Frequently Asked Questions

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#1 Edited by thebeast (1920 posts) -


 For the new FAQ, please click here.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Site

What do all the coloured names mean?

The coloured names indicate the platform 'Alignment' the user has selected in their profile.
Blue - Sony
Green - Microsoft
Red - Nintendo
Orange - PC in comments
White - PC in forums
Grey - Neutral

How do I get Wiki Points?

You earn points by contributing to the Wiki:
  • Adding images
  • Adding new articles
  • Making edits
  • Changing/adding details
Once you earn 1,000 points - your edits no longer go through the moderation queue and will appear insantly.

Why the 5 star rating system?

See the official explanation on the Help page.

Articles and Posting

Can I copy Wikipedia content directly in to Giant Bomb articles?

From the Help page:
"Do not plagiarize content from other sites like Wikipedia. Giant Bomb is a unique resource."
A discussion on this topic is available at 'Giant Bomb and Wikipedia Content'.

Can I use Box Art from other sites on Giant Bomb?

The official guidelines on the usage of images are here.

Is swearing OK on Giant Bomb?

There are no rules in place on the boards just yet, but expect to see some come together soon.

How do I create a list?

To create a list, find the first game you would like to add to your list and click the 'Add to a list' button on the top right.
This will bring up a selection of options for creating a new list, or adding to an old list.

How do I add an image or a video to my forum post?

To post an image, click the second button from the right (the little scenery picture) on the toolbar when you're writing your post.
This will bring up the standard Giant Bomb image panel, where you can upload a new image, or pick one from your gallery.

Using the HTML button (far right on the toolbar) - you can add custom images using:
<img src="" /> (?)
or embed videos. The easiest way to do this is to add the embed code which you can find on the page for any YouTube video in to the box that pops up.
This should work with any other video service which allows embedding. (?)


How do I edit the details in my profile?

Login and click your username/avatar on the top menu of the Giant Bomb page and click 'Edit My Profile' on the top right.
This will bring up an area to edit all the details in your profile. Note the tabs which allow you to change various other preferences.

How do I edit my user icon/avatar?

Firstly, follow the steps in the above question and click on the 'Set Icon' tab (Alternatively, simply click 'Change Icon' on your profile page).
This will bring you to a page with your current user icon - click on it and a box will pop up allowing you to upload a new image or use an image you have previously uploaded.
If you are having problems clicking your icon, try using Internet Explorer as this renders a box if there is an error displaying an image - you can click on this instead.
If you are having problems uploading - read the question below.

I'm trying to add a new user icon, but I'm getting a 'Image Too Small' error?

This is a problem with the image upload system at the moment.
The minimum upload size is 150x150 - but your forum avatars will be downscaled to 75x75.

Can I add a signature to my forum posts?

The forum does not currently (if ever) support signatures.


Are hamburgers sandwiches?

Yes. Err... No... Perhaps. Sometimes. Half and half.


I'd like confirmation/correction if possible on the points marked with (?)

Thanks to:
Confirmations: Lies
Questions: MichaelBachPeewiRebelLoyalistJordan23

Note: I'm not a member of the Giant Bomb staff - just trying to help out!
I will update this thread as new questions arise. Please feel free to ask questions, or add new answers in replies to this topic.
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#2 Posted by Dead_Pixel (39 posts) -

Why does PC have to share a colour with neutral?

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#3 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

I'm not too sure about that just yet (hence the ?) - if there is a different colour for PC/Neutral, I'm yet to see it.

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#4 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

Just checked the CSS file for the colours - it seems the correct PC colour is orange (which shows in article comments) - but the style for PC users in the forum is still white.
Not sure if this is a bug or a deliberate choice.

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#5 Posted by velvetelvis (49 posts) -

thank you for not having sigs, i get a little sick of everybodies flashing sigs.  but maybe one line to put you psn/xbl tags would be nice. 

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#6 Posted by banksrob (1140 posts) -

lol good work now i know what i have to do to get some points

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#7 Posted by I_smell (4221 posts) -

Have a section in the user profiles for what console you own and what your gamertag is.

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#9 Posted by MichaelBach (975 posts) -

Hi, in my profile in the list section. How do I add a list. More specific I would like to add a games list?

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#10 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -
SavoyPrime said:
"Is there a way to delete the stuff in the 'My Feeds" section of your profile?"
No, there doesn't look like there's a way to do that at the moment - perhaps we should have a Feature Requests thread at some point, although I guess it'd be better to wait until the Giant Bomb guys get the final version of the site out before we start asking for even more things :)
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#11 Posted by Lies (3985 posts) -

 Yes, you do get points for making edits and changing adding details. I got like 2 points for changing the publisher info on a game, and I got 6 for making a fairly large addition to the Master Chief entry.

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#12 Posted by Peewi (449 posts) -
MichaelBach said:
"Hi, in my profile in the list section. How do I add a list. More specific I would like to add a games list?"

On a game's page you should be able to find an "add to collection" link.
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#13 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

Thanks all for your questions/confirmations - I've been updating the FAQ with anything that's useful.

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#14 Edited by Gamer4Iife (41 posts) -

Thank you for this very informative and useful thread. ^_^

EDIT: That reminds me, does the forum currently support smilies ? I haven't seen any yet.

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#15 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

Nope - it doesn't support them at the moment - maybe it will in the future but it does like really clean and tidy without them :)

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#16 Posted by RebelLoyalist (211 posts) -

How do I change my avatar? I can not figure out how to do it.

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#17 Posted by Termite (2428 posts) -

Nice FAQ

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#18 Posted by ElectricHaggis (626 posts) -

Helpful FAQ.

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#19 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -
RebelLoyalist said:
"How do I change my avatar? I can not figure out how to do it."
I've answered your question in the FAQ.
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#20 Posted by Clubvodka (450 posts) -

can anybody tell me how to make a list?
It's midnight in the UK maybe I'm just tired but I can't seem to find the place to create one

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#21 Posted by Why_So_Serious (880 posts) -
Clubvodka said:
"can anybody tell me how to make a list?
It's midnight in the UK maybe I'm just tired but I can't seem to find the place to create one"
Go to a game's page. Look at top right corner and hit add to list.
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#22 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

Clubvodka: See the 'How do I create a list?' question in the FAQ above.

Updated with a few more questions.

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#24 Posted by godzilla_sushi (1353 posts) -

Ahem, so I am fully aware that I could be in the wrong place for this question but, hopefully someone else had the same problem.

For my first review I posted it and completely missed the star rating. I guess it didn't load in before I passed over it. So I now have a very positive review of Forza 2 with no stars!

Can this be fixed by an edit/moderator? Or am I destined to look like a moron forever?


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#25 Posted by JonDavis (632 posts) -

I'm sure they'll put in an edit/delete review thing eventually.

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#26 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1432 posts) -

Hi there, sometimes the site darkens out the options when you try and add to a list, I know you can just create custom lists but there is already a collection, wish and fav list there.. I want to add to the collection list but for some reason it's never available to me, it's always darkened out and not selectable. Is there a reason for this?

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#27 Posted by Pic0 (3 posts) -

Is there a way to sort a list?

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#28 Posted by LordAndrew (14608 posts) -

Not currently, no. You'll have to empty the list and re-add the items in the order you want.

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#29 Posted by Amducious (424 posts) -

Time to bring life back to this thread. Has there been any movement in regards to having forum signatures? I realize it was an emphatic 'no' to begin with, but..well... I have a great one and I want to use it. Just asking :)