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Users are essential to the growth and success of VGG. You contribute the database items and the discussions. An anonymous user can always browse the site, but a registered user can truly participate and make the most of what VGG has to offer.
Account Creation and Registration
Follow good Internet behavior and choose a complex password utilizing different cases, numerals, and symbols. Your email address will be used to send your account verification, along with being used in case you forget your password. It won't be exposed to other users, and you won't receive unsolicited emails from VGG.
The information you provide under 'PUBLIC' Information is visible to all users. You must provide a name, but you may choose to use a pseudonym if you wish. State/province and Country are optional, but if you choose to fill it out please only use your real information as VGG users use these features to find gamers near them. Your Date of Birth is kept private, and used to confirm that you are at least 13 years of age.
Lastly, read and accept the Terms of Service, and fill in the reCAPTCHA field. You'll receive an email to your registered address providing a link to activate your account.
Understanding Your Profile
Your profile can be seen by other users and it is where you can provide public information about yourself, change your avatar or badges, and it will also contain your image gallery, collection, and contributions to the site. Filling out your profile is optional, and you can provide as much or as little information as you wish. Each section of your profile is editable using the pencil icons next to the section's header. Well look at each section of your profile, starting with the left column.
Let's start with the first block you will see on your profile. It is found to the left and is called 'Preferences'.
VideoGameGeek Preferences Block
It contains the options to:
The second block down is labeled 'User Profile for (insert username here)' and this contains your 'User Block' and profile description. To change your profile description click the pencil icon next to the section's header.
A User Block? What is it? - Every user has a block of information that appears on their profile and in the forums. It consists mainly of your username, real name or pseudonym, a geekmail icon, a drop-down menu with links to that user's public profile pages, GeekBadge, avatar, and then finally Microbadges. As a new user, you'll also have a NewUser badge for a short period of time. Badges are used to provide certain information about users. Some of the more common ones you may see include Admin, Game Designer,. Additionally users may create their own custom GeekBadges. Below is a comparison between a new user's block (on left) and an old user's block (on right).
Microbadges and Your Avatar
Your avatar and the various 'badges' are used to represent you and your interests. These small images will appear on your profile and in the forums. These images will appear on all three Geekdō domains.
The User Details section is a dark blue bar that is found on the top of your profile (pictured below). This allows you to view additional information about yourself or other users.
User Details Bar
Well look at what each tab offers:
Managing Your Account
Under the 'My Geek' tab in the NavBar, is a link labeled 'Account'. This will take you to your account manager. From here you will have several sets of options. Here is what each one does
Geekmail is a private messaging system for Geekdō users. The system works similarly to most web-based email clients, but only is capable of messaging other Geekdō users. You may access your mailbox at any time by clicking on the Mail icon in the user block.
To send a message to a user, you can use the 'Compose Mail' link from your mailbox, or you may click on the envelope icon in any user's information block. Remember, when composing a message to address the message to a user's Geekdō username and not their real name. Messages may be deleted, marked read/unread, archived, or labeled through the buttons or 'More Actions' menu on the mailbox page.
Subscriptions are a way to have the system notify you when a new post or thread is created in a chosen topic of interest. You can subscribe to virtually any item, forum, or thread using the "Subscribe" link at the top of the related page. This link changes to Unsubscribe when you are subscribed to the thread, and clicking on it is all you have to do to stop following a topic. The drop down arrow next to the Subscribe/Unsubscribe link allows you to customize the filters for that subscription, or to block it.
The Subscriptions link in the user block will update as items you are following receive new posts, indicated by a number in red text. Clicking on it will take you to your subscriptions page, which is broken down by item: Forums, Images, GeekLists, Videos, Files, and Marketplace and Auctions (pictured below). Subscriptions for each type can be sorted by most recent, first, or oldest, and you can choose to view only new updates, all updates, or no updates for each. Individual subscriptions will be removed as you view their associated pages or you can choose to mark individual or all subscriptions as read.
Bookmarks provide a method of linking to a specific thread. Unlike subscriptions, bookmarks do not trigger notifications when replies or updates are made and unlike the Quickbar, bookmarks can only be used for threads. You can have as many as you like and the summary page provides more information.
To create a bookmark, click on the Bookmark link at the top of the thread. To remove a bookmark, click on Unbookmark. To view your bookmarks, you can choose the Bookmarks option from the 'Forums' menu. This menu shows information on the bookmarked thread, it's parent forum, and it's activity.
Managing Your Game Collection
See the VGG Game Collection Guide.
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