Updated April 22, 2012
The instructions on this page will help you learn how to use the TPN website. While we strive to make using the site as simple and enjoyable as possible, we expect you will have questions about how to do certain things. If you are unable to find an answer to your "how do I" question on this page, we encourage you to post the question in the forums. We will actively update this page as questions arise. If you have a question about how to do something, other's probably do too.
TPN is organized into several major sections. The menubar across the top of the page will take you directly from one section to another.
The first thing you will want to know is how to participate in TPN. Here are tips for the most common things you will do on the site.
When viewing an image you can use the "Post a Comment" button at the bottom of the page. You will go to a new page where you can type in your comment and post it. We are working on an enhancement to provide the comment form on the same page as the image.
You can only delete photographs yourself from your member portfolio albums.
If you posted an image in a weekly challenge contest album or one of the critique albums and wish to have it deleted, send a link to the image to one of the moderators and they will delete it for you.
Navigate to a specific Forum where you want to start a new topic and press the "Post Topic" button.
At the top and bottom of each topic is a button "Post Reply" that takes you to a new page where you can type in your reply. You will go to a new page where you can type in your response and post it. The other comments in the thread will appear in a scrollable text area below the comment entry form allowing you to see the other comments as you type.
Click the "Account Settings" link in the top right corner of any page. There you will see several tabs. You can change your password, username and e-mail address on the "Username & Password" tab. Other tabs allow you to change other information in your profile like signature, website links, privacy settings, and contact and location information. Make sure you press the "Save Information" button to save your changes.
TPN has several galleries where members can post images for sharing and for critique from other members. Each member also has a "Member Album" where they can post a portfolio of their images. Below are tips on how to post images, how to provide comments to other's images, etc.
Album index (thumbnail) pages are displayed at 180 pixels. Photographs are displayed at 900 horizontal by 600 vertical pixels. The site allows you to upload up to 1500x1000 pixel images. Click the thumbnail to see the 900x600 version. If the photographer posted a larger size, logged-in users can click the 900x600 version to see the larger uploaded version. Clicking the larger version takes you back to the 900x600 version.
The Editor's Picks gallery is viewable to the public and is reserved solely for photographs chosen each week by the site moderators as "best of the week" for each photography category. Only administrators and moderators can move photographs into that gallery. For your photograph to appear in the Editor's Picks gallery, you first must submit it to one of the other photography categories in the photographs gallery. If it is chosen as a "best of the week" for the week it is submitted, a moderator will then move it to the Editor's Picks gallery and apply the gold ribbon watermark to it.
Go directly to another gallery by selecting it from the "Jump to" drop-down menu in the bottom right of any photography gallery page.
By default all albums are sorted in descending order of upload time (newest to older). Use the "Sort by" drop-down menu at the bottom right corner of any album thumbnail page to choose a different order in which to sort the images you are viewing. You can choose ascending or descending order by capture time, title, rating, or number of views.
There are two ways to set the order that your images are sorted in your personal albums.
Use the following steps to have the site automatically keep your images sorted by upload time, capture time, title, rating or number of views.
Manually sorting an album requires two steps. First you have to tell the website to turn off automatic sorting.
Now you have to manually set the order in which you want your images to appear.
Your images should now appear in the order you selected.
You can create separate albums in your personal gallery. In fact you can create nested albums. To create a new album in your personal gallery:
Navigate to your member album and select "Edit Album" from the "Options" drop-down menu. The default border throughout the site for album covers, thumbnails and images is "Halo". There are several other choices. If you wish to upload your images with borders of your own already applied, select "None" for thumbnails and images.
There are three ways to edit titles, captions, keywords and other information about photographs and personal albums you have uploaded to the site.
This will provide you the syntax for how to use the "media" autotag on TPN to display a photograph in a comment to another photograph or in a forum post.
[media:ID width:NNN border:0 link:1 src:disp]
For a complete guide to autotags, please read the "glFusion autotags" documentation on the glFusion website. For autotags specific to photographs, see the "media gallery integration" documentation on the glFusion website.
These are helpful notes on how to use the forums. Click here for an offsite link to the complete guide to glFusion forums.
First you need to click the "Post Reply" button to take you to the comment page. Then you need to attached the images you wish include to your post. You can leave them as attachments or you can display them in your comment. To display an image in your comment, use the following syntax in the text area of the comment window:
where 1 denotes which attachment to use. You alternatively can make the image appear in a pop-up lightbox by adding the "lightbox" qualifier as follows:
This applies only to forum comments.
On any page in the forums you will find a drop-down menu at the top where you can select any forum category and go directly do it.
Navigate to the Forums section. On this page there will be tabs across the top where you can click the link "New Posts", "Latest Posts" or "Popular Topics".
The site software offers several personal preferences you can configure. To access all of these options, select "Account Settings" from the "My Account" menu in the navigation bar. On the Account Settings page, you will see several tabs permitting you to customize the appearance of the site to your taste and to provide personal information about yourself to others.
Use this tab to change your password, the full name displayed to others, your e-mail address, and the amount of time for the site to remember you without having to log in again.
Use this tab to upload a personal profile picture, customize your signature, provide a link to your personal or professional website, and provide any biographical information you wish others to know about you.
Use this tab to select which theme to use when you visit the site, whether to show icons representing article categories, whether to show the left and right sidebars (blocks), set how many articles (stories) to display per page, what timezone you prefer times to be displayed, what date format you wish to see dates displayed, the format of search results, and the display mode and order in which to display comments to postings.
We have created four themes (color schemes) from which you can choose.
Each of these themes uses a 10pt font. If you prefer, there are also 12pt versions of these themes you also can select from the Themes drop-down.
Use this tab to configure whether you will permit administrators and other members to send you e-mail messages, whether or not to show that you are currently logged into the site, whether or not you will accept private messages from others using the site's private messaging system, and whether you wish to see private message notifications.
Use this tab to configure how many topics and posts to display per page, how many views a topic must have to be considered "popular", how many search results to show per page, how many members to list per page, and several other options for the forums.
Use this tab to provide additional personal information such as birth year, address, continent, and other website and blog links.