Animeleague Archive FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

What's Animeleague All About?

Welcome to Animeleague

By Fans, for Fans, Animeleague aims to connect anime fans together through it's extremely active, fun and friendly forums which are worldwide, and it's conventions/events which take place across the UK. Whether it's anime, gaming, cosplay, or just general chat and discussion about life in general, AL has something for everyone and all are invited. Make sure to be a part of one of the top five anime communities in the world and join today!

What Events Does Animeleague Run?

We're running ELEVEN conventions across 2018; not just Alcon and LAGC. Here's our full lineup in what will be our biggest year ever -

10-11th February - Cardiff Anime & Gaming Con -
16-18th February - London Anime & Gaming Con -
7-8th April - Manchester Anime & Gaming Con -
28-29th April - Bristol Anime & Gaming Con -
5-6th May - Birmingham Anime & Gaming Con -
6-8th July - London Anime & Gaming Con -
4-5th August - Liverpool Anime & Gaming Con -
18-19th August - Cardiff Anime & Gaming Con -
30th August to September 2nd - Alcon 2018 (Leicester) -
October 6-7th - Bristol Anime & Gaming Con -
November 10-11th - Norwich Anime & Gaming Con -

Things to do on Animeleague?

#1. Join the discussion: We have a discussion area for everything. General Discussion is the hub of the community and where you should go if you want to discuss something, ask any questions, or get involved. Whilst Entertainment Zone, Anime & Manga and Video Gaming sections are great places to discuss your hobbies and interests!

#2. Go Crazy! Bored? Got nothing to do? Want to raise your post-count? Then go spam in Crazy League, for jokes, polls, random games, spam, memes - everything and anything. GO GO GO!

#3. Make a Journal: Make an AL Journal, your own little section of AL and tell us about your life!

#4. Join a social group or a clan. See that link at the top entitled "Groups"? Click it and check out the social groups and clans we have! You can join as many social groups and clans as you like. Don't find something you fancy? Go make your OWN social group in a few seconds via the social group link! You can also check out the clans and signup for them here. Just reply in the ones you want to join.

#5. Chat! The Public Chat box is almost always active, or if not active people lurk. Come say hi and get to know our awesome community!

#6. Tune into the radio! Yes, we have our very own online radio station! Go take a listen!

#7. Roleplay: Want to be someone else? Play as your favourite character or original creation? Go check out Roleplayer's Sanctuary for a wealth of fun and active roleplays to be a part of!

#8. Be Creative! We have a large and thriving art, graphic-maker and writing community. Check them out and make sure to show us what you've created!

#9. Check out our real life meets and events. We regularly hold meets and events. Why not check out the meetups, events and clubs area (located here)?

#10. Regular online events! Most sections run something, and occasionally we do huge board-wide events too. Don't miss out!

AND MUCH MORE! Why not browse around now and take a look?

What are the Forum Rules?

Animeleague's Rules can be read at the following link:

Punishment for Rule Breaking

The following actions can be taken by staff depending on how badly you have infringed on the rules.

Unofficial Warnings: This is a member of staff sending you a friendly PM to inform you if you have done something wrong. Don't see this as too serious, but do make sure to listen to what they have to say.
Official Warnings: Should be taken very seriously if you recieve one. You should speak to the staff member and make sure that you do not repeat your mistake again, lest you get something more serious next time. This is to be taken seriously, and not as a simple slap on the wrist. Warnings can be issued by any staff member.
Probation: Your last chance warning, so to speak. Sometimes we can issue these without ANY warnings being sent out prior if we judge your actions to be bad enough. A probational status can only be issued by an admin. Probations are essentially contracts that the problem member signs as a final agreement to remain on the site. Very strict terms to keep to are outlined, whereupon if the user breaks any of them, then they are automatically suspended for a minimum of one week, pending a staff vote for a possible extension of such a banning. Each probation is specifically tailored to the problem member in question, with the terms being different from probation to probation. A probation may last from one month, to three months.
Banning: Bannings are specified at the time of being banned, and can range from one week, to three months, to indefinate (undetermined). All bannings have the staff vote announced, with a short summary given (sometimes with evidence if it still exists) as to why they were banned.

Admins, Mods and Assistants

You will notice that around the forums there are four main usergroups. These are indicated at the bottom of the forum index by the legend. Understanding the purpose of each of these is key to getting around the forums so you know the purpose of the users that belong to that group. This section aims to explain what each of them mean:

Administrators: These are who run the entire site. They deal with technical issues, and have the ability to add, remove or change anything across the forums. Admins also have the final word on big decisions, such as bannings and site changes.

Head Moderators: Head mods are those which are in charge of their designated forum. Generally, there is one head mod for each forum. Head mods are well respected and have the final word on big decisions within their designated forum. Head moderators have the ability to move, split, and lock topics, as well as announce or sticky threads. If no available mods are online and you wish to report an issue, then it's best to contact the head mod of the forum who will deal with it when they are next online.

Moderators: Mods work alongside with head mods. Mods are there to ensure that everything in their designated forum runs smoothly. They also share the same powers that head moderators do, but limited to the forum that they are a mod of. Generally, there are multiple mods for each section. If you find an issue within a forum, then you can report it to any mod of that forum that is available.

Generally, mods and head mods are responsible for running and taking care of events and features within their forum. This guide as an example being a feature of Welcomes and Goodbyes. Moderators, head moderators and administrators are also known as staff.

Assistants: While they don't share any of the abilities that admins and mods have, assistants play an important role in making the forums run smoothly as well as helping out where needed. You will gain 250 AL Points each month as rewards for each scheme you participate in as an assistant, and it will increase your chances of becoming a mod if you regularly help out a particular section. Anyone who is not on probation may apply to be an assistant. We also ask that you have at least 100 posts, and have been here for a minimum period of one month before you are able to apply. You can sign-up [Here]. You can see the various schemes that you can participate in as an assistant in Assistant Central.

Board Features

There are many boardwide features that are present on AL. All of these can be accessed from either just under the AL banner or to the upper left of the banner as shown here:

Here are explanations of what each link does: Note: AL is always changing its layout and adding new features, if you notice something is not listed here, please inform an Administrator.

Row 1 -

Notifications: This area will turn a different color when you have some requests or PMs awaiting your attention; a number of notifications will appear as well. Click the drop-down arrow to see how many of what requests you have waiting for you and click to be directed to a window where you can approve, deny, or answer the request/PM. Clicking the drop-down arrow when you don't have any notifications will give you an option to go to your Inbox.

Friends: Clicking this will give you the following options:
  • View Friends: Simply, see what friends you already have added to your AL account.
  • Add/Invite Friends: Clicking this will give you three additional options. These options will allow you to add people on certain social network services or even messenger services (MSN, AIM, Beebo, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.). With this option you will need to log into your account, so be prepared to provide the e-mail or userID you use for those sites as well as your password. Keep in mind that NONE of that information will be stored or shared. The second options allows you to update a contact file (if you don't have one already, you'll see instructions on how to make one) and find some of the friends on your contact file who are already here. The last option simply allows you to type in your friends e-mail addresses and we'll send an invite that way.
  • Search Members: Clicking this option will take you to a window where you can search our memberlist for people you know are already on this site and just need to add them to your friends list.
  • Friendliest Members: Clicking this option will take you to a page where you can see who has the most friends in their friend list on the site. The stats page will give you the top 50.

Messages: Straight-forward; clicking this will take you to your Inbox.

Edit Profile: This option will take you to a new window where you can edit any/all information on your page. The options you will initially see are options for your e-mail, country of residence, hobbies, age, etc. You can find other information for more advanced settings to the left. More information on what these options do are available in Part 3 of this guide.

Settings: Clicking this will take you to an area wher eyou can see all of your Subscribed Threads. Mainly, those that have new posts you haven't seen. In the lower right corner of this area, you will see an option to view all Subscribed threads. Information on how to subscribe to a thread are detailed in Part 3. To the left of this window, you will also find the advanced setting for editing your profile and account.

Logout: Clicking this will log you out of your account. This is useful for increased security, as well as if multiple people use your computer and access AL. When you go to log back in, your name and password may automatically be remembered if you chose for you internet browser to do so. Logging in as hidden will not show that you're online to other members, but will automatically log you out after a set time period of inactivity. If you do not click the "Remember Me" option below the Username input box, you will also be logged out automatically after 15 or so minutes of inactivity.

Row 2 -

This row contains links and menu's which are useful such as our memberlist, the AL Shop, various games, and Guides (including this Guidebook). Feel free to explore and read through all these links!


The Settings page is where you can make a wide range of changes to your profile, as well as changes that affect the entire forum. You can make changes to your avatar, your signature, your account e-mail among others. This is a key aspect of your experience with using the forum, but understanding it can take some time. Here is an explanation of the different sections of settings and what they do:

4a. Overview

When you enter the new window, you should see all of your subscribed threads taking up the middle and right-hand side of your window. This area will show all the threads you've subscribed to that have new posts in them. If you would like to see all of your subscribed threads - new posts or not - then scroll down a bit to find the "View all Subscribed Threads".

To the left of your screen you will see:

>> My Messages: Shows you links to your Inbox, Sent Items, to Send New Message, Track Messages and Edit Folders. This doesn't include any folders you've added yourself (will explain below).

>> My Subscriptions: Shows you Subscriptions, List Subscriptions and Edit Folders options.

>> My Settings: Shows you different options you can do for you Profile, Account, Networking, Miscellaneous, and Blog. All of these will be explained below, in detail, as well.

4b. My Messages

>> Inbox: This is where you can check up on your private messages. Your inbox is messages you have received from other people. A closed envelope with a green arrow in a circle on the envelope beside a message indicates that you have replied to that message. A blue, open envelope next to the message means it's unread; and a closed white envelope means you have read the message. To delete message, check the white boxes in the right beside the message/s you wish to delete. The scroll down until you see a "Selected Messages (#)" drop-down box. The # will indicate how many messages you've selected. In the drop-down menu, you should see "Delete" - click that, then hit "Proceed".

>> Sent Messages: This shows messages that you have sent, they do not indicate if the recipient has read the messages or not. Some messages may not be automatically sent here if you have "Don't save a copy of sent messages" option selected in your General Settings area (General Settings -> Messaging and Notifications area -> Sent Private Messages can be found right above Visitor Messages),

>> Send New Message: This allows you to send a message to any member on the forum. You can send a message to up to five people at a time. Moderators and administrators have the ability to send the same message to more than five people, as well as to all members of usergroups and clans.

>> Track Messages: Since the "Sent Folder" does not show you if the recipient has read your messages or not, you can choose to click the "Request a read receipt for this message" below the text box when you click "Advanced" when replying. This means that when the recipient receives your message, they can click "yes" to confirm they've received your message. Also, the recipients may also select "Cancel" to not notify you that they have received it. In this area, you will see how many of your sent messages have confirmed receipts and how many have unconfirmed sent messages.

>> Edit Folders: Here, you can add or delete any existing folders - or even change the name of them to whatever you want. "Inbox" and "Sent" folders are default, so you won't be able to change details about those. However, you can add a "Saved" folder for important information you want to keep as well as folders for your friends messages. Keep in mind that you will have to move the messages manually to these folders, since they will automatically go into your Inbox.

To create a folder, go to the "Add New Folders" area of the Edit Folders window and type in the name of one, two or even three new folders you want to add. Once you've named them, click "Save Changes" in the lower right hand side. You will find that your folders show up after your sent folder.

4c. My Subscriptions

>> Subscriptions & List Subscriptions: These are typically threads that you've created or have manually or automatically subscribed to (see 4d on automatic subscriptions). Clicking this will take you to the "List Subscriptions" you see below this option. It will take you to the new window with all of your current subscriptions. You will be able to see if there has been a new post, who the post was made by and when they made that post. By clicking "" next to the day and time last posted in, it will take you to the new post made by that user.

>> Edit Folders: Provides you with the same abilities as the "Edit Folders" option in your Messages. However, "Subscriptions" are not an automatic folder, so you may change the name to that folder and add new ways anyway you like. Creating new folders is done exactly like with making new message folders. To edit the current name, look under "Your Folders", you should see the current name of your Subscription folder. Simply highlight the text and type in a new name. Once you've selected the name, click "Save Changes" in the lower right (only use the first "Save Changes" so that it will save the name change).

4d. My Settings

>> Edit Profile: This is where you can fill in and edit information about yourself which is publicly viewable to everyone else. (The exception to this is your date of birth, but your age is shown). It is recommended you fill in as much information as you can so that people can get an at-a-glance overview about you, but it isn't necessary. Your custom title is a caption that appears underneath your name on every post you make, this is made by default depending on your post count, rank bar or status on AL (assistant, moderator, head moderator and admin). We have what is called a "Status" on VBulletin that you can go ahead and edit to be your Custom Title - it functions the same as it did on the old forums, however, you must edit it by going to "My Profile" (at the top of the screen) and clicking the edit button below your avatar.

>> Edit Profile Picture: This lets you upload another image that will take the place of their avatar when you click to see their profile.

>> Edit Avatar: Your avatar is an icon that appears below your name on every post you make, as well as on your profile and in the arcade. You can chose to have your avatar hosted on the forum, or you can provide a link to an image provided from elsewhere (See section 7c). "Upload from Computer" and "Link off-site" are two options for using your own avatar. It is recommended you link off-site to avoid errors. You do not need to modify the avatar dimensions, the forum will automatically detect the dimensions of the image for you. Modifying this may result in what looks like a squished image. If you don't have your own, you can scroll down a little bit more to see ALs pre-defined avatars. We currently have 120 avatars from you to choose from. Below the first 10 avatars, you will see page numbers that you can browse through to see all 120. When you find something you like, select the round button besides the file name and hit "Save Changes".

>> Edit Signature: This is where you can modify your forum signature. Your signature is automatically attached to every post you create. Everything you can do to regular posts (See section 6) can be applied to the signature. Modifying the signature will also affect all past posts you have made, as well as future ones you create. Although, if you have recently added a signature after making some posts around the boards, your new signature will not be added to those previous posts. If you want your signature to show up, you must go to those posts, select "Edit Post", then "Go Advanced". You should see "Show your Signature" in the Additional Options area under the text box. Check the box and scroll down to select "Save changes".

There is a size limit for signatures however, in which they can be no bigger than 400 pixels in height including all text and images. For more information on content that is allowed in signatures, as well as what the limit looks like, see [Here]. You can disable forum signatures in 'General Settings' (General Settings -> Thread Display Options).

>> Edit Profile Privacy: Here you can change who can see every part of your profile: what groups your in, your statuses, your contact info, profile picture, etc. If you don't want the default of "Everyone" to see certain things, simply click the appropriate drown-down menu and select the status they must have to view your stuff.

>> Edit E-mail & Password: Pretty straight forward. If you ever want to change your password or change your e-mail address, you can do so here. Be sure to select "Save Changes" once you finish.

>> General Settings: Here you can select many settings for your forum experience. If you want to hide from regular members, assistants and moderators you can do so here by selecting "Invisible Mode On". You can select how your subscriptions are set-up, how you want to receive notification of who has posted in your subscribed threads, who can PM you, how you want to be notified you've received a PM, where your sent messages go, etc. There are a TON of features available, so read through this area and select the permissions you want for your forum experience.

>> Edit Connections: This area allows you to connect Facebook to AnimeLeague. To connect, simply click on "Connect with Facebook". Once you do, the blue facebook "Connect" button that shows up in the upper right of the AL Banner will be replaced with your facebook image. Around the forums, you may also find "Like this thread" at the top of the threads you're reading. Like other sites, you will also see how many of your facebook friends have liked that thread as well.

>> Clan Groups: Just like in the Clans option at the top of the forum (explained in section 3), this will show you all of the active clans we have on our forums, as well as your own. You can also request to join clans through this feature.

>> Edit Ignore List: Here you can search users you do not want to contact you, PM you or anything of that nature. Simply search their username and select "Okay".

>> Edit Arcade Settings: Allows you to customize how you want to be contacted when your high score has been beaten, how you wish to accept challenges, etc.

>> Friends & Connections: Takes you to the same place "Friends & Contacts" did from the Community drop-down menu explained in section 3. Here you can add people to your friend list by scrolling all the way down to the "Add a Member to Your List" area and click "Add Friend" - which will then send them a friend request of sorts so that you will show up on their friend list as well.

In the upper right corner, above all of your current friends on AL, you will find a search area that will allow you to find a friend on your list - if you have multiple pages. You may want to do this for quick access to send them a PM, leave them a visitor message or even to delete them off your friends list. Deleting a friend off your list is easy. You'll see little checked boxes in the upper left corner of each friends' avatar. Unchecking this box and clicking "Save Changes" will remove those with unchecked boxes from your friend list.

>> Event Reminders: When I explained the Calendar in section 3, I told you there was an option to view details about events posted. What I didn't mention was that, at the bottom of the event message, there is an option to be reminded of that event if you're interested in attending or taking part. Once you click that option, all event reminders will show up here for you!

>> Attachments: This window allows you to see any and all attachments you've posted anywhere on the forums. To post attachments, simply select "Manage Attachments" when you're in the Advanced reply reply box (just click "Advanced" to get there). A pop-up window will appear with options to allow you to upload files and images from your computer (click browse to find) and images from other websites (simply place the URL of the image in there). Once you've uploaded your attachments, select the appropriate "Upload" button.

>> Blog: Clicking "Blog" will take you to the Blogs area discussed above in section 3.

Navigating the Site

Navigating AL is rather simple. There are many symbols and signs that make getting around AL an easier experience, but getting used to them can take time. One of the first things you may notice is a '+' sign (This may be different depending on your AL scheme) next to each forum and topic. At the very bottom of the forums and sub-forums there is an icon legend which may look something like this:

New posts means that there are new posts within the thread since you last visited. No new posts means the opposite. A topic that is locked you can't post in, unless you are a moderator or admin.

There can be many sub-forums within a forum. For a quick way of navigating back to the forum list, click the banner or click 'Forum' underneath it. You can also quickly navigate to the main forum if you're in a sub-forum. For example, if you've gone into Assistant Central to check out scheme's, and want to head back into community central to sign up as an assistant, then you can click on that section below the banner. A paper clip to the right of the topic () indicates there are attachments within it, expect possible long load times on a slow connection. Holding your mouse over the paper clip will tell you how many attachments are in the section.


There is a lot of different terminology used across AL. Some of then may appear obvious, others not so. There are a lot of acronyms, abbreviations and not-quite-so common words used across the boards. This section aims to list all of which are used around AL. If there is any that you'd like to see added, then mention it in a reply and it will be added here.

6a. Acronyms and Abbreviations

There are many acronyms and abbreviations used to describe various aspects of the site. Some of these are very commonly used, others not so much. The acronyms and abbreviations included here are specifically for forum terms and those exclusive to AL. Commonly used words in instant messaging and texting for example, aren't included. Below is a list compiled of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations across AL:

Admin: Administrator
AL: AnimeLeague
ALJ: AnimeLeague Journals
ATTN: Attention
Ava/Avi: Avatar
A&M: Anime and Manga
BBCode: Bulletin Board Code
BCC: Blind Carbon Copy
CL: Crazy League
CN: Clannation
Con: Convention
DB: Dropbox
EZ: Entertainment Zone
EH: Entrance Hall
GFX: Graphics
GD: General Discussion
Img: Image
IRL: In Real Life
ITT: In This Thread
L&W: Literature & Writing
CMC: Cosplay & Meets Central
Mod: Moderator
Px: Pixels
RP: Roleplay
Sig/Siggy: Signature
VG: Video Gaming
YT: Youtube

6b. Word Meanings

There are many words, from the common to the unconventional, that are used throughout AL. Below is a list of words that may not be understood clearly:

Avatar: An image which is used to represent yourself.
Clan: A clan on AL is a sub-forum in which groups of people interact with each other for various reasons, such as roleplaying, of which the clan is based on.
Fanbar: A variation of the userbar, a fanbar is similar in tradition but has a specific focus on which the user is a fan of. These may look like 'AnimeLeague fan' for example.
Forum: A section which is primarily focused around a subject where users can discuss and chat with each other. Usually a website (Such as AL) contains more than one forum to provide variety and attract a larger base of people.
Message Board: Another term for forum.
Probation: A period of time where a user is monitored and has limited access of the forums. This is issued when a user makes more than few rule breakages.
Rankbar: Not to be confused with the userbar or fanbar, a rankbar is a small bar that appears below the username which shows the rank of the user.

  • Note: Although AL uses rankbars, these are not used to show someones status on the forums and are purely trivial. Rankbars can be brought from the shop using AL Points. To visit the shop, go here [The AL Shop].

Signature: A signature on forums is something that will be automatically attached to every post you make. It's as if signing every post you make with your 'Signature'.
Spacer: This is literally an empty image. This is one method of spacing images and text apart from each other. For more information on using spacer's, see section 7.
Sub-forum: A sub-forum is a forum within a forum. These are usually focused on a more specific subject within a broader subject.
Thread: Term used to describe a topic, in which users can post in.
Userbar: A popular item used in signatures. These vary in sizes and length, but are distinguishable for traditionally being very small in height and very wide in width.

Using BBCode

Media Codes

Posting Videos
To post any video onto the boards, you can find the correct parts of the code in the URL section of your browser. An example of the Youtube video link you'll need is below:

We're going to use the part after the "v=" for the beginning of the tag, and then the entire URL for the rest of it. Copy the parts after the equal sign and put it in the video code, after youtube, like so (remove spaces for actual code):
[video =youtube ;FUgM105uN4c][/video]
You should get this:

The Many Faces of Text

Bold, Italicize and Underline
Bolding, italicizing and underlining is very simple. You can bold, italicize and/or underline any word, sentence or paragraph you wish. You can even use all 3 codes on one word if you feel the need. Here's an example of the codes to get what you want (remove spaces):

[B ]Bold![/ B] [I ]Italics~[/ I] [U ]Underline.[/ U]
And it should turn out like this:

Bold! Italics~ Underline.

In the quick reply boxes, located at the bottom of every thread, you will see that there are B, I and U buttons. Once you highlight any word, sentence, or paragraph and click those buttons it will make that highlighted area Bold, Italicized or Underlined.

A Splash of Color
You can find an easy-to-use color menu in the Quick Reply box located at the bottom of every thread. It will look like an A with a specific color (most likely black, the default) underneath it. If you've highlighted a word, sentence or paragraph in your reply and want to make it a certain color, simply click the drop-down arrows and select your color. If you want to do the colors manually, you should get the code to look something like this (without spaces):

[COLOR= #ff0000]Add[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #00bf00]some[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #ff00ff]color[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #ff8000]to[/ COLOR] [COLOR=  #ff80ff]your[/ COLOR]  [COLOR= #00ff00]world[/ COLOR]
And it should turn out like this:

Add some color to your world

You can add color to your hyperlinks as well! Check out the hyperlink section to find out how.

Size it up.
Making your text bigger or smaller is very simple, you just need to know the size of text you want if you wish to use the quick reply box or the advanced text box. Below is the code for changing the size of text. You can only go from size 1 to 7; simply insert the number where you see #:

[size=#]Up - or downgrade. Your choice.[/size]
A very popular thing across the boards to store all of your friends. The code goes a little something like this (remove spaces):

[dropbox ][option ]Here's a dropbox[/option]
[option ]Here's a line in a dropbox[/option]
[option ]And another[/option]
[option ]And the last one[/ option]
As you can see, if you wish to add another friend to your dropbox, you'll have to put the option tags around that line - but stay within the opening and closing dropbox codes. The dropbox should turn out like this:

A marquee is a line of text that enters from the right side of the page and exits on the left. A marquee can contain just text or images. To get text to scroll, you'll put whatever you want in between the marquee codes. Here's an example (remove spaces for code to work):

[marquee ]It's marquee time![/marquee]
It should turn out like this:

It's marquee time!

To get images to scroll, just add the image URL with image tags around it in between the marquee codes. If you need help with image codes, look at the "Image" section below.

Spoiler Alert!
Let's say you're talking about a movie or book and what you have to say might give away important parts of the movie/book. You'll want to use this tag to let others know that what you've typed can give something away. All you have to do is put what you want to say in between the spoiler tags or the hide tags, like so:

[spoiler ]Spoiler tags[/spoiler]
[hide ]Hide tags[/hide]
It should turn out like this:

Spoiler tags

hide tags

To see what's hidden behind the hide tag, just click next to the black rectangle and drag your mouse to the opposite side/end. To see what's in the spoiler tags, simply click the "Show" button.

Striking Out
To strike out text is to put a line through what you've said. As with the marquee and spoiler tags, you'll just want to put what you want to strike out - could be a word, sentence, or paragraph - in between the proper tags shown below (remove spaces):

It's three strikes and you're out!
It should look like this:

It's three strikes and you're out!

Center it!
The enter tag can come in use when you want to add a certain something to your signature or have a title to a thread you posted. Like the tags above, you continue to put what you want to say in between the correct tags shown below (remove spaces):

[CENTER ]Be the center of attention~[/CENTER]
It should look like this:

Be the center of attention~

Get it Right!
Centering not your thing? Then be original and put your sig content or posts to the right of the page. Continue to follow the pattern of putting everything in between the correct tags - like this (remove spaces):

[RIGHT ]It's feels good to be right.[/RIGHT]
It should look like this:

It's feels good to be right.


To hyperlink something is to have a word or sentence become click-able; to direct you to another website or image. You'll of course use the URL tag with this, but add a little extra. An example is shown below (remove spaces):

[URL =""]Click here to go to AnimeLeague[/URL]
It should show up as this:

Click here to go to AnimeLeague

To add some color or any other interesting features like bold, italics, etc to your links, put all codes after the URL like so (remove space):

[URL =""][COLOR=  #ff0000]Anime[/color]League[/URL]
It should turn out like this:


To use the image tag, you'll need the URL for a specific image. Image URLs end with some of the following: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, etc. So make sure that the image URL ends in some of those - or others that you know of. To get the image to show up on the boards, you'll need to sandwich the URL in between the image tags like so (remove space):

[IMG ][/IMG]
You can enable an image to contain a link as well (remove spaces):

[URL =""][IMG  ][/IMG][/URL]

Other Codes

Quote it.
If you want to quote somebody and don't feel like going back and forth to press "Quote" for each post, you can do it yourself like so (remove space):

[quote ]This person said this and that.[/quote]
Or, if you feel inclined to include a "title" for the quote (remove space):

[quote ="So and So"]This person said this and that.[/quote]
The forum gives you the codes to do generic, plain lists. I'll show you how to do those - but also ones where the bullet points become numbers or letters. Here's the generic (remove spaces):

[* ]Bullet point 1
[* ]Bullet point 2[/LIST]
It should turn out like this:

  • Bullet point 1
  • Bullet point 2

For abc and 123 bullet points, you'll need to click "List=" above the message body for the opening and closing tags. Then continue with "[*]" for each point. For 123 and abc points (remove spaces):

  1. [* ]#1 [* ]#2 [* ]#3
Should turn out like this:

  1. #1
  2. #2
  3. #3

  1. [* ] Point A [* ] Point B [* ] Point C
Should turn out like this:

  1. Point A
  2. Point B
  3. Point C

HTML is a widely accepted web-design language. It creates headings, tables and alters fonts in many ways - just like BBCode. To create a table with BBCode, you'll do it just like you would with HTML - except replace "< >" with "[ ]". You'll start off with the table tags (Without the spaces): [ table] [ /table]. In between the table tags, you'll need to add in the tr tags. TR meaning "Table Row." You'll use this whenever you're adding a row or column. In between the table row tags, you'll need the TD tags. TD meaning "Table Data" - this is the information you want all the rows or columns to contain. This tag is to always be between the table row tags. Below you'll see how to only make one or 2 columns of information. With every column you need filled, you'll add another set of TD tags. Here's how you'll get your basic table with two columns with rows:

[table ][tr ][td ]Column 1[/td][td ]Column 2[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 1[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 2[/td]In half[/tr][/table]
[table ][tr ][td ]Column 1[/td][td ]Column 2[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 1[/td][/tr]
[tr ][td ]Row 2[/td][td ]In half[/td][/tr][/table]

It should look like this:

Column 1Column 2
Row 1
Row 2In half

Column 1Column 2
Row 1
Row 2In half


Just like HTML, BBCode is very easy to mess-up. So be sure you double check all of your codes. Always ensure that whatever tag you use as an opening tag and closing tag with brackets and slashes in the right places. If you don't, the unclosed tag with continue until it finds the correct closed tag.

Other Tips & Tricks

8a. Adding even more color!

The 'Color' tags use what is known as hexadecimal, or hex for short. Hex is commonly used to represent colors. With it, you can use literally any color imaginable on the forums -- You're not just limited to the color menu!

A great site with a wide range of colors is [This]. When you find a color that you like, you can copy it's number and place it after the equals sign '=' in the tags. For example, if I want to use 'idianred3' from the site which has the number #CD5555, then it would look like this (remove space):

[COLOR =#cd5555]Indian Red[/color]
Indian Red

8b. Correctly using BBCode

BBCode's are simple to use on their own, but chained together they don't always work correctly. If you have multiple BBCode's, such as color and size, you'll need to put them inside of each other in the corresponding order for them to work properly. Here are two examples. The first example has the code placed in the wrong order. It attempts to demonstrates using a combination of size and color tags to make the test look bigger, whilst making the first letter standout in a different color (remove spaces).

[COLOR =#ff00ff][SIZE= 2]E[/SIZE][/color][SIZE= 2][COLOR= blue]xample text[/color][/SIZE]
Example text

To have the text two different colors, whilst remaining the same size, the first size tag should be before the first color. To make sure it works correctly, both the opening and closing tags should be placed in the opposite, corresponding order to each other. (i.e 1 2 3 : 3 2 1). This is what the example looks like with the BBCode in the correct order (remove spaces):

[COLOR= #ff00ff]E[/color][COLOR= blue]xample[/color] text
Example text

Because BBCodes don't always function correctly placed inside of each other, it isn't possible to make the 'E' a different size without having two separate BBCodes. This is what it looks like having a string of BBCode separate for each part (Both the 'E' and the rest of the text; remove sapces):

[SIZE= 3][COLOR= #ff00ff]E[/color][/SIZE][SIZE= 2][COLOR= blue]xample text[/color][/SIZE]
Example text

If you want to put a BBCode within a BBCode, then what is explained in the second example may work. However, if it doesn't, then you'll have to create separate strings of BBCode for each part you wish to effect as explained in the last example.

You can also combine certain BBCode's to achieve different effects, such as making the underline or strike-though colored or not. If you put the underline tags inside of the color tags, you'll get this effect (remove spaces):

[COLOR= red][U ]Underlined red words with red underlines[/U][/color]
Underlined red words with red underlines

To note have the underline colored, you'd put the underline tags outside of the color tags (remove spaces):

[U ][COLOR= red]Underlined red words without red underlines[/color][/U]
Underlined red words without red underlines

Feel free to experiment, but as mentioned before putting BBCodes within BBCodes does not always work.

8c. Posting Images

There are a couple of methods to post images around the forums. One of which is using attachments (See section 4d). However, image attachments don't always work or display the image properly, and they don't offer image resizing or compression. So if your image is really big, it can end up taking a long time to load as well as stretch the forums. A better way is to use an image provider. There are many image providers which allow you to store images in your own account as well as manage them. Some even allow you to completely change your image with a complete built-in image editing program! Some sites that you can use to upload images to are:

[Imageshack] - Allows images and video. It has unlimited storage. It does not resize images. No registration required.

[Imgur] - Very simply to use. Unlimited storage. Images over 1mb will automatically be compressed. Allows you to browse through all uploaded images from users. No registration required.

[Photobucket] - Allows you to upload images and video. Has 1gb of storage for free accounts. Will automatically resize images over the size of 1024x768px and compress images over 1mb on a free account. Has a built in image editing program. Allows you to browse through all uploaded images from users. Requires registration.

[Tinypic] - Allows images and video. Unlimiated stoage. Will automaticaly resize images over 1600px in width or height. Allows you to browse through all uploaded images from users. No registration reqruied.

These are just some of the many image providers available, and you're not even limited to image providers. Practically any image that you can find you can link too. Just right mouse click on it and click 'Copy image location' or click on 'Properties' and copy the image URL. You can then paste this into the forums. Note however, that some websites don't want direct linking. Be sure to check their policy and if in doubt, save the image and upload it to one of the image providers. To display an image, paste the URL of the image in between the img tags (For more on using the img tags, see section 7c). Here is an example with it's code:

[IMG ][/IMG]

  • Note: Be sure that your image isn't too large! It's recommended that you don't post images over the size of 800x600px as they are likely to stretch the pages.

  • For an easy way to resize images without having to re-upload it/messing up it's proportions, you can use [Photobucket] which will resize images upon and after upload for you. It's also great for editing images in many ways if you don't have an image editing program yourself.

8d. Spacing Text and Images

There are many reasons why you might want to manually space text and images. One of which might be to create a unique composition on your signature, or perhaps you want more of a distance between two images put together. One of the ways to achieve this is using a spacer. A spacer is literally an empty image, or rather, an image that is made up of one completely transparent layer. As an example, right mouse click in between the dotted lines and click 'Properties' and you will get image information, just like you would doing this on any other image.

.................................................. ..........................

.................................................. ..........................

To create a spacer, it is ideal that you have an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Unlead Image Editor etc. Simply create a blank, transparent canvas (Usually represented by a grey and white checkerboard) to the size you would like it as. You can also request spacers from various GFX'ers around AL if you don't have one of those programs, or don't know how to.

There is also another method that can be used. The command 'List' will move all text to the right a little. While not as precise as using the spacer, it can be quicker and more organized. Combining multiple list commands will space the text out more and more. Note that a list within a list just moves text and images down. However, two separate list commands will move the second item down as well. It can also be used to create interesting compositions. Here is an example:

  • Area 1

      • Area 2

The code for this is (remove spaces):

[* ]Area 1[/LIST]


[* ]

[* ]

[* ]Area 2[/LIST]

Shop, AL Poiints & Awards Information

Visit our new shop HERE to purchase your forum and profile items.
If you wish to make a suggestion for a new rank, or anything else for the shop, please contact a member of staff and we'll see what can be done. Thanks!

What are AL Points?
AL Points (AP) are AnimeLeague's currency. You can earn AL Points by good posting, participating in events, and generally being helpful. AL Points can then be spent in the shop linked above.

How do I find out how many AL Points I have?
Easy! Go to the Shop and look on the left. Your AL Points are also displayed on the left of each post you do.

How do I earn AL Points?

Making Posts: Each post made outside of Social Groups earns you 5 AP, upto a maximum of 150 points per week. These are rewarded once a week, on Sunday.
Being an assistant or working on a scheme: Schemes will award AL Points for their workers. If you would like to apply to become an assistant and join a scheme, check out this topic here. There are also many other benefits in becoming an assistant, often assistants can work their way up in staff by becoming a moderator, head moderator, and even admin!
Inviting Your Friends: You can earn up to 100 points for inviting a friend to these boards and they stay on AL long enough to make 50 posts. Check out this topic here.
Special Events/Contests/Tournies: You can gain AL Points for participating in special events. Usually special events are announced in specific forums. If you are unsure if the event is handing out AL Points, then ask in the thread.
NOTE: If you get warned for breaking a rule, you will sometimes LOSE AL Points!

How do I spend AL Points?
The new shop will now give you instant access. Simply click the BUY link and your AL Points will be deducted and your new item or permission will be applied to your profile.
Forum Items are those that you won't see in your profile post-bit (area where your avatar is when you post) - they include things like special permissions or features that you don't have by default.

What are Awards?
Awards are post-bit images approximately 25 by 25 pixels that will also show up under your "Awards" tab in your profile. Different sections award different participation like Signature and Avatar of the Month contests in GFX and Art, monthly Cosplay Haven contests, Assistant of the Month awards, etc. Board-wide events will also earn the winners awards as well. Click "Awards" next to "VBShop" at the top of the page to see a complete list of awards available. Some awards you can recommend for others or request for yourself.

Radio DJing Guide

So you want to be a radio DJ? This guide covers how to set yourself up so you can broadcast. Being a regular radio DJ (ie: weekly) counts as assistant work.

You can view signup information in this topic here:

How do I become Staff?

Why Become An Assistant
Almost all members of staff started out as an Assistant at one point or another. So, if you've ever wanted to become an AL moderator, head-moderator, or even administrator this is the best way to get started in working your way up that ladder! To be considered for an AL staff position, it's important to show us that you have the necessary leadership skills it takes to lead this forum. The Assistants team was designed to do just that! While Assistants don't have forum authority, they do have similar jobs that mods have to help keep AL running smoothly and enjoyable for everyone. By being an Assistant, you get the opportunity to get to know the moderators that you might one day end up working with, as well as learning what it takes to moderate, and show us you're a reliable candidate for leadership.

How To Be A Good Assistant & Earn Modship
Here's a few tips I can give you to being a good Assistant to get considered for a Staff position:

1.) Get to know your moderators. These are the people that will make up your team. What ever section and forum decisions are made will be made among you and these other moderators. You can't work together if you don't know one another-- it's so important to know your fellow mods. You can't expect to be apart of a team that you know nothing about, or that knows nothing about you. So give it a shot, shoot us a PM and ask them how you can help, or if there's anything they need. Your efforts to aid the moderators in the section you assist will not go unnoticed (even if there really isn't anything they need you to do) when it comes time to promote someone to moderator, your efforts will come to mind.
2.) Do your duties to the best of your ability. Chose a scheme that you feel you'll enjoy and be good at. If for some reason you find yourself in a scheme that is no longer working out or that you're not having fun in, it's ok to resign and chose something else. Just be sure to give proper notice to your scheme leader that you're leaving that scheme. Be sure to join a new scheme as soon as possible.
3.) Be consistent and reliable. One of the foremost things we look at when choosing candidates for moderators is how reliable someone is and if their time on AL is consistent. We know things come up and you can't be here all the time, we wouldn't expect you to be. So, when you're on leave, be sure to let your scheme leaders know that you'll be away... and then let them know when you return. When you are here, however, try to put in as much effort as you can to carrying out your duties and obligations. We are watching and we'll note that you're doing well.
4.) Show a good attitude and uphold the forum rules. Try to be as helpful as you can to other members, as a moderator you will have people that will need your guidance and help around the forum; showing respect and being courteous to others isn't hard or demanding of you. Uphold the rules. While Assistants can't enforce the rules (only mods have this privilege) you can set a good example for others to follow.
5.) Be patient. There is only room to mod someone when one mod resigns or if a section undergoes a radical revamp. It could be days, months, or years before a particular section will need a new moderator. Sometimes a lot of people will be considered for an open mod position, but usually ONE person can be promoted. If we don't chose you that particular time, that doesn't mean you weren't highly considered or that there's no hope for you to be on staff. There's a lot of factor we consider in this process. Keep working hard and you will get noticed and have your chance on staff. Please also remain professional. Condemning the person that was chosen or ranting about the outcome only looks bad on you and staff will be even less likely to consider you in the future, due to your poor attitude. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or discrepancies about staff proceeding you must discuss it with an ADMIN only. Moderators are not at liberty and will not discuss anything from within staff with you, as it violates the code of conduct and they can/will be penalized for it.

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