Have you ever thought your posts looked a little… plain? Here’s a quick guide to formatting your text that’s bound to spice it up a little!
This forum supports Markdown, BBCode, and HTML. This post will cover basic options available and several methods of attaining them.
Do you really want to emphasize something? Use one of these methods!
Method 1 (HTML):
<em>Your text here</em>
Method 2 (Markdown):
*Your text here*
Method 3 (Markdown):
_Your text here_
Method 4 (BBCode):
[I]Your text here[/I]
Method 5 : in the text editor where you type posts, select the desired piece of text and click the italicize (capital I) option. This will simply do method 3 for you automatically.
Sometimes you just have to be bold. Any of these methods will help you make a statement!
Method 1 (HTML):
<strong>Your text here</strong>
Method 2 (Markdown):
**Your text here**
Method 3 (BBCode):
[B]Your text here[/B]
Method 4: in the text editor where you type posts, select the desired piece of text and click the bold (capital B) option. This will simply do method 2 for you automatically.
Notes: both of these can be combined, and the methods mix and matched if you really want to spice up your words.
<strong>*Your text here*</strong>.
Fonts here cannot be changed.
See something you want to address but want to include the message in your post? There are three ways to quote a post.
>Your quote here (must be on its own line)
[quote="username, post:#, topic####"] Your quote here [/quote]
Method 3: Select the desired text, then press the quote option that should appear. This will simply do method 2 for you.
Note: the quotes can stack - you can quote a quote. Quoteception!
Sometimes you just want to send someone on a wondrous journey through the internet. There are a few ways to insert hyperlinks.
[Your title here](https://your.link.here)
<a href="https://your.link.here">Your title here</a>
[URL='https://your.link.here"]Your title here[/URL]
Method 4: in the text editor, select the button with the chain link and paste in your desired link and title. Press OK to confirm.
Need a to-do list? Want to list all the reasons why you’re awesome? Lists can be created using a few methods.
* Your list item here
-This creates an unordered list.
#. Your list item here
-Replace # with a number. This creates an ordered (numbered) list.
Method 3: in the text editor, select either the list button with numbers or without. Type in your desired list items. These will simply do methods 1 or 2 for you automatically.
Do you just really want to build a wall between two parts of your posts? Now you can!
-Must be on its own line, between the two parts of text you want separated. Include a line between both texts and the line break unless you want to create a heading (see below). May not work on certain mobile devices.
Text Size Options
Sometimes good things come in small packages. There’s a way to make your text one of those packages.
<small> Your text here </small>
Note: they can stack. Using several small tags can make your text tiny.
Other times, you need to go BIG or go home. Here’s how to make your text large and in charge.
<big>Your text here </big>
Sometimes you need a big heading to announce the sections of your posts. Here’s how to make one.
<h#> Your heading here </h#>
# should be a number between 1 and 6. The number should be the same both times, and the text should appear bolded. 1 will make the largest heading, and numbers below 4 will be text smaller than or approximately equal to the default size.
# Your text here
-The space between # and your text is important! If you leave it out it may be processed by the system as trying to link to a category.
Method 3: If you also want line break under your heading, you can type your heading on the line directly above your line break.
This guide is not exhaustive, there are a few things that haven’t been covered. There are also a few options available in the toolbar of the text editor that haven’t been listed here.
Have fun formatting your text and happy Lifeboating !
2019-01-20: Added new formatting options and intro lines. Changed guide formatting to be clearer.