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Old 03-16-2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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Hello and welcome to PS3Trophies.org. So you've just joined a site that boasts over 100,000 members, over 1,500,000 posts and 300+ trophy guides, you're probably feeling overwhelmed at this moment. This thread serves as a guide for new users to understand the basic features of the site and answers many commonly asked questions. Ideally, this thread should be read in conjunction with the PS3T Site Rules thread.

Before getting started it's important to note that to combat the spambot attacks, you will need 5 posts and have been a member for 7 days before you gain access to your User CP and edit your details. Refer to this announcement for more details. Please do not spam the forums to gain access to your User CP. If you are caught spamming, your spam posts will be deleted and you may receive a warning or infraction.


1.0 - Profile Enhancement
  • 1.1 - Changing Your Avatar
  • 1.2 - Changing Your Profile Picture
  • 1.3 - Changing Your Signature
  • 1.4 - Adding Your PSN ID
  • 1.5 - Changing Your Username
  • 1.6 - Albums

2.0 - Socialising
  • 2.1 - Social Groups
  • 2.2 - Private Messages
  • 2.3 - Visitor Messages
  • 2.4 - Friends List
  • 2.5 - Invisible Mode
  • 2.6 - Ignore List

3.0 - Threads & Posts
  • 3.1 - User Ranks
  • 3.2 - Thread Creation
  • 3.3 - Deleting, Editing, Closing
  • 3.4 - Quotes and Multi-Quotes
  • 3.5 - Polls
  • 3.6 - Spoiler Tags
  • 3.7 - Embedding Videos
  • 3.8 - Images
  • 3.9 - Tags
  • 3.10 - Boosting
  • 3.11 - Thread Subscriptions

4.0 - Site Features(Forum)
  • 4.1 - Reporting
  • 4.2 - Maximum Clubs
  • 4.3 - Game Nights
  • 4.4 - Trophy Guides and Roadmaps
  • 4.5 - Site Awards
  • 4.6 - Bargain Bin


5.0 - Site Features (Homepage)
  • 5.1 - News Comments
  • 5.2 - Trophy Comments/Ratings
  • 5.3 - MyTrophies
  • 5.4 - Collection & Wishlist
  • 5.5 - Managing 100% Clubs
  • 5.6 - Trophy Case
  • 5.7 - Rating A Game
  • 5.8 - Boosting Sessions

6.0 - Using The Search Function

7.0 - General FAQ

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1.0 - Profile Enhancement



1.1 - Changing Your Avatar
An Avatar is a small graphic displayed in the left column under the user rank within each thread. Do not confuse it with a Profile Picture which is only displayed by your Username on your User Profile. Any Avatar you upload is restricted to 19.5 KB or 100x100 pixels, whichever is smaller. 5 posts and being a member for at least 7 days are required to change it.

To change your Avatar, navigate to the Edit Avatar page. You can upload an Avatar by either browsing for the image on your computer or inputting the url where the image is hosted. Click 'Save Changes' to upload the appropriate Avatar.

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1.2 - Changing Your Profile Picture
A Profile Picture is a graphic displayed to the left of your Username within your User Profile. Do not confuse it with an Avatar, it will not appear to the left of your posts within threads. Any Profile Picture you upload is restricted to 64 KB or 200x200 pixels, whichever is smaller. 5 posts and being a member for at least 7 days are required to change it.

To change your Profile Picture, navigate to Edit Profile Picture page. You can upload a Profile Picture by either browsing for the image on your computer or inputting the url where the image is hosted. Click 'Save Changes' to upload the appropriate picture.

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1.3 - Changing Your Signature
A Signature appears underneath your post. It can include text, spoiler tags and/or images. You're restricted to a total of four images within your signature, this includes smilies. There is a height limit of 300 pixels, if you exceed the limit, you will be asked to change it. Advertising your site or linking to a site that allows you to donate or sells items is not allowed. 5 posts and being a member for at least 7 days are required to change it.

To change your signature, navigate to Edit Signature page. You can add a signature by adding BB Code into the text editor, using the browse button to locate an image on your computer or inputting the url where the image is hosted. Once done, click the save changes button. Refer to BB Code 101 for a guide on the available BB Code and/or Signature Guide for a more in-depth guide on adding a signature.

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1.4 - Adding Your PSN ID
To add your PSN ID to your profile, navigate to Edit Details within your user profile. Scroll down to Additional Info and input your PSN(case sensitive) into the correct box, click save changes to confirm. 5 posts and being a member for at least 7 days are required to change it.

A video guide can be found within the spoiler below:



1.5 - Changing Your Username
So, you're bored of your username and want it changed? well, you're currently out of luck as username changes are reserved for when subscriptions become available.

There are a couple of exceptions where username change requests will be granted. These are a typo in your username and a forum bug which prevents you having a user profile because of a special character in your username. If either of those are the case, contact Vyrastas


1.6 - Albums
To create an album, navigate to the Add Album page. Enter a suitable title*, description and select whether you want the album to be public or not. Making the Album private makes it hidden from everyone not on your contact list or a Moderator. You will then be taken to a new page with a few 'Upload Pictures' links to begin uploading pictures. Click the browse button and search with your files for any pictures you wish to add. Click 'Upload Pictures' to proceed to the next page. You can now add a caption to your picture, delete the picture, move it to a different album or select it as the albums cover. Click save changes to confirm. The first album you create will only hold 60 pictures. Any further albums will only be able to hold a reduced total. The maximum amount of pictures across all albums is 100.

You can also add any of your pictures to a social group that you are a member of. To do so, click on the album and then the 'Add Pictures to Group' link near the bottom of the page. Select the pictures you want to add and then select the social group from the dropdown box, click 'Add Pictures' to confirm.

To delete an album from your profile, navigate to the album you wish to delete and click on the 'Edit Album' link. You'll be taken to a new page, tick the checkbox and then hit 'Delete Album' to confirm the deletion.

* - Creating an album with 'album' or a special character(/, -, * etc) in the title may make you unable to add pictures to it. Avoid doing this.

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2.0 - Socialising

2.1 - Social Groups
Social Groups can be accessed by clicking Community and then Social Groups on the navigation bar or clicking on Social Groups. Social Groups are very limited compared to posting in the forum, you cannot quote and the amount of BB Code you can use is scarce. Social Groups are subject to moderation as well, if you post something questionable, you will face the same punishment as you would in the forums.

Creating a Social Group
To create a Social Group, navigate to the Group Creation page. Fill in all the fields to describe your group. Setting your group as private(invite only) allows members to view the group, but they will be unable to post unless they are invited. Creating a moderated group is not recommended, every message posted will have to be approved before being visible to members. Click save to create your Social Group.

Managing Your Social Group
To add an icon to your social group, click on edit group within the group or on the Social Group homepage. An image you upload is restricted to 200x200 pixels or 65.535. KB, whichever is smaller. You can upload an icon by clicking 'Browse' and locating the file on your computer or inputting the url where the image is hosted. Click 'Save Changes' to upload the appropriate picture.

Joining A Social Group
Joining a Social Group is simple. Once you are viewing the group you wish to join, click 'join group' on the red bar at the top of the group's page. You will then be prompted with a confirmation page, click yes to join the group. Some groups such as Female Gamers Club and GTA 4: Platinum Players are invite only, so there will be no 'join group' displayed. If you want to join one of these groups and meet the requirements, you should send a Private Message to the creator of the group.

Leaving A Social Group
Leaving a group is just as simple. After joining a group, the 'join group' link will be replaced with 'leave group'. To leave the group, click on the link and you will be taken to a confirmation page. Click yes and you will be removed from the group.

Transferring Your Social Group
So, you no longer have interest in your social group or the time to maintain it yourself? A social group can easily be transferred to another user. Navigate to your social group and scroll down the page. You should see the following:



Click on Transfer Group and you will be taken to a new page where you can input the username of the user you want to become the new owner. They will receive a PM and will need to accept it before the change occurs.

Deleting Your Social Group
So, you want to delete your group instead? Navigate to the group and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you should again see the following:


Click on Delete Group and you will be taken to a confirmation page. Click on Yes to successfully delete the group. Before being able to delete the group, you may have to remove all the users within the group first.

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2.2 - Private Messages
Private messages can be sent by viewing a user profile, clicking on 'send message' and then 'Send a private message to [username] or navigating to Send New PM via the Private Messages menu within your user CP. You can send a Private Message to a maximum of five members, but you will need to separate their usernames with a semi colon(;)

When sending a Private Message you will be taken to a page similar to when you are creating a thread or posting an advanced reply. You will need to input a title and at least a 10 character message to send. You are given five checkbox options below the textbox, all of which the meanings should be obvious to you. The 'read receipt' option prompts the user receiving the Private Message to choose ok or cancel. If they click cancel, you still wont know if they have read it.

If a user sends you a Private Message, you will receive a new notification. Click on your notifications and then Unread Private Messages. You will then be taken to a page listing all your Private Messages. New, unread messages will be bolded, click on the title to view the message. To reply to the message click on either the Reply or Go Advanced button, type your message and hit Submit Message.

Some users have their Private Messages disabled or partially disabled, so you may be unable to send them messages. To do this yourself, go to Edit Options, scroll down to Private Messaging, tick any of the boxes and then press the Save Changes button to apply.

Private messages you send out won't automatically appear in your sentbox until you define it in your options. Click here, scroll down to Private Messages, check 'Save a copy of sent messages in my Sent Items folder by default' and click save changes to confirm. Every message you send from now will now be stored in your sentbox. Alternatively, you can store an individual message in your sent box by checking the 'Save a copy of this message in your Sent Items folder' box in the miscellaneous options before sending the PM.

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2.3 - Visitor Messages
Visitor Messages can be sent by viewing the user's profile and typing in the text box or clicking Go Advanced. Click on Post Message to post on the users profile. Visitor Messages can be viewed by anyone, unless you set your options to friends only, so more personal matters should be sent via a Private Message. As with Social Groups, the amount of BBCode you can use in a Visitor Message is limited.

When you receive a new Visitor Message, a new notification will appear above the navigation bar. Click on it and then Unread Visitor Message(s) and you will be taken to your profile. To reply to the message, you can click on the user's profile or view conversation, type the message and hit Submit Message.

Some users may have their Visitor Messages disabled or restricted to friends only, so you will be unable to send them a message. To activate this feature yourself, navigate to your User CP and click on Edit Options under the Settings & Options menu. Scroll down to Visitor Messaging, where there are two checkboxes, one for en/disabling Visitor Messages on your profile and the other for limiting it to contacts and Moderators only. Click the checkboxes and then save changes to confirm.

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2.4 - Friends List
There are two ways to add a user to your friend list. The first is to navigate to your Buddy List, scroll down and type their name in the text box, click Add Friend to confirm. Your other option is to view the users profile, click on User Lists and then on Add to Friends List. When a user is on your Friends List they will have a '+' after their name in select areas of the forum such as who's online and the last visitors on your profile page.

Removing a user from your Friend List is a similar process. When viewing User Lists on a user's profile, Add to Friends List will have been replaced with Remove from Friends List, click and confirm to remove the user. The alternate way to remove a user is to access your Buddy List, uncheck the box associated with their avatar and click save changes to confirm.

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2.5 - Invisible Mode
Invisible mode is a feature that does exactly what it says, makes you invisible to everyone, excluding Administrators. To activate this feature, navigate to Edit Options within your User CP, check the first box and click Save Changes to confirm.

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2.6 - Ignore List
The Ignore List feature hides messages from any user on your list. When viewing a thread which the user has posted in, instead of seeing the post, you'll see a 'This message is hidden because [user] is on your ignore list.' message. Any member of staff cannot be added to your ignore list.

There are two ways to add a user to your block list, they are as follows:

The first way is to navigate to the users profile, click on 'User Lists' and then on 'Add to Ignore List'. You will then be taken to a confirmation page, click yes to successfully add the user to your Ignore List. The other way to add someone to your Ignore List is to navigate to your Ignore List. You will be redirected to your Ignore List. Type the username of the person you want to ignore and click okay to confirm.



As with adding users to your Ignore List, there are also two ways to remove a user. One way is via the user list option you may have used when ignoring a user, instead of 'Add to Ignore List', you'll be clicking on 'Remove from Ignore List'. Your second option is to navigate to your Ignore List, un-check the box associated with their avatar and then click 'Save Changes'.

Unfortunately users on your ignore list can still send you Visitor Messages. The only way around this is to modify your options so that only friends can post on your wall. To do this, navigate to your Options, scroll down to Visitor Messaging and select 'Limit usage of Visitor Messages to Contacts and Moderators'.

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3.0 - Threads & Posts

3.1 - User Ranks
User ranks are a member ranking system based on your current post count. Each individual ranking provides you with a rank title and 1-5 secret, bronze, silver, gold or platinum trophy icons. The rank names and amount of posts required for each are as follows:

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3.2 - Thread Creation
To create a new thread, click the button within the relevant forum. Before creating a thread make sure to use the search function, choose advanced search and search thread titles only for the best results(refer to 6.0 for more details on searching). If you want to create a thread for a specific game, please post in the games forum(e.g Uncharted 3) and not the general games forum. When choosing a title for your thread, do not add -print into it, this will take you to the printer-friendly version of the page.

When creating a thread bear in mind that threads are required to have some substance to remain open. What is your favourite colour, for example, will not last long. We now have a Forum Games section where games that would have been previously closed such as 'count to one million' can be posted. It is a zero post count forum, however, general forum rules such as spamming and flaming still apply.

The title of a thread should reflect the content of the thread e.g naming an idea for disabling post counts in a specific forum 'new idea' isn't very helpful.

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3.3 - Deleting, Editing and Closing
So, you've created a thread about an issue you're having and have found a solution within minutes and want it closed or deleted. Unfortunately for you, users do not have the ability to close or delete their own threads. If you wish for a thread to be closed or deleted, you can request it via the button or ask any active moderator.

Deleting your post(s) as long as it's not the first in the thread however can be done. To delete a post, click the edit button and then the delete button.



An extra section will pop down below. Check Delete Message and then click Delete This Message to confirm. A deletion reason can be added, although it is not mandatory.




Have you made a post and wanted to add some additional information? instead of making a double post, please use the button to add more information. If you make two or more posts in a row, your posts will be merged or deleted. Guides are obviously exempt from this.
As with deleting and closing threads, a thread title cannot be changed by the user, it will just modify the post heading. To request a title change, ask any Moderator via Visitor or Private Message.

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3.4 - Quotes & Multi-Quotes
Quotes are used to directly reply to a user instead of typing @ [username] or just posting a message and then nobody has any idea who you are replying to. To quote a user, click on the button, this will take you to the post reply page. Type your message underneath the [/quote] tag and click 'Submit Reply' to post. Congratulations, you have successfully quoted for the first time.

You can only quote one person using this feature. Instead of making an unnecessary double or triple post, if you want to quote two or more users, you would use the Multi-Quote feature. To do so, click the button on each post you want to quote and then click the button. As with quoting a single post, this will take you to the post reply page. Type each individual reply under the [/quote] tag and click 'Submit Reply' to post.

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3.5 - Polls
To create a poll while creating a thread, scroll down to 'post a poll' within the Additional Options section. Check the 'Yes, post a poll with this thread' box and adjust the number of poll options to whatever you require. The maximum of options you can have in a poll is ten.



After clicking 'Submit Thread' your thread will be posted and you will be taken to the poll creation screen. To create a poll after you have already posted a thread, click thread tools within the thread and select the fourth option, Add a Poll to this Thread.



Back to the actual Poll creation, you will be taken to a page like the screenshot shown below:



Poll Question: Self-explanatory. Enter the question that you want to appear on the poll.

Poll Options: The answers, or rather choices for the poll should be typed here. Try to keep them short.

Poll Timeout: After how many days do you want voting to be disabled? enter zero for the poll to never end.

Miscellaneous: Allowing Multiple Choice polls is a good idea for 'which consoles do you own' and 'favourite genre' type questions. Make Votes Public, allows anyone to see which users have voted and who they voted for. To view the choices that users picked, click on the number of votes for any of the poll options.

Polls and votes cannot be edited after posted. If you want something changed, you will need to ask a Super Moderator.

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3.6 - Spoiler Tags
Spoiler tags must be used when discussing the plot of a game, this includes videos as well. Typing **Massive Spoilers** or anything similar in the thread title or post is not enough. Failure to use a spoiler tag on a newly released title will result in an automatic three day ban.

To create a spoiler tag, the following needs to be inputted into your post;

[spoiler=ID]spoiler text here[/spoiler]

ID can be replaced with anything you want, but each spoiler tag must have a different code or the spoiler tag will not open. For a more in-depth guide for the use of spoiler tags, refer to the Spoiler Tag Guide thread.

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3.7 - Embedding Videos
Ever wanted to post a video in the Funny Videos Thread or add one to a Trophy Guide? posting one as a video and not a link is simple. Firstly, copy the video url and paste it into your post. Make sure the 'Automatically parse links in text' and 'Automatically embed media' checkboxes are ticked, they should be by default. Click the submit button and your video will be embedded.

Please note that some youtube urls will have feature at a different part of url i.e http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YNR7wuSTE6g

The above link will not embed your video, it will appear as a link instead. You'll need to use one of the following instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNR7wuSTE6g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNR7wuSTE6g&feature=player_embedded


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3.8 - Adding Images
There are several ways to add images to a post. The maximum file size is 19.5 KB, 97.7 KB for jpg and zip files. If it's an image file and larger than 620x280, it will be automatically resized. The different ways to add images are as follows

Attachments: To attach images to your post, click on the button. A new window will open where you can upload images from your computer or via url. A maximum of five images can be uploaded per post. This can only be used on forum posts, not social groups, private or visitor messages.

Image Tags: Image tags can also be used to add images into your post. Firstly, you need to upload the image at an image hosting site such as Imageshack or Photobucket. Once uploaded, you will be given a link, copy this. When creating a thread or posting, type [IMG]image url[/IMG], make sure to replace the image url text without the actual url. Alternatively, click the button and paste the url. Click the preview button to make sure the image displays properly. Once you're satisfied, hit submit.

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3.9 - Tags
Tags are used to describe the content of a thread so that it can be easily found via the search engine. Tags are displayed in a box near the bottom of a thread page. Clicking on a tag will allow you to view other threads that have the same tag - and which may be related. Clicking on the word 'Tags' in the top of the box will take you to an overview page with a 'tag cloud.'

To add tags when creating a thread, type a string of words into the box underneath the text editor. Make sure to separate each word with a comma, a maximum of 25 words can be listed. Tags can also be added to an existing thread, click on the 'Edit Tags' link above the quick reply box. This will allow you to add some tags to the thread, the same restrictions as before apply.

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3.10 - Boosting
Boosting is when a multiplayer game is setup to unlock trophies with less hassle or to increase your stats/leaderboard position. Several games frown upon boosting and you may earn yourself a ban if you are caught doing it.

Every game with Multiplayer trophies has at least one stickied boosting thread. All boosting must be organised in these threads. Any additional boosting threads or posts outside the main ones will be locked or deleted. If you think a game deserves an additional boosting thread,contact an appropriate Staff Member.

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3.11 - Thread Subscription
Subscribing to a section of the forum sends you an email everytime someone posts on the thread, daily or weekly. You can also choose not to receive an email for your subscribed threads as well.

To subscribe to a forum, click the 'Forum Tools' link above the list of threads then select 'Subscribe to Forum'. You will then have the option to choose the subscription mode for this forum. If the forum that you are subscribing to has any child forums (forums within a forum) then your subscription will be extended to these automatically. To subscribe to a thread, click the 'Thread Tools' link at the top of the list of posts then click 'Subscribe to Thread'. Finally, to subscribe to a group, Navigate to the group, then click on Group Tools and 'Subscribe to Group'.

After you opt to subscribe to part of the forum, you will be taken to a new page. Select how often you wish to receive emails; No Email, Daily, Weekly or Instant. To un-subscribe, click 'Unsubscribe from forum/thread/group' from the thread, forum or groups tools. You can also unsubscribe by accessing your User CP and clicking unsubscribe in the subscription block.

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4.0 - Site Features(Forum)



4.1 - Reporting
During your time on the forum, you may have came across someone trying to organise gamesharing, boosting outside of the stickied thread, not using spoiler tags or various other actions that violate our rules. Thousands of posts are made every day, so some questionable posts may slip through, that's where the report button becomes handy.

To report a post, click on the button. You'll need to fill out a reason for the report and then click 'Send Report'. This will send an email to every Moderator with a link to the questionable post so that it can be dealt with accordingly. The report function can also be used on Visitor Messages, Private Messages & Social Groups. For a more in-depth guide on the report button, refer to the Proper use of the Report Button thread.

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4.2 - Maximum Clubs
The Maximum Clubs showcase lists of members that have achieved the Platinum or 100% in any game. There are five types of clubs that you can sign up for; Platinum, 100%, Complete, Milestone & Staff Clubs. The Platinum Clubs require you to have the Platinum, whereas the 100% Club require you to have fully completed a PSN game. To sign up for the Complete Clubs, you need to achieve the Platinums in a game series. The Milestone Clubs are for members with a range of Platinums, you will need at least 25 to sign up. Finally the Staff Clubs list various Platinums chosen by the staff members themselves, none will be easy to get into.

Before signing up for a club, you should be aware of some restrictions. You need to have been a member for at least three months and have 100+ non-spam posts. All games you submit must have been earned legitimately(i.e no hacks, gamesaves, jailbreaking etc), if you submit a hacked game, you may be banned from the clubs.

For more information on the Maximum Clubs, Entering the Top 5 & the Site Award, refer to the following threads:

Platinum Club Sign-Up Thread
Maximum Clubs FAQ

If you have any questions or queries about the Maximum Clubs, you should contact one of the five Directors.


4.3 Game Nights
PS3T hosts several game nights every year. When a new game night is on the horizon, an announcement can be found in The Arena forum. Videos from previous game nights can be found here. Every game night has some restrictions, before you can sign up you need to have 100+ non-spam posts and have been a member for 1+ months. If you're going to participate in a game night, don't cheat, play fair or don't play at all. Attending one, five or ten game nights will earn you a site award.


4.4 - Trophy Guides & Roadmaps
So, you want to contribute to the site by creating a Trophy Guide and/or Roadmap? Great! First, you should check out the Game That Need Trophy Guides/Roadmaps thread for a list of guides that we are in need of. If you feel a guide is not up to standard, you can create your own guide to challenge it. Your guide will have to be significantly better for it to be accepted though.

Before writing a guide, make sure to check out the Road Map Walkthrough and Trophy Guide Walkthrough threads for a guide on formatting your guide and general rules. If you have any questions about the guide creation process, contact a Guide Team Member.


4.5 - Site Awards
Site awards are icons displayed underneath your post count to the left of each post which are given out for certain contributions to the site and participation in community events. These awards are given out manually at the end of each month, do not expect them to magically pop up when you meet the target. More information about awards can be found here.


4.6 - Bargain Bin
The Bargain Bin forum is for selling game related items only, it is not for selling any non-gaming items, trading or requesting items. There are a few restrictions you must meet before creating a thread which can be found here. Failure to comply will result in the thread being locked and the information erased from your post.

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5.0 - Site Features(Homepage)



5.1 - News Comments
You can post any comment on news articles(except the Trophy Unlocked posts) by scrolling down to the bottom of the article, typing your message in the box and hitting the submit button. Comments cannot be edited or deleted once posted.

Thumbs Up/Down: On each individual comment, you will see a thumbs up and a thumbs down button. Clicking on either button will add a +1 or -1 rating to the comment. Once a comment reaches a rating of low enough rating or below, the comment will be grey instead of the usual black. When a comment receives enough thumbs up(I'm assuming it's 20+), a green award will be visible on the comment.

Reporting: We now have a long overdue report button next to the thumb button on each comment. During your time on the news articles, you're bound to come across a comment(s) that violates the site rules. Clicking on the button will notify the Admins so that they can remove the offending comment if necessary.

A video guide can be found within the spoiler below:



5.2 - Trophy Comments/Ratings
Another new feature is the ability to comment on or rate an individual trophy. To do so, navigate to the Trophies section, select Retail, PSN or Japanese and select the game that contains the trophy you wish to rate or comment on. Once there, click on the desired trophy title and you will be taken to a new page. Hover over the stars and click to give your rating. If you so desire, type a message in the box and click on submit to post a comment about the trophy.

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5.3 - MyTrophies
MyTrophies is used to track the trophies you own and the trophies you are hunting for. The trophy percentages are based on how many you have collected and not the trophy value, so it may differ from your trophy percentage on PSN. Refer to the guide below for information on adding trophies, removing trophies and dealing with the DLC bug.

Adding your trophies is a manual process. Protip: If you have 100% in a game, tick the very top checkbox to automatically check off all trophies for a game.


To add Trophies to a game(s), navigate to the Trophies section and click on Retail, PSN, Japanese or Vita.


Click on the game you want to add trophies to. I'm currently playing Star Ocean, so I've selected it for this walkthrough.


To start the process, click the 'click here to enable'. It's located under the screenshot box.


Check off the trophies you have achieved. You can tick the very first checkbox to automatically check off all trophies. Click save changes to progress.


Click on My Checklists to access MyTrophies at any time. It can be accessed from the homepage or forum.


Every game that you have added trophies for and their percentages will show up.


Sometimes a bug is triggered where checked trophies will not save. To work around it delete the game from MyTrophies by clicking the Red X and then re-adding it. Note: You can not access the delete options by going to My Profile > My Trophies, you must click on My Checklists.


A video guide can be found within the spoiler below:



5.4 - Collection & Wishlist
To add a game to your collection or wishlist, navigate to the Trophies section, click on retail/PSN/Japanese games and then click on the game you wish to add to your collection and/or wishlist.


At the bottom of the game info box, you can click to add the game to your collection or wishlist.


The game will then appear in your collection and/or wishlist on your profile.


A video guide can be found within the spoiler below:



5.5 - Manage 100% Clubs
The Manage 100% clubs feature allows you to add games that you have achieved the Platinum or 100%. It's up to the user to decide at which point he/she finds it worthy to be on the list. Hell, you could add a game at 0% if you so wish, but where's the fun in fake pride?

While still on your profile, click on edit within the 100% Clubs box to add a game.


Check off any games you want to add, scroll down and click on save changes.


A video guide can be found within the spoiler below:




5.6 - Trophy Case
You can use your Trophy Case to display your proudest moments, most embarrassing or what you are currently aiming for to the rest of the site.

To add to your Trophy Case, click Edit within the Trophy Case box. It's right next to the Manage 100% Clubs box.


You'll then be taken to the following page. I achieved the Sly 2 Platinum a few days ago, so i'll be replacing that. Click edit to add or replace a game or trophy.


Click on the game to add it to the category.


If instead of adding a game, you want to add a trophy, you'll be taken to the trophy list. Click on the title of the trophy to add it.


A video guide can be found within the spoiler below:



5.7 -Rating a Game

Note: This feature is currently broken. It is unknown when it will be fixed.

To rate a game on the homepage, navigate to Your Collection, the Trophies or Guides section and select the game you want to rate from the list. At the bottom right of the page there will be a box where you can submit your rating:



Move the slider along to pick the desired number and hit 'Send My Rating' to publish your rating. You can not change your vote after submitting, so choose wisely!

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5.8 - Game Sessions

Game sessions is a feature that allows you to create a calendar based session that others can apply to join. They provide better organisation and are a supplement to the boosting, non-boosting and co-op threads. You can view all of the open sessions at the Game Sessions Page.

Searching for Sessions

At the top of the Game Sessions page is a search box where you can attempt to search for sessions being held for a specific game. The search feature does have it's restrictions - it must be at least three characters long and you can't type in an abbreviation e.g gta. If you typed in Grand instead, you would be able to see all games that feature that word in a drop-down box.



A game appearing doesn't mean that there is a session, it's just a list of all games that feature that word. If you click on one of the games and then click on 'game sessions' you can see a full list of its sessions, if any.


Creating a Session

To create a session, you will need to first navigate to the game page by searching for it via the search bar/trophies menu or by clicking on the link from within the My Checklists page. When you click on the Game Sessions link, you will be able to view any open sessions and create your own as shown in the screenshot below.



To start creating your session, click on the create a new session link. This will present you with many options.

Max Players - Any whole number between 2 and 64 can be entered here. If you enter a number within the range, a tick will display to the right of the box.

Duration - This is measures in hours only. Any number from 1-12 can be entered here. If you enter a number within the range, a tick will display to the right of the box.

Date - Any date and time in the future can be entered here. If you enter a time in the future, a tick will display to the right of the box. If you enter a time in the past, a 'date is in the past' message will display to the right of the box. The current date and time is displayed below.

Game Type - You can choose from boosting, co-op and casual.

Description - Write about the aims of the session. What will you be doing?

A sample session is shown below.



Below these options are the list of trophies in the game. If you have changed settings that affect which trophies display, those will not display here. Tick the box to include any trophies that you will be attempting during this session and then click on the submit button as shown in the screenshot below.



Your session will then be created and will display similarly to the image below. As well as the details you entered, there will be a live countdown.



Even further below this, the trophy(ies) that are being attempted, the participants and a comments section is included.



In the participants list, the name and the PSN ID of each user will be displayed. You must first set this in your settings for it to display here (see section 1.4 for details). Each member is listed in order of the date that they applied for the session and colour coded red, blue or black depending on their status in the session.

When you have submitted your session, the edit session and delete session links will be available to you.

Managing Your Session



Any details can be changed when you click on edit session. There is currently a bug in the edit session feature that means that you will have to re-enter the time and date before submitting the changes.

When your session has finished, it will still remain in the open sessions list. If you want to remove the session at any point, you can click on delete session to erase it from existence. Before it has been deleted, you will be prompted again to delete your session. This is in case you have clicked it by accident.



When a user applies to join your session, you will not receive a notification. This is a feature that will be implemented in the future so currently you would need to check your session link regularly. If a member(s) has applied to join your session, the following will display on the page.



You can accept or decline the user here. Don't worry if you click accept or decline by accident, you can change it afterwards as shown below.



When you decline a user, the declined status will be displayed to everyone, even guests. To change your mind on the status of a user, click on accept or decline. When you have accepted a user, they will display in the list with an accepted status, as shown below.




Joining a Session

To apply for the session, click on the 'apply for session' link. Your name will then appear as pending in the list and you will need to wait for the creator to approve you. If you can't make the set date or applied by accident, you can remove yourself by clicking on the leave session link to the right of your name.


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6.0 - Using The Search Function

Before creating a new thread, you should always use the search function to see if a similar thread already exists. Not all users know the ins and outs of the search engine, so I'll try to explain it here.

There are two main rules when it comes to searching. Each keyword must be more than 3 characters and don't use overly common words such as the or and or they will be omitted from your search. To search for a whole phrase instead of individual keywords, wrap quotation marks around the text("PS3T Beginner's Guide").

Instead of clicking on every forum in which a new post has been made in a thread, you can click on 'New Posts' on the navbar for a list of every thread that contains a new post. The downside to this method is that it will only display 20 pages of results(500 threads). Sometimes when I come online it exceeds those figures, so if you only use this option you'll be missing out on some threads.

To search throughout the whole forum, click 'Search' on the navbar. You can then either type a word(s) in the box and hit go or click advanced search and sort through the many options which I'll cover shortly. When you click on Advanced Search, you will be taken to the following page:




1 - Searching Thread Titles
If you're searching for a specific thread, i strongly recommend that you use advanced search and select 'Search Titles Only,' it will make a real difference. For example, let's try searching for this thread using the basic and advanced search options.

Using Basic Search:


The thread i'm looking for is shown at the top, but it also pulls a bunch of thread that aren't related to this one, they just contain links to the old Beginner's Guide. If i drop 'PS3T' from the keywords the unrelated threads increase tenfold, from 15 to 43.



Let's see what difference using advanced search and selecting 'Search Titles Only' makes, firstly using the keywords; 'PS3T' 'Beginner's' and 'Guide':



This time it lists this thread only, no useless results. Now what results will we get if i drop 'PS3T' from the keywords?



Three threads, all of which are some type of Beginner's Guide. What a difference search for the titles makes, use it at all times.


2 - Searching By Username
You can search for threads and/or posts made by a user by typing their Username in the text box and then selecting either 'Find Posts by User' or 'Find Threads Started by User'. The downside of this is that you can only view 500 search results(posts), which isn't so bad for threads as nobody, bar the Super Moderators with their difficulty polls will have created that many threads.

You can also search a user's posts or threads by viewing their User Profile, clicking on the Statistics block and then on either 'Find all posts by [user]' or 'Find all threads started by [user]'. The same restrictions as before apply here too.




3 - Search Criteria
This section doesn't really require an explanation, but I'm obliged to do so. You can use any of these options to narrow down your search and hopefully find the thread(s) you are looking for. Do you want to find a thread with a certain amount of replies? a certain date? ascending or descending order? sorted into posts or threads. Use this section to define your search


4 - Searching Via Tags
Again, this section doesn't require an explanation, but i'll go through it quickly. You can search for threads by entering words that a thread may have been tagged with. Not many users use the tag feature, so this option is mostly useless. For more information on tags refer to 3.10


5 - Searching Single or Multiple Forums
You can search for threads in one or multiple forums using this section. child-forums are sub-forums, i.e selecting 'ps3trophies.org' will search for threads in the Announcements, FAQ, Feedback, Maximum Clubs(and it's sub-forums), The Arena and Editorial forums. To search multiple forums, click on the forums while holding the ctrl button.

You can also search within a single forum when viewing the forum and clicking on the search dropdown menu as shown in the image below.



The same method can be used to search within a single thread, only 'Search this Forum' is obviously replaced with 'Search this Thread'.




Still Cant Find What You Are Looking For?
It's no secret that VBulletin's search function isn't perfect. Another way to find a thread your looking for is to navigate to your preferred search engine and type 'site:PS3Trophies.org' followed by your query. For example, if I was searching for this thread I would type site:PS3Trophies.org 'PS3T Beginner's Guide'.

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