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This is some information that normal members of Elftown don't need to know, but it can be interesting to know.



04:24 UTC: Elftown starts updating people's ages, so that they fit with the day of birth. Elftown is a little slow then.

At 8:30 UTC every Saturday: A backup is made. It takes about 25-30 minutes and Elftown will not respond during this time. Powder your nose, or something! ;-)

At 04:30 UTC: Elftown is restarted. This is done in a minute, and you can mostly see it on the the last logins, which becomes empty. Elftown restarts at other times too, when the mayor [Hedda] is updating the software or when something happens.


Privs (Member Privileges)

Every Elftowner has a "priv" value. This value rules what kind of features that you can use.

Elftown allows users different abilities through the use of member privileges, or privs. Each priv number within the list grants the member a different ability on Elftown, such as the ability to upload images to wiki-pages, which includes the abilities of all privs of a number higher than their current one.

Only members with priv 89 or below may change a user's priv number, and then only for good reasons. The members who have this power of priv 89 and below are normally found within the ranks of the Council. Any member can give themselves priv 100, though!

Priv:  Description:
101   Normal member. No extra features.
100   A crew wannabe. No extra features.
 99   Can upload images to wiki-pages. Can invite people.
 94   Can upload any file to wiki-pages.
 90   Can use iframe tag.
 89   Can write news, Mainstreet-polls, edit other
      members' privs but to 89+
      and has access to own badge-slot.
 79   Can access all badge-slots
 49   Wiki-boss - Can delete wiki-comments, 
      change wiki-passwords and page-owners
 29   Can delete in forums, change forumboss
      and read reports.
 14   Can change members' description and write
      secret service comments on their houses.
      Can also write alarm messages that are shown on
      the top of of every page. (Mostly used for "Elftown is
      going to shut down soon!")
 13   Can delete wiki-page versions completely. 
      Can also change owner of wiki-pages without
      leaving a trace about it.
  4   Lieutenant - Can change all privs and 
      read private messages
  3   Vice mayor/Programmer
  2   Mayor
  1   God - Can give more 'titles and orders' 
      in description, make members
      forum-dictator etc.

Below is an explanation of the four priv numbers that normal members should be concerned about; that is, the ones they have a chance to receive if they can prove that they need it.

priv 100
-To get priv 100, all you have to do is setting 'Elftown crew wannabe' to Yes in your 'Change Personal Data' settings page. When this is turned on, you can see the link in the top navigation bar that will take you to the obsolete Tech page..

priv 99
-This priv is granted mainly to people who enter art contests which may require you to submit works of art that are larger than the slots in your house allow. With this priv, a form is added to the bottom of each wiki-page, allowing you to upload an image in any size to Elftown without having to go through your house.

priv 94
-This priv is granted to the select few people who need to upload some material that is not in an image format to Elftown, such as a personal audio recording, and so forth. Because of the ability this priv gives, it is not handed out often, as very few people really need it.

priv 90
-This priv allows a member to use the iframe tag.

Note: Remember, having a higher priv than someone else does not make you 'better'! After all, no one with a priv higher than 89 can see the value anyway! Only ask for the priv if there is some special use you need it for, and remember, with more privilege comes a higher responsibility to obey the Uploading Art Rules.

Read the FAQ about becoming an Elftown crew member.


Go or return to:
-The wiki-index
-The Elftown technical pages index
-The help index

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2004-03-18 [smarty pants girl 2005]: i want out of elftown forever help me please

2004-03-18 [Nita]: So... What's the problem?

2004-03-26 [Willow Silverwolf]: Hey. I've just realised that the more entries I put in my diary, my older ones are deleated, but they were really important. How do I get them back? Please help me!

2004-03-26 [Ocean Dreaming]: Click the "view older messages" button perhaps?

2004-04-10 [Cute*Pixie]: hey if i block a memeber is he still able to look at my house?

2004-04-10 [Cute*Pixie]: member*

2004-04-10 [Cute*Pixie]: HELLO?

2004-04-10 [Nita]: Yes.

2004-04-10 [steamcastle]: the block don't stop memeber from look at you house, just you from seeing there sending messages

2004-04-10 [Hedda]: No, the block only makes you not see the message. The blocked person can still send messages without knowing that he/she is blocked.

2004-05-07 [angelice]: Does anyone know of any other way to get into elftown other than the main page? My school blocked the main login page, because it was noneducational and involved the oh-so-evil "roleplay" and chat...I need elftown at lunch hou! help!!

2004-05-29 [Paul Doyle]: Well, that is interesting info, I must say. :-)

2004-06-14 [Hedda]: Thanks, [Ocean Dreaming] ;-)

2004-06-20 [Mowhon]: why does sometimes when you have a members name on your page it goes pink?

2004-06-20 [Mowhon]: or does anyone really knwo why?

2004-06-20 [True, plain and simple]: Because you didn't type the name correctly. Red texts means that the username does not exist.

2004-06-20 [Mowhon]: but its been up there for over a month and it just now truned pink

2004-06-20 [True, plain and simple]: The member's name has changed, then.

2004-06-20 [Mowhon]: hmm ok thanks a million youve been a great help

2004-06-27 [diarh34]: Who can I talk to about a problem with my i.p. being blocked?

2004-06-28 [Hedda]: The [diarh34] problem is obsolete.

2004-06-29 [Paul Doyle]: Pepto-Bismol usually takes care of bowel ailments like that :P

2004-07-02 [diarh34]: nvm I R back XD

2004-07-08 [sexy mama-2-b]: where do i figure out my elven name?

2004-07-08 [sexy mama-2-b]: hello? anyone there?

2004-07-08 [sexy mama-2-b]: HELLO?

2004-07-08 [sexy mama-2-b]: you know what, nvm.

2004-07-14 [birdsong]: Help!A large part of my house is missing! When i go to "Change personal data",all the text is there,However, when i return to my house,the info Doesn't show up! I have looked all over for help,am not sure where else to ask.Please help!

2004-08-05 [Thistlewood]: i'm having trouble adding images to my description allowed me to put three there, and i tried to day and all it shows me is the images number.jpg...but no image. HELP!

2004-08-05 [Thistlewood]: i figured it out.....don't need help anymore....thanks

2004-08-31 [Miroku_69]: hey where do u go 4 like art contests and stuf?

2004-09-05 [BlazingWyvern]: yea, ditto...need help w/contests

2004-09-07 [Hedda]: competitions...

2004-10-20 [Druke]: is any work being done to make et compatiable with mozillafirefox(newest version)? j/w or maybe i've made a mistake in my browser setup.

2004-10-20 [True, plain and simple]: Elftown is fully compatible with Firefox 1.0 PR. What's issue are you having?

2004-10-20 [Druke]: everytime i try to login it says "you have been logged out"

2004-10-20 [True, plain and simple]: That's a cookie issue. Delete your cookies and try again. If that doesn't work, create a new profile using the profile manager.

2004-10-20 [Druke]: oh wow..that fixxed it..much better than having to use IE everytime i want to use ET

2004-11-16 [Kt_says]: wow, that was my exact question too. Thanks.

2004-11-16 [thoughtfox]: about the downtimes... does anyone know if it refers to GMT...?

2004-11-16 [Sunrose]: It refers to Swedish time.. :)

2004-11-16 [thoughtfox]: ok. So that should be pretty close to ZA time. Hmm... it appears my very arrogant computer is not on good terms with this site. (lol)

2004-11-16 [Nita]: No, it refers to Elftown time :)

2004-11-16 [Sunrose]: What does that mean? lol..

2004-11-17 [Nita]: It should be equal to UTC (GMT) - i.e., the current time at zero longitude :)

2004-11-17 [Hedda]: It's UTC, not GMT. They are mostly the same, but there is some difference. GMT is a historical time, and UTC is the time that is the base today, and it's based on the atom-clocks.

2004-11-17 [Sunrose]: Hmm okay! Had never heard of UTC before... :)

2005-03-11 [Stonewall]: hey how do you upload more than two pictures/drawings?

2005-03-11 [Nita]: You can upload a lot of pictures in your house, but to display more than two at once you have to use pseudo HTML :)

2005-03-12 [Stonewall]: okay thanks

2005-03-22 [Ultiem]: animated pics are running low so im searching for copies of past animateds ive reported so you all know

2005-06-24 [Hackworth]: Can members see thier own priv value? If so, where is it located?

2005-06-24 [True, plain and simple]: You can only see any member's priv value (including your own) if you're priv<90.

2005-06-24 [Hackworth]: m'kay. Thanks!

2005-07-02 [Cina]: I have a question about uploading images. It seems lately whenever I want to upload an image into the photo or drawing slots on my house, I will browse for my file and click "upload image," and it will take a considerable time to think, and then ask me if I wish do download/save a file called "". This doesn't get my image uploaded, and I can't open the file on my computer. Am I doing something wrong?

2005-07-02 [Nita]: What kind of image is it? You can try downloading that file and opening it in Notepad, to see if it says what's wrong... Or you can try to figure out what's the difference between the image you're trying to upload and the ones you've uploaded before.

2005-07-02 [Hedda]: [Cina]: You're probably trying to upload a too big image. It must be less than 1MByte. Shrink it in an image-program first!

2005-07-02 [Cina]: Alright, thanks for your help! I never thought of that. *bow*

2005-09-02 [MrW]: Is there an Internet email gateway to Elftown?

2005-09-04 [Hedda]: Do you mean that you want to email messages to Elftowners? No, that would be a pretty bad idea, I think. I have thought about it, but it's too much work to build and maintain a email-system, so it's not worth it

2005-09-12 [iippo]: Do the privs work their way down, or is each a separate one? Exapmple, if I have priv99, I also automatically have priv100 even though I haven't ticked stuff? Or that a priv14 member has all the privs listed before it (in that list)?

2005-09-12 [True, plain and simple]: Yes

2005-09-12 [iippo]: Good. Thanks.

2005-12-01 [nokaredes]: What priv do I have? I can see the tech button no matter what my crew wannabe status is, and so I am confused. @_@ But I don't see the upload-an-image form anymore...for reasons the crew knows...

2005-12-01 [Paz]: Ummm, I have a hunch (not a formal answer) you have at least priv 100 if your tech page is still on. Are you sure you can't see the form at the bottom of the wiki page? Check and see

2005-12-01 [Paz]: You must have at least the 99 priv because even if your 'Crew wannabe' is No the tech and poll buttons are still on. Make sure that there is an upload form at the bottom of the wiki, under 'Edit this page'

2005-12-01 [Paz]: Hmmm... well, I really don't know then, it could be a glitch. Sorry, I can't be of anymore assistence :( I suggest you ask a guard/council member because they have the power to change privs

2005-12-01 [nokaredes]: That's why I'm here ;P

2005-12-01 [Nita]: Your priv is 100 :P

2005-12-01 [nokaredes]: Okay thanks ^_^

2005-12-05 [Stray Kitty]: I have the privedge that allows you to upload images to a wiki, but I can't get it to work. I talked to the gaurd who gave me the privedge and it didn't work. I've tried with images that weren't on Elftown and some that I had had once in my picture box. I can't figure out why it won't work.

2005-12-05 [iippo]: The images you put to the wiki-upload need to be on your hard drive.

2005-12-05 [Paz]: Take the picture you're wanting to upload, as [iippo] said, save it to your hard drive. Then upload it using the form at the bottom of the wiki. It's just like uploading an image to your house** (ack, wrong use of words)

2005-12-05 [iippo]: But if you have uploaded the image to your house, there really is no need to upload it again to /stuff - it already has a URL that you can use to show the image. If on the other hand you have a larger version of it that you'd prefer to show to people, then upload that bigger image from your hard disk. Don't forget to add .jpg or .gif to your image-name.

2005-12-05 [nokaredes]: And you have to make sure someone else hasn't used the /stuff name.

2005-12-06 [iippo]: Which is easy by just punching in random numbers or putting your username in the filename.

2005-12-07 [David the Good]: How do I place this in a wiki:

2005-12-07 [David the Good]: <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"> var ccm_cfg = { n:'1', pof:'1', dt:'1', tc:'#ffffff', pth:'' } </script><table width="140" bgcolor="#000000" style="background-color:bgcolor="#000000" " cellpadding="0" cellspacing="3" border="0"><tr><td align="center" style="border: 1px solid #AFB2D8;color:#ffffff;padding-top:5px;padding-bottom:5px;" bgcolor="#000000"><font face="arial,verdana,sans-serif" size="1" color="#ffffff"><span style="font-size:10px;font-family:arial,verdana,sans-serif;color:#ffffff">CURRENT MOON<br /><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="">

2005-12-07 [Paz]: You use ET friendly HTML, not normal HTML, you seem to be trying to change your stylesheet or background. If you want to change your background see Elftownstylesheets and to see what HTML is usable on Elftown see: Guide to the Pseudo HTML on Elftown. Which makes things a whole lot easier actually because you don't have to worry about the 'a href' and colour codes. (Note: the style sheet is the whole background for every page on ET)

2005-12-07 [Nita]: Elftown pseudo HTML doesn't support JavaScript for security reasons, so your code won't work on a normal wiki page. It will work on an exported raw HTML wiki page, though.

2006-06-10 [iippo]: Sorry to be all foreign and stuff, but what is UTC? Elftown's time?

2006-06-10 [True, plain and simple]: Universal Coordinated Time, formerly Greenwich Mean Time. And Elftown uses it for the time, jah. It's the "center" time of the world. :)

2006-06-10 [iippo]: Bah, two acronyms for the same thing. -_-

2006-06-10 [True, plain and simple]: Well, Greenwich thought it was all the shiznit and it went to its head, so.. ;)

2006-06-10 [Hedda]: Well, there is a problem with Greenwich and that it's in UK that uses Daylight saving in the summer. So it's a little confusing to use that name. I think UTC is the standard now.

2006-06-10 [True, plain and simple]: Yeah, I thought it was something like that. UTC is more clear in meaning anyway.

2006-06-10 [iippo]: If you know what it means, that is :P

2006-06-10 [True, plain and simple]: Better? :P

2006-06-10 [iippo]: You do realise that Universal Cordinated Time is UCT, not UTC. o.O; (but the linky is a good idea :3)

2006-06-10 [True, plain and simple]: Well, it should actually be something like Universal Time Coordonné, because it's an English-French hybridization. That looks icky though, so the all-English is better. :P

2006-08-28 [Zana]: No one loves me

2006-08-28 [iippo]: Please [Zana], that is the third time I've seen this comment from you today, do stop spamming. Go to a wiki that is more appropriate. The wiki´s wiki page has a lot of links for you to start looking from, whether you are looking for love or just a place to whine in.


2007-06-05 [Ocean Soul]: You can pick the password you want, only it has to be unique at ET. Which means, not everyone should have the same password. We try to make it hard for hackers to steal your account and you complain about it? Just write the password down somewhere, it won't hurt. And I have to remember a lot of passwords myself, some of them being really long and random, but do you see me complain? I don't think so.

2007-06-06 [ririmu_chan]: Well, am i you? i dont think so. so, thank you for being impolite with your answer. a simle explanation would have serviced without the insult. I realize that tact is not manditory with this job, but it goes a long way. just think of how you would have felt if i had said something simular to you...

2007-06-06 [Sunrose]: Well, it might have been caused by the fact you wrote everything in caps lock, which tends to come across as if you were screaming at everyone here :S
So, how would you have felt if someone seemed to be yelling at you like that...?

2007-06-06 [ririmu_chan]: I was not screaming, i appoligise if it came accross that way but it looks to me that on the first word i hit the caps instead of the shift button. so if if i came accross as though i was "screaming" at everyone that was not the intention.  to be fare most ppls screaming do not say thanks either.

2007-06-06 [Sunrose]: They do though, if they are being sarcastic or just demanding: it happens every now and then. And you're not the first to complain about this issue.
But you're probably right that it was an overreaction, I'm just pointing out why I think it happened :/
In any case, as [Ocean Soul] explained this system has been implemented for your own protection. A common password is easier to hack into, because they tend to know which passwords are often used.. . So yes it is annoying, but necessary :)

2007-06-06 [ririmu_chan]: well, thank you sunrose. this will be my last entry on this page, so that you can continue helping thoughs in need. Ill try to be more mindfull of my typing in the future, so not to offend. once again i do appoligise to you, ocean soul, and anyone else for any infractions or ill-feelings my poor typing may have created.  Oh, also, thanks for keeping our user id's safe. riri

2007-11-20 [True, plain and simple]: You should message [Hedda] about this.

2008-02-22 [SilverFire]: Can I change the link to Technical into a link to Elftown Technology, since the technical page just redirects there anyway?

2008-02-22 [Sunrose]: Yap :)

2009-02-26 [hammersmashface]: i messed up a wikki i had is there a way to deleat it?

2009-02-27 [Hedda]: No. Just stop linking to it.

And what do you mean with "messed up"? If you press edit and then previous version, you can submit an older version of it.

2009-02-27 [hammersmashface]: i tryed to add another picture but wen i "submitted chainges" everything was gone...i dono wat i did...i just didnt want an empty wikki hanging around...dosnt that take up ET space? (this town dont need a buncha empty buildings rotting around) :P ...but thank you for the help Mr mayor :)

2009-02-27 [Hedda]: Just do as I said:
Press edit.
Press previous version.
ReSubmit the version where the old stuff is.

If you tell me which wiki-page it is, it's of course easier to help you.

Elftown stores everything and it's pointless for you to worry about that.

2009-02-27 [hammersmashface]: oky doky

2009-06-21 [your naked night]: [Hedda] what priv levil am i?

2009-06-21 [Thunder Cid]: You are at priv level 99.

2011-02-06 [naitodoragon]: Is there any way I can contact the admin(s) of this site?

2011-02-06 [Hedda]: See council!

2011-02-07 [naitodoragon]: Ok, thanks! This site can be confusing sometimes :p

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