To register for the Cinematour Forum, please read this entire section thoroughly and follow the instructions explicitly.
If you have already registered and cannot find your password or your email address no longer works, do not re-register. Instructions for obtaining your password and changing the email address in your profile are located at the top of each forum page.
In order to maintain the integrity of the forum, no one under the age of 16 may register and participate in the Cinematour Forum. Anonymous posting and handles will not be permitted. Users who wish to participate must register with their full name, city and state.
We also recommend member photos. If you'd like to have a photo, email it to email@example.com and it will be added to your profile at the next registration update. If you have a print photo and need it scanned, request a mailing address from firstname.lastname@example.org and it can be scanned and returned to you.
The information provided for registration will not be used for spamming or sold to other parties. You may prevent others from viewing your email address by choosing that option in your user profile after registration is complete.
Please allow time for your registration to be processed. Registrations are typically performed only once a week, but due to the workload at any given time, could take as long as two weeks. We will not ignore a registration, so if there turns out to be a problem of some sort, we will send you an email in return. Sending sarcastic and/or angry emails will automatically move your request to the "wait and do this next month" stack.)
Once you are registered, you will receive an email with your computer generated password. We highly recommend that you change this to a password that you can remember. You can change it by clicking on "my profile" within the forums and simply enter your desired password and submit it to the system. At that point it will be instantaneously changed.
If you forget your password, you can have the system email your login information to you. Click on "my password" within the forums and enter your email address. The system will match your email address to your member profile and automatically email your login information to that email address.
GENERAL RULES AND POLICIES
Last updated February 5, 2003
As a member of the Cinematour Forum community, you are expected to adhere to the following policies. This page is updated every so often as clarifications are needed or new policies are added.
Cross-posting. Please do not cross-post identical questions or topics with other forums or newsgroups or between the different forum sections of the Cinematour Forums. If you have a question, ask it here or ask it elsewhere but only ask it one time. As an example, do not post a topic here as well as a newsgroup. Most people have a certain set of websites that they frequent on a regular basis and cross-posting can become confusing to readers. If you feel you will get the most beneficial responses here, then post it here only. If you feel you will get the most beneficial responses elsewhere on the internet, ask it there and not here.
Replying to a topic. To reply to a topic, please make sure that the topic is currently being displayed on your monitor. On THAT screen, click the "post reply" button to make a post. After posting, the thread will be moved to the top of the list and your post will be added to the end of the thread. Unless you are starting a completely new discussion, NEVER use the "post new topic" to try and reply to an existing discussion.
Editing your posts. Did you forget to say something in your post? Do NOT go back and reply to yourself. Having 2, 3, 4 or more posts in a row by the same person is annoying, wastes bandwidth and is unnecessary. It is expected that if you feel the need to say something after you have just posted that you use the EDIT feature of this forum. Read the next paragraph on how.
To edit your posts, click the small "edit" icon beside the time/date stamp. You will be taken to a screen with your text, at which point you may modify it to correct typographical errors and such. Then click "submit" and your post will be altered to the revisions you just performed. Please note, closed threads can not be edited. Also, you may only edit your own posts.
Teaser subjects. Do NOT use "teaser" subject headers. Headers such as "You are not going to believe this" and "Can someone help me with..." are aggravating to members since they do not tell what the subject of the thread is without clicking on it. Such titles could not possibly be any less helpful to members trying to navigate topics of interest to them. Therefore, please use common sense when titling new discussions and make SURE they are descriptive. Be forewarned that threads with "teaser" titles may be closed and/or deleted without notification.
Where to put your topic. When deciding which forum to place your new topic in, please remember that the "Cinemas in the News" forum is for discussions relating specifically to press releases and news stories, "Cinemas and Theatres" is for discussions specifically relating to a particular theater or group of theaters, "Preservation and Restoration" is for the discussion of P&R in general or the P&R of a specific theater, "Cinematour Discussion" is for discussing things going on with the website or Cinematour staff, and "Cinema Yak" is for discussions that do not fit into any of the other forums.
Member email addresses. To retrieve another member's email address, click the small "mail" icon beside the time/date stamp of that member's post. You will be taken to a screen with a link to that member's email address. On most email programs you can simply click on the address and a new mail screen will pop up for you to compose an email to that member. Some email programs will require you to manually type in the address though. If there is no "mail" icon, that member has chosen to keep his email address private.
Member profiles. To retrieve more information on a member, click the small "who?" icon beside the time/date stamp. This will bring up that member's profile information. All members are encouraged to please fill out their own profile information and keep it up to date.
To change your profile, click on the "my profile" link at the top right hand corner of the forum screen. You will be required to be logged in. Then you may change anything in your profile and re-submit it to the system. Please note, if you change your email address the system will automatically email you with a new randomly generated password for security reasons.
Your password. Your password can be changed by editing your member profile. To have your password automatically emailed to you by the system, click on the "my password" link at the top of any forum page. Then follow the prompts. Your password will be emailed to you within approximately 2 minutes. Please note that not all email programs check for new emails every minute or two, so it may be necessary to manually force your email program to check for new mail received.
Please use common sense when choosing a password. This forum program, as most other internet forums are, is not on a secure server and data transmitted could be hacked. Thus, you should not use a password that is the same as your debit card or any other password that should be kept completely secure. The flip side to that coin is that if you leave the computer generated password as you received it you may forget it. This becomes a problem should you change your email address and forget to update it in your profile here. For this reason we highly recommend you change the password to something you can remember.
Your email address. Your email address can be changed by editing your member profile.
Smileys in posts. You've probably seen others use smilies before in email messages or other bulletin board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :( This forum automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation. For example, if you type :o in your post, it will automatically be converted to a shameful face. We HIGHLY recommend you familarize yourself with the smiley codes here, as using smileys in your posts helps to convey the tone of your posts so they will not be read in an incorrect manner and cause problems.
Please note that the keyboard characters :-) is NOT the same thing as :) The first one will appear on your posts as :-) while the second one will be converted into an image. Please be careful in entering the correct smiley codes. Remember, if you mistype in a smiley code, you can always edit your post.
Hyperlinks. To link to another website, simply type in the direct URL into your post. For example, entering www.yourdomain.com or http://www.yourdomain.com will automatically turn that into a link that other members can click on to transport them to the site. Please be careful when linking to other sites. A sentence such as:
That information can be found on the website www.samplewebsite.com.
... will NOT work because of the period at the end of the sentence. If you are composing a sentence where the website link is to be at the end of the sentence, simply leave a space between the end of the website address and the period. That same sentence typed in correctly would be:
That information can be found on the website www.samplewebsite.com .
Member Status. Member statuses are nothing more than fun member titles that are based purely upon the number of posts that person has made and does not necessarily reflect the actual expertise of the member. All members start out as "New Member" and then as they participate and accumulate posts, they turn into "Member" and "Senior Member", etc.
Post counts are only accurate upon the most recent post that you have made, or on any thread that you have participated in where another member has made a recent post. For this reason, if you have accumulated 100 posts, older discussion threads that you have partipated in before may still show a count of 83 posts, or 98 posts, or 76 posts. Every couple of weeks the entire forum is updated, so older pages that are not in current discussions will be updated at that point.
Email Notification. Email notification can be activated on any new post, reply or on any existing post you have made. When making a post there is an "email notification" box right above the "submit" button that can be selected. When checked, the server will automatically send you an email any time a reply is added to that particular thread. This can also be activated on an existing post where you have participated. Simply click on the "edit" icon beside the time/date stamp, check the box and re-submit the post to the system. Likewise, the feature can be turned off at any point by editing the post and un-checking that box, then re-submitting the post to the system.
Searching the forum. You may search for specific posts based on a word or words found in the posts, date, and particular forum. You may also search for posts made by a particular member. Just click on the "search" link at the top of the forum pages.
Bookmarking. Why can't certain pages within the Cinematour website be bookmarked? Simply put, bookmarking is not allowed on Cinematour. All notices are put on the front page of the site and with bookmarking enabled, many visitors will miss the new or updated items. In addition, various legal reasons concerning the forum require entry from the main page. This policy will not be changed. Please do not ask.
Member abuse. If you suspect another member is using an alias or is causing problems off the site via email or in the workplace, please bring it to our immediate attention so we may take whatever steps are within our capacity. Confidentiality is absolutely assured if requested.
Censorship. No specific words or phrases are censored on Cinematour. Please refrain from being intentionally offensive. Such users will be promptly banned. Please take note of the final paragraph of this FAQ.
VERY IMPORTANT -- These forums are moderated in the respect solely toward personal insults. Everyone is welcome to participate in any capacity until the point comes at which other members are being singled out and directly insulted. This does not mean you cannot post a negative report on a product, service or customer support. All this refers to is the tone of the post if made toward a specific member of the forums. Disagreements are a daily occurence on the forums and will not be moderated, but personally attacking another member will not be tolerated. If you are unsure if your post will "read" poorly toward another, please consider using smileys to assist in expressing the tone of your post or re-word it before posting. The smiley codes are explained above. The bottom line is to please be polite, mature and professional towards the other members or you will be removed from the forums, regardless of your knowledge or stature in the industry. This includes sending harrasing emails to other members. When in doubt, please do as your mother told you and keep your comments to yourself.
Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy the forums.