Southern Maryland Community Forums FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

Forum Rules, Guidelines, & Being Banned

The rules of our civilization and what happens to the habitual offenders.

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User Control Panel (usercp)

Everything about the options in your user control panel and how to use them.

Troubles Logging In -or- can't Post

If you are unable to post a new message, this could be due to one of several reasons:

  1. ACCOUNT NOT ACTIVATED: You may have just registered and not yet activated your account. Immediately after you registered, our system sent you an email message that contained a validation link. You must click this link to validate that the email address you used to registered is real and belongs to you. If you need a new activate email to be sent to you, click here.
  2. ACCOUNT NOT YET APPROVED: If you are a new user and you completed the validation process noted above, then you may still be in the queue for your new account to be review by one of our staff members. requires all new user accounts to be manually reviewed before you can post to the forum. This is required to prevent SPAM and ABUSE. We typically review and approve all new accounts within one day. You will be notified by email when this happens.
  3. ACCOUNT DISABLED: The administrator may have disabled your account because of infractions against the rules.
  4. INSUFFICIENT PRIVILEGES: Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?

If you can't seem to stay logged in, make sure that you are able to accept cookies from A symptom of not accepting cookies is that you will never have privs to make posts even if you just logged in.

To test your cookies, just click on the following link:

If the test says you FAIL, you will have to reconfigure your computer to make sure that you can accept our cookies. There are so many different computer configurations and utilities that block cookies, that it is impossible for us to offer specific solutions past this point.

If your cookes are fine and you can still not login, try clearing all your cookies by clicking here.

If you need to contact our staff for help with this issue, please open a support ticket at our help desk. (Clicking on this link will open a new browser window so you don't lose your place here.)

Images, Video, and Attachments

How to attach images, video, photos, and other files to forum posts, private messages, and your user profile.

Keep Your Email Address Updated!

Please keep your email address updated via your User Control Panel. If we received bounced email that indicates the address on file is no longer valid, we will disable your account until you contact us with a new address.

If you are using a FREE EMAIL system such as HotMail, Yahoo, or, you need to access your account periodically to keep it from automatically being disabled. You also need to enable the automated SPAM filters and ensure that they are set to automatically purge every few days. Otherwise, your mailbox will fill up, we will receive bounced messages, and we will in turn disable your forums account until you fix the problem.

WAP/Wireless Access

Using a cell phone or other wireless device and want to access the forums? We have just the thing for you. Just point your WML 1.1+ or XHTML-MP compliant browser/device to

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