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TheShow Questions and How-To’s

All-Star Games

Who gets to host the All-Star games in TheShow?
TheShow rewards the team that has the largest improvement in Wins from one season to the next with the honor of hosting the All-Star game in the following season.
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What benefits go to the General Manager of the team that hosts the All-Star game?
TheShow rewards the team that hosts the All-Star game with a $1,000,000 cash bonus for revenues for the All-Star game. This cash amount is added to the team’s cash value at the time the All-Star game is simmed. At the end of the previous season, this team was also awarded with 25 Incentive Points for having the largest Win Improvement over the previous season.
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Does the All-Star game really matter in TheShow, like it does in Real Life?
The league that wins the All-Star game does hold home-field advantage in the World Series in TheShow, just as in Real Life.
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Drafts

How does TheShow handle first-year player drafts?
TheShow’s First Year Players draft will be held on June 15th (in-game date). The draft will typically consist of 10-30 rounds. TheShow’s front office will try to keep adding players from the real Major League Baseball drafts, to maintain some similarity to the real thing, despite running multiple seasons during one season of the MLB schedule. TheShow uses GETCH Online Utilities Draft tool for managing the first few rounds of each first-year player draft. We have our game files set to generate the draft pool 75 days before the draft. This allows for the draft pool to be published around Opening Day. At the time that the draft pool is published, the Commissioner will create a temporary league folder in-game, copy over the current TheShow league files, and quick sim through to the end of the draft. He takes this list of drafted players to generate an easy listing of the entire draft order, as well as his list of players ranked in the Commish’s Top 5 section of the Draft Ticker. He then creates the Draft Ticker block and sets up the draft in the GETCH Online Utilities. The draft time is set to the specific per pick, with the CPU picking the best available player if the team’s draft time expires. Draft Timers are set with the first half of Round 1 being allowed 24 hours per pick. The second half of Round 1 is allowed 18 hours per pick. Round 2 is set to 12 hours per pick, and finally Rounds 3 and on are set to 8 hours per pick. General Managers are STRONGLY encouraged to create draft lists to ensure that if their selection comes up when they are not available that a player of their choosing is selected on their behalf. Selections are updated on the Draft Ticker block when the Commissioner is available to update the ticker. All General Managers are to rely on the GETCH Online Utilities Draft page for reminders as to when their next selection is like to come up, and for the deadlines of the current selections.
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Why am I missing a pick when I look at the draft order?
Did you recently sign a Compensation Eligible Free Agenct? If so, you likely lost your pick due to that signing. If you sign more than one, you will lose picks in later rounds as well.
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What are these ’Competitive Balance Draft Picks’ that I am seeing the Commissioner add to the draft?
In the MLB, in 2012 the first Competetive Balance Draft picks were added into the draft. These picks were added to help the smaller market teams remain competetive. TheShow will be adding 6 draft picks between rounds 2 and 3, as well as 6 more between 3 and 4. Those 12 teams will be chosen from random draw from the 15 teams that have the lowest combined ranking of market size, budget, and maybe even some owner personality traits if I can scrape those from the database the game generates. This means that eligible 3 teams will not get a CB Pick each season. Those three will be guaranteed a pick in the next years CB rounds.
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Why is this draft taking so long?
Not every General Manager is online as often as others. Some General Managers can only access the game and the website in the evenings or late nights. Some General Managers cannot access the website except for a few nights a week. Let’s face it, we all have different schedules. The draft will pick up and to encourage it to stay swift, all General Managers are STRONGLY encouraged to create draft lists, as set the game to use them.
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What happens if I missed my pick?
By default, the GETCH Online Utilities Draft is set up to switch a team over to Auto-Draft (meaning the CPU will make all selection immediately upon this team’s selection becoming due), if that team’s General Manager fails to make a selection before their time expires. This will ensure that if a General Manager has gone AWOL, the draft is not constantly being held up by this team. Currently the setting is for the CPU to assign the BEST available player to a team when they miss a selection. Future draft may find this setting changed to assign a lesser prospect if a General Manager failed to make a selection during their team’s time to pick. All General Managers are STRONGLY encouraged to create draft lists, as set the game to use them to ensure that this does not happen to them.
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How does TheShow handle the Rule 5 drafts?
TheShow’s Rule 5 Draft will be held in December each year. Teams will be notified via league sim schedule that they have to protect their players by a particular sim date. Any players noted on their Transactions Screen with a # are Rule 5 Draft eligible. If a team wants to protect any of these players, it is their responsibility to put these players on their 40-man roster. Unless otherwise advised, the Rule 5 Draft will be conducted via Private Messages on the website. Once the Rule 5 Draft has begun, and the Commissioner has emailed the league advising that he is now accepting Rule 5 Draft Requests, General Managerss wishing to claim players via the Rule 5 Draft should do the following:
  1. Make sure that they are aware that any player selected will be forced to remain on the team’s Major League Roster (25 man roster) as well as the 40-man secondary roster for the entire upcoming season. These players cannot be demoted to the minors.
  2. The General Manager should make sure that they have downloaded the most recent Updated League Files, to ensure that they have the most accurate draft pool listing.
  3. The General Manager should send the Commissioner a Private Message on the website with the following information:
    • The Subject of the Private Message should have the Team Name and "Rule 5 Draft List", such as "White Sox Rule 5 Draft List."
    • The body of the message should contain the following items:
      • Name and position of the player(s) the General Manager would like to select.
      • The total number of players from the submitted list that the GM would like selected (in other words, how many rounds of the draft the team will be selecting from). NOTE: The team must already have room on their 25 man and 40 man rosters before submitting the list. The Commissioner cannot and will not cut or demote players to make room for Rule 5 selections.
      • Any special instructions for their selections (for example: "If I get Player A in the first round, I will not need another player at that position, so do not draft any other players at Player A’s position." etc.)
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How do I know which players on my roster are draft eligible?
Any players noted on their Transactions Screen with a # are Rule 5 Draft eligible. This is a code that is displayed throughout the entire season on all Rule 5 Draft eligible players. Your team’s Transactions page can be accessed by selecting Organization Overview from the Transactions section of the Team Menu.
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When can I see the list of Rule 5 eligible players?
There is no way to foresee the Rule 5 draft pool inside your OOTP game until it is published just before the draft starts. The pool is published with the sim that takes us to the December 15th date. We have created a script that attempts to list players that would meet the criteria to become Rule 5 eligible, and have that list displayed in your My Team Portal on the website.
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What happens if I don’t want to keep a Rule 5 selected player during the year after I selected him?
If during the season, the General Manager who selected the player would like to get rid of the selected player, that General Manager should just release the player, in-game, as he would any other player. This will return the player to the original team’s minor league system. Returned players are do not continue to have a major league salary as long as they did not have a major league salary when they were claimed in the Rule 5 draft.
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What is TheShow’s stance on Draft Pick Compensation for lost Free Agents?
TheShow honors the decisions made during the real-life MLB’s 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement Rules. With these rules enabled, the following items took effect:
  • Type A & B Free Agent classifications are eliminated
  • Only players that spend the entire season with one team are eligible for compensation
  • A team that signs a compensation-eligible player forfeits its first round First Year Players Draft selection, unless the team selects in the top ten, in which case it forfiets its second highest selection
  • The above stated forfeited selection is lost, it does NOT get awarded to the player’s former team.
  • The player’s former team receives a selection in the supplemental round
  • Drafted players may only sign minor league contracts
  • Instead of the top 17% of players with two years of service being eligible for salary arbitration (the Super-Two’s) it is not the top 22%.
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Export issues

Why do my exports fail (Could not upload file. Error -201: Connect Error) when exporting?
Download the latest AccountsData_GM File saving it into your TheShow.lg/Settings folder.
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Why did the game not use the lineups or starters that I told it to use in my last export?
This is most likely due to having 7-DAY LINEUPS set to be used. To check this, go into your Lineups & Depth Charts option under the Management section of your Team Menu. Go to the 7-DAY LINEUPS tab and make sure that the option at the top of the right column for Use 7-day lineups is set to No, use normal lineups. If you were intending to use the 7-day lineups and your lineups or starters were still not used in the sim that they were intended to be used, did you double check to make sure that your export went through okay? Was your option for Use 7-day lineups is set to YES? Was your player tired, injured, or suspended? If these things all check out, please politely address this with the Commissioner.
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Why do I need to export each sim?
Exporting each sim will earn your team Incentive Points that can be used to better your team. These points are awarded as a way to encourage teams to stay active in the league. Exporting even without making changes not only earns your team Incentive Points, but it helps to affirm with the Commissioner that your team is still active.
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How many exports am I allowed to miss?
As many as you need, but it is not advisable to miss any. The Commissioner would prefer that every team export every sim, however if a team goes more than 5 sims without an export, they are to be issued a warning advising them to export or at least acknowledge that they wish to stay in the league. After 10 missed sims, without any communication, a team is considered vacant and that GM is likely going to be replaced.
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What if I am away and cannot access the game to make my export?
If your away time is planned, take a second to post in the General Managers’ Out of Office Notices forum thread. This will ensure that you at least get partial credit (Incentive Points) for that export missed. If you are suddenly unable to export and didn’t have time to post in the forums, you can send an email to the Commissioner or send a text message to him at (916) 426-6647 (9 - 1 ’OH, COMMISH’).
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Free Agency and Contract Extensions

When can I make offers to Free Agents?
Any time after the Rule 5 Draft has concluded and before the start of the playoffs.
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Is there anything special that I should know about before making Free Agent offers or offering contract extensions?
ABSOLUTELY! TheShow has implemented a key set of rules regarding Free Agent contracts as well as contract extensions. There are guidlines that MUST be met regarding the amount of money offered each year of a multi-year contract, the value of the buyouts a team can offer, and the value of the option years allowed. See the Contracts Section of the Rules page for these rules and guidelines. All General Managers should pay special attention to the Contract Incentive Rules as the penalties can become harsh if broken.
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GETCH Online Utilities

What are GETCH Online Utilities?
GETCH is the username of a popular poster on the OOTP Development boards. He happens to be a very successful and intelligent perl developer. He wrote a series of tools that are used by many online OOTP leagues to use along side with the features that OOTP provides. His tools enhance the online experience of online OOTP leagues in many ways. As of version 5.0.5, there are utilities for All-Star voting, Post Season Awards, Player Development Tracking, Run live online drafts with pick timers and allowing draft pick trading, export tracking, Hall Of Fame Voting, Last Sim statistics, Live Sim broadcasting (different from the OOTP Real-Time Simulation), Manager pages, and Player Rating pages. TheShow uses all of these tools in one way or another, except the GETCH Online Utility for Export Tracking, as we have our own Export Trackers.
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Why does TheShow use GETCH Online Utilities?
TheShow has used GETCH’s tools since GETCH started writing them. There is no preference over any other utilities, other than this is the one that TheShow has always used. TheShow Commissioner become accustommed to using the GETCH Online Utilities and that is the only reason why we are loyal to GETCH’s tools over any other.
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How do I log into the GETCH Online Utilities?
Any link to the GETCH Online Utilities will work to allow general read-only access to the pages. However more features are unlocked by logging into the tool using the login link at the top right of the pages. If this is the first time logging into the GETCH utilities, the initial password may still be set to the default password of baseball which will need to be changed as soon as possible. See the next help topic for instructions on how to change these passwords.
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How do I change my password for the GETCH Online Utilities?
Log in using your current password for the GETCH Online Utilities. This password is not tied to your in-game password or your website password in that it doesn’t get changed when you change one of those. You can set it to the same password that you use for either of those systems, but it is not directly linked. Once logged in, click the link for Profile at the top (where the login link just was before logging in). From the Profile screen, there are options to change your password, provide alternate contact names and email addresses, and even change the default views.
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How do I set up a draft list in the Draft section of the GETCH Online Utilities?
Once logged in to the GETCH Online Utilities, go to the Draft link at the top. If the draft is enabled, this will take you to a page that is divided in two sections. The top section shows your Preferences, current draft list, display criteria guidelines, and previous selections. The lower section shows you all of the players sorted using the currently set Display criteria, which is set in the Display section at the top. You can either view only batters or pitchers at one time. When you make a change to veiw the other player type, or if you want to change the sort order of the displayed players, you must click the Apply button to reload the list at the bottom. Use the to add a player to your list. The player should immediately appear in the Draft Lists section of the top portion of the website. Once you have multiple players in your Draft List you can then use the and to change the order of the players in your Draft List. You can also remove a player from your list by clicking the button. Once you have your Draft List set, double check your Preferences settings. Here is an explanation each of the settings under Preferences
  • Auto-draft: Selecting this means that whenever your team is on the clock, the pick will be automatically made using the GETCH Online Utilities AI. It will completely ignore any players on the person’s list
  • Auto-draft using draft List: Selecting this means that whenever your team is on the clock, the pick will be automatically made using the top player on the Draft List
  • Use List if time expires: Selecting this means that whenever your team is on the clock, the pick will not automatically made, giving you time to make your own decision, however if you do not make your selection yourself and the time expires for your selection, it will select the top player from the Draft List
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Incentive Points

Why does TheShow have an Incentive Points program?
To encourage as much participation as possible TheShow’s staff has come up with an Incentive Plan that encourages active participation in-game as well as on the website. TheShow General Managers can earn incentive points from doing various simple tasks such as exporting regularly or writing new articles in the Beat Writer Reports forum thread. The General Managers can accumulate points throughout the season and off season, and even carry over points from season to season, then spend them in the preseasons. Incentive Points can be spent on improving their team’s financial situation, improving a player’s skills, improving their team’s market size, or fan loyalty. Incentive Points can even be used to terminate or breach the remaining years of a player’s bad contract. The Incentive Points plan, how general managers can earn Incentive Points (IP’s), how general managers can spend their IP’s, as well as how many points each team current has and has earned during the current season can be viewed on the Incentive Points page.
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Where can I see how many incentive points my team currently has?
Be clicking Here.
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Can I trade my incentive points?
No. Incentive Points cannot be traded.
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How do I use my incentive points?
Read the section of the Incentive Points page. Please move cursor over the plan to see a pop-up that describes the plan, it’s cost, usage restrictions, real world comparison, and notes about how it is processed. Some important items to remember:
  • You can only use one Platinum and/or one Gold plan(s) each off season.
  • You can use two Silver plans each off season, including two of the same plan, as long as it is not on the same player.
  • The 125 Incentive Point Gold Plan only increases a player’s actual ratings UP TO the player’s talent ratings, and will not touch the talent ratings. So a pitcher currently at 15/13/14 with a talent of 17/13/14 will only get increased to 16/13/14. This is in contrast to the silver plans that increase one skill of a player, where the still will be increased one point, if that point pushes it higher than the talent, the talent is increased as well. If the player is not already at their talent level, the actual rating is increased, but nothing happens to the talent level.
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When can I use my incentive points?
Incentive Points Spending is allowed only during the Spring Training sims and up to the start of the Opening Day sim.
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Why do some teams seem to earn so many more incentive points than my team does?
A break down of how each team has earned the points that they have can be viewed on the Incentive Points page’s Current IPs section. The teams that accumulate the most IPs are usually the teams that are most active, as well as those that write articles on the website. But since points are also awarded for players getting monthly awards and All-Star game notifications, teams that put forth the best players are usually rewarded with more IP’s.
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Why does TheShow reward teams that have better players with more IP’s?
As stated in the previous topic, teams that put forth rosters with the best players, do tend to earn more IP’s that those that are constantly rebuilding. This is to encourage teams to try harder to compete, even if they aren’t going to win their division. Keeping a few players that are capable of winning some monthly awards and earning All-Star roster spots could be better for a rebuilding team than selling all talent for prospects.
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In-game questions

How do I change the password from the one that the Commissioner initially provided me?
Once you log into the game with the initial password, and ensure that your league files are up-to-date, a general manager can go to the Manager Menu and select Manager Options from the basic section. At the bottom of tihs page is an option to Change Password.
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How do I make sure my game files are up-to-date with what the Commissioner is simming from?
After each sim, the commissioner updates the League Files block located on the right-hand side of the Portal page of the website. One area that is updated after each sim is the League Date. The league date is the in-game date that TheShow is currently on. If your in-game date does not match this League Date listed on the website, you need to update your game files.
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How do I update my game files?
The website’s Downloads Page has instructions for getting files updated initially when a new General Manager is initially starting with TheShow or of an existing General Manager has file issues. Regardless, there are two methods to update in-game files. You can update your files in-game, using the Loan Online League File option under the Game menu inside the game. Otherwise you can manually update the files, by closing out TheShow’s files in-game (by closing the game or loading another league’s files or a single player game), then downloading the Update Files linked in the League Files block on the front page of the website and on the Downloads Page. The downloaded files need to be extracted into the game’s Saved_Games/TheShow.lg folder, using a compressed file extraction tool, such as WinZip, 7Zip, or WinRar.
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How do I claim a player on waivers?
In-game the players currently out on waivers are found using the Waiver Wire link found in the Transactions section of the League Menu. You can right-click on a player in the listing view and select Claim Player or you can view the players profile in-game and then select Claim Player under the Actions menu at the bottom of the screen. Once you have placed a claim on a player, you must return to one of your team pages that allows the exporting option and export your team via FTP, so that your export will contain your waiver claim. Please remember the rules for claiming players are the same as in real-life. See the next help topic for an explanation.
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Why was my waiver claim rejected?
TheShow honors the MLB’s guidelines on waiver claims from multiple teams. Claims for a waived player are ’on hold’ until the end of the waiver period. That is, waiver claims are not on a first-come, first-served basis. The game takes note of all the teams claiming a certain player and processes those claims once the waiver period has ended. If more than one club in the same sub-league (AL or NL) claims a player, the club currently lower in the standings gets the player. (If fewer than 31 days have passed in the current season, then last season’s won-lost records are used for this purpose.)
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Where can I find the manual for the game?
The OOTP 15 Online Manual can be found here.
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What settings does TheShow use in-game?
Instead of trying to type out each individual setting at this time, TheShow is providing screenshots of the league’s settings and setup variables.

Global Setup : Player & Picture Options : AI Options : Rules : Financials : Options : Players : Historical : Stats & AI
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Simulations

When are the simulations run for TheShow?
TheShow has a regular simulation schedule that features sims being run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday days at 12pm (Noon) Eastern Time. The simulation schedule can actually be found on the Sim Schedule Page.
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How many games/days are simulated each time a sim is run?
Once the season starts, the simulations are from Sunday to Saturday for the week that is being simulated.
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What is a Real-Time Simulation?
The Real-Time Simulation mode (RTS) is an alternative way to simulate games in OOTP 15. This allows games to be simulated in a real-life style where games started in the order of their scheduled first pitches, and can be watched as if watching the statistics of all games being played live. During a RTS style sim, General Managers can watch the RTS from this link. This site refreshes automatically giving teams the ability to view their games in a nearly real-time simulation style.
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When does TheShow use the Real-Time Simulation mode to simulate games?
The Real-Time Simulation mode (RTS) is used during special events and shorter sims only. Since the RTS sims make simulations last longer (sometimes up to 25 minutes for one day of games, simulating seven days worth of games in this mode would make simulations take too long. It was decided upon (in a 2012 league vote) to only use the RTS style sims for Opening Day sims, All-Star game sims, one-game playoffs, and all Play-off sims. The only time that Opening Day sims will be run would be when opening day falls on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, to keep that initial RTS sim to only be at maximum four days worth of games.
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What is the agenda of events that the Commissioner goes through for each simulation?
On normal (non-Real-Time Simulation) sims, the schedule looks like this:
  • 1st - Update Human GM Names: Only done when General Managers leave or join or are replaced. General Managers are added to the game files before the sim starts.
  • 2nd - Import Team’s Exports: Importing the exported files that contain the changes that the General Managers have made to their organization
  • 3rd - Simulate days: TheShow simulates 7 days a week each spring training and the regular season. Play-offs are simulated as two sims per Play-off round. Off-season and Pre-season sims simulate anywhere from 3-20 days to progress free agency and the off season in a fair but timely manner.
  • 4th - Process IP Spendings: This is run at the end of the Spring Training Sims, with the only exception being on the Opening Day sim, it is processed before any games are simulated.
  • 5th - Process Trades: Any trades posted and confirmed in the Complete Trades forum are processed at the end of the sim. Trades are only processed from the end of the Rule 5 draft sim until the following season’s trade deadline. The only exception would be with waiver trades, which must be processed before the start of the post season.
  • 6th - Create and Upload .csv files: The .csv files are the files that the GETCH Online Utilities use to generate the data in their tools.
  • 7th - Create the Update League Files: The game creates the file and uploads it to the server for the General Managers to download before making their next export.
  • 8th - Email the post-sim league-wide email: This is the email that goes to all the teams advising that the update files are posted and available for download.
  • 9th - Generate HTML Reports: The HTML reports in TheShow are more detailed than other leagues due to the large amount of web storage and higher than usual bandwidth that the Commissioner has at home. Because of this higher detail the HTML reports that the game generates takes far longer to complete than most. Most sim periods’ HTML reports take about 4 to 6 hours to generate. Because of this, the reports are started after the simulation, and then they are uploaded to the website the following day.
On Real-Time Simulation Sims, the schedule will look like this:
  • 1st - Update Human GM Names: Only done when General Managers leave or join or are replaced. General Managers are added to the game files before the sim starts.
  • 2nd - Import Team’s Exports: Importing the exported files that contain the changes that the General Managers have made to their organization
  • 3rd - Start the RTS: The end date is set and then the RTS is started and the simulation speed is set to a factor of 20. The commissioner will monitor the RTS while the simulation is running to ensure that any pop ups are addressed keeping the simulation moving.
  • 4th - Process IP Spendings: This is run at the end of the Spring Training Sims, with the only exception being on the Opening Day sim, it is processed before any games are simulated.
  • 5th - Process Trades: Any trades posted and confirmed in the Complete Trades forum are processed at the end of the sim. Trades are only processed from the end of the Rule 5 draft sim until the following season’s trade deadline. The only exception would be with waiver trades, which must be processed before the start of the post season.
  • 6th - Create and Upload .csv files: The .csv files are the files that the GETCH Online Utilities use to generate the data in their tools.
  • 7th - Create the Update League Files: The game creates the file and uploads it to the server for the General Managers to download before making their next export.
  • 8th - Email the post-sim league-wide email: This is the email that goes to all the teams advising that the update files are posted and available for download.
  • 9th - Generate HTML Reports: The HTML reports in TheShow are more detailed than other leagues due to the large amount of web storage and higher than usual bandwidth that the Commissioner has at home. Because of this higher detail the HTML reports that the game generates takes far longer to complete than most. Most sim periods’ HTML reports take about 4 to 6 hours to generate. Because of this, the reports are started after the simulation, and then they are uploaded to the website the following day.
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TheShow and social networks

Is TheShow accessible on Twitter and Facebook?
Yes, you can keep up with TheShow on both Twitter and Facebook. You can to get updates in your Twitter feed. You can view TheShowCommish’s Twitter page to see the recent posts. In the same regard you can send a Facebook Friend Request to TheShow Commish to receive updates that are feed from TheShowCommish’s Twitter feed, that publishes to Facebook.
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How can I get my Tweets to show up on the top bar at the bottom of TheShow’s website?
You can tweet with the hashtag #TheShowOOTP and hopefully the Twitter API will see that tweet and the widget that TheShow is using in the website will pull the tweet and display it. For some reason not all tweets display when that hashtag is used. From what I can tell, overuse of a URL in tweets will cause the API to start ignoring the tweets. The top bar is actually displaying all tweets that mention that hashtag as well as any tweets that are sent from the TheShowCommish account.

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Trades

When are trades allowed?
Teams are allowed to trade with other teams at any time from the end of the Rule 5 Draft through to the following season’s trade deadline. All trades must be posted and confirmed by both teams prior to the trade being processed in-game. All trades are subject to veto by the league’s front office. If the trade does not appear to be fair and balanced, TheShow’s commissioner will ask assistant commissioners to analyse the trade before asking the teams involved to justify the trade. All trades are processed at the end of each sim unless otherwise stated in emails.
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Why am I not allowed to make trades before the Rule 5 draft?
Because players that are traded go to the team’s DFA list. Any players that are on the DFA list are Rule 5 draft eligible. Since some General Managers make trades but forgot to export right afterwards, especially during post-seasons that their teams are not involved with, sometimes players get left on DFA lists for far too long and those players become Rule 5 Draft eligible. As a rule, we have just never allowed trades from after the posted deadlines until the Rule 5 draft has concluded. Trades may be posted in the forums for completed trades before this point, but they will not be processed until after.
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Am I allowed to trade injured players?
Yes, injured players are allowed to be traded. The only cause for hesitation is when a player was injured during the sim that the trade was about to be processed (since trades are processed at the end of sims). When this occurs, it is the Commissioner’s discretion as to whether on not to process the trade with the injured player, based upon the timing and severity of the injury.
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Can we trade draft picks?
Some. Any draft picks from round three through thirty are able to be traded at any time. The trading of first and second round selections, as well as the supplemental selections awarded for Free Agent Compensation, is not allowed.
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Can we trade recently drafted players?
No. Once the draft occurs in-game, and the drafted players is on your roster in-game, the players are not able to be traded until the next season’s draft has concluded. So if the live draft is going on, you can trade a player you selected, as the draft still has yet to occur in-game. You are still theoretically trading the pick, not the player.
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How do we make Waiver Trades?
TheShow also allows the trading of players after the trade deadline, utilizing the waiver wires. If two teams wish to attempt a waiver trade after the trade deadline has passed, both teams would be required to send a Private Message on the website to the Commissioner with the complete details of the trade that is agreed upon.

Some notes about waiver trades:
  • If another team claims one player involved in the trade, the trade is nullified and all players involved are removed from the Waiver Wire.
  • Any players involved in the trade currently on that team’s 40-man roster are placed on the Waiver Wire.
  • Waiver trades are difficult to pull off when quality players or prospects are involved, unless the the players have higher salaries.
  • Waiver trades can more easily be made as a player for cash or a player for draft picks.
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Website and Forums ?’s and How-To’s

Website Login and Registration Issues

Why can’t I login?
There are several reasons why this could occur. First, ensure your username and password are correct. If they are, contact the board owner to make sure you haven’t been banned. It is also possible the website owner has a configuration error on their end, and they would need to fix it.
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Why do I need to register at all?
You may not have to, it is up to the administrator of the board as to whether you need to register in order to post messages. However; registration will give you access to additional features not available to guest users such as definable avatar images, private messaging, emailing of fellow users, usergroup subscription, etc. It only takes a few moments to register so it is recommended you do so.
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Why do I get logged off automatically?
If you do not check the Log me in automatically box when you login, the board will only keep you logged in for a preset time. This prevents misuse of your account by anyone else. To stay logged in, check the box during login. This is not recommended if you access the board from a shared computer, e.g. library, internet cafe, university computer lab, etc. If you do not see this checkbox, it means the board administrator has disabled this feature.
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How do I prevent my username appearing in the online user listings?
Within your User Control Panel, under “Board preferences”, you will find the option Hide your online status. Enable this option with Yes and you will only appear to the administrators, moderators and yourself. You will be counted as a hidden user.
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I’ve lost my password!
Don’t panic! While your password cannot be retrieved, it can easily be reset. Visit the login page and click I’ve forgotten my password. Follow the instructions and you should be able to log in again shortly.
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I registered but cannot login!
First, check your username and password. If they are correct, then one of two things may have happened. If COPPA support is enabled and you specified being under 13 years old during registration, you will have to follow the instructions you received. Some boards will also require new registrations to be activated, either by yourself or by an administrator before you can logon; this information was present during registration. If you were sent an e-mail, follow the instructions. If you did not receive an e-mail, you may have provided an incorrect e-mail address or the e-mail may have been picked up by a spam filer. If you are sure the e-mail address you provided is correct, try contacting an administrator.
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I registered in the past but cannot login any more?!
It is possible an administrator has deactivated or deleted your account for some reason. Also, many boards periodically remove users who have not posted for a long time to reduce the size of the database. If this has happened, try registering again and being more involved in discussions.
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What is COPPA?
COPPA, or the Child Online Privacy and Protection Act of 1998, is a law in the United States requiring websites which can potentially collect information from minors under the age of 13 to have written parental consent or some other method of legal guardian acknowledgment, allowing the collection of personally identifiable information from a minor under the age of 13. If you are unsure if this applies to you as someone trying to register or to the website you are trying to register on, contact legal counsel for assistance. Please note that the phpBB Group cannot provide legal advice and is not a point of contact for legal concerns of any kind, except as outlined below.
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Why can’t I register?
It is possible the website owner has banned your IP address or disallowed the username you are attempting to register. The website owner could have also disabled registration to prevent new visitors from signing up. Contact a board administrator for assistance.
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What does the “Delete all board cookies” do?
“Delete all board cookies” deletes the cookies created by phpBB which keep you authenticated and logged into the board. It also provides functions such as read tracking if they have been enabled by the board owner. If you are having login or logout problems, deleting board cookies may help.
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Website and Forum User Preferences and settings

How do I change my settings?
If you are a registered user, all your settings are stored in the board database. To alter them, visit your User Control Panel; a link can usually be found at the top of board pages. This system will allow you to change all your settings and preferences.
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How do I change my website username, website password, or email address tied to the website?
When logged in, you can access the "User Control Panel" at the top of the website pages. From here, click on the tab for ’Profile’ and then select ’Edit account settings’ from the left. You now have the ability to change your username, password, and email address tied to the website account.
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The times are not correct!
It is possible the time displayed is from a timezone different from the one you are in. If this is the case, visit your User Control Panel and change your timezone to match your particular area, e.g. London, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. Please note that changing the timezone, like most settings, can only be done by registered users. If you are not registered, this is a good time to do so.
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I changed the timezone and the time is still wrong!
If you are sure you have set the timezone and Summer Time/DST correctly and the time is still incorrect, then the time stored on the server clock is incorrect. Please notify an administrator to correct the problem.
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My language is not in the list!
Either the administrator has not installed your language or nobody has translated this board into your language. Try asking the board administrator if they can install the language pack you need. If the language pack does not exist, feel free to create a new translation. More information can be found at the phpBB website (see link at the bottom of board pages).
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How do I show an image along with my username?
There are two images which may appear along with a username when viewing posts. One of them may be an image associated with your rank, generally in the form of stars, blocks or dots, indicating how many posts you have made or your status on the board. Another, usually a larger image, is known as an avatar and is generally unique or personal to each user. It is up to the board administrator to enable avatars and to choose the way in which avatars can be made available. If you are unable to use avatars, contact a board administrator and ask them for their reasons.
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What is my rank and how do I change it?
Ranks, which appear below your username, indicate the number of posts you have made or identify certain users, e.g. moderators and administrators. In general, you cannot directly change the wording of any board ranks as they are set by the board administrator. Please do not abuse the board by posting unnecessarily just to increase your rank. Most boards will not tolerate this and the moderator or administrator will simply lower your post count.
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When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to login?
Only registered users can send e-mail to other users via the built-in e-mail form, and only if the administrator has enabled this feature. This is to prevent malicious use of the e-mail system by anonymous users.
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Forum Posting Issues

How do I post a topic in a forum?
To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You may need to register before you can post a message. A list of your permissions in each forum is available at the bottom of the forum and topic screens. Example: You can post new topics, You can vote in polls, etc.
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How do I edit or delete a post?
Unless you are a board administrator or moderator, you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post by clicking the edit button for the relevant post, sometimes for only a limited time after the post was made. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic which lists the number of times you edited it along with the date and time. This will only appear if someone has made a reply; it will not appear if a moderator or administrator edited the post, though they may leave a note as to why they’ve edited the post at their own discretion. Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.
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How do I add a signature to my post?
To add a signature to a post you must first create one via your User Control Panel. Once created, you can check the Attach a signature box on the posting form to add your signature. You can also add a signature by default to all your posts by checking the appropriate radio button in your profile. If you do so, you can still prevent a signature being added to individual posts by un-checking the add signature box within the posting form.
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How do I create a poll?
When posting a new topic or editing the first post of a topic, click the “Poll creation” tab below the main posting form; if you cannot see this, you do not have appropriate permissions to create polls. Enter a title and at least two options in the appropriate fields, making sure each option is on a separate line in the textarea. You can also set the number of options users may select during voting under “Options per user”, a time limit in days for the poll (0 for infinite duration) and lastly the option to allow users to amend their votes.
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Why can’t I add more poll options?
The limit for poll options is set by the board administrator. If you feel you need to add more options to your poll than the allowed amount, contact the board administrator.
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How do I edit or delete a poll?
As with posts, polls can only be edited by the original poster, a moderator or an administrator. To edit a poll, click to edit the first post in the topic; this always has the poll associated with it. If no one has cast a vote, users can delete the poll or edit any poll option. However, if members have already placed votes, only moderators or administrators can edit or delete it. This prevents the poll’s options from being changed mid-way through a poll.
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Why can’t I access a forum?
Some forums may be limited to certain users or groups. To view, read, post or perform another action you may need special permissions. Contact a moderator or board administrator to grant you access.
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Why can’t I add attachments?
Attachment permissions are granted on a per forum, per group, or per user basis. The board administrator may not have allowed attachments to be added for the specific forum you are posting in, or perhaps only certain groups can post attachments. Contact the board administrator if you are unsure about why you are unable to add attachments.
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Why did I receive a warning?
Each board administrator has their own set of rules for their site. If you have broken a rule, you may be issued a warning. Please note that this is the board administrator’s decision, and the phpBB Group has nothing to do with the warnings on the given site. Contact the board administrator if you are unsure about why you were issued a warning.
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How can I report posts to a moderator?
If the board administrator has allowed it, you should see a button for reporting posts next to the post you wish to report. Clicking this will walk you through the steps necessary to report the post.
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What is the “Save” button for in topic posting?
This allows you to save passages to be completed and submitted at a later date. To reload a saved passage, visit the User Control Panel.
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Why does my post need to be approved?
The board administrator may have decided that posts in the forum you are posting to require review before submission. It is also possible that the administrator has placed you in a group of users whose posts require review before submission. Please contact the board administrator for further details.
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How do I bump my topic?
By clicking the “Bump topic” link when you are viewing it, you can “bump” the topic to the top of the forum on the first page. However, if you do not see this, then topic bumping may be disabled or the time allowance between bumps has not yet been reached. It is also possible to bump the topic simply by replying to it, however, be sure to follow the board rules when doing so.
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Forum Post Formatting and Topic Types

What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML, offering great formatting control on particular objects in a post. The use of BBCode is granted by the administrator, but it can also be disabled on a per post basis from the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML, but tags are enclosed in square brackets [ and ] rather than < and >. For more information on BBCode see the guide which can be accessed from the posting page.
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Can I use HTML?
No. It is not possible to post HTML on this board and have it rendered as HTML. Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using BBCode instead.
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What are Smilies?
Smilies, or Emoticons, are small images which can be used to express a feeling using a short code, e.g. :) denotes happy, while :( denotes sad. The full list of emoticons can be seen in the posting form. Try not to overuse smilies, however, as they can quickly render a post unreadable and a moderator may edit them out or remove the post altogether. The board administrator may also have set a limit to the number of smilies you may use within a post.
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Can I post images?
Yes, images can be shown in your posts. If the administrator has allowed attachments, you may be able to upload the image to the board. Otherwise, you must link to an image stored on a publicly accessible web server, e.g. http://www.example.com/my-picture.gif. You cannot link to pictures stored on your own PC (unless it is a publicly accessible server) nor images stored behind authentication mechanisms, e.g. hotmail or yahoo mailboxes, password protected sites, etc. To display the image use the BBCode [img] tag.
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What are global announcements?
Global announcements contain important information and you should read them whenever possible. They will appear at the top of every forum and within your User Control Panel. Global announcement permissions are granted by the board administrator.
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What are announcements?
Announcements often contain important information for the forum you are currently reading and you should read them whenever possible. Announcements appear at the top of every page in the forum to which they are posted. As with global announcements, announcement permissions are granted by the board administrator.
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What are sticky topics?
Sticky topics within the forum appear below announcements and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. As with announcements and global announcements, sticky topic permissions are granted by the board administrator.
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What are locked topics?
Locked topics are topics where users can no longer reply and any poll it contained was automatically ended. Topics may be locked for many reasons and were set this way by either the forum moderator or board administrator. You may also be able to lock your own topics depending on the permissions you are granted by the board administrator.
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What are topic icons?
Topic icons are author chosen images associated with posts to indicate their content. The ability to use topic icons depends on the permissions set by the board administrator.
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Website and Forum User Levels and Groups

What are Administrators?
Administrators are members assigned with the highest level of control over the entire board. These members can control all facets of board operation, including setting permissions, banning users, creating usergroups or moderators, etc., dependent upon the board founder and what permissions he or she has given the other administrators. They may also have full moderator capabilities in all forums, depending on the settings put forth by the board founder.
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What are Moderators?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
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What are usergroups?
Usergroups are groups of users that divide the community into manageable sections board administrators can work with. Each user can belong to several groups and each group can be assigned individual permissions. This provides an easy way for administrators to change permissions for many users at once, such as changing moderator permissions or granting users access to a private forum.
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Where are the usergroups and how do I join one?
You can view all usergroups via the “Usergroups” link within your User Control Panel. If you would like to join one, proceed by clicking the appropriate button. Not all groups have open access, however. Some may require approval to join, some may be closed and some may even have hidden memberships. If the group is open, you can join it by clicking the appropriate button. If a group requires approval to join you may request to join by clicking the appropriate button. The user group leader will need to approve your request and may ask why you want to join the group. Please do not harass a group leader if they reject your request; they will have their reasons.
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How do I become a usergroup leader?
A usergroup leader is usually assigned when usergroups are initially created by a board administrator. If you are interested in creating a usergroup, your first point of contact should be an administrator; try sending a private message.
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Why do some usergroups appear in a different colour?
It is possible for the board administrator to assign a colour to the members of a usergroup to make it easy to identify the members of this group.
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What is a “Default usergroup”?
If you are a member of more than one usergroup, your default is used to determine which group colour and group rank should be shown for you by default. The board administrator may grant you permission to change your default usergroup via your User Control Panel.
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What is “The team” link?
This page provides you with a list of board staff, including board administrators and moderators and other details such as the forums they moderate.
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Website Private Messaging

I cannot send private messages!
There are three reasons for this; you are not registered and/or not logged on, the board administrator has disabled private messaging for the entire board, or the board administrator has prevented you from sending messages. Contact a board administrator for more information.
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I keep getting unwanted private messages!
You can block a user from sending you private messages by using message rules within your User Control Panel. If you are receiving abusive private messages from a particular user, inform a board administrator; they have the power to prevent a user from sending private messages.
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I have received a spamming or abusive e-mail from someone on this board!
We are sorry to hear that. The e-mail form feature of this board includes safeguards to try and track users who send such posts, so e-mail the board administrator with a full copy of the e-mail you received. It is very important that this includes the headers that contain the details of the user that sent the e-mail. The board administrator can then take action.
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Searching the Forums

How can I search a forum or forums?
Enter a search term in the search box located on the index, forum or topic pages. Advanced search can be accessed by clicking the “Advance Search” link which is available on all pages on the forum. How to access the search may depend on the style used.
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Why does my search return no results?
Your search was probably too vague and included many common terms which are not indexed by phpBB3. Be more specific and use the options available within Advanced search.
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Why does my search return a blank page!?
Your search returned too many results for the webserver to handle. Use “Advanced search” and be more specific in the terms used and forums that are to be searched.
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How do I search for members?
Visit to the “Members” page and click the “Find a member” link.
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How can I find my own posts and topics?
Your own posts can be retrieved either by clicking the “Search user’s posts” within the User Control Panel or via your own profile page. To search for your topics, use the Advanced search page and fill in the various options appropriately.
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Topic Subscriptions and Bookmarks

What is the difference between bookmarking and subscribing?
Bookmarking in phpBB3 is much like bookmarking in your web browser. You aren’t alerted when there’s an update, but you can come back to the topic later. Subscribing, however, will notify you when there is an update to the topic or forum on the board via your preferred method or methods.
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How do I subscribe to specific forums or topics?
To subscribe to a specific forum, click the “Subscribe forum” link upon entering the forum. To subscribe to a topic, reply to the topic with the subscribe checkbox checked or click the “Subscribe topic” link within the topic itself.
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How do I remove my subscriptions?
To remove your subscriptions, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to your subscriptions.
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Forum Post Attachments

What attachments are allowed on this board?
Each board administrator can allow or disallow certain attachment types. If you are unsure what is allowed to be uploaded, contact the board administrator for assistance.
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How do I find all my attachments?
To find your list of attachments that you have uploaded, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to the attachments section.
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