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[quote]For quite some time now, I am trying to look after certain matters, concerning new members. With Djive gone, MM rarely updating his newcomer thread and RK's thread off to waste, as it is not updated, I have decided to step forward and create a thread in the Newcomers forum where I would compile seemingly all the information that is of colossal value for those that are about to join Heroes Community under one roof. Some may think I am doing this solely for my own purposes (even though I hope not), but I see nothing personal here -- I am just trying to better the community, if possible. There are a great many threads where the newcomers come and go as they please to find certain info about the site, but those threads have scattered information (I will give the links to them, of course, as I am not planning to copy-paste things here). So, as I have introduced you to the thread, I want to introduce new members to HC as it is. [green][b]EVERYONE, WELCOME TO HEROES COMMUNITY!!![/b][/green] [IMG]http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c246/talekdolorn/untitled.png[/IMG] Picture Copyright Hadragon.com I (Talek Do'Lorn, TDL) welcome you all to Heroes Community. I may not be the one you are looking for, as I am neither a moderator, nor an admin of this board, but I, along with the senior and recently-joined members of HC, care to introduce you to this outstanding forum. In this thread, I shall try to assemble all the useful information for you and put it in a single place to make it easier to use. A little below, you shall find a short index of threads from where I collected the information and a short introduction to various forums, made by Pandora (updated it). Before even registering (if you haven't yet), please review the most important section of Heroes Community - The [url=http://heroescommunity.com/faq.php3]Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)[/url]. Do not forget to follow these rules: [green]try to stay on-topic, do not SPAM, be original and creative, and remember the golden one, [b]do unto others as you would have them do unto you[/b]. In simpler words, do not fight anger vs. anger. It will do you no good.[/green] [url=http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?TID=15818]You are new? Come here first and introduce yourself![/url] Also, you might as well take a visit to the [url=http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?TID=8176]Newcomers: Please Read.[/url] thread in Turban Tribunal and [url=http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?TID=8525]Vital info for you to know[/url] thread by MM in the Tavern forum. To keep in touch with latest developments concerning the renovation of the community, have a look at the [url=http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?TID=5930]Renovation of HC[/url] thread. If you are looking for particular info about a specific forum or something related to the discussions that are there, take a tour of the forum that interests you. Almost every single forum has its own Feedback thread, where the members give their opinions on what to improve or just give feedback about what is happening there, the Table of Contents, where supposedly ALL of the thread links are assembled, and lists of +QP awarded posts, which means, the posts that mostly were of immeasurable quality and whose creators were rewarded for that. Now, I shall introduce you to a small *pocket-dictionary* for you to use whenever you please :) Abbreviations, [b]So, What is the Heroes Community (HC, as we abbreviate)?[/b] Well, that is a question you should ask every member that visits the board every so often. It is truly one of the best forums that are Not only it is one of the best forums on the net that are mostly dedicated to the never-ending Heroes of Might and Magic series, but also a forum of everlasting fun and immeasurable joy. Already over fifteen different forums with lots of excellent threads and plenty of friendly members from all over the world that make this board even better every single day. [b]And the Admin, Mage of the Land -- Valeriy?[/b] Just guess :) He's the head of this board. He was the one who dedicated an immense portion of his life and time into Heroes Community, so as to make it a superb place for seemingly everyone who seeked joy. He was the one, who constantly adds new things, trying to make the board better and easier, less complex, but at the same time, more interesting. To know more about him, read his up-to-date biography on his personal page (which is extremely long one, by the way :D). [b]OK. How about the Moderators? Who are they?[/b] These dedicated people are "the eyes, the hands and the legs" of the admin. They are the ones to maintain equilibrium (balance, in other words) around the board. Moderators (MODs) help Val control the board by organizing threads, putting everything in proper order, give out bonuses and penalties to valued members. Yet, the ModSquad is constantly changing and is constantly being reformed due to inactivity of some moderators (*sighs*, the inevitable Real Life). However, in order to prove helpful, you do not have to be a moderator yourself :) [b]And what ranks are there... Those yellow and red stars?[/b] There are various ranks here on HC that are achieved by posting and writing posts of superb quality. HC has a huge difference from any other forum/board that exists. There are ranks for quality posts. Thatís one of the things that makes this forum unique and very interesting, as people tend to gain more and more of them so as to gain various bonuses, such as removed flood-protect (the thing that forbids you to post two times in a row, making you wait for another 90 seconds) or ability to post a new thread more frequently, as you are limited to 10 posts per 1 new thread. Go take a look at the FAQ where it is explained in detail. [b]SPAM... Many people are folly about it... What is it?[/b] Who told you that? Oh noes, people are again up for another wave :S Off-topic posts are always considered SPAM. One-liners are considered too. We have a forum where the spammers reign, so if you want to gag about, laugh and have fun posting nonsense, playing word games and such, have a go there. The people shall meet you kindly there, but don't let them dis you (you don't want to know what that means ;)). [b]Smilies and BB Code... What are they?[/b] To make fonts go [b]bold[/b], [i]italic[/i], [u]underlined[/u] or [green]c[/green]ol[blue]o[/blue]re[red]d[/red], as you do with Microsoft Word you must use the BB code. To insert a BBcode such as making text go bold, either highlight the section of the text and click on the bold icon or simply put
in front and
after the section, with <> signs changed into brackets [ ] [. BB Code is mostly used to outline or punctuate a text. Also, the code is used to include images and site links. Smilies on the other hand are another way to explain your emotions (emoticons) or another mark for punctuation. There are already way over 30 smilies here. Plus, they are extremely easy to use - just click on the icon next to the message box, and here we go ;) [b]So far, so good... Now explain me, what do those GLs, ROFLs and other meaningless words mean...[/b] They are not meaningless, no way. They are a type of international "speech" we use, so to say. First of all, these shortened words are called abbreviations. There are a pleny of them and each day you may find even new ones. Mostly, the abbreviate words that show our emotions or some other words. Down below, there is a short, easy-to-use guide of what abbreviations are there. I will update this list, so do not forget this thread once you view/read it. I think this will prove useful not only to the new members... M&M - Might and Magic HOMM - Heroes of Might and Magic ;) AFAIK - As Far As I Know ROFL - Rolling on Floor Laughing ROFLMAO - Rolling on Floor Laughing my A** off WTF - What The **** GL - Good Luck LOL - Laugh out Loud IIRC - If I Remember Correctly OMG - Oh My God OMFG - Oh My ******* God w00t - Yay! or Yeah! j/k - Joking BTW - By The Way brb - Be Right Back k - OK u - You y - Why IMO - In My Opinion IMHO - In My Humble Opinion dunno - Don't Know NP - no problem nm - normal cya - see you gtg - Got To Go GG - good game (or it can mean GuitarGuy - a member of the board or Guardians Grove - another forum) Foobum - fool (more polite way) coo - cool wikkid - wicked Did you notice I misplaced some words with *? That means cursing and swearing is not allowed and will result in warnings, and with time, in penalties. Be aware! Also, in case you find new ones, don't be afraid and post them here. I'll gladly add them to the list. [b]I felt offended... Someone called me a n00b! What does that mean?[/b] No worries, young friend. N00b, even though it isn't a nice word and should not be overused, means newbie, whereas it reflects that you are a new member to the board or to a game. Don't take it too deeply and remember the golden rule! :) [b]How do I search the Boards, eh?[/b] SImply use the Search engine... It is quite easy to use, but mind your step, sometimes it may prove difficult to search for something special. [b]There are advertisements and some kind of shifting ticker below... What is it?[/b] Advertisements are funding the board, so they are doing a good job here - mind them here. They are not annoying, believe me :) And about that ticker... That is Age of Heroes, a partner site of Val (HeroesofMightandMagic.com), news ticker that notifies us of all the new updates, news concerning HC and such. Most compatible and up-to-date, as well as easy to use, Heroes' information database. Care to go there ;) [b]HC Messenger?! You have your own messaging system?[/b] Aye, we have it. HCM - Heroes Community Messenger - is a messaging system used only on this board. It is simply unique. The messages are sent to one another seemingly instantly. Its interface is also very nice (green, mmmm) and it is easy to use - click a button and you are already there. It is also very convenient to use it as you will be notified whenever you receive a new message. HCM can be not only used to chat with one another, but to make new friends. People here are nice and friendly, and most would be pleased if you wanted to make friends with them. Have any questions about the board? Simply send a message and your question will soon be answered. There are some rules that you must follow, but FAQ and the introductory page of HC Messenger will explain it to you. Remember that your posts must be according to the rules of the board - no cursing, abuse, other illegal material allowed. [b]A reminder for swearing?[/b] Yes, that should do. It is fully forbidden to swear on this forum, as well as do anything else that breaks the laws of Heroes Community's Code of Conduct. This applies to everyone, from members to administrator - we are all equal here. In case you see someone cursing, you should report the curses to moderators. That is completely illegal and is considered to be not nice. Not to mention, we all like when one's following the etiquette :) [b]So, where is that guide that will explain what forums are there?[/b] Here is the forum guide I promised. This was created by Pandora some time ago, but I have recently updated it and made it a bit easier to use. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=2]Tournament of Honour[/url][/b] The TOH forum is dedicated to the Tournament of Honour which is run by Vesuvius. TOH is the largest, and longest running Heroes ladder tournament on the net. In this forum, you may ask tournament related and online gaming questions, meet fellow ToH players - and find important Tourney News and Updates from the ToH coordinators. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=12]Wake of Gods[/url][/b] The Wake of Gods forum provides information about the Wake of Gods unnoficial Heroes 3 game. Vlaad has made an excellent guide to what can be found in the forum [url=http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?FID=16&TID=15428]here[/url]. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=3]Tavern of the Rising Sun[/url][/b] The Tavern of the Rising Sun is a place for members to get to know one another, and discuss anything and everything under the Sun. This is not a forum for spamming, and any spam will be deleted. You will find that this is the place to share your stories and opinions, and talk with members about anything that strikes your fancy. The tavern is also a place where you will find silly stories and a lot of humour, its a great place to "have an ale, and share your story". [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=5]Heroes 5 Altar of Wishes[/url][/b] In the Altar of Wishes you can read other members' ideas about what they would like to see in the upcoming Heroes5 release, expansions and what they hope to see in further versions, and as well you can share your own ideas. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=17]The War Room of Axeoth[/url][/b] This forum is dedicated to the Heroes IV and VCCG & Tile Game. In this forum you have the opportunity to speak with developers directly about what you would like to see, and offer them suggestions in regard to the artwork and other aspects of the game. This game promises to be a fun new addition for the diehard Heroes fans, and even to those who haven't tried the game. Check in here for news and updates! [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=4]Lands of Axeoth (Heroes4)[/url][/b] Here you will find discussion about Heroes of Might and Magic 4. Members share their impressions and gameplay tips here, if you have any questions about this game - this is the forum for you. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=6]Library of Enlightenment[/url][/b] In the Libary you will find true Enlightenment in the ways of Heroes 3. Members have posted detailed tips and strategies for gameplay, as well as different fanfiction stories to entertain you. Any questions you might have about creatures, buildings or even campaign help you can post here and someone will surely help you find the answers. You might as well share your own or find existing opinions about the first two parts of Heroes of Might and Magic series and Might and Magic. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=14]Maphaven Guild[/url][/b] The Maphaven guild offers tips on mapmaking and campaign making. Here you can find help for your maps that you are designing, or just come to beta test new maps for others who have some completed. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=15]Other Games Exist Too[/url][/b] There is a strange rumour that there are other games [i]aside[/i] from HoMM...As bizarre as this may seem, it appears to be true! Here you can discuss all those other games, and find out what your HC friends play when they're not playing HoMM. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=13]Bards Glade Pyre[/url][/b] The glade is the place for you to funny unleash your powers of creativity, Imaginitaion rules in this forum where members roleplay and share their stories. There are always several RolePlays going on, feel free to look around and create a character of your own to join in. If you have any questions feel free to ask the moderators and/or other members what is expected, they would love to have you join. 2XtremeToTake wrote an excellent intro to this fourm, go ahead and check it out [url=http://heroescommunity.com/viewthread.php3?FID=16&TID=15917]here[/url]. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=10]The Other Side of the Monitor[/url][/b] Like the Tavern, The Otherside of the Monitor is a place where you can get to know the real people behind the nicknames here at HC. Discussions take on a more serious tone here, as people talk about who they really are. You'll find this can be a great place to test your debating skills , as talks of politics and religion will often arise. You'll also find that people share more personal details about themselves, and what makes them tick. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=9]Volcanic Wastelands[/url][/b] This is the place where SPAM reigns supreme, silly offtopic nonsense is what you can expect in this forum. Its a fun place to just let your hair down and spam til your heart's content. If you find a funny link you want to share, or just feel like testing out your skillz with the BB code, go ahead and do that here. Heck, you can do just about anything here - so long as you follow the Code of Conduct and don't unleash your reigning powers elsewhere! :D [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=16]Newcomers Inn[/url][/b] You are here! Its your forum! In this forum you can introduce yourself, and welcome any new members. If you have any questions regarding the forum, please feel free to ask us and we'll help you as best as we can. Visit the threads to learn and give info about your personality, lifestyle and such. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=8]Turban Tribunal[/url][/b] The Tribunal is the place to offer your opinions on what we can do to make the forums a better place. If you have any problems or concerns that you would like to see addressed by admin, this is the place to do it. [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=1]Temple of Ashan[/url][/b] This is a place of wonders where all of the zealots of Heroes of Might and Magic series gather to discuss the fifth part of the game that is yet to come. You may discuss everything that concerns the game: from playing to discussing even the smallest things. You will find information about the demo and the retail, such as screenshots, developers information and the like in this forum. A place to worship Heroes 5, that's for sure ;) [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=11]Age of Heroes Coliseum[/url][/b] That is the place where you compete! This is a forum that once in a while includes a new on-going competition, mostly regarding the Heroes games. The famous International Create-a-Town, Official Heroes Fables and unofficial Short Story Contests find this forum as their Haven. You may come and go as you please, vote for the entries, but don't forget to join a competition sometimes - you might even win some of 'em! (no promises :P) [b][url=http://heroescommunity.com/forumdisplay.php3?FID=18]Heroes 5 - Modders Workshop[/url] This is a place to be for those who are up for improving the game by themselves or searching for someone who could help them and improve it themselves. Every mod might be discussed and every mod can be uploaded there. This is a place for everyone who is interested in the fifth version's perfection. This is a modder's heaven. Anyone who is looking for a mod or is willing to create mods should find their way there. A certain place to mod some golems out of nothinh or disassemble it into parts ;) In my opinion, this guide shall guide your way through the jungle of Heroes Community. This will help you all (no matter new or senior) better the community, not to mention attract new people to the boards ;) Feel free to post your opinions on the guide, on what I should change concerning the guide, etc. Long live the HC![/quote]
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