Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.
The openSUSE Forums doesn't use vBulletin's built in authentication mechanism, but uses SUSE Login. For security reasons SUSE Login doesn't pass a user's password to vBulletin. It does pass a user ID and email address which is stored in your vBulletin profile and used to verify your identity when you login to the forums. This is only stored once when the vBulletin account is created and because it's the verification method, it can't be automatically updated by SUSE Login. Also, the forum software as configured doesn't support a dash "-" in a user ID even though you can register one on the SUSE or openSUSE site. If, for some reason, you want to change your ID or email address, or are having any problem with your account, you need to contact us (use the CONTACT US link in the footer) so we can get your vBulletin (Forum) account synchronized with SUSE Login.
CHANGING YOUR FORUM ID:
If you find yourself with an ID that you don't want, the easiest thing for you to do is to create a new profile and login under that new ID. If you would like, you can let us know what the new ID is, and we can either merge the two IDs *OR* change the ID on the old account if you haven't logged in with the new account yet.
If you want your ID changed so you can keep the same email address (each ID requires a unique & valid email address), you should use the CONTACT US link at the bottom of any forum page and give details about why you want it changed and what you want it changed to. We can then change the user ID in the Novell Login for you and either rename your old forum account or merge it into the new one.
CHANGING EMAIL ADDRESS, PASSWORD, ETC.
For changing password, see above. For changing email address, use the CONTACT US link on the bottom of this or any page. For security reasons, the Login system doesn't pass sensitive data back and forth to the Forum software. Passwords are not stored in the forum software so you don't have to synchronize them.
EMAIL MISMATCH PROBLEMS
If you try to login to the forums and you get an "email address already exists" error, that means that the user ID you are using in Novell Login doesn't match the one existing on the forums (Two different user IDs with the same email address). This can happen if you modify your user ID on either system. Use the CONTACT US link at the bottom of any forum page and we'll get it fixed for you.
1 - Choosing HTTP or NNTP
The NNTP (news) protocol was developed specifically for internet messaging. The HTTP (web) protocol was developed specifically for serving up information. openSUSE offers both NNTP and HTTP access. Most of the time it comes down to user preference. NTTP has a speed advantage but HTTP usually is thought of as having a convenience advantage. If you have port 119 blocked at your firewall, you won't be able to use the news (NNTP) interface and we suggest either downloading the groups in an off line reader using an ISP at home or using the web interface.
2 - Selecting a Reader A: Any newsreader that supports the RFC standard should work with our newsgroups. There are many news reader applications available which will allow you to access our newsgroups for both online and offline reading on various platforms. Wikipedia has a pretty good list.
3 - NNTP Server
The openSUSE forums share two NNTP servers with the rest of SUSE and Micro Focus (parent company). Currently all Micro Focus/SUSE forums can be found on both of the servers. Select the appropriate DNS name for your reader:
4 - Reader Setup:
Though each newsreader differs in it's method of setup, there are some general guidelines to consider. The name of the news server to specify is one of the above choices. These servers are on port 119, do not require authentication, and are not 'secure' news servers. Once you have the news server defined in your reader, you will need to subscribe to individual news groups to be able to read and post messages.
5 - Getting Your NNTP ID Recognized on the Web Interface
If your email address in your newsreader matches the email address you set up in vBulletin (Our web interface software) you will be recognized on both sides as the same user. If you prefer not to have your real email address in your newsreader, you can use the following syntax for an email address in your newsreader: firstname.lastname@example.org (where userid is your openSUSE Login ID) and your user will still be recognized. NOTE: if you choose to use your real email address in your news reader, it will be available to anyone using our forums.
6 - Accessing Old Forum Messages via NNTP
openSUSE does not keep an archive of forum data, however, our server has enough storage space to keep the messages for quite a long period of time. You should be able to get what you need by searching the online forums. If you would like your own personal archive, any "off-line" news reader (see above) can pull the messages down and archive them on your local hard drive. From time to time we make changes to our forums so an offline reader has an advantage of keeping data for forums that may no longer exist on our servers.
7 - Usenet Feed
As a matter of policy, openSUSE does not feed any outside server, including USENET. This allows us tighter control over the content of our forums and significantly reduces spam.