This section contains general frequently asked questions.
- What is the best way to contact Tom?
- Why can’t I use my gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc email address to register?
- You may email Tom directly (see above question) and ask him to create your account for you. When you contact him, please be sure to include the userID that you would like on the Outpost.
- or you may register for an ID and add “THANKS TOM” at the end of your userID name. When your ID is approved, the “THANKS TOM” will be truncated, and you will be able to log in and post. Just to clarify, if you wanted the name “FSU Actuary” you would sign up with your yahoo/gmail/hotmail/etc email address and make your username “FSU Actuary THANKS TOM”. After you receive your registration approval email, you would log into the site with the ID “FSU Actuary”.
- I’ve been banned, now what?
- Is that Tom in the header?
- Is that Jack Black in the header?
There are many ways to get in contact with Tom, however, some are better than others. The quickest way to get in touch with Tom is via the discussion board’s Private Messaging system. Member questions take priority over emailed questions. The second best way to contact Tom is by using the contact page on the discussion forum. This will send an email to Tom with high priority. The third and last way to contact Tom is via email. You may send Tom an email at tom(-at-)actuarialoutpost.com. Please make the subject line of your email as descriptive as possible. This will ensure that your message is read by Tom, and not flagged as spam.
There are also ways not to contact Tom. Please do not call or send emails pertaining to the Actuarial Outpost to D.W. Simpson & company or it’s recruiters.
If your message says that your IP address has been banned, contact Tom (see above). If your user ID has been banned, the mods have decided that you are no longer welcome on the Outpost. We have thousands of posts each day to moderate along with 12,000+ members to tend to, which leaves little time for an appeals process. There are no banning reversals.
Contacting D.W. Simpson & Co, The SOA, The CAS, The CIA, G.W. Bush, Tom, AAA, or your local BBB, will have no effect on your banning. If you have been banned, may we suggest you go here.
This section contains lots of information about maintaining your own user profile, avatars and browsing options etc.
- Why should I register?
- Post new threads
- Reply to other peoples’ threads
- Edit your posts
- Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
- Send private messages to other members
- Enter events in the forum calendar
- Set up a ‘buddy-list’ to quickly see which of your friends are currently online
- How do I clear my cookies?
- Click the “Tools” menu.
- Select “Internet Options” from the menu that appears.
- Click “Delete Cookies” on the dialog box that appears. It will be in the center area of the “General” tab.
- Click the “Tools” menu.
- Select “Options” from the menu that appears.
- From the dialog box, select “Privacy” on the left.
- Find “Cookies” on the main pane, and click the “Clear” button adjacent to it.
- How can I change the information in my profile?
- What is the signature for?
- I lost my password, what can I do?
- How do I add a custom status to my profile?
- How do I get a picture under my username?
- What are the buddy and ignore lists?
|In order to fully utilize the abilities of this forum, the administrator will probably require that you register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:
To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to ’spam’, as you can choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) The administrator may have configured the forum to send you the final part of the registration process by email, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working.
If you are under the age of 13, the administrator may require that a parent or guardian provides consent before allowing you to complete the registration process. More information about this is available during the registration process.
|You may clear all your cookies by clicking here. If you return to the main index page via the link provided and you are still logged in, you may have to remove your cookies manually.In Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP:
In Mozilla Firefox:
Your cookies should now be removed. You may want to restart the computer and revisit the forums to be sure.
|It is your responsibility to keep the information in your profile up-to-date. You should especially ensure that your email address is kept current. You can alter any of the fields in your profile, except your username. Once you have registered your username, it becomes yours for life. In extreme circumstances, you may request that the administrator change your username, but he or she will require a very good reason to do so.Edit your profile here.|
|After you have registered, you may set your signature. This is a piece of text that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts, a little like having headed note paper.If the administrator has enabled signatures, then you will have the option to include your signature on any posts you make. If you have specified a signature, then the forum will automatically append your signature to any messages you post. You can disable signatures on a per-post basis by un-ticking the ‘Show Signature’ checkbox when you compose your message.You may turn the signature on and off on posts you have already made by editing the post and altering the state of the ‘Show Signature’ option.You can set your signature by editing your profile.|
|If you forget your password, you can click on the ‘Forgotten Your Password’ link on any page that requires you to fill in your password.This will bring up a page where you should enter your registered email address, and an email will be sent to that address instantly, with instructions for resetting your password.|
|If the administrator has enabled custom status titles, then you can specify the text you want to display by editing your profile and entering the text you want in the Custom User Text field.|
|These small images are called Avatars. They are displayed below your username on all posts that you make. There are two kinds of avatars: those provided by the administrator and those that you upload yourself.If the administrator has provided a set of avatars, and avatars are enabled, you may select an avatar that best describes your personality.The administrator may also have enabled custom avatars, which allows you to upload an avatar image from your computer.For more information about avatars, click here.|
|The buddy list is used to keep track of the friends you have made on this forum. By going to your “Open Buddy List” in “Quick Links” menu of the navbar, you’ll be able to see which of your friends are currently online and send them a private message. Adding people to your buddy list also allows you to send private messages to multiple forum members at the same time. You may add any member of the forums to your buddy list by viewing their profile or by going to “Buddy / Ignore Lists” in your “User CP”.Ignore lists are used for those people whose messages you wish not to read. By adding someone to your ignore list, those messages posted by these individuals will be hidden when you read a thread.|
This section contains lots of useful information about posting threads and replying to posts.
- Are there any special codes/tags I can use to markup my posts?
- What is email notification?
- What are smilies?
- Code Buttons and Clickable Smilies
- How do I create and vote in polls?
- Sky-blue pink with yellow spots
- What Are Attachments?
- What are message icons?
- Can I edit my own posts?
- What Are Moderators?
- Why have some of the words in my post been blanked
|If you post a new thread, or reply to an existing thread, you can choose to be notified by email when someone else replies to that thread. You can also choose to receive email notifications of new posts in a thread without posting in that thread, by clicking the ‘Subscribe to this thread’ link displayed in the thread page.If you choose to stop receiving email notifications from a thread, you can turn off the option by either editing your post, or by unsubscribing from the thread here.Only registered users may receive email notification, and they can set whether they want to receive email notification by default by editing their options.Email notification is also referred to as ‘Thread Subscription’.|
|Smilies are small graphical icons which you can insert into your messages to convey an emotion or feeling, such as a joke or embarrassment. For example, if you entered a sarcastic comment, rather than type ‘that was a joke’, you could simply insert the ‘wink’ smilie.If you have used email or internet chat systems, you will probably be familiar with the concept of smilies already. Certain combinations of text characters are converted into smilies. For example, is converted into a smiling face. To understand smilie codes, tilt your head to the left and look at the text: you will see that represents two eyes and a smiling mouth.For a list of the smilies currently used by this forum, click here.On occasions, you may want to prevent the text in your message being converted into smilies. You will see a checkbox which you can select when you make a new post, which will allow you to ‘Disable Smilies’.|
|These controls allow you to quickly and easily enter vBcode into your posts and messages. To use them, simply click the appropriate buttons or select items from the lists to enter vBcode.There are three editor modes available: Basic, Standard and Enhanced mode. When using the Basic editor, there are no vBcode buttons to assist your editing. You must enter any vBcode markup manually in this editor.When using Standard mode, highlight the text you wish to modify and press the appropriate button. This will place the proper vBcode tags around the selected text. Pressing a button while not having any selected text, will insert vBcode tags at your cursor. You may then enter your text between the tags.When using the Enhanced mode, pressing a button will modify any highlighted text. This mode is a WYSIWYG mode, What You See Is What You Get, whereas your final post appears the same while being edited. Clicking a button while having no text selected will not have any effect.To use the clickable smilies, simply click the smiley that you want to insert into your message, or click the Show All Smilies link (if available) to access the full list of smilies.|
|You may notice that some threads on this forum also include a section where you can vote on an issue or question. These threads are called ‘polls’ and this is how to create them:Creating a new pollWhen you post a new thread, you may have the option to also create a poll.This function allows you to ask a question and specify a number of possible responses. Other members will then be able to vote for the response they wish, and the results of the voting will be displayed in the thread.An example poll might be:
To create a poll when you post a new thread, simply click the ‘Yes! post a poll’ checkbox at the bottom of the page, and set the number of possible responses you want to include.
When you click the submit button, you will be taken to the poll creation page, where you can specify the question and the list of responses you want to include.
You may also want to specify a time limit for the poll, so that (for example) it only stays open for voting for a week.
Voting in and viewing a poll
To vote in a poll, simply select which option you want to vote for, and click the [Vote!] button. You may view the current results for a poll before you vote by clicking the ‘View Results’ link. Voting in a poll is entirely optional. You may vote for any of the available options, or cast no vote at all.
Generally, once you have voted in a poll, you will not be able to change your vote later, so place your vote carefully!
|The administrator may allow you to use the attachment feature of this forum, which gives you the ability to attach files of certain types to your posts. This could be an image, a text document, a zip file etc. There will be a limit to the file size of any attachments you make.To attach a file to a new post, simply click the [Manage Attachments] button at the bottom of the post composition page, and locate the file that you want to attach from your local hard drive.After posting, the image attachments may display a thumbnail, depending on the forum settings. To view the contents of the attachment (if it is not already displayed) simply click the filename link that appears next to the attachment icon.|
|The administrator may have enabled message icons for new threads, posts and private messages. Message icons allow you to specify a small icon to accompany your posting, which is used to convey the emotion or content of a post at a glance. If you do not see a list of message icons when you are composing your message or post, the administrator has disabled the option.|
|If you have registered, you will be able to edit and delete your posts. Note that the administrator can disable this ability as he desires. Your ability to edit your posts may also be time-limited, depending on how the administrator has set up the forum.To edit or delete your posts, click the button by the post you want to edit. If your post was the first in the thread, then deleting the post may result in the removal of the entire thread.After you have made your modifications, a note may appear, which notifies other users that you have edited your post. Administrators and moderators may also edit your messages but this note may not appear when they do so.|
|Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other manipulations. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating.|
|Certain words may have been censored by the administrator. If your posts contain any censored words, they will be blanked-out like this: *****.The same words are censored for all users, and censoring is done by a computer simply searching and replacing words. It is in no way ‘intelligent’.|
This section contains other general information about our forums
- Can I search the forum?
- Can I send email to other members?
- What is Private Messaging?
- How do I use the Member List?
- How do I use the calendar?
- What are announcements?
- How do I rate a thread?
- What are referrals?
- What are the various thread display options?
- Linear Mode (Oldest First) – In this mode, posts are displayed chronologically from oldest to newest. Posts are shown in a flat mode so that many posts can be viewed simultaneously.
- Linear Mode (Newest First) – This is the same as the above mode, except that posts are ordered in an opposite way (newest first).
- Threaded Mode – In this mode, a tree is shown along with every post. This tree allows you to see the relationship each post has to others, in terms of who responded to whom. Only one post is shown at a time.
- Hybrid Mode – This mode is a mixture of the linear and threaded modes. The post tree is displayed like in the threaded mode, but multiple posts are displayed simultaneously like in the linear modes.
- Where can I find the RSS feed?
- RSS 0.91 – This feed is based on a standard written by netscape and provides a link and the title of the thread.
- RSS 2.0 – This feed contains title, author, date and the contents of the first post of the thread. http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actuarial_discussion_forum/external.php?type=rss2
|You can search for posts based on username, word(s) in the post or just in the subject, by date, and only in particular forums.To access the search feature, click on the “search” link at the top of most pages.You can search any forum that you have permission to search – you will not be allowed to search through private forums unless the administrator has given you the necessary security rights to do so.|
|Yes! To send an email to another member, you can either locate the member you want to contact on the member list, or click the button on any post made by that member.This will usually open a page that contains a form where you can enter your message. When you have finished typing your message, press the [send email] button and your message will be sent instantly. Note that for privacy reasons, the email address of the recipient is not revealed to you during this process.Note that if you can not find an email button or link for a member, it either means that the administrator has disabled email functions for this forum, or that the member in question has specified that they do not wish to receive email from other members of the forum.Another useful email function is the ability to send a friend a link to a thread you think they may find interesting. Whenever you view a thread, you will find a link somewhere on the page which will allow you to send a brief message to anyone you like. Your referrerid is added to the link you send, so if your friend registers on this forum as a result of viewing the link you sent to them, your referrals total will automatically be credited!Registered members may also be able to send messages to other members of this forum using the private messaging system. For more information about private messaging, click here.|
|If the administrator has enabled the Private Messaging system, registered members may send each other private messages.Sending Private MessagesPrivate messages work a little like email, but are limited to registered members of this forum. You may be able to include vB Code, smilies and images in private messages that you send.You may send a private message to a member of this forum by clicking the ‘Send A Private Message‘ link in the private messaging section of your user control panel, or by clicking the button in a member’s posts.When you send a message, you have the option to save a copy of the message in your Sent Items folder.Private Message FoldersBy default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are the Inbox and the Sent Items folders.The Inbox folder contains any new messages you receive, and allows you to view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent.The Sent Items folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent, where you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference.You may create additional folders for your messages by clicking the ‘Edit Folders‘ link.Each folder has a set of message controls which allow you to select messages, then either move them to one of your custom folders, or delete them completely. You may also have a button which allows you to forward multiple messages from a folder to another member of the forum. You will need to periodically delete old messages, as the administrator has probably set a limit to the number of private messages you can have in your folders. If you exceed the number of messages specified by the administrator, you will not be able to send or receive new messages until you delete some old messages.
Whenever you read a message, you will have the option to reply to the message, or forward that message to another member of the forum. You may also have the ability to forward that message to multiple members of your buddy list.
When you send a new private message, you may have the option to request a read-receipt for that message. This will allow you to check whether or not a message has been read by its recipient by viewing the Private Message Tracking page.
This page is divided into two sections: unread messages and read messages.
The unread messages section shows all messages that you have sent with a read-receipt request, that have not yet been read by their recipient.
The read messages section shows all messages you have sent with a receipt request that have been read and acknowledged by their recipient. The time that the message was read is also shown.
You may choose to end the tracking on any message you choose by selecting the message and clicking the [end tracking] button.
When you receive a message with a read-receipt request, you may have the option to read the message while denying the read-receipt request. To do this, simply click the ‘deny receipt’ link rather than the title of the message, if it appears.
|The member list contains a complete list of all the registered members of this forum. You can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date that the member joined the forum, or by the number of posts the members have made.The member list also has a search function, which allows you to quickly locate members according to categories you specify, such as searching for all members who have joined in the past week etc.|
|The calendar functions in a way similar to the forums in that there can be multiple calendars. One calendar could hold just events that you are able to see, while another may list birthdays.There are two types of events on the calendar: normal events and recurring events.Normal Events span the time frame from when the event starts until the event ends.Recurring Events repeat over a set period of time based on certain criteria. Examples would be an event that occurs on the first Monday of every month and an event that occurs every Monday and Wednesday.The administrator may have enabled registered members to post events, but usually this is not the case. You can most likely post your own private events that are only viewable to you.Birthdays may be shown on the calendar if the administrator has enabled this feature. Your birthday will automatically be shown on the calendar if you have entered the date of your birthday in your profile. Note: if you do not enter the year of your birth when you edit your profile, your age will not be shown on the calendar.If you enter your birthday, your name will also appear on the main forum page when it is your birthday.|
|Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are designed to be a simple one-way communication with the users. If you wish to discuss announcements, you will have to create a new thread in the forum, since you cannot reply to announcements.|
|You may find a small menu on thread pages which allows you to ‘rate this thread’ with a number between 1-5.Casting a vote for threads you view is entirely optional, but if you think that the thread is superb, you might rate it as a 5-star thread, or if you think that it’s unspeakably dismal, you might choose to rate the thread with a single star.Once enough votes have been cast for the thread rating, you may see a set of stars appear with the title of the thread in the thread listings. These stars reflect the average vote cast, and can allow you to quickly see which threads are worth reading if you are on a very busy forum with a lot of threads.|
|The administrator may have enabled referrals, which allows you to be credited for any new users you invite to the forum.You gain referrals by promoting Actuarial Outpost using your unique referral link. The link you should use as your referral link is this:http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actuarial_discussion_forum/index.php?referrerid=8666Each time someone follows this link to Actuarial Outpost and registers as a new member, your referral count will be incremented by one. The number of referrals you have can be viewed in your profile.Your administrator will have more information on any prizes or rewards that may be given out for referrals. Please be courteous when promoting Actuarial Outpost by not spamming other web sites with your referral link just to gain referrals.|
|When viewing a thread, you will be able to view the thread from a choice of four modes.
|The administrator may have enabled RSS syndication, this allows you to view newly created threads in guest viewable forums without visiting the board.The feeds are currently provided in two formats, RSS and RSS v2. The differences are as follows:
To add this to MyYahoo click here.
The forums to which this applies can also be limited to specific guest viewable forums by adding another parameter to the URL containing the forumids as follows:
If you would like the content to be generated for multiple forums you can separate the forumids by commas.
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Recently updated on March 10th 2008