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    1. #1

      Swedespeed.com Forum FAQ

      Remember this is the HELP forum for trying these things out please visit the TESTING FORUM.

      Here are the topics:

      1) Swedespeed.com Forum Rules

      2) Swedespeed.com Group Buy Policy

      3) How To Report A Post To A Moderator

      4) Swedespeed.com Stickers & Gear

      5) How To Make A Link

      6) How To Track A Thread

      7) How To Use Colored Text

      8) How To Edit Your Post

      9) How To Post Pictures

      10) Where To Host Pictures

      11) How To Get Picture URL From A Web Page

      12) Forum Terminology & Acronyms

      13) How To For "My Profile"

      14) How To Change My Username

      15) Lost Username Password

      16) How To Become A Forum Moderator

      I will be adding things as they come up. Anything else you would like added to this thread please instant message me about it.

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      1) Swedespeed.com Forum Rules...

      Swedespeed.com Forum Rules
      In an effort to improve the signal to noise ratio on our forums we ask that you abide buy these guidelines when participating. With many registered members from all over the world we have reached a point where tremendous diversity, age, education, location and more are all factors to consider when participating in our forums. We want to promote a clean, healthy, respectful atmosphere where people are not afraid to ask questions, participate in this community and generally have a good time discussing the things we love most - cars.

      With that in mind, here are the rules:
      THE BIG RULES: Violation of these rules is grounds for IMMEDIATE banning of your account.

      No profanity in subject lines or signatures.

      No spamming or commercial solicitation of any kind. Any such messages will be removed at the discretion of either a forum moderator or administrator.

      No flaming of other members to incite or perpetuate a conflict or argument. ANY personal attacks or name calling will get you banned.

      No bombing forums or threads with pointless posts.

      No linking or posting of pornographic or objectionable material.

      Do not impersonate other individuals or falsely represent yourself.

      Do not discuss, suggest, engage, or encourage any illegal activity on the forums. Linking to locations that deal with any such activity are also forbidden.

      Posting under secondary usernames or alias user names other than your main account for the purpose of arguing, degrading or belittling other readers is grounds for having your posting privileges revoked.

      You must have a valid e-mail account in your profile so you can be reached by a forum moderator or administrator.
      These are here to help you (and others) have an enjoyable experience here.

      Respect both forum moderators and administrators. It is a thankless job that they do, and cleaning up other people's messes is never fun.

      No SHOUTING. Don't use all caps when posting. It is difficult to read and annoying.

      Try to post to the forum that is most appropriate for the topic being presented.

      No cross-posting. (see spamming above)

      Refrain from using profanity or cr3ative spell1ng to get around the censor filters.

      Respect the privacy of other members and individuals. Do not post personal information about them (i.e. addresses, phone numbers, passwords, etc.)

      No buying, selling, or trading anywhere outside of the Classified Forum.

      Observe all copyright laws when posting copyrighted material.

      Do not post messages that violate Federal, State, or Local laws which include, but are not limited to, anything that violates a copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or is bound by NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).

      Moderators and administrators frequently review forum messages for those that are in violation of Swedespeed rules. Any messages found to be in violation may be deleted without warning or explanation. Swedespeed also reserves the right to ban any user, at any time, and for any reason.

      There are going to be topics and discussions that will have heated debates. Please think before you post and re-read what you type before you post it. Keep your comments limited to the debate at hand and not make this a personal issue between you and another reader. There is tremendous diversity in age, race, gender, language, location (worldwide) and more here and there will be a lot of varying opinions on different subjects. We're all human beings and we we're all drawn to this site because we have a common bond as Volvo and car enthusiasts.

      Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for Swedespeed to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that Swedespeed does not actively monitor the contents of posted messages and are not responsible for any messages posted. Swedespeed does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Swedespeed or any entity associated with Swedespeed. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. Swedespeed has the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

      You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this Discussion Forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by Swedespeed.

      Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at Swedespeed reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Swedespeed, vBulletin (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).
      We at this discussion forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

      A valid email address is required for registration so that your password can be sent to you personally. This has been done to prevent and safeguard the Swedespeed Forums from random attacks and people looking to cause problems and spam these forums. Swedespeed does *NOT* sell or distribute your email address to any third parties. The option to have your email address visible in your posts on these forums is controlled and determined by settings in your profile which you control. If you feel uncomfortable submitting your email address, you can go to a number of free email services on the Internet to get a second email address for the purposes of registering on bulletin boards like this one. For more information on our Privacy Policy, please click on the "about us" button at the top of the page.

      Please note that advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on these discussion forums.

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      2) Group Buy Policy...

      Swedespeed.com Group Buy Policy
      1. Please crosspost all Group Buys (GBs) in the related Classified(s) section so that there is one set place in the forums where all current GBs can be found.
      2. Any registered user can organize a Group Buy.
      3. Regular forum members can post a link to a Group Buy in their signature file and may mention Group Buys in existing threads that are on that topic.
      4. When posting a Group Buy, please use this set form to make them more easily found in the Swedespeed forums. This should include, in this order, the label “GB”, Product Name, Application, Company, Additional Info
      ex. GB – European Headlights, 240 , IPD

      Group Buy FAQ
      Q: I want to organize a Group Buy, can I do so?
      A: No, you will need to contact the advertiser who has the product you’d like to see in a group buy, and ask them to post the Group Buy.

      Q: What if the product I want to do a Group Buy for is not sold by an eligible company?
      A: Our advertisers are broad enough and numerous enough that they cover virtually all parts. If not, many are willing to help out by distributing and processing the parts in question. If the part you want is unique to a company that does not advertise with us, you may want to suggest to that company that they consider doing so.

      Q: Why were these rules implemented?
      A: These rules were implemented for your protection as buyers and also to help support those companies that choose to support our community. By having companies register with us, the chance of our users getting scammed is much less as those companies or entities doing this business then have something to lose. The implementation of proper user titles makes moderating the forums much easier. Forum Sponsors and Banner Advertisers may post sales in all forums.

      Q: What if, even with the new rules, I get scammed in a Group Buy?
      A: If a situation arises where there is a problem regarding payment without delivery on product, any user should contact an administrator immediately if they wish action to be taken. Our staff will investigate, and if the situation warrants, that entity will be removed from having Group Buy privileges. While this does not assure money will be returned or the part will be shipped, a key benefit is that it will assure that fellow users are not scammed thanks to communication amongst our users. However, in the end, Swedespeed is not liable for any problems that result out of participating in a Group Buy on this site. Let the buyer beware.

      updated 2/11/2011

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      3) How To Report A Post To A Moderator...

      How To Report A Post To A Moderator

      1) Click on this icon it is located under the username of the offending poster. This will Instant Message a moderator for that forum with a link to the post.

      2) You can also click on the top of every main forum page and check for a list of moderators for that forum. If any of them are online you can IM them with either a link or the title of the post. Try to be specific so the moderator will know what the problem is right away.

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      4) Swedespeed.com Stickers & Gear...

      Swedespeed.com Stickers & Gear
      Swedespeed Decals are Now available. Read Below for Decals:
      These are 3M high grade vinyl.
      6 1/2" long Vinyl Decals - Colors include: Silver.You can buy these and other Swedespeed stuff by going to our Swedespeed Gear store at Click to Visit
      Any further questions can be directed to: [email protected]

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      5) How To Make A Link...

      How To Make A Link That Doesn't Show The URL

      [url=https://www.swedespeed.com]This is a link to Swedespeed.com[/url]

      This is a link to Swedespeed.com


      How To Make A Link Out Of A Picture



      How To Make A Email Link

      [url=mailto:[email protected]]Email me click here[/url]

      Email me click here


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      6) How To Track A Thread...

      How To Track A Thread

      If you want to track a thread that you want to see all the replies, then you can add it to your "Email Notification List" which you can view under "My Profile". To add a thread to this list simply go to that thread and click on this button that is in the upper right side of the screen.

      You can also track a thread you have replied to or started by viewing "My Recent Topics" which is also under "My Profile". Beware the threads on this list will only stay there for 14 days.

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      7) How To Use Colored Text

      How To Use Colored Text

      Please do not go too crazy with the bright colors. It gets hard on everyones eyes after a while.

      [color=blue]Your Blue Text Here!![/color] - Your Blue Text Here!!

      [color=red]Your Red Text Here!![/color] - Your Red Text Here!!

      To change the colors of your LINKS you need to include the color tags inside the url tags. Like this...

      [url=https://www.swedespeed.com][color=red]Your Red Link Here!![/color][/url] - Your Red Link Here!!

      To use more colors you can use the hex value for the colors.

      Here is a large list of colors:

      aliceblue fof8ff
      antiquewhite faebd7
      azure f0ffff]
      beige f5f5dc
      bisque ffe4c4
      blanchedalmond ffebcd
      brown a52a2a
      burlywood deb887
      chocolate d2691e
      coral ff7f50
      cornsilk fff8dc
      crimson dc143c
      darkgoldenrod b8860b
      darkgray a9a9a9
      darkkhaki bdb76b
      darkorange ff8c00
      darksalmon e9967a
      deeppink ff1493
      firebrick b22222
      floralwhite fffaf0
      fuchsia ff00ff
      gainsboro dcdcdc
      ghostwhite f8f8ff
      gold ffd700
      goldenrod daa520
      greenyellow adff2f
      honeydew f0fff0
      hotpink ff69b4
      indianred cd5c5c
      ivory fffff0
      khaki f0e68c
      lavender e6e6fa
      lavenderblush fff0f5
      lemonchiffon fffacd
      lightblue add8e6
      lightcoral f08080
      lightgoldenrodyellow fafad2
      lightgray d3d3d3
      lightpink ffb6c1
      lightsalmon ffa07a
      lightsteelblue b0c4de
      lightyellow ffffe0
      linen faf0e6
      magenta ff00ff
      mediumorchid ba55d3
      mediumvioletred c71585
      mintcream f5fffa
      mistyrose ffe4e1
      navajowhite ffdead
      oldlace fdf5e6
      orange ffa500
      orangered ff4500
      orchid da70d6
      palegoldenrod eee8aA
      paleturquoise afeeee]
      palevioletred db7093
      papayawhip ffefd5
      peachpuff ffdab9
      peru cd853f
      pink ffc0cb
      powderblue b0e0e6
      plum dda0dd
      red ff0000
      rosybrown bc8f8f
      salmon fa8072
      sandybrown f4a460
      seashell fff5ee
      sienna a0522d
      silver c0c0c0
      snow fffafa
      tan d2b48c
      thistle d8bfd8
      tomato ff6347
      violet ee82ee
      wheat f5deb3
      white ffffff
      whitesmoke f5f5f5
      yellow ffff00

      Or you can bookmark this Color Chart

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      8) How To Edit Your Post...

      How To Edit Your Post To Fix Typos

      It happens all the time that you want to fix a typo or a picture in your post, and this is a really easy fix. Simply click this button it is in the upper right of each post. A new page will come up allowing you to make your fixes then just hit the Save button. At the bottom of your post it will show that the post has been edited and it will time stamp when the change was made.

      It looks like this ---
      [Modified by Verruckt, 9:47 PM 4-8-2002]

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      9) How To Post Pictures...

      How To Post Pictures on the Forums

      1) You first need to host the photos on the internet somewhere. There are a few different places to do this, but not all of them are free. List of hosts that work here >>>

      2) Once you have your pictures hosted somewhere you need to get the URL that points to the picture you want to post. If you do not know how to do that please go here >>>

      3) Now you need to place the URL between the IMG tags and it should look just like this example...


      Then once you submit the post you will get this...

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      10) Where To Host Pictures...

      Where To Host Pictures
      Here is a list of different image hosting websites that you can use here. These sites are not affiliated with Vortex Media Group and this list is only provided to help the forum members find a hosting solution so you can share your photos on the forums.




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      11) How To Get Picture URL From A Web Page...

      How to get picture URL from Web Page
      For use with Internet Explorer on Windows
      1) Simply right click on the photo.
      2) Choose "Properties"
      3) Then Highlight the Address(URL)
      4) Copy it by hitting CTRL+C
      5) Hit "Cancel" on the "Properties" window
      6) Now Paste the url in your post by hitting CTRL+V

      For use with Internet Explorer on Macintosh
      1) Hold down ctrl+cmnd and click on the picture. This will open a menu.
      2) In the menu select "open image in new window"
      3) Highlight the url in the address bar.
      4) Press cmnd+C to copy the url.
      5) Press cmnd+V to paste the url into your post.

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      12) Forum Terminology & Acronyms

      Forum Terminology \ Acronyms

      TTT - To The Top
      This is used to push a thread back up to the top of a forum. Also commonly used are BUMP and UP. When using these please keep in mind that the moderators frown upon this being used too heavily in a thread and will lock it if it gets out of hand.

      IB4TL - In before the lock. (aka what you talkin' bout Willis)
      This is used to when other forum members come across a thread they know for sure is against the forum policies and will be locked when a moderator or admin reads it.

      IMHO - In My Honest Opinion or In My Humble Opinion

      PITA - Pain In The Arse

      IIRC - If I Recall Correctly

      LOL - Laughing Out Loud

      ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing

      BRB - Be Right Back
      Often used when using instant message and you have to step away from your computer briefly.

      HTH - Hope This Helps

      BTW - By The Way

      DIY - Do It Yourself

      FWIW - For What It's Worth

      FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

      OEM - Original Equipment Manufacture

      TIA - Thanks In Advance


      Classifieds Terminology \ Acronyms

      WTB - Want To Buy

      WTT - Want To Trade

      FS - For Sale

      FF - For Free

      GB - Group Buy


      Volvo Terminology \ Acronyms

      HPT = High Pressure Turbo

      XC = Cross Country

      242 = 240 Coupe

      244, 744, 854, 944 = 240 Sedan, 740 Sedan, 850 Sedan, 940 Sedan

      245, 745, 855, 945 = 240 Wagon, 740 Wagon, 850 Wagon, 940 Wagon


      Car Terminology \ Acronyms

      BOV - Blow Off Valve

      CEL - Check Engine Light

      MAF - Mass Air Flow Meter

      Bling - Slang for if someone has a lot of big shiny jewelry, big shiny wheels, it's all sparkly and pretty...it's bling bling.


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      13) How To For "My Profile"...

      How To For "My Profile"

      Personal Profile
      The personal profile section is for where you setup or change your account information, and add information such as AIM, ICQ, or Car Model.

    17. Change your password.
    18. Change your email address.
    19. Add in or Change a secret question/answer.
    20. Add in your full name.
    21. Add in your birth date.
    22. Add in your location. City, State, and Country
    23. Add in your AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) name.
    24. Add in your ICQ number.
    25. Add in a link to your home page.
    26. Add in your Occupation
    27. Add in your car information. Year, Make and Model of Car Owned.

      User Options
      The user options section is for setting up options that affect how the forums are viewed by you.

    28. Stay logged in indefinately. Allows you to set a cookie with your password.
    29. Your Time Zone. This offsets the forums time stamps to be correct for your location.
    30. Thread display timeframe. Sets your default number of days to see recent threads.
    31. Style Scheme. Allows you to select the font size of the forums.
    32. Do not show images when browsing. Allows users to block images from downloading automatically.
    33. Append My Signature by Default.
    34. Show Signatures. Allows you to block viewing all signatures in the forums.
    35. Allow Receipt of Instant Messages. Allows you do disable the IM feature.
    36. Hide Email Address. Allows you to hide your email address from public view.

      This is the area where you can select the Avatar image that will appear below your user name in every post you make on this site. It should be a reflection of your character or personality.

      My Signature
      The my signature section allows you to preview and edit your signature. When changing your signature it will update all your past posts in the forums.

      My Biography
      The my biography section gives you space to list information about yourself, a list of all cars owned currently or previously. Also a great section to list all the modifications on your car.

      My Notepad
      The my notepad section gives you and area to leave yourself notes for things like reminders, to do lists, links to your favorite VW websites. These can be organized in folders or just in different notes.

      My Recent Topics
      The my resent topics section gives a list of threads that you have participated in sorted by the most recent activity. It shows the name of the thread, the forum the thread is posted in, who created the thread, when the last reply was made and by who, lastly the number of posts made to the thread.

      This feature is VERY server intensive and when used by many users at once can slow down the forums at times. If the forums are running slow please do not use this feature for a while.

      Email Notification List
      The email notification list shows all the threads that you have requested being emailed when a reply is made to it. From here you may remove the notification per thread. You may also jump directly to a thread to view it. This list is sorted by the thread with the most recent activity.

      Forum Subscription List
      The forum subscription list allows you to view the forums you have requested daily email subscriptions to. You can also remove a forum from if you no longer want to receive the daily emails.

      Instant Message History
      The instant message history section allows you to view messages that you have received up to 7 days prior. It is important that if you need to keep any contact information from a deal you made in the classifieds that you either write it down, or put it in your Notepad. You can also restart your IM conversation from here with a user you have had a recent conversation with.

      Instant Message Ban List
      The instant message ban list allows you to block particular users from instant messaging you and you from instant messaging them. If a user is harrassing you through IM you should add their name to your list and contact a forum moderator, administrator, or staff.

      Reset Forum Cookies
      The reset forum cookies section allows you to clear corrupted forum cookies that can cause all kinds of strange things to occur in the way you see the forums. If you are having problems posting, staying logged in, replying to a thread in a particular forum this should be the first thing you try to fix your problem. If this does not work post in the help forum to get additional help from a moderator.

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      14) How To Change My Username...

      How To Change My Username

      Usernames will only be changed on a case by case basis. For example, your username has something in reference to an 850 but you sold the car and bought an S60 then we will change your username. Do not ask to change your username because you are bored with the one you have, your email will be ignored.

      When contacting an administrator for a username change, you must include this information in your Email.

      All requests must be made by email...

    38. Only make the request to one administrator.
    39. What you want your username changed to.
    40. Give a valid explanation as to why you would like your username changed.
    41. What you want your username changed to.
    42. Your request must be made from the email account you are using in your Swedespeed account.

      You can direct any email requests to [email protected]

      Thank you for your co-operation, and please be patient.

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      15) Lost Username Password...

      Lost Password To Username And Need Help

      1) Did you enter a secret question and answer? Then go here.. Forgot your password?

      2) Do not have a secret question and answer entered need help...

      When contacting an administrator, you must include the following information in your Email. You can send your request to [email protected]

      When emailing your request...

    44. Be specific that you have lost your password and can not login.
    45. Include your username.
    46. Email your request from the email account you are using in your Swedespeed account. (This is a MUST)

      Thank you for your co-operation, and please be patient while waiting for a response.

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      16) How To Become A Forum Moderator...

      How To Become A Forum Moderator

      Moderators are usually referred by another moderator or on the rare occasion approached by a staff member or admin. General criteria that we are looking for in a moderator are:

    48. Consistently contributes in a positive fashion to the forums/community
    49. Not a consistent trouble-maker on the forums
    50. Never been banned from the site

      The ultimate decision is rather subjective and is made by the Staff with input from moderators. If you have any questions you may contact [email protected]

      *Note - Swedespeed is currently looking for moderators to help out in forums that do not already have moderators assigned to them.

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