07-18-2009, 09:38 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Mein Auto: 02 330i 6MT
New Member Guide - Posting, avatars, etc.
Hello and welcome to Bimmerfest
As a new member to Bimmerfest the forum can seem overwhelming at first. Take a few moments to review our easy guide to use the forum and you will be navigating around and posting in no time. Make sure you post an introduction thread as a good way to test your posting abilities.
How to use Bimmerfest
Find your BMW model forum
The site is categorized by the car series (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Series, X models, etc.) and specific model and model years are under that.
If you BMW starts with a number, that is the series you have. 335i = 3 seires. 550i = 5 Series. If you have a model that starts with an X then head to our X model forum listing. Simply scroll down the forum section looking for your series, then locate the forum that encompasses your BMW year.
How to search for information
Use the search function of the forum to help you find a certain topic that you are looking for without having to post a new question. Bimmerfest.com has a wealth of knowledge ready for you to discover. For example, you want to do a muffler delete on your 3 series and you have a question as to how loud it would be. Instead of posting a new topic you can search instead to see if that topic was previously discussed.
In the upper right hand corner you will see the search bar, click on it and type muffler delete.
Next, you will see the search results for muffler delete in that section.
Click on the topics and browse through them. You can see that the first result was about the muffler delete and how it will sound, exactly what you were looking for.
Not only can you search individual sections to find what you need, you can search the entire forum and use the same process. This helps out everyone on both ends.
How to post a question
If you are unable to find a topic that relates to your problem by searching or if you just want to start a new topic anywhere on the forum click on the "New Thread" button on the upper left hand corner and put a subject and write what you want. When you are done click on "Submit New Thread" or "Preview Post" to check if everything is showing the way you want.
Uploading images and creating polls
If you have an image that you want to show you can either upload it to imageshack, photobucket or another hosting site and you can use the image that has the href at the beginning or the code that has [linkfeatureimg="forum user guide"]. You can also create a poll and put the question and choices.
Adding a signature or avatar to your account
Signatures and avatars are text, graphics, or pictures you can add to your user account to differentiate it. The avatar and/or signature shows up next to messages you post on Bimmerfest.com. Think of them like a facebook profile picture (avatar) and email signature (forum signature).
This is a signature - It has both an image and text in it.
Signatures can contain both text and images. The image can be larger than an avatar but should not be too large or they distract from the content and take up too much screen space. Keep your signature picture less than 250 pixels tall. Signatures can be created through the User CP (User Control Panel) link at the top left or thought this direct link.
This is an avatar - It is only an image or graphic
Avatars are images only and can be no larger than 120 pixels wide by 90 pixels tall. To have an avatar requires 100 posts or becoming a supporting member of Bimmerfest. You can set your avatar, once enabled, through the User CP (User Control Panel) link at the top left or through this direct link.
Other forum sections
Other than the BMW model section, Bimmerfest has many other sections that have their own purpose.
- After the model section you have "Bimmerfest Regional" section. Here, major areas are categorized and members from those areas post there topics related only to that area. If you live in New York and you want to post a meet coming up, go to the NY/NJ/CT section and start a new topic there.
- Next is "The Best of Bimmerfest" section. Here you can find guides on how to do it yourself in regards to fixing your car, you can ask a dealer any question that you want in regards to a new purchase that you may have, the European delivery section is great for those that want to buy a new bimmer from Germany and plan to go there to do it and much more sections.
- The "Bimmerfest 20XX" section is all about the biggest BMW in history which is held every year in California. At the top of the section there will be the next or current Bimmerfest and under that will be previous events. You will find pictures and videos of all events
- Finally is "Everything Else" section. This includes general auto, off-topic where pretty much everyone lets it all out, the for sale section and others.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that it helped you to find what you were looking for and how to navigate the site correctly and fully.
Last edited by tim330i; 10-26-2016 at 05:44 PM.