fanpop General preguntas

harold posted on Apr 24, 2008 at 06:37AM
This forum is for questions about how stuff works on Fanpop: how to use features, etc.

Looking through the forum in this spot, you can see that a lot of questions get asked over and over again, but since there are so many pages of forum threads, the answers can get lost. I propose this as a forum for users to ask questions about the site, which other users or even the staff can answer. Then users with a question can look at one thread in future, rather than having to repeat a thread or search through many many pages of forum threads.
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hace más de un año harold said…
So, here's a question: in what time zone does Fanpop operate? It wouldn't be an issue except in two respects: the log of when content was added rolls over at a certain time (going from "added x hours ago" to "added 1 day ago"), and picks with end dates end according to this time zone (I created a pick this evening, and it ended minutes after I'd created it, which suggests a central Atlantic Time Zone around Bermuda). What is the time zone, expressed as relative to GMT?
hace más de un año aholic said…
Well I don't know, but here you can see the time zones link
hace más de un año tessajanuary said…
I think it is in UCT/GMT, harold. I just posted a forum topic and it said that it was posted at the same time as the current UCT time, so it seems like that's correct. But I don't know how that fits into your pick ending when it did...
hace más de un año germany123 said…
ok- i have a question..are the images on shuffle!?
if someone adds new images to a spot and you want to view them you always have to go back to the overview if you click on "next" it gives you some random picture from say 8 months ago. Am I missing something?
hace más de un año ineedcoffee said…
you have to pick previous instead of next I noticed this as well germany its backwords...lol
hace más de un año germany123 said…
oh..really!? ill give that a try. Thanks :)
hace más de un año germany123 said…
yay..me again
ive been wondering how long an item one posts needs to show up in the updates feed of subscribers to a spot/ forum comments to the forum creator etc
i posted a link and then saw it wasnt working properly and took it down immediately, but i wondered if it was already in the updates for the spot. also when i post a comment somewhere and re-read it i sometimes notice how badly i phrased it ( hey im german it happens a lot!!!) and then change it..but wonder how much time i have if- theoretically- the user who started the forum/ made the pick is checking their updates every couple of seconds. this may not be important i just want to know cause im one nosy person :P
hace más de un año Snerkie said…
Things go to the "my updates" pretty much straight away, but also if you take down a link it will be removed from the "my updates" list straight away or if someone clicked it then it'll go to the Fanpop home page.
hace más de un año germany123 said…
okay thanks snerkie i thought it would be fairly quick- so i better write my comments more carefully- dang firefox wont let you make the comment box bigger- its hard to read longer comments in this tiny box, thats why i post them to see the whole thing, thats a good thing about safari- if youre careful not to screw up the layoot ;)
hace más de un año amazondebs said…
okay i have one is it just me or do picks take longer to submit that other stuff because if you post a image or link it says posted 1 minute ago yet my picks normally say posted 10 minutes ago
hace más de un año viddiction said…
I just want to know if there are any specific features in this site which allows users to edit their video ?

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hace más de un año Snerkie said…
amazondebs, the time i've figured out with picks is when you first started making it :) so when you first started typing (or maybe uploading an image) the time goes from that instead
hace más de un año harold said…
At the moment, I don't believe there is any Fanpop feature for uploading your own videos, much less editing them. The site merely embeds videos hosted on other sites.
hace más de un año germany123 said…
ok sorry this is a really basic question ( yes i tried searching- dont get me started...) but what exactly- aside from image uploading/ more images at a time- can i do differently on a spot if i have
a)a green
b)a yellow
c)a red medal?
I have a yellow one on the HIMYM spot which i am very proud of( because i love the show and my fellow HIMYM-obsessed fans) but aside from it being so beautiful and round and pleasing to the eye: is there anything i can do now that i couldnt do before?
hace más de un año PkmnTrainerJ said…
No, germany. Once you get the red medal you can manage the headlines and I think edit the spot banner, logo and description.
hace más de un año germany123 said…
oh okay...thanks :)
hace más de un año Saul_Mikoliunas said…
I have a red medal for the How I Met Your Mother but I can't edit the spot banner, icon or description. Headlines? Hmm. Excuse me for a few minutes =)
hace más de un año harold said…
My understanding is that you used to have different editing rights within a spot based on medals (I dimly remember something about this in an early version of the FAQ), but that seems to have changed as the site has developed. I don't believe that any rights change based on medals at the moment. To put it another way, medals are just medals and they do not confer any rights/abilities to edit a spot.

That said, I wouldn't know about the fanatic medal, as I don't have one.

Lastly, I don't think headlines are user-determined. They appear to be another widget that is populated by news items and press releases with keywords related to the spot topic.
hace más de un año amazondebs said…
thanks snerkie :D

i know this has been asked many times about medals and how you get them but i'm just curious how much we actually know about them so far i have gathered the more ratings you get the more it goes towards your 'medal points'
but what else goes towards the medal 'formula'

oh and temptasia told me that when you have a fanatic you can edit other content like to add keywords or credits and such
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hace más de un año Saul_Mikoliunas said…
Having recently got my first fanatic medal, I can edit the keywords and credit on other people's images however not on the videos. I also get to do sometihng with the headlines, something about managing feeds, however I am useless with technical stuff and it looks complicated so I am staying away from that!
This isn't really a question about fanpop, well it is kind of, I was just wondering if anybody had ever written a soapbox on keywords? Whenever I see an image with no credit I can refer them to DrD's soapbox but I haven't found one on keywords. I did search but I might have missed something.
hace más de un año germany123 said…
i looked too but i couldnt find anything..maybe its time for another soapbox,sualey!?
hace más de un año Saul_Mikoliunas said…
Haha, I was about to ask you to write it =D
hace más de un año germany123 said…
YOUre the writer- I AM the foreigner! but i will help you with ideas...you just have to phrase it well. you can be my ghostwriter :D
hace más de un año Saul_Mikoliunas said…
Sure, I'm the writer which means I don't need any practice! I write all the time. You however, need the practice. I'll give you ideas =D
hace más de un año amazondebs said…
there is a forum on keywords here, perhaps one of us could just fatten out the points from here
link
hace más de un año germany123 said…
hmmm one of us!? :D
good forum that..pity one cant save it..ive saved all of the how-tos i like to my favorites.
hace más de un año tessajanuary said…
RE the medals - you get to add more than 10 images at a time with a yellow medal, but I think that's it. There aren't any perks with a green one as far as I know, just the satisfaction of getting it.
hace más de un año tessajanuary said…
Ok, here's a question:
What makes the 'featured' links and videos on the main page featured? I can't seem to figure that out. I think that the Fanpop 4 choose the featured soapbox, but what makes videos or links that way? It seems to be a combination of ratings and how recently they've been posted but I'd love it if someone actually knew. Thanks!
hace más de un año harold said…
I don't believe that the staff has the time to manually select any of the content on the top page. Instead, I believe all three (links, videos and articles) are determined by their "hotness": how many people have viewed them recently, combined in some way with the ratings they've received.
hace más de un año harold said…
Here's another question that maybe someone can answer: if enough of the content that you added to a spot gets deleted from that spot (for whatever reason: broken, moved to another spot, et cetera), do you lose the medals in that spot that you got for that content?

That question makes me nervous, even though I think that the medal should go away if the content goes away. Sometimes I'm not so good about fixing my broken video links as quickly as I should...
hace más de un año tessajanuary said…
I don't think so, harold. I remember reading something dave (I think) said about this. I believe that even if the links are taken off, your medal won't go down a level or be lost. I think that the only way you can get rid of a medal is by unsubscribing to that spot. However, I don't think that the ratings on that content will be counted towards any higher medal, either.

I'll see if I can find where that was mentioned, but I don't have much faith I can find it.
hace más de un año aholic said…
I just think that you can't see the spot in the "highest medals" page on your profile, but you will still have the medal.
hace más de un año germany123 said…
when uploading images i cant use exclamation marks or question marks neither in the title nor the description..other people can.at least in the descriptions..any ideas!?
hace más de un año harold said…
Hrm. It's been a while since I uploaded any images with non-letter characters. I'll try it later, but in the meantime, have you tried editing the description after submitting it? That may be a workaround.
hace más de un año claire-aka-bob said…
i dont know whats wrong or if its just my computer but it wont lat me upload more than one image?
i know how to do it because i have done it on other computers before but mine wont? ♥
hace más de un año aholic said…
It's sometimes like that with me too,claire, but only if I'm doing something else on my computer meanwhile uploading to fanpop.
hace más de un año amazondebs said…
it won't let me load up any images and you guys know which special one i need to upload *sob*
hace más de un año Snerkie said…
with images sometimes it'll just time out, also check the file size isn't any bigger than 5mb and also that it is an accepted file type such as jpg, gif or png :) otherwise i have no idea, lol
hace más de un año aholic said…
Lol I sometimes upload 22mb (pictures from my camera are so big)

Debs, have you tried the other form or another web browser?
hace más de un año claire-aka-bob said…
no the size is fine i just cant add multiple iamgae at the same time?
its not to do with my browser as i have used explorer, firefox and oprea
but non have worked? ♥
hace más de un año Snerkie said…
hmm...cleared your cache and cookies?? it's what i do when something doesn't work, lol, otherwise i'm not sure
hace más de un año claire-aka-bob said…
ah well, i have never been one for adding tones of images anyway!
i will just leave it, i cant be botherd with all this hastle ♥
hace más de un año amazondebs said…
well it finally let me do it as a photo and yes the images was all fine (i was trying to put it is as a fan art before)
hace más de un año germany123 said…
thanks harold..it does actually work in editing because its a regular comment field then (rather than the description one).
does it maybe have something to with my keyboard!?
it being german and all!?
because i have the ß and äöü keys-and the question mark and the ß share one key...and when i try to write a question mark i can only write a ß.its like the shift key doesnt function in the description field.
i also tried various combinations e.g. alt+ ? etc but still :(
hace más de un año aholic said…
Here yesterday, I couldn't upload 490 images at one time but I could if i split it in half. Fanpop wrote that the image type was wrong but it was just because there was so many.
hace más de un año amazondebs said…
490, of what?
hace más de un año aholic said…
of Beijing. I uploaded 605 of Cambodia today and about 1000 pictures of other countries to the Asia spot.

I may seem crazy but I like uploading travel pictures. It's almost as if I've been there.
hace más de un año Saul_Mikoliunas said…
Question Time.
Once a spot becomes a full spot and not a pending spot, can the maker of the spot not edit the sub heading or keywords? I have tryed to add one new keyword to one of my spots but it doesnt work. I also wanted to change the subheading on some of my spots, once I thought up something funny but I think I might have been too late.
Edit: Typo.
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hace más de un año harold said…
Harold, answering while on vacation. Yes, that's correct. But I don't think that the decision point is whether it is a pending spot vs. no-longer-pending spot, but rather how many fans have joined. I've noticed that I can no longer edit spots I've created after others join the spot. Once again, this means that it is a request to put to an admin or staff member.
hace más de un año hooch-is-crazy said…
How many megabytes would various things on fanpop, answering a few picks making comments, spending a while on chat) take up? I need to know because my phone has the internet but charges £3 per megabyte and I don't want to lose all my credit.