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Getting started in the Forum [FAQ]

Welcome to the new Tarantino Archives Forum (now running “Discourse”). After logging in or signing up, please read the Community Guidelines, Terms of Use and explanations below to earn your first badges. Contact us if you need help.

What’s the Quentin Tarantino Archives (QTA)?

The QTA (at is the world’s oldest existing and best fan website about director Quentin Tarantino and his movies. The website has been around since 1999. This is our community forum. It is open to everyone.

What’s new about this Forum?

On October 31, 2017 we migrated to a new type of discussion software called Discourse. You can log in with your usual Email/Username and password (in case of problems, use your email address). We will post a detailed tutorial outlining the new features of this forum, soon. The highlights are

  • works on mobile devices
  • you can reply to topic notifications or personal messages by email
  • you can earn badges for activities and be promoted to new trust levels
  • better protection from spam
  • super fast and easy search, including in-topic search
  • endless scrolling (no need to browse pages)

Where can I get help?

Read this entire post. Send us an email if you have trouble (

Feel free to leave feedback about the new layout and questions in our feedback topic.

How to get started?

Log in (or sign up) and browse around and get to know the place.

  1. Look at your profile and update it, e.g. with an avatar picture, background and name. This will earn you a badge!
  2. Read our TOS, Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines. Badge!
  3. Introduce yourself in the Welcome topic.
  4. If you see something cool, click on the little heart to like it. Earn a badge!
  5. Use the magnifying glass in the top right corner to look search, find it and read it!
  6. Click on the QTA Forum logo any time to return to the start page, where you can also access a list of all categories we have.
  7. If you want to get involved in a discussion, click “reply”, if you want to quote someone, highlight a portion of their text, and click “quote reply”. To mention another user, start typing @ and the forum will suggest the right username.

Use our Sandbox topic to play around with functionality and get acquainted with the use of this forum.

Ok seriously, what the hell are badges?

There are some things on this new forum that earn you badges, signaling a certain maturity within our community an proficiency with the use of the forum. For example, having read our Terms of Service will earn you a badge, or doing a certain action in the forum for the very first time, e.g. liking a post.

Read our guide to trust levels and badges (under construction)

Latest, New, Unread, Top, what are these?

The starting page for the Forum now shows the latest topics with activity, most recent change first.

  • Latest: topics with recent posts or changes (updated edits)
  • New: topics created in the last few days
  • Unread: topics you are watching or tracking with new posts you have not read
  • Top: most active topics, you can filter by year, month, week or day.

You can also click on “Categories” to enter a specific category.

Where is who’s online and other statistics?

You can click on the hamburger menu and then click users and filter by day, week, month etc to get a sense of who is active. Some stats you can also see per user by visiting their profile (e.g. when they were last online). There’ll be group stats (last seen and last post per member) soon once we’ve established groups that make sense. For a lot of other statistics, we depend on what this software can currently do, which will change over time. If you are interested in a particular information about the forum, please do contact the @Admin he is very willing to share all kinds of stats as long as they are available.

I’m having trouble logging in - what now?

If you’ve been a member prior to our relaunch, and you’re experiencing login problems, please try a) logging in with your email instead of your username, b) requesting a new password or c) contacting the @Sebastian ( if you’re still unable to login. We can solve all login issues.

If you’re new to Discourse, here are a few quick tips and tricks to get you started:


Selecting a topic title will always take you to your last read post in the topic. To enter at the top ↑ or bottom ↓ instead, select the reply count or last reply date.

Topics above the light red line are new or updated since your last visit. If you have read all the way to the end of a topic, its title will be light grey instead of black.

Use the slide to the right of topics to quickly jump to a certain point in time, useful for very long running discussions:


For search, the menu, or your user page, use the icon buttons docked at the upper right.

While reading a topic, use the timeline on the right side to jump to the top, bottom, or your last read position. On smaller screens, select the bottom progress bar to expand it.

(If you have a physical keyboard, you can also press ? for a list of keyboard shortcuts.)


Press any Reply button to open the editor panel at the bottom of your browser. Continue reading (and even navigate to different topics) while you compose your reply; minimize the editor for more room. Drafts will automatically be saved as you write.

To insert a quote, select the text you wish to quote, then press the Quote button that pops up. Repeat for multiple quotes.

To notify someone about your reply, mention their name. Type @ to begin selecting a username.

To use standard Emoji, just type : to match by name, or traditional smileys :wink:

To generate a summary for a link, paste it on a line by itself. To start a topic with a link, paste the link into the title field.

Your reply can be formatted using simple HTML, BBCode, or Markdown:

 This is <b>bold</b>.
 This is [b]bold[/b].
 This is **bold**.

For more formatting tips, try a 10 minute tutorial.


There are action buttons at the bottom of each post:

  • To let someone know that you enjoyed and appreciated their post, use the like button. Share the love!
  • Grab a copy-pasteable link to any reply or topic via the link button.
  • Use the … button to reveal more actions. Flag to privately let the author, or the site staff, know about a problem. Bookmark to find this post later on your profile page.


When someone is talking directly to you — by replying to you, quoting your post, mentioning your @username, or even linking to your post, a number will immediately appear over your profile picture docked at the top right. Select it to access your notifications.

Don’t worry about missing a reply – you’ll be emailed any notifications that arrive when you are away.


All topics less than two days old are considered new, and will show a new indicator.

Any topic you’ve actively participated in — by creating it, replying to it, or reading it for an extended period — will be automatically tracked on your behalf, and will show an unread post count indicator.

You can change your notification level for any topic via the notification control at the bottom, and right hand side, of each topic.

Notification level can also be set per category. To change any of these defaults, see your user preferences.

Community Trust

As you participate here, over time you’ll gain the trust of the community, become a full citizen, and new user limitations will be lifted. At a high enough trust level, you’ll gain new abilities to help us manage our community together.

We believe in civilized community behavior at all times.

Enjoy your stay!

(If you need to communicate with staff members as a new user, just reply to this message.)