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post #1 of 14
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What are Points? Points are virtual currency that can be used on the site for things such as donate them to another user, buy virtual gifts for users and other things, such as purchase a glow color for your username.

How do I get points?

Post! It's as simple as that, for each post you get points. The Social Lounges like the Cat Lounge give you 5 points and the Fur Pictures give you 1. The forums asking for help are 7 . Please, let's keep to the usual post quality - keep your posts relevant and to the point (no pun intended)

What is the bank? Just like a bank where you keep your money, the Bank holds your points for you. You earn a nominal interest rate on points kept in the bank. If you want to spend or donate your points you will need to transfer your points out of the bank. Click here for instructions.

What are the little icons under people's points?


Gifts are little icons that you can give to any user including yourself. Use gifts to brighten someone's day, show gratitude, congratulate someone, or just be a little silly. Click here for instructions on purchasing a gift.

Awareness ribbons can only be purchased for yourself and show your support for many causes. Click here for instructions on purchasing a ribbon.

What do gifts and ribbons cost? You can see the price of the gifts and ribbons when you select "Shop Main" from the "Shop Menu", then click on the "Misc Options" button. Note: Paying members get a discount on gifts and ribbons.

When I click on give gifts, it says the item you are trying to purchase is out of stock?? This doesn't happen often, but there is a limited amount of gifts available and sometimes everyone is giving gifts. Try again a little later and it should be restocked. Gifts are replenished about every 5 minutes.

Several very kind friends have given me gifts. I'd like to send all of them a at one time.
You can only give one gift at a time, as the shop is set to prevent "flooding". Once you give one gift, you're prevented from giving another for about two minutes. The shop sells out quickly at certain times of the day, so you may only be able to give two or three gifts during one sitting.

I've given a couple of gifts and in the message I say something like 'From Zoey & Saki'. When I'm done and go to see the gift I gave, it comes out 'From Zoey &amp ; Saki' Any idea why or how to fix that? This is a quirk of the system and probably won't be fixed due to lack of support for VBPlaza (the software for the Shop). The only way to avoid the problem is to avoid special characters like ampersands (&), question marks (?), quotes (" or ').

I only see 20 gifts appearing on a user's post. Can that number be changed? 20 is the limit and cannot be changed. You can view other gifts by looking at the user's profile.

Is there a way to see what I've given other people? Select history from the Shop Menu. You will see a listing there.

Do the gifts show up immediately or do they have to be "accepted" first? They show up right away. The recipients receive a PM to notify them of the gift.

Everyone is so nice giving me gifts but I don't have enough points to give them a gift.Most people give gifts to make you feel welcome and expect nothing in return. Instead pay it forward by giving a gift to someone new when you get enough points.

If we don't want to participate in this whole point system is there any opt out option or do we just not worry about it? There isn't a way to opt out. Your points will accrue as you post. Some people will donate their points to others who like to send a lot of gifts, especially new members.

What is the Lottery and Thief? These options are turned off and we don't use them.

What else can I do with points?

The following options are available to paying member. Note: if you have turned off the ability to view Avatars and Signatures, you will not see any of these enhancements.

Username Option
-Bold/Italic/Underline
-Font type
-Font color
- Glow/Shadow

User Title Options
- Bold/Italic/Underline
- Font Type
- Font Color
- Glow/Shadow

Thread Options - From the Shop Menu, select Shop Main and find the "Thread Options" button.
post #2 of 14
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Select "Give Gifts" from the Shop Menu.


Enter in all of the information.


When you click on the Purchase button, your gift shows up immediately in the recipient's profile and a PM is sent to the person with your message.
post #3 of 14
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Select Bank from the Shop Menu



To move points to the bank, Enter a quantity in the box by the Deposit button and then click on the deposit button.



To move points out of the bank, enter a quantity in the box by the Withdraw button and then click on the Withdraw button.



If all is successful you will see:
post #4 of 14
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Select "Give Ribbons" from the Shop Menu.


Enter in all of the information.


When you click on the Purchase button, your ribbon shows up immediately in your profile and you can see your message for the ribbon in your profile.
post #5 of 14
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*NOTE: User Name CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The user name options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for Username Options


Bold, Italic, Underline:
To purchase one of these, select the appropriate button from the Username options page.



To Purchase, click on the Purchase button


Applied Bold:
Internet Explorer in Post


Applied Bold and Italic:
In a post


Applied Bold, Italic and Underline:
Note: underline doesn't show up unless you are viewing your username in your profile.

In a post



In a profile
post #6 of 14
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*NOTE: User Name CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The user name options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for Username Options


Then find the button


Enter the information


Fonts with more than one word must be typed in with spaces.

Click here for available fonts

Example with Font type Comic Sans MS


Note: you may use fonts other than the ones listed but they may not work on all computers. Others may not see your selected font.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
*NOTE: User Name CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The user name options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for Username Options


Click on the button

Enter the information


Colors with more than one word must be typed in with no spaces.

Click here to see the available colors

Example in Post - colored user name in DarkSlateBlue
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
*NOTE: User Name CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The Glow and Shadow options only appear in Internet Explorer. You will not see these options if you are using Firefox.

The user name options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for Username Options


Click on the button


Enter the information


Click here to see the available colors

Example Glow in post:
Internet Explorer


Firefox


Example Shadow in post:
Internet Explorer


Firefox


IMPORTANT NOTE:
As mentioned earlier, the glow and shadow do not work in Firefox. Keep this in mind when you are selecting your colors as Firefox users may not see your user name very well.

Internet Explorer


Firefox
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
*NOTE: User Title CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The user title options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for User Title Options


Bold, Italic, Underline:
To purchase one of these, select the appropriate button from the User Title options page.



To Purchase, click on the Purchase button


Applied Bold:


Applied Italic:


Applied Underline:



These can be combined.
Applied Bold, Italic, and Underlined

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
*NOTE: User Title CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The user title options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for User Title Options


Then find the button


Enter the information


Fonts with more than one word must be typed in with spaces.

Click here to see the available fonts

Example with Font type Comic Sans MS


Note: you may use fonts other than the ones listed but they may not work on all computers. Others may not see your selected font.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
*NOTE: User Title CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The user title options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for User Title Options


Click on the button


Enter the information


Colors with more than one word must be typed in with no spaces.

Click here to see the available colors

Example in Post - colored user title in Magenta
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
*NOTE: User Title CUSTOMIZATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAID MEMBERS*

The Glow and Shadow options only appear in Internet Explorer. You will not see these options if you are using Firefox.

The user title options can be accessed from the shop main menu.


Then scroll down until you find the button for User title Options


Click on the button


Enter the information


Click here to see the available colors

Example Glow in post:
Internet Explorer


Firefox


Example Shadow in post:
Internet Explorer


Firefox


IMPORTANT NOTE:
As mentioned earlier, the glow and shadow do not work in Firefox. Keep this in mind when you are selecting your colors as Firefox users may not see your user title very well.

Internet Explorer


Firefox
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
These are the standard fonts you can use. Note: you may use fonts other than the ones listed but they may not work on all computers. Others may not see your selected font.

Arial
Arial Black
Arial Narrow
Book Antiqua
Century Gothic
Comic Sans MS
Courier New
Fixedsys
Franklin Gothic Medium
Garamond
Georgia
Impact
Lucida Console
Lucida Sans Unicode
Microsoft Sans Serif
Palatino Linotype
System
Tahoma
Times New Roman
Trebuchet MS
Verdana
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
These are the available colors

Black
Sienna
DarkOliveGreen
DarkGreen
DarkSlateBlue
Navy
Indigo
DarkSlateGray
DarkRed
DarkOrange
Olive
Green
Teal
Blue
SlateGray
DimGray
Red
SandyBrown
YellowGreen
SeaGreen
MediumTurquoise
RoyalBlue
Purple
Gray
Magenta
Orange
Yellow
Lime
Cyan
DeepSkyBlue
DarkOrchid
Silver
Pink
Wheat
LemonChiffon
PaleGreen
PaleTurquoise
LightBlue
Plum
White
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