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Making Your Way Around WLSurgery.com

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:sign0144:When you are a newbie

You are in a group which has no avatar, limited signature space, no Private messaging other members, no sending email to other members and you cannot upload images to the your profile albums.

When you reach 20 post s's you get avatar privileges and a larger signature space.

When you reach 50 posts, you get even more signature space, and private messaging and emailing is enabled.
For Bronze diaries you need 100 posts.

I hope you understand the privileges that you will receive for being a long term poster and these rules are put in place are for your safety and to help keep WLSurgery.com free from spammers and trolls.

Anyone found to be abusing the posting rules will have their posts reset to zero and their privileges removed.

Links Policy either in posts or signature:

MiniMins Admin, Moderators and Members work tirelessly to keep forums clutter free from Spam.

MiniMins has a zero tolerance to spam and all spammers are automatically banned.

We ask New Members to respect the following rules.

Allowed: Ticker sites, personal photo website i.e photo bucket etc., Social networking pages, profiles and personal blogs without advertisements.

  • You can add a weight ticker to your signature as a new member.
  • You can link to your blog/diary within MiniMins as a new member
  • Before adding any of the above allowable links off site you must have 50 posts.
Members with links in signature or in posts who do not have 50 posts will have their links removed.

Banned: Commercial website, auctions/eshop, forums, referral or affiliate links, third party weight loss resources and everything else not mentioned in the allowed...unless approved by the forum admin.

If you personally are fund raising i.e taking part in a charity event to raise money for your chosen charity by running, walking, cycling, mountain climbing etc then you are welcome to post a link in your signature to promote your personal challenge.

Links in posts will be removed!

Please do not post 3rd party links to websites soliciting our members to click, register or sign up to emails, letters, websites either through the public forum, via PM or email.

We urge our members to practice safe Internet browsing by not divulging personal information over the Internet. Please stay safe!

Absolutely no canvasing for members for Facebook Groups or any other groups on the Internet.

Threads of this nature will automatically be deleted.

Please note MiniMins is not responsible for the content of 3rd party links to other sites.

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Click on WLSurgery.com at the top left of the page and it will always bring you to the front page with all the names of the forums for you to explore. :superwoman:

Forum Jump on the top left of the green tool bar on top of the page. Click on it and a box will drop down with all the names of the forum and you can click into anyone of them and you are there.:party0011:

Look up on the Green Tool Bar at the top of the page and you will see 'New Posts' Click on this and all the latest new posts as they happen are here:)

Green Tool Bar under the Quick Links, you get all sorts of goodies, like Today's posts, Mark Forums Read...Open Buddy List, where you can add people like your friends etc. User Control Panel section is the same as the User CP...short cuts.:character00201:

On the Green Tool Bar you will find User CP which is handy for getting into your profile to edit your signature, add an avatar or change your profile in some way.

User CP is also where you go to add your weight tracker into your signature.

Finding your own posts and threads: :confused::rolleyes:

By default your account is setup to automatically subscribe to threads. Click on User CP then scroll down to the subscribed threads and click on "View All Subscribed Threads"

If you are looking for your individual posts, you will need 50 posts to view your own profile then click on the "Statistics" tab, then click "Find all posts...."

Flash Chat room:blahblah: where you can talk one on one with another member can be found on the Green Tool Bar.

:DAlso we have a well stocked Arcade where we have a good selection of games for you to play and if your good enough you can become champion!
You will find a quick link on the Green Bar at the top of the page.

Games in which you have the highest score will show up under your Avatar.!

:sign0163: At the top of the front page we have a shout box where you can say hello!

:booboo::sign0007:Editing your posts:

Click the edit button and you will be able edit your posts and if you go advanced on the first post of your own thread you can change the title.

You can use word spell to check your spelling it is on the right top corner of the post box ABC click on this and you can download it for your own personal use. However this option is only available on Internet Explorer.

:gen147:Any problems please contact forum moderators
Or you can use the reported post button.

Forum leaders are all on different stages of their own personal weight loss journey and they will be glad to help you out where possible.

If you need help on using this site please post inTechnical Forum Support on the bottom of the front page.


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What is Rep Power:confused:

Reputation Points

Reputation are the green boxes that come up beside your name. The more green boxes the more reputation points that user has received.

How do you get Reputation Power?

you get one point for every 100 post you do. Also others can give you reputation points. When you have 100 points that then is equal to 1 reputation power. So the more points the more power.

What you can do with them?

If you like what a member has posted you can give them reputation and this then will help their reputation grow.

Some members now have rep power of 1 and others have rep power all the way up to 226 or more! Which means they can give 226 reputation points.

Also, grey/black box is shown by people who give reputation comments that elect not to show reputation, and/or have 0 reputation power.

You can give people reputation points by clicking the


it is at the bottom left hand corner under Avatar.

You can see the comments left for you in UserCP, but not the people who have left them for you


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On the Quick Links, you get all sorts of goodies, like Today's posts, Mark Forums Read...Open Buddy List, where you can add people like your friends and stuff. User Control Panel section is the same as the user CP...short cuts.

Buddy List!

This is a list of users you wish to identify as your Buddies. To add a user to your buddy list, go to your User CP and in the left Nav Panel under Miscellaneous, select [Buddy / Ignore Lists], type the user name you wish to add in the Buddy List and click 'Save List' [Update Buddy List]

To remove a user from either the Buddy or Ignore Lists, un-tick the box next to their name and click the 'Save List' button.

To add a user to either list, enter their name in the empty boxes for that list and click 'Save List'.

Alternately, you can click on their user name in any post and, from the drop-down menu, click the [Add user name to Your Buddy List] link.

Buddies will appear in the Users on line list with a + sign following their user name.

Subscribe to a thread/email notification:

What is email notification? If you post a new thread, or reply to an existing thread, you can choose to be notified by email when someone else replies to that thread. You can also choose to receive email notifications of new posts in a thread without posting in that thread, by clicking the 'Unsubscribe to this thread' link displayed in the thread page.

If you choose to stop receiving email notifications from a thread, you can turn off the option by either editing your post, or by unsubscribing from the thread here.
Only registered users may receive email notification, and they can set whether they want to receive email notification by default by editing their options. Email notification is also referred to as 'Thread Subscription'.

Your Control Panel

User CP is Your Control Panel and you will find it on the top of the Green Bar. Click on this and you will see a menu down the left side, these are your controls.

You do not have access to your Personal Profile or those of other members until you have 50 posts.

Any questions or problems please post in the Technical forum http://www.wlsurgery.com/forum-technical-support/


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How to use all the commands:
This will switch you between WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) to command based formatting

The "Fonts" area allows you to choose different fonts for your text

The "sizes" area allows you to change font size

allows you to change the font color

This allows you to add smilies other than the ones in the box to the right of the text area

If the attachments option was enabled, this is how you would upload attachments

This is UNDO - it will reverse your last action.

This is REDO it will undo your undo!

The B, U and I stand for Bold, Underline and Italics - all apply to the text you type

This is to make all of your text "Left Justified" which means it will all line up on the left side of the screen

This will center your text

This will line all of your text to the right side of the screen

This will allow you to make a numbered list. Select all text for the list and click this button

This will allow you to make a bulleted list - see above for instructions

This will "out dent" your text - select text and click this button

This will INDENT a selected block of text

This allows you to put a link and instead of it showing up as WLSurgery.com you can add text like "Click Here" and the link will be attached to the text.

This allows you to remove an underlying link from specific text

This allows you to add an click able email address

Click this button to add a picture to your post

Add your text in a quote box

The last 3 buttons are so you can add code, HTML or PHP - none of which are allowed on here

Yes we have a spell check on this site!!

To use it, there's something that looks like a check mark with ABC under it on the top right side corner above the smilies.

Yes we do have spell check!

Spell check button >

When you click it for the first time it will ask you to download a plug-in for internet explorer. Download and install the plug-in, its very simple to do.

Once its installed click the Spell Check button again, and it will check your spelling!

So, to re-cap, spell check is in the top right corner of the grey box, with a check mark under the ABC


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The 'Thanks' button is found on the bottom right of other members posts to give 'Thanks' if you like what they have posted. It will appear in a little box under their post. To read it click on 'Show me' and it drops down and you can see the list of people who have given 'Thanks'.
If you hit the 'Show me' again it will close the box.

The 'Thanks' option is in addition to giving rep, but as you have to spread your rep around and in the meantime a post might come up that you want to acknowledge.

You have to have 50 posts to avail of this 'Thanks' system.

Permissions have been changed and the 'Thanks Button' is now available from the start to newbies.:)

Posts more than three days old can no longer receive 'Thanks' but they can still receive reputation.

You will not find a 'Thanks' button on your own posts as you cannot give 'Thanks' to yourself.:thankyou:

Picture Galleries

Members can now create profile albums and upload pictures to their account. The ability to view these albums and photos can be limited by the user to just board staff and people on their buddy list if they want privacy.

You will find the controls in your user profile.

How to upload to your profile.

This new album makes the whole process of adding pictures very easy.

Once you have the photos on your computer you click upload in your album and then browse and find the photos you wish to add to your new album.

There is also the public Gallery where you can upload photos to your own album and are viewable by all members.

You can copy and paste from any of your albums onto your own thread photos of your weight loss. However those from your profile albums are only viewable to members with 50 posts.

Gallery will hold approx... 20 good size photos, or many more smaller ones. Please do not upload huge photos as they are very difficult to view as they push the page off screen and they tend to show too much detail that you might not want others to see.

If you look under your avatar you will see Gallery beside your name and if you click on it, it will bring you into your very own album.

Photos copy and pasted from the main Gallery albums are viewable on your tread by all members.

Reciprocal Friendships Between Users

As part of our social networking system, members can now request that people on their buddy list confirm their friendship, after which time a person's list of confirmed friends will be viewable to other users.

User-Created Social Groups

The new updates includes a facility to allow members to create their own social/interest groups.

These groups are further enhanced by having their own public messaging system and the ability to add photos to the group's from user albums.

For the more creative members can now customize their profile.

UserCP->Customize profile.

You can change all the colouring and styling to heart's content of your own profile!

In line Editing of Profile Field Values

The 'About Me' tab of each member's profile page has edit controls, allowing members to quickly change values without leaving their profile page.

Attachment Viewing Light box

Clicking on an attached image will now open a light box rather than open a new window, with the image scaled to fit the browser view port. A click on the image in the light box will open it in a new window as before.

Avatar is the photo/picture that will show on the left side of all your posts. You need 20 posts to have this permission and it will take the software about an hour to update your permission.

Profile Picture shows in your own personal profile and you can add it when you reach 20 posts but you will not be able to gain entry to your Profile until you have 50 posts.

Signature Picture will show in your signature.

Often newbies upload a Profile Photo thinking they have uploaded an Avatar. Because they can not access their Profile if they have not got 50 posts some confusion can set it.

When uploading an Avatar you must click 'Edit Avatar' which you will find under under 'Settings & Options'.

Please do not hesitate to ask for help as we all have to begin somewhere and at the start when this is all new to you it can be confusing.

Our members are more than willing to help you out as well as our Moderation Team and Admin.

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