The general idea here is, you select some text, and then apply the BBCode of your choice.
I am NOT teaching anyone how to select text.
There are "standard" BBCodes which come with the forum software, and "custom" BBCodes which have been added. The "standard" BBCodes are all buttons you can see above the composition box when you're writing a post. The list of "custom" BBCodes is a drop-down box to the right of the "Font colour" button.
Tip #1: If you see someone else do something cool with the BBCodes, you can see how they did it by hitting the "Quote" button in their post. You don't have to actually post, just hit the button and look at what they did.
Tip #2: Play with these things, children. That's what the "Preview" button is for.
Screenshot of the drop-down box with all the custom BBCodes:
Here's an explanation of the custom BBCodes, with usage and examples where necessary:
center - Self explanatory.
[center]Creates centered text, images, or videos.[/center]
col - Renders your text in two columns.
Usage: This one is a little tricky -- you need to break the text in two halves yourself, by typing a "|" (usually found on the same key as "\", this is known as the "pipe" key).
Mikaela // Oct 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm Someone should prepare Orly for a dismissal on 10/05/09. I’m a law intern for Judge Carter’s friend (won’t tell you who because he’ll be harassed) and we’ve been monitoring the climate at the courthouse and speaking to judges and lawyers about it. It was promising until Judge Land’s decision!!The prosecution informed and made Judge Carter aware of the decision which was brutal on Orly. "Pipe" is here, disappears when you post -->
It was a joke all over the court house. Anyway, we polled lawyers/judges about the hearing on Monday and odds are 10 - 1 AGAINST Orly. The huge majority are sure it will be dismissed. Nobody was so sure before the Land decision though. Of course noone knows for sure, but they law professionals have never been wrong about a decision before. She better be prepared. There will be huge celebrations in Obamaland!
com - Embeds Comedy Central videos.
Usage: This one is a little tricky. You ONLY include the number of the video. At the top right of every Comedy Channel video is a box that says "Share this video," with codes for "URL" and "Embed". Copy the "URL" code, then paste it in your post. Then strip away EVERYTHING but the video ID number.
2. Delete everything but the 6-digit number: 221973
3. Select that number and apply the "com" BBCode:
edit - Creates a box for explaining any edits you make after submitting your post.
Edit: 'Cuz I made a boo boo, dat's why.
hide - I don't know if this one still works. Brian made it to hide text from guests. I gotta ask him about it.
highlight - Self explanatory.
Creates [highlight]highlighted text[/highlight].
imgwidth= - This is for resizing your monster graphics.
Usage: Type the URL of your graphic, apply the "imgwidth=" BBCode, and put the width you want (the number of pixels, maximum is about 640) immediately to the right of the "=" sign. For more details and an example, check out this post.
indent - self explanatory
Creates a block of indented text. I was using the "list" BBCode to do this, but it doesn't always work. Note: You cannot have "nested" indents.
link - Makes a web link, blue and underlined, and opens the link in a new window (or tab, depending on your browser settings).
1. Write what you want the button to show:
2. Put a comma after the button text:
OC Weekly, <-- see the comma?
3. WITHOUT A SPACE AFTER THE COMMA, put your link:
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