If you have any suggestions or feedback, please post! Among some things you can do to help:
- Suggest threads\links for the “Helpful Links and Information” index
- Post frequently asked questions for the FAQ at the end
- If you are familiar with sub-forums, post the post commonly misplaced thread topics so I can make note of them under Navigation
- In general, let me know what you think
So without further ado:
- Site Features
- Forum Lingo
- Post Formatting
- Navigation: Where should my thread go?
Creating Good Posts
- Disapproved Posts
- Encouraging Helpful Replies
- Helpful Links and Information
*Hint: If you want to get to a particular section quickly, use your browser’s Search function (Usually CTRL + F) and enter in the section names listed in the Table of Contents
I advise skim reading this post - if you don't know how, look up a guide for it. The basic idea is to quickly read parts of the post and look for relevant\interesting\important information and bolded text\titles and stop to thread at sections of interest. Reading the whole thing can be lengthly and waste time in some cases, but feel free to read the entire thread!
Read these if you haven't already:
The Code of Conduct or Rules: http://us.battle.net/en/community/conduct
Most of it is common sense, but this is a very readable document that is extremely easy to skim.
Forum Guidelines: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/85998600
Lists a lot of common things that are “Frowned Upon” – sort of an extension of the CoC
And at least pay attention to ALL forum stickies! They are there for a reason! If nothing else, check for new ones and read their titles in case they are important or answer questions you might have.
Other than that, I hope this guide is helpful and enjoy your stay!
- First Section: Navigation
- Subsection: Site Features
The Starcraft 2 site is packed with useful features. To make sure you get the best out of your stay at the forums, I will give you a tour of all the site offers.
Battle.net Navigation Bar can be found at the most top-right of the page. From this tab you can access your Battle.net account and issue help tickets. When a Blizzard replies to a Help Ticket, it will show up here.
Search Starcraft II bar is just below - a very powerful tool. As a test, search for “account” - a summary will appear, showing you grouped results from all parts of the site! Clicking on a group – such as “Forums” or Blog Articles” will allow you to sort the results by Relevance, Date, and Popularity. Want to narrow down the results even more? Visit any of the sub forums and a search bar will appear above the main body that allows you to search only that area. Before creating a thread, always search for another thread that answers your question!
Site Navigation Bar is just below that – with your Player Information to the right. Clicking your name will allow you to view your profile, see your character code, and check your post history.
Post History is another very useful tool. It allows you to view all of your posts so you can count how many you've made or return to old posts.
Here is a summary of each page on the navigation bar. (It would take too long to them in detail)
- The Home page: Contains the Blizzard Blog. Check here for the latest news in the Starcraft Community, Blizzard Updates, and Polls.
Game tab: You can view Grandmasters for all regions, the HotS preview, and view Blizzard Mod’s and Map Tutorials - In addition to game information and lore.
The Community page: Links you to Starcraft’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. You can also find fan-art, contests, Blizzard casts, newsletters and eSports news here.
Media: Contains Videos, Screenshots, Artwork, Wallpapers, Comics, and Audio downloads for ringtones.
Forums: Brings you to the Forums index.