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How can I use smilies? 
Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. The Suncoast Connect Forum application automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation; these icons are called "Instant Graemlins". For example, if you type :o in your post, it will automatically be converted to                                 -- a shameful face. Only the Instant Graemlin icons in the posting form are converted automatically. Click the icon to add it to your post (you will not see the conversion until the message is posted).

Can I add HTML and/or UBB Code™ to my messages?
You may be able to use HTML and/or UBBCode™ in your posts, if your administrators and moderators have those options turned on. Some forums may have either HTML or UBBCode™ turned off, or both turned off. Only your bulletin board's leaders can set this option. Every time you post a new note, you will be told whether UBBCode™ and/or HTML is enabled for that particular forum. If HTML is on, you may use any HTML tags, but please be very careful that you use proper HTML syntax. If you do not, your moderator or administrator may have to edit your post. UBBCode™ is similar to HTML, but offers just a few basic functions, such as hyperlinking, image display, bolding and italicizing. A complete directory of current UBBCode™ is
listed here


Note: You may use HTML in your signature file if the administrator permits it. However, it is safest to use plain text or UBBCode™ rather than HTML.

How can I view new posts since my last visit?
Click the "New Since your Last Visit" link at the top of the list of forums to provide a list of all topics in that forum new since your last login.

What are posting icons?
The Suncoast Connect Forum application allows you to associate an icon with each post that you make. These posting icons are intended to identify the general mood or subject of the post; they range from a simple note to sadness to warning, and appear next to each topic in a forum listing and on each post. If you do not see icons, your forum administrator may not be allowing icons on this particular forum. (Thanks to Kombat03 for the icon idea!)

 I posted something and it didn't show up!
Your Suncoast Connect Forum administrator may be using the Moderation Queue feature. If so, your post will appear as soon as it has been approved by the designated moderator of the forum.