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These Features May Be Confusing At First
Expert Mode Overview
To send message:
To create profile:
To post using profile:
* Refer to Manual for token syntax.
Terminology and Notation
Most timestamps are currently in epoch time. This is the number of seconds since the
beginning of the Unix Epoch, and is (for the foreseeable future) a 10-digit number, beginning with 15. Example:
An item is one "something" that has been added to the message board. Items are the most basic elements, on which everything else is built.
Everything that happens on the message board is an item. For example, a text that someone has posted is an item, and so is a user profile, a vote, a reply, etc.
Items are stored as plain text files (.txt), one of the most common and supported file formats, so that they can be easily inspected.
(more to come)
How to use GPG
Summary for Experts
Creating a profile: Generate a PGP key, post public key.
Posting stuff as your profile: sign with GPG, paste into textbox.
More descriptive version
You will need to generate a key and then sign your messages. Piece of cake.
Writing As Yourself
To write something under your new profile, you will need to sign your text.
First, write the text that you want to post. Once you have finished writing it, save it to a .txt file.
Look for the command to "Sign" (not encrypt) your text in your GPG software.
Some software has no such option. In this case, you should use the "Encrypt" command, but ensure that the "To:" field is blank.
You should end up with a big block of text that begins with "-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----"
Copy this entire block of text, including the ----- part, and submit it via the Write page.
Uploading Your Public Key
Look for the option to export your public key in your software.
You should end up with a block of text that starts with "-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----".
Copy the whole thing, including the ----- part, and submit it via the Write page.
You have now aliased your name to your key fingerprint.
Signing With Command-Line GPG
Check GPG Version
If you don't have GnuPG installed, go here: https://www.opengpg.org/
Generate Key Pair
Export Public Key
gpg --armor --export
Sign Message in Text File
gpg --clearsign example.txt
Sign Message After Typing It
Start typing your message. When you're finished, press Enter, then ^D (Ctrl+D).
The server key functionality is currently not functional.
Root Operator / Root Admin / Root Key
The root key is set by putting the public key, ASCII-armored, into
This gives the user unlimited powers.
When Admin uses
When Admin uses
Settings under the
To allow non-admin users to change configuration, which should only be enabled in a trusted environment, use the following settings:
How to use GPG
Read This First
Read the GnuPG home page to familiarize yourself.
Apple iOS, iPhone, iPad
Creating Your Profile, AKA Key Pair
You can post your messages anonymously. Anonymous posting is very easy. Why even bother creating a profile?
Benefits and Explanation of Registration and Signatures
You will need to create a key pair. Look for this option in your software and use it.
GPG is traditionally used for email, but you do not have to provide your address for this forum. In fact, we recommend that you either leave the field blank. Otherwise, your email address will be accessible to spambots.
The key pair is stored on your device. If it is important to you, keep it safe, and back it up.