Animeleague FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

What's Animeleague All About?

Welcome to Animeleague

By Fans, for Fans, Animeleague aims to connect anime fans together through it's extremely active, fun and friendly forums which are worldwide, and it's conventions/events which take place across the UK. Whether it's anime, gaming, cosplay, or just general chat and discussion about life in general, AL has something for everyone and all are invited. Make sure to be a part of one of the top five anime communities in the world and join today!

What Events Does Animeleague Run?

Animeleague runs the following events -

Alcon - 16+ anime/gaming event in Leicester - www.alcon.org.uk
London Anime Con - 18+ event - www.londonanimecon.com
London Gaming Con - 18+ event - www.londongamingcon.com
Cosrave - 18+ clubnight event for cosplayers - www.cosrave.co.uk
Cosplay Picnics - A free event for all ages taking place across the UK
Meetups - Across major cities around the UK, we run about 30 casual meetups a year, checkout the Meetups section for the next ones that are planned.

Things to do on Animeleague?

#1. Join the discussion: We have a discussion area for everything. General Discussion is the hub of the community and where you should go if you want to discuss something, ask any questions, or get involved. Whilst Entertainment Zone, Anime & Manga and Video Gaming sections are great places to discuss your hobbies and interests!

#2. Go Crazy! Bored? Got nothing to do? Want to raise your post-count? Then go spam in Crazy League, for jokes, polls, random games, spam, memes - everything and anything. GO GO GO!

#3. Make a Journal: Make an AL Journal, your own little section of AL and tell us about your life!

#4. Join a social group or a clan. See that link at the top entitled "Groups"? Click it and check out the social groups and clans we have! You can join as many social groups and clans as you like. Don't find something you fancy? Go make your OWN social group in a few seconds via the social group link! You can also check out the clans and signup for them here. Just reply in the ones you want to join.

#5. Chat! The Public Chat box is almost always active, or if not active people lurk. Come say hi and get to know our awesome community!

#6. Tune into the radio! Yes, we have our very own online radio station! Go take a listen!

#7. Roleplay: Want to be someone else? Play as your favourite character or original creation? Go check out CityScape for a wealth of fun and active roleplays to be a part of!

#8. Be Creative! We have a large and thriving art, graphic-maker and writing community. Check them out and make sure to show us what you've created!

#9. Check out our real life meets and events. We regularly hold meets and events. Why not check out the meetups, events and clubs area (located here)? Or our convention forums (located here)?

#10. Regular online events! Most sections run something, and occasionally we do huge board-wide events too. Don't miss out!

AND MUCH MORE! Why not browse around now and take a look?

What are the Forum Rules?

We ask for everyone to show respect toward other members, to this community, and to try their best to get along. The rules are drafted to best reflect this. Most of these rules are common sense and just ask you to show a basic level of decency. These rules apply across all of Animeleague including it's chatroom and social networks to all members including it's staff.

Members; Any member of animeleague, regardless of staff-standing.
Staff; Anyone who works as board-mods. They are coloured purple, green or red.
Section-Staff; When posting in a specific section, the mods who are listed on it (with the hmod green colored mod being that section's leader). Admins can also act as section-staff in any section.
Admins; Those who run the community overall and make the final decisions/judgments. They are coloured red.


1. Respect your fellow members - This includes no attempts to insult, deride or provoke other members. Flaming and baiting are big no-nos, as is causing drama toward other members. In any debates or discussion, respect is equally important, remember that the goal is not to be right, but to reach a better understanding of the subject and each other.

2. Respect the Community - Each section has it's own set of rules and etiquette (for example some allow spam, some do not); please respect them and read the rules before you post! Please also respect each section's staff and avoid causing any drama toward them, the section or to the community overall.

3. Follow Topic Intention - Don't turn a topic into something it's not. If the opening post is random/spammy, then it should follow the topic is random/spammy. If it's casual keep your post more casual and if the opening post is detailed and serious please follow suit. The only time you can do this is if the topic's author or section-staff member says it's okay. Otherwise just make a new topic. Finally, if a topic-author asks you to follow certain rules to post in that topic (ie: it's a RPG, a debate or someone's journal for example), then do stick to them.

4. No Harassment - Harassing another member through PM, IM, or on the boards. In most cases this may be following an argument. If you feel you are being harassed and want the member to leave you alone, then PM them back requesting very explicitly for them to not contact you any further and block them if possible. If they proceed to contact you then please contact a member of staff. If the harrassment in nature is violent, sexual or stalking then please contact us immediately.

5. No Bad Posting Behaviors - Including but not limited to posting more than six topics in the same section in a one hour period, double posting in a non-spam topic where it could have been edited into the prior post (you are allowed to double-post to bump a topic provided you wait at least three days), posting Background musics or media without warning, oversized Signatures over 400 pixels tall (including all text and images), posting a mass of images in a post and so on. Only exceptions are if a section-staff member gives you permission.

6. No Unapproved Advertising - Includes linking to a commercial service or social network fanpage where it was unsolicited OR linking to a message board without you being one of our partners. This includes in signatures, in your profile and via PM. To apply to be a partner email info@animeleague.net You may freely promote anything relating to AL (such as a clan, group or topic on AL), you may link to external portfolios, social network accounts and websites provided they do not contain message boards and you may link to commercial websites if someone asks.

7. Alternate Account Registration - If you are registering a second account you must email info@animeleague.net or PM an admin with the usernames. If you do not inform us and we understand you are using an alt to pretend to be someone else (and we have solid reasons to believe this beyond just the IP being the same as we understand some people may share networks or computers) then we will suspend that account and notify you. Any rule breakages done by extra accounts will count toward your original account as a whole.

8. Work-Safe Content - While we are not PG13 and swearing is allowed, please note that some people post from work-places/school and colleges and that not everyone wants to read very crude posts or images. If your post or posted image goes too far we will send you a polite reminder to tone it down. Swearing is fine, but show some taste in what you post and do not post pornography or anything that may get someone in trouble at work. If you intend to post something NSFW (not safe for work), please either spoiler tag it or post it in an 18+ tagged group/clan.

9. Follow Complaints Procedure- If you have a complaint as to how the board is run, it's rules, how they are applied, or about it's staff members please post this privately to a member of our staff; do not make a topic about it. If you are not satisified with their response you can issue an official complaint to us by emailing info@animeleague.net and the admins will investigate it. This process ensures that any issues/problems are dealt with quickly in as drama-free manner as possible. Note a complaint is not the same as giving constructive criticism or suggestions on how to improve and you are free to post that (General Discussion is the best place to make a topic) as long as it is respectfully put and does not cause drama.

10. Admin Catch All Rule - Every situation is different, and there may be situations where these rules are not sufficient. AL admins (and no one else) hold the right to remove posts which are not covered by the above rules if any post or behavior may be a problem to other members or this community. If we do this then an admin will PM you an explanation. If the admins believe you are deliberately looking for loopholes in rules, then this counts as trolling and you may be banned.


The following behavior will get you immediately banned and we will reserve the right to report you to your isp and any relevant authorities -

1. No Hacking - Attempting to unlawfully edit or manipulate board code and/or access someone's account without permission.
2. No Trolling - Seeking to damage the community through either mass breaking of rules or looking for loopholes in rules to still cause damage.
3. No Breaking of the Law - This can include sexual harrassment, threats of violence and stalking of other members

Punishment for Rule Breaking

The following actions can be taken by staff depending on how badly you have infringed on the rules.

Unofficial Warnings: This is a member of staff sending you a friendly PM to inform you if you have done something wrong. Don't see this as too serious, but do make sure to listen to what they have to say.
Official Warnings: Should be taken very seriously if you recieve one. You should speak to the staff member and make sure that you do not repeat your mistake again, lest you get something more serious next time. This is to be taken seriously, and not as a simple slap on the wrist. Warnings can be issued by any staff member.
Probation: Your last chance warning, so to speak. Sometimes we can issue these without ANY warnings being sent out prior if we judge your actions to be bad enough. A probational status can only be issued by an admin. Probations are essentially contracts that the problem member signs as a final agreement to remain on the site. Very strict terms to keep to are outlined, whereupon if the user breaks any of them, then they are automatically suspended for a minimum of one week, pending a staff vote for a possible extension of such a banning. Each probation is specifically tailored to the problem member in question, with the terms being different from probation to probation. A probation may last from one month, to three months.
Banning: Bannings are specified at the time of being banned, and can range from one week, to three months, to indefinate (undetermined). All bannings have the staff vote announced, with a short summary given (sometimes with evidence if it still exists) as to why they were banned.

Admins, Mods and Assistants

You will notice that around the forums there are four main usergroups. These are indicated at the bottom of the forum index by the legend. Understanding the purpose of each of these is key to getting around the forums so you know the purpose of the users that belong to that group. This section aims to explain what each of them mean:

Administrators: These are who run the entire site. They deal with technical issues, and have the ability to add, remove or change anything across the forums. Admins also have the final word on big decisions, such as bannings and site changes.

Head Moderators: Head mods are those which are in charge of their designated forum. Generally, there is one head mod for each forum. Head mods are well respected and have the final word on big decisions within their designated forum. Head moderators have the ability to move, split, and lock topics, as well as announce or sticky threads. If no available mods are online and you wish to report an issue, then it's best to contact the head mod of the forum who will deal with it when they are next online.

Moderators: Mods work alongside with head mods. Mods are there to ensure that everything in their designated forum runs smoothly. They also share the same powers that head moderators do, but limited to the forum that they are a mod of. Generally, there are multiple mods for each section. If you find an issue within a forum, then you can report it to any mod of that forum that is available.

Generally, mods and head mods are responsible for running and taking care of events and features within their forum. This guide as an example being a feature of Welcomes and Goodbyes. Moderators, head moderators and administrators are also known as staff.

Assistants: While they don't share any of the abilities that admins and mods have, assistants play an important role in making the forums run smoothly as well as helping out where needed. You will gain credits as rewards for the schemes you participate in as an assistant, and it will increase your chances of becoming a mod if you regularly help out a particular section. Anyone who is not on probation may apply to be an assistant. We also ask that you have at least 100 posts, and have been here for a minimum period of one month before you are able to apply. You can sign-up [Here]. You can see the various schemes that you can participate in as an assistant in Assistant Central.

Board Features

There are many boardwide features that are present on AL. All of these can be accessed from either just under the AL banner or to the upper left of the banner as shown here:



Here are explanations of what each link does: Note: AL is always changing its layout and adding new features, if you notice something is not listed here, please inform an Administrator.

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Facebook Connect:: If you don't want to remember your password or keep logging in with your username and password, cimply click this link and a new window will pop up that will connect you with our AnimeLeague Facebook page. In this window, you can either deny our Facebook page to have access to your basic information (any information you make public as per Facebook settings) and who you want to see that you've connected to our Facebook page (options in a drop-down menu). Once you log into Facebook, you'll be connected to your account!

Notifications: This area will turn a different color when you have some requests or PMs awaiting your attention; a number of notifications will appear as well. Click the drop-down arrow to see how many of what requests you have waiting for you and click to be directed to a window where you can approve, deny, or answer the request/PM. Clicking the drop-down arrow when you don't have any notifications will give you an option to go to your Inbox.

Friends: Clicking this will give you the following options:
  • View Friends: Simply, see what friends you already have added to your AL account.
  • Add/Invite Friends: Clicking this will give you three additional options. These options will allow you to add people on certain social network services or even messenger services (MSN, AIM, Beebo, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.). With this option you will need to log into your account, so be prepared to provide the e-mail or userID you use for those sites as well as your password. Keep in mind that NONE of that information will be stored or shared. The second options allows you to update a contact file (if you don't have one already, you'll see instructions on how to make one) and find some of the friends on your contact file who are already here. The last option simply allows you to type in your friends e-mail addresses and we'll send an invite that way.
  • Search Members: Clicking this option will take you to a window where you can search our memberlist for people you know are already on this site and just need to add them to your friends list.
  • Friendliest Members: Clicking this option will take you to a page where you can see who has the most friends in their friend list on the site. The stats page will give you the top 50.


Messages: Straight-forward; clicking this will take you to your Inbox.

Edit Profile: This option will take you to a new window where you can edit any/all information on your page. The options you will initially see are options for your e-mail, country of residence, hobbies, age, etc. You can find other information for more advanced settings to the left. More information on what these options do are available in Part 3 of this guide.

Settings: Clicking this will take you to an area wher eyou can see all of your Subscribed Threads. Mainly, those that have new posts you haven't seen. In the lower right corner of this area, you will see an option to view all Subscribed threads. Information on how to subscribe to a thread are detailed in Part 3. To the left of this window, you will also find the advanced setting for editing your profile and account.

Logout: Clicking this will log you out of your account. This is useful for increased security, as well as if multiple people use your computer and access AL. When you go to log back in, your name and password may automatically be remembered if you chose for you internet browser to do so. Logging in as hidden will not show that you're online to other members, but will automatically log you out after a set time period of inactivity. If you do not click the "Remember Me" option below the Username input box, you will also be logged out automatically after 15 or so minutes of inactivity.

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Main: Simply takes you to the forums' Index page.

Website: Gives you the following options -
  • Frontpage: This area is where you can find all of the articles our writers create for the front page. You will also find announcements on AL-run events both on the forums and off the forums, so keep an eye out for this area! If you're interested in becoming a writer, please go [Here] to find the scheme, find out what it will entail and sign-up to become an assistant.
  • IRC: This is ALs IRC Chatroom where you can chat with many of our members about virtually anything. While we do have a chat feature located at the bottom of the index page, they are not mutually exclusive.
  • Contact Us: Clicking this will open up a request to use an e-mail program on your computer. Once you select a program, an e-mail will be sent to ALs e-mail account and you should receive a response within 48 hours.
  • Affiliate With Us:All of our Affiliates are listed on the left of the Frontpage. This link will take you to an article on the Frontpage with instructions on how you can become a partner and/or sponsor of AnimeLeague.
  • Link to Us Similar to the "Affiliate with Us" page, this link will take you to a Frontpage article where you can find banners to place on your website. If you link to us, we can place a link on our website for you as well.
  • Join our Staff: We have four levels of staff: Admin, Hmod, Mod and Assistant. This link will take you to a page where you can apply for one of those positions (or may contain links where you can do so) and where you can also sign-up to become a Crew member for our Events. So if you attend Alcon, LAC, and other such events that AL hosts and would like to be apart of our Crew, this is the place to do it!
  • Staff List: A simple list of all our Admins, Hmods, Mods, Assistants and Events Crew.


Forum: Gives you the following options -
  • My Subscribed Threads: Takes you to a list of all the threads you have subscribed to. Depending on your settings, this could be threads you've posted in, or manually subscribed to. More details on how to subscribe to threads given in Part 3.
  • Index Page: The main forum page of AL where all Forums and their respective staff are viewable.
  • Awards: This is where you can find all the available awards on the forums. Some are section or board-wide awards that you earn when you participate in that certain event. Others are awards that have been suggested by users to be recommended and requested by users. You can contact the Community Administrator via PM with your.
  • Search: An option available to you for searching the forums. You can use this feature to search for anything on our forums.
  • Calendar: Our Calendar may contain the details of events currently being held or will in the future. When viewing those events (by clicking on them), you may RSVP to that event so the person running the Event knows how many people plan to participate and can notify you of any delays or changes in the event. Also, you can find a list of every person having a Birthday that day, month, or months ahead.
  • Forum Statistics: Mainly used for staffing purposes, this area can be utilized if you want to know who has the most friends, who has the least, who has left the most visitor messages, how many people have posted in a section (and how many posts within that week), etc.
  • Memberlist: A list of every member on our forum with the newest members listed first and the oldest members (those who have been here longer) at the end. You can filter the results of the Member List using the legend at the top or using the "Search Members" feature in the upper right corner.
  • Active Topics: A list of all the topics that have been posted in recently. All topics are listed in order of newer/more recent posts first. This list contains all the topics posted in the last week.
  • Latest Posts Live: This is a list of all the individual posts made recently. It does update itself, so there's no need to refresh the page. You can also filter the posts shown in this list by clicking the "Subscribed Threads Only" box in the upper left corner.


Arcade: Our gaming area for all of our members, currently visible to everyone. If you find that our collection is lacking in some way, you're more than welcome to send your game suggestions to our Arcade Admin [Yami].

Triple Triad: Triple Triad is a Trading Card System that, as of May 2nd, 2012, only has the Final Fantasy TCG (Trading Card Game). Clicking this tab will take you to your stats for any and all games that we have. Under the Index banner, you will find links to purchase decks (using your credits), go to the Battle Arena and find our Rules for the TCG. Please let [Yami] know if there are any issues with the game.

Credits: Gives you the following options -
  • Shop Items: A list of all the items we have in our shop. Using the menu on the left-hand side of the screen, you can navigate through the various items we have that you can purchase with your AL Credits. Please contact a Community Administrator with any issues and suggestions for new items.
  • Manage Credits: If you're wanting to donate credits or just see your recent credit activity, you can do so in this menu.
  • Ranks & Special Items and Shop & Credits Guide: These options take you to the same place where many of your questions on Credits, ways to spend credits, ways to earn credits and the different items that AREN'T available in the shop can be found. Questions or issues on credits and anything mentioned in that thread can be posted there. You will receive a response within 48 hours of your post.


Guides: Gives you the following options -
  • FAQ: A compilation of nearly every question you may have about AnimeLeague and how to use its features. It is the longer and FAR more detailed guide than this one. This guide contains all of the features and information that are used more often by our members.
  • Beginner's Guide: A short (10 Step) Guide to getting started on AnimeLeague. If you are a new member, it is recommended that you look through this thread first. This thread also links to the guide you are reading right now.
  • Radio Guide: A guide on how to listen and become an AL DJ. You will also find information on our current DJs so you can determine when your favorite DJ will be on air or when the next DJ is scheduled to go on.
  • How to Join Staff: If you are interested in becoming an Assistant, this link will take you to the thread where you can find out what being an Assistant entails, the process required and the schemes/sections you can help as an assistant.
  • Rules: All of our 10 boardwide rules on AL. Please be sure to read these first if you are a new member. Additional rules can be found in each section at the top of the forum. By registering you are agreeing to these rules and all other rules made available to you.
  • Information Central: A thread where you can find information on our Bannings and Probation procedures, what each Ban means, which Admins to contact in certain situations and information on our Credit system (it's the same thread as the "Ranks & Special Items" and "Shop & Credits Guide" thread).


Groups: Gives you the following options -
  • Join a Clan: Clans are small groups of individuals who share the same hobby, fandom or interests. These groups have their own forums nestled away in ClanNation (Click the "View ClanNation" option to see all these clans and their forums). This link will take you to a place where you can sign-up for the clans, but won't take you to their forums.
  • Join a Social Group: Social groups are smaller than clans and can be made for virtually everything - as long as it follows our forum-wide rules. Just like clans, anyone can make and join a social group. Unlike clans, there's no limit to how many you can be apart of.
  • View Active Groups: Since nearly anyone can make a social group - even if there is one already made for that specific interest or fandom - some might not be as active as others. This option will allow you to see the most active groups ranked so that groups with messages posted recently are shown first.
  • View ClanNation: Takes you to the Clan hub of our forum. Here you can see all the forums for each of the clans and can go into our CN Community forum to learn how to create your own clan, chat with CN members in the Chat topic and learn more about each clan by browsing their clan topic.


Gallery: Gives you the following options -
  • Add Album: Pretty straight-forward, simply adding another album for any pictures you wish to upload. You may want to have an album for each occasion (like different Conventions you've been to), different dates, different cosplays, etc.
  • View All Photos: A place where you can view all of the photos uploaded by our members.
  • View All Albums: A place where you can view all of the albums our members have created for their photos.
  • My Albums: An area where you can view all of the albums you have created.


Settings

The Settings page is where you can make a wide range of changes to your profile, as well as changes that affect the entire forum. You can make changes to your avatar, your signature, your account e-mail among others. This is a key aspect of your experience with using the forum, but understanding it can take some time. Here is an explanation of the different sections of settings and what they do:


4a. Overview

When you enter the new window, you should see all of your subscribed threads taking up the middle and right-hand side of your window. This area will show all the threads you've subscribed to that have new posts in them. If you would like to see all of your subscribed threads - new posts or not - then scroll down a bit to find the "View all Subscribed Threads".

To the left of your screen you will see:

>> My Messages: Shows you links to your Inbox, Sent Items, to Send New Message, Track Messages and Edit Folders. This doesn't include any folders you've added yourself (will explain below).

>> My Subscriptions: Shows you Subscriptions, List Subscriptions and Edit Folders options.

>> My Settings: Shows you different options you can do for you Profile, Account, Networking, Miscellaneous, and Blog. All of these will be explained below, in detail, as well.

4b. My Messages

>> Inbox: This is where you can check up on your private messages. Your inbox is messages you have received from other people. A closed envelope with a green arrow in a circle on the envelope beside a message indicates that you have replied to that message. A blue, open envelope next to the message means it's unread; and a closed white envelope means you have read the message. To delete message, check the white boxes in the right beside the message/s you wish to delete. The scroll down until you see a "Selected Messages (#)" drop-down box. The # will indicate how many messages you've selected. In the drop-down menu, you should see "Delete" - click that, then hit "Proceed".

>> Sent Messages: This shows messages that you have sent, they do not indicate if the recipient has read the messages or not. Some messages may not be automatically sent here if you have "Don't save a copy of sent messages" option selected in your General Settings area (General Settings -> Messaging and Notifications area -> Sent Private Messages can be found right above Visitor Messages),

>> Send New Message: This allows you to send a message to any member on the forum. You can send a message to up to five people at a time. Moderators and administrators have the ability to send the same message to more than five people, as well as to all members of usergroups and clans.

>> Track Messages: Since the "Sent Folder" does not show you if the recipient has read your messages or not, you can choose to click the "Request a read receipt for this message" below the text box when you click "Advanced" when replying. This means that when the recipient receives your message, they can click "yes" to confirm they've received your message. Also, the recipients may also select "Cancel" to not notify you that they have received it. In this area, you will see how many of your sent messages have confirmed receipts and how many have unconfirmed sent messages.

>> Edit Folders: Here, you can add or delete any existing folders - or even change the name of them to whatever you want. "Inbox" and "Sent" folders are default, so you won't be able to change details about those. However, you can add a "Saved" folder for important information you want to keep as well as folders for your friends messages. Keep in mind that you will have to move the messages manually to these folders, since they will automatically go into your Inbox.

To create a folder, go to the "Add New Folders" area of the Edit Folders window and type in the name of one, two or even three new folders you want to add. Once you've named them, click "Save Changes" in the lower right hand side. You will find that your folders show up after your sent folder.


4c. My Subscriptions

>> Subscriptions & List Subscriptions: These are typically threads that you've created or have manually or automatically subscribed to (see 4d on automatic subscriptions). Clicking this will take you to the "List Subscriptions" you see below this option. It will take you to the new window with all of your current subscriptions. You will be able to see if there has been a new post, who the post was made by and when they made that post. By clicking "" next to the day and time last posted in, it will take you to the new post made by that user.

>> Edit Folders: Provides you with the same abilities as the "Edit Folders" option in your Messages. However, "Subscriptions" are not an automatic folder, so you may change the name to that folder and add new ways anyway you like. Creating new folders is done exactly like with making new message folders. To edit the current name, look under "Your Folders", you should see the current name of your Subscription folder. Simply highlight the text and type in a new name. Once you've selected the name, click "Save Changes" in the lower right (only use the first "Save Changes" so that it will save the name change).

4d. My Settings

>> Edit Profile: This is where you can fill in and edit information about yourself which is publicly viewable to everyone else. (The exception to this is your date of birth, but your age is shown). It is recommended you fill in as much information as you can so that people can get an at-a-glance overview about you, but it isn't necessary. Your custom title is a caption that appears underneath your name on every post you make, this is made by default depending on your post count, rank bar or status on AL (assistant, moderator, head moderator and admin). We have what is called a "Status" on VBulletin that you can go ahead and edit to be your Custom Title - it functions the same as it did on the old forums, however, you must edit it by going to "My Profile" (at the top of the screen) and clicking the edit button below your avatar.

>> Edit Profile Picture: This lets you upload another image that will take the place of their avatar when you click to see their profile.

>> Edit Avatar: Your avatar is an icon that appears below your name on every post you make, as well as on your profile and in the arcade. You can chose to have your avatar hosted on the forum, or you can provide a link to an image provided from elsewhere (See section 7c). "Upload from Computer" and "Link off-site" are two options for using your own avatar. It is recommended you link off-site to avoid errors. You do not need to modify the avatar dimensions, the forum will automatically detect the dimensions of the image for you. Modifying this may result in what looks like a squished image. If you don't have your own, you can scroll down a little bit more to see ALs pre-defined avatars. We currently have 120 avatars from you to choose from. Below the first 10 avatars, you will see page numbers that you can browse through to see all 120. When you find something you like, select the round button besides the file name and hit "Save Changes".

>> Edit Signature: This is where you can modify your forum signature. Your signature is automatically attached to every post you create. Everything you can do to regular posts (See section 6) can be applied to the signature. Modifying the signature will also affect all past posts you have made, as well as future ones you create. Although, if you have recently added a signature after making some posts around the boards, your new signature will not be added to those previous posts. If you want your signature to show up, you must go to those posts, select "Edit Post", then "Go Advanced". You should see "Show your Signature" in the Additional Options area under the text box. Check the box and scroll down to select "Save changes".

There is a size limit for signatures however, in which they can be no bigger than 400 pixels in height including all text and images. For more information on content that is allowed in signatures, as well as what the limit looks like, see [Here]. You can disable forum signatures in 'General Settings' (General Settings -> Thread Display Options).

>> Edit Profile Privacy: Here you can change who can see every part of your profile: what groups your in, your statuses, your contact info, profile picture, etc. If you don't want the default of "Everyone" to see certain things, simply click the appropriate drown-down menu and select the status they must have to view your stuff.

>> Edit E-mail & Password: Pretty straight forward. If you ever want to change your password or change your e-mail address, you can do so here. Be sure to select "Save Changes" once you finish.

>> General Settings: Here you can select many settings for your forum experience. If you want to hide from regular members, assistants and moderators you can do so here by selecting "Invisible Mode On". You can select how your subscriptions are set-up, how you want to receive notification of who has posted in your subscribed threads, who can PM you, how you want to be notified you've received a PM, where your sent messages go, etc. There are a TON of features available, so read through this area and select the permissions you want for your forum experience.

>> Edit Connections: This area allows you to connect Facebook to AnimeLeague. To connect, simply click on "Connect with Facebook". Once you do, the blue facebook "Connect" button that shows up in the upper right of the AL Banner will be replaced with your facebook image. Around the forums, you may also find "Like this thread" at the top of the threads you're reading. Like other sites, you will also see how many of your facebook friends have liked that thread as well.

>> Clan Groups: Just like in the Clans option at the top of the forum (explained in section 3), this will show you all of the active clans we have on our forums, as well as your own. You can also request to join clans through this feature.

>> Edit Ignore List: Here you can search users you do not want to contact you, PM you or anything of that nature. Simply search their username and select "Okay".

>> Edit Arcade Settings: Allows you to customize how you want to be contacted when your high score has been beaten, how you wish to accept challenges, etc.

>> Friends & Connections: Takes you to the same place "Friends & Contacts" did from the Community drop-down menu explained in section 3. Here you can add people to your friend list by scrolling all the way down to the "Add a Member to Your List" area and click "Add Friend" - which will then send them a friend request of sorts so that you will show up on their friend list as well.

In the upper right corner, above all of your current friends on AL, you will find a search area that will allow you to find a friend on your list - if you have multiple pages. You may want to do this for quick access to send them a PM, leave them a visitor message or even to delete them off your friends list. Deleting a friend off your list is easy. You'll see little checked boxes in the upper left corner of each friends' avatar. Unchecking this box and clicking "Save Changes" will remove those with unchecked boxes from your friend list.

>> Event Reminders: When I explained the Calendar in section 3, I told you there was an option to view details about events posted. What I didn't mention was that, at the bottom of the event message, there is an option to be reminded of that event if you're interested in attending or taking part. Once you click that option, all event reminders will show up here for you!

>> Attachments: This window allows you to see any and all attachments you've posted anywhere on the forums. To post attachments, simply select "Manage Attachments" when you're in the Advanced reply reply box (just click "Advanced" to get there). A pop-up window will appear with options to allow you to upload files and images from your computer (click browse to find) and images from other websites (simply place the URL of the image in there). Once you've uploaded your attachments, select the appropriate "Upload" button.

>> Blog: Clicking "Blog" will take you to the Blogs area discussed above in section 3.

Navigating the Site

Navigating AL is rather simple. There are many symbols and signs that make getting around AL an easier experience, but getting used to them can take time. One of the first things you may notice is a '+' sign (This may be different depending on your AL scheme) next to each forum and topic. At the very bottom of the forums and sub-forums there is an icon legend which may look something like this:



New posts means that there are new posts within the thread since you last visited. No new posts means the opposite. A topic that is locked you can't post in, unless you are a moderator or admin.

There can be many sub-forums within a forum. For a quick way of navigating back to the forum list, click the banner or click 'Forum' underneath it. You can also quickly navigate to the main forum if you're in a sub-forum. For example, if you've gone into Assistant Central to check out scheme's, and want to head back into community central to sign up as an assistant, then you can click on that section below the banner. A paper clip to the right of the topic () indicates there are attachments within it, expect possible long load times on a slow connection. Holding your mouse over the paper clip will tell you how many attachments are in the section.


Terminology

There is a lot of different terminology used across AL. Some of then may appear obvious, others not so. There are a lot of acronyms, abbreviations and not-quite-so common words used across the boards. This section aims to list all of which are used around AL. If there is any that you'd like to see added, then mention it in a reply and it will be added here.


6a. Acronyms and Abbreviations

There are many acronyms and abbreviations used to describe various aspects of the site. Some of these are very commonly used, others not so much. The acronyms and abbreviations included here are specifically for forum terms and those exclusive to AL. Commonly used words in instant messaging and texting for example, aren't included. Below is a list compiled of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations across AL:





AC: Assistant Central
Admin: Administrator
AL: AnimeLeague
ALJ: AnimeLeague Journals
ATTN: Attention
Ava/Avi: Avatar
A&M: Anime and Manga
BBCode: Bulletin Board Code
BCC: Blind Carbon Copy
CL: Crazy League
CN: Clannation
CNC: Clannation Community
Con: Convention
CS: Cityscape
DB: Dropbox
EZ: Entertainment Zone
EH: ]Entrance Hall
GFX: Graphics
GD: General Discussion
Img: Image
IRL: In Real Life
ITT: In This Thread
LAC: London Anime Convention
LGC: London Gaming Convention
L&W: Literature & Writing
MEC: Meetups, Events & Cosplay
MCA: Manga & Comic Artists
Mod: Moderator
Px: Pixels
RP: Roleplay
Sig/Siggy: Signature
VG: Video Gaming
YT: Youtube


6b. Word Meanings

There are many words, from the common to the unconventional, that are used throughout AL. Below is a list of words that may not be understood clearly:

Avatar: An image which is used to represent yourself.
Clan: A clan on AL is a sub-forum in which groups of people interact with each other for various reasons, such as roleplaying, of which the clan is based on.
Fanbar: A variation of the userbar, a fanbar is similar in tradition but has a specific focus on which the user is a fan of. These may look like 'AnimeLeague fan' for example.
Forum: A section which is primarily focused around a subject where users can discuss and chat with each other. Usually a website (Such as AL) contains more than one forum to provide variety and attract a larger base of people.
Message Board: Another term for forum.
Probation: A period of time where a user is monitored and has limited access of the forums. This is issued when a user makes more than few rule breakages.
Rankbar: Not to be confused with the userbar or fanbar, a rankbar is a small bar that appears below the username which shows the rank of the user.


  • Note: Although AL uses rankbars, these are not used to show someones status on the forums and are purely trivial. Rankbars can be brought from the shop using credits. For more information about the shop, see [This thread].


Signature: A signature on forums is something that will be automatically attached to every post you make. It's as if signing every post you make with your 'Signature'.
Spacer: This is literally an empty image. This is one method of spacing images and text apart from each other. For more information on using spacer's, see section 7.
Sub-forum: A sub-forum is a forum within a forum. These are usually focused on a more specific subject within a broader subject.
Thread: Term used to describe a topic, in which users can post in.
Userbar: A popular item used in signatures. These vary in sizes and length, but are distinguishable for traditionally being very small in height and very wide in width.

Using BBCode

Media Codes

Posting Videos
To post any video onto the boards, you can find the correct parts of the code in the URL section of your browser. An example of the Youtube video link you'll need is below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUgM105uN4c

We're going to use the part after the "v=" for the beginning of the tag, and then the entire URL for the rest of it. Copy the parts after the equal sign and put it in the video code, after youtube, like so (remove spaces for actual code):
Code:
[video =youtube ;FUgM105uN4c]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUgM105uN4c[/video]
You should get this:



The Many Faces of Text

Bold, Italicize and Underline
Bolding, italicizing and underlining is very simple. You can bold, italicize and/or underline any word, sentence or paragraph you wish. You can even use all 3 codes on one word if you feel the need. Here's an example of the codes to get what you want (remove spaces):

Code:
[B ]Bold![/ B] [I ]Italics~[/ I] [U ]Underline.[/ U]
And it should turn out like this:

Bold! Italics~ Underline.

In the quick reply boxes, located at the bottom of every thread, you will see that there are B, I and U buttons. Once you highlight any word, sentence, or paragraph and click those buttons it will make that highlighted area Bold, Italicized or Underlined.

A Splash of Color
You can find an easy-to-use color menu in the Quick Reply box located at the bottom of every thread. It will look like an A with a specific color (most likely black, the default) underneath it. If you've highlighted a word, sentence or paragraph in your reply and want to make it a certain color, simply click the drop-down arrows and select your color. If you want to do the colors manually, you should get the code to look something like this (without spaces):

Code:
[COLOR= #ff0000]Add[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #00bf00]some[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #ff00ff]color[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #ff8000]to[/ COLOR] [COLOR=  #ff80ff]your[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #00ff00]world[/ COLOR]
And it should turn out like this:

Add some color to your world

You can add color to your hyperlinks as well! Check out the hyperlink section to find out how.

Size it up.
Making your text bigger or smaller is very simple, you just need to know the size of text you want if you wish to use the quick reply box or the advanced text box. Below is the code for changing the size of text. You can only go from size 1 to 7; simply insert the number where you see #:

Code:
[size=#]Up - or downgrade. Your choice.[/size]
Dropboxes
A very popular thing across the boards to store all of your friends. The code goes a little something like this (remove spaces):

Code:
[dropbox ][option ]Here's a dropbox[/option]
[option ]Here's a line in a dropbox[/option]
[option ]And another[/option]
[option ]And the last one[/ option]
As you can see, if you wish to add another friend to your dropbox, you'll have to put the option tags around that line - but stay within the opening and closing dropbox codes. The dropbox should turn out like this:



Marquee
A marquee is a line of text that enters from the right side of the page and exits on the left. A marquee can contain just text or images. To get text to scroll, you'll put whatever you want in between the marquee codes. Here's an example (remove spaces for code to work):

Code:
[marquee ]It's marquee time![/marquee]
It should turn out like this:

It's marquee time!

To get images to scroll, just add the image URL with image tags around it in between the marquee codes. If you need help with image codes, look at the "Image" section below.

Spoiler Alert!
Let's say you're talking about a movie or book and what you have to say might give away important parts of the movie/book. You'll want to use this tag to let others know that what you've typed can give something away. All you have to do is put what you want to say in between the spoiler tags or the hide tags, like so:

Code:
[spoiler ]Spoiler tags[/spoiler]
[hide ]Hide tags[/hide]
It should turn out like this:

  Spoiler:  
Spoiler tags

hide tags

To see what's hidden behind the hide tag, just click next to the black rectangle and drag your mouse to the opposite side/end. To see what's in the spoiler tags, simply click the "Show" button.

Striking Out
To strike out text is to put a line through what you've said. As with the marquee and spoiler tags, you'll just want to put what you want to strike out - could be a word, sentence, or paragraph - in between the proper tags shown below (remove spaces):

Code:
It's three strikes and you're out!
It should look like this:

It's three strikes and you're out!

Center it!
The enter tag can come in use when you want to add a certain something to your signature or have a title to a thread you posted. Like the tags above, you continue to put what you want to say in between the correct tags shown below (remove spaces):

Code:
[CENTER ]Be the center of attention~[/CENTER]
It should look like this:

Be the center of attention~


Get it Right!
Centering not your thing? Then be original and put your sig content or posts to the right of the page. Continue to follow the pattern of putting everything in between the correct tags - like this (remove spaces):

Code:
[RIGHT ]It's feels good to be right.[/RIGHT]
It should look like this:

It's feels good to be right.


Images

Hyperlinks
To hyperlink something is to have a word or sentence become click-able; to direct you to another website or image. You'll of course use the URL tag with this, but add a little extra. An example is shown below (remove spaces):

Code:
[URL ="http://www.animeleague.net/forum/forum.php"]Click here to go to AnimeLeague[/URL]
It should show up as this:

Click here to go to AnimeLeague

To add some color or any other interesting features like bold, italics, etc to your links, put all codes after the URL like so (remove space):

Code:
[URL ="http://www.animeleague.net/forum/forum.php"][COLOR=  #ff0000]Anime[/color]League[/URL]
It should turn out like this:

AnimeLeague

Images
To use the image tag, you'll need the URL for a specific image. Image URLs end with some of the following: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, etc. So make sure that the image URL ends in some of those - or others that you know of. To get the image to show up on the boards, you'll need to sandwich the URL in between the image tags like so (remove space):

Code:
[IMG ]http://www.animeleague.net/forum/dustym/logo.jpg[/IMG]
You can enable an image to contain a link as well (remove spaces):

Code:
[URL ="http://www.animeleague.net/forum/forum.php"][IMG  ]http://www.animeleague.net/forum/dustym/logo.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Other Codes

Quote it.
If you want to quote somebody and don't feel like going back and forth to press "Quote" for each post, you can do it yourself like so (remove space):

Code:
[quote ]This person said this and that.[/quote]
Or, if you feel inclined to include a "title" for the quote (remove space):

Code:
[quote ="So and So"]This person said this and that.[/quote]
Lists
The forum gives you the codes to do generic, plain lists. I'll show you how to do those - but also ones where the bullet points become numbers or letters. Here's the generic (remove spaces):

Code:
[LIST ]
[* ]Bullet point 1
[* ]Bullet point 2[/LIST]
It should turn out like this:

  • Bullet point 1
  • Bullet point 2




For abc and 123 bullet points, you'll need to click "List=" above the message body for the opening and closing tags. Then continue with "[*]" for each point. For 123 and abc points (remove spaces):

Code:
  1. [* ]#1 [* ]#2 [* ]#3
Should turn out like this:

  1. #1
  2. #2
  3. #3




Code:
  1. [* ] Point A [* ] Point B [* ] Point C
Should turn out like this:

  1. Point A
  2. Point B
  3. Point C




Tables.
HTML is a widely accepted web-design language. It creates headings, tables and alters fonts in many ways - just like BBCode. To create a table with BBCode, you'll do it just like you would with HTML - except replace "< >" with "[ ]". You'll start off with the table tags (Without the spaces): [ table] [ /table]. In between the table tags, you'll need to add in the tr tags. TR meaning "Table Row." You'll use this whenever you're adding a row or column. In between the table row tags, you'll need the TD tags. TD meaning "Table Data" - this is the information you want all the rows or columns to contain. This tag is to always be between the table row tags. Below you'll see how to only make one or 2 columns of information. With every column you need filled, you'll add another set of TD tags. Here's how you'll get your basic table with two columns with rows:

Code:
[table ][tr ][td ]Column 1[/td][td ]Column 2[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 1[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 2[/td]In half[/tr][/table]
[table ][tr ][td ]Column 1[/td][td ]Column 2[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 1[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 2[/td][td ]In half[/td][/tr][/table]

It should look like this:



Column 1Column 2
Row 1
Row 2In half



Column 1Column 2
Row 1
Row 2In half




-----------------------------------------------

Just like HTML, BBCode is very easy to mess-up. So be sure you double check all of your codes. Always ensure that whatever tag you use as an opening tag and closing tag with brackets and slashes in the right places. If you don't, the unclosed tag with continue until it finds the correct closed tag.

Other Tips & Tricks

8a. Adding even more color!

The 'Color' tags use what is known as hexadecimal, or hex for short. Hex is commonly used to represent colors. With it, you can use literally any color imaginable on the forums -- You're not just limited to the color menu!

A great site with a wide range of colors is [This]. When you find a color that you like, you can copy it's number and place it after the equals sign '=' in the tags. For example, if I want to use 'idianred3' from the site which has the number #CD5555, then it would look like this (remove space):

Code:
[COLOR =#cd5555]Indian Red[/color]
Indian Red


8b. Correctly using BBCode

BBCode's are simple to use on their own, but chained together they don't always work correctly. If you have multiple BBCode's, such as color and size, you'll need to put them inside of each other in the corresponding order for them to work properly. Here are two examples. The first example has the code placed in the wrong order. It attempts to demonstrates using a combination of size and color tags to make the test look bigger, whilst making the first letter standout in a different color (remove spaces).

Code:
[COLOR =#ff00ff][SIZE= 2]E[/SIZE][/color][SIZE= 2][COLOR= blue]xample text[/color][/SIZE]
Example text

To have the text two different colors, whilst remaining the same size, the first size tag should be before the first color. To make sure it works correctly, both the opening and closing tags should be placed in the opposite, corresponding order to each other. (i.e 1 2 3 : 3 2 1). This is what the example looks like with the BBCode in the correct order (remove spaces):

Code:
[COLOR= #ff00ff]E[/color][COLOR= blue]xample[/color] text
Example text

Because BBCodes don't always function correctly placed inside of each other, it isn't possible to make the 'E' a different size without having two separate BBCodes. This is what it looks like having a string of BBCode separate for each part (Both the 'E' and the rest of the text; remove sapces):

Code:
[SIZE= 3][COLOR= #ff00ff]E[/color][/SIZE][SIZE= 2][COLOR= blue]xample text[/color][/SIZE]
Example text

If you want to put a BBCode within a BBCode, then what is explained in the second example may work. However, if it doesn't, then you'll have to create separate strings of BBCode for each part you wish to effect as explained in the last example.

You can also combine certain BBCode's to achieve different effects, such as making the underline or strike-though colored or not. If you put the underline tags inside of the color tags, you'll get this effect (remove spaces):

Code:
[COLOR= red][U ]Underlined red words with red underlines[/U][/color]
Underlined red words with red underlines

To note have the underline colored, you'd put the underline tags outside of the color tags (remove spaces):

Code:
[U ][COLOR= red]Underlined red words without red underlines[/color][/U]
Underlined red words without red underlines

Feel free to experiment, but as mentioned before putting BBCodes within BBCodes does not always work.

8c. Posting Images

There are a couple of methods to post images around the forums. One of which is using attachments (See section 4d). However, image attachments don't always work or display the image properly, and they don't offer image resizing or compression. So if your image is really big, it can end up taking a long time to load as well as stretch the forums. A better way is to use an image provider. There are many image providers which allow you to store images in your own account as well as manage them. Some even allow you to completely change your image with a complete built-in image editing program! Some sites that you can use to upload images to are:

[Imageshack] - Allows images and video. It has unlimited storage. It does not resize images. No registration required.

[Imgur] - Very simply to use. Unlimited storage. Images over 1mb will automatically be compressed. Allows you to browse through all uploaded images from users. No registration required.

[Photobucket] - Allows you to upload images and video. Has 1gb of storage for free accounts. Will automatically resize images over the size of 1024x768px and compress images over 1mb on a free account. Has a built in image editing program. Allows you to browse through all uploaded images from users. Requires registration.

[Tinypic] - Allows images and video. Unlimiated stoage. Will automaticaly resize images over 1600px in width or height. Allows you to browse through all uploaded images from users. No registration reqruied.

These are just some of the many image providers available, and you're not even limited to image providers. Practically any image that you can find you can link too. Just right mouse click on it and click 'Copy image location' or click on 'Properties' and copy the image URL. You can then paste this into the forums. Note however, that some websites don't want direct linking. Be sure to check their policy and if in doubt, save the image and upload it to one of the image providers. To display an image, paste the URL of the image in between the img tags (For more on using the img tags, see section 7c). Here is an example with it's code:


Code:
[IMG ]http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/7527/p1080324.jpg[/IMG]


  • Note: Be sure that your image isn't too large! It's recommended that you don't post images over the size of 800x600px as they are likely to stretch the pages.




  • For an easy way to resize images without having to re-upload it/messing up it's proportions, you can use [Photobucket] which will resize images upon and after upload for you. It's also great for editing images in many ways if you don't have an image editing program yourself.




8d. Spacing Text and Images

There are many reasons why you might want to manually space text and images. One of which might be to create a unique composition on your signature, or perhaps you want more of a distance between two images put together. One of the ways to achieve this is using a spacer. A spacer is literally an empty image, or rather, an image that is made up of one completely transparent layer. As an example, right mouse click in between the dotted lines and click 'Properties' and you will get image information, just like you would doing this on any other image.

.................................................. ..........................

.................................................. ..........................

To create a spacer, it is ideal that you have an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Unlead Image Editor etc. Simply create a blank, transparent canvas (Usually represented by a grey and white checkerboard) to the size you would like it as. You can also request spacers from various GFX'ers around AL if you don't have one of those programs, or don't know how to.

There is also another method that can be used. The command 'List' will move all text to the right a little. While not as precise as using the spacer, it can be quicker and more organized. Combining multiple list commands will space the text out more and more. Note that a list within a list just moves text and images down. However, two separate list commands will move the second item down as well. It can also be used to create interesting compositions. Here is an example:



  • Area 1








      • Area 2






The code for this is (remove spaces):
Code:
  

[LIST ]
[* ]Area 1[/LIST]

 

[LIST ]
[* ]

[LIST ]
[* ]

[LIST ]
[* ]Area 2[/LIST]
[/LIST]
[/LIST]

Shop, Credits & Awards Information

Visit our new shop HERE to purchase your forum and profile items.
If you wish to make a suggestion for a new rank, or anything else for the shop, please post your idea here and we'll see what can be done. Thanks!

What are Credits?
Credits are AnimeLeague's currency. You can earn credits by good posting, participating in events, and generally being helpful. Credits can then be spent in this topic as well as in the shop linked above.

How do I find out how many Credits I have?
Easy! Under the "Blogs" tab at the top of the forums, you should see a "kBank" option with a downward arrow. Click that arrow and you'll see how many credits you have under "Other".

How do I earn Credits?

Making Posts: Each post made outside of Ramblings and private clan forums earns you 5 or 10 credits - every forum varies. In some forums, you earn more credits making topics than posting in threads.
Being an assistant or working on a scheme: Schemes will often award credits for their workers. If you would like to apply to become an assistant and join a scheme, check out this topic here. There are also many other benefits in becoming an assistant, often assistants can work their way up in staff by becoming a moderator, head moderator, and even admin!
Inviting Your Friends: You can earn up to 500 credits for inviting a friend to these boards. If they stay on AL and have 50 posts at a months time, you get another 500 credits. Check out this topic here.
Participating in Graphic/Art/Fiction Battles: Various battles in this section offer credit prizes for members who place 1st, 2nd and/or 3rd.
Special Events/Contests/Tournies: You can gain credits for participating in special events. Usually special events are announced in specific forums. If you are unsure if the event is handing out credits, then ask in the thread.
Reporting Rule breakage and oversized signatures: Sig limits are 400 pixels in height including all text and images. To report an oversized sig, or for more information, please go here.
NOTE: If you get warned for breaking a rule, you will sometimes LOSE credits!

How do I spend credits?
The new shop will now give you instant access. Simply click the BUY link and your credits will be deducted and your new item or permission will be applied to your profile.
Forum Items are those that you won't see in your profile post-bit (area where your avatar is when you post) - they include things like special permissions or features that you don't have by default.

Other Ways:
- Smilies: You can also spend your credits on having a Smilie added to the AL server! Information on how to get a smilie added is located here: http://www.animeleague.net/forum/sho...60#post1930560

What are Awards?
Awards are post-bit images approximately 25 by 25 pixels that will also show up under your "Awards" tab in your profile. Different sections award different participation like Signature and Avatar of the Month contests in GFX and Art, monthly Cosplay Haven contests, Assistant of the Month awards, etc. Board-wide events will also earn the winners awards as well. Click "Awards" next to "VBShop" at the top of the page to see a complete list of awards available. Some awards you can recommend for others or request for yourself.

Radio DJing Guide

So you want to be a radio DJ? This guide covers how to set yourself up so you can broadcast. You will also need to signup as a radio DJ in the signup topic HERE. Being a regular radio DJ (ie: weekly) counts as assistant work.

1. Make sure you have Winamp installed. Available here free of charge: http://www.winamp.com/player

2. Obtain the Shoutcast plugin, and install. DOWNLOAD IT HERE . Be sure to scroll down to where it says
SHOUTcast DSP Plug-In for Winamp.

3. Open up Winamp, and press CTRL+P. A window called Winamp Preferences should pop up. Go to plugins > DSP / Effect, and select the Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source plugin. A new window should pop up labeled Shoutcast Source.

4. Configure the plugin according to this screenshot:



5. Click on the Yellowpages button and configure it accordingly:



- In the Description field, type in your DJ name and or name of your Radio show.
- For the URL field, type in http://www.animeleague.net
- In the Genre field, type in the genre of music that you play (examples include Various, Pop, Rock...)
- In the IRC field, type in irc.zirc.net / #animeleague
- In the AIM / ICQ fields, type in your AIM and ICQ if you have them

6. Configure your stream settings by going to Encoder.



If your listeners experience skipping issues with your stream, change your Encoder Settings to a lower bitrate. Please note that the highest you can set your encoder settings is 48kbps, 44100hz mono, because it will kill Animeleague's bandwidth.


7. Go back to the Output tab, and hit the Connect button. If no one is currently on air, you should be able to connect successfully, where it says x bytes transmitted. The number goes up when you are successfully streaming. When you finish with your show, make sure you press "disconnect" - the connect button will turn into the disconnect button once you start streaming. If you do not disconnect, the DJ after you will not be able to do their show - so PLEASE remember to click "disconnect"!



Playing Music / Talking on Air
While you are on-air, you will be making use of the Input tab. Most people will see two listings for Input Device, Winamp (recommended), and Soundcard Input.

Streaming Music

* To start streaming music, select the Input Device as Winamp (Recommended), and hit play on your Winamp. You do not need to adjust your volume for the stream, as Shoutcast does this automatically in the background.




Talking With a Microphone

* To switch to talk mode, select the Input Device as Soundcard Input. Click on the lock button to enable talking.



*If your voice comes out too soft for listeners, you can adjust the Mic Level to a higher decible rating.

Right click your volume icon and go to Recording Devices



Click Properties and click the Levels tab, adjust your microphone, and/or Microphone boost to whatever works for you.





You are now ready to become an AnimeLeague Radio DJ!

How do I become Staff?


Why Become An Assistant
Almost all members of staff started out as an Assistant at one point or another. So, if you've ever wanted to become an AL moderator, head-moderator, or even administrator this is the best way to get started in working your way up that ladder! To be considered for an AL staff position, it's important to show us that you have the necessary leadership skills it takes to lead this forum. The Assistants team was designed to do just that! While Assistants don't have forum authority, they do have similar jobs that mods have to help keep AL running smoothly and enjoyable for everyone. By being an Assistant, you get the opportunity to get to know the moderators that you might one day end up working with, as well as learning what it takes to moderate, and show us you're a reliable candidate for leadership.


How To Be A Good Assistant & Earn Modship
Here's a few tips I can give you to being a good Assistant to get considered for a Staff position:

1.) Get to know your moderators. These are the people that will make up your team. What ever section and forum decisions are made will be made among you and these other moderators. You can't work together if you don't know one another-- it's so important to know your fellow mods. You can't expect to be apart of a team that you know nothing about, or that knows nothing about you. So give it a shot, shoot us a PM and ask them how you can help, or if there's anything they need. Your efforts to aid the moderators in the section you assist will not go unnoticed (even if there really isn't anything they need you to do) when it comes time to promote someone to moderator, your efforts will come to mind.
2.) Do your duties to the best of your ability. Chose a scheme that you feel you'll enjoy and be good at. If for some reason you find yourself in a scheme that is no longer working out or that you're not having fun in, it's ok to resign and chose something else. Just be sure to give proper notice to your scheme leader that you're leaving that scheme. Be sure to join a new scheme as soon as possible.
3.) Be consistent and reliable. One of the foremost things we look at when choosing candidates for moderators is how reliable someone is and if their time on AL is consistent. We know things come up and you can't be here all the time, we wouldn't expect you to be. So, when you're on leave, be sure to let your scheme leaders know that you'll be away... and then let them know when you return. When you are here, however, try to put in as much effort as you can to carrying out your duties and obligations. We are watching and we'll note that you're doing well.
4.) Show a good attitude and uphold the forum rules. Try to be as helpful as you can to other members, as a moderator you will have people that will need your guidance and help around the forum; showing respect and being courteous to others isn't hard or demanding of you. Uphold the rules. While Assistants can't enforce the rules (only mods have this privilege) you can set a good example for others to follow.
5.) Be patient. There is only room to mod someone when one mod resigns or if a section undergoes a radical revamp. It could be days, months, or years before a particular section will need a new moderator. Sometimes a lot of people will be considered for an open mod position, but usually ONE person can be promoted. If we don't chose you that particular time, that doesn't mean you weren't highly considered or that there's no hope for you to be on staff. There's a lot of factor we consider in this process. Keep working hard and you will get noticed and have your chance on staff. Please also remain professional. Condemning the person that was chosen or ranting about the outcome only looks bad on you and staff will be even less likely to consider you in the future, due to your poor attitude. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or discrepancies about staff proceeding you must discuss it with an ADMIN only. Moderators are not at liberty and will not discuss anything from within staff with you, as it violates the code of conduct and they can/will be penalized for it. You can view any/all staff changes here.

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