Frequently Asked Questions
IsuzuPup.com Forum Rules, Policies, and Information
(Always Under Construction)
- This forum is Family Friendly
- If you said that's not a question, you're correct. This forum
will be unquestionably Family Friendly. Therefore,
I reserve the right to remove any material that, in my judgment,
does not meet this standard. Users who repeatedly violate this rule
may have their accounts de-activated.
That seems pretty straightforward, but some people may need help
with it. If it's an abbreviation for something that is not family
friendly, then it's STILL not family friendly. If you substitute
weird characters in a word that isn't family friendly, it's STILL
not family friendly (and you're not clever). If you have questions
about what is or is not family friendly, please contact
- Why Family Friendly? Whatever happened to Free Speech?
- You have free speech. But there are lots of places where civilzed
people are expected to show some self-restraint over various
impulses. There are plenty of sites where anything goes, so if you
feel unable to exercise self-restraint, please go to those sites
and "unload". I will not try to interfere.
So, why is this site Family Friendly?
- I believe that everything I do should honor the one who made
me and gave me life. I could not, in good conscience, provide
a site for dishonorable conduct and speech. While some might
not understand (or agree) with that idea, most everyone will
understand the concept of "Family Friendly", and it fits.
- I am convinced that the "Family Friendly" policy has set a
positive tone that promotes and reinforces the sense of
community that we enjoy.
- Why was this forum started?
- A few reasons...
- I needed answers.
- I was noticing fewer and fewer P'ups, and was having more and
more trouble finding mechanics who had a clue about mine.
- I wanted a way to connect with other members, for advice and parts.
- I was still proud of my P'up, and wanted to let people know about it.
- This site takes reasonable and prudent precautions to safeguard the privacy
and security of its users.
- User Location - Any information that is entered in your "Location"
(in the User Profile) is visible publicly. We encourage members to
publish their locations, because it is very helpful when buying or
selling, and also whenever we attempt to organize a meet. If you
choose not to disclose your location, be sure not to post it anywhere.
Once it is published, it IS public information--not private.
- User Email Addresses - The forum requires a valid email address for
all members. This is for notifications that you subscribe to, and
to notify you if there is a problem with your account. Your email
address is (by default) visible to other registered, logged-in members.
If you prefer to "hide" your email address, you may do so from the
User Control Panel menu.
If you include your email address in a forum posting, it will be
visible to Google and to the entire internet world. This is NOT
- Other personal information - Any personal information that you post
in a public part of the forum BECOMES PUBLIC. For this reason,
listing your phone number, address, etc. is not recommended.
IsuzuPup.com will not sell, barter, or knowingly publish your email
address. Any privacy concerns should be brought to the attention of
the forum admin, JoeIsuzu.
- Who pays the bills here?
- Hosting is graciously provided by a friend. The site owner assists in
paying for occasional hardware upgrades (memory, disk, etc.).
The domain name registration (about $10/year) is paid by the site
All the real work is done by the members, and it is a "labor of love".
- Commercial Use of this forum...
- This site has always been "free" for "personal" use. However, we do
have some members who might derive some commercial benefit from the
site. For example, we have a member who is an official representative
of a company that sells engine parts. We have another member who
sells factory Isuzu parts. We have had exporters and people who sell
P'ups domestically for profit. I'm fine with this--but I'd like
to lay out a few guidelines:
- Any member who uses the site as a source for obtaining P'ups or
parts with intent to re-sell them for profit MUST disclose this
(PUBLICLY, and IN ADVANCE). I reserve the right to assign a
member "rank" that reflects this.
- Harvesting - This is the practice of
lurking in the forum simply to find good deals on P'ups or parts,
then taking them elsewhere to sell them for profit. There is
nothing wrong with profit that you EARN. If you restore a P\up,
and sell it on eBay, you have EARNED whatever profit you derive.
If you snatch up a bargain on this site at a "member price" then
take it to eBay and sell it for profit, without improvement, you
have taken undue advantage of the work of others on this site. I
did not start this site for MY profit, so I definitely did not
start it for yours. If you feel like this is unfair, let's
discuss it BEFORE you do it.
- Any member who uses the site for profit is
expected to contribute to the site in some way. That could be in
the form of active, constructive participation, or perhaps
offering "specials" to our members, or simply providing a source
for hard-to-find parts. If this is you, let's discuss it
BEFORE you try it.
- Any products, goods, or services offered must not conflict with
the goals of this site, or its "Family Friendly" policy.
- Can I advertise here?
- The site uses Google's Adsense
to place advertising on the site. This generates revenue that offsets the
cost of the site.
If you want to let the members know about a product or service you offer
that's P'up-related, post it in the appropriate section of the forum.
Just see Commercial use of this forum... and
respect those guidelines.
- "How-To" Articles
- Who writes them?
How-To" articles come from our members. In come cases, they
are compiled from a collection of posts from multiple members.
- Can we get one for (some subject)?
If someone is willing to write it. If there is a post that you believe
could be converted to a "How-To" (with minimal editing) feel free to
"nominate" it by sending an email to the forum admin,
JoeIsuzu. If you would
like to write one, send an email to the forum admin,
- Guidelines for "How-To" articles:
- The topic must be one that is not controversial. That is, if
there are polar opposite opinions on a topic, a "How-To" article
would only generate debate. For example, "Adding a Turbo to the
C223 Engine" would generate endless debate on whether this is even
a good idea. On the other hand, changing a timing belt is not
very controversial. That topic is safe for a "How-To" article. Of
course, all "How-To" articles may need to be updated continually,
based on member suggestions.
- The article should be clearly written, and easily
understandable. That's pretty subjective, so here's the test:
If the forum admin can understand it, then ANYBODY can.
- Include a list of parts and tools needed, as well as where to
get them if they\re not easily available.
- Include as many large, detailed photos as you can. Upload the
photos as attachments--do NOT use remotely hosted images (Photobucket,
Imageshack, etc.). We have seen too many of these accounts get
closed, and it leaves a "blank" where the images should be. If you
can't do photos, but want to submit the article anyway, we may be
able to get another member to provide photos.
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, email
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.
- Why do I need to register at all?
- Registration will give you access to the "For Sale" topics, as well as additional features not available to guest users such as definable avatar images, private messaging, e-mailing of fellow users, usergroup subscription, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I registered but cannot login!
- First, check your username and password. If they are correct, then your
account is proably not activated yet. You were sent an e-mail, with
instructions for verifying that you are indeed human. 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 filter. If you are sure the
e-mail address you provided is correct, check your "Junk" or "Spam"
folder for an e-mail from "firstname.lastname@example.org. If your e-mail provider
requires a "challenge-response" before they accept e-mails, you just might
not get activated at all using such an e-mail account (unless you "whitelist"
email@example.com). If you received this e-mail, and failed to follow
instructions, you just might not get activated at all. If you followed the
instructions, you should have received a SECOND e-mail confirming that your
account has been activated. If you followed the instructions, but haven't
received the second e-mail, perhaps the admin has not yet read it and
activated your account (remember, this is the human part). These are often
done in minutes, but occasionally it may take as long as 16 hours--depending
on when you replied. For example, if you replied at 1:00 AM on Sunday
morning, it might not get activated until 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon
(that's the longest time that the administrator is likely to be away from
his computer). If you think the admin should have activated it already,
and let him know! It is possible that your reply was overlooked--after all,
he's human, too!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What is a "spambot"?
- First, let's define a "bot": a bot is a program that can simulate
a human, but can do it in the background without human intervention.
Some bots are harmless and useful. One such bot is the "crawler", or
"web spider". This is what Google and other search engines use to index
pages for their search engine. Without these bots, search engines
would be practically useless. These bots show up in the "Who is online"
section of the forum.
A spambot is an "evil" bot. One spambot is the email spambot. It
crawls the web just like a search engine's bot...but its sole function
is to gather email addresses for selling to spammers. Another one
is the forum spambot. These programs do not crawl the web, but they
impersonate a human and they register on every forum they can find.
Once registered, they post spam on the forum. They do this in an attempt
to seed the web with links to a site that will generate ad revenue through
affiliate marketing programs. These bots have become sophisticated enough to
defeat most automated anti-spam measures. That is why this forum requries
a "human reply" before a new account is approved.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- My language is not in the list!
- Sorry, it's an English-speaking forum.
- How do I show an image below my username?
- There are two images that may appear below a username when viewing posts. Depending on the used style, the first 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. The second, usually a larger image, is known as an avatar and is generally unique or personal to each user. Avatars have a size limit so that they will fit the left column.
- 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.
- When I click the e-mail link for a user it asks me to login?
- Only registered users can see e-mail addresses of other users. This is to prevent malicious use of members' e-mail addresses by anonymous users and email spambots.
- How do I post a NEW topic in a forum?
- To post a new topic in a forum, click the relevant button on either the forum or topic screens. You will 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Why did I receive a warning?
- Because you violated a rule, and apparently someone reported it, and the admin agreed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Can I use HTML? (or PHP?)
- No. It is not possible to post HTML on this board because that would be a security vulnerability (the same is true for PHP code). Most formatting which can be carried out using HTML can be applied using BBCode instead.
- 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.
- Can I post images?
- Yes, images can be shown in your posts. The preferred method is
"Upload attachment" rather than linking to a remote site (like
Photobucket, Flikr, Imageshack, etc.) with the [img] BBcode tag.
Images from remote sites like Photobucket, Flikr, Imageshack, etc.
will be limited in size, so as not to distort the layout
of the page.
Using the "Upload attachment" method, image sizes are limited, but
the size limit is very generous. The forum will automatically
resize the image to fit the page, and users can click the image to
expand it to FULL size.
To add images, you must be in the full "Full editor". If you click
a "New topic", "Reply" or "Quote" button, you are there. Scroll
down to the section that says "Upload attachment". Use the
"Browse..." button to locate the image file that you want to upload.
Once you find it and select it, click "Add the file". You can add
multiple photos in each post. You can also use the "Place inline"
button if you want your image "inline" with text before and after.
Andy (puttputtinpup) created a
"How-to" post with a video tutorial.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Why do some usergroups appear in a different color?
- It is possible for the board administrator to assign a color to the members of a usergroup to make it easy to identify the members of this group.
- What is a “Default usergroup”?
- If you are a member of more than one usergroup, your default is used to determine which group color 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Friends and Foes
- What are my Friends and Foes lists?
- You can use these lists to organise other members of the board. Members added to your friends list will be listed within your User Control Panel for quick access to see their online status and to send them private messages. Subject to template support, posts from these users may also be highlighted. If you add a user to your foes list, any posts they make will be hidden by default.
- How can I add / remove users to my Friends or Foes list?
- You can add users to your list in two ways. Within each user’s profile, there is a link to add them to either your Friend or Foe list. Alternatively, from your User Control Panel, you can directly add users by entering their member name. You may also remove users from your list using the same page.
Searching the Forums
- Alternative: How can I use Google to search this site?
- Go to Google or use your
browser's Google Search bar. Type "site:www.isuzupup.com"
(without the quotes), followed by any terms you're looking for.
Standard Google search boolean operators are allowed.
Here is an example
Google site sarch for the term "4JB1-T".
I plan to eventually integrate a Google search on the site (requested
by a forum member).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- How do I search for members?
- Visit to the “Members” page and click the “Find a member” link.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- How do I remove my subscriptions?
- To remove your subscriptions, go to your User Control Panel and follow the links to your subscriptions.
- 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.
- 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.
phpBB 3 Issues
- Who wrote this bulletin board?
- This software (in its unmodified form) is produced, released and is copyright phpBB Group. It is made available under the GNU General Public License and may be freely distributed. See the link for more details.
- Why isn’t X feature available?
- This software was written by and licensed through phpBB Group. If you believe a feature needs to be added, please post feature requests in the "This Site..." section or send an email to JoeIsuzu.
- Who do I contact about abusive and/or legal matters related to this board?
- Any of the administrators listed on the “The team” page should be an appropriate point of contact for your complaints. Please note that the phpBB Group has absolutely no jurisdiction and cannot in any way be held liable over how, where or by whom this board is used. Do not contact the phpBB Group in relation to any legal (cease and desist, liable, defamatory comment, etc.) matter not directly related to the phpBB.com website or the discrete software of phpBB itself. If you do e-mail phpBB Group about any third party use of this software then you should expect a terse response or no response at all.