Guide to BBCode

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Guide to BBCode


Post by BrianMac » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:14 am

BBCode is a "lightweight" computer language that you can use to format your posts. Most of the BBCode functions are available in buttons above box in which you type posts - Bold, Italics, Underline. If you highlight any text in your post and push one of these buttons, it will apply that formatting. But on your screen where you enter your post, you will not see the formating. Instead, you will see that a bracketed letter appears before and after your text. This is the BBCode telling the computer where the formatting (bold, for example) starts and ends. It starts with "[ b ]" and ends with "[ / b ]". To see how this will look when it's posted, however, you have to use the Preview button. You can Preview a post as many times as you want to make sure your post looks right. Don't forget to push Submit when you're ready to post.

This guide: BBCode Guide has very good explanations of the various BBCode features, such as how to make lists, how to insert links to other sites, and how to add pictures that you have stored online (for adding pictures you have stored on your computer, see this thread).

Feel free to use this thread as a practice space for experimenting with the BBCode.

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Post by C=64 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:36 pm

You can make a spoiler button by putting
[ spoiler ] [ / spoiler ]
around your secret message.

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Post by Inca » Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:58 pm

You know, I just had to try this. I wonder why they even have a spoiler button code?

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Post by Joe Ross » Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:17 pm

Inca wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:58 pm
You know, I just had to try this. I wonder why they even have a spoiler button code?
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Post by Hector » Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:49 pm

Brian added the spoiler functionality in response to muggle interest. It's great for things that aren't really going to spoil anything for anyone, but still probably shouldn't be posted visibly, like when someone asks how a particularly weirdly clue works (when they've already solved the grid). Or for hints about cryptics that have no contest time-frame. Etc. It's not an invitation to spoil metas indiscriminately and cover it with a clickable button, but a nice addition to this incredibly featured software. (My new favorite click: Quick links / Unread posts. Time saver for us obsessive FOMOers.)

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