vBulletin Quirks/features/help!


Community Manager
Dec 13, 2007
Since these forums are fairly 'alien' to some people, I thought I'd just compile a list of various quirks and features that are not that obvious, or may require some explanation. Feel free to add to this list if you find something not already here! Reply to this thread and I'll edit the original post.
Will also post solutions to common issues people may be having

  • Saving Messages to Sent Folder
    Quick Links -> Edit Your Options -> In the Message & Notification section, scroll down to the bottom of the Private Messaging subsection and ensure the below option is 'ticked':
    Save a copy of sent messages in my Sent Items folder by default.

  • Marking a forum as 'read' quickly
    It's possible to mark an entire forum as 'read' by simply double clicking on the forum icon -
    . Doing so will turn it into the default forum icon,
    , and will mark every thread within that forum (including subforums) as 'read'.

  • View Active/New Posts
    Again, in the Quick Links drop down, there's a link to Today's Posts. This shows any posts new today, and any posts new since your last visit to the forum. The actual url is:
    So feel free to bookmark that and use it to quickly check for new posts!

  • Reporting Posts
    If you find a post that you feel is offensive, unnecessary, or generally shouldn't exist, then you can very quickly and easily Report the post in question by clicking on the small
    icon and filling out the relevant details.
    Doing this will alert the moderators to the post and a response team will be sent out to deal with it!

    The current Moderator staff can be seen by clicking on the View Forum Leaders link at the bottom of the forum index.

  • Reputation
    With these forums comes Reputation. This is a simple way of saying "this post was really helpful, thank you". To add to someone's reputation, simply click on the
    icon next to the post you wish to thank the user for and fill out the relevant details.
    If used appropriately, Reputation will give any user a great overview of how 'trustworthy'/reliable another poster is.

  • Quick Key-Commands
    If you have enabled the relevant options in your browser, you can use quick key-combos to perform certain tasks. For example, if you write a quick-reply, you can send/post that reply by hitting Alt + S. These shortcuts can be found by hovering over the normal button.

  • Thread-Ratings
    There is now the option to Rate Threads as well, to show how much you approve of the thread (for example).
    To rate a thread, simply click on the Rate Thread link at the top of the original post and select the desired rating (one star through five).

  • Editing Threads
    Within vBulletin, it's possible to edit your posts/threads "in-line", that is, while looking at the thread, your actual post becomes editable. This way, however, is very limited, and as such some 'special' features are not available.
    In order to change things like topic title, thread prefix, thread icon, etc, you will have to "Go Advanced". This will take you to the 'standard' post interface from which you can edit eeeeverything.

That's all I can think of at the moment... anyone got anything else?
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Head Gardener
Dec 16, 2007

* Thread display options - sort by, sort order, from date
* Thread and forum subscription (notification by email optional)
* Thread preview on mouse-over (optional, via Admin CP)
* Active Users viewing thread shown
* New Post Indicator
* Printer Friendly versions on threads
* Admin tools for Threads - edit/delete/move/lock/Make sticky/ etc
* Email page to a friend option
* Similar Threads displayed on all thread views


* Linear, Threaded, Hybrid display views available
* Supports BB Code in posts
* Supports HTML in post
* Smilies
* Avatars
* Optional WYSIWYG or standard editors for posts and Private Messages
* Attachment images (.gif,.jpg, etc) are no longer in the database (optional, via Admin CP)
* Quick reply box (with optional "forced" click on post to quote)
* Preview post option
* Post rating
* User reputation
* Polls
* Post Reporting - report posts to moderators
* User post count
* Admin tools for Posts - edit/delete/move/ etc
* Preview safe attachments


* Member List
* Member Search
* User Style picker
* Private Messaging
* Buddy list
* Member Birthdays shown on Forum home

Calendar Features

* Supports multiple private and public calendars
* Viewable public and private events (adminCP option)
* Weekly, monthly and yearly views
* Jump to Today option
* Add single, ranged or recurring events
* Add all day events
* Option to show calendar event on forum home page (adminCP option)
* Show events to specific usergroups (adminCP option)
* Calendar Moderation
* Private events reminder
* Ability to add custom fields


* Who's online
* Search

User Control Panel Features

Editable user profile

This information can be viewed by other members from the member list. Custom user title, URL home page, date of birth, instant messaging medium, location, occupation, biography, interests, vB version, plus any other custom user fields that may be defined by the administrator

Profile pictures

Allows members to upload pictures that can be viewed in the users' profile.

Private Messaging

* Pop-up notification when new PM received
* Private Message Tracking
* Private Message filing in custom folders

User Options

These include Daylight Savings options, forum style chooser, selection of notification types for PM, emails etc, thread display options, WYSIWYG editor options, language chooser, vCard downloads to allow the user profile to be placed into an address book

Attachment Management

* View attachment statistics - shows limit and used space
* View the attachments you have posted (link or thumbnail views available)
* Remove attachments

Avatar Options

* Admin Defined Avatars
* Custom Avatars - upload from your own computer or specify a URL


* View and manage subscribed threads and forums
* Calendar event reminders for subscribed events
* Pop-up auto-refreshing buddylist with ICQ-style alerts when new buddies come online
* Signature Editor
* Email and password changes require current password
* Joinable Public User Groups

What i found from the homepage Hope it helps

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Community Manager
Dec 13, 2007
New posts is showing all posts since your last login.
Thanks - already got that in the bit about View Active/New Posts though (although worded slightly differently!)

Thanks, flameharvester - most of those features are very similar to old forums or blatantly obvious! This thread is mor about those 'hidden' or subtle features. Thanks for the list though!

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Head Gardener
Dec 16, 2007
Ah any time, Some things confuse new users to this board in IRC i see alot of "WTF is with the forums". I am going to write a walkthrough to each feature.

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