BYC is a very diverse website with a ton of great features and sections. With a lot of features and sections come a lot of questions. Hopefully the questions and answers in this thread will help our members find what they are looking for!
First we encourage you to review the following:
General Forum FAQs
Q: I'm having technical problems and/or I'm getting errors on the site, what do I do?
Q: I'm having Trouble Logging In or Changing My Forum Password or Email
Q: I'm a new member and can't add a profile signature, post an article, review a product, etc.
A: Some features (like profile signatures, posting articles, reviewing products, using our Buy-Sell-Trade sections, etc. require you to have actively posted in our community forum anywhere from 10 - 20 times.
Q: How do I use the Buy/Sell/Trade (Auction)?
A: First, you must be at least 18 years old and agree to our BST rules to participate. Note: to "agree" you simply use the system, you don't have to do anything else. To post an item for sale you must have at least 20 posts. You can find more info here. http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/buy-sell-trade-bst-faqs
Q: How do I post pictures on the forum? On my BYC page?
Q: How Do I Add An Avatar (picture) To My Profile?
Q: What Are Golden Feather Members? What are Platinum members? (GFM's & PPM's)?
Q: How Can I Turn Off Advertising / Advertisements On The Site? I saw some inappropriate ads, what should I do?
Q: How Do I Get My Coop Page Added to the BYC Coop Index?
A: All the coops submitted to our coop contests are added to the various coop indexes AFTER the contest is over. Please look in our Sponsored Content, Contests, and Giveaways section for a link to the current coop contest and submit your coop there!
Q: How do I search the BYC Site and forum? (VERY Important for new members!) (You will get much better results using the "advanced" choice located right under the "search" box.)
Q: I'm having problems with another member and need to contact a moderator. What do I do?
Q: What is the BYC Rule Warning / Infraction System?
Q: What are user Titles and how / when do they change?
Q: How do I create a page / add information to the BYC Site?
Q: How do I subscribe?
- To Topics and Forums: At the top and bottom of a thread or forum (right under the title) will be a row of links. One will say "Subscribe." Click that; you will be given a choice of how often you'd like to receive updates. Choose and hit "Submit." If you are posting in a thread, at the bottom of the reply box there is a choice to receive updates when others reply. Choose your frequency before posting and then submit your post.
- To members: Known as "Following," you can receive email updates whenever a member is active on the forum. To follow a member, hover your pointer over their username in a post and click "Follow Member." Or, you can go directly to their profile to do so. Under their avatar you'll see the "Follow Member" link. As with topics and forums, you can choose the frequency of your updates.
Q: I'm not getting email subscriptions what do I do?
Q: What is the History of BYC?:
Q: How do I sign up for the BYC newsletter?
A: Go to your profile and click "Edit Account Details." Scroll down to "Email Preferences" (after "Password"). Check the box next to where it says "Receive BackYard Chickens Email Newsletter."
Q: How do I submit a pic of the week (POW)?
Q: How do I become a moderator?
To add to this list, please start a new topic in our feedback section and then post your suggested question and answer in this format:
Q: General Question Here
A: Link to thread with answers here
Once you've done that you can report/flag the post for our moderators to review.
Special Staff THANK YOU to seminolewind and Lothiriel for their hard work in updating and freshening our FAQ information!