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I'm not able to post or edit my profile!

Most likely is that there is a software firewall on your computer that is preventing you from posting in the forums or editing your profile.

This entry is taken directly from the XOOPS FAQ. We can't guarnatee that the solutions and content presented below will work as noone from the technical staff of the site actually uses the mentioned firewalls. Do any changes at your own risk.

For security reasons, when you post a reply etc, the site checks that you have actually come from a page on the forum using what is called a HTTP_REFERER. This ensures that database entries can only come from the right page, and stops any external scripts (and would-be-if-they-could-be hackers) from entering info from sources OTHER than the forum reply page itself.

Unfortunately, some firewall and web filtering software, such as some versions of Zone Alarm, block HTTP_REFERER's by default.


# Disable WebWasher Standard Filter/URL Filter
# Disable any "ad blocking" software
# Disable any Pop-up blockers
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Zone Alarm Pro:

1. Click Privacy
2. Click Cookie Control
3. Click Custom
4. Uncheck "remove private header information"
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Windows XP's Internal Firewall

1. Open XP's Control Panel
2. Double-click Networking and Internet Connections
3. Select Network Connections
4. Right-click on the connection to disable, then select Properties
5. On the Advanced tab, clear the Protect my computer or network checkbox
6. Press OK
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Norton Internet Security 2002 (or earlier)

1. Open NIS or NPF.
2. Click Options.
3. Click Internet Security or Personal Firewall. (This step is not always needed.) The Options window appears.
4. Click Advanced Options.
5. Click the Web tab.
6. Click Add Site. A new site/domain box appears.
7. Enter www.phantomoftheopera.com and click OK. The site name now appears in the left frame of the Advanced Options window.
8. Click the name of the new site.
9. Click the Privacy tab.
10. Check the "Use these rules for..." box.
11. Change the Referrer from "Block" to "Permit."
12. Click Apply, and then click OK.
13. Click OK to close the Options window.
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Norton Internet Security 2003/2004

1. Open NIS or NPF.
2. Do one of the following.
* In NIS/NPF 2003, click Options > Internet Security or Personal Firewall (This step is not always needed), and then click the Web Content tab.
* In NIS/NPF 2004, double-click Privacy Control, and then click Advanced.
3. Click Add Site. A new site/domain box appears.
4. Enter www.phantomoftheopera.com and click OK. The site name now appears in the left frame of the Options window.
5. Click the name of the new site.
6. Click the Global Settings tab.
7. In the "Information about visited sites" section, clear "Use default settings."
8. Click Permit.
9. Click OK to close the Options window.
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Norton 2005

Open privacy control - click on configure - choose custom level - uncheck browser privacy - click ok.
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Techincal Information about HTTP_REFERER's

(for the geeks who care)

When you click a Web page, your browser notes the current page that you are on and sends that information to the server of the new Web page. This way, the server for the new Web page knows the last Web page that you viewed.

For example, if you are on www.symantec.com and click www.microsoft.com , the browser sends www.microsoft.com the information that you are currently viewing www.symantec.com. If you block referrer information, the server of the page you are requesting to see does not know what page you saw last. By default, Norton Internet Security (NIS) and Norton Personal Firewall (NPF) block this information. Some Web sites require this information before they allow you to see their pages.

How to post an image tutorial

This tutorial is donated by La_Fee_Verte.

Note: Points 1 and 2 are valid only if you use Photobucket as your online image hosting storage. Point 3 is valid regardless of which image hosting you use.


A lot of people frequently ask how to upload pictures in a post, and rather than taking the time to explain it and create even more confusion, I've taken the time to make a few visual references, as well.

Here's how you add pictures to a post:

1. The first step is to register at an online album hosting site. My site of choice is Photobucket, so that's the site I will be using visual references from. Registering for an account at photobucket is free and only takes a few minutes.

2. The next step is to log into said account and upload the images there, which can be summed up in these pictures:

First, click the browse button:




Next, find where you saved the picture that you want to upload and click on the picture. Then click 'open':




Then it will paste the location and all you have to do is click submit:



After you click submit, it will upload the picture and display photo and the URL underneath. Copy the URL as shown in these pictures:








3. Then you will have to come back to POTO.com and go to the thread where you want to reply and post the picture(s). Click on the imgsrc button and paste the URL of the picture and the position you want it in (I usually just leave it blank when it prompts me to enter l or r for a position) as shown in these steps:











Then you can enter and comments above or below the picture like this:




Then you just click submit and it should all upload nicely!

How do I change my email address in my account?

Send a request using the Contact Us page and we will change it for you.



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