AEF Knowledge Base <![CDATA[Dock Feature]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:40:59 GMT <![CDATA[Advertising Bar]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:40:36 GMT <![CDATA[Copyright Insertion]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:40:13 GMT <![CDATA[Fixed Width Layout]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:39:50 GMT <![CDATA[Create Fixed Shoutbox]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:38:59 GMT <![CDATA[Enable Shoutbox]]> ]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:38:26 GMT <![CDATA[Downloading and Uploading AEF]]>
Step 1: Go to the Downloads Section on the site. It\'s address is

Step 2: Click on the Latest Release Link. This will take you to a page containing the latest stable AEF package. Here you will find a file for fresh install and a file for upgrade from an older AEF package. If this is your first time using AEF or you do not have an AEF forum already, you will want the AEF version number Install package.

Step 3: Click on the package that you want and save it to your computer.

And there you have it, your very own AEF package! It will be a compressed package.

Now you need to upload the software to your host site. You need to make sure that your site has the needed requirements to do this. For more information on AEF requirements, look in the Installing section of the documents section and read the Requirements guide.

Now some hosts allow you to upload the compressed package and then decompress the package there. If your host allows this, then that is by far the quickest and easiest way to upload AEF to your site.

However if it does not you will need to first decompress your package. In Linux, Ark is a great tool to do this. In Windows Izarc does this easily.

Once you have your package decompressed, you will need to upload the files to your site using an FTP program. FileZilla is an excellent choice. If you use linux and KDE, Konqueror also does a good job at this.

You need to make sure you upload every package. I would advise to upload each folder individually. You can then make sure that the packages in each folder were uploaded correctly. 9 out of 10 most errors in installing and forum usage comes from not having all the packages uploaded to your server correctly.

And that is it. You now have AEF on your site. Your next step would be to install AEF which is covered in the Install document.]]>
Fri, 12 Dec 2008 18:16:38 GMT
<![CDATA[Requirements]]> Requirements
First of all we thank you for choosing AEF.

AEF 1.0.9 requires PHP 5.0.0 or higher and MySQL 4.0 or higher.

However we recommend that you should have PHP 5.2.0 (or better) and MySQL 4.1 (or higher) for the best perfomance and to use some extra AEF Features.

You will also need the following MySQL information:
  • Username
  • Password
  • Database Name
  • Hostname
Also it is recommended if you have the GD library installed in PHP.

The requirements are similar for earlier versions of AEF
Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:02:05 GMT
<![CDATA[How to change a member's membergroup]]> How to change a member's membergroup

Here is an easy step-by-step process for administrators on how to change a member's membership group into whatever group you would like.

Following this guide you can...

1.) Ban a member

2.) Easily make a member a moderator.

3.) Easily make a member a super moderator.

4.) Easily make a member an administrator.

5.) Or make a member any non post member group you created.

Now in this example I will be promoting a member to administrator.

The very first thing you need to do is make sure you are signed in on your site and that you are the administrator of that site. If you are not, this will not work for you (unless your administrator gave you membership altering superpowers).

Step 1: On the forum index page, click on the Quick Links. It near the top of the site, on the right hand corner, usually under your user name and near Calendar.

Step 2: Click on Members. This will take you to your membership list.

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Step 4: Click on (or enter) the member id you wish to change.

Step 5: Click on Edit Profile.

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Step 6: Go down to Usergroup and click on the drop down box that list the member's current member group (usualy member). From here you will see a drop down list that has the non-post member groups that you created (such as administrator, moderator, etc..). Simply click on the member group you want to change the member to and save/submit your changes.

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I hope this doc has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:38:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Advice for moderators]]>
Some simple tips for good moderation.

Always post clear and understandable rules on your forum

It is key for members to understand your moderation actions for them to have a set of rules to read that they can understand why you did what you did. Often when a member is banned even if your other members do not like them they will question your actions. It is important that they have something to refer to so that they can feel better and understand your actions.

Consider where the user was coming from who posted the material that broke the rule. Did the offending member not know that they were breaking the rules? or were their actions blatant.

If a member simply doesn't know the rules then it is best to give them a first warning. Edit, Delete, or Move the post and then send a pm to the user with a link to your forum's rules. What this does is ensure to you and your staff that the user has been given a chance to learn the rules and still keeps things in compliance.

If a member did it blatantly then perhaps it is best to consider that member's contributions. If they don't contribute positively enough to your forum then it may be worth it to use the fullest extent of punishment that your rules system allows.

Something else that is very important to consider is do you know the rules of your own forum well enough?

Before banning a member because they have done something shocking be sure to read over your own rules, be prepared to quote them to your members in case any of them question your actions. Often one of the things that gets your members to read the rules the quickest is when they thing a moderation action has been taken that there was not a rule set up to cover.

Always let your members know what you are doing

People gossip less when they are informed. Typically after a moderation situation has been taken care of there are no traces for users to judge for themselves. It is important to explain to everyone that the user who has been punished has been punished for a reason and that you are complying with the rules that you set forth. This can go a long way with keeping loyalty to the board. Members of internet communities are much like members of any other community. They like to be able to judge if they are within the guidelines or not. If they have no way to understand why other members were punished they may fear that it was out of an irrational behavior that they could be a victim of later.

Pick your battles

Sometimes it is not worth it to be too harsh on first time offenders... even if they do know the rules. Perhaps they just were having a bad day or acted out of passion. If you clamp down on all events things may get out of hand when the important events really need the clamping.

this article written by CarlF for advice on moderating feel free to contact me directly here on AEF or on my own site

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 06:30:55 GMT