Welcome to the Isle!
last post on May 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM
Finally, some introductions and explanations of this fantastic site. First things first: DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD. I will delete ANY posts, on-topic or not. If you have a question, please ask me or any older member in forums, not in this thread. This is strictly for reading, but since I can't lock it or it will go to the archives, I will be keeping it open. That, however, is not an excuse to post here.
I've divided the sections of this up into posts so it's not one fat mass of text.
If you would like to view all of the questions together in a list, go to the Dragopedia version here: http://dragopedia.thedragonisle.com/index.php?title=DragonIsle_FAQ
A Little History
So, according to my handy-dandy crystal ball (well, not really, it was website Rok found: http://whois.domaintools.com/thedragonisle.com), the Isle was started on June 15, 2004. From the information I've gathered from Admin and other senior members, it was started as a school project by Admin, but it's turned in to his own little project site now. However, he has a life, so he isn't on very often to update it.
I don't really know much about it before I joined, but I'll fill this out more when I can ask Admin about the site's history. So bear with me folks. =D
About the Site
The Isle was started as a virtual pet site, and many people still use it as one. But most of the active members only come on for the forums. There are many different things to do on the Isle, including play games, take the surveys, read about and rate dragon books and movies, and scout around for hidden places. But for the most part, the members just come here to socialize.
Although for the most part the members here use the forums as a place to hang out and chat, there are still a few basic things you need to know about them. First of all, this is still a dragon-themed site. Not a general chat site, or a movie review site, or a hacking site, or whatever. It's fantasy-based and that's the best way to treat it. All of the active members here have a “character”, which I will discuss more later. You can always feel free to ask a senior member for help with creating one.
How do I post?
Before you even think about posting in a thread, take a look at these rules here:
and these here:
Okay. Once you've read them all, you can post.
When you're in a thread you'd like to add to, you have two options to post. One, hit “Add Message” one of the options in the top bar, or two, choose the “Add Message” option at the bottom of the thread. Compose your message in the grey text box, and keep those rules in mind. When you're done, click the “Post Message” button.
How do I edit a post?
There are several small icons in the blue bar at the top of your post the bar where your username is). Click the pencil in a box and change what you want about your post, and click "Update Message".
If you edit a post, any links you put in it will "break" (be reverted to a code), and so will any smiley icons you used. Make sure you re-copy-and-paste the link or replace the smiley-code with a real smiley before you update it.
How do I make a smiley face?
In your post or personal message, use : ), ; ) and : D without the spaces to make the graphics appear.
If you go back to edit your post, the icon will turn from a cute little smiley to a bunch of HTML. Make sure you replace the HTML with the smiley again and when you save your post, the graphic will work properly.
How do I add a topic?
Go to the forum in which you want to add a topic. Underneath the name and description of the forum is the option “Add Topic/Quiz”. Click this, name your topic, write your first post, and hit “Add Topic”.
How do I make a quiz?
Okay, so I had a really long complicated explanation worked out here, but Draca gave me these lovely screenshots and I figured I'd use them to explain instead. <3
Why did my insanely long post not show up on the thread after I posted it?
This is something you really have to watch for if you're writing any epically long posts. The Isle will log you out after a certain about of inactivity, so if all you've been doing is writing a post, make sure you save it (by either copying it to your Clipboard or saving it in a word-processing program) before you click “Post Message”. That way, if your session has timed out in the mean time, you didn't lose all your hard work.
What does the star next to a thread or forum title mean?
That the forum has new posts (ones you haven't read yet). The stars by the forum titles are actually usually glitches, even if you've read everything in that forum. They still show up (currently I have a star by every forum). It's just another Isle-quirk.
To mark all threads in a forum as “read”, click the checkmark icon in the title box.
The Message Center
Admin added a personal-message function to the Isle a few years ago, so now you can have private conversations with your friends! It's pretty simple to figure out. Recently he added a comment feature as well, which I included in this section.
How do I add a user as a friend?
There are two ways to do this. One is to go to their profile, then click “Invite This User to be a Friend” at the top of the page. The other is to click the green “add” button next to their icon on another user's friend-list.
Remember, some people may not want to accept you invitation until they know you better. Some may never accept it. Above all, don't bother people about it. If they're going to accept it, they will—if not, don't be annoying.
How do I delete a friend from my list?
Simple. Go to your profile. All of you friends will be listed there—just click the red “X” button to delete them. But make sure you don't click it accidentally! It's no fun to have to resend invites. Usually they get it, though. =)
How do I send a message?
First, you have to have some friends who have accepted your invitation. If you don't, see the above question for sow to add some. Go to your Message Center (the “Messages” link on your sidebar, with the envelope icon). This will take you to your inbox. If it's your first time using your message center, a little introduction will be at the top (you can always see this again by clicking the “New to Messages?” button).
If you want to send a message, select the “Send a New Message” option. A message-box will open for you to compose your note. In the “To” field, type in a user's name (make sure you've added them first. The drop-down menu will supply some of the users on your list who have the letters you've already typed; you can click any one of the names instead of typing our their entire username), and then give your message a subject. When you're all done, hit “Send Message”.
There is supposed to be a shortcut to sending messages, but it doesn't work right now, so currently the only way to send a personal message is to use your Message Center.
How do I reply to a message?
By clicking the arrow beneath a person's icon in your inbox. Then follow the same procedure you did to send a message, and voila!
How do I delete a message?
See the little button next to the “reply” option? It has a line through the middle. Click that and a “Yes/No” option to delete the message will come up. Click “Trash Message” to delete it permanently.
What are runes?
A place to leave comments on a friend's profile. You can see the comments on your friend's profiles and yours, but like messages, they are only for people who have accepted your invite.
How do I carve a rune?
To carve a rune on your friend's page, go to their profile and scroll down until you see the other runes. Click the little pencil icon, write your comment, and hit “Carve It”. When someone leaves a rune on your profile, you'll get a message letting you know.
The Isle was (and still is) a virtual pet site, and although there's not much to do with them, they're cute and we love 'em.
How do I adopt a pet?
In the navigation sidebar that appears on all of the pages, click on the “Pets” link, with the egg icon. This will take you to a page with the different pet groups, as well as how many pets there are in each category. Choose the one you're interested in and click on that. When that pages loads, you will see all of the pets in that category: a picture and a description. Click on the pet you want to adopt. Their adoption page will come up, with a box for a name and description. Name your new buddy, write a few words about him, and click “Adopt”. Congrats! You have a little friend whose picture will change every time you see him. If you decide in the future that you don't like his description, go to your pet's page and click “Edit Pet Info”. And heaven forbid you get tired of him, you can always delete him by hitting the (surprise surprise) “Delete Pet” button.
How do I see my pets?
Click the "My Profile" link in the upper navigation bar. Across the top of your profile are three icons: a book, a fluff standing next to an egg, and a baby rattle and soccer ball. Click the fluff and egg icon at the top and it will take you to the page with all of your pets.
Do I need to buy food for my pets?
No. Your pets will not die, and they can't be fed.
How do I get the bird?
By finding one of the travel spots. The hint for the bird's home is “talk to someone wise”.
How do I get the flying fish?
Same way you get the bird. Find his hidden home.
Points and the Shops
The Isle runs on a currency/points system, where points can be used to buy and sell items from the shops. They don't work for anything else, but it's a good thing to have a few around, just in case.
What do points do?
They can be used to buy items. Not much else.
How do I get points?
In several ways. By playing the games, taking the surveys on the front page, and by posting (but only one post per day brings you points. This is to prevent spamming for money).
How do I buy something from the shop?
Click “Shops” on the sidebar. Choose the shop you want. Find the item you like in the shop, use the drop-down menu to choose how many to buy, and click “Buy”.
How do I see my items?
Go to your profile. Click on the baby rattle and soccer ball icon at the top of your page.
What do the stairs do?
Allow you to access the secret destinations hidden around the Isle.
How do I give an item to a pet?
Go to your items page, scroll down to the item you want to give out, and use the drop down menu next to it to choose a pet. The page will automatically reload.
How do I take a survey?
Go to the home page and click the link that says “Surveys”. Fill out all the answers and hit submit. There are a few open, but after you've taken them all, that's all there are until Admin makes more. You get 50 points per survey.
The DragonIsle has a bunch of fun games for you to play when no one else is online. They're glitchy at times, but have patience and it all works out.
How do I play the games?
Egg Bounce: Use your cursor to bounce the eggs all the way over to the basket without breaking them.
Toss-Up: Hold down your left-click button to build up energy. Release to launch the box into the air, and try to get it to land on the bird.
Jigsaw Puzzle: Use your mouse to click-and-drag the pieces until they fit together.
Fluff Tac Toe: Just like real tic-tac-toe. Click on a space to make your move. Usually you end up playing against the computer, but if there are people on the game, you might play them. The computer will match you with someone.
Picture Rearrange: Click on the piece next to an empty space to move it into that space. The object is to rearrange the picture properly.
Note: You get ten points for playing a game, but you only earn the amount of points you won if you get a high score.
Why aren't the games working?
A few possible reasons. The first thing to do is try turning the game's sound off by clicking the “Sound On/Off” option below the game. Try making sure you have the correct media player installed, and make sure your browser works with the games. If those options don't work, it might be a temporary glitch.
Profiles and Account Information
Here on the Isle, we can have a detailed profile telling the world all about our characters. Read this section and get started on yours!
How do I get a picture?
Go to your Pets page and choose the pet you want to make into your avatar (profile picture and image that appears next to your name when you post). Go to that pet's profile. If you like the image that's up, click the yellow camera next to it. If not, refresh the page. You can take as many snapshots as you want. Once you have one that you like, scroll down to it and click the yellow face next to it. You can change your picture any time you want. If you avatar won't show up when you first change it, refresh your page.
How do I edit my profile?
Click the “My Profile” link at the top of the page. This will take you to your user profile. Find the “Edit My Profile” link and click that. This will take you to your editing page. Here you can change your password, email address, and other personal info, as well as add a description.
If you select the box “Let users who you accept as friends see your detailed profile”, this means that people on your friend-list can see all of the other people on your list. If you leave the box blank, they will not be able to see your friend-list.
The DragonIsle guide is just the dragon that appears in the corner of the Isle when you are logged in. He doesn't do anything special.
Can I change my password?
Yes, any time you want. Just go to your profile, click “Edit Profile” and enter in your new password.
Can I change my username?
No. If you get tired of your username, make a new account or ask Admin to change it (but he won't likely be able to, he's pretty busy. So your best bet is a new account).
Characters and Roleplaying
You've probably been wondering why everyone here seems to have magic powers and call each other funny names. Well, wonder no more! The mysteries of characters, explained.
What is a character?
A character is kind of hard to describe, but it's a persona you play as when you talk on the Isle. That's the most basic definition we can give you. Check out a few senior member profiles to get an idea. Your character is usually the name you go by in the Isle, the person you roleplay as, and the person you chat as. A lot of the Isle is IC (in-Character), which means you have conversations as your character. If a chat is OOC (Out-of-Character), it's fine to be yourself. You don't have to always talk like you have magical powers. (;
How do I make a character?
Well, all of the characters on the Isle are fantasy, but you don't have to have a dragon character (or even a creature—you can have a human if you want!). The main thing to remember is DON'T POWERPLAY. Powerplaying is when you have a character so powerful that no one can beat it, or it has no weaknesses (or only one person knows the weakness. This is still powerplaying, folks, so don't do it). Besides, characters are more fun then they aren't perfect.
If you want a mythical creature, a good place to start is with an encyclopedia of fantasy creatures (like this one: http://www.pantheon.org/areas/bestiary/articles.html). You can always tweak the species a bit, but try not to change a traditional species too much. You can, however, always make your own.
Give your character a personality, a history, and decide how they look. How did they get to the Isle? Do they have a place to live, or do they live on the Isle? Use your imagination. Your character will always be evolving—just ask any senior members. We're always having new ideas!
What is an RP?
An RP is a roleplay. A kind of writing where the posters alternate writing the story from the point of view of their characters. Roleplays are always third-person, past-tense, and each poster writes only as his or her character (never ever control another person's actions in your post. This is also powerplaying). For more information, please direct all questions and comments to Draca, the moderator of the Roleplay Forum.
How do I roleplay?
Before you think about RPing, read these:
Now, you need to find a roleplay to join. You can either make your own, or join one that's already open (but be sure you ask the people in it if it's okay if you join). The more you roleplay, the better you'll get but try your best to use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
What a basic post consists of is what your character is doing. Are they talking to another character in the roleplay? Give them some dialogue. Are they bored? Show a little of their thought process, and have them laze around. Make sure you're responding correctly to the roleplay, and try to stay loyal to your character's personality. Roleplaying is fun, and you'll understand it more as you go along.
What is a Klan?
This isn't really relevant any more, no one is in Klans right now, but if you're digging through the old topics you might have been wondering. A Klan (or Clan) is a group of members who have declared a name for themselves and made up some purpose for the groups. Most Klans have a little history, and each member has a rank and job.
Admin was considering making Klans an official part of the Isle, but he hasn't done anything with that recently. We can all hope, though. =D
As I'm sure you've noticed by now, the Isle is a little simpler than most forum sites. We have no flashy layouts or anything like that. But we do have a lot that's special to us (aside from the glitches, of course).
This is the general site FAQ as well as some random questions that have been asked before.
What is a travel spot?
A hidden destination on the Isle with its own layout and special forum.
How do I vote in the art competition?
Currently a moot point. The art competition does not work (Admin is away).
But when it does work, you vote by going to “Creativity” on the sidebar, and clicking “See the Current Entries!”. You can skim through them all, and once you’ve seen then, you go to your favorite one and set it as your first choice. Then you go to your second-favorite, and enter it as your second choice, and then do the same for your third choice. Then you submit your vote.
Note: since the art competition is not working right now, this is a little vague because I can’t see the current competition. When Admin gets it back up, I’ll expand this.
How do I enter the art competition?
Go to the art gallery, and click “Enter This Month’s Contest”. Title your piece, and click the “Browse” button to upload a piece of artwork from your computer. Add a little description and hit “Submit”. Always, always submit your own art (never a picture off Google or ripped from another artist).
Again, when Admin puts the art competition back up I’ll expand this how-to.
What is the Dragopedia?
A compilation of user-managed pages with all sorts of information pertaining to the Isle. You can make a page for your character, a page for a dragon you know a lot about, or anything Isle-related you want! Just keep it relevant to the website.
How do I edit the Dragopedia?
First of all, make a Dragopedia account. Click the link in the top right-hand corner of the Dragopedia, “Create an Account”. Fill out the information and finish registering. When you’re all done, you can edit, but remember a few cardinal rules: do not spam the ‘pedia. This is why we require all members have accounts and be logged in to edit. Second of all, there are community pages, but individual member pages are off-limits to other members. Although any logged-in person can do that, please respect that some put hard work into making their page, and it’s about their character. You have no right to mess with their writing and their character. Also, be courteous when it comes to editing other people’s work in the main pages. Don’t delete whole subsections cause you don’t like them. Talk it over with them first. The Dragopedia is a lot less savagely edited then Wikipedia. We try to respect the contributors here, since the only people editing it are other Isle members and friends.
I have an idea for an improvement to the Isle. Who should I ask?
Drop Admin a message, or make a topic in Site Talk.
However, don't be upset or offended if Admin never responds or if people don't like your idea. The Isle is a work in progress, and bothering Admin won't make it better. Neither will trying to get everyone to agree with you on your “amazing new idea”.
OHMAIGAWD THE ISLE IS DOWN WHAT HAPPENED?????11???!!!
Calm down. The servers that host the Isle go offline occasionally. It always comes back, but sometimes it takes a day. Since this is a small, personal project it's not perfect—but we love its quirks. (;
Why is Admin not answering my message(s)?
He's a busy guy. He has a wife and a kid, and last we heard he's still in school. He's not on all that often, and I'm sure he gets swamped with well-meaning messages, so don't be put off if he doesn't message you back. He tries to get to the important stuff first, and then he'll get around to the rest if he has time.
What is a member moderator?
A member who has been hand-picked by Admin for keeping the forums and those who talk on them in line. Moderators can edit and delete posts and delete threads, as well as report to Admin about behavioral problems with members. Remember, the mods are people, too, but if one of them tells you that you are out-of-line and need to change your behavior, do it. The next step is a report to Admin.
Who are the moderators?
Keiet (username Kei-chan): New Users forum
Draca: Roleplaying forum
Skywing: Pet Talk (Sky says she's left, we'll see whether or not she sticks to her word. For now, ask me for help here)
Drake, Skyla: Other Talk (Drake and Skyla are almost never on)
Klusa: Site Talk (but Klusa has left the site so you can call on me for this thread)
Glic: The Clouds forum
Me (username Lightwingk'Sheyna): All threads save Mod Talk. Also the only mod for Dragon Talk and the Jungle forum
Why can't I be a moderator?
Admin chooses members for moderating positions who have been on the Isle the longest (the senior members) and who have a reliable history. Bothering him (or the mods) about becoming one will not only NOT increase your chances of being appointed a mod, it will decrease them. If he’s going to choose a moderator, he’ll choose them based on maturity and seniority, not eagerness and “me me me!”. Besides, there are no open/unmoderated forums right now anyway, so all the positions are filled.