profile and clicking on the "add to ignore list" link. Private messaging must be enabled on this site in order to use buddy lists.

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Are there any censor features?

The message board administrators have the power to censor certain words that may be posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored out of context. Please realize that the censoring, if any censoring is being performed, is being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are censored are replaced with asterisks.

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Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my topic?

If you create a new topic, you have the option of receiving an email notification every time someone posts a reply to your topic. Just check the email notification box when creating a new topic, if you want to use this feature. Only registered members can use this feature.

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What are Today's Active Topics?

When you visit this message board, you will see a link at the top of the list of forums called "Today's Active Topics". Clicking on this link will provide you with a list of topics in all open, public forums that have been posted to during the current day. Private forums posts are never included in this listing.

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Can I search private forums?

Yes, if you have permission to access the particular private forums you wish to search. Note that you must be logged in to search private forums.

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What are posting icons?

Depending on the configuration of your forums, you may be able to associate an icon with each post that you make. There are currently 14 icons, each expressing a different emotion or identification. These icons range from a simple note to sadness to warning. These icons appear next to each topic in a forum listing and on each post. If you do not see icons, your forum administrator may not be allowing icons on this particular forum. (Thanks to Kombat03 for the icon idea!)

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How can users get in touch with me if I hide my email address?

If you would prefer that your email address not be publicly available, but you want users to mail you through this message board, you may choose to do so by editing your mailing preferences. To do this, click the "my profile" link above, then click the "View/Update Profile" link. Choose the "No, but allow members to mail me through the board" preference.

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How can I report an inappropriate post?

If you see a post that you believe requires immediate attention from a moderator or administrator, click this icon:  - . You can then write a brief note explaining why you are reporting this post. The alert goes to the forum moderator(s) and the board administrator via email. Note that this feature may be disabled by the board administration.

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What is Recent Visitors?

Recent Visitors is a display of users browsing the forums and topics on this board in the past 300 minutes.

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I just visited a forum or topic. Why am I not on the list of visitors?

The recent visitors information is only updated every few minutes to reduce server load. As a result, you may not immediately see yourself or others.

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Why do I appear in more than one place at once?

Recent Visitors keeps track of the forums and topics you have looked at recently, not where you are at the current moment.

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How do I take my name off the list of recent visitors?

You may make yourself invisible to the Recent Visitors list by entering your my profile page, selecting the Update Profile link, and changing your Hide from Recent Visitors feature? preference.

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What do the numbers on the details page mean?

Recent Visitors keeps track of the forums and topics that users have viewed recently. This allows a user to appear to be in more than one place at once.

The number of recent visitors inside a forum is reflected by the Visitors column. The Popularity column is a percentage of all of the visitors currently browsing the board that have visited that forum.

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How can I tell where a certain user was last seen?

You can view the user's last known location by viewing his or her profile. If the user has not been here recently, this information will not be available.

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Where can I review the user agreement?

Please click this link to review the user agreement.

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How do the new post images work?

Every time you begin browsing the board, a cookie is set in your browser containing the date and time. When you return later, this cookie is read, and the date in the cookie is compared to the last post time of each topic. If the topic has had new posts since you last visited the board, it will be marked with a "new" icon. Use this link to update the new post indicators. (You may also find the update link on your "MY PROFILE" page.)

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What are Avatar Images?

Avatar Images are small images that users may choose that represent themselves. Like signatures, a user's avatar is displayed with each post he or she makes. You may choose an avatar by editing your profile, or by contacting Admin to upload your custom avatar image.

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Can I upload an Avatar Image of my own?

For security reasons, we do not allow any file uploading. Custom avatars can be installed by Admin only - the image can be no larger than 100x100 pixels, larger images will be resized at Admin's discretion - email Webmaster@TradGang.com and attach your image or your image's URL address.

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How to I hide the Avatar Images of other users?

If you do not wish to view the Avatar Images of other users, you may hide them by changing your preferences. Click the "MY PROFILE" link at the top of this page, then click the Edit Preferences link.

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Can I get email notification of replies to topics I'm interested in?

Yes, you may. When making a full reply to a topic, check the "Email Notification: emails sent to you whenever someone replies." option, located below the Instant Graemlins / Instant UBB Code™ boxes.

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Can I view a list of topics I've subscribed to?

You can find the list of topics, and manage your subscripions from your Edit Topic Notifications page. (You may also find a link to this page on your "MY PROFILE" page.)

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What is Quick Reply?

Quick Reply allows you to add a reply to an open topic without leaving the topic itself. At the bottom of each topic will be a field in which you may write your reply. Once you are done, you may post the reply directly, preview the post (if allowed by the administration), or move the post to the normal reply page. If you do not wish to use Quick Reply, you may turn it off by editing your preferences - click the "MY PROFILE" link at the top of the page, then click the Edit Preferences link. Note that this feature may be disabled by the board administration.

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How do I create new polls?

To create a new poll, click the "New Poll" button available inside of a forum: New Poll. If the button is not visible, then polling is disabled in that forum.

Creating a new poll starts like creating a new topic - you must provide a topic subject, and a message for the post.

The polling system on this board allows you to place multiple questions in a single poll. Each question may have multiple options for users to choose from. While creating the poll, you will need to decide the number of questions to ask, and the number of options each question will have.

Once you have posted your poll, you can not return to edit it. You will be able to preview the poll, and return to make changes before the poll has been posted.

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How do I vote in a poll?

To vote in a poll, click the Vote Now button inside of a poll topic. Please note that the administrator may choose to restrict certain users from voting in polls, and you may not have permission to vote as a result.

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What is the "Blue Arrow" at the top of each topic?

When you visit a topic, you may see a blue arrow icon (Jump to Latest Posts) at the top of the page. If you click on this icon, or the link next to it, you will be taken to the first new post made since you last started browsing the board. If there have been no new posts in that topic since you last started browsing the board, you will be taken to the last post in the topic instead. Note that this feature may be disabled by the board administration.

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How will I be notified when I have received a private message?

If the board administratior has enabled private messaging, and you have received a private message, an icon (New Private Message) and a message will be displayed below the "log out" link at the top of most pages. If you have enabled the option in your preferences, you will also receive an email notification of the private message. You may edit your preferences by clicking the "MY PROFILE" link at the top of the page, then clicking the "Edit Preferences" link.

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What is the Community Directory?

The Community Directory is a searchable, browsable list of all of the members on this community. On the Directory page, you may find members based on certain information that each member has provided in his or her public profile. To use the Community Directory, click the "directory" link at the top of this page. Note that this feature may be disabled by the board administration.

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What is the Member of the Moment?

The Member of the Moment is a box that may be displayed on the Community Directory page. Every hour, a new Member of the Moment is chosen and displayed on the Community Directory page. The selection is completely random, and is not controlled by the board administration.

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What do the numbers on the details page mean?

Recent Visitors keeps track of the forums and topics that users have viewed recently. This allows a user to appear to be in more than one place at once.

The number of recent visitors inside a forum is reflected by the Visitors column. The Popularity column is a percentage of all of the visitors currently browsing the board that have visited that forum.

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I just visited a forum or topic. Why am I not on the list of visitors?

The recent visitors information is only updated every few minutes to reduce server load. As a result, you may not immediately see yourself or others.

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Why do I appear in more than one place at once?

Recent Visitors keeps track of the forums and topics you have looked at recently, not where you are at the current moment.

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How can I tell where a certain user was last seen?

You can view the user's last known location by viewing his or her profile. If the user has not been here recently, this information will not be available.

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How do I take my name off the list of recent visitors?

You may make yourself invisible to the Recent Visitors list by entering your my profile page, selecting the Update Profile link, and changing your Hide from Recent Visitors feature? preference.

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