If you want to add things in your posts like links or images, you can only use HTML on this forum. Most of it is simple if you know HTML, although there are a few strange rules you have to follow.
Hopefully this will clear up any misunderstandings.
Replace the s with <>s.
To make something appear bold, use [strong]sample text[/strong]
To make something appear in italics, use [em]sample text[/em]
To put something in a quote (indented), use [blockquote]sample text[/blockquote]
To put something in a monospace font, use [code]sample text[/code]
That will make
When you quote someone, the [code] tags will turn into "backticks". These are supposed to be replacement tags but aren't fully supported. It may be better to avoid using the [code] tag altogether, since you can just use pastebin if you want to show off some code.
The basic format of a link is
[a href=http://google.com]link text[/a]
This will make:
A few things to note in links:
You cannot use the quotes ( "" ) after the href. I know this is considered bad HTML but it is how the forum works. If you use the quote button, be sure to remove the quotes from any links in their post or something could go wrong.
Do not end your link in a slash. This will cause your entire post to be linked to something. For example [a href=http://google.com /] will not work, while [a href=http://google.com] will.
Similar to making a link, do not put quotes around the src. Also, be sure your image doesn't have anything after the extension (like .jpg?width=400), or the image will be deleted. Also be sure to remove quotes ( "" ) around the src if you use the quote button.
Here's a video explaining the image embedding process (courtesy of Nyubis):
HOW TO EMBED IMAGES ON BGF
Don't use [ul], [ol], or [li]. They break the forum's layout.
Don't use backticks. They mess up what's put between them. (see code tag)
As you can see now, there are a few custom tags for this forum, and those include
span div sarcasm spoiler and
facepalm. With these new tags, you can create:
If you know CSS (you can look up some simple tutorials with Google), you can create styled div's and span's. Just put the CSS code in the style attribute of the div/span.
[span style=color:#00F;]Colored Text[/span]
We mods would like ordinary members to stay away from these two mentioned above though.
The facepalm is another feature of these new tags, and it display the classic facepalm picture that you may find when you browse this forum. Note that [facepalm] can not be closed the XHTML way. So you'll have to close it this way [facepalm][/facepalm]. If you forget to close it, some text might appear inside the picture, in white.
And lastly, we got the new spoiler tag. The spoiler tag is still in beta though, but you can still use it without bigger problems. Read the spoiler tag if you want to know how to use it.
Also note that the rule mentioned above still goes. Replace all  with <>, and you'll be good to go.
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