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Global Moderater Help Center
Your Global Moderator Status
A Global Moderator is an admin-like position. You have the ability to run moderator functions across all boards, and if the Administrator allows, you may be able edit some core settings of this YaBB community. You have been entrusted with the care and governance to ensure this growing community thrives.

For a more complete manual, please visit The YaBB Codex.
For support and troubleshooting, please visit YaBB's Support Community

Using the menu to your left, you may jump to any topic below to get a better overview of how to access your new abilities.


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Topic Functions
Deleting a Topic
If you feel a topic is inappropriate, in violation of the member agreement of this forum, causing a problem, or is simply out of place, you have ability to remove the topic or offending posts.
  • Method 1: Viewing the Topic
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the topic and locate your "Moderator Menu".
    • Click on the button titled "Delete".
    • A small popup will then ask you to confirm that you wish to remove this entire topic. Click "OK" to remove or "Cancel" to keep it.

  • Method 2A: Viewing the Message Index - If "Single-Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have a small checkbox. Check it by clicking on it. Repeat for each topic you wish to remove.
    • Once all the topics you want to remove are checked, locate a set of radio buttons titled "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Remove" and "Move To:". Click on the radio for "Remove".
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 2B: Viewing the Message Index - If "Multi-Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small checkboxs with icons above each one symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove". Check the box below the "Remove" icon for each topic you wish to remove.
    • If removing all topics, check the "Check All" box below all topics.
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 2C: Viewing the Message Index - If "Icon View" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small icons symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove".
    • Click the icon on the far right that symbolizes "Remove".

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Locking or Unlocking a Topic
When you feel a topic can no longer serve a good purpose or you would like to prevent others from adding new posts, the lock/unlock function will provide you with this ability.
  • Method 1: Viewing the Topic
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the topic and locate your "Moderator Menu".
    • Click on the button titled "Lock/Unlock"

  • Method 2A: Viewing the Message Index - If "Single-Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have a small check box. Check it by clicking on it. Repeat for each thread you wish to lock or unlock.
    • Locate a set of radio buttons titled "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Remove" and "Move To:" at the bottom of the message list. Click on the radio for "Lock/Unlock".
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 2B: Viewing the Message Index - If "Multi-Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small checkboxs with icons above each one symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove". Check the box below the "Lock/Unlock" icon for each topic you wish to lock or unlock.
    • If locking or unlocking all topics, check the "Check All" box below all topics.
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 2C: Viewing the Message Index - If "Icon View" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small icons symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove".
    • Click the icon on the far left that symbolizes "Lock/Unlock".

  • Method 3: Posting
    • When posting, there is a selection area that says "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", and "Hide". Select or unselect "Lock/Unlock". (Hold the control or apple key while clicking with your mouse to select more than one choice or to de-select.)
    • Post a message like normal. You may want to explain why the topic was locked.

  • Bypassing Locked Topics:
    • Administrators, Global Moderators, and Moderators may be granted permission to bypass the locking feature of a post, allowing them the ability to post in a thread that remains locked to all other users.
    • This permission is enabled by selecting the appropriate groups in the "Staff" tab found in the Admin Center/Forum Configuration/Forum Settings.

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Sticky a Topic
If you feel a topic is very important for everyone who visits the board you moderate, you may turn it into a "Sticky" topic. These topics will then be displayed on top of all other topics. A useful example would be for forum rules.
  • Method 1: Viewing the Topic
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the topic and locate your "Moderator Menu".
    • Click on the button titled "Sticky"

  • Method 2A: Viewing the Message Index - If "Single Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each topic, you will have a small check box. Check it by clicking on it. Repeat for each topic you wish to sticky.
    • Locate a set of radio buttons titled "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Remove" and "Move To:" at the bottom of the message list. Click on the radio for "Sticky".
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 2B: Viewing the Message Index - If "Multi-Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small checkboxs with icons above each one symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove". Check the box below the "Sticky" icon for each topic you wish to sticky.
    • If stickying all topics, check the "Check All" box below all topics.
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 2C: Viewing the Message Index - If "Icon View" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small icons symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove".
    • Click the second icon from the left that symbolizes "Sticky".

  • Method 3: Posting
    • When posting, there is a selection area that says "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", and "Hide". Select or unselect "Sticky". (Hold the control or apple key while clicking with your mouse to select more than one choice or to de-select.)
    • Post a message like normal. You may want to explain why the topic was made sticky.

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Hide a Topic
If you don't want to delete a topic but want to keep it invisible to normal users, you can hide it. Hidden topics can only be viewed by Administrators, Global Moderators, and the Moderators of that board.
  • Method 1A: Viewing the Message Index - If "Single Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each topic, you will have a small check box. Check it by clicking on it. Repeat for each topic you wish to hide.
    • Locate a set of radio buttons titled "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide" "Remove" and "Move To:" at the bottom of the message list. Click on the radio for "Hide".
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 1B: Viewing the Message Index - If "Multi-Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small checkboxs with icons above each one symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove". Check the box below the "Hide" icon for each topic you wish to Hide.
    • If hiding all topics, check the "Check All" box below all topics.
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 1C: Viewing the Message Index - If "Icon View" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small icons symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove".
    • Click the center icon that symbolizes "Hide".

  • Method 2: Posting
    • When posting, there is a selection area that says "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", and "Hide". Select or unselect "Hide". (Hold the control or apple key while clicking with your mouse to select more than one choice or to de-select.)
    • Post a message like normal.

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Move a Topic
If you don't want to delete a topic but you think it would fit better in another board, you can use this option to move the topic. This option will leave a message with a link in the listing of topics for the original board that says "This topic has been moved to (link to new board name) by (person who moved it)". This lets users who have posted in the topic know immediately where to find it, and a quick way to navigate there.
  • Method 1: Viewing the Topic
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the topic and locate your "Moderator Menu".
    • Click on the button titled "Move"

  • Method 2A: Viewing the Message Index - If "Single Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each topic, you will have a small check box. Check it by clicking on it. Repeat for each topic you wish to move.
    • Locate a set of radio buttons titled "Lock/Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide" "Remove" and "Move To:" at the bottom of the message list. Click on the radio for "Move to".
    • In the drop-down selection box to the right of the radio buttons, select the destination board you want to sent this topic to.
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down selection box.

  • Method 2B: Viewing the Message Index - If "Multi-Checkbox" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small checkboxs with icons above each one symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove". Check the box below the "Move" icon for each topic you wish to Move.
    • If moving all topics, check the "Check All" box below all topics.
    • In the drop-down selection box to the right of the radio buttons, select the destination board you want to sent this topic to.
    • Click the button titled "Go", next to the move drop-down box.

  • Method 2C: Viewing the Message Index - If "Icon View" enabled in Forum Settings/Staff
    • At the end of the row for each post, you will have 5 small icons symbolizing "Lock/;Unlock", "Sticky", "Hide", "Move" and "Remove".
    • Click the second icon from the right that symbolizes "Move".
    • Another screen will appear where you select the board you want to send your topic(s) to. Make your selection and click on the "Move" button.

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Post Actions
Modifying a Post
You now have the ability to edit any post on the board(s) you moderate. This function will help you fight spam, remove unwanted language, censor users, add additions and much more. In order to do so, follow the directions below:
  • Modifying a Post
    • Identify the post you wish to edit.
    • In that post, you will see a small menu with "Quote", "Modify" and "Delete". Click on the one  titled "Modifty".
    • You will then be given access to the edit page where you may make your changes. When you're done, press the button titled "Save".

Please note that a small line of text will show on the post stating that you have made an edit. As such, it is advised you also attach a reason to why you made the edit. This lets the admin, other moderators, the poster and the rest of the community know there was an issue. You can use the [edit][/edit] YaBBC tags to add a message about your edit.

This will appear as follows:

Edited:
I modified this post and this is why!

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Deleting a Post
If you believe a post is inappropriate, a violation of the User Agreement or does not belong, you have the option of removing it from the topic, without deleting the entire topic.
  • Deleting a Single Post
    • Identify the post you wish to delete.
    • In that post, you will see a small menu with "Quote", "Modify" and "Delete". Click on the one titled "Delete".
  • This will instantly remove the offending post.
  • If there are multiple posts to be removed inside of a single topic, follow these directions to remove them all at once:

    Note: Multi-Delete must be enabled in Admin Center/Forum Settings/Staff to have this option
  • Deleting Multiple Posts
    • Identify the posts you wish to delete.
    • In each post, next to the "Delete" button, click on the small check box.
    • Near the bottom of the page, past all the posts in that topic, you will find your Moderator Menu. Find and click the button titled "Delete Selected".
  • This will also instantly remove all posts that you have checked.

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Splitting a Topic
In the event that a conversation begins to drift away from the subject, you can maintain order on your board(s) by using the "Split" function. This enables you to move a post and all the posts under it, to a brand new topic where the conversation can continue.
  • Splitting a Post
    • Identify the post you wish to split into to a new topic.
    • In that post, you will see a small menu with "Quote, "Modify", "Split" and "Delete". Click on the one titled "Split". Note, this will not show on the first post of a topic.

This function will instantly move the post and all the posts under it to a brand new topic. The subject of the post you split is the new topic's subject.


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Adding a Poll
As a Moderator, you can now add polls to any topic if you feel one is needed. To do so, find the "Add Poll" button that's located next to the "Reply" button. Clicking it will bring you to the edit page where you can fill out the form to add a poll.
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