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You know, I've spent a lot of time here on the Geek, but it seems like I'm always learning something new. So the idea of this geeklist is to share those little tricks that it took you awhile to figure out, so that others can learn from your experience.




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51. Board Game: Let's Play Tag [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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You can search multiple tags at once.

Your own tags:
Go to My Geek > Tags and click on one. If you've used it in combination with any other tag, on the right of the screen you'll get a "Related Tags" list. Clicking on the plus next to any of these tags filters the list down to those items you've tagged with both.

Everyone's tags:
Search for the first tag (e.g. hex) to get a list of results. You can then append to the end of the URL + and then whatever the 2nd tag is (e.g. 2-player):

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/tag/hex+2-player

If a tag has funny characters, you might need to do some percent encoding.

There should be a way to do this through the UI without editing a URL, but if it's possible I couldn't find it.
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52. Board Game: The Great Floatini [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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With all tags, remove the spaces between braces so they'll work properly. Or, quickquote the first comment after this GeekList entry to get the tags in their natural, but "invisible" form.

The [ floatleft ], [ /floatleft ], and [ clear ] tags were introduced to me in this geeklist entry here.....

http://boardgamegeek.com/listitem/744547?commentid=2268836#c...

I played around with them and finally figured out that it IS possible to utilize the entire space to the right of a large image and to keep posts short. Again, not necessary, but it does look cleaner, which is sometimes what it's all about.

REMEMBER TO USE THE [ clear ] tag at the end!!! It's part of this whole mess!


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53. Board Game: Play the Game [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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Did you want to find the date(s) on which a particular user had played a particular game? Of course from the user profile you can list all their games played, a page at a time, and from the game page you can list all the users who had played it, again a page at a time. Both those searches can be slow, for active players and popular games.

A more direct method is to type in a URL of this form:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/75091?userid=17121
where the first number is the game's id and the second is the user's id.

For the game id, it's in the address of the game page e.g.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/75091/norenberc

For the player, go to the their profile, click on 'Gallery' in the menu bar, and note down the user's ID number in the page URL e.g. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/user/17121/tycho

Alternatively, if the user is registered on the BGG Extended Stats website, http://friendless.servegame.org/stats/ (see item earlier in this Geeklist), there will be a single page for all plays by date.
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54. Board Game: Talk in Text [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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Since you can't actually get to the buttons for putting in geek lists and I'm lazy, I wanted a list of code to copy and paste quickly. I started using standard for variables but that makes double clicking and replacing more difficult. Values in ALLCAPS are descriptive variables to be replaced with appropriate values. DESC is an optional description. If left out, the text of the thing linked to is shown (for Geek items) or the link iteself, otherwise DESC shows up.

Also see: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Forum_Formatting


Text:
[b][/b] Bold
[i][/i] Italic
[u][/u] Underline
[-][/-] Strike-through
[center][/center] Center
[color=#NNNNNN][/color] Color
[bgcolor=#NNNNNN][/bgcolor] Background color
[q="USER"][/q] Quote, USER optional
[o][/o] Spoiler
[c][/c] Code, fixed width courier font
[hr] Horizontal Rule (line)
[url]LINK[/url] URL
[url=LINK]DESC[/url] URL with text
[size=N][/size] Font size. 7=Tiny, 9=Small, 10=Normal, 18=Large, 24=Huge
r{TEXT} Color TEXT red.
b{TEXT} Color TEXT blue.
g{TEXT} Color TEXT green.
y{TEXT} Color TEXT yellow.

Media
[ImageID=N] Geek image
Put the following qualifier after the id or before IMG in external image for effect:
inline
square
micro
small (Default)
medium
large
original
[img]URL[/img] External Image
[youtube=XXXX] Youtube
[vimeo=XXXX] Vimeo
[mp3]URL|TITLE[/mp3] MP3
[floatleft]XX[/floatleft] Float on Left
[floatright]XX[/floatright] Float on Right
[center]XX[/center] Center
[clear] Reset display after above commands

Geek Link
[geekurl=URL]DESC[/geekurl] Internal Geek Link
[thread=NNN]DESC[/thread] Forum Thread
[article=NNN]DESC[/article] Reply
[comment=NNNN]DESC[/comment] Comment
[guild=NNNN]DESC[/guild] Guild
[user=NAME] User
[microbadge=NNNN] Microbadge
[question=NNNN]DESC[/question] Question
[blog=NNNN]DESC[/blog] Blog
[blogpost=NNNN]DESC[/blogpost] Blog Post

Geek Links with lookups:
[thing=GAMENO]DESC[/thing] Board Game / RPG Item / Periodical / Issue / RPG Periodical / RPG Issue / Video Game /
Video Game Character / Video Game Hardware
[gameid=GAMENO]DESC[/thing] Board Game (probably synonym for thing.)
[geeklist=NNNN]DESC[/geeklist] Geek List
[listitem=NNNN]DESC[/listitem] Geek List Item
[filepage=NNNN]DESC[/filepage] File
[person=NNNN]DESC[/person] Designer / Artist / RPG Artist / RPG Designer / RPG Producer / Video Game Developer
[company=NNNN]DESC[/company] Publisher / RPG Publisher / Video Game Publisher
[property=NNNN]DESC[/property] Game Mechanic / Category / RPG Category / RPG Mechanic / Character Category /
Video Game Rating / Video Game Theme
[family=NNNN]DESC[/family] Family / Podcast / RPG / RPG Genre / RPG Family / RPG System / RPG Setting /
RPG Series / Video Game Franchise / Video Game Series / Video Game Platform /
Video Game Genre / RPG Podcast
[media=9261]DESC[/media] Podcast Episode / RPG Issue Article / Video Game Walkthrough / RPG Podcast Episode /
Video Game Podcast Episode
?? Character Version / Video Game Expansion / Video Game Hardware Category / Hardware
Manufacturer / Video Game Periodical / Video Game Issue / Video Game Podcast

Need to be done via link: (I think)
[imageid=NNNN] Upload Geek Image
[roll=NNNN] Roll
[poll=NNNN] Poll
[quiz=NNNN] Quiz

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56. Board Game: Game of Grays Harbor [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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user ColtsFan76 just updated us that due to site changes, the RPGG site just got a new quicktag for "out of character" text, which makes it gray and just uses these tags...

[ ooc ] gray text goes here [ /ooc]

sure beats doing [ color=gray ] [ /color ] cool

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57. Board Game: Images [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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Recover deleted images

Say you've used an image in a review, but the uploader later deletes the image. Your review now has a big hole in it where the image once was. Grr!

But, all is not lost!

You can get the image back, with a little know-how of the BGG structure. When you insert a BGG image into a post, it uses this syntax (minus the space):

[ImageID =134431]

This image has been deleted, so if I try to use it normally, I get this:

 


But, if I use the external image tags (again, take the space out):

[IMG ]http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic134431.jpg[/IMG]

I get the image back:



You can get the different file sizes by appending the following after the image ID and before the .jpg:

_sq = square
_t = small (tiny?)
_md = medium
_lg = large

e.g. square:
[IMG ] http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic134431_sq.jpg[/IMG]
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58. Board Game: The Great Divide [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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I saw someone using this tag to create a divider.... [ hr ]
I've always done it manually, but this could be nice for blogs and longer posts....


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59. Board Game: Wide Open [Average Rating:4.70 Unranked]
 
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When posting/editing a thread / reply / Geeklist item etc, the text box you type in to can be resized by dragging the lower right corner.

This is particularly useful if your post is a list with a lot of forum markup, as you can stretch it wide enough to keep each item on one line while editing, rather than having them wrap. Or if you are posting a lengthy reply and don't want to keep scrolling the text box up and down when checking it.
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60. Board Game: Fast Mail [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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You can get email notification whenever you get geekmail or subsciption notification:

For Geekmail: Go to your http://boardgamegeek.com/geekmail account (upper left corner area-- the envelope icon) then in the left pane, click on Settings. Then check mark "Forward Messages". Click the Save button. You will now get any Geekmail forwarded to the email account you have listed there.

For Subscriptions: Go to http://boardgamegeek.com/subscriptions (upper left corner area--the "subscription" icon) then in the upper bar, click on Preferences, then in the Notification Type box, select Email. Then click the Save button.

(If you happen to use Gmail and Chrome, you can download a free extension called "Checker Plus for Gmail" that throws up a pop up whenever your gmail account receives an email (as long as you are online, of course). I would assume other browsers have something similar, but I don't know, as I never use other browsers.)
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61. Board Game: Scrabble Sentence Game for Juniors [Average Rating:4.60 Unranked]
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Here's a thing, you can write sentences using

Scrabbleblankletters

or

Keyboardblankletters


The option to do this is inbetween the Smilies and the Formatting:


A little birdy tells me that the keyboardify was added upon request of the VideoGameGeekers.
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62. Board Game: It's News to Me! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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You can set up your subscription to skip the replies and only get the new announcements. This works with Geeklists too.

I'm sure this is old news for most people, but I just learned this. . .(yes, I'm slower at learning than you are).

I've gotten some great deals by subscribing to the Hot Deals forum. Thus, I get daily subscription announcements from that forum.
But until I learned how to set up my subscription properly, I also got all the constant replies from every post--annoying!
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Subscribe to whatever you want, then
Click on the little down arrow
Choose "Edit Subscription"
In the "Reply" field (or "Comment" field, if you are subscribing to a Geeklist) click on the down arrow and choose "No"
Click on Save
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63. Board Game: BGG: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Chrome BGG++ Add on

It is hard to find all the new comments and items that appear in a single subscription page on the 'geek'.

This extension is to jump to next unread item in your subscriptions, as a small toolbar on the upper right corner in pages that you're subscribed to.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bgg%20%20/jhjmefkp...
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