Hello and welcome to Resurgence! We run on a new software coded from the ground up by one of our admins, Shemhazai, and most will be unfamiliar with this software or how it works and what it does. As such, this guide is to give you a short run-down of all the features and functions of Gaia. It was designed for play-by-post role-play, so all of its functionality is created with such in mind, and also designed to be user-friendly. Hopefully the basic functions of it are easy to fgure out, but if not, here we go!
Unlike traditional forum softwares, Gaia does not collect email addresses. It simply uses a username and password to log in; if password is forgotten, it can be reset by answering a security question. (Due to a bug in the system, you may need to select and input this question and answer twice in your profile.) It is recommended to keep your username and displayed name different, so that it is harder to brute-force attack your account, as one will have to also guess your username. It's also recommended your password be at least orange on the strength bar, but the system will not bar you from using a red one.
Character Creation and Management
Characters are separate from user accounts, but fully and entirely managed by them. As such, users never need to switch from one account to another, and, in fact, can't, in order to change character details. Once logged into a user account, find your name at the top bar, click it, and then click Manage Characters. From there, find the Create Character, for a PC, or Create Non-Player Character for an NPC.
The biography is tabbed. You'll need to click each tab to navigate through the biography that's offered; as of writing this, it is a freeform biography that you can fill out as you like (check out some of the other character biographies for ideas if you need them). Once done, check the ready to play checkbox at the bottom, and save. You can also save and then click the "Ready to Play" button beside their entry on the character list. Now you'll find them in the Post As character drop-down when posting in forums that have character posts enabled.
You can also edit them from the character list, manage their thread tracker entries (see automatic thread tracker for more information on this system), and delete them, but be careful. Once gone, they're gone.
Automatic Thread Tracker
When a character posts to a topic, that topic gets automatically added to their thread tracker. This keeps track of all threads they've participated in, to give an idea of what a character has done and offer ways a user can view a character's history on-site, as well as a rough estimate of how active that character is. Tracker entries cannot be added manually; as such, you'll need to make sure they manage at least one post in a thread for it to be added. However, entries that are added by mistake can be deleted, and entries can be edited to take a short summary, either for one's own benefit, or that of others.
The alert system doesn't make sound, but will denote a new alert has been recieved at the top of the site on the bar. Clicking the alert button will show a drop-down of alerts a user has recieved and their summaries, as well as mark them read. You can visit the alerts page, linked to in the alert drop, to view all of your alerts, delete individual ones, or clear your entire alert wall.
These alerts can be sent for: new posts in subscribed threads; new threads in subscribed boards; new personal messages; news items posted on the site; and @ mentions.
The mention system works how it sounds; by inputting a certain code, you'll be able to tag another user into a thread, linking to their profile and alerting them of the mention. This is useful for creating threads for certain players, and making sure they see the new thread (afterwards, following the thread will eliminate the need to @mention every post, so please don't, as the system will then send two alerts every time).
To do this, type a username in between the brackets: @  (with no space before the @ and the first bracket). It will convert when you've posted it.
The editor has a timer on it when composing posts and new threads. Every few seconds while a user is actively typing, Gaia is saving the contents of your post to the database. If your computer or browser have technical issues, or your internet goes out, your post is stored safely in the database for you to come back to it and continue your work.
Draft saving is automatic. At present, it does not work elsewhere but in posts on the forum, but in the next version of Gaia, it will work globally, and store message data in users' browser local storage.
Mature content is possible in Resurgence; Gaia has a functionality for this that makes mature content need to be opted into rather than just here. Simply remember to flip the mature switch in topics when a thread has become mature to hide it from users that don't have mature content enabled. Users that are underage will also not see it; Gaia stealthily prevents this content from ever being available anywhere on the site, and will silently redirect to the board index if a user that does not have mature content enabled accidentally clicks into a mature thread.