06-16-2010 03:29 PM - edited 03-09-2011 03:08 PM
So you've stumbled onto the Adult Swim Message Boards. That's too bad. But while you're here you might as well make an account and start posting as much as you can about anything and everything you can think of.
Tell us what you think of us. Contribute to our lovely and completely sane community. Scream at us for cancelling that favorite show of yours. Scream at us for continuing to air that most hated show of yours.
Make this place your second home and never log off to shower or go on that date. Who are you kidding anyway? They're not the one. We're the one. The only one.
Now here are the questions we're guessing you probably couldn't figure out the answers to on your own.
Registration & Account Management
How do I sign up and do I have to register to participate?
You must create an account to be able to post on the boards. Click on this link - https://login.adultswim.com/services/aswim/flow/re
After you've completed the registration process you can click the link at the very top of the page that says sign in (or go here - https://login.adultswim.com/services/aswim//flow/l
How do I edit my account information?
Click on the My Account link at the very top of the page (or go here - https://login.adultswim.com/services/aswim/flow/ed
Help! I forgot my password! Again!
If you've forgotten your password then click the link at the very top of the page that says sign in (or go here - https://login.adultswim.com/services/aswim//flow/l
set) to send the reset instructions to your email account.
Help! I've gone even farther and forgotten/lost my email address!
Oh, great. In this case, you may PM me, SwimHumbug (click on my name under the post author information and send me a private message) or post in the site support forum that you've lost it and I'll respond and work with you to set up a new one or give you the old one. You'll be required to provide some kind of hint or proof that it is in fact your account that you're trying to gain access to, so be aware of that.
What's the difference between my boards account and my Adult Swim account on the rest of the site (like High Scores for Adult Swim Games)?
As far as you're concerned, nothing. But technically the boards are provided to us by a company called Lithium. And so we integrate your account created on AdultSwim.com with Lithium's boards. They have the same name and everything is taken care of behind the scenes and automatically. But your boards stats and posts and everything else boards related are only available on our actual message boards.
How do I see my boards profile, stats and past posts?
You can click on your profile name in the top left hand corner of every page on the main boards content box, under the title of each page.
My Boards Settings
How do I change the image (avatar) next to my name?
The image next to your name is your avatar and it's an easy way for you to personalize your identity a bit. You automatically get an avatar when you join a community, but you can change it to something you like better.
To change your avatar:
How do I create a signature for my posts?
Your signature is text that appears at the bottom of your posts. This is your chance to be creative (within community guidelines, of course).
To create your personal signature:
How do I keep my online status to myself?
If you're paranoid about who knows you're online you can hide your status this way:
What is my Friends List and how do I add people?
Your Friends List is a way to create your own little community within a community.
Depending on your Privacy settings, the people on your Friends List can see your biography and other personal information or whether you're online. If you send Private Messages, you can choose your friends from a list instead of typing their user names.
To add people to your Friends List:
How do I edit my display settings, reading settings, private messenger settings, layout settings and all those other settings the kids are always talking about?
Just click into your settings like previous instructions outline and play around with everything. It's pretty self explanatory. Really.
Boards Basics and FAQs about the boards, on air, and the website
Do the good people who work at Adult Swim read the Boards?
Yes, all the time. From the top executive on down, we can speculate with confidence that nearly everyone who works for Adult Swim frequently checks the Boards. If you watch the block or the boards for any length of time, this will become evident to you.
Which members of the Adult Swim staff post on the message board? I want to keep an eye out for them.
Many of the folks at AS who check out the message boards are active posters. They are easily identifiable by their SwimInsider rank and their caustic wit.
There are all these awesome Insiders on the Boards, but none of them will respond to me. Are they just jerks, or what?
They're probably not just being jerks (although many of them actually are jerks). Really it's just that these folks are very busy making the shows you love and they don't always have time to be active in the community. But feel free to add them to your Friends list and read their posts, because even if they don't get a chance to respond to you personally, they might answer your questions somewhere on the board.
I have a buncha questions about Adult Swim. Will you guys answer me?
We might. Try posting your question on the board. You never know who'll answer.
Who and what are the Admins?
The admins are the people who have the most power on the boards. They are also employees of and work in the offices of Adult Swim. They handle any kind of technical concern or question about the site and the community.
The current admins are:
SwimHumbug - General Community Manager
Swim_Ceej - Adult Swim Games specialist
Who and what are the Moderators?
The moderators are the normal everyday users who were hand picked to monitor and keep the boards clear of any kind of maliciousness, wrong-doing, trolling, harassment, etc. They have the power to ban your user name from posting on the site temporarily or permanently if you violate the rules or TOS. They are volunteers and are not employees of Adult Swim, but they are trusted and probably the most knowledgeable members on the site. They take a lot of the heat users dish out and we appreciate everything they do for us.
The current mods (and they're watching you) are:
Neat, how can I become a mod?
Participate in discussions on the board, encourage intelligent chatter, use good grammar, and don't break the rules and you'll probably get yourself noticed. Mods are voted on by admins and current mods, but the bottom line is if we need your help, we'll contact you.
Who and what are the Helpers?
The Helpers are a group of users that oversee the individual show sections of the board. They have a few extra privileges (like editing posts and posting images) beyond that of ordinary users, but only in their individual show folders. They are hand picked to be leaders and guides for the community for their activeness, intelligence, and enthusiasm for the shows on Adult Swim.
Their duties include:
Keep in mind that they are not moderators and don't have the power to ban or warn users for anything. All of that is handled by the moderators.
There are too many Helpers to name here, but you'll see them around the boards and can identify them by their rank - SwimHELPeR
What are the different discussion folders for?
General Adult Swim Discussion: General topics about the Adult Swim programming block.
Bumps: Discussion of previous Adult Swim bumps and attempts to star in future ones.
Adultswim.com and Site Support: Where you talk about the site in general as well as bring up bugs and issues you're having on the it and the boards.
Adult Swim Games: Discussion of all the Flash games at games.adultswim.com.
Show Suggestions: Recommendations for shows you think should be on Adult Swim.
[adult swim] comedy
General Comedy Discussion: General topics about the Comedy block or topics that concern multiple shows.
Individual Comedy Show folders
[adult swim] action
General Action Discussion: General topics about the Action block or topics that concern multiple shows.
Other Anime: This is the place for threads concerning any anime outside of Adult Swim.
Individual Action Show folders
[adult swim] noise
Babbling: General discussion about life.
Incoherent Babbling: Babbling minus intelligence.
Rants: Tirades from angry people.
General Games Discussion: The board to discuss console, PC, portable, web or AS.com games that don't have their own board.
General Music Discussion: Discuss all non-Williams Street Music here.
(Please note that posts placed in the wrong folder will risk being deleted.)
How do I make a new Message Topic (or thread for those old school users)?
Well you just go into a board, and click on the New Message button at the top left of the page. That'll take you to the Post/Edit Message page. From there you enter your subject, then your body. Take advantage of our full featured Rich Text editor, or if you prefer, the HTML version. Be sure to use the Preview tab before finishing to make sure you didn't mix up "there" and "their". That's always embarrassing.
Oh and if you can't make a New Message Topic see a few questions down.
How do I reply to someone's message?
Really? Alright. Click on the Reply (or Quick Reply) button to the bottom right of their post. Easy.
I've made an account, now why can't I make a new Thread/Topic/Message?
In order to make new threads (or New Messages) you must meet a few requirements. This is to weed out people who aren't as "committed" to the whole Internet experience as we would hope.
The requirements are:
You can check how long you have to go on your Profile page. You can however still reply to other users in existing threads.
Macros. What are they and how do I use them?
Macros let you create boilerplate text that you can paste into any message with the click of a mouse.
To set up a macro:
To use a macro when you post:
How do I search?To search the Community, type keywords for your topic into the Search Community text box and click the search icon. (This text box is found at the top right of most pages). A page of search results will be displayed. Browse the search results in the same manner you would a message board.
To perform a more in-depth search, click the Advanced link found on the left side of most pages. This search allows you to limit your query to a specific board, specific parts of the message (subject vs. body) and other advanced parameters.
You can also search for Community members by selecting Users from the drop down.
How does the auto-suggest work?
Auto-suggest accelerates your search by displaying results as you type search terms. When you see the post or user you're looking for, you can go to the post or the user's profile right from the auto-suggest results.
To turn auto-suggest off, click Turn off suggestions in the auto-suggest list.
To turn auto-suggest on, click Turn on suggestions below the search entry area.
How do I filter search results?
Filtering results is as easy as clicking one (or more) of the search filters. Want to limit your search results to accepted solutions? Just click the check box for Solved. Want only the most recent results? Use one for the date filters to see results for a day or a week ago.
You can also filter your results by both individual authors or all results from members who have the same rank. For example, you could look for results by a specific community member, or look for all results written by community experts. Auto-suggest will help you as you type a screen name or rank.
Search filters work together, so you can see just the results in accepted solutions for the last month, for example. However, the filters for the type of post work a little differently than the others. If you choose Forums and Blogs, you see results from either forums or blogs (not results that are both forum and blog posts -- it would be hard to be both).
You can see which filters are active at the top of the results list. To turn a filter off, click the X (Remove) button to the right of the filter.
How do I search for posts?
You can search for posts at any level of the community. When you type a search term, the system automatically searches at the current level. For example, if you're on the community front page, the system searches the entire community. If you're looking at a forum or blog page, the system searches that forum or blog.
To search for posts:
When you get your search results, you can use the filters on the left side of the page to limit the results as needed.
How do I search for other users?
You can search for community members by name or rank. The results show you profile capsules for the users who match your criteria. The name you search for must be at least three characters long.
To search for users:
How do I use bookmarks?
To bookmark a piece of content:
To view and manage your bookmarks:
To subscribe a piece of content:
To view and manage your subscriptions:
What are Kudos?
Kudos is a new content rating system that lets you vote for the messages you think are the most useful or important.
When you give Kudos to a message, you are offering a thumbs-up for good content and a pat on the back to its author. Your Kudos help to boost the value of certain messages and enhance the reputation of their authors.
Giving Kudos is as easy as a single click, but the impact of Kudos ripples across the community.How do I give Kudos?
You can give Kudos to any posts in the community except your own.
To give Kudos to a message and its author:
If you change your mind about the quality of the message, you can revoke your Kudos.
To revoke Kudos you've given:
The Kudos count is updated and the Kudos badge shows that you can now give the message Kudos again.
Want to know who thinks your messages are Kudo-worthy? Your Profile page is the place to start. You can also see Kudos activity for other community members on their Profile pages.
To see who's given you Kudos:
There are usually two Kudos leaderboards on the community's front page -- one for authors and another for messages. The author's leaderboard shows who has received the most Kudos. The message leaderboard showcases the most Kudoed messages.
Links from the front-page leaderboards take you to the full leaderboard pages.
To view the Top Kudoed Messages leaderboard:
To view the Top Kudoed Authors leaderboard:
Want to know who thinks a message is good? It's easy to find out which regular community members and community experts have given Kudos to a message. Kudos that come from community experts carry more weight -- literally -- than those that come from brand new members.
To see who's given Kudos to a message:
There are a few reasons why you might not be able to give Kudos to a post.
What is a tag?
The tool tip that appears below the Add Tag box tells you whether to use commas or spaces between tags.
To add a tag:
What is the Private Messenger (PM)?
The PM system is a way for you to send messages between users on the boards. You compose messages just like you would a regular post on the boards. The link to your PMs are the closed (no new messages) or open eyeball (new unread messages) in the top right corner of the page, under the search bar. There are various things you can do to your messages, including deleting, reading your sent messages, ignoring other users, sending to friends, etc.
Why can't I use the PM system?
Because you're underage. If you're under 18 you can't PM other users. Sorry, but it's stipulation from our legal department. Once you reach 18 you can talk about us behind our back.
Can I ignore users through the PM system?
Why yes, you can. If you don't want to hear from someone again, just add click on their name to go to their profile and click the Ignore button on the right hand side of the page. Click the button again to unignore.
What are ranks?
Ranks are like your placement within the community. The lower a rank the less active and newer you are, the higher the more active and older. They come with a title and color for your user name. When you rank up that title and color will change. There are also certain privileges that are attached to each rank. The higher the rank, the better the privileges.
We keep most of the stats required for each rank a secret in order to give the community a chance to have fun and figure them out themselves. Look in the different site related forums for a thread about the ranks and you'll easily find a list of all the known ranks and stats.
Moderation and Banning
What, you mean I can't just do whatever I want without any consequences for my actions?
Sorry, no. That's just a shame, isn't it?
Why do you censor swear words? I wanna cuss, **bleep** it!
Censoring curse words is a requirement from both our legal and standards and practices departments in deference to the fact that we can only request that kids not visit this board, not guarantee it. It's just a fact of life for these boards, so please deal. Furthermore, we find that most of the people really upset by this fact shouldn't be here anyway.
How does one get banned? Tell me so I can, uh...avoid doing something that would get me banned.
Here are some ways to get yourself banned:
In short, doing things you know you shouldn’t be doing.
A user has compiled a more comprehensive list here -- http://www.freewebs.com/adultswimbannables/index.h
Can I really get banned for lying about or posting my age?
Can I use the Message Boards to sell things or promote my business?
Nope. We're the only ones allowed to pimp stuff on this site.
Why'd my thread get deleted?
Boring threads/messages are often deleted in order to protect our desire to provide this forum.
"Boring" is defined as anything that hurts our heads. This includes malicious flaming and references to illicit acts. We enjoy most illicit acts, but we don't feel a need to discuss them here. (You shouldn't either.)
Repetitive threads, chatting, shout-outs, trolling and flaming are also boring, and thus eligible for deleting.
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