Random yet useful information
This simple guide
will lay out the basics on how to get around a
forum, such as the translation of basic leet speak,
basic HTML and simple forum no-no's.
Contents separated by sections:
1: Basic Leetspeak
1.1- Letters in Leetspeak
2: Simplified Words
2.1-Words in Letter Form
3: Basic HTML Guide
3.1- Bolding, Underlining and
3.2- Making URL Links
3.3- Other and more advanced
4: Basic Forum No-No's
4.1- Spamming, Bumping, Flaming,
5: How to properly format an FAQ
6.1- Special Thanks and Contact
1: Basic Leetspeak
Section 1.1- Letters in Leetspeak
Leetspeak (or 1337 or 13375p34k) is the use of
numbers and characters to substitute letters to
make words or the 'form of written slang used
on the Internet'.
It was also, originally the way for hackers to
hide their websites from search engines, but now
the form of leetspeak has been taken over by the
noobs. (Definition of 'noobs' defined later.)
So here is some very, very basic leetspeak:
Wow, I just spelled 'EATS' not intentionally, no
- The number '3' usually replaces the letter
'E' as in the above example.
- The number '4' usually replaces the letter
'A' as in the above example.
- The number '7' usually replaces the letter
'T' as in the above example.
- The number '5' usually replaces the letter
'S' as in the above example.
Even though these numbers replace letters, rarely
do people replace ALL the letters of a word with
numbers. If someone said 'eats' in leet such as
'3475' most likely no one would understand that.
- The number '8' usually replaces the letter
- The number '1' usually replaces the letter
- The symbol '@' usually replaces the letter
'A' or just the word 'At'.
- The symbol '$' usually replaces the letter
So a quick re-cap shows-
E = 3
A = 4 or @
T = 7
S = 5
B = 8
I = 1
At = @
S = $
2: Simplified Words
Section 2.1- Words in Letter Form.
Alright, now that we've got the letter substitution
of leetspeak, let's move on to basic words-
- LOL is most commonly used to say,
'Laugh Out Loud' and less commonly used as,
'Lots of Love'.
- NP translates to, 'No Problem'.
- IMO translates to, 'In My Opinion'.
- IMHO translates to, 'In My Honest
- WTF translates to, 'What The Frick'
or 'What the Flip' or actually, whatever 'F'
word that fits.
- LMAO translates to, 'Laughing My
- ROFL or ROTFL translates
to, 'Rolling On Floor Laughing' or 'Rolling
On The Floor Laughing.
- BTW translates to, 'By The Way'.
- Newbies or Newbs are everyone
who are new to something.
- Noob, N00b or Nub
refers to all the experienced people who act
- OMG translates to, 'Oh My God' or
for the Secular-Progressives, 'Oh My Gosh'.
- K, or KK translates to,
- C ya translates to, 'See You' or
- W/E translates to, 'Whatever'.
- TOS translates to, 'Terms of Service'
and are usually the guidelines for most sites.
- Teh is the most common misspelled
form of the word, 'The'
3: Basic HTML Guide
HTML stands for 'Hypertext Markup Language' and
is the main form for building websites and other
Each separate HTML code is always enclosed by
< and > However, for this site, the most
basic codes are: Bolding text, underlining text,
italicizing text and making links and really isn't
HTML, it's actually coding for the old phpbb sites
or whatnot, giving them the name, phpbb codes.
(If that's wrong, go yell at dstates 'cuz that's
what he told me) The following examples however,
will tell you how to make the codes and other
Section 3.1 - Bolding, Underlining and
To bold your text for posting, surround your
text with this code- [b] on the left side and
[/b] on the right side of all the text you want
bolded. So to make bolded text for posting, I
would have to write it like this: [b]Display
If I wanted to bold the text in my signature,
all I would have to do is replace the brackets
[ and ] with these symbols- < and >
So to make bold text in my signature, I would
have to write it as follows: <b>Display
If I want to UNDERLINE my text instead of bold,
I would follow everything above except replacing
the 'b' with a 'u'
Same goes for ITALICS. Replace the letters with
an 'i' to italics your text.
Section 3.2- Making URL Links
This part is fairly simple and you can also link
to any site that does not violate the TOS. To
make a URL Link while posting, simple copy and
paste the address into your post box, putting
[url] on the left side and [/url] on the right
side of the address.
A link to this site while posting would look like
[url]www.cheathappens.com[/url] (Do not include
the http:// part of the address)
Section 3.3- Other and more advanced
- How to manipulate font size and font color:
<FONT SIZE="+3">Your text
- You can change the number after the plus
sign to alter the size of the text.
<FONT COLOR="red">I'm red!</FONT>
(Add whatever basic color you want)
- You can also use both HTML codes together
in one string of text to manipulate both the
color and the size of the text. It would look
as the following:
- How to make clickable links with your text
of choice in your signatures:
- A link to this site with the clickable text
'Click Here' would read as follows:
Note: This HTML code will not work for posting.
How to make clickable links with your text of
choice in your posts: Note: Clickable
links with your text of choice in posts will only
work inside Cheat Happens. You cannot make clickable
links with your text of choice in posts to other
Here's how it's done:
If you haven't figured it out by now, clickable
links with your text of choice IN POSTS contain
the part of the web address AFTER the .com/ part.
- <a href=show_user.asp?userID=136681>Click
Here</a> Link to my profile page
and the clickable text will say 'Click Here'.
- <a href=default.asp>Click Here</a>
Link to Homepage of Cheat Happens
- <a href=boards.asp>Click Here</a>
Link to The Message Boards
How to make 'Buttons' in my profile:
This, along with the other HTML codes are fairly
simple, just copy this code:
<button onclick="alert('TEXT INSIDE
OF BUTTON GOES HERE')" <font size = 4px><font
color = Black >TEXT OUTSIDE OF BUTTON GOES
Note: Buttons on this site are
only allowed in your personal profile page. NOT
POSTING and NOT SIGNATURES.
The above code will make a 'Button' inside your
profile and once you click that button, you will
get the little box. Both button and box can have
your text of
choice. You can also edit the code to alter the
size and color of the text.
How to make a straight line in posting:
This is probably the easiest of HTML codes ever,
but usually not the first to learn. Simply enter
in the code, <hr> in any part of
your post to make a straight line. Simple, huh?
How to add an image:
<IMG SRC="YOUR IMAGE LINK HERE">
You can also customize the width and the height
by adding this part of the code:
<IMG SRC="YOUR IMAGE LINK HERE"
Note: Images are only allowed
in your personal profile. Not for posting and
not for signatures. Be sure that any image is
acceptable for all age groups and does not violate
How to make your image a link to another site:
<a href="LINK TO SITE HERE" target="_blank"><img
src="IMAGE LINK HERE" border="0"
Note: Unlike URL Links, for
every address that is needed (for both codes),
be sure to include the http:// part of the address.
Failure to do so will result in a bad link and
To get an image link, you first need to host
the picture on an image hosting site. www.photobucket.com
is a good site to make a free account and begin
to upload any picture on demand.
How to manipulate posting quotes:
The code for a quote when you post reads as follows:
[quote1]QUOTED PERSON'S NAME HERE[/quote1]TEXT
OF QUOTE HERE[/quote2]
You can use the above code for any of your posts
and edit the name and the text of the quote to
your liking as long as nothing in your modified
quote violates the TOS.
This is especially useful for two reasons:
-You forget to quote.
-You assume you don't need to quote, yet someone
posts before you.
4: Basic Forum No-No's
Section 4.1- Spamming, Bumping, Flaming,
The following are basic definitions of the above
and are against the rules of the majority of websites
that contain forums. Doing any of the above on
this site is a violation on the TOS (Terms of
Service) and is punishable by a permanent ban
of your account.
The definitions are:
- Spamming: The posting of something, 'pointless'
and that has no real meaning or point.
If I were to make a topic called 'What's your
And someone posted saying, 'La la my computer
is teh sucks, why do every1 hate me much?'
That would be spamming.
- Bumping: The revival or posting in old topics.
Everyone hates a bumper, please…don't
- Flaming: The intentional posting to get an
angry post in return, or to take part in a pointless
- Trolling- To intentionally antagonize someone,
or continued flaming. An example of trolling
Person 1: "What's your favorite game?"
Person 2: "I think all games suck. I think
Person 1: "Please stop flaming and contribute
to the topic."
Person 2: "No! Your are TEH SUCK!"
Person 3: "Stop trolling!"
Person 2: "NO! I HATE U ALL!"
5 : How to properly
format a FAQ
Section 5.1- Instructions
The following is a very basic guide on how to
properly format an FAQ to ultimately prevent the
text stretching the page. If you are looking on
how to write an FAQ, here is not the place to
The only programs you need to write an FAQ in
this format are:
-WordPad or Notepad
However, you can write your FAQ solely in WordPad
or Notepad, yet you will have to manually break
the lines to prevent the page from stretching.
- Step 1) Write your FAQ as you normally would
and spell check it.
- Step 2) Once it's all said and done, save
it as 'Plain Text' DO NOT CONFUSE WITH 'Rich
- Step 3) Select the following:
-Insert Line Breaks
-End Lines with CR/LF
-Allow Character Substitution
- Step 4) Open your document in WordPad or
Notepad and all the lines should be even.
- Step 5) Check over your FAQ for any slight
glitches, sometimes the lines do not break evenly
and that must be manually fixed.
- Step 6) Submit your FAQ via the AUTHORS link
on the top of any page on this site and patiently
wait for a response. If approximately two weeks
go by without a response, then your work was
rejected. All you have to do now is make it
more detailed and maybe longer. Add all the
new information via Microsoft Word and repeat
And you're done! That was simple, right?
Section 6.1- Special Thanks and Contact
-God, without Him none of this would exist.
-My parents, without them none of this would exist.
-CHU Author 'dstates' for helping me out with
part of the guide.
-Founder #1 of Cheat Happens Nevermore for letting
me write this.
-Founder #2 of Cheat Happens PWizard for making
a great site.
-Urbandictionary.com for quick references.
-Me for writing this.
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