Post by AK_Brickster on Mar 7, 2014 11:25:34 GMT -8
Do you have a question about how to use this awesome site? Feel free to ask it here!
Please read through the common questions / answers below prior to asking your question. There is a good chance that someone else has already asked it!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Can I discuss non-brick-related topics here?
A: Please use the General Discussion forum for greetings, social interactions, discussions of random topics, and anything not related to castle/fantasy/architectural building. The occasional joke or pop culture reference within the context of a thread in one of the other forums is fine, but please don't derail ongoing threads and discussions. If you want to continue a discussion that has gone off-topic, please do so in General Discussions.
Q: How do you post pictures in the forum?
A0: There are multiple ways to post images here, some depending on the source of the image.
A1: URL - Embedding generic images with their URL is as easy as clicking the "Insert Image" button (Looks like a small landscape) in the editor bar above the create post text area and pasting the URL in the dialogue.
A2: Flickr - Check out this nifty tutorial by Ayrlego: merlins-beard.com/post/24244
Q: Can I post pics of my non-castle builds here?
A: The Work in Progress and Completed Builds forums are for work that is in keeping with the theme of this site, namely, medieval history and fantasy. Please use the Miscellaneous Builds forum to show off your starships, mechs, tanks, and anything else that isn't castle- or fanasy-themed.
Q: How large an image can I include in a post? How many images can I include in a post?
A: For the time being, we have not specified hard-and-fast limits. Please use common sense. If you want to post a large image, then just post one, but even then try to keep it within about 1600x1200 (no larger than full-screen). If you're going to post half a dozen images, keep them small, maybe 300 x 200 pixels or so. 800 x 600 is likely big enough for the average forum post; you can always link to a higher-res photos hosted elsewhere, if needed.
Q: I just registered, but I wanted my name to be, "Sir John", and I could only register as "sirjohn". This is lame! How do I fix it?
A: Go to Profile > Edit Profile > Personal. From there, you can edit your display name. You will still use your register name of "sirjohn" to log in, but you can make it appear as "Sir John" on your forum profile.
Q: Are there specific rules about posts (e.g. double posting, etc.)?
A: There are currently no hard-and-fast rules. Again, please use common sense. Posting a response to someone's comment, then posting again to respond to a different part of a thread is fine. Posting over and over again to increase your post count, to bury someone else's comments, or to dominate a conversation is definitely not okay. Taking the time to write a thoughtful post that happens to be a little long is fine; having a single post longer than a Tolstoy novel is excessive.
Q: Is it okay to post leaked images of unannounced LEGO sets on Merlin's Beard forums?
A: No. We want to be upstanding members of the LEGO community, and to maintain a good relationship with The LEGO Group. Please don't post unauthorized images, even if you have seen them on another web site, or even if you are at an event where an exclusive is being shown.
Q: What is a draft?
A: A parts draft (or set draft, or just draft) is a process by which several people contribute parts (generally all by having bought the same set, though it can be done with combinations of similarly-sized sets) to a common pool, grouping the like elements into "lots", and then take turns choosing lots of the same element. (The term "draft" comes from sports teams drafting players, but in this case builders are drafting parts into their collections.) Generally the members of the draft must each have put in the same set or a collection of parts that all participants agree to be equivalent, then they draw numbers at random and begin drafting. This is most often done first-to-last then last-to-first. For example, if three people were involved in the draft, they might go in the order 1, 2, 3, then 3, 2, 1, then back to 1, 2, 3, and so on until all of the lots had been claimed. Minors must obtain parental consent before participating.
Q: What is a parts jambalaya?
A: A parts jambalaya (or just jambalaya) is a process by which several people agree to exchange parts in a free-form way. Generally an organizer and several other interested builders agree to do a jambalaya exchange with a certain theme such as castle parts, fantasy parts, landscaping parts, etc. The organizer then puts together a mixed collection of some elements from his or her collection and gives the collection to the next builder in a predetermined order. That builder then chooses a few parts from the collection, adds a few parts from his/her own collection of roughly equal or greater value to the other participants, and then passes the collection to the next builder in the order. The process repeats through all builders in the order, at which point the last builder sends the collection back to the organizer (who then gets a different collection of parts than he or she placed in the collection at the outset). Minors must obtain parental consent before participating.
Q: Wow, Drafts and Jambalayas sound cool! Can I host one, or do I have to ask permission first?
A: First and foremost, we want to make sure that the people who are hosting these events on our forum are trustworthy individuals, since the nature of the events usually requires sending them money, LEGOs, or both! In order to protect participants, hosts must have a +10 feedback rating on the Buy/Sell/Trade Feedback Thread in order to host a draft or jambalaya. Those with lower than +10 feedback must receive permission from a site administrator and may be denied or approved on a case-by-case basis.
(positive feedback can be attained by successfully participating in a draft or jambalaya hosted by someone else, or by successfully completing a trade with another member of the forum).