TARflies Forum FAQ

About the Forums
  1. What's a forum, anyway?
  2. What are the rules here?
  3. Is that really a racer?
  4. How do you know?
  5. It is? Hey, can I call him out for being such an ass on the show?
  6. But… but… that wasn’t a character, that was her! This is REALITY TV!
  7. I think that guy who is posting to defend a racer is really the racer himself, hiding under an assumed name.

  1. What is a spoiler?
  2. Can you be more specific?
  3. Can I post spoilers?
  4. What if I hide them?
  5. But what if I…
  6. That wasn’t a spoiler, that was speculation.
  7. That wasn’t a spoiler, that was wishful thinking.
  8. Wait a second... you printed the location of the next leg on your front page! Isn't that a spoiler?

Login and Registration Issues
  1. Why can't I login?
  2. Why do I need to register at all?
  3. Why do I get logged off automatically?
  4. How do I prevent my username appearing in the online user listings?
  5. I've lost my password!
  6. I registered but cannot login!
  7. I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!

User Preferences and settings
  1. How do I change my settings?
  2. The times are not correct!
  3. I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
  4. How do I show an image below my username?
  5. How do I change my rank?
  6. When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to login?

Posting Issues
  1. How do I post a topic in a forum?
  2. How do I edit or delete a post?
  3. How do I add a signature to my post?
  4. How do I create a poll?
  5. How do I edit or delete a poll?
  6. Why can't I access a forum?
  7. Why can't I vote in polls?

Formatting and Topic Types
  1. What is BBCode?
  2. Can I use HTML?
  3. What are Smileys?
  4. Can I post Images?
  5. What are Announcements?
  6. What are Sticky topics?
  7. What are Locked topics?

User Levels and Groups
  1. What are Administrators?
  2. What are Moderators?
  3. What are Usergroups?
  4. How do I join a Usergroup?
  5. How do I become a Usergroup Moderator?

Private Messaging
  1. I cannot send private messages!
  2. I keep getting unwanted private messages!
  3. I have received a spamming or abusive email from someone on this board!

phpBB 2 Issues
  1. Who wrote this bulletin board?
  2. Why isn't X feature available?
  3. Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?

About the Forums

What's a forum, anyway?
The TARflies Forums are places where fans of TAR can discuss the show, the racers, this site, and other topics of interest.

What are the rules here?
We try not to have too many rules, and the rules we have are generally aimed at preserving the forums as a place where we can all have a civilized discussion. The most important rule is probably to treat others with the same respect that you yourself would expect. Personal attacks and insults will not be tolerated. There are other forums that revel in that sort of thing; if that’s your bag, you should have no trouble finding one. We don’t do that sort of thing here. You will also find that features available on other forums – avatars, sigs, bouncing smilies – aren’t found here. That’s on purpose. We run this site on a shoestring, and those things eat bandwidth. Plus, they really clutter up the page. We think our forum pages load fast and are easy to read, and we like them that way. Here are a few helpful dos and don’ts:

Do read the FAQ before posting. Oh, you are? Good. Have a cookie.

Do read the topic before posting. If someone else asked your question yesterday, don’t ask it again. Chances are the answer has not changed.

Do try to use proper spelling and grammar. No, we won’t ban you for confusing “its” and “it’s”, but if you have only a passing acquaintance with the shift key, you don’t know what a paragraph is, and you think R is the second person singular of the verb “to be,” then your posts will be hard to read and people will skip over them. And you don’t want that, do you?

Do listen to the moderators. We try not to moderate much. When we ask you to do something, or not to do something, we have a reason. Drop us an e-mail if you don’t understand; arguing about it in the forum is just a distraction.

Don’t take it personally. Really, don’t. You love that racer, I hate her. Both points of view are valid. I don’t hate you. Don’t hate me. Don’t start a new topic without checking to see if the topic you want exists already. As a rule of thumb, we will create topics for each racer and each episode – we don’t need another one, thanks. If you start a duplicate topic, we’ll just close it.

Is that really a racer?
Oh, probably. We get a few of them.How do you know?
Well, she told us she was. Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that – but not much. We aren’t credulous simpletons, but we don’t do DNA testing either. Just trust us that if someone comes on here claiming to be a racer, we will look into it and either verify it or ban her ass.

It is? Hey, can I call him out for being such an ass on the show?
Well, not in so many words. Here’s the deal: we watch a TV show made up of characters. Sometimes, the people who played those characters come here later to talk about the show with us. The character you see on the screen is fair game for comment. The person who played him is not; if he comes here to post he gets exactly the same treatment and respect as every other poster. So, you can ask a racer about why their character did something, but you have to be polite about it. “Why did you push your wife? It really made you look like an asshole,” is about as close to the line as you can come. “You pushed your wife, you asshole,” is right over it.

But… but… that wasn’t a character, that was her! This is REALITY TV!
Yes it is. And every week it shows us forty-odd minutes of reality excerpted from two or three days of real time. Yeah, she did all that stuff, we know. But she also did a lot of other things we didn’t see. How would you look if we broadcast the twelve worst minutes we could find of you? All we’re saying is that while the racers did what we saw them do, that isn’t all that they did and that isn’t all of who they are. We’ve met a lot of them, and they are invariably far more interesting and complex people in real life than they were on the screen. If you treat them politely, and like real people rather than TV characters, you will find the experience a lot more rewarding.

I think that guy who is posting to defend a racer is really the racer himself, hiding under an assumed name.
As with the real racers, we have ways of looking into this. The easiest thing for you as a poster is to assume that people are who they say they are. Look at it this way: if he isn’t who he claims to be, we will catch him and he will look ridiculous. If you accuse him of not being who he claims to be but he actually is, you will look ridiculous. No one wants to look ridiculous.

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What is a spoiler?
A spoiler is information about upcoming events on the show that has not been publicly released by the network. This information could “spoil” the show for someone who likes to be surprised by what happens.

The King of All Spoilers is the identity of the winning team. This is followed closely by which teams are eliminated when. Many people do not want to know these things before watching the show.

Other kinds of spoilers include upcoming tasks and locations for the show.

Can you be more specific?
Information about events on the race that have not been aired – either in the show itself or in previews – is a spoiler.

Information about events shown in previews, including CBS web site promos, is not a spoiler. If you want to be that unspoiled, we suggest a monastery.

Can I post spoilers?
Only in the spoiler topic. Nowhere else.

What if I hide them?
No. Only in the spoiler topic, nowhere else.

But what if I…

That wasn’t a spoiler, that was speculation.
Some of our moderators are serious spoiler hounds, and they know spoilers when they see them. If you posted a detailed prediction of what “could” happen that is a letter-perfect reproduction of a known spoiler, you will be busted. Don’t do it.

That wasn’t a spoiler, that was wishful thinking.
Saying that you know a team will be eliminated at any point is a spoiler, because it's saying they didn't win, and that's a spoiler.

Saying that you hope some unspecified spoiler is true, is a spoiler. We are smart folks here, we can probably figure out why you want it to be true, and so figure out what it probably is.

If you want to be spoiled, go nuts. Spoil yourself. But remember that this brings with it the obligation to be extra careful not to spoil things for everyone else.

Wait a second... you printed the location of the next leg on your front page! Isn't that a spoiler?

Okay, you caught us. We're banned.

Just kidding. While we do post some reports that discuss the location for the next leg, by the time these go up - a few days before the episode - the next location has usually been revealed by promos, TV Guide blurbs, etc. We only ever discuss the location for the next episode, and only when it can be figured out by carefully watching already released material. That means you can, too.

Long-range location spoilers - i.e. those beyond the immediate next episode - are to be kept in the spoiler topic. That's what we do, and you should, too.

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Login and Registration Issues

Why can't I login?
Have you registered? Seriously, you must register in order to login. Have you been banned from the board (a message will be displayed if you have)? If so then you should contact the webmaster or board administrator to find out why. If you have registered and are not banned and you still cannot login then check and double check your username and password. Usually this is the problem, if not then contact the board administrator they may have incorrect configuration settings for the board.

Why do I need to register at all?
You may not have too, it is up to the administrator of the board as to whether you need to register in order to post messages. However registration will give you access to additional features not available to guest users. It only takes a few moments to register so it is recommended you do so.

Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Log me in automatically box when you login the board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in check the box during login, this is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university cluster, etc.

How do I prevent my username appearing in the online user listings?
In your profile you will find an option Hide your online status, if you switch this on you'll only appear to board administrators or to yourself. You will be counted as a hidden user.

I've lost my password!
Don't panic! While your password cannot be retrieved it can be reset. To do this go to the login page and click 'I've forgotten my password', follow the instructions and you should be back online in no time.

I registered but cannot login!
Firstly check your are entering the correct username and password. If they are okay then one of two things may have happened. Does your account need activating? We require all new registrations to be activated, either by yourself or by the administrator, before you can logon. Please follow the instructions in the activation e-mail that you were sent. If you did not receive the e-mail, are you sure your e-mail address is valid? One reason activation is used is to reduce the possibility of rogue users abusing the board anonymously. If you are sure the e-mail address you used is valid then try contacting the board administrator.

I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
The most likely reasons for this are: you entered an incorrect username or password (check the e-mail you were sent when you first registered) or the administrator has deleted your account for some reason. If it is the later case then perhaps you did not post anything? It is usual for boards to periodically remove users who have not posted anything so as to reduce the size of the database. Try registering again and get involved in discussions.

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User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?
All your settings (if you are registered) are stored in the database. To alter them click the 'Profile' link (generally shown at the top of pages but this may not be the case). This will allow you to change all your settings

The times are not correct!
The times are almost certainly correct, however what you may be seeing are times displayed in a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case you should change your profile setting for the 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.

I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone correctly and the time is still different the most likely answer is daylight savings time (or summer time as it is known in the UK and other places). The board is not designed to handle the changeovers between standard and daylight time so during summer months the time may be an hour different from the real local time.

How do I show an image below my username?
We do not allow user avatars on this board.

How do I change my rank?
In general you cannot directly change the wording of any rank (ranks appear below your username in topics and on your profile depending on the style used). Most boards use ranks to indicate the number of posts you have made and to identify certain users, e.g. moderators and administrators may have a special rank. Please do not abuse the board by posting unnecessarily just to increase your rank, you will probably find the moderator or administrator will simply lower your post count.

When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to login?
Sorry but only registered users can send e-mail to people via the built-in e-mail form (if the admin has enabled this feature). This is to prevent malicious use of the e-mail system by anonymous users.

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Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a forum?
Easy, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message, the facilities available to you are listed at the bottom of the forum and topic screens (the You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc. list)

How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are the board admin or forum moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post (sometimes for only a limited time after it was made) by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. 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, this lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if someone has replied, it also will not appear if moderators or administrators edit the post (they should leave a message saying what they altered and why). Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

How do I add a signature to my post?
Signatures have been disabled in this forum.

How do I create a poll?
Creating a poll is easy, when you post a new topic (or edit the first post of a topic, if you have permission) you should see a Add Poll form below the main posting box (if you cannot see this then you probably do not have rights to create polls). You should enter a title for the poll and then at least two options (to set an option type in the poll question and click the Add option button. You can also set a time limit for the poll, 0 is an infinite poll. The maximum number of poll options you can enter is 12.

How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or board admin. To edit a poll click the first post in the topic (this always has the poll associated with it). If no one has cast a vote then users can delete the poll or edit any poll option, however if people have already placed votes only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This is to prevent people rigging polls by changing options mid-way through a poll

Why can't I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post, etc. you may need special authorisation, only the forum moderator and board admin can grant this access, you should contact them.

Why can't I vote in polls?
Only registered users can vote in polls (so as to prevent spoofing of results). If you have registered and still cannot vote then you probably do not have appropriate access rights.

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Formatting and Topic Types

What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, whether you can use BBCode is determined by the administrator (you can also disable it on a per post basis from the posting form). BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML, tags are enclosed in square braces [ and ] rather than < and > and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.

Can I use HTML?

What are Smileys?
Smileys, or Emoticons are small graphical images which can be used to express some feeling using a short code, e.g. :) means happy, :( means sad. Graphical smileys have been disabled in this forum.

Can I post Images?
Images can indeed be shown in your posts. However, there is no facility at present for uploading images directly to this board. Therefore you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.some-unknown-place.net/my-picture.gif. 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 either the BBCode [img] tag or appropriate HTML (if allowed).

What are Announcements?
Announcements often contain important information and you should read them as soon as possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. Whether or not you can post an announcement depends on the permissions required, these are set by the administrator.

What are Sticky topics?
Sticky topics appear below any announcements in viewforum and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them where possible. As with announcements the board administrator determines what permissions are required to post sticky topics in each forum.

What are Locked topics?
Locked topics are set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You cannot reply to locked topics and any poll it contained is automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons.

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User Levels and Groups

What are Administrators?
Administrators are people assigned the highest level of control over the entire board. These people can control all facets of board operation which includes setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc. They also have full moderator capabilities in all the forums.

What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) whose job it is to look after the running of the forums from day to day. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally moderators are there to prevent people going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.

What are Usergroups?
Usergroups are a way in which board administrators can group users. Each user can belong to several groups (this differs from most other boards) and each group can be assigned individual access rights. This makes it easy for administrators to set up several users as moderators of a forum, or to give them access to a private forum, etc.

How do I join a Usergroup?
To join a usergroup click the usergroup link on the page header (dependent on template design), you can then view all usergroups. Not all groups are open access, some are closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the board is open then you can request to join it by clicking the appropriate button. The user group moderator will need to approve your request, they may ask why you want to join the group. Please do not pester a group moderator if they turn your request down, they will have their reasons.

How do I become a Usergroup Moderator?
Usergroups are initially created by the board admin, they also assign a board moderator. If you are interested in creating a usergroup then your first point of contact should be the admin, try dropping them a private message.

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Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!
There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the board administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire board or the board administrator has prevented you from sending messages. If it is the later case you should try asking the administrator why.

I keep getting unwanted private messages!
In the future we will be adding an ignore list to the private messaging system. For now though if you keep receiving unwanted private messages from someone inform the board admin, they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages at all.

I have received a spamming or abusive email from someone on this board!
We are sorry to hear that. The email form feature of this board includes safeguards to try and track users who send such posts. You should email the board administrator with a full copy of the email you received, it is very important this include the headers (these list details of the user that sent the email). They can then take action.

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phpBB 2 Issues

Who wrote this bulletin board?
This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyright phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public Licence and may be freely distributed, see link for more details

Why isn't X feature available?
This software was written by and licensed through phpBB Group. If you believe a feature needs to be added then please visit the phpbb.com website and see what phpBB Group have to say. Please do not post feature requests to the board at phpbb.com, the Group uses sourceforge to handle tasking of new features. Please read through the forums and see what, if any, our position may already be for a feature and then follow the procedure given there.

Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?
You should contact the administrator of this board. If you cannot find who this you should first contact one of the forum moderators and ask them who you should in turn contact. If still get no response you should contact the owner of the domain (do a whois lookup) or, if this is running on a free service (e.g. yahoo, free.fr, f2s.com, etc.), the management or abuse department of that service. Please note that phpBB Group has absolutely no control and cannot in any way be held liable over how, where or by whom this board is used. It is absolutely pointless contacting phpBB Group in relation to any legal (cease and desist, liable, defamatory comment, etc.) matter not directly related to the phpbb.com website or the discrete software of phpBB itself. If you do email phpBB Group about any third party use of this software then you should expect a terse response or no response at all.