Las Vegas Advisor Forums Frequently Asked Questions
Question: This is my first time on the Las Vegas Advisor forums. Which ones can I participate in?
- This is my first time on the Las Vegas Advisor forums. Which ones can I participate in?
- How do I register for the non-member boards?
- I've noticed that some members have icons that aren't among the choices, including pictures of themselves. How do I post one of those with my username?
- I understand I can post a personal profile to which people can refer when reading my message. How do I do this?
- Where do I go to find out if I've received any private messages?
- How do I send a private message?
- The private message box doesn't show the member's email address. Is there a way I can find another member's personal email address?
- I'm an LVA member and I'm pretty sure I'm logging on properly, but I continuously get the following error message whenever I try to access a member forum: "Sorry, you do not have permission to access this conference. Click here to become a member or here to login." What do I do now?
- When I click a link in a post to go to another Web site or to access an article, then come back to the original post, all the topics on the main board menu are marked as "read." Is there someway to prevent this?
- I was logged on to the Advisor site when my neighbor called to ask me to help him with his new computer. While there, I tried logging on to the Advisor site from his place, and even though I was still logged on at my house I was able to log on again and access everything. Is this a fluke or can more than one person log on to an account at the same time now?
- Is there a way to delete a message that I post accidentally? Or to move one to a different message board if I post to the wrong place?
- How do I format messages, like change the background and type colors? Make the text size larger (or smaller)? Run spell check?
- The forums seem to be really slow? How do I make them faster?
- I don't like the cartoony graphics. How do I turn them off?
- What do "LOL," "BTW," "ROTFLMAO," and all the other abbreviations I see in the forum messages mean?
- How do I get in touch with the Webmaster if I have a problem or a question?
Answer: If you're not a member of LVA, you can participate in Vegas Free-For-All, Gambling Online, and Fezzik's Place, but you must first register. If you are a member, you can participate in the above three, plus the dozen proprietary boards, including New Users, Las Vegas General, Hotels, Entertainment, etc, but you must first select a username and password. If you're a subscriber to LVA Sports, you can access the two sports boards.
Question: How do I register for the non-member boards?
Answer: In the upper right-hand corner of your screen is a series of boxes. Click on the first box, labeled "Register." Click on "I Agree" for the terms, then fill out the required fields (and any others) in the online registration form. You can also select a graphic image to accompany your username when you post messages from the author icon menu at the bottom of the registration screen. To preview the icons, select one and click on View, or click on View All for the full range of icons.
Question: I've noticed that some members have icons that aren't among the choices, including pictures of themselves. How do I post one of those with my username?
Answer: Send either the photo (scanned as a jpeg, gif, or ???, or a Web site address where the picture is) to the LVA Webmaster at email@example.com. He'll place it as your icon.
Question: I understand I can post a personal profile to which people can refer when reading my message. How do I do this?
Answer: In the upper right-hand corner of the member-forums screen is a button labeled "Profile." Simply click the button and fill out the profile form. You can also opt to show or hide your profile, view other users' signatures, and allow private messages to be sent to you from the forums.
Question: Where do I go to find out if I've received any private messages?
Answer: Click on the "Today" box in the upper right-hand corner of the forums screen. The Today screen contains a list of your private messages, hot forums topics, and a list of the last 20 messages you've posted on the boards.
Question: How do I send a private message?
Answer: In the top left corner of the Forums home page is an icon of a padlock. Click on the padlock for the private message box.
Question: The private message box doesn't show the member's email address. Is there a way I can find another member's personal email address?
Answer: Not everyone wants other people to know his or her email address so it is an optional display. If people have chosen to make their profile visible, then a magnifying glass icon will appear in the top-right-hand corner of any message they post. Click on the magnifying glass, and it will open up their profile. If they chose to display their email address, then it will be viewable there. If they have chosen to hide their email address or profile, then you will only be able to contact the person through the private message feature.
Question: I'm an LVA member and I'm pretty sure I'm logging on properly, but I continuously get the following error message whenever I try to access a member forum: "Sorry, you do not have permission to access this conference. Click here to become a member or here to login." What do I do now?
Answer: Try signing up again to make sure you have the correct password. Also, this could be a result of security software you may be running. If you are running any program that blocks cookies, blocks ads, or blocks pop-ups, please turn off that program and try to log in again. Also, make sure that your Web browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, etc.) is configured to allow cookies. If it is set to block cookies, you will not be able to log in. If you still have a problem, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: When I click a link in a post to go to another Web site or to access an article, then come back to the original post, all the topics on the main board menu are marked as "read." Is there someway to prevent this?
Answer: With your mouse, right click on the link to open it in a new window. When done with the link, close the window and you will be back to the original message. Nothing will have changed.
Question: I was logged on to the Advisor site when my neighbor called to ask me to help him with his new computer. While there, I tried logging on to the Advisor site from his place, and even though I was still logged on at my house I was able to log on again and access everything. Is this a fluke or can more than one person log on to an account at the same time now?
Answer: Technically, you can log in more than once with your username and password, but a membership is only for a household (single person, husband/wife, or significant other). Sharing access with someone else is not permitted and would be a form of theft.
Our site generates reports of logins and we can determine if a password is being compromised or abused. If a password is being shared too freely, we take several steps to iron out the situation. In the worst cases, we will end that customer's access to the site permanently.
Question: Is there a way to delete a message that I post accidentally? Or to move one to a different message board if I post to the wrong place?
Answer: Members cannot delete their own posts. They may edit a post down till it contains no text, but the post itself remains. However, if you email us and request that your post be removed, we'll do it and fairly quickly, most of the time.
Question: How do I format messages, like change the background and type colors? Make the text size larger (or smaller)? Run spell check?
Answer: To change the color scheme of our message boards, login to your account and click on "profiles" at the top of the message listings. Then click on "Click here for more options." Choose a color scheme from the drop-down menu, or customize the colors individually by using the entry blocks (There are some boxes to the right of the entry blocks. If you click on them, you can choose from a palette of colors.) When you're finished, click on "customize!" at the bottom.
To change the text size displayed within messages, follow the steps above to get in the "Click here for more options" area. When there, scroll down a few lines to "Font size" and type in the number you'd like (try 16, which is usually a good size for most people). Scroll down to the bottom and click on "customize!".
Our forums currently do not have a spell-check option, but we're told the forum programmers are planning one for the future. In the meantime, you can write your post in a program that does have a spell check, like Microsoft Word, and then copy and paste the text into the forum posting box when you're done. It's also a good idea to use the "Preview" option to read over your message before you post it. You can also go back and edit your post later as well. Just make sure that if you "Preview" you do remember to hit the "Post Message" button.
Question: The forums seem to be really slow? How do I make them faster?
Answer: The most common reason for slowness is the images people use in their posts. If you are experiencing slowness on the boards, especially using a dial-up connection to the Internet, you'll probably want to turn off graphics. This should significantly speed up your ability to read messages.
Do this by logging into your account, and clicking on the "profile" button at the top of the message listing. Then click "Click here for more options." Scroll down, choose the "standard" graphics option, and click "customize!". This will remove all the graphics from the messages you read and speed up the boards considerably.
Note that you will need to be a registered user to access your profile. This doesn't cost anything. Do this by registering with the button at the top of the main forums listing if you have not yet done so.
Another option that might help, is to choose the "linear" option from the "Default Forum View" drop-down box just above the word "customize!". This will help on posts that have many replies.
Question: I don't like the cartoony graphics. How do I turn them off?
Answer: Please follow the steps in answer to question 13 above.
What do "LOL," "BTW," "ROTFLMAO," and all the other acronyms I see in the forum messages mean?
Answer: For a list of acronyms commonly used in chat, e-mail, and message-board settings, visit Netlingo.com/emailsh.cfm.
Below is a special list of acronyms often used on Las Vegas Advisor Online (recreated from a post made by one of our members):
PC - House Percentage (their percent advantage on a particular bet)
EV - Expected Value (the expected value of a coupon or matchplay, in dollars)
MP - Match Play (house matches your bet, up to a specified limit)
RFB - Room, food, and beverages comped (eat, drink, and be merry)
RFL - Room and food, limited beverage (eat, drink, and feel OK)
PC - Pit critter
PB - Pit boss (in charge of the critters)
SBF - Slow But Friendly (by egazing, applies to poor players who are tolerable 'cause they're nice)
BJ - Blackjack
DAS - Double after split (you can double down on after splitting)
DOA - Double on anything (you can double down on any two cards)
D 9-11 - Double down allowed on hard totals of 9,10,and 11 only
H17 - Hit soft 17 (dealer hits soft 17, disadvantage to player)
S17 - Stand on all 17's
RSA - Re-split aces (additional split allowed if given another ace on previously-split aces, advantage to player)
CSM - Continuous shuffle machine. An auto-shuffler where discards are immediately placed back in with the remaining decks. AKA continuous loss machine, chip sucking machine
VP - Video poker
FPVP - Full pay video poker (usually the best pay scale for the type of game you are playing)
Short pay - A reduced pay scale version of a standard VP game
DW - Deuces Wild
NSUD - Not-so-ugly-ducks (a slightly less than FP version of DW)
JOB - Jacks or Better
BP - Bonus Poker
DB - Double Bonus
DDB - Double Double Bonus
KBJW - Kings or Better Joker Wild
x/y (VP-type) - Pay-out for full house/flush, i.e. 9/6 JOB = FPJOB
RF - Royal Flush
4OAK - 4 of a kind, also called quads
PE - Pick'Em
x-Play - Multiple play, i.e. 3-play, 5-play, where you play several hands simultaneously
WW - WagerWorks (see Loelia's FAQ for more info). Basically defunct, now.
BC - Barbary Coast
CP - Caesars Palace
V - Venetian
Ha$$ah$ - Harrah's
Strat - Stratosphere
MB - Mandalay Bay
NF - New Frontier
Riv - Riviera
SD - Stardust
NYNY - New York New York
EX - Excalibur
MGM - MGM
TI - Treasure Island
VV - Vacation Village (gone, but not forgotten)
Trop - Tropicana
MSS - Main Street Station
LVC - Las Vegas Club
Cal - Sam Boyd's California
GN - Golden Nugget
4Q - Four Queens
LL - Lady Luck
Tez - El Cortez
Spike - Gold Spike
FSE - Freemont Street Experience (lightshow)
GVR - Green Valley Ranch
ST - Sam's Town
TCAR - The Casino at Rampart, formerly the J. W. Marriott, and even more formerly the Regent
ACE - Arizona Charlie's East
ACW - Arizona Charlie's West
NP - Nevada Palace
HRH - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, AKA "The Happiest Place on Earth"
OTHER COMMONLY-USED EXPRESSIONS:
LVA - Las Vegas Advisor
Anthony - Anthony Curtis, Publisher of Las Vegas Advisor, and all-around great guy
Queen of Comps - Jean Scott, author, AKA "The Queen" or "Jean", famous for her ability to extract maximum value from slot clubs, promotions, and casino coupons. (contributed by iam4nd)
POV - Pocket book of values (a big book of coupons provided to LVA subscribers. Worth it's weight in gold.)
LOL - Laugh out loud (my, you're a funny character)
LMAO - Laughing my a** off (stop it, you're killing me!)
ROFLMAO - Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off. (I'd be fired if I read this at work!)
IMHO - In my humble opinion
STBUTR? - Shouldn't this be under trip reports? (I just made this up, but a good reply to almost any post when You have nothing useful to add but want to chime in anyway)
* - Accolade to the best thread in recent memory
FUBAR - What happened to the Rio after Ha$$ah$ took over. (Contributed by vivalv)
- Financially unrewarding betting at Rio (by bearnangel)
YMMV - Your mileage may vary (contributed by jfinchati - a warning that you shouldn't necessarily expect similar results, but give it a try)
BYD - Boyd Gaming (Sam's Town, SD, MSS, Cal, Fremont...)
HET - Harrah's Entertainment (aka The Evil Empire)
ISLE - Isle of Capri Casinos
MBG - Mandalay Bay Group (Circus Circus, MB, Luxor...)
MGG - MGM/Mirage (Mirage, TI, GN, Bellagio...)
PPE - Park Place Entertainment (CP, Paris, Bally's...)
STN - Station Casinos (Boulder, Texas, Palace, Filling, ad nauseum)
Question: How do I get in touch with the Webmaster if I have a problem or a question?
Answer: Email the LVA Webmaster at email@example.com. He's very attentive and responsive and will usually handle your problem or question with alacrity and good cheer.