If this is your first time on Geekzone, this post will help you with some of the features around the site.  And if you have been here for a while you might still find out some interesting things you didn't know.

We tried to keep everything in this post, but in some cases you will see a link to a longer post with a more detailed explanation of a feature.

Your profile and privacy

The first thing you might want to read is the Geekzone Privacy Policy.

When you register on Geekzone we ask you for some information - you can give as much or as little information you feel comfortable with. The only personal information we need from you is your email address, which is used to communication between the site and you, as well as some maintenance messages.

You can opt-out of receiving any emails from Geekzone by changing options in your profile page. Also in your profile page you will find a Privacy option that when set will prevent other users from contacting you directly via Private Messages inside the site. Geekzone Administrators and Moderators can still contact you privately if needed.

If you worry about finding your Geekzone profile when searching for your full name in search engines, you could just change or remove it. It may take a few days but it will be removed from the listings.

Our servers automatically switch to the correct DST, but we do not change accounts. If your posts seem to be "one hour off", change your time settings in your profile page.

Posting in our forums

Once you have registered with Geekzone you can start posting in our forums, except for a couple of Special Forums (see below).

If you asking for help in our forums always make sure you give lots of information. Most people here don't have a crystal ball so it helps if you provide as much detailed information as possible. You might want to learn how to ask a question.

To post in our forums you have to agree with the Forum Usage Guidelines (a.k.a. FUG).

From time to time we may change the FUG, and you will know something has changed because you will be prompted to accept it again.

Your post should show in the front page and other places within the site as soon as you click the button to post. Geekzone forums are moderated and our team will make sure users follow the FUG. If for any reason you receive a warning consider the context and make sure you understand why. If you have questions you can ask any of the other moderators.

Depending on how serious the breach of FUG moderators' actions could be a warning or instant account ban. If an account is banned please do not register again. If anyone is caught evading a ban, the new account will be banned without warning. In some cases we might contact you via your registered email address to notify your access to the site is not welcome. Serious breach of FUG, including harassment, denial of service attacks, attempts to impact on the site's overall operation can be reported to the New Zealand Police.

Make sure you post in correct forums. Moderators will move or delete your discussion if posted in incorrect forums. It is also not good form to create multiple discussions on the same subject, even if they are in different forums.

Users can only edit their posts in the first 60 minutes after adding to the discussion. Moderators and Trusted users can edit their posts at any time.

Discussions are automatically locked after 30 days of inactivity. This rule does not apply to the user who created the discussion or moderators, who will see those discussions as unlocked. If want to contribute in an old discussion and you are not the Original Poster (a.k.a. OP) or a moderator click the Unlock Request button and you will be able to notify a moderator to unlock the discussion. Every time a reply is posted the 30 days countdown resets again.

Special forums

We have a few Special Forums that serve specific purpose. Always read the forum descriptions before posting, and make sure you post in correct forums. For safety reasons we only allow long time users to post in our "Offers and Wanted" forum.

We also have Private Forums, created by Subscribers or Administrators. Access to Private Forums is by invitation only. If you can't see a forum in the Forums page, then you don't have access to it.

Moderators, Trusted Users, and Industry Tags

Moderators are users who have special management powers and can use these to act on behalf of Geekzone. Moderators make sure users follow the FUG and are selected from our community based on contributions, knowledge and behaviour.

These are our moderators:

bighammer
freitasm (Administrator)
nate
nety

rscole86
sbiddle
scottpalmer
xpd

Geekzone users can be "Trusted" by our moderators. When you see a post with the "Trusted" icon you know we either met that user in person, or consider that user to have special skills and knowledge.

We also have "Industry Tags". Those are users who work for a company and have asked us to add that special icon to their account. We do not add "Industry Tags" without a user request and we will ask for confirmation of employment throug other channels.

Read more about Geekzone Trusted Users.

Keeping Geekzone safe

If you find any post breaking the FUG use the Report button and our moderators will be alerted. Action will be taken and recorded against the user profile in our database. 

Keep on top of discussions

We have RSS feeds for almost every bit of information available on Geekzone. Look at the footer of all our pages for links to RSS feeds. You can also subscribe to receive a daily email with Geekzone updates. This email is delivered once a day, between 7am and 9am, New Zealand time.

Each public forum has its own RSS feed so you know when someone else posts a reply to a discussion you are following, or someone starts a new discussion.

If you use Twitter, follow @geekzonenzforum to be informed of new discussions.

By default you will receive an email notification when someone replies to a discussion you have replied to before. You can chose between different notification types in your profile page. Those email notification options include receiving one email for every new reply, or a notification email every hour when new replies a posted, or a single notification email only for each discussion. All those options reset once you visit the discussion.

We offer "Watch" options for both forums and discussions. You can click "Watch Forum" on a forum page to receive an email when a new discussion is created on that forum. Similarly you can click "Watch Topic" on a topic page to receive an email when a new reply is posted, even if you have not replied to that discussion yet. You can click the "Auto Watch" button in a forum and automatically subscribe to receive notifications of replies on all new discussions created in that forum.

Every email notification you receive from our forums come with instructions on how to stop receiving them.

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, download our Geekzone Forums Sidebar Gadget and you can have direct link to our forums from your desktop.

Geekzone ISP Faults pages

We host a Geekzone ISP Faults list page where you can see if other users have reported problems with their ISPs in your area. You can report your problems using the ISP Fault page.

Social networking features

Geekzone Friends gives you a way to follow what other Geekzoners are doing around the site. You can see what discussions they are participating on, their status updates and Twitter posts.

If you use Twitter, follow some of the Geekzone Feeds on Twitter

Geekzone Blog

We host a free Geekzone Blog tool. Users can request for this feature to be enabled in their accounts, after participating in our forums for a while. Geekzone Blogs are not for commercial purpose. Blogging can be done online, or via our Geekzone Metaweblog API.

Geekzone mobile

You can access the Geekzone forum from your mobile device. From your mobile device just browse to www.geekzone.co.nz and it should automatically redirect to the mobile site.

If you receive an email notification and you click on the discussion link your browser will automatically redirect you to the correct version of the site.

You can only access Geekzone Mobile from a mobile device. If for any reason you want to switch to the full Geekzone site (to read a Private Message, or a blog for example) you will find a link at the bottom of every Geekzone Mobile page the will redirect you to the main site. You will also find a link at the bottom of every Geekzone page that will redirect you back to Geekzone Mobile.

Advertising on Geekzone

Our site is supported by advertisement. If you are using an ad blocker, please allow us to deliver our ads by adding Geekzone to your ad blocker whitelist.

Geekzone subscriptions

Geekzone Subscriptions allow users to help our site by paying a small monthly or annual fee. To thank our subscriber we offer the option to disable advertising on the site - plus other neat features.

Multimedia in forum posts (images, videos, links)

Every Geekzone user can upload images to our server and use those in your forum posts. This is convenient when you want to post images that will complement your post, or use these in a blog entry.

Images are limited to up to 200Kbytes each. Subscribers have larger limits.

Every discussion will have a Quick Reply box that allows you to enter a reply to a thread and quickly post it. You can however use a full rich text editor by clicking the Compose Reply button.

With the rich text editor you can easily enter images, hyperlinks, and videos (including YouTube, and other sources). If you find the rich text editor causes problems with your browser you can disable it in your profile page.

We support some BBCODE, but you should use the buttons on the rich text editor toolbar for full functionality. For performance reasons the Quick Reply box does not show the rich text editor. To access the full rich text editor you should use the Compose Reply button.

You can enter a Signature in your profile page and this will show under your forum posts. Signatures are only visible after you have contributed with ten posts in the forums.

You can also upload small image that will be used as your Avatar. Avatars show up next to your forum posts and other activities around the site.

Private messages

You can contact other Geekzones using a Private Message (a.k.a. PM). Just click on the email button you can see on that user's posts or public profile page. You can search for users if you are logged in and visit the Geekzone User List.

You can chose not to receive PMs by changing your privacy settings in your profile page. User with the Privacy setting on will not appear in the Geekzone User List.

We do not monitor private communications between members, but if someone complains about a Private Message we will act on information received.

It is not ok to contact other users with unsolicited commercial offers (spam). Your account will be banned with no warning.