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    Welcome to Smart Canucks! It seems that we have a lot of new people who have joined our happy little family, and we are very glad that you all decided to come and join us!

    The following posts are designed to help all of our members navigate the site more easily, and to help ensure the site remains the best it can be. A lot of this information has been posted in other threads that are located throughout the forum, but we decided it was best to create one thread with most of the important info in it.

    If you have any questions or need assistance feel free to message any of the site's moderators or administrators.

    Your moderators are:

    Site Administrator -
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    Moderators:
    Sally888
    Jeniana
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    **thanks to all the members who posted some of this information in other posts!**
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    Some posts that also should help get you started are:


    New to SmartCanucks.ca? Introduce yourself and meet others

    The Smart Canucks Forum Etiquette

    SmartCanucks free gifts!! Read on...

    Post Good Deals and Win Prizes each Month

    How to Spot Fake Freebies.



    Table of Contents of this thread:

    Post #1 in this thread
    This is currently post one.

    Post #2 in this thread:
    Reposts

    Post #3:
    Searching Before Posting

    Post #4
    Posting a New Offer

    Post #5
    Posting a US/UK Freebie

    Post #6
    Ordering Freebies

    Post #7
    Referral Links

    Post #8
    SC Icons Explained

    Post #9
    Site Related Questions/Comments

    Post #10
    SC Free Gifts

    Post #11
    Some Key Forums Sections

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    Private Messages

    Post #13
    User CP (control panel)

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    Candies Explained

    Post #15
    Giving Credit for Posts

    Post #16
    Reputation Explained

    Post #17
    Freebie and coupon related short forms

    Post #18
    Inserting a link into text

    Post #19
    Using an Image from your Album

    Post #20

    Rating a Thread

    Post #21
    Smart Canucks Cash Back

    Post #22
    Posting a Youtube video

    Post #23
    Trade Ratings

    Post #24
    More to come.... PM a mod if you feel there should be something added.
    This thread is currently associated with: Canada Post
    Last edited by AmberLab; Wed, Mar 28th, 2012 at 07:01 PM. Reason: updating


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    If the member has less than 100 posts

    A new member can sometimes try helping and might post a freebie or deal that has been posted numerous times. If they repost, post in the wrong section or do anything that is incorrect on SC because they are new please thank them normally for the post and do not mention it's a repost or it was posted in wrong section. Simply use the report button on the side of each post and it will be moved or merged as needed.

    Even if that member has many reposts don't tell them it's a repost as long as their total posts is under 100. When the moderators clean up the forums the reposts will simply be merged with the original post or moved out.


    If the member has 100 - 200 posts

    Still somewhat a newbie. You can mention it's a repost but it has to be along the lines of "This has been posted before but thanks for reminding me" Or use the report button on the side of each post and it will be moved or merged as needed.


    If the member has more than 200 posts

    Please feel free to mention it's a repost in a nice way and maybe mention the Google search feature.


    If a member (200+ posts) continues to repost

    Please report them to the moderators.


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    We would like to assure all of our new members that they are welcome to post any deal or freebie that they find and think others might like. We do our best to monitor all the posts made on SC, and so we are usually aware if a thread is a repost or needs to be moved to another section and we will do so as necessary. While its always important to search and try to find out if the offer you are going to post has been previously listed, we understand that when your just learning the ropes, you may accidentally repost from time to time. However, existing members (those of you with over 300 posts) we expect that by now you are learning the in's and out's of the site such as how to search and where to post, so this green light is for new members only! And of course if your a spammer....consider your post gone!

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    Please do a search before posting a new offer to see if it has already been posted. We all miss things that have been posted from time to time and repost but the more reposts there are the more work it is for the mods to keep this area tidy.

    Also, please use the search feature at the top of the page rather than simply the 'search this forum' function as this will check the entire site as opposed to just the one section.

    Search tips:
    • Try a couple of searches using different terms if you don't find anything the first time.


    • Search using only one or two key words. Too many words will just turn up more posts than you can look through or maybe nothing at all as sometimes it is just too much info for the search engine.


    • Also search out the main piece of the URL. An example would be out of the following link I'd search out the highlighted section, not the whole link......

    w ww.forum.smartcanucks.ca/showpost.php?p=380967&postcount=3
    • Often it is easier to find by searching for the freebie offered or contest prize or catch-phrase rather than the name of the company or contest name.


    • It is best to search the entire forum, rather than just one subsection.


    • Keep current with threads! Almost half of the reposts are posted earlier in the same thread (only one or two days before for the most part)


    If you do a search for something and you find the offer has been posted before, but maybe needs updating, just make a reply in that thread and it will bring it back to the top of the forum. Please do this instead of reposting the offer...thanks!


    If a post has been moved to the expired section or to a different section it is because a mod did a search and found the same contest or freebie in previous posts or because it is better suited to one of the other sections.
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    • Always search first

    Whenever possible please include the following information in the title of the post:

    • What the freebie is
    • Name of company offering the freebie
    • If a limited time offer - post details or end date

    Adding this information to the title of the post makes the search feature much more efficient.

    Also when you have found the offer on another site, it is simple courtesy to acknowledge that you have taken a post from elsewhere. A simple *borrowed at the beginning of your post is sufficient.

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    Please test the link prior to posting to ensure that it is still valid and to make sure it is valid in Canada.


    • If you come across a great freebie but it is US only, please post it in this thread.


    • If you come across a great freebie but it is UK, please post it in this thread.


    • If you accidentally post a US/UK freebie on its own, no worries a moderator can merge it with the proper thread for you.

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    When ordering a freebie NEVER CLICK ON THE LINK - copy and paste it into a new browser window. If the link is too long to copy and past then right click on the link and choose "copy link location".

    Often times if a vendor traces that you have come from a freebie site, they will not send out your freebie.

    You will receive more freebies this way!

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    • Do NOT start new threads about websites with referral links and post your referral link. If you want to let people know about a website that has referral links post the normal link without your referral code and then ask members to use the link in your signature.
    • Do not post more than 2 referral links in your signature this includes external links (blog links etc)
    • Make sure that referral links in your signature are the regular font size, not bolded or italicized.
    • Do not post banners or any images that links to a referral program in your signature.

    Do NOT expect everyone to use your referral code because you started a thread. There should be a chain where A refers B then B refers C etc.
    • Do not argue or fight about whose referral link to use
    • Do not post a referral link to any website that provides points by shopping at stores similar to the ones in SC's cashback.

    For more information review THIS post.
    Last edited by Sally888; Mon, Feb 8th, 2010 at 01:44 PM.

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    1.


    User Name
    Custom User Title - Can change using this link.
    Maple Leafs - The number of maple leafs change based on how many posts you have. Read more here.

    2.


    User Avatar
    - You can add or upload an avatar by going to User CP - Edit Avatar

    3.


    Arcade Info
    - displays any arcade games you have the high score in, and the number of tournaments won.
    - you can access the arcade here.
    - you can read more info on the arcade in this thread.

    4.


    Join Date
    Location - can be left blank. If you want to edit this option, go to User CP - Edit Profile
    Age: If you've entered in your birth date.
    Trade Rating: Feedback received from coupon trades. Read more here.
    Cash Back: Cash back earned from shopping Smart Canucks Cash back. Read more here.
    Posts: How many posts you have made on the forum

    5.


    Status: You can click the "edit status" button to change your status
    Mood: A way to show what kind of mood you are in - if no mood selected this will be blank
    - the list of moods is found underneath your private message box.
    Reputation Power: Reputation received from other members, the more bars/sun's you have the higher your reputation rating. Read more here.
    Candies: You get candy by creating a thread (4 candies), creating a poll (4 candies) and posting within a thread (1 candy).
    - Candies can be used to buy gifts for other members. Read more here.
    Donate: You can donate candies to other members as well.

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    Gifts:
    Little presents you can buy for other members with your candy. Read more here.


    7.


    Online/Offline Indicator: ()If this light is green it means the member is online. If the light is blue they are offline.

    Reputation button: () This is the button you use to add to someones reputation. When you click on it a little menu will pop down and you can select either positive or negative. You also have the option to leave a message. (Read more here)

    Report post: () This button is used to report a post to the moderators/admins on the site. You would use this if a post is expired, if it is spam, or basically any problem with the post.

    8.


    Reply: Reply button. This is what you use to reply to a post.

    9.


    Signature: Custom user signature which appears in pm's and posts.
    - You may put referral links in your signature but please read site policy on referral links in signatures before adding. Read policy here.
    - If you would like a signature made you can read more here.

    10.

    Send PM: A quick button for sending a user a PM (private message). They are located on each users posts.
    Edit: You may use this button to edit a post you have made.

    Quote: Use this button if you would like to quote a post made by someone else. When you do this the post you are quoting will appear in your post as well.
    Multi-quote: Use this button to quote multiple posts. Click the button for each post you want to quote.
    Quick Reply to Post: Use this button to post a quick reply in a thread.

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    The number in the corner of each post represents the number of the post in the thread. If you click the number it allows you to view that single post. It's handy if you'd like to show someone a specific post by copying that link location instead of the entire thread.
    Last edited by ilovemykids; Fri, Jun 27th, 2008 at 07:59 PM.

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    Have a question about something on SC? Odds are it has already been asked and answered in the Site Related Section of the forum which can be found here.

    • If you have a question about something to do with the site, please post it here and someone will reply to you shortly.

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    In case anyone is still unaware, Boo Radley our site administrator offers free gifts to members who make a valid contribution to our site.

    To find out more about the gifts and what you must do to qualify, please see the Free Gift section of the forum found here.

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    Although SC does have specific sections for different types of deals/offers please refrain from telling other members where their post "should" be. If you see a thread that you feel is in the wrong section and would like to let the site staff know, please use the report button in the thread as opposed to posting that something is in the 'wrong' section. Thanks!



    • Canadian Freebies & Samples- All freebies and samples are well loved. Please be sure to check that they are entirely free (no cost or shipping charges). If they have even a small charge attached to them, please post in deals.


    • Online Freebies - Any freebies that are downloads, recipes, or not something you can put your hands on *must* go in this section. thank you.


    • Canadian Coupons- All cents off coupons go in here, even if they mail you free coupons If it is a save.ca coupon, please bump up the main save.ca thread (If you put a new post on it, it bumps it up to the top! This was something I did not know when I first came here). With coupons it seems to be very essential to check that they are valid in Canada before posting them to others… Sadly, many coupons are not.. This could result in dozens of people printing off a coupon that does not work. If it is a very old link, you may also want to check that there is still a coupon there.


    • Canadian Contests - This is my favorite section LOL! (Can you guys tell??). All contests go in here, with the date in the title line, and indicate whether it is daily, one time entry etc in the post somewhere. Especially if you see one for winning a nice Condo in BC… I need that….


    • Paid Surveys & Mystery Shopping in Canada - If you have had a good experience with a survey company, or mystery shopping company, please come here to share it with others! There also seem to be many people here experienced with Canadian survey companies, so it might be a good place to start if you have any questions.
    • General Discussion (The Tea Room) - Say whatever is on your mind or just pop-in and say hi!
      Nothing lewd, rude or crude please. Keep in mind this is a "G" rated site.

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    Often times you will see someone say 'PM me' or to PM a particular member. PM stands for private message.

    This is your basic private message info screen - shows how many private messages you have and how many unread messages.



    To read your pm's just click on the blue Private Messages link in this box (or go through user cp).



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    To send someone a pm, you can either go into private messages using the private message link in the box show above, then select compose from the menu on the left. Or...


    You can also click on the persons' name. So for instance if you click on my user name in a post, you will get a drop down menu where one of the options is to "send a private message to Prue" - just click that and the personal message box will open. Type your message and click send.



    Or use the "SEND PM" button on their post.

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    The User CP (control panel) is where you can edit your account options.


    To access your control panel click the User CP on the site header, then select the user control panel link (the one the arrow points to)

    By clicking the User CP and then the User Control Panel link you will see links to:

    Your Profile:
    Edit Your Details Change details about yourself such as location, custom user title etc.
    Customize Profile
    Edit Profile Picture

    Networking:
    Where you can view your contacts and friends. View your social groups or those that exist. View your pictures and albums

    Settings & Options:
    Edit Avatar Add, remove or change your avatar (picture under your name)
    Edit Signature You can add or change your signature using this link
    Edit Email & Password Change the email on file, or your password used to access your Smart Canucks account.
    Edit Options Edit things such as your PM settings, time zone, etc. Have a look around to see what you can do.
    Edit Ignore List View those you've placed on your ignore list.


    Private Messages :
    - send or receive private messages, read stored messages.

    Subscribed Threads:
    - subscribe or unsubscribe to threads. When you subscribe to a thread you will be notified of posts in that thread.

    Miscellaneous


    Event Reminders: Reminders you have set for calendar items
    Attachments: A list of your attachments.


    In addition to these links you will also see on the main page of the User CP

    Latest moderator actions on your threads/posts - this just shows you any changes that moderators have made to posts you have made (such as moving to expired if the offer is no longer good, or adding a company name to a post title)

    Latest Reputation received - Reputation given to you by other members

    You will also see any new private messages (title only) and a list of subscribed threads.

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    Candies are like a points system for the board.
    You earn candies for creating threads and replying to posts.

    As they collect you can purchase items in Candy Land.

    A lot of users use it to purchase little colourful gifts for other users for various reasons.
    To do that you can go HERE and type in the persons user name you'd like to give to. Also you can choose the gift to give.

    Have fun playing with candies!!


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    For those that remember and know about the previous candy system keep in mind that:
    The Old candy system no longer valid.
    Gift cards will not be traded for candies.
    Effective July 2008
    Last edited by ilovemykids; Tue, Sep 30th, 2008 at 11:43 PM. Reason: Old candy system no longer valid.

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    Please remember if you are posting an offer on Smart Canucks that you have found on another site to give credit where credit is due.

    A simple posting of *borrowed* to at least give some credit to the original poster is all we ask.

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