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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:05 pm 
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Hello everyone,

Welcome back to the Official Laura Branigan Discussion Forum!

As you may be aware from our website posting, on December 24, 2008, we were hit with a hacker attack, and for security's sake, we took the board off-line while we took care of matters. This also gave us the opportunity to upgrade the board software to the latest version, which offers enhanced security measures as well as some additional user-friendly features. While we apologize for taking a bit longer than we originally anticipated to setup and test the new software, we really appreciate your patience while we took time to celebrate the holiday season before jumping into the board upgrade.

Some of the items you'll want to be aware of as you log back in to the Forum:

1. NEW User Control Panel (UCP): the new version of the Forum offers a User Control Panel (UCP), which puts all your account-related settings and preferences all in one place. From the UCP, you can change personal information, update your email address (requires re-activation), avatar, signature, and contact preferences (such as whether or not you'd like other members to contact you via PM or email), etc. For additional security, the email contact feature now is enhanced so that your actual email address is NOT displayed by hovering over the "email" link in the Member list or a member's post, but clicking it takes you to an email form, so you can send emails directly through the Forum, not through your computer's email client.

2. The Forum Search feature has been enhanced with additional modules that make for a more specific search capability throughout all the discussion threads in the Forum.

3. NEW Drafts feature: you now have the capability to save posts and PMs as a "draft", so that if you want to start a post or PM and come back to finish it later, simply click the "Save" button in the post editor, and your message is saved for later. You can access saved drafts through your UCP.

4. Upgraded Post Editor: we've installed the latest version of the "ABBCode Editor" which gives you many enhancements over how you can format fonts, sizes, color, smilies, etc. In brief, the way boards work these days is a pseudo-WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor that uses codes called "BBCode". BBCodes wrap around text and image URLs to tell browser software (like Internet Explorer, Safari, FireFox, etc.) how to display your message. For example, one of the easiest is "boldface", the BBCode for it is simply a lowercase b surrounded by brackets [].

--> One tip regarding images: if you're looking to include an image, the post editor includes a image resize" feature so that bigger images you include may be automatically resized to fit the size of the screen, but should also enable a pop-up box that will allow for zoom viewing (though this is still being tested). Also, any image you post will automatically be "left-aligned" or set on the left margin of your post. If you want an image centered or aligned to the "right margin" of your post, you'll need to put a "center" or "right" (without the quotes) right after the 'img' tag, so it'll look like this: [img center]...

Naturally, if you don't want to use all the bells & whistles of the post editor, you can simply type your message and click "Submit". But we do encourage you to try out some of the features of the ABBCode post editor... it's all pretty neat.

5. Included as well in the post editor is a greatly increased "smilies" box! There are now TONS of smilies, including some sign-holder smilies. Some of the most commonly-used smileys are in the post editor, to the left of the post editor window. If you want to see all of them, simply click the "View More Smilies" link underneath the smilies you see in the post editor window, this will pop up a window containing all the smilies currently available (make sure you set your pop-up blocker to enable pop-ups for laurabraniganonline.com if you have issues seeing the smilies window).

6. Birthday feature: This is a new feature of the latest version that should help MariKate out, as she kindly is our resident "birthday cheer" member! This feature is enabled for each member through your UCP. Simply put your month and date in the birthday section of your profile, and when it's your birthday, your username will be listed in the Birthday section at the bottom of the Forum Index page! Two points to remember: 1) this feature won't be active for you unless you actually put at least your month & date in your UCP, otherwise, you won't show up in the Birthday list when it's your birthday; 2) if you don't want anyone to know exactly how old you are ;-), simply OMIT your year in the birthday section of your UCP, and your secret is safe!

And of course, with everything new, comes a bit of housecleaning. Due to the upgrade, the new software has altered the way certain items that were on the old version are being rendered or interpreted. So, after you log in, please go to your UCP and verify that all the information listed is still correct. The biggest issue we've found in our final testing phase is with avatars. It appears that some avatars are appearing now either "scrunched" or "stretched out". So, please check your avatar; if it looks OK, don't worry. If it looks distorted to you, then you'll need to re-upload your avatar in the Avatar tab of your UCP.

Finally, as you get familiar with all the new features of the new version, you can use the "FAQ" section of the Forum - the link is in the upper right of every Forum page. Also, don't forget the Forum Help/Tips section, for answers to issues we've encountered so far. This section will be updated with additional tips, hints, and help, as issues arise. Please keep in mind that we're continually working to improve the software, and as additional applications and modifications arise that we feel will be helpful, we'll add them to enhance your forum experience!


Of course, if you're having issues or can't figure out how to change your avatar or anything else, please email techsupport@laurabraniganonline.com.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:11 am 
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Dear Kathy.. I missed you so much.. kisses... Im just as immature as ever had to be the first to use the smilies.. and tested them to make sure they work.. can you please verify.. SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:20 am 
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Seriously now,

Hi everyone, Kerstin and I want to say we are so happy to see the board back on line as this is where we met just over 4 years ago. It was strange not seeing the board open but nice to know that rather then leave Laura's board open to attacks from people who are bored and too pathetic to have lives, Kathy and Vince did take the only right decision in closing it down and having the proper securities installed to assure it would never happen again.
It is very pathetic to think that some people have nothing better to do then to attack the memory of people who are dead!
Thanks Kathy and Vince for giving a secure and pleasant atmosphere where fans can come and remember Laura.. Hugs always
Sally and Kerstin.
also thanks for your concern with Elbie.. he is doing well now and much better since the drugs wore off.

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Hi Everyone...it's great that the board is back! - Bill :happy-wavemulticolor:


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Hi everyone,

It certainly is great to have Laura's Forum up and running again, and with a fresh update! :banana-rock:

Sally.... :text-thankyoublue: for testing the smilies - in a big way! :greetings-clapyellow: And you do know that you were the inspiration for choosing the :text-blondmoment: smiley... :wink:

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Just a note regarding membership...

If you were a member of the Forum prior to the recent upgrade, you do not need to re-register, as your data is maintained from one version of the forum software to the next.

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Glad the Forum is back up and running, lots of motion from the smilies ! :happy-wavemulticolor:


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I hope Tiffany,Blondie,Debbie Gibson,or whoever was spamming Laura's site got it good!
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It is so nice to see the forum back up. We can't thank you enough, keep up the good work. :text-thankyoublue:

We Miss You Laura!!! :romance-heartsthree:

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