Who are we?

.....and why have we started this site?

This site is an internet based discussion (a "forum") set up, run and used by folk who have one (and maybe only one!) thing in common - a passion for sliding in one way or another on slippery surfaces. Snow, plastic or grass, downhill, uphill, two planks or one board – it's all fun to someone here. We hope that you will join with us and enjoy reading and partaking in the discussions. In this section you will find a brief introduction to the site and how to use it. Many of the people here were part of a thriving, friendly community which grew up within the discussion forum hosted by the Ski Club of Great Britain.

Unfortunately, SCGB decided to disbar anyone who was not a paid up member of the Ski Club. Although they had every right to do so, in acting without any forewarning, they split the community down the middle leaving a large number of its contributors adrift and un-contactable.

This site was a direct and immediate response to that situation in order to give people somewhere to regroup and hopefully find their friends again.

How do I start?

Why must I register to read any subjects other than this one?
Because this is a friendly community and "it's only polite to introduce yourself".

The only requirement asked of you is that you provide a valid e-mail address as part of the registration procedure. This helps to prevent automated systems accessing the site and flooding it with unwanted advertising about viagra etc.

This e-mail address will never be passed intentionally to any other party without your express permission and will only be used by snowHeads for occasional, specifically community oriented messages: e.g. "sorry the site is unavailable, back in 24hrs".

There is an option in your profile during setup which reads "Always show my e-mail address:" As snowHeads is configured, selecting "Yes" will not display your e-mail address to anyone but will make it possible for people to send you an e-mail via a form on the site.

We suggest (though in no way demand) that you choose a user name similar to or based on your real name as that is what most people here do and we believe it encourages a more open, friendly atmosphere.

Almost to prove a point - it is only because so many people chose to do so on the SCGB site that we have been able to track them down again in order to lead them here. Although you are entirely welcome to be a 'read only' user of snowHeads, we would like to encourage you to contribute. Some of us have been posting here quite a while, but it's always nice to hear a new voice. We do like to make a point of providing a friendly welcome to new posters.

It can be difficult to post for the first time, not knowing what others will think or how you'll be received. Don't hesitate to let folks know that you're new to posting on Internet forums and that you're new to snowHeads. We're all glad that you're here and want to get to know you as you spend more time here. Remember to let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for snowHeads (and see the Suggestions / Requests forum for that).

snowHeads etiquette

We encourage you to use your 'real name', it kinda makes it more friendly, however we do understand that there are entirely valid reasons for not wishing to do this.

Please don't include images in your posts except on the "Après Zone" or "Buy, sell or swap" forums. These 'inline' images slow things down for those on dial up and, in our opinion, spoil the sleek lines of the piste.

Don't forget that other snowHeads are real people too and you're communicating down a real narrow channel. Don't say anything that you wouldn't say to someone's face and think carefully about how your post will be read by others.

The Piste Patrol are the moderation group, although we do read the threads like obsessive compulsives, don't assume this is the case - if a post offends you then private message one of us rather than assume we will have noticed.

Please read the Terms & Conditions regarding the use of this site and our Privacy Policy.

Be aware that the contents of your posts will be publicly available on the internet. Therefore, you should not post phone numbers, e-mail addresses or other personal information unless you want it to be publicly available on the internet.

Forum features

By registering, you will be able to post and reply to messages, and you will be able to use several of the forum's more sophisticated features such as (if you choose) an automated e-mail notification when someone replies to your postings, the ability to edit any of your posts at anytime, and (if you choose) the ability to send/receive Private Messages to/from other members of this forum without disclosing your personal e-mail address.

The forum's features are described in "Using the snowHeads site" below and in the "FAQ's" (Frequently Asked Questions), which you can access by clicking on the link at the top of the forum main page. However, you are also welcome to post a question or to contact a member of the "Piste Patrol" (forum moderators) if you want to send a Private Message – the list of "patrollers" is available under the "Usergroups" link, which will become available after you have registered and logged in.

Don't forget – if you are unhappy with the way your post looks or reads you can edit or delete it (although please note that you will not be able to delete a post after someone has replied - in exceptional circumstances you may request the Moderators or admin to delete a post).

The "Log me in automatically on each visit" feature requires that you have "cookies" enabled in your browser settings. A "cookie" is a small file that our computer sends to your computer when you log in and tick this option. The file is harmless and is used for no other purpose than to "remember" your log in information for your next visit.

Supporting snowHeads

When SCGB made their discussion forum members only, snowHeads was setup by volunteer effort. Server resources generously provided by Christof at www.krass.com (at a moment's notice) enabled snowHeads to provide basic functionality within hours of SCGB's action.
Exactly what we needed to get things moving again.

But, as our numbers steadily grow we are approaching a point where current resources will be over-stretched and a little investment will be required.

Compulsory subscription for access to snowHeads is against its primary ethos.
However, if U value snowHeads, perhaps U would like to make a voluntary donation/subscription to help ensure its continued success and development.
How much U pay is up to U.
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/support_snowHeads.htm

Meanwhile - thanks everyone for making snowHeads the friendly place it is!


Using the snowHeads site

The forum software (the "board") is based on a user system. When a user is logged in, his/her username will be shown with each post he/she makes*. Each user may also have some custom settings which allow them to control the look and feel of the board as they use it.
* Note that, whilst snowHeads encourages the use of real names, if you are uncomfortable with your name being displayed on an "open" forum please feel free to use a pseudonym. The same applies to your location (it is not even necessary to have a displayed location, but some users enjoy amusing others with theirs!) We advise you not to post any personal information such as telephone numbers, address etc. in the open forum. ( This includes other folks' email addresses etc.!) Please see "Profile Settings" below for more information.

Registration

In order to log into the board as a user, you must register a username. To do this, click the small Register link at the top of any page.

You will be taken to the Registration Agreement Terms, which you must agree to in order to register.

You will then be taken to the registration information form. Fill out each of the required fields, and any of the optional fields you like. The settings on the registration form are identical to those in the Profile Settings form.

When you register, you must specify an email address. All email from the board to you will be sent to that address. You must check your email and click the activation link there before you may log in.

Logging In

In order to post using your username and use your custom settings on the board, you must log in. To log in, you must use the small login form at the bottom of the Forum Index page.

Alternatively you may click the small Login link at the top of any page to be taken to the Login Page.

Enter your user name and password, and click Login. You will be taken to the page you were previously using, but will now be able to post with your username, change your profile, check private messages, etc. To log out of the board, click the small Logout [<your username> ] link at the top of any page.

If you are not logged in and attempt to do anything that requires a login, you will be taken to the login screen. After you log in, you will be taken to the page you were attempting to go to before logging in. Things that require login include changing your profile, checking your private messages, posting to forums (if they require it), etc.

If you forget your password, go to the Login Page. Click I forgot my password.

You will be taken to a form to enter your username and email address. A new password will be created, and sent in an email to you. When you receive the email, you need to click the new password activation link. The new password activation link exists so that if someone else enters your information into the Forgotten Password form, your current password will remain intact. After you have activated your new password, you may log in with it.

Posting

There are two primary ways to create a post. In the View Forum and View Topic pages, you may click New Topic. This will take you to the posting form, and, when you have posted, will create a new topic with your post as the first one in the topic. In the View Topic page, you may also click Reply. This will take you to the posting form, and, when you have posted, it will add your post to the topic you replied to. To reply to a specific post, you may also click the Quote button in the upper right corner of that post.

Posting Form

When you post a new topic or post a reply, you are taken to the posting form, where you enter your post.

Subject - The subject of your post. If this is a new post, the subject is required, and it will be the name of the topic. If the post is replying to another post, the subject is not required, but may be added, and will be shown at the top of the post.

Message Body - The Message body is a large text area where the body of your post is input. Plain text is the only thing allowed in this text area, but special formatting, links, smilies (emoticons), images, etc. may be added through the use of Smilies, BBCode and/or HTML (if they are enabled).

Smilies - Smilies (also called emoticons) can be added to posts. You may only use smilies in your post if they are enabled on the board you are using. To see if smilies are enabled, look in the lower left corner of the posting form, you should see "Smilies are ON/OFF". If smilies are enabled and you would like to disable them in your post, check the box next to Disable Smilies in this Post.

BBCode - BBCode allows you to add special formatting to your posts. You may only use BBCode in your post if it is enabled on the board you are using. To see if BBCode is enabled, look in the lower left corner of the posting form, you should see "BBCode is ON/OFF". If BBCode is enabled and you would like to disable it in your post, check the box next to Disable BBCode in this Post.

HTML - You may only use HTML in your post if it is enabled on the board you are using. To see if HTML is enabled, look in the lower left corner of the posting form, you should see "HTML is ON/OFF". If HTML is enabled and you would like to disable it in your post, check the box next to Disable HTML in this Post.

Signature - You may add a signature to your post. To do this, check the box next to Attach Signature. You may change your signature by editing your profile.

Reply Notification - When you post, you may be interested in knowing when that topic is replied to. If so, you may check Notify me when a reply is posted.

Sticky/Announcement - To make a post into an Announcement or a Sticky Topic, look to the bottom of the posting form. There are radio buttons at the bottom that will allow you to set the post as Normal, Sticky or Announcement. These options will only be visible to a user for the top post in a topic, and only if they have permission to make Announcements and Sticky topics.

Polls - To add a poll, look to the bottom of the posting form. These options will only be visible to a user if they have permission to make Polls.

Announcements

Announcements are a special type of topic. In the View Forum page, Announcements appear above all other topics (at the top of the forum). Announcements will also appear on every View Forum page. For instance, if you had 75 topics in a forum and 50 on each page, announcements would appear on the page with the first 50 topics and on the page with the last 25 topics.

Sticky Topics

Sticky topics are a special type of topic. In the View Forum page, Sticky topics appear above all other topics except for Announcements. Sticky topics only appear on the first View Forum page.

Polls

Polls are a special type of post that allow community members to vote on an idea or issue. Polls can only be made from the top post in a topic.

Poll Question - This is the subject of the Poll, the question that is being answered by the poll. The poll question appears at the top of the topic, above the poll options. This is required for the poll.

Poll Option - Poll Options are the possible answers to the poll question. To add poll options, type the option into the text field and click Add Option. To have a valid poll, at least two options must be offered.

Run Poll for - Number of days to run the poll for. After the specified time has passed, the results of the poll are displayed in the topic, and no one else may vote.

BBCode

BBCode is a system that will allow you to format your posts in special ways. The BBCode system uses tags in a way nearly identical to HTML. The primary difference between BBCode and HTML is that BBCode uses square brackets [ and ] instead of angle brackets < and >. For a more detailed description of how BBCode works, click the small BBCode link on the lower left corner of the Posting Form. You may also go to http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/faq.php?mode=bbcode.

Here is a list of sample BBCode and its output:

[b]Bolded Text[/b]: Bolded Text

[i]Italicized Text[/i]: Italicized Text

[u]Underlined Text[/u]: Underlined Text

[color=red]Red Text[/color] or [color=#FF0000]Red Text[/color]: Red Text

[size=24]Bigger Text[/size]: Bigger Text

[quote]This cheese is delicious[/quote]:

[quote="The Cheese Man"]This cheese is delicious.[/quote]:

[code]if ($cheese == "tasty") { return true; }[/code]:

[list][*]Cheddar Cheese[*]Limburger Cheese[*]Cottage Cheese[/list]:

[list=1][*]Cheddar Cheese[*]Limburger Cheese[*]Cottage Cheese[/list]:

  1. Cheddar Cheese
  2. Limburger Cheese
  3. Cottage Cheese

[list=a][*]Cheddar Cheese[*]Limburger Cheese[*]Cottage Cheese[/list]:

  1. Cheddar Cheese
  2. Limburger Cheese
  3. Cottage Cheese

[email]no.one@domain.adr[/email]: no.one@domain.adr

Links (to other web pages)

The [url] tags can be used to insert links to other pages on the web. The tags can be used in two ways as you can see below.

[url]http://snowHeads.com/ski-forum/[/url]: http://snowHeads.com/ski-forum/(Link URL: http://snowHeads.com/ski-forum/)

[url=http://snowHeads.com/ski-forum/]Visit snowHeads![/url]: Visit snowHeads! (Link URL: http://snowHeads.com/ski-forum/)

Please note that if you "copy and paste" a web page address (url) into your posting the software will automatically create it as a link and you do not need to insert the [url] tags manually.

However, some url's are exceedingly long. Pasting a very long address into your post forces the software to adjust the page width to accommodate it, meaning that the page may no longer fit on readers' screens. We would ask, therefore, that you use the second method above to create links in your postings.

Links (to images on the web)

[img]http://www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/images/snowheadsKlik3.gif[/img]:

Again, for more info, see http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/faq.php?mode=bbcode.

You can define the size of your images by modifying the tag thus:- "[img=width,height]" , where the dimensions are specified in pixels.  Please use this facility to restrict the size of displayed images in the forum.

Note:- Although it is possible to include images like this, we would ask you to refrain from doing so in your posts except on the "Après Zone" or "Buy, sell or swap" forums. These 'inline' images slow things down for those on dial up and, in our opinion, spoil the sleek lines of the piste. Small "Smilies" (see below) may be used but we would ask you to exercise self restraint in this respect!

Smilies

Smilies are small images that appear in posts. Usually they are small images of faces, and are often used to show emotion.

To use smilies in your posts, you need to enter a series of characters. Common character series are :) for a happy face, :( for a sad face, etc. Another common style for smilie character sequences is :emotion: (i.e. the emotion the smilie shows, with a colon ":" before and after this). Examples of this are :wink: for a winking face, :lol: for a laughing face, etc.

Many templates (including subSilver, the default template) have smilie buttons on the posting form. Normally, this is a grid of the smilies, any of which may be clicked to insert the appropriate character sequence at the current text insertion point.

Note:-

You can link to smilies on other websites using the [img] tags as shown above. However, if you do this, please ensure that the smilies are offered freely for public use and are not subject to copyright or other form of intellectual property rights. A typical site offering smilies in this way is http://www.mysmilies.com

Quoting Messages

Quoting messages allows you to include other's posts in your own. It is useful for showing that you are replying to a post, or part of a post.

To quote all of someone's post, look at the top right corner of their post and click Quote. This will take you to the posting form, and will allow you to reply to the post. It will also automatically add the appropriate BBCode to your post to quote the post you are replying to.

The proper syntax to quote a post is:

[quote="<name to quote>"]<text to quote>[/quote]

<name to quote> is the source of your quote, and <text to quote> is what you are quoting. So to quote the user Cheese Man saying "Behold the power of cheese."

[quote="Cheese Man"] Behold the power of cheese[/quote]

Editing Posts

Editing posts allows you to go back and fix errors, remove incorrect information, or add new information to your posts. To edit a post, look at the top right corner of your post and click Edit. You will be taken to the posting form to edit your post, and then click Submit to enter it into the database. If you edit a post after it has been replied to, a small message will appear at the bottom of it indicating how many times it has been edited, and when and by whom the last edit occurred.

To delete a post, click Edit and check Delete this Post. Click Submit to finish deleting the post. You may not delete a post if it has been replied to (i.e. it is not the last post in the topic)

Private Messages

Private messages allow users on a board to contact each other out of the public eye. Private messages can be described as a cross between email, instant messaging, and phpBB 2.0 forum posting.

To use private messaging, you must be logged in to the board. Look at the top of any page, and click You have X new message(s). This will take you to your private messaging centre.

Sending

There are three primary ways to send a private message. Firstly, you may go your private messaging centre and click New Post. Secondly, you may click Post Reply from a private message you are reading. Finally, you may click the PM link on any user's profile or post.

The posting form is identical to the normal posting form with a few exceptions:

Username - The username of the person you want to receive the message. If you are replying to a PM, or clicked the PM link in someone's profile, this field will be automatically filled for you.

Additionally, PMs may not be Sticky Topics, Announcements, or contain Polls.

Receiving

There are three ways that one may be notified of a new private message. Most obvious is the Private message link at the top of every page. It will display You have X new message(s), where X is the number of new messages you have. You may click this link to take you to your Inbox.

You may be informed of new PMs by an email sent to the email address your username is registered to. You may also be informed of a new PM by means of a small window that pops up while you are viewing the board. Email and pop-up notification will contain a link to your Inbox. Email and pop-up notification may be enabled/disabled in your Profile.

Sometimes you may be informed of a new PM, but when you go to your Inbox, there is no new message. This is not a bug, it simply means that the sender must have deleted the PM before you read it.

You may delete messages by selecting them and clicking Delete Marked. Alternatively, you may delete all messages by clicking Delete All. You may also sort/display messages by age by using the dropdown list box in the upper right corner.

The Outbox

When you send a PM, the message goes to your Outbox. It remains in the Outbox until the recipient visits his/her Inbox, at which point it is moved from your Outbox to their Inbox. While the message remains in your Outbox you may edit or delete your post if you like. The message remains in your control until it is received.

The Savebox

The Savebox is provided as a place to keep important PMs. Often it is used to save valuable messages from the Inbox, and then you can use the Delete All function to discard the rest.

You may save messages in your Inbox by selecting the messages (with the checkboxes next to each message) and clicking Save Marked.

Searching

phpBB 2.0 has a search system that will allow you to find topics you are interested in. To get to the search page, click the small Search link at the top of any page.

Search Query

Search for Keywords - You may search for words in the content of topics. Enter the words to search for into the text field.

If you select Search for any terms or use query as entered, then topic containing ANY of the words you entered will be displayed. You may use the AND, OR, and NOT operators to indicate which words you want to search for. Use AND to indicate that multiple words MUST be found. Use OR to indicate that a word is optional/alternate. Use NOT to indicate that a word should not be present in the topics displayed.

If you select Search for all terms, only topics containing all of the words in the query will be displayed. Selecting this option has effects comparable to using Search for any terms or use query as entered, with the AND operator between each term.

You may use the asterisk(*) wildcard character to broaden your search. The asterisk will match any number of characters. So *cheese* will match cheese, cheesewheel, wheelcheese, or wheelcheesewheel. Likewise cheese*fudge will match cheesefudge, cheeseyfudge, or cheese597fudge.

To increase the speed and decrease the overhead of the search utility, only words may be searched for. Phrases (such as "cheese wheel") may not be searched for, except by their component words. The minimum size for words is four characters, and the maximum size is twenty characters. Any non-alphanumeric character (e.g. white space and punctuation) is a word boundary.

Search for Author - You may search for posts by post author. Simply enter the author's username into this text field. You may use the asterisk(*) wildcard in author's names to broaden your search. Again, the asterisk will match any number of characters.

Search Options

Forum - Select the forum you wish to search in, or All available. To search multiple forums, search by Category.

Category - Select the category you wish to search in, or All available.

Display Results as Posts - Search results will be displayed as a list of the posts. Part of the post that matches the query will be displayed, and the search terms highlighted.

Display Results as Topics - Search results will be displayed as a list of Topic titles. For each topic there is a link to the forum it is in, the topic itself, and the author of the topic.

Search Previous - This dropdown box will allow you to specify the maximum age of posts to display as results of the search. There are also radio buttons here that will allow you to search only the body of posts, or the subject (title) of the posts as well.

Sort by - This will allow you to specify how search results are organized. You may sort by Post Time, Post Subject, Topic Title, Author, or Forum. The sort may be in ascending or descending order alphabetically (or chronologically where appropriate).

Return first - When Display Results as is set to Posts, this dropdown box will allow you to control how much of the post is displayed in the search result.

Watching Topics

You may subscribe to topics. When a topic you are subscribed to is replied to, an email will be sent to the email address that your username is registered to. The email will contain a link to the topic that has been replied to. You will only receive one email per topic until the next time you log in to the board.

Subscribing to Topics

To subscribe to a topic, look at the lower left corner of the Topic View page. Click the small Watch this topic for replies link.

Additionally, if you post or reply to a topic, you may check Notify me when a reply is posted to subscribe to a topic.

Unsubscribing from Topics

To unsubscribe from a topic, look at the lower left corner of the Topic View page. Click the small Stop watching this topic link.

Alternatively, you may look at your notification email. At the end of the email (right above the signature) there is a link that will unsubscribe you from the topic.

Profile Settings

To edit your profile, click the small Profile link at the top of any page.

You must be logged in to edit your profile. To make changes to your profile, change the values on the form and click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Username - Your username on the board, the name you use to log in.

Email - The email address your account is registered to. All emails from the board to you will go to this email address. You may change the email address if you like. If you change your email address and the board is using User activation, then you will need to activate your changed email address. You will be sent an email (to the new address) with an activation link if this is the case.

Password - The password you use to log in. If you change your email address or password, you must enter your current password. If you are changing your password you will need to enter the new password twice to verify it.

Fields in the Profile Information are self-explanatory.

Always show my Email Address - If Yes a link to email you will appear in your profile. If set to No, the link will not appear.

Hide your online status - If Yes you will not be visible to normal users in the Who is Online? list at the bottom of the Forum Index.

Always notify me of replies - If Yes then the Notify me when a reply is posted checkbox on the posting form will be checked by default. You may still uncheck it each time you post.

Notify on new Private Messages - If Yes an email will be sent to your registered email address each time you receive a private message.

Pop up window on new Private Messages - If Yes you will see a pop up window notifying you of new Private Messages you receive while browsing the forums.

Always attach my signature - If Yes then the Attach signature checkbox on the posting form will be checked by default. You may still uncheck it each time you post.

Always allow BBCode - If Yes then the Disable BBCode in this post checkbox on the posting form will be unchecked by default. You may still check it each time you post.

Always allow HTML - If Yes then the Disable HTML in this post checkbox on the posting form will be unchecked by default. You may still check it each time you post.

Always enable Smilies - If Yes then the Disable Smilies in this post checkbox on the posting form will be unchecked by default. You may still check it each time you post.

Board Language - Selects the language of board messages/text. Any text from other users or administrators is unaffected.

Board Style - Selects the style that the board. This setting will not work if the administrator has turned on Override user style.

Date Format

You can specify the date format that you see on the board. This is done by allowing you to specify the format using the PHP syntax. For full details on how this works, see http://www.php.net/date.

The date string is a series of letters and punctuation. Each letter will be replaced with a part of the current date and time, and the punctuation is used to organize this information in a way that makes sense to you.

The default string for this field is "D M d, Y g:i a". This will display your date in the form Sat Apr 09, 2002 4:09 am. All of the punctuation and spacing remains intact, and each letter is replaced with part of the date/time.

D is the first three letters of the day of the week. M is the first three letters of the month name. d is the numerical date, with fleading zeroes. Y is the year, our-digit format. g is the hour, 12-hour format without leading zeroes. i is the minutes, with leading zeroes. a is am/pm, in lowercase letters.

To see the complete list of letter substitutions, go to http://www.php.net/date.

Time Zones

To have the board time show correctly, please select your time zone. The time in phpBB 2.0.0 does not work with Daylight Savings Time, so if you have Daylight Savings Time, add 1 to your GMT modifier. So if you are in GMT-5 and have DST, you will need to set your time zone to GMT-4.