HOWTO: Pretty styled "official" moderator messages


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Patrick Schmalstig is in the usergroup ‘Administrators’

If you would like special formatted moderator messages which would separate staff messages from general messages posted in forums and other places, this tutorial is for you.

In order to accomplish this in composr, we are going to create a custom comcode tag that is marked as dangerous not because it is, but because we want to restrict who can use it to staff only.

First off make sure all non-staff cannot use dangerous comcode in your permissions. If anyone who is a non-staff can use dangerous comcode, this tutorial will not be effective as non-staff can then imitate official staff messages.

Then, go to Setup -> Custom Comcode and add a new comcode tag.

Codename it something that begins with "moderator_" so that it's obvious to other staff it's a moderator comcode tag. For example, "moderator_message".

You can add parameters if you like, but in this example, we're going to erase everything in the parameters field and not have any (except the default… content).

Replacement text: Here's an example style. Tweak as necessary and desired.


<div style="background: rgba(255, 128, 0, 0.2)">
<h3 style="text-align: center;">Moderator Message</h3>
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 100%;">
            <td style="width: 25%;"><img src="" alt="Notice"></td>
            <td><strong>Please read the following moderator message carefully:</strong><br /><br />{content}</td>

Here's an example of what the above would look like:

1644ee44d21ef125ff9379e8650d69d8.png Check the boxes for dangerous tag, block tag, textual tag, and enabled. And then save.

Then, when you want to use an official moderator message, use this tag to make a nicely formatted warning/notice message.
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