Community User Guide: Account Setup & Management

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    Loki Consigliere Staff Member Re-Logic Administrator


    Account Set-Up & Management

    Table of Contents


    Setting up your Account

    Setting up an account on the Terraria Community is a simple three-step process
    • Step One: Click the “Sign up Now!” button
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    • Step Two: Click “No, create an account now.” Enter your desired Account Name. Click “Sign Up”
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    • Step Three: Fill in the fields on the next page
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    • Email: Enter a valid email address. This is needed in case you forget your password.
    • Password/Confirm Password: Self-explanatory, enter your desired password twice. For security purposes, please utilize a strong password.
    • DoB/Gender: Enter your Date of Birth and Gender.
    • Profanity Filter: Select whether or not to disable the profanity filter (Default is that the filter is active, check the box to deactivate it). You can change this later if you desire.
    • Captcha: Enter the Captcha information requested and agree to the ToS/Rules.
    • Sign Up: Press the “Sign Up” Button – and you are official a member of the Terraria Community!

    Customizing your Account

    Personal Details - Your Account on the Terraria Community comes with a variety of options with which you can individualize your experience – both what you see and what others can see from you. This section outlines those options and how to utilize them. To access these options, click on your name in the upper toolbar and select from the options in the pulldown menu.

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    You can set Avatar, Status, Titles, Social Groups and more here - along with other items. Avatar/Status updates will be covered elsewhere.
    • Active Title: You may select any Title you have earned during your time with the Community. See Titles & Trophies for further information. If you have earned a Custom Title, the ability to change your title will appear beneath the Title pulldown.
    • Social Forums: You may associate your account with one Primary Social Group Forums and as many Secondary Social Groups as you want. The Avatar of your Primary Group will be displayed underneath your own Avatar in posts you make on TCF. See the Social Groups Section for more details.
    • Date of Birth/Gender: You may change your gender at any time, but date of birth is only able to be changed by Administrators.
    • Age Display: You have four options here.
      • Nothing Checked: No Age/DoB information will be shown.
      • Always Show Age: Will display your age in years.
      • Show Day & Month of Birth: This will show your birthday.
      • Show Year of Birth: This will also show your birth year.
    • Location/Occupation/Homepage: You may enter whatever information you desire here. Please note that these entries are subject to the rules (for example: Do not make your homepage something vulgar).
    • Re-Logic Games Owned: Here you can check which games published by Re-Logic you own and for which platform. This information will show up in the “Information Tab" on your profile page.
    • Favorite Thread: If a certain thread on TCF is your favorite, you can paste the URL here. The thread will show up in the “Information Tab" on your profile page.
    • About You: Enter whatever you like here. What you enter here will be displayed for anyone viewing the “Information Tab” on your profile page.

    Contact Details - In this area, you can provide other members a variety of ways through which they can contact you. Note that only a valid email address is required (for Password Resets) and not absolutely no contact info is required to be shared publicly.

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    • Messaging Preferences: Four options are provided to control how you are contacted by the forum and other members.
      • Site Mailings: Very rarely, the site Admins may need to send out an email alert. You may choose to not receive these. (Default: You will receive mailings)
      • Accept Conversations From: You may choose to limit whom can send you a personal message.
      • Receive Email When: The final checkbox indicates whether or not you desire to receive an email whenever someone starts or replies to a personal message of which you are a participant. (Default: On)
    • Identities: You may provide a number of external accounts of yours (Facebook, Twitter, etc) as you choose.

    Privacy – This section allows members to customize their privacy settings by limiting whom can view/contact them on the Terraria Community.

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    • Show Online Status: This will allow other users to see whether or not you are online. (Default: On)
    • Show Current Activity: This will allow other users to see the latest page you were viewing.
    • Site Mailings: Very rarely, the site Admins may need to send out an email alert. You may choose to not receive these. (Default: You will receive mailings)
    • Date of Birth Privacy: You have four options here.
      • Nothing Checked: No Age/DoB information will be shown.
      • Always Show Age: Will display your age in years.
      • Show Day & Month of Birth: This will show your birthday.
      • Show Year of Birth: This will also show your birth year.
    • People Who May: You have five ways in which you can limit whom can view/contact you. The choices on each are Everyone (unchecked)/Members Only/People You Follow Only.
      • View Your Details on Your Profile: Who can view your profile page.
      • Post Messages on Your Profile: Exactly what it says.
      • Receive Your News Feed: Who can view your activity list (posts/likes) history.
      • Start Conversations With You: Who can send you private messages.
      • View Identities: Who can see your external account details (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
    • Conversation Privacy:
      • Show your Last Read Date of conversation messages: This will permit conversation participants to see the last date, and thus the last message, you have read in a conversation.

    Preferences – This section allows members to tailor how the Terraria Community appears to and functions for them.

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    • Style: You may select between a number of hand-crafted biome themes (thanks Crowno/Skiphs!). This will affect everything from background imagery to icons to text to colors. The (Fixed Width) options force the entire content to be shown regardless of screen size (useful on mobile devices).
    • Locale/Time Zone: This will determine how time stamps assigned to posts appear to you.
    • Options: You may set a number of posting/viewing preferences here
      • Automatically Watch Threads: If selected, you will automatically “watch” threads that you create or to which you have replied. You will receive “Alerts” for any thread that you are “watching”. The second box, when checked, will also send an email to you every time another user replies to a “watched” thread. (Default for both: On)
      • Use the Rich Text Editor (RTE) for Messages: This enables a more user-friendly approach to post formatting versus the use of BBCode for everything.
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    • Show Signatures with Messages: This will toggle whether or not you will see member signatures along with their posts. (Default: On)
    • Show Online Status: This will allow other users to see whether or not you are online. (Default: On)
      • Show Current Activity: This will allow other users to see the latest page you were viewing.
    • Profanity Filter: The Terraria Community Forums have an automatic profanity filter that will censor a number of curse words and slurs from your view. You may choose to turn this feature off by checking this box.
    • Restore Dismissed Notices: This will restore any previously-dismissed alert notices for your viewing.

    Alert Preferences – Terraria Community employs a system that will alert the member (via the Alerts pulldown in the upper toolbar) whenever a variety of actions occur. This menu allows the member to customize what will – and will not – trigger an alert for them.

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    • Thread Alerts: This section customizes what activities that take place within public threads will trigger an alert. By default, everything on this page is checked (alert for everything). You may uncheck any boxes for which you do not prefer to receive alerts. The options are:
      • When anyone replies to a watched thread.
      • When anyone attaches a file to a watched thread.
      • When anyone quotes your post in a thread (watched or unwatched).
      • When anyone tags you (@Username) in a message (watched or unwatched).
      • When anyone “likes” one of your messages in a thread (watched or unwatched).
    • Profile Activity Alerts: This section customizes what activities that take place on member profiles (yours and/or other members’) will generate alerts. By default, everything is selected. Uncheck any boxes for which you do not prefer to receive alerts. The options are:
      • When anyone posts on your profile page.
      • When anyone comments on your status or anyone else’s post on your profile.
      • When anyone comments on a profile post which you have commented on previously.
      • When anyone tags you (@Username) in a profile post.
      • Whenever anyone “likes” one of your profiles posts (on any profile page).
      • Whenever anyone “likes” one of your comments to a profile post (on any profile page).
    • Achievement Alerts: This section allows you to toggle whether or not you will receive alerts when another user “follows” you and/or you receive any of the available Community Trophies.
    • Conversation Messages Alerts: This section allows you to toggle whether or not you will receive alerts when another user “likes” one of your posts in a conversation, and when additional member(s) are invited to join a conversation you are part of.
    • Article Alerts: Articles are not used at this moment in time.

    Linking your Account to Steam – The Terraria Community allows its members to voluntarily connect their account here to their Steam account. This connection can be used to help members connect with each other and may be utilized to otherwise connect gaming activity to our community – for example, there are trophies available for members that own ReLogic games on Steam!

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    • Step One: Select the “External Accounts” item from the Member pulldown menu (click your member name in the upper toolbar).
    • Step Two: Click “Associate Steam Account”.
    • Step Three: You will be taken to a secure page on the Steam Community where you will need to confirm via Steam Account ID (NOT Current Name) and Password in order to complete the linkage.
    That’s it! Now you can login to the Terraria Community using Steam. To do so, simply click the green login with Steam box when logging in (instead of using the Terraria Community login).

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    You will again be sent to the Steam login page where you will need to enter your STEAM credentials (not your Terraria Community login credentials).


    Avatars & Signatures – As with most communities, the Terraria Community allows members to customize their appearance through the use of an Avatar image and a Text/Image signature appended to posts made by the member. Setting up each of these is pretty straight-forward.
    • Avatar Set-Up: You may assign an avatar to your account by clicking the “Avatar” option in the Member pulldown menu (accessed by clicking your member name in the upper toolbar) or you may alternatively do so via the “Personal Details” option.
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    • Once in the Avatar Screen (shown above), click the “Upload New Custom Avatar” button.
    • This will create a popup window where you can browse your PC or Mobile Device for the image you would like to utilize as your Avatar.
    • It is recommended that your avatar image be at least 200x200 pixels
    • IMPORTANT: Please review the Community Rules around acceptable images – including those used for Avatars/Signatures – before making your selection. The use of inappropriate images will result in their removal as well as possible actions against your account.
    • Signature Set-Up: You may assign a Signature to your account by selecting the “Signature” option in the Member pulldown menu (accessed by clicking your member name in the upper toolbar).
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    • Once in the Signature Screen (shown above), you may begin to create your signature using images, text, or both.
    • This works exactly like any other post on our Community in regards to formatting, BBCode, and processes for embedding images. See the Public Threads section if you need any assistance with how this works. The exception is that there is no option to upload a file to use in a signature; instead you must upload images/GiFs/etc. to another location on the Internet (e.g., imgur) and insert them as URLs.
    • You may click “Preview” to check your work, and then “Save Changes” when you feel your signature meets your desires.
    • Signatures are limited in height to 150px by the system. Any content beyond 150px will be cropped.
    • IMPORTANT: Please review the Community Rules around acceptable images – including those used for Avatars/Signatures – before making your selection. The use of inappropriate images will result in their removal as well as possible actions against your account.

    Trophies, Titles, and Medals/Badges – The Terraria Community offers members a number of ways to distinguish themselves through activity & contributions – and to earn various goodies for their account in the process. The Title and Trophy system follows an MMO-style model versus a points-based progression and is built around Terraria mobs and NPCs. While initially quite basic, the TCF Staff are very much interested in feedback on how to evolve this system to best meet the needs of the Community.
    • Trophies are awarded for various community activities, such as linking your Steam and forum accounts, owning ReLogic games, holding or winning contests, and reaching certain post/like thresholds.
    • Awarded Trophies unlock associated Titles, giving members more options to choose from when setting their active title. See the Personal Details section for more information on choosing an active title.
    • The list of all available trophies is available on the Trophies help page.
    • Awarded trophies may be found by going to a member's profile page and clicking on the Trophy Points value in the left information panel under the avatar image.
    Those transferring from Terraria Online to Terraria Community Forums should be aware of the following:
    • Trophies, Trophy Points, Posts/Likes, and Titles will *NOT* be transferred between forums.
    • Custom Title holders from Terraria Online may contact Loki to request a one-time custom title.

    Miscellaneous Account Questions

    • Are multiple/alternate accounts allowed under any circumstances?
      • Each user is entitled to one (1) account only. Unauthorized alternate accounts may be terminated by staff without notice upon discovery.
      • The only exception to this is the appeal of a ban or to resolve a security issue – in order to contact staff when the primary account cannot be accessed.
    • How do I change my username/birthday?
      • You may request a change of username with the Name Change Request option found in the Settings options on the left side of your Personal Details page. You may make up to 10 approved name changes; the proposed new names are reviewed by the Staff and may be rejected with a reason given. Name changes beyond 10 require contacting Staff Members by PM, and will rarely be approved.
      • You must contact a Staff Member to change your birth date. Though only Administrators can actually enact the change, any Staff Member can ensure that your request is sent to the proper people.
    • Resolving Account Security Concerns
      • If you have reason to believe that your account has been compromised, please let a Staff Member know IMMEDIATELY via private message
      • If you are unable to access your account, you are allowed to create a second account for the purposes of informing staff and communicating through the process of fixing the issue.
      • Note that you will be required and expected to provide substantial evidence of ownership of the compromised primary account. No exceptions.
      • Upon resolution, the second account will be terminated.
     
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