Survival Guide - Dust Settles: Forums
The forums are a place for you to discuss strategy, build alliances,
ask for help, or just chat
with other players and the admins. You will be able to check on new ideas being
discussed, the latest in-game babble, and any new requests for advice through
When you open the forums, a new browser window will be opened with the forums inside. Here you will be able to see the four main rooms for conversation. Inside each room will be the posts and any replies associated with that room. The main page will show you the rooms, how many different topics have been posted in each room, how many total posts are in the room, and the date, time, and author of the latest post. Below this is a table with statistics about the forums and the game itself. You will be able to see what other camps have been active within the last 15 minutes and what sort of association they have with the game. GameAdmin will be listed in purple as the board owner. The other admins will be listed as board administrators in red. People who have contributed something to the game will be listed in green, while senior members will be listed in blue. All other members will be listed in black. These colors will only be shown in this table, though, not in the main boards. Below this you will be able to see the total number of posts on the boards and the total number of rooms.
Just between the rooms list and the statistics you will see a search option. Use this as you would any standard search to see if there is already a post discussing what you're wanting to talk about. Often times, if you create a new post about something that has been discussed in a previous thread, especially a recent one, a reply with a link to the older post will usually be made and the thread may be locked, especially if the topic has been much more heavily discussed in the earlier location.
Whenever you are moving through the forums, you will obviously
need to get back to previous pages. The way you to do this is through the links
at the top of the page. You can use these to get back to the room you were chatting
in or even back to the main page of the forums so you can change what room you
are in. You might also want to move through the different pages in each room
using the navigation tools at the top of the room, just under the "Make
a New Post" link.
Once you enter the post itself, you will see the original post on top with
the replies below. Replies are listed in the order that they are submitted so
new replies may be on a new page. The author of each post/reply will be listed
on the left with the text of the message on the right. The date and times of
the post/reply will be listed above the message itself. Also the camp
mottos (signatures in other forums), will be listed below the main text
of the post/reply. The camp's flag and any trophies the camp has earned will
be seen below the camp's name, as well. If the post was made by an admin, you
will see a small image representative of the admin beside his/her main message.
Below all of the replies, you will see the links for posting a reply of your
own and for moving through the pages of replies that a thread might have. Just
below this will be the search tools. This will not search the thread alone,
but the entire forums.
There are a few colors and symbols throughout the forums that you will see.
These are used to indicate new posts/replies, highly active threads, and threads
that have been locked.
Whenever you log into the game, you can quickly check to see how many posts have been added/replied to since you last logged in on the right side of your game screen. Any posts that have been made since you last logged in will be noted in the notification box. This number will only change if you logout and log back in, mark all posts as "read," or if new posts are added while you play the game. Thus, if there are 8 new forum posts when you log in, the right column will still display 8 new until someone adds a new post/reply or you mark them read. Also, when you go into the forums, the newly entered/replied to posts will be highlighted in green for easy recognition.
There will always be four rooms for you to chat in. Each room has its own purpose
for posting. You must actually enter one of the rooms before you can post your
question, comment, thought, or idea, so choose the one that best suits what
you want to post. Obviously, you are already reading the manual if you are here,
but be sure to look through this manual before posting a question in the forums,
especially the FAQs. The answer to your question
might just be in here, and if it is, you will often be referred right back here.
Bugs, typos, and other errors should not be reported through the forums. These
should be sent through the reporting system linked on the bottom
of your game screen.
Posting a new thread or a reply in the forums is easy. To do either one you
will need to be in the appropriate room and, if you're posting a reply, in the
appropriate thread to post your message. Any time you post you will type in
the message (and title and subject if appropriate) and then click to preview
the message. Use this preview to check for spelling errors, unclosed tags, and
just to generally make sure everything looks right. Once you're satisfied with
the post, click to submit it and it will be immediately available for others
If you decide that you want to post a new topic of discussion, choose the room appropriate for your post and do a quick check to make sure that it hasn't already been covered. Click the "Make a New Post" link at the top of the page or scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the link under the messages to be taken to the form for making your own post. You will then type an appropriate title, subject (if you want), and the main text of the message. Once you have entered all of this you will click "Preview & Send" to be taken to a page that will show you what your post will look like once you finalize it. Here you will be able to submit the final version of the post if you have no corrections/changes to make or you can go back to the form if you need to make alterations. You will have to click "Submit Final" from the preview page before the post will be added.
In order to reply to a post, you should first make sure that you are inside
the page displaying the post you want to reply to. Scroll down to the bottom
of the page and click "Post a Reply." After this you will be taken
to a form where you can enter your reply. The original message will be shown
above this form so that you can use it as a reference as you type your reply.
Once you have entered what you want to say, click the "Preview & Send"
button. Here you will see a preview of what your final message will look like.
You can then edit the message if needed or post your reply by clicking the appropriate
button. If you do not click the "Submit Final" button on the preview
page, your message will not be posted.
When posting a new thread or a reply to an old one, there are
a few tags that you can use to add some special formatting to your message.
These tags (based off HTML code) have both an opening and a closing part that
will be needed to make the formatting change where you want it and only where
you want it. The tags are listed below with examples (when possible) of what
A couple of things to remember. Make sure you end the tag properly so that the
rest of your post isn't turned into a link or a quote incorrectly and make sure
the tag is spelled correctly, especially if you are using the quote tag. If
you are using the color tag, you can use a web-appropriate word (like red, green,
blue, etc.) or hex code (like #990000). Check out this
page or this
one for some common colors (listed by name and hex code usually or just
hex code) that will work through HTML. Be sure to check the text in the preview
to make sure the color is visible on the background and that it looks like you