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Abbreviations and symbols
:)smile
:(frown
:oembarrassed
:Dgrin
;)wink
4ever Forever
AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AISI As I See It
AKA or a.k.a. Also Known As
AOAS All Of A Sudden
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ATST At The Same Time
BHOF Bald Headed Old Fart
BTW By The Way
CID Consider It Done
CIS CompuServe Information Service
DD Due Diligence
DDD Direct Distance Dial
DGT Don't Go There
DHYB Don't Hold Your Breath
DKDC Don't Know Don't Care
EOM End Of Message
FBKS Failure Between Keyboard and Seat
FWIW For What It's Worth
FYA For Your Amusement
FYI For Your Information
HHOK Ha Ha, Only Kidding
IAC In Any Case
IAE In Any Event
IBTD I Beg To Differ
IIRC If I Remember Correctly
IIWM If It Were Me
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
INMP It's Not My Problem
INPO In No Particular Order
IOW In Other Words
IRL In Real Life
ITM In The Money
IYKWIM If You Know What I Mean
IYSS If You Say So
KWIM Know What I Mean
LIFO Last In First Out
LOL Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Luck (or Love)
LTNS Long Time No See
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
N/A Not Applicable -or- Not Affiliated
NBD No Big Deal
NM Never Mind
NMP Not My Problem
NOYB None Of Your Business
NP No Problem
OBTW Oh By The Way
OIC Oh, I see
OMDB Over My Dead Body
ONNA Oh No, Not Again
OOC Out Of Character
OOTB Out Of The Box -or- Out Of The Blue
OS Operating System
OT Off Topic
OTOH On the Other Hand
OWTTE Or Words To That Effect
OZ stands for: Australia
PEBCAK Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
PLS Please
POV Point of View
R&D Research & Development
R&R Rest & Relaxation
RBTL Read Between The Lines
RU Are You?
SBTA Sorry, Being Thick Again
SITCOMs Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage
TFN Thanks For Nothin'
THX or TX or THKS Thanks
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TLA Three Letter Acronym
TLGO The List Goes On
TMI Too Much Information
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTT That's The Ticket -or- To The Top
TTYL Talk To You Later
VC Venture Capital
VFM Value For Money
VM Voice Mail
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get

Subjects and Threads
The BBS (bulletin board) is divided into distinct sections called subjects. Each subject has a number of threads. A thread is a collection of messages (or posts) with a common subject heading (or topic). A thread runs like a conversation where one person asks a question or makes a comment, and another replies. Normally, other people, or the originator reply and so on. When a thread becomes dormant for a period (the number of days depends on the subject popularity) it is archived. When the originator starts a new thread, they have the option to be informed by email when the first reply is posted.

Adding a New Subject
This function is now reserved for the system administrator: webmaster@mg-cars.org.uk. In the past we had several newcomers opening subjects instead of threads. If you would like to open a new subject please ask.

List Threads
This option produces a list of threads within a subject. The thread with the most recent activity appears at the top of the list.

List Messages
This option produces a list of individual messages (or posts) within a subject. The most recent message appears at the top of the list.

Thread display
Messages within a thread are displayed with the earliest at the top. If you prefer to read the whole thread from the last message to the first, you can invert the list. This is a toggle function, so inverting again will reverse the order again.

Jump to
The jump to option allows you to hop from subject to subject easily.

Adding a comment
You can add a comment to any thread, by completing the form at the bottom of the thread. When the thread is in reverse order, which is the default, a link to add your comment is displayed at the bottom of the first message.

Web and email addresses within messages
If you want to have a web site linked to your message just type the full URL. eg http://www2.mg-cars.org.uk (not www2.mg-cars.org.uk). Email addresses will automatically be linked to a mailto: if they are properly formed. Once again just enter the email address. eg webmaster@mg-cars.org.uk (email addresses don't have spaces or commas). Also make sure you give the full domain: bob.smith@aol is not valid.

html syntax within messages
html syntax is not supported within messages, so if you type <H1>Big heading</H1>, that is exactly what you will get in the message, and not the html equivalent.

Starting a new thread
The start a new thread option is available from the thread and message lists at the top and bottom of the screen.

Members
Initially, the BBS is open to members and non-members. Non-members will be asked to complete their name, location and email address, whereas members will automatically have these fields completed. The non-members facility can be disabled at any time very easily. We will do this if we get too many spurious anonymous posts, or people pretending to be other people.

Last Posts
If you want to know who is posting to the BBS now, use this feature to get a list of the last posts. If you leave your browser on this page it will refresh every minute (if your browser supports this) and show up to date information.

Current version

Version 12.3 (April 24th, 2014)

Version 10.9 (July 21st, 2009)

Version 10.8 (July 16th, 2009)

Version 9.7 (April 30th, 2007)

Version 8.4 (November 28th, 2003)

Version 8.0 (March 26th, 2003)

Version 7.1 (May 23th, 2002)

Version 7.0 (April 8th, 2002)

Version 6.0 (January 17th, 2002)

Version 5.0 (June 12th, 2001)

Version 4.0 (March 14th, 2000)

Version 3.0 features (January 14th 2000)

Version 2.0 features (October 12th 1999)
The main change is the ability for members to customise the BBS. If you are using this BBS through members only you will see a customise option which enables you to change the look and feel of the BBS. This is in response to comments from the first version of the Beta code. Thank you to those who commented.

Change Requests

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