MRC FAQ (troubleshooting)
This page was last modified 14:53, 9 January 2018 by Ren. Based on work by Grauw and Mars2000you and others.


Posting comments

This section is about troubleshooting when posting or editing comments throughout various sections of the site (news, forums, downloads etc.) There's a separate section for wiki related issues.

When I paste a link (URL), it isn't correctly transformed into a clickable link

The forums software has some troubles handling URLs that have certain characters (most commonly spaces & parentheses), and will break at the point it meets such a character. You can fix this by replacing the troublesome characters with the corresponding percent-encoded value:

character percent-encoded
space %20
( %28
) %29

There's a bookmarklet that can help you with this as well: tool URL 3nc0d%6Fr.

How can I upload a picture?

You can't (directly). Use a service like (caveat: it seems images uploaded as guest can't be edited or removed (but, when necessary, you could contact the admin of the site)) or Imgur, and then paste the generated URL inside a pair of [img][/img] tags (or use the corresponding editor button).
NB: it's possible to change the display dimensions of your image as follows: [img=WxH]URL[/img], so if you want to display it e.g. 300px x 200px write: [img=300x200]. This (shorthand) format is the only one supported, (thus) you always have to enter both dimensions.

YouTube link with time position doesn't seem to work

Try to use a full link, instead of the short version. Next it's important to not only have seconds in the URL. Use 0m when the position is just in seconds (before the 1m mark). So e.g. the following should work:

How can I watch/follow a thread?

You can't (ATM). There used to be an option when posting a comment, but there seem to be some issues with the functionality ATM, so the admins disabled it (for now).

How can I link to a specific post (comment)?

This requires some manual labor - we need to determine what the comment id is for the specific post, and add that id to a fragment identifier of the URL the post is at. This fragment identifier has the format of #comment-COMMENTID.

Your browser will bring the post into view by jumping to the specific position on the page. Depending on the position of the post (when the post is at, or near the bottom, or when you have a large browser window), the post may not necessarily be shown as the first thing / at the top of your browser's viewport.

Note that MRC's forum software doesn't have specific support for this, so it won't highlight the specific post in any way.
Concluded: although it's semantically correct to point to a specific post this way (and I recommend you do so when applicable), visually it may not be unambiguously clear what post you're pointing to.

Ok, a couple of ways you can identify the comment id and create a 'direct' link.
First way: for the specific post, hover over, or click quote or reply, or copy the corresponding link. There are 2 numbers in that link, the 2nd one is the comment id. Now add this id (copy it to the clipboard, or (try to) remember it ;)) to a fragment identifier of the URL of the page you're linking to like the following: /forum/msx-talk/msx-resource-center/hyperlinks-within-forum-mrc#comment-322828
When the topic spawns multiple pages, there's a page query string parameter (looking like e.g. ?page=1) in the URL. Remember that the fragment identifier always comes last, after a hash (#) mark.

Another example then - here I'm linking to an interesting post by konamiman in the "Did you know..? (MSX trivia!)" thread: /forum/msx-talk/general-discussion/did-you-know-msx-trivia?page=3#comment-314039

Another way to find the comment id is by using your browser's (developer tools) HTML inspector (if it has any). (I'm sure you can figure the rest out yourself ;-))

Note that you can also omit (and I recommend to do so if you can) the part for links that stay within the domain (as shown above). Be sure your link starts with a forward slash (/) though and you have to add the link using an [url/] tag.

How do I write a < character?

Since the editor allows some HTML, < has a special meaning (an HTML tag opening delimiter), and thus must be escaped.
Escape it by writing it like &lt; or &#60;

Likewise, it might be needed to escape the [ character by writing &#91;


character HTML entity alternative
< &lt; &#60;
[ &lsqb; &#91;

How do I edit my post/comment?

After posting (or editing your post) you have (only) 1 hour to edit it (again). After that there's no way but to file a moderator alert for the post (if it's a matter of importance or urgency). Your post will be locked for editing in some other cases as well, like (though your writer is not totally sure this happens all the time(?)) when another user replies or quotes (to) your comment using the respective Reply & Quote 'buttons' (links).

NB Quite some users have outed their discontent with these restrictions already, so probably these will be lifted or loosened in a future (forums software) update.

Hey! Emoticons are not working, wtf?

When your post has a link in it, emoticons that follow won't get parsed (won't render). That's a bug, not a feature. ;)

Using the wiki

I can’t log in on the wiki?

Log out (please note: following this link logs you out immediately), then log in again, and finally go back to the Wiki.

Alternatively (if above doesn't work), delete your cookies for and log in again.