Figure 9-2. The options for setting a sticky or announcement post are highlighted.
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The rights to stick topics or make them announcements are set through the permissions system, introduced in the previous chapter. The default permissions for sticking posts and creating announcements permit administrators to do this anywhere and moderators to do this in their assigned forums. phpBB s default settings are generally reasonable for most communities, but if you wish to alter these settings, see 10 for details. To remove sticky or announcement priority from a topic, simply edit the first post in the thread and change the options accordingly. You can also use this functionality to bump sticky topics up to announcement status and vice versa.
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Attaching Polls to Topics
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When posting a new topic, phpBB gives you the option to add a poll to the topic. The form that adds the poll resides at the bottom of the post form, as illustrated in Figure 9-3.
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Figure 9-3. The options for adding a poll for new topics
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Adding a poll is straightforward. You enter the poll question, and then enter an option. Add options to the poll by clicking the Add option button next to the text field of your new poll option. You can optionally set your poll to close after a period of time you specify (in days). When you are finished setting up your poll, click Submit, and it will post your topic with the poll, as shown in Figure 9-4.
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Figure 9-4. A poll that you have not voted in yet
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After voting (or if you abstain by clicking View Results, which is ultimately a null vote), you can see how your poll is going. Figure 9-5 shows how the poll results look.
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Figure 9-5. The poll results
Polling can be allowed and disallowed via setting permissions on the forum. Generally, users with posting rights also have polling rights by default, if you use the Registered preset.
phpBB provides the ability to edit individual posts after they have been posted to the forum. Unless permissions dictate otherwise, users are generally permitted to edit their own posts. phpBB provides a message at the bottom of the post stating it has been altered when an edit is made after the post s first five minutes of life. Posts edited by moderators and administrators do not display the post edited notification. This puts a bit of burden on the moderators and administrators of the forum not to abuse their power and edit posts, knowing that the post is edited blindly and without being logged.
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Creating User Profiles
phpBB s user profiles allow for a great deal of personalization for your members. I ll walk you through the user profile options phpBB makes available to registered users.
Entering Registration Information
The information contained in the Registration Information section is the basic registration data required to establish an account on a phpBB forum. Figure 9-6 illustrates this section of the Edit Profile form.
Figure 9-6. The Registration Information section contains the basic information for a user account.
If you permit users to change their username, then the Username field will be editable. If users decide to change their e-mail address and e-mail verification is enabled, they will need to reactivate their account. I will discuss e-mail verification in detail in 10, as that is an important step in securing your board.
Adding Profile Information
The fields in the Profile Information section of the Edit Profile form, shown in Figure 9-7, contain the information that is publicly viewable when viewing a user s profile or perusing the member list. Users can fill out as much or as little of the information as they please it is all optional. Users can also add a custom signature to append to each of their posts. Your policies on allowing HTML, BBCode, and smilies pertain to signatures as well. The default limit is set to 255 characters. This is a comfortable limit, which you are free to adjust using the General Board Settings options accessed through the Configuration link under General Admin in the Administration panel. It is generally good practice to keep the signature size around the default limit, or perhaps even under it. This helps prevent posts that have more signature than substance, if that is important to you.