By registering with the forum, you will be able to edit your member profile and preferences. You will get the most out of your time here if you change your profile and preferences to suit your individual tastes. There are many options in your profile to make your experience here more enjoyable, so please take a few moments to try the various settings. Also, only users that are registered and logged in can take advantage of the "New Posts" feature upon each visit. Once you've registered and logged in, click "Edit Profile" or "Edit Preference" in the Forum Navigation island to edit your settings.
The Email Address field is used for email notifications, Watch Lists and to email your password. The Public Email Address field is what other users see when they view your profile. We realize that you may not want everyone to know your real email address, but we need to know it in case you want to watch certain content or if you want to have replies emailed to you. For this reason you can give us your real email address in the Email Address field and only the Administrators of the board will see it. You can provide a different email address for the general public using the Public Email Address. Some people like to put in something like email@example.com. This way people can still figure out what your real email address is, but spamming agents can't just parse through the page and obtain your email address to spam you.
Yes. Cookies are used to remember your login information as well as what posts you have read during your current session. Without accepting cookies some functions won't work properly.
If you have registered with these forums, you must log in to take advantage of the personalization of settings. To log in, look in the upper right-hand corner of your screen for the "Log In" link. This link will take you to a page where you can enter your Username (email address) and Password. Keep in mind that the password is always case-sensitive. This means that the software considers "S" and "s" to be different characters.
Once you have entered your Username (email address) and Password, you'll be brought to your Starting View. (You can change the page used for your Default Starting View by clicking "Edit Preferences" in the Forum Navigation island.) If you have any Private Messages waiting for you, you'll see a flashing envelope on the My Messages island. (Note that this only applies if the Private Messaging feature has been enabled by the Administrators of the board.)
This checklist may help you successfully log in:
1) Make sure you are entering your password correctly. Passwords are case-sensitive.
2) Ensure that your browser supports cookies; if so, check the security level you are using. High levels of security restriction in certain browsers will automatically reject cookies. In order to use the key features of these forums, you'll need to accept cookies. The maker of your browser can help you with additional problems you may have with your cookie settings.
3) Completely log out by hitting the Log Out link in the upper right-hand corner of the page, and then log back in again.
4) After logging in, you may have to hit the Reload or Refresh button on your browser to expedite the authentication.
5) If these steps don't work you can try purging your cookies for this site using the My Cookies
6) If you continue to have problems, go to the Log In page and click "Have you forgotten your login information?". Enter your real email address into the Email Address field and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address used for the account setup.
It's a system-generated User Title to give ranking to your postcount. You will progress through the various levels according to the cumulative number of posts you have made.
Everyone has a title within the forum. You will notice the title below the Display Name in each post. Some titles are automatically assigned based on the number of posts a user has made, and some titles are assigned by the forum owner to denote official representatives of the company or other VIPs in the forums.
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If you have forgotten your password, don't worry! You can very easily have a temporary password emailed to you. Go to the Log In page and click "Have you forgotten your login information?". Enter your real email address into the Email Address field and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address used for the account setup.
This process is safe because the password is only emailed to the original owner of the account. There is no way to steal the password by using this feature.
You may change your password any time. On the Forum Navigation island, click "Edit Profile". Edit the Password and Verify Password fields and then click "Submit" to save the information. (Keep in mind that passwords are case-sensitive.)
In order to add an image to your message or your signature, you must have the image already available on a web server and reachable by a URL. This can be an image on your own personal web page, for example. To place an image within a message, simply use the following Markup Tag:
For example, if you have an image called cateye.gif and its available from your own website at http://www.mywebsite.com/pics, then you would use the following image markup:
You can do the same for your signature. Click the My Home option found on any page. Then, under the Main Configuration heading, click on "Personal Information, email, password...". Look for the Signature box, and enter your desired information, including any images/markup as above.
Note: To keep the forums loading quickly for everyone, it is recommended that you do not exceed 35k for your image size.
We ask that you keep your images relatively small. As a rule, please do not exceed 125 x 600 pixels and/or 35k for a signature image. This will ensure that the forums load quickly for all users.
If you have a browser that is Mozilla 4+ compatible then yes, you can. When you preview your post you will have the opportunity to attach a file to your post.
Oilfield.com Message Board Mission:
To provide a community for discussion, information exchange, technical advice, and gatherings, annual meetings and shows, in a casual and fun environment that fosters friendships amongst its membership. No negative comments about specific rigs or individuals will be tolerated.
Community Core Values
The cornerstone value of our community is mutal respect between members. We pride ourselves in having a mature, civil, yet fun atmosphere where members are able to debate differing opinions without flame wars, snide remarks or childish bickering. Our community enthusiastically welcomes new members. Our members are always willing to offer helpful advice to both the technical novice and expert alike.
As a member of this Message Board community, you are expected to abide by the rules, guidelines and community values set forth on this page. Our members are reflections and ambassadors of this community. As such they are expected to act in the community, in the field, in a responsible, respectful manner.
You are also expected to practice common "netiquette" while participating on the Message Board in consideration to the other community members. As part of netiquette, avoid posting using all caps. IT LOOKS LIKE AND WILL BE INTERPRETED AS YOU'RE SHOUTING! The Message Board Administration also expects you to periodically re-review these rules and guidelines as they are periodically enhanced.
Oilfield.com Message Board is a moderated community. However, considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for us to immediately review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Oilfield.com does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Oilfield.com or any entity associated with Oilfield.com. The staff of Oilfield.com makes every effort to ensure that no material in the forums, or any other section of the site, is plagiarized or copyrighted. If it is found to be so, it will be edited to include appropriate citation, or the information will be deleted altogether. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable or violates these rules is encouraged to contact the Message Board Administration immediately by email or use the "report post" feature at the lower right of every post. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
You agree, through your use of this service, to abide by all of the rules and guidelines on this page, and that you will not use this Message Board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, derogatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by Oilfield.com.
Keep on Topic
By posting to this Message Board you also agree to keep on-topic for the forum in question. Repeatedly posting off-topics will result in the removal of your posting privileges. Forum Moderators and the Message Board Administrator will provide guidance and re-direction when topics venture too far into the gray area between on-topic and off-topic. Our purpose is to keep discussions within the community flowing in the right direction array(as defined by the Message Board Mission Statement), not to attack anyone's position or thought. Blatantly off-topic posts, or threads continuing toward out-of-scope or disagreeable subjects will be deleted or locked without warning, and posting privileges of the parties involved may be removed.
There are a few topics that are strictly forbidden at all times in this community. Because of their highly contentious nature, posts relating to politics and religion will no longer be allowed on this message board. The message board administration and moderators feel these topics and the eventual flame wars that result are counter to the values that this community is based. We welcome healthy constructive debate on virtually all other topics, so long as members respect one another, and maintain an open mind in the process.
Although the Message Board Administration does not and cannot immediately review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we do reserve the right to delete any message or lock any thread for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owner of Oilfield.com Inc, the Message Board Administrators, Forum Moderators, Groupee Corporation array (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of any message on this Message Board.
The Message Board Administration also reserves the right to reveal your identity array (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
For-Sale / Want Ads
Commercial advertisements and solicitations are allowed only if prior arrangements have been made between the commercial entity and the Message Board Administration. Commercial posts are restricted to the "Authorized Vendors" forum on the board.
Private party advertisements and transactions are approved and encouraged in their respective forums. However, auction style for-sale ads, soliciting increasingly higher bids on any item are not allowed. For-Sale ads must include an asking price. Oilfield.com provides no warranty expressed or implied on any part or Equipment offered for sale. All transactions are purely between the two private parties array (buyer & seller). Oilfield.com shall not be held responsible in any way if fraudulent activity occurs. All Equipment should be considered as-is unless specific arrangements have been made between the buyer and seller. Oilfield.com will not arbitrate, or act as escrow agent for any transaction instituted here-in. The Message Board Administration expects both buyers and sellers to conduct their personal business here on the Message Board in a responsible, ethical and non-fraudulent manner. Failure to do so will result in suspension of posting privileges. If you have multiple items for sale, we recommend you consolidate them into a single post rather than posting a separate ad for each.
E-Bay Auction Restriction: Posts referring to specific online auctions (such as E-Bay) for the purpose of soliciting more auction bids are prohibited. Replies to Want-Ads here on the Message Board that point to auctions, there-by pointing the person looking for parts to a specific auction, are allowed. The intent is to prevent the advertisement of auctions by sellers soliciting auction bids. You will find this general rule on most e-mail lists and message boards that are out there. Also, posts with pointers to auctions with the intent of asking a question about some aspect of the item for sale are still allowed and encouraged. It boils down to: if you are the seller in an auction, you should not be posting an unsolicited ad pointing to that auction on the Board. If you have a question about whether or not a post is appropriate, contact the Message Board Administration via e-mail.
You may set up a signature string within your user profile. The signature string will appear at the end of each post that you make within each thread, provided you set your preferences to do so. As a courtesy to other users array (proper netiquette), you must limit the size of your signature string to no more than 6 lines of text. This should be more than enough space. You are also allowed to embed images into your signature using UBB code. Refer to the board FAQ for more information on the UBB code. The size of the total signature image must be limited to no larger than 450 pixels wide by 113 pixels tall (450x113). This size limit allows for 3 side-by-side pictures that are 150x113 in size to be combined into one. 150x113 is the same aspect ratio as 640x480, 800x600 etc. Authorized Vendors may have commercial related images in their signatures, but must adhere to all other signature rules. Please keep signature image file size below 50Kbytes. Users with signatures that do not meet these specifications will be requested to modify them. Failure to do so will result in suspension of posting privileges until the requested changes have been made. and keep page download time to a minimum. In keeping with the minimum download time theme, animated signature images are discouraged. Oilfield.com reserves the right to modify your signature for any reason at any time if we feel these rules and guidelines have not been adhered to.
Embedded Code and Images
As an added feature on the Message Board, both HTML and UBB code may be embedded in a post to enhance the post's style and presentation. Embedding code that produces music or audio is prohibited. Do not abuse this feature by embedding exotic code. Abuse will result in suspension of posting privileges. If you want to embed code beyond typical text styling elements, contact the Message Board Administrator first for approval.
Embedded images should be of a reasonable physical and file size to aide in download time. Embedded GIF images that contain multiple large auto-updating pictures are not allowed due to their size and processor time required to view / update.
Community Security: Yahoo / Hotmail Ban
Unfortunately, we have had to take the step of banning all Hotmail and Yahoo email accounts for registrations on the Message Board due to their use by some trouble makers who have nothing better to do than cause grief in the community. Both of these email providers offer services that are too easily abused due to how easily email accounts are obtained. Please use the email address your ISP provided, or use one of the other, more secure email services that are available to register. In addition, all registrations undergo and email verification, and a manual, direct review and acceptance by the Board Administrator array before posting privileges are granted. Please be patient, this approval usually happens within 12 hours of your registration submittal. A followup email is sent to you once your posting privileges have been established. If you have questions about this policy, contact the Message Board Administrator directly.
To conform with Federal Regulations, the owner of Oilfield.com has chosen to restrict the participation of those under 16 years of age. If you are under 16, you are not allowed to participate on the Oilfield Message Board, or provide any personal information to Oilfield.com.
Membership is a Privilege
Finally, remember that participation on this Message Board is a privilege, not a right. Oilfield.com reserves the right to revoke that privilege for any user it deems has violated the Message Board rules and guidelines at any time without warning.
If you haven't yet read the Rules and Guidelines above, you must do so before clicking "I Accept" and proceeding. Please respect our community by taking the few minutes needed to review them. Ultimately it is in your own best interest to understand and follow these Rules and Guidelines!
Click the "Edit Profile" link on the Forum Navigation island.
Yes, you'll be missing a trick if you fail to take advantage of the versatility offered. There are many aspects of how the Forums are displayed that may be customized. On the Forum Navigation island, click "Edit Preferences".
You can choose the stylesheet in which you wish to view the forums, how many posts are displayed on each page, whether or not you want to view users' pictures alongside their posts, and much more. Once saved, these become your default settings. You may edit these preferences again at anytime.
The first post of a given topic establishes the subject by which all subsequent replies will be known. Once there's been a reply, the topic subject cannot be subsequently changed. It's therefore important to get the subject right from the outset. Make it as descriptive and as specific as possible. For example, "LCD burn-in questions", is much better than something completely generic, such as "Newbie needs help!". Not only is it more likely to elicit a response, but it'll also make it much easier for all posts in the topic to be subsequently located.
One of the key benefits of the discussion board format is that it enables commonly asked questions to be answered once, for the benefit of all. Before posting your question, it is always worth checking to see if it has already been asked - and answered! You can do this via the Search island. Using the Search island, you can perform a quick keyword search, or click on the "Advanced" button to search by more specific criteria. Various options are available, both for how the search term is specified and for controlling how many forums you want to search. This is where the specificity of topic subjects is important, making it much easier to locate precisely what it is you're after from a list of search results.
It means that you have unread Private Messages. When you hover over this image it should display how many unread Private Messages that you have.
On the "New Private Topic" screen, you can type in a new user then press "add" or you can select them from the "My Buddies" dropdown. You can add up to the forum maximum of users (this limit will show on the "New Private Topic" screen) to the Private Topic.
If the tags are showing up in your text or you're getting a link, but it's to "http:///", you're including some unwanted spaces in the syntax. Avoid any intervening spaces, and everything will work fine.
Users can edit their own posts up to minutes after they are made. Where the change is substantial, it is courteous mark the post as edited so as to alert readers to the changed content. For cosmetic changes, it's better not to do so.
Let the forum Administrator or Moderator know - he/she will be able to move it for you.
There are 2 ways that this can be configured on a per-forum basis. If HTML is On then you will see HTML is On and you can use normal HTML in your posts. If UBBCode is on you will see UBBCode is On.
The following tags are available for your use if UBBCode is enabled:
= Makes the given text bold.
= Makes the given text italic.
= Underlines the given text.
= Will post your text with a line through it (strike through).
= Makes the given text red.
= Makes the given text green.
= Will change the size of the text to whatever size value you specify.
[font:Comic Sans MS]
= Will post your text with the specified font.
= Makes the given email address clickable.
= Makes the given email address clickable.
= Makes the given url into a link.
= Makes the given title into a hyperlink pointing to link.
= Embeds an image.
Code Tags & Highlighting
= Surrounds the given text with pre format tags.
= Passes the text through the PHP Syntax Highlighter
= Will highlight your text.
= Will wrap your text in a spoiler container. Users must click a button in order to see this text, thus giving them the ability to specify if they want to read the item.
= Will wrap your text in a spoiler container and allow you to specify the warning message displayed. Users must click a button in order to see this text, thus giving them the ability to specify if they want to read the item.
Text and Image Alignment
= Will align the text in the direction defined.
= Will allow you to allow text to wrap on the specified side of your image.
[/list] = Makes a bullet list. [list=A] or [list=1] will make order/numbered lists. Other options include: circle, i, I, a, A, 1, disc, square.
= Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This UBBCode tag is used for quoting a reply.
= Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This UBBCode tag is used for quoting a reply. The username specified will be shown as quoted.
Putting a poll in your post is simple.
If polls are enabled, start by creating a new post in a forum. Below the body of your post, you will see a text box that allows you to specify how many polls you want to have in your post and the system will guide you through the rest.
You can change the number of posts displayed on each page by editing your display preferences. You can set this to anything between 1 and 99 posts per page. By default, this is set to 10 posts per page.
Quick Reply is made as a "Quick Response" block, so you can make a response to a post (or thread) before you forget or as you read them. Quick Reply is meant as a "no thrills" response box, as it's just there for a fast/non-formatted response.
Reply however brings you to a "Full Response" page that allows for heavy posting.
You can also click the "Full Reply" button from the Quick Reply box which will forward you (and all of your Quick Reply text) to the Full Reply page.
Quote will quote the users text to the Full Reply page. Quick Quote will quote the users text to the Quick Reply box below the thread.
Click the "My Profile" link from the "My Stuff" dropdown on the Forum Navigation island.
Using Gallery Forums are just like using any other forums... However, you can post images too!
After you create your post (subject and post, both required) you can click on the "Image Manager" link.
Adding images are as easy as:
1. Click "Browse" and a navigation area will appear that shows your computers files, navigate around to locate the image you'd like to upload. Once located, click on the image and select "open"; you can also choose to add a description (note that in v7.2 you do not have the option to change the description once another image is added).
2. If you wish to add another image, repeat step one; otherwise, select "done".
From here, just press submit, and your new "Gallery Posting" should appear for users to comment on your image(s).
When creating a new thread or response, you'll see a "File Manager" link on the "Full Reply" or "New Post" page. When selecting this option you'll receive a popup which will allow you to attach files to your post.
1. Click "File Manager" to bring up the "Attachment" window.
2. Click "Browse" to bring up the file browser window; this will allow you to browse your computer for any files or images you wish to upload; please note that you're bound by whatever the "allowed file type" setting is for the board.
3. Click "open" on the file you wish to upload.
4. Enter a description of what the file is (if you want to).
5. Click "add file" to add another file, or "done" to close the window and complete your posting.
Please note that you must enter some text in both the "subject" and "post" fields when responding otherwise you will receive an error; you cannot just respond with an attachment ;).
Subscribing to a Forum
Enter the Forum and Select "Add Forum to Watched Forums" from the "Forum Options" dropdown.
Subscribing to a Topic
Enter the Topic and Select "Add Topic to your Watched Topics" option from the "Topic Options" dropdown.
Managing Watch Lists
Select "My Watch Lists" from the "My Stuff" dropdown, from here you can select the type of List that you wish to edit and by clicking the "Edit Watched Topics" (or "Edit Watched Forums" or "Edit Watched Users") link you can remove them or toggle the "Email Notification" option.
Toggling EMailed Watch Lists
See the above "Managing Watch Lists" directions.
Toggling the Default "EMail Watchedlist" Options
Select "My Preferences" from the "My Stuff" dropdown. From here you can manage the "By default should anything added to your Watch Lists be emailed to you?" option.
EMailing a Post or Thread
To email a post, simply navigate to the post and select "email post" from the bottom set of buttons (near reply, quote, notify, etc).
From this "email post" screen, you can select to mail yourself:
Just this post
This post and all replies
The entire thread
EMailing a Private Topic
When viewing a Private Message, simply click the "EMail Topic" button from the bottom set of buttons (near reply, quote, etc).
RSS Feeds for Forums
For forums which have an RSS Feed configured for them, you can enter the forum and select the feed link from the "Forum Options" dropdown.
If the administration has enabled the "My Feeds" option, you can manage RSS feeds from the "Feeds" link in the "My Stuff" dropdown in the navigation area.
From the My Feeds area you can see all of the RSS Feeds available to you, including all of the forums which have individual feeds. You will also be able to retrieve the feeds for your inbox and the global feeds for recent topics. Please note that these may or may not be available based on admin preferences.
The username colors generally specify a users status. Some select users can can also have special colors signified by the Administration.
The default user status colors are:
Search Engine Robot
The numbers in parenthesise indicate how many new topics (or posts) have been made since your last visit to the forums.