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Can I search the forum?

You can search for posts based on username, word(s) in the post or just in the subject, by date, and only in particular forums.

To access the search feature, click on the "search" link at the top of most pages.

You can search any forum that you have permission to search - you will not be allowed to search through private forums unless the administrator has given you the necessary security rights to do so.

How do I navigate the site?
We would like to welcome you to Local Race Chat! Our site is located in North Carolina, but you will find Racing news from all around us and hopefully we have what you are looking for. If we do not cover your area please let us know by clicking the 'Contact Us' link at the top of the forums. We will do whatever possible to help you out....

Our homepage is located at www.localracechat.com. Here you will see the most current news that has been posted in the Dirt Forums and Asphalt Forums, along with some News Archives below that. You will also find other info like the 10 most Recent Threads, How many users are online, and our current site sponsors.

Our forums are located at www.localracechat.com/forums

We like to think we have a very sophisticated site that gives you control of what you want to see, and how you want to get it. Here is a explanation of how to get around our site.

The first thing is our Main Links Bar located at the top of the forums under the banners.

The Main Links Bar gives you easy access to the main sections of our site.
  • Home(Our Main Home Page)
  • Forums(The Forums Home Page) {Here you will see all the forums we have on the site}
  • Links(This is where you will find links to other sites that have been submitted by other members and non members.) Feel free to add your favorite site too.
  • Photos(Our Photo Gallery) {This Gallery is for the members of Local Race Chat to post there photos for everyone to see}
  • Arcade(We have a unique arcade here for the Premium Members.) {If you would like to become a Premium Member click the Contact Us link and we will help you join the Premium Members.}
  • Chat Room(Any user that has Rookie Status or above can access the Chat Room) {Only takes 20 posts to get rid of that Rookie Status} NOTE: We ask that you do not make useless posts just to pad your count. Hang out with us and I promise you will find something to talk about...
  • Classifieds(A place to buy and sell right here) {Our Classifieds section is for members only and here you will be able to post your items for sale for free}
  • Advertise Here(This page shows our current rates to advertise on the site) {See we have nothing to hide}
  • Contact Us (Anytime you would like to Contact the Admins of the site, click there and fill in the fields.) We will help you out ASAP..
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The second thing I would like to tell you about is what we call the navbar, short for Navigation Bar

The Navbar is divided into 4 areas.

1. Top Links Bar (Area where we put extra links)
2. Bottom Links Bar (Common links for the members)
3. Welcome Box (The area where the mood changer is)
4. Breadcrumb (More on this below)

(*) I am not going to explain the Top Links bar to you, as you can just click on the links and they are pretty self explanatory.

(*) The welcome box gives you confirmation that you are logged in showing your user name, the time you last visited, the amount of Unread Pms and the total of all Pms in your Inbox. You can click the Private Messages text to go directly to your Inbox. It also tells you how many posts you have not read since the last time you visited. Just click the Unread Posts Link and the site will display them all for you. Read on and I will tell you how to reset this # to zero..

Bottom Links Explained

  • User CP {Click here to enter your User Control Panel} (We call it User CP for short) Here you can modify many options for the site.
  • Donate (If you like this site and would like to give a little to help with the costs, feel free to click this link.)
  • FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) { On this page we have listed FAQ's that members have asked. If you have a question be sure to ask it HERE in the Help forums. We will get you a answer or a member may know the answer}
  • Members List (Click here to see a list of our current registered members)
  • Calendar (During the race season members may post events for different tracks)
  • New Posts (Click this link to show all new posts)
  • Search (Click here to search the site. If you click the Advanced Search you will get more options and you can also search certain forums.)
  • Quick Links (See picture below)
  • Log Out (Just like it reads. Click this link and you will log out) After 15 mins of inactivity the site does this for you..;)

Ok here are the details on the Breadcrumb:
First. What the heck is a Breadcrumb?
The term �breadcrumb� derives its name from the Grimm�s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Hansel left a trail of breadcrumbs through the woods as a strategy to find his way back home. Since today�s internet user often has a need to navigate back through a website path, the cyber-version �breadcrumb trail� was named.

Think of it as a history of where you have been. Below are some example of what the Breadcrumb looks like as I click through the site. You can click on any text link to return to that page. You can also click on the navbits to refresh the page.

The Breadcrumb while on the Forums home Page

Here the breadcrumb is simple it tells you that you are on the Forums home, Local Race Chat. You can click the little Navbit to refresh the page.

Below is a picture of the Breadcrumb while viewing a thread.

Now here the text become links.
For example you can click the Local Race Chat text and it will take you back to the Forums Home Page.
Clicking the Dirt Forums text will take you to the forums under that Category.
Clicking the Dirt News/Results/Events will take you to that forum. Clicking the Navbit refreshes the page.

I hope this page helps you to understand the navigation of the site. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask..

Can I send email to other members?

Yes! To send an email to another member, you can either locate the member you want to contact on the member list, or click the button on any post made by that member.

This will usually open a page that contains a form where you can enter your message. When you have finished typing your message, press the [send email] button and your message will be sent instantly. Note that for privacy reasons, the email address of the recipient is not revealed to you during this process.

Note that if you can not find an email button or link for a member, it either means that the administrator has disabled email functions for this forum, or that the member in question has specified that they do not wish to receive email from other members of the forum.

Another useful email function is the ability to send a friend a link to a thread you think they may find interesting. Whenever you view a thread, you will find a link somewhere on the page which will allow you to send a brief message to anyone you like. Your referrerid is added to the link you send, so if your friend registers on this forum as a result of viewing the link you sent to them, your referrals total will automatically be credited!

Registered members may also be able to send messages to other members of this forum using the private messaging system. For more information about private messaging, click here.

What is Private Messaging?

If the administrator has enabled the Private Messaging system, registered members may send each other private messages.

Sending Private Messages

Private messages work a little like email, but are limited to registered members of this forum. You may be able to include vB Code, smilies and images in private messages that you send.

You may send a private message to a member of this forum by clicking the 'Send A Private Message' link in the private messaging section of your user control panel, or by clicking the button in a member's posts.

When you send a message, you have the option to save a copy of the message in your Sent Items folder.

Private Message Folders

By default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are the Inbox and the Sent Items folders.

The Inbox folder contains any new messages you receive, and allows you to view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent.

The Sent Items folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent, where you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference.

You may create additional folders for your messages by clicking the 'Edit Folders' link.

Each folder has a set of message controls which allow you to select messages, then either move them to one of your custom folders, or delete them completely. You may also have a button which allows you to forward multiple messages from a folder to another member of the forum.

You will need to periodically delete old messages, as the administrator has probably set a limit to the number of private messages you can have in your folders. If you exceed the number of messages specified by the administrator, you will not be able to send or receive new messages until you delete some old messages.

Whenever you read a message, you will have the option to reply to the message, or forward that message to another member of the forum. You may also have the ability to forward that message to multiple members of your buddy list.

Message Tracking

When you send a new private message, you may have the option to request a read-receipt for that message. This will allow you to check whether or not a message has been read by its recipient by viewing the Private Message Tracking page.

This page is divided into two sections: unread messages and read messages.

The unread messages section shows all messages that you have sent with a read-receipt request, that have not yet been read by their recipient.

The read messages section shows all messages you have sent with a receipt request that have been read and acknowledged by their recipient. The time that the message was read is also shown.

You may choose to end the tracking on any message you choose by selecting the message and clicking the [end tracking] button.

When you receive a message with a read-receipt request, you may have the option to read the message while denying the read-receipt request. To do this, simply click the 'deny receipt' link rather than the title of the message, if it appears.

How do I use the Member List?

The member list contains a complete list of all the registered members of this forum. You can view the member list ordered alphabetically by username, by the date that the member joined the forum, or by the number of posts the members have made.

The member list also has a search function, which allows you to quickly locate members according to categories you specify, such as searching for all members who have joined in the past week etc.

How do I use the calendar?

The calendar functions in a way similar to the forums in that there can be multiple calendars. One calendar could hold just events that you are able to see, while another may list birthdays.

There are two types of events on the calendar: normal events and recurring events.

Normal Events span the time frame from when the event starts until the event ends.

Recurring Events repeat over a set period of time based on certain criteria. Examples would be an event that occurs on the first Monday of every month and an event that occurs every Monday and Wednesday.

The administrator may have enabled registered members to post events, but usually this is not the case. You can most likely post your own private events that are only viewable to you.

Birthdays may be shown on the calendar if the administrator has enabled this feature. Your birthday will automatically be shown on the calendar if you have entered the date of your birthday in your profile. Note: if you do not enter the year of your birth when you edit your profile, your age will not be shown on the calendar.

If you enter your birthday, your name will also appear on the main forum page when it is your birthday.

What are announcements?

Announcements are special messages posted by the administrator or moderators. They are designed to be a simple one-way communication with the users. If you wish to discuss announcements, you will have to create a new thread in the forum, since you cannot reply to announcements.

How do I rate a thread?

You may find a small menu on thread pages which allows you to 'rate this thread' with a number between 1-5.

Casting a vote for threads you view is entirely optional, but if you think that the thread is superb, you might rate it as a 5-star thread, or if you think that it's unspeakably dismal, you might choose to rate the thread with a single star.

Once enough votes have been cast for the thread rating, you may see a set of stars appear with the title of the thread in the thread listings. These stars reflect the average vote cast, and can allow you to quickly see which threads are worth reading if you are on a very busy forum with a lot of threads.

What are referrals?

The administrator may have enabled referrals, which allows you to be credited for any new users you invite to the forum.

You gain referrals by promoting Local Race Chat using your unique referral link. The link you should use as your referral link is this:


Each time someone follows this link to Local Race Chat and registers as a new member, your referral count will be incremented by one. The number of referrals you have can be viewed in your profile.

Your administrator will have more information on any prizes or rewards that may be given out for referrals. Please be courteous when promoting Local Race Chat by not spamming other web sites with your referral link just to gain referrals.

What are the various thread display options?
When viewing a thread, you will be able to view the thread from a choice of four modes.

  1. Linear Mode (Oldest First) - In this mode, posts are displayed chronologically from oldest to newest. Posts are shown in a flat mode so that many posts can be viewed simultaneously.
  2. Linear Mode (Newest First) - This is the same as the above mode, except that posts are ordered in an opposite way (newest first).
  3. Threaded Mode - In this mode, a tree is shown along with every post. This tree allows you to see the relationship each post has to others, in terms of who responded to whom. Only one post is shown at a time.
  4. Hybrid Mode - This mode is a mixture of the linear and threaded modes. The post tree is displayed like in the threaded mode, but multiple posts are displayed simultaneously like in the linear modes.

Where can I find the RSS feed?

The administrator may have enabled RSS syndication, this allows you to view newly created threads in guest viewable forums without visiting the board.

The feeds are currently provided in two formats, RSS and RSS v2. The differences are as follows:

  • RSS 0.91 - This feed is based on a standard written by netscape and provides a link and the title of the thread.
  • RSS 2.0 - This feed contains title, author, date and the contents of the first post of the thread.

To add this to MyYahoo click here.

The forums to which this applies can also be limited to specific guest viewable forums by adding another parameter to the URL containing the forumids as follows:

If you would like the content to be generated for multiple forums you can separate the forumids by commas.

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