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This thread will be a quick guide to some of the features on the site.

Some people may not be acquainted with the software we use here, so I'll try to highlight some of the features in use here.


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There is a feature called Moods installed here.  It allows you to have an icon on your avatar reflecting your mood.


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To access this feature, look on the top bar where your name is.  To the right of that you will see a smilie face.




When you click on that icon, you will then see this screen pop up


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Simply pick your mood, put your "Currently Feeling" in and then click on update.  Now you should see your mood on your avatar in the postbit (the area beside your posts).


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To change the default avatar, simply click on your  name on the top bar then choose the profile link




Once you have chosen the profile link you will see your current avatar and on the lower left a image icon.




Click the image icon and then you will see this screen


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Choose to Upload Photo (should be selected by default) or if you have a remote image you want to use choose Import From URL then follow the instructions.


If you want a profile photo (that's the pipe and tobacco in the below screen capture) then choose the cover photo option from your profile.




Once you click on that link, you will see something similar to this (if you have not uploaded a photo yet you will not see Remove Photo or Reposition Photo).  Choose upload a photo and follow the instructions.


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To access the various portions of the site, you simply click (on desktop version) the Browse link


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From there you have the above options available to you.


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A new feature in the 4.x line of IPS (the script in use on this site) are Activity Streams.

By default, when you mouse over the activity link you will see the below


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These are the basic streams available (and the most used typically)


You can then click on the My Activity Streams and you will see similar to this (these are default).


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You can click on the Create New Stream button and make  a customized activity stream of information that you want outside of the default


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You can quick create content by choosing the Create link beside your name in the top bar




Upon clicking that link you will see similar to this (some links will not be available to you as they are administrative - such as Announcement)


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You can then choose what new item you want to create.  If you choose Topic, then you will see this screen pop up


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You can then click on the select box and you will get a listing of all topic areas that are available to you.


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 Select the one you want and it will then take you to create a new topic in that area.



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To change various aspects of your account, click your name on the top bar and choose Account Settings




You will then see this page




On the left side are the links of what you can change.  On the right are other options, one of the most important being the Notification Settings.  By default these should be a minimal setup for new users.  Choose the Notifications link and you will see this page


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This allows you to control how you receive notifications.


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To manage your followed content, click on your name on the top bar




and choose Manage Followed Content




You can then choose the Change Preference on whatever item you want (the red box as an example on one) and you will be presented with the options in the green box.  You can select how you receive notifications for that one content item.  You can also choose the Unfollow (the red button) to discontinue following the topic/content item.



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Mobile view of the site (from cellphone) is a little different.


When you first visit the site you will hit the landing page.  In the upper right corner of your screen you will see three parallel lines. That pulls up the menu options




Once you click on that, you will see similar to this




Any alerts you have will show on the bell icon, the envelope will show your inbox messages (forum related) and you will NOT see the exclamation in a triangle (that's administrative option).

The smilie emoticon allows access to your mood settings.


The box in the light blue will take you to your account settings.   

The green box is the Activity streams we showed in an earlier message.

The yellow/gold box is a VIP feature that will be offered to users in the future that allow you to have your own branded email of your_username@thepipestand.com.  The storage on those email accounts are limited as they are being hosted on the server currently.

The red box will allow you to browse the areas of the site.



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To utilize the store, you MUST be a registered member of the site.  You will also need to complete a few items prior to being able to purchase in the store.

You will need to complete a few sections of information to make purchases


You will need to go into the store area and complete the highlighted areas.




Personal information will be this data


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Addresses will look like this at first (if you have no addresses configured)




You will need to choose Add Address and then  complete this data


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Currently guests cannot view the store, they must become a member to view and purchase from it.  The requirement to be a member to purchase is probably not going to change as it allows a finer control over the transaction process.

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2 factor authentication has been enabled on the board (and for some areas will be required to access them).

To enable 2FA you simply select the down arrow by your name and then go to Account Settings




Then select Account Security




  You will be prompted for your site password then shown the screen below. Select Enable




You will then be presented with this screen.  Use your phone camera to scan in the QR code and then input the associated code that the Google Authenticator app (or Authy) gives you in the box and verify it.


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