Why are FanScene’s pages so dark? Is it supposed to look all black like this?
If AFS appears all black on your monitor there is a problem with its calibration. CLICK HERE. Can you clearly see the differences in the shades A-Z? If not you need to calibrate the monitor gamma.
Here are a few helpful links:
The font size on the page is too small for me to read. Can I make it larger?
You can adjust your browser settings for better readability.
The menu option in the Firefox browser to increase font size (View > Zoom > Zoom In)
The menu option in the Internet Explorer browser to increase font size (View > Zoom > Zoom In or %)
How do I register for FanScene?
The Registration/Login form is at the top of the side bar.
Click the “Register” link and it will take you to this page:
Fill in the required information and we’ll email your password once you’ve created it along with your username. You’ll then be able to access your personal Dashboard and customize your profile, send PM’s, etc. If you ever forget your password you can reset it in your Dashboard.
How do I leave a comment on a post?
Did you read a post you’d like to comment on but don’t know how to get to the comment box? Click on the # Responses link underneath the title of the post.
Now you can type your comment into the text box. When you’re done, click “Submit Comment.” Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Some days it takes a few seconds. If you want to be able to use our special comment features you must be a registered member of Fan Scene. Html and Embed codes are not supported in comments.
How do I get an avatar picture to show up when I comment?
Register at Gravatar.com and upload your avatar there. When you leave a comment on FanScene, use the same email address that you used to register for your Gravatar and it will display. AFS is a Gravatar enabled site.
What text do I type to insert a smiley in my comment?
Smiley images and the text used to produce them*:
More help with smilies here.
How do I get a screen name and avatar for the Chatroom?
To get a screen name and avatar for our chatroom you’ll need to sign up for Chatango. Click the button that says “Set Your Name” and follow the instruction under option 2 to become a Chatango member. Once you become a member, there is also an option to purchase additional smilies. Chatango members may also communicate via personal messages.
Besides Chatango, is there another way to send Private Messages to other FanScene members?
Yes! Once you’re logged in. Go to your personal Dashboard and look for a tab that says “Messages.” Open the tab, type the name of the member you want to message, type your message and send! Your recipient will be notified that they have a new personal message the next time they log in to FanScene.
*This feature is currently unavailable.
How do I find older posts?
There are two ways to do this as well, depending on how far back you want to search.
If you’re looking for a recent post, scroll to the very bottom of the page and you will see two options (if you’re on the home page there will only be one option.) Older Entries are the older posts; Newer Entries are the more recent posts.
* If you’re looking for a post that goes way back, your best option is to use the ” Search” bar at the top of every page.
How do I get back to the Home Page?
To get back to our home page from elsewhere on the site, click on either the “Home icon” or click anywhere on our banner.
If I see an article I like, how can I share it on Facebook or other social bookmarking sites?
If you see a FanScene article you’d like to share, Click on the social networking icons at the bottom of each post. There you’ll find several options for sharing your favorite FanScene articles with your friends!
How do I subscribe to FanScene’s RSS feed, or follow Fan Scene on Twitter?
There are 2 places you can subscribe to FanScene’s RSS feed. Both are located toward the bottom of the side bar. You can choose to have your feed delivered in email format by filling in our subscription form.
Or, you can choose to “Follow Us” via your favorite web-based news reader by subscribing through our RSS feed button. You will find the button to follow us on Twitter here as well.
Tips on Commenting – reposted from Jan 28, 2010
in the articles, comments and videos of David fan sites?
To make comments…
connecting & expressing one’s self?
Then, only by participation will you end this mortal coil.
Ok, I’m no Shakespeare, and for sure, to browse, graze or lurk versus commenting on websites isn’t the life & death dilemma Hamlet faced.
Or, maybe, it is that scary…commenting on a blog for the first time has been rated as akin to public speaking. And, we all know that many rank public speaking as more frightening than dying.
Many who visit fan sites and don’t comment, frequently express that they are missing the joy of sharing their thoughts, ideas and feeling and connecting to others. And here at AFS we have thousands of visitors daily! hmmmm…..I’d love to know who you are and from where?
Wanna take the plunge? The waters here are warm and very buoyant. And, you can choose your style of navigation whether it be to dive in and start swimming or dip a toe in at a time or just slip in and float on your back. Join us, come on in and test the waters. No matter your style, it’s all good and everyone is WELCOME.
So, here is a little primer, conversational recipes if you will, for those wishing for a smidgen of “how-to” and/or encouragement:
“Hi, my name is… <insert screen name.> This is my first time commenting.” Or “Hi, I’ve... <lurked, read, grazed, browsed–choose your verb>… AFS for… <insert amount of time>… and I wanted to just say….”
You can then say one or more of the following:
“I enjoy AFS because …<insert reason.>”
“I am a David fan since... <insert date> and I first saw David perform …<insert performance and describe as you wish.>”
“I really enjoyed this article because… <insert reason.>”
Commenting with: “I… <insert feeling, sentiment, experience, connection or perception of the article>…” is always a great way to express your perspective and opinions and for others to get to know you and dialog with you via the commentary.
“I am thinking here that I see… <insert topic> differently. I am thinking that …<insert perception and you can go into your thought processes and reasons.>”
You can also ask “What do you think?” or “Does that make sense?” to engage other commenters in discussing various perspectives.
If English is not your primary language, please know that here at AFS we would love to hear your perspective no matter your primary language. Everyone is welcome. We can learn from each other by sharing our comments.
One of the joys of blogging and commenting is, of course, to share like experiences. What a added benefit in this fanjourney it is to see through other’s eyes, walk in other’s shoes which always entails first understanding and then exploring what another commenter(s) think and believe while you share your own.
Of course, stating a different perspective needs to be couched with respect for the individuals who may be on the other end of the continuum on the topic. So, a good rule is to always use the word “I,” avoid the word “you” and also avoid the common inflammatory words, and, voila, you are well on your way to stating your differing opinion in a respectful way that encourages discussion and exploration.
Commenting is no different from talking to your friends and acquaintances. There is the introduction, the first few shared exchanges and then a settling into an easy relationship sharing like and differing perspectives and experiences and all points in between. Let’s take time to get to know each other’s perspectives, experiences and opinions via commentary. Connection to other fans via commenting is an enriching experience not to be missed.
Take the plunge. We have floaties, life vests, sun screen, thick towels, lounge chairs, hammocks, cool breezes, lemonade, and more, right here waiting for you! The sun is bright and the ambiance is cozy and comfy.