Spoil The Dead FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.


In order to use all features of this forum, we require that you join the community and help it grow to make your experience here at Spoil The Dead better. Here are some of the features you can only get by joining today:

  • Ability to post threads and respond to other people's threads.
  • Earn points to use in our shops.
  • Play in the arcade of over 1000 games.
  • Receive your own personal blog to do with it as you like.
  • Sending private messages to other members.
  • Creating albums of pictures and comment on others' pictures
  • Setting up a 'contact list' to quickly see which of your friends are online.
  • So much more!

Note that entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide it from other board users. You'll be able to allow other registered users to contact you via email, but the system won't display your email address to them unless you give permission.

If you are under the age of 13, we require that a parent or guardian provide consent before allowing you to complete the registration process. More information about this is available during the registration process.

Please read and understand all forum rules before registering.

Forum Style Options

Initially viewing Spoil The Dead, you'll notice the forum's style is a whole lot of white with some black on it. If this particular style doesn't tickle your fancy, we have 3 others that do. These include an extremely black/dark grey style that will spark your inner Batman, a red and white style, which is the alternative to the default style and a darker style with red accents. In order to change these styles, scroll to the bottom of the page and on the left hand side of the footer, you will see a drop down menu like this:

Select whichever style you like best and go with it.

If you find a style that you would like to keep using, you have the option to use it as your default.

In order to use the style you've chosen as your default style, click "Settings" at the top right of the forum's page. Here, you will be directed to your control panel. Once you are in your user control panel, scroll down until you see "My Settings" on the right hand side.

Underneath "My Settings," click on "General Settings."

Once in General Settings, Scroll down until you reach the "Forum Skin" setting.

All you have to do from here is select the style that you want to continue using as your default and save it. Voila! You're finished. You won't have to keep changing it to the style you want every time you sign in.

Searching Forums and Threads

How do I search for something?

To quickly find a thread or post of interest anywhere on the bulletin board, click on the 'Search' link in the navigation bar at the top of most forum pages. Then, type in the keyword or phrase you wish to search for, and select either 'Show Threads' or 'Show Posts' to view the results. By selecting posts, you will be shown only the actual post in which the search word appears.

For more control over the search, select 'Advanced Search' from the drop-down box. The advanced search page allows you to restrict your search to individual forums, find posts or threads by user, or return results based on tags (?). There are also options to find posts from a certain date, or threads with a certain number of replies.

How do I search a specific forum or thread?

If you are browsing a forum, you can quickly search for a thread or post within it by clicking on the 'Search this forum' link near the top of the page (it's above the list of threads). You can also search for individual posts within a thread by clicking on the 'Search this Thread' link at the top of any thread view page.


What are announcements?

Announcements are special messages posted by the administrators. They are a simple one-way communication with the users and you can't reply. If you wish to discuss announcements, you will have to create a new thread in the forum.

Announcement threads are displayed at the top of forum listing pages, above regular and sticky threads.

Thread Display Options

Can I change the order of posts?

You have a choice over how you view threads. When you're in a thread, look at the top bar. On the right hand side you'll see 'Display Mode'. Click on this and it lets you change how posts are ordered.

You have three choices:

Linear Mode - posts are displayed chronologically, usually from oldest to newest. Posts are shown in a flat mode so that many posts can be viewed simultaneously. It is possible to change the ordering by changing your preferences in the User CP

Threaded Mode - a tree is shown along with every post. This shows you the relationship each post has to the others. It's easy to see who responded to whom. Only one post is shown at a time. By clicking on a single post in the post tree, the page will show that post and all posts made in response to it.

Hybrid Mode - This is a mixture of the linear and threaded modes. The post tree is displayed as in the threaded mode, but many posts are shown at the same time as in the linear modes.

Viewing New Posts or Today's Posts

In your quick links drop down menu (at the top of the page), there is an option to view today's posts. Clicking on this link will bring you to a list of all posts made today.

Another way to distinguish whether or not you've seen/read a post is the forum icons.

If a forum icon is colored, then that means there is a new post(s) in that particular forum.

If the forum icon is black and white, then there are no new posts made in that particular forum.

Rating Threads

Some threads are going to be threads you enjoy a lot, while others are going to be threads that make you wonder why they're even on there.

A system that can help others determine whether a thread is worthwhile is the rating system.

At the top of each thread, there is an option to rate it between 1 and 5 stars. A thread will accumulate an average score as more and more people vote on it.

Thread Tools

What are thread tools?

At the top of each thread, there is a link called 'Thread Tools'. By clicking on this link, a menu will appear with a number of options:

  • Show Printable Version - this will show you a page with the thread post content in a reduced graphics format that is more 'printer friendly'.
  • Email this Page - if you think the thread may be interesting to someone else, you can forward a link to it to their email address.
  • Subscribe (or Unsubscribe) from this Thread - by subscribing to a thread, you will receive periodic email updates on recent activity within it. Click here for more information on subscriptions.
  • Adding a Poll - if you started the thread, you can add a poll to it with this option. Click here for more information on polls.


What are tags?

Tags are a useful way to search for threads with similar subject matter and content. This complements the normal search system, which searches only for certain words or phrases and/or posts by specific users.

To use tags, you add words or phrases to threads to help describe the content. For instance, if the subject matter is 'zombies' then you can add the tag 'zombies' to the tag list. But you could also add tags like 'walker', and 'roamer' (depending, of course, on the nature of the thread).

This will categorize this thread with all other threads that have matching tags, whether or not they have the word 'zombies' in them.

Who adds the tags?

Tags are initially added to threads by the user who started the thread. Other users may also be able to add and remove tags.

How do I use tags?

Tags are displayed in a box near the bottom of a thread page or on the main forum page's sidebar called a "Tag Cloud." Clicking on a tag will allow you to view other threads that have the same tag - and which may be related.

The tag cloud allows you to see which tags are the most popular - the larger the word, the more times it has been used on threads within the board.


What is 'Automatic Login'?

When you register (and also when you login using the form at the top of the screen), you will be given the option to 'Remember Me'. This will store your identity securely in a cookie on your computer. If you are using a shared computer, such as in a library, school or internet cafe, or if you have reason to not trust any other users that might use this computer, we recommend you do not enable this.

How do I clear cookies?

You can clear all your cookies set by the forum by clicking the 'logout' link at the top of the page. In some cases, if you return to the main index page via the link provided and you are still logged in, you may have to remove your cookies manually.

In Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP: Click the 'Tools' menu. Select 'Internet Options' from the menu that appears. Click 'Delete Cookies' on the dialog box that appears. It will be in the center area of the 'General' tab.

In Internet Explorer 7: Click the 'Tools' menu. Select 'Internet Options' from the menu that appears. Click 'Delete...', beneath 'Browsing History' on the dialog box that appears. It will be in the center area of the 'General' tab. Click 'Delete cookies...' on the next dialog box that appears.

In Firefox: Click the 'Tools' menu. Select 'Options' from the menu that appears. From the dialog box, select 'Privacy' on the left. Find 'Cookies' on the main pane, and click the 'Clear' button adjacent to it.

In Safari: Go to Preferences, Security, then show Cookies and either select 'Remove all' or select individual cookies and then the 'Delete' button.

In Opera: Go to Tools, Preferences, Advanced, Cookies, Manage cookies then select the name of this site and click the 'Delete' button.

Your cookies should now be removed. You may want to restart the computer and revisit the forums to be sure.

Other browsers may have a different method of clearing cookies. Refer to the documentation for your own browser if you are unsure.

Lost Passwords

I forgot my password. What can I do?

If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Forgotten Your Password' link. This will appear on any page that requires you to fill in your password.

This link brings up a page where you should enter your registered email address. An email will be sent to that address shortly, with instructions for resetting your password.

Since passwords are encrypted, there is no way to resend your original password. This option provides you with the ability to reset your password.

You must be able to receive emails to your registered email address for this to work. You may need to check your spam filters and folder if you do not see this email in a few minutes.


You will see a 'Calendar' link near the top of the forums. By default, the forums will have one Calendar that can be viewed by all members.

Where do birthdays show?

Birthdays will be shown on the calendar. Your birthday will automatically be shown on the calendar if you have entered the date of your birthday in your profile. All registered users must enter their birthday to adhere to COPPA rules and regulations. However, if you wish to not have your birthday to be seen, the option to hide it can be seen in the User Control Panel (Settings) in the "Edit Profile" option.

If your birthday is not hidden, your name will also appear on the main forum page when it is your birthday.

Member's List

What is the Members List?

The members list shows the registered members of the board. You can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date they joined or by the number of posts they have made.

To view the members list, click on 'Members' on main navigation bar at the top of the page.

To quickly find a particular member, click on the 'Search Members' link and type a username (or partial username) into the box. For further search options - including searching based on join date, post count or home page - click on 'Advanced Search' on the search menu.


What are Notifications?

When you have logged into the board, a link to 'Notifications' may be displayed in the 'Welcome' area on the top right of the forum. 'Notifications' will show if you have any one of the following:

  • Unread Private Messages (?)
  • Unread Profile Visitor Messages (?)
  • Profile Visitor Messages Awaiting Approval
  • Incoming Friend Requests (?)
  • Requests to Join Your Groups (?)
  • Invitations to Join Groups
  • Unread Picture Comments (?)
  • Picture Comments Awaiting Approval
  • Post thanks/likes

By clicking on the 'Notifications' link, you will be able to quickly see how many of each type you have received. Clicking on any of the links in the menu will take you to the relevant page within the User Control Panel or elsewhere in the system.

If there are no notifications, then this link will be replaced by a link to your 'Inbox' (?).

Quick Links

What is the Quick Links menu?

The navigation bar at the top of each page has several helpful links. One of them is a dropdown menu called "Quick Links" (it appears only to registered members who are logged in). Clicking it once with the mouse will make it drop down and show the following options:

  • Quick Links
    • Today's Posts (shows posts created in the past 24 hours)
    • Open Contacts Popup (opens a new window with a list of all your contacts)
    • View Site Leaders (allow users to see admins and moderators in control of the site for quick access).

Contacting Other Members

Can I email other members?

No, you cannot. To ensure privacy to all members, only admins are allowed to send emails to members. Private messaging is the way to go.

Can I see email addresses?

No, you cannot.

What is private messaging?

Registered members may also be able to send messages to other members of this forum using the private messaging system. For more information about private messaging, click here.

What are visitor messages?

Registered members may leave messages for other members on their profile page. These messages can generally be viewed by all visitors, including members, guests and search engine spiders. For more information on visitor messages, click here.

Dealing With Troublesome Users

Can I block posts and messages from specific users?

If there are particular members that bother you and you do not want to see their posts or receive Private Messages, then you can add these members to your 'Ignore List'. There are several ways to do this:

Through your User Control Panel: User CP, Settings & Options, Edit Ignore List. Then, type their name into the empty text box and click 'Okay'.

We have also installed an easier system to ignore any users. If there is a member you no longer want to see posts from, just go to one of their posts and at the bottom of their user info, there is a button that says "Ignore User." Click this button and finish the process.

What if I see something offensive?

You will find 'Report' links in many places throughout the board. These links allow you to alert the board staff to anything which you find to be offensive, objectionable or illegal.

If there is any harassment going on within private emails, feel free to contact any one of our admins and we'll take care of the situation. NEVER feel obligated to deal with an unruly member of the board.

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