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TOPIC: The Lurker's Guide to BBCode

The Lurker's Guide to BBCode 6 years 11 months ago #52073

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This here is a guide to using BBCode, which is handy knowledge when posting on a forum. Utilizing BBCode can make your posts stand out, and make you look like you know what you’re doing. After all, what looks cooler?

This?

or,

This?

Also, there are waay to many people who don’t understand how to properly post things like images onto the forums or their signatures. We’ve all seen mistakes like this:

User 1: Hey, icwatudidthar.

User 2: cache.ohinternet.com/images/thumb/2/2d/Trollface_HD.png/618p

User 1: BBCode fail, bro.

User 2: -_-


Not cool when you’re trying to post a clever meme response, huh?
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The Lurker's Guide to BBCode 6 years 11 months ago #52074

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So, to prevent future posts like that, I’m going to attempt to not only show, but help you to understand BBCode. If you wanna skip the lesson and go straight to the BBCode Legend, feel free to scroll further on down.

BBCode stands for Bulletin Board Code. It is used in a vast majority of message boards, such as here on the Dogfight Forums. Think of it as a special language for the Internet to know what you want to do with your posts.

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The basic idea for BBCode is quite simple, once you know how it works. Here’s an example...

It starts with a command:

“[Make all the text after this command bold]”

Then the object of command:

“This text is in bold.”

Then the end of the object in command:

“[Stop making text in bold]”

Long story short: [COMMAND] object [END OF COMMAND]

I will show you some live examples here. Ironically, I cannot show you the EXACT way the BBCode should be written, because the forum will mistake it for actual BBCode and try to follow the command. For this reason, I will add an asterisk (it looks like this * ) into the Code to prevent this.
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Let’s say we want to make the text below in bold:

“This is an example.”

We have to use the BBCode like in the previous examples, with “[COMMAND] object [END OF COMMAND]” The COMMAND for making text bold is... well, “b”. And instead of saying “END OF”, use a slash (it looks like this / ).

So, here it is (with the asterisk for sake of example):

[b*]”This is an example.”[/b*]

What it looks like with asterisks removed:

”This is an example.”

See how there was the COMMAND ( [b*] ), OBJECT (“This is an example”), and END OF COMMAND ( [/b*] )?

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Let’s see another example. This time, we will make some text in italics. The COMMAND for italicised text is “i”

[i*]”This is an example.”[/i*]

Without asterisks:

”This is an example.”

Starting to get it now? BBCode isn’t really all that complicated.

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Let’s try one last example, by posting an image.

To post an image, you must first get the image URL (Uniform Resource Locator). An URL is sort of an “address” on the Internet, making it easy to find things. Every website, image, has an URL. You can find the URL of an image by right-clicking an image and copying the URL.

To use BBCode to post an image, the COMMAND is “img”. The OBJECT is the image’s URL. See the example below:

[img*] th00.deviantart.net/fs71/200H/f/2012/057...y_ambris-d4r3ibw.png [/img*]

Without asterisks:



And voilà! You have an image!

For more help with using BBCode with signature images, check out this Slenderman-Approved tutorial .
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The Lurker's Guide to BBCode 6 years 11 months ago #52076

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So, that basically covers it. Below you will find a probably incomplete and possibly inaccurate legend of BBCode that can be used on the Dogfight Forums. If you have anything to add or edit, feel free to let me know, and I’ll put it up ASAP.

-Luna


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BBCode Legend
(Remember about the asterisks!)

[b*]bold text[/b*] - bold text

[i*]italicized text[/i*] - italicized text

[u*]underlined text[/u*] - underlined text

[strike*]striked text[/strike*] - striked text

[size=5*]text in size 5[/size*] - text in size 5

[color=#FF0000*]color text[/color*] - color text

[img*]image URL goes here[/img*]

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