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Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:56 am
GASR 101

GASR 101 - Forum Basics
This topic covers the very basics of how GASR and the forum works~


Click on the text to be taken to that part of the thread

Forum Basics
......... Slang/Terminology

How to Use the Forum
......... Profile Pictures
......... Posting in a Thread
......... Creating a New Topic
......... Sending Private Messages
......... Watching Topics & Your Favorite Threads
......... Finding the topics you have posted in / created
......... Your Inbox
......... Friends and Foes List
......... Using the Tagging Feature

Posting Basics
......... Basic Text Formatting
......... Adding a List
......... Adding an Image
......... Quoting Text
......... Inserting a Code Box
......... Insert a Table
......... Create a Link
......... Insert a Flash Object
......... Insert a Video
......... Using Emoticons

Last edited by Administrator on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:19 am; edited 12 times in total
Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:16 am
Slang and Terminology

The slang/terminology used most often on our forum.

#k -------------- 5k = 5,000 | 110k = 110,000 | Basically "k" stands for 1,000 (for IMVU credits/currency)
Avi -------------- Your IMVU avatar
Collab ----------- A collaboration/combination of two artists, whether in a piece of work or a shop
Creds / Credits - Imvu website currency
DNP ------------ Do Not Post. If this is in the title, or thread anywhere, do not reply to the topic
DP(s) ----------- Display Picture(s)
FF --------------- First Free (meaning first order in the shop is free)
GASR ----------- Graphic Arts Services and Requests forum
GASRian -------- Active member in the GASR
GASRer --------- Synonym for GASRian
PM -------------- Private Message
PPFP ------------ Post Pictures For Practice
PYP ------------- Pick Your Price
Req ------------- Request
Screenie -------- Screenshot (normally of your IMVU avatar)
Siggy/Sig ----------- Signature in the forums
Temp ------------ Temporary (usually seen as "Temp Shop" [Temporary Shop])
Tut -------------- Tutorial
WIP ------------- Work In Progress

Forum = Graphic Arts Services and Request
Thread = A set of messages grouped together is a thread
Post = A specific reply made by a user

Below is a Form, not a forum.
Ordering a DP

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Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:18 am
Profile Pictures

When you first sign up with the forums your profile picture will automatically be this.

This is just to show that you have not yet customized your display picture!
If you like this image, feel free to keep it.

Changing your Profile Picture

If you want to change your profile picture first go to Settings shown as a Gear on the GASR side bar:

Once you have entered your profile page, you want to click on the tab that says Avatar.

This is the area where you can customize you avatar image.
However, keep in mind avatar images must not exceed 160 pixels x 220 pixels.

Uploading your Picture
You have 3 options to upload your picture.

You can choose for forumotion to host your image by either...

- Uploading an Avatar from your Computer
- Uploading an Avatar from a URL

However, if forumotion hosts your image the file size cannot be higher than 64 KB.

Or you can host your image yourself by using photobucket/tinypic/imgur etc and just link to an offsite avatar
If you link to an offsite avatar, there is no restriction on the size of the image!

When you are finished customizing, remember to click save!

Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:19 am
Posting in a Thread

There are two ways post in a thread!

Quick Reply

Scroll to the bottom of a topic and you will find a place to write a post

All you have to do enter your message and then click Send and you've posted in a topic!

Preview post

If you click this when posting, you will be taken to a more in depth message writing page as seen below:

Then all you have to do is click Send and you've posted in a topic!
Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:20 am
Creating a New Topic

To create a new topic, go to the subsection of the forum you want to create your topic in.

When you click on your chosen subsection, at the very top of the page there is one large button to create a 'new topic' under titled subsection.

After clicking this, you will be taken to a page to create a new topic.

There are three important things to making a new topic

Title of the Topic - Try and be as specific as you can about your title so users know what you are posting about!

Topic Icon - The topic icon let's people know the "subject" of your topic. It's useful to let people know what you are selling without having to mention it in your topic title! To input an image, paste a direct url link to the image, similarly to how you'd get a link for posting an image in a post.

Message Body - The message of your topic!

When you are done click send and you've posted a new topic.

Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:21 am
Sending A Private Message

If you want to send a private message, you simply click on the side bar box on the top right corner of every GASR page

and click the inbox icon.

Once you click this you will be taken to your inbox.
From here you will see your inbox, sentbox, outbox and savebox. Click on 'Compose' to begin creating a pm.

Then you will be taken the the send a new private message page.

These are the important areas you want to fill out...

Username: Specify the username of the person you want receiving your message

Friend: Or you can pick from the list of your userfriends!

Subject: Let them know what the message you are sending is going to be about.

Topic Icon: You can also specify what the subject of the message will be about (maybe you're messaging to ask about an icon etc)

Message Body: Of course, the message itself goes there!

Once you are Finished Writing Your Message Click Send.
Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:22 am
Watching Topics & Your Favourites

There is a slight difference between watching a topic and adding one to your favourites.

Watching a Topic
If you watch a topic, you will receive a alert on your notification center whenever a response is posted to that topic!
* You may receive an email as well if you have that enabled!

Adding a Topic to Your Favourites
If you add a topic to your Favourites, it will be listed in your Favourites but you will not receive emails when it gets updated.
However, it will allow you to keep track of threads you like!

How to Watch a Topic

Go to the topic you want to watch and you should be able to immediately see a link on the top right side that says watch this topic for replies.

After clicking that it will tell you that you are now watching this topic for replies.

you may also un-watch a topic by clicking the link in the same area.

How to Add a Topic to your Favourites

Go to the topic you want to Favourites, and right beside "Watch this Topic for Replies" there should be an "Actions" link

just click, and presto! The topic is now in your Favourites.

Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:23 am
Finding Topics you Have Posted in / Created

First you need to go to your profile page.
There are a couple of ways you can do so.

You can simply click on your user side profile:

Or you can look yourself up on the member's list.
To do so go to the Memberlist option shown on the side bar:

From there you can type in your username and hit search:

Then click on your profile picture/name to be taken to your profile.

Once on your profile, click on Statistics.

If you click on Number of Topics you will be taken to a list of all the topics you have made.
If you click on Find all Topics where you have posted in you will be taken to a list of all the topics you have posted in! (not just ones made by you)

You can also look this up for other members as well on their profiles!
Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:25 am
Your Inbox

To access your inbox click the 3 horizontal lines on the top right area of the forum to open up your side bar.

As your side bar opens up, you should be able to see in Inbox Icon shown below:

Clicking on the Inbox Icon will take you to your inbox.

Your Inbox can hold a maximum of 200 messages

If you begin to get more messages, it will automatically delete the oldest message and replace it with the new one.
So clean your inbox often!

Receiving a Private Message

When receiving a private message, you will be notified in various different ways
If you are viewing GASR as you are receiving a PM,
you will automatically be alerted via the Notification center as shown below:

If you are not viewing GASR as you are receiving a PM,
the next time you open up gasr you will be greeted with an immediate notification of a PM as shown below:


Being notified of a Pm by email is optional.

Some important areas...

Inbox: Shows you the current messages in your inbox

Sentbox: Shows the messages you have sent to other users.

Outbox: This shows messages you have sent to users but they have not yet read. If they haven't read the message yet, you can edit the message.

Savebox: You can also save important messages! They will be saved in your "savebox".

How full your Inbox is: It also tells you how much % your inbox is full.

Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:25 am
Friends and Foes List

What is This?

What are friends:
Your friends list allows you to have a.. well, friends list.

What are Foes:
Foes are members whose messages will not be visible to you and you will not receive any more private messages from them.

Click here for your friends and foes list!

Adding People to Your Friends/Foes List

You can add people to your friends list by sending them a request either through their profile:

Or by adding them manually.

That person will receive your friend request via the notification center:

And will have the choice of accepting or declining the request.

However, when you add someone to your foe list, they do not get a notice about it (like how a regular blocking system works).

The only exception to this is that you cannot block moderators or administrators.
We may have to contact you about something important in the future.

Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:27 am
Using the tagging feature

In order to alert your fellow GASRians of a post, you might like to tag their usernames to notify them immediately.
The process of tagging is very simple.

1. You can do one of two things:
a. Simply click the "@" on the user's side profile:

b. Type out or just copy and paste the user's GASR name onto a post, Adding an "@" to the beginning of their username.

Either way, your post should look something like this:

2. Post!
3. Be sure you are able to hover over the user's name and click on it as if it were a link!

The receiving party will have an immediate alert on their notification center allowing for timely responses and various other benefits!

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Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:34 am
Basic Text Formatting


Most of the codes posted here are also available on this bar.
It shows up whenever you make a post on our forums and therefore you don't have to return to this thread to do basic formatting!

  • Make your text bold

    [b]Insert Text Here![/b]

  • Make your text italic

    [i]Insert Text Here![/i]

  • Underline your text

    [u]Insert Text Here![/u]

  • Strike a line through your text

    [strike]Insert Text Here![/strike]

  • Center Text

    [center]Insert Text Here![/center]

  • Align Text to the right

    [right]Insert Text Here![/right]

  • Change the font size

    All you have to do is specify the size (numerical value)
    Setting the size as 1 - will make the text very small.
    Setting the size as 24 - will make the text very big.

    [size=value here]Insert Text Here![/size]

  • Change the font colour

    There are two ways you can do this you can insert the name of the colour.
    For example: red, blue, green, black, white, etc.

    Or you can insert the hex colour code.
    To find these codes, you can search on google or this is a great website I use a lot - hex hub.

    [color=colorname or hex code]Insert Text Here![/color]

  • Change the text font

    Please note, not all fonts will work specially ones that are not default on computers.

    [font=insertfontname]Insert Text Here![/font]

  • Make Scrolling Text

    There are two type of scrolling text:
    Vertical Scrolling

    [updown]Insert Text Here![/updown]

    Horizontal Scrolling

    [scroll]Insert Text Here![/scroll]

  • Upside Down Text - Upside Down Text 

    [flipv]Insert Text Here![/flipv]

  • Horizontal Flip - Horizontal Flip 

    [fliph]Insert Text Here![/fliph]

  • Create Sub Text - Create Sub Text

    [sub]Insert Text Here![/sub]

  • Create Sup Text - Create Sup Text

    [sup]Insert Text Here![/sup]

  • Make Text Appear Blurry

    [blur][color=#434343]Insert Text Here![/color][/blur]

You can combine more than one of these codes to make more interesting effects!

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Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:34 am
Adding a List

There are two kinds of lists you can make!

Bullet List

Allows you to list things separated by bullets.
Example List

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple

This is a Bullet List and the code can also be found here.

To insert a list you need to have every point separated by list tags.

[list] [/list]

Inside this code, for every point you have you will need to put the code to add a bullet.
[*] Information here

So in the end, the code for my colour list would look something like this..

Numbered List

If you want numbers separating each points instead of bullets like this:


Example List

  1. Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Purple

Then all you have to do, is change the list tags to this.
[list=1] [/list]

This code for a numbered list can also be found here.

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Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:35 am
Adding an Image

To be able to add an image from your computer onto the internet, you will first need to use an image host!
Some of the most used image hosts are...


After uploading it from your computer to one of those sites, You will be given a link to your image.

Then all you have to do, is take that link and insert it in between image tags.


And voila, You have inserted your image into the forums!

There is also a shortcut for this feature here

Then all you need to do is insert the link of your image there and it will automatically put it between the image tags.

You can also define the height and the width of an image...

[img( height px, width px)]image link here[/img]

You just need to change the height and width into a numerical value.
And this will change the size of your image.

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Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:35 am
Quoting Text

Quoting Another User's Message

There is a shortcut in the right corner of the message that you would like to quote.

NOTE: You can quote any message! Even your own.

After clicking that, you will automatically have quoted their text in a new message.

When you post the message the quoted text will look something like this...

Quoting messages is a great way to let other users know you are responding to them.

Creating a quote independent of a message posted.

You can also use the quote feature to make it obvious that you're quoting something.

The shortcut for the code is here:

Or this is the code itself.

[quote="AUTHOR OF THE QUOTE"]Quote here[/quote]


Michael Jackson wrote:

e Came Into Her Apartment
He Left The Bloodstains On The Carpet

She Ran Underneath The Table
He Could See She Was Unable

So She Ran Into The Bedroom
She Was Struck Down, It Was Her Doom

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