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Questions and Answers

Q. What is ICONS?
A.ICONS stands for Internet Community of Online Networking Specialists.
Q. What is ICONS' objective?
The main objective of this site is to provide the Internet community in the African, Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions with an opportunity to share information on networking topics that affect ISPs today.
Q. Why should I register?
In order to fully utilize the abilities of ICONS, the administrator will probably require that you register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following: * Post new blogs * Reply to other user's blogs * Edit your posts * Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify * Send private messages to other members * Enter terms in the glossary
Q. How do I register?
To register, you will need to specify a username, password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as we choose to hide your email address, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case.
Q. How can I change the information in my profile?
It is your responsibility to keep the information in your profile up-to-date. You should especially ensure that your email address is kept current. You can alter any of the fields in your profile, except your username. Once you have registered your username, it becomes yours for life. In extreme circumstances, you may request that the administrator change your username, but he or she will require a very good reason to do so. To Edit your profile please login and then go to "My profile".
Q. I lost my password, what can I do?
If you forget your password, you can click on the 'Lost Password' link near the 'Login Area'. This will bring up a page where you should enter your registered username and email address, and an email will be sent to that address instantly, with instructions for resetting your password.
How do I get a picture under my username?
Q. These small images are called Avatars. They are displayed below your username on all posts that you make. There are two kinds of avatars: those provided by the administrator and those that you upload yourself. To upload your Avatar, please login and then go to 'My Profile'.
Q. Can I send email to other members?
Yes! To send an email to another member, you can either locate the member you want to contact on the member list, or click the Email button on any post made by that member. This will usually open a page that contains a form where you can enter your message. When you have finished typing your message, press the [send email] button and your message will be sent instantly. Note that for privacy reasons, the email address of the recipient is not revealed to you during this process.
How can I submit content?
Q. If you are a registered user, after you login successfully, you will see a set of options to submit the content in various sections of the site. This will be displayed under User Menu below the Login box.
Can I edit my own posts?
Q. If you have registered, you will be able to edit and delete your posts. Note that the administrator can disable this ability as he desires. Your ability to edit your posts may also be time-limited, depending on how the administrator has set up the site.
Q. Why have some of the words in my post been blanked?
Certain words may have been censored by the administrator. If your posts contain any censored words, they will be blanked-out like this: *****. The same words are censored for all users, and censoring is done by a computer simply searching and replacing words. It is in no way 'intelligent'.

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