Help with Posting:

Creating Links:

You can make a link to another website by using the following footnote-like syntax.  Just put brackets around the word/phrase that you'd like to turn into a link, then right after that put your footnote number also in brackets, and finally on a new line below the paragraph you're typing, put the footnote-number followed by a colon and the link address.  For example:

You should go see [this neat site][01] right now.


Or, to link to a page within this site, leave off the and just type the rest:

Visit [my photos page][02] for interesting things, such as photos.

[02]: /photos/

Depending on your access level, you may be allowed to include javascript code in your post, for example:

Turn this link red by [clicking on it][10] .

[10]: javascriptcode:'red'; return false

Finally, to link to a post on this blog, for example post 17, use this format:

I created [this post][8] a long time ago.

[8]: ::post::17

Note that the footnote-number doesn't strictly have to be a number; it can contain letters too.  And if you're creating multiple links, the footnote-numbers don't have to be in any kind of order.

Posting Images:

To post an image, put [image] in the body of your post, wherever you'd like the image to appear.  You can include one or more images.

Formatting Text:

You can also format text by surrounding it in any of the following [X]...[/X] tags:

[i]italic text[/i],
[b]bold text[/b],
[u]underlined text[/u],
[s]strikethrough text[/s], and
[monospace]fixed-width text[/monospace].

Making Headings:


Quoting & Indenting:

You can indent/quote a block of text by putting it...

...between these guys.

You can optionally include a person's name, if you're quoting them:
something that Anthony said goes here.

Creating Columns:

You can create multiple columns using this syntax:

your first column text here
second column goes here
etc, etc

You can have as few as 2 columns, or as many as 8.  And you can optionally include some styling parameters with [start-columns], for example: [start-columns-width=50;spacing=10;border=1px-solid-black].  The width is a percentage and it defaults to 100 if not specified; you can also set it to width=auto which causes the columns to be only as wide as whatever content you type into them.  The spacing is used between columns and is in pixels.  The border specifies the outer border around all the columns.

Posting Code:

If you want to post some text without having any formatting applied, for example to post programming code, put it:

inside a code block.

Depending on this site's configuration, you may be allowed to post HTML code in your message.  If so, then in order to post a literal greater-than or less-than sign, you must put a space on both sides of it.

Color-Coding Conversations:

If you want to represent a conversation between two people by color-coding each person's comments, do this:

[c1div]Jack: why did the chicken cross the road?[/c1div]

[c2div]Jill: to get to the other side.[/c2div]

Or, if you want to color-code within a single paragraph, use "span" instead of "div":

Jack said, "[c1span]why did the chicken cross the road[/c1span]," and Jill replied "[c2span]to get to the other side[/c2span]."

(Note to webmasters: this results in <span class="cX">...</span> (or div), so you need something like ".c1 { color: blue; } .c2 { color: red; }" in your stylesheet to make it happen.)