I went to log in / make a post just like I always
but I received this message:
Sorry, either your
has not yet been approved or the board administrators have removed your
ability to post to this board. We cannot allow you to perform this
as a result.
If you have posted in the past and are unaware of why your posting
was removed, it is because of something you did on the forums.
probably you broke a rule which is listed on our RULES
page. First things first, read that rules page in it's
(You should have already done this.) Then do a search for the
few posts you made. You can probably figure out what the problem
is from that. Then email the Administrator. (The email
is at the "contact us" link to your left.) With the exception of
rare server glitches, 99% of the time the fault is yours.
Things that are generally
when handling issues after temporary banning:
*YOU broke a site rule. This is not our fault, but we are having
to mess with it because...
*YOU never bothered to read the RULES
*YOU are one of a few thousand members to keep up with and most
*YOU have not bothered to give us the one courtesy of sending in your
member picture. (We care little about the people who do not show
us the one requested courtesy of sending in their picture, but want to
use the site's resources for free anyway.)
So be prepared to be nice about your issue or you will find
banning to ensue. Really, we have better things to do than
play jack-a-round with you.
Logging in and out of the forums.
Members who use one private computer where others do not have access
encouraged to use the "login" link on the forums as a timesaver.
This permits our gatekeeper to pass you straight through the legal
whenever you desire to enter the forums. Non-members and members
who are not logged in will have to agree to this every visit to the
Internet Explorer may be used "at your own risk".
Although most people will not have issues viewing Film-Tech,
such as Internet Explorer, iCab, Bob's Bangin' Browser, etc may be used
"at your own risk". Film-Tech does not check the coding of the
on every version of every browser known to man, and therefore we cannot
guarantee that the bizarre browser that you just happen to use will
The Opera browser is preferred by the Admin and that's what the site
gets checked on. It may be downloaded at www.opera.com
for free (to rid the demo version of ads there is a nominal fee).
You may download version 6 here
for the Windows platform. (Other OS users should check the Opera
Internet Explorer will work fine with this site in general, but some
commands may not work. For the most part this site will
well with most all browsers and very few problems are reported.
emailing for assistance, make sure to try to view the webpage in
on an Opera or Firefox browser on Windows, or try Safari or Firefox on
the Mac. Also follow the firewall troubleshooting below.
Ok, ok, I'm reading the FAQ.
tell me what in the heck this is?
This is the result of a few members abusing the upload
What was happening was a member would upload a picture which was
to be intended for display in the forums (a feature that was provided
a service to the members for preserving the integrity of the archives
opposed to linking to an outside web server), but they would then link
their uploaded picture to their own website (usually porn) and
was left paying the bandwidth bill. So because of these fine
citizens, we have had to tighten down the security on the
(As a general note to all using the UPLOAD feature, your member ID and
IP address is now logged so we will know who to come after next time
The cause of seeing that image is because your browser or firewall
blocking the HTTP_REFERRER from being sent to the server, which
that the image is being displayed on www.film-tech.com as opposed to an
outside site. If you are using the Opera version 6 browser
(which you can download in the above section), simply check the "enable
referrer logging" box, click APPLY, then OK. Then restart your
You can do this by clicking FILE, then selecting PREFERENCES. The
following window will pop up.
Highlight the "privacy" in the lower left corner, then at the top
make sure the "enable referrer logging" is checked. Then click
and then OK. Restart Opera and you should be fine.
Also note that if you are using a software based firewall, you MUST
make sure that the HTTP_REFERRER is not being blocked. Generally
with a program like ZoneAlarm you can simply add www.film-tech.com to
"safe website" list. Some variations of Norton/Symantec firewalls
are also guilty of blocking the HTTP_REFERRER to be sent. This is
a local problem on your end. We cannot possibly keep track of
variation of a firewall to provide troubleshooting assistance
Please first try adding the website to your "safe list" in your
and if that does not work for you, contact the technical support of
firewall product and ask them how to permit referrer logging to the
server. We can not assist with
do not ask.
Every time I click on the
button I see a screen that looks like this. What
am I doing wrong?
If you see this screen that reads "ERROR
404: FILE NOT FOUND" when clicking on a link (such as to
a manual) it means that the file is missing. Please follow the
on screen and send us an email so we may fix the broken link.
occasionally happens during server upgrades.)
If you are seeing a similar looking screen that reads "USER
ERROR: BOOKMARKING NOT PERMITTED" when you click on the
button, then you have a firewall issue like was discussed above.
First things first, disable or unplug your firewall. Does the
site now work? Assuming so, that proves the issue is on your
Below are the settings that users have reported work well for the
Adding www.film-tech.com to your "trusted site" list as well as
"cookie control" to OFF is mandatory for this program to interface
reply to a discussion topic, please make sure that the topic
is currently being displayed on your monitor. On THAT screen,
the button to
a post. After posting, the thread will be moved to the top of the
list and your post will be added to the end of the thread. Unless
you are starting a completely new discussion, NEVER use the
to reply to an existing discussion.
To edit your posts,
the small "edit" icon beside the time/date stamp.
You will be taken to a screen with your text at which point you may
modify it to correct typographical errors and such. Then click
and your post will be altered to the revisions you just
Please note, closed threads can not be edited. Also, you may only
edit your own posts.
To quote other posts,
the QUOTE button on the posting screen (look for the red arrow in the
A popup screen will appear where you may paste the text being
then simply click OK and the appropriate code will be inputted into
PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE THE
ABOVE YOURS! There is no good reason to do
this. As this forum is in a linear format, quoting the post
above yours only forces people to skip it. If someone asks a
"How do I..." you do not need to quote that person by typing "Joe asked
how do I..." It is obvious who you are replying to. Trust
on this one. It's just annoying.
To link to another website,
click the URL button on the posting screen (look for the red arrow in
A popup screen will appear where you may type the link, then simply
click OK and the appropriate code will be inputted into your post.
do we need to explain how the BOLD, LIST-START, etc buttons work?
Let's hope not.
make sure you are logged in and click the small "mail" icon beside the
time/date stamp. You will be taken to a screen with a link to
member's email address. On most email programs you can simply
on the address and a new mail screen will pop up for you to compose an
email to that member. Some email programs will require you to
type in the address though. Do
note that member's email addresses are blocked from "inactive members".
This helps to protect you from spam and to protect our servers from
harvesters. As a result, entering your email address within the
of your post is prohibited. Attempts around this policy
result in your removal from the forums. Please be sure and keep
profile email address up to date, because if one of our Moderators or
Admin needs to contact you and your email address is invalid, you will
be automatically booted from the forums. "Inactive members" are
as follows: 1 post per 30 days is required for all members with a
picture. 1 post per 7 days is required for all members without a
picture. Non-members are not permitted to access member
Again, this is to protect our members from spam, and yes we do give
treatment to those members who send in their picture.
Your email address may not be
in your post or signature unless it is in the For Sale forum.
To retrieve basic information on a
click the small "who?" icon beside the time/date stamp. This will
bring up that member's profile information. All members are
to please fill out their own profile information and keep it up to
Do note that your personal information such as phone number or address
is not viewable to the members or the public and never will be.
restrictions to access member profiles are the same as for email
in the paragraph above.
To have your member picture appear
your name, go to this
thread regarding member pictures in the Yak forum and follow the
directions. If you do not have a means to
scan in a photo, email
us and we will provide a USPS address to mail the photo to.
Do note that if you send in a picture of yourself with someone else,
that other person(s) WILL be cropped out of the shot. The purpose
of a member picture is to show YOU, not someone you were taken a
with. Also, please make sure if your picture has other people in
it that you identify which person you are.
To add a picture to your post,
(this is not for adding your "member picture" - see above) there are
Option #1, you may use the "UPLOAD" feature of this
For instructions on how this works, simply click the "upload" button in
the navigational frame on the left side of the website. Make
SURE that after you post a picture you go back and PLEASE LOOK AT THE
YOU JUST MADE. If you mistyped something in your post, your
may not be displaying and at that point you can simply use the EDIT
to correct it. If after making a few attempts you still cannot
the picture to appear properly, email a moderator for assistance.
Don't forget to include the forum and the name of the thread as well as
your full name as it appears on the forums in the email.
Option #2, if you do not have a suitable program to resize a
picture to less than 550 pixels wide or a program to convert to .jpg or
.gif file types (or if you need another type of file uploaded such as
you may email the picture to Brad Miller as an attachment. (Click
"contact us" for the email address.) When submitting a picture in
this manner, PLEASE make sure to include the name of the particular
forum that the thread is in, the full name of the actual thread
your name so we can find where to place it. Also,
you should type "PICTURE HERE" into your post where you desire the
to be placed. Be prepared as this could only take a few minutes
many hours to get your picture up. The preferred method is to use
It is important to note that our forum will no longer permit any
links served from off site. This means you may not upload an
to another webserver and display it on the forums. Also not
is linking to html pages on other servers containing images whether
comply with the self-upload restrictions or not. (Occasionally
need for a high resolution image is desired. For these types of
you need to email them in so they may be served on a seperate page from
the Film-Tech servers.) Why so stringent about this? This
is to preserve all images that are associated with a discussion for
viewing in the archives.
To change your profile,
on the "my profile" link at the top right hand corner of the forum
Then click "view/update profile". Then you may change anything in
your profile and re-submit it to the system. Members found to be
inputting false information or not keeping a full city/state/country in
their profile will be removed.
Please note, if you change your email address the system will
email you with a new randomly generated password for security
You can always simply go back into "my profile" and change the password
to something you can easily remember.
Please also note that some members may be locked out of their
from time to time for being a coot. To date this has only been in
effect for one special member.
To change your password to
you can easily remember, follow the instructions above under
"to change your profile".
To change your email address in the
the instructions above under "to change your profile". THIS
IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP UPDATED! As mentioned
above, if one of our Moderators or the Admin needs to contact you and
email address is invalid, you will be automatically booted from the
I am already registered, but I
my email address and cannot remember my password. What can I do?
First of all, send us a friendly email regarding the problem.
that it is YOU are the one who made the mistake by forgetting your
or changing your email address without updating it in the system, so
understand you are creating manual lookup work for us by not keeping up
with your own login info.
You will need to provide your name and any variations of that name
you may have registered with (Robert, Rob, Bob, etc or any possible
or middle name or whether there is a Jr or III or something of that
We also need to know any possible email addresses you may have
signed up with to do the research.
To have your password automatically
to you by the system, click on "my password" and follow the
prompts. Your password will be emailed to you within
2 minutes. Please note that not all email programs check for new
emails every minute or two, so it may be necessary to manually force
email program to check for new mail received.
Smileys in posts. You've
probably seen others use smilies before in email messages or other
board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion,
such as a smile or a frown. Simply click on the desired smiley as
you are typing your post and it will appear.
To add a signature at the bottom of
posts, click on the "my profile" link at the top of any
board page and you will be able to edit or add a signature. Once you
a signature stored, you can choose to include it any post you make by
the "include signature" box when you create your post. (This is
selected.) You may also change your signature at any time by
Note: please do not ramble on and on in your signature. Keep
short and sweet or we will remove them. Also note linking to your
website or posting your email address in your signature (or your posts)
is prohibited unless you are representing a reputable cinema company,
as John Pytlak and Kodak.
Film Handler statuses
nothing more than fun (and cheezy) member titles that are based purely
upon the number of posts that person has made and does not necessarily
reflect the actual expertise of the member. ALL members start out
as "Film Handler" and then as they participate and accumulate posts,
turn into "Expert Film Handler" and "Master Film Handler",
Occasionally we will give a specific member a custom title. This
is purely at our discretion. If you do not have a member picture,
don't even consider asking.
Email notification can
activated on any new post, reply or on any existing post you have
When making a post there is an "email notification" box near the
button that can be selected. When checked, the Film-Tech server
automatically send you an email any time a reply is added to that
thread. This can also be activated on an existing post where you
have participated. Simply click on the "edit" icon beside the
stamp, check the box and re-submit the post to the system.
the feature can be turned off at any point by editing the post and
that box, then re-submitting the post to the system.
Searching the forums.
You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the
posts, user name, date, and particular forum. You may also search
for posts made by a particular member. Just click on the "search"
link at the top of the forum pages.
logged in, your username and password, and your "topic view". These
are stored on your browser. Cookies are not used to track your movement
or perform any function other than to enhance your use of the
Cookies do however permit members to instantly jump through the legal
screen when you remain "logged in" to the forum. If your browser
does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your
many of these time-saving features will not work properly.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOG OUT
you are using a public computer! Otherwise other people can gain
access to your account and may post things under your name. Don't
expect for us to be willing to remove things said under your name if
are not responsible enough to log out after using a public computer.
To enter the chat room,
must be a member of the Film-Tech Forums. If not, please register
per the instructions at the register
link. To enter and participate in the chat room simply click on
"chat" link from the navigational menu to your left and enter your name
and forum password. If you are not permitted access, although
it is possible the coding on your member file has an error on it.
Please email Brad Miller your name and password and request this be
(Click "contact us" for the email address.)
Why can't certain pages within the
website be bookmarked? Simply put, bookmarking is not
allowed on Film-Tech. All notices are put on the front page of
site and with bookmarking enabled, many visitors will miss the new or
items. In addition this is for various legal reasons concerning
forum and reviews. This policy will not be changed. Please
do not ask.
Please make sure you read the RULES