Special thanks go to [FLS]Prozerran and |]agomar for compiling this
FAQ. We owe them a lifetime supply of quality malt liquor and irritating
insults for their hard work.
When was BattleReports.com founded?
What does BattleReports.com do?
BattleReports.com provides an online community
where people enjoy sharing their online gaming experiences through
battle reports. Battle reports are stories written about some kind of
"battle" and usually involve written accounts of people playing a real
time strategy game. The majority of reports are about Blizzard’s
StarCraft, although reports have also successfully covered strategy
games like WarCraft III, Civilization III or Homeworld. Authors have
even reported on entirely different genres, discussing games like World
of Warcraft, Escape Velocity: Nova, Freelancer and Nethack.
In addition, there have been many battle reports
detailing real life events, while short stories and fan fiction have
long been a site staple. While most submissions still have something
to do with PC gaming of some sort, as the site ages reports have become
Who are the regular visitors of
Before the advent of replays, most visitors were
StarCraft players who enjoyed reading entertaining summaries of online
battles. Increasingly, however, members of our community specialize in
different games; some aren’t gamers at all, but simply wish to find a
place where they can submit their work to be rated and commented
What kind of reports are accepted?
All types of reports are welcomed, but currently
StarCraft reports are the most popular. With the creation of StarCraft
II we do expect an influx of StarCraft II battlereports; all the same,
if you submit something good -- whatever it is -- it will be discussed
and rated well.
Who can submit reports?
Everyone is welcome to post their reports. We have
included some tools to make the submission process easier, and are
continuing to work on new features for enterprising battlereporters.
Note, however, that BattleReports.com has the right to add, modify,
or delete submitted reports. Also Battlereports.com is not liable for
the loss of any material you submit.
Who rates them?
BattleReports.com has appointed a number of raters,
selected for their reputation to rate reports fairly and accurately.
Raters are normally highly successful reporters or especially prominent
members of the community. Except for Mattzarella, they can be trusted
to act maturely and give you constructive feedback.
Who comments on them?
Everyone can comment on all reports, including the
writer himself/herself. We encourage commentators to keep their
criticism constructive and refrain from "trolling" (posting deliberately
Does BattleReports.com plan to expand beyond
We already have! For instance, have a look at Rook’s Corner, or our
Section, our Wiki,
Manager and the Report
Center. Everyone is always welcome to post on the
Forum as well.
I don't know HTML/CSS.
How do I change background, fonts, or insert images in a report?
HTML Guide for more details. Also, check out
Maareek’s guide to CSS or Zergling’s
There are many online guides all over the web, and established
reporters are usually happy to answer your questions.
Where can I find a more in-depth HTML
There are very good guides to basic general HTML
site such as James
Marshall's Guide and
Are there other guides on the site I could
Absolutely. We are continuing to submit more guides;
refer to the Guides
section of the site and have a look at our trusty
Wiki for more.
How do I take a screenshot in
Hit the "Print Screen" button immediately to
the right of "F12", and the file is saved under your local Starcraft
folder as "screen##.pcx", where ## is a number between
00 and 99.
How do I take more then 100 screenshots in a
Cut all the "screen##.pcx" files under your
Starcraft folder and paste it onto some other subfolders.
How do I edit my images?
Any software that recognize pcx format can be
used. The most popular ones are PaintShopPro, GIMP, and Photoshop.
For a more in-depth discussion on image editting, look under YourRoleModel's
Guide to Graphics.
Where should I upload my images?
You can upload your images to any server accessible
to everyone and externally link them to your report. Be aware that some
servers will not allow you to externally link your images. Unfortunately,
these include Geocities, which is why some old reports are broken.
Luckily, you can create an account at BattleReports.com using the
Report Center and upload your files directly onto the report
I upload my images to some free server outside
of BattleReports.com, and they show just fine on my computer while others
see a strange logo of the server where I upload my files, instead of the
pictures. What happened?
As already mentioned, some free servers do not allow
external linking. Usually people will see a replacement graphics on top
of the linked picture, but since the picture is cached onto your machine
when you view it from their site, it shows up for you but not others.
Again, you can solve this problem by uploading your images onto
I messed up my report but I had submited it
already. What can I do?
Drop a line in the forum or write an email to an
admin stating the problem.
The mistake may be corrected if it is minor, but it will mostly be deleted.
Please use the preview button wisely and proofread your report before
multi-media linking works in my report?
other's computer while it works fine in mine?
differently. Sometimes even different versions may have conflicting
Can I embed PHP code in my report?
How do I go over the 64k of text report
posting limit, and how can I make it so that I can edit my report
after I submitted it?
Insert the following tag into your report...
This lets you do a couple things. Externally
load reports from another server (using
or upload your report via the Report Center (preferable), and then
set the path to it.
would work, or this would also work...
This new feature lets you bypass the normal 64K
report limit. Or hell, it even lets you edit your own reports after you
Who are the current raters?
You can find our current list of raters
I want to rate too. How do I become one?
You don't ask to be a rater. We will come to you if
we see you fit. Currently, Johnny Vegas is in charge of anything
How come different raters give me different
Same reasons as different voters cast their votes
for a different president. Raters sometimes focus on different aspects
of your report, although all tend to grade based primarily on their
enjoyment of your work.
Do raters have a guide to calculate
Yes and no. Some place more emphasis on graphics,
others more on writing, but generally superior effort will always be
rewarded. Most raters were selected because they know how to write
excellent reports and have proven their ability to rate fairly. Raters
are not given a concrete guide to estimate the ratings, but they were
selected in part because they gave similar ratings as existing raters
would on test reports.
Why is my report not rated yet?
Rating is a volunteer "job;" naturally, our raters
do not rate 24-7. However, reports are usually rated within 24 hours.
If you have produced a thoroughly terrible submission, however, do not
be surprised to wait a little longer before a particularly courageous
rater will summon the courage to wade through your report and give you
a low rating.
If I disagree with the rating on some report,
what can I do?
You can complain, but it will not change your
rating. Our staff have rated reports fairly for years; the best thing to
do is read comments and ask for criticism in the hopes of improving.
Why are reports submitted after mine rated,
when mine still receive no score?
Raters do not follow an ascending order when they
How come I never see a newer reports with over
5 ratings, while some of the old one received over 10?
The rating policy was changed so that a maximum of
5 ratings can be given to one report.
Why do some of my posts appear several
StarCraft / Battle.Net:
You either refreshed your browser and hit "retry"
to repost data after you already posted, or you hit "submit" twice.
You can refresh the forum properly by clicking on "refresh forum" on
Am I protected from impersonators?
Yes. Partial IP is embedded into everyone’s posts.
If you cannot identify the impersonators, contact the administrators with
your forum handle, IP, the impersonator's IP, and links to the
Can I use HTML in the subject line?
Can I use HTML in the posts?
Why do some posts have links while others
Are there a limited number of posts per
No, unless you are banned from the
What contents are inappropriate and how will the
admins handle them?
Posts including, but not limited to,
excessive and unnecessary vulgarity, pornography, false news,
impersonation, and spam are considered inappropriate. Such posts will
be promptly deleted, and repeated action may result in you being banned
from the site.
Is there something I can do if I feel
discriminated against for my sexuality, race, etc.?
Yes. Contact an Administrator if you have any
problems with the banter used at the site. If they are reasonable,
your complaints will be addressed quickly and anonymously; however we
cannot guarantee specific action will be taken in all cases.
People don't like me in the forum. What can I
Although you can refer to an Administrator if you
feel discriminated against, generally if any group rejects a person,
then usually that the individual has a problem with himself or herself.
If you see you don’t fit in this community and refuse to change, try
other websites where his/her attitude or prose is accepted. Or you can
always appeal to Judge Judy claiming that people do not like you.
How do I get into the clannel nohunters?
Log onto Battle.Net, then type "/join op
~nohunters." The channel may change with the advent of StarCraft II;
check the forum for details.
Where can I get observer maps and how do they
Observer maps are available all over the internet,
and you can check Clan Liquid for an extensive variety. Alternatively,
you can Download Bob the Newt's
Gosu Observer Maps. You must set the game mode to User Map Setting
(UMS) when you create a game with them.
Are there any other channels the
Battlereports.com crowd frequent?
Yes. Among the popular channels are clan -x17,
and BroodWar USA-1000. There are many personal channels that the crowd
visit often too. Ask them for specific ones.
How come sometimes this page shows that there
are no one in nohunters?
This is because there is server split at
Battle.Net. It was made blank while it updated itself.
Are there any plans to redesign
Of course -- else why would this section
exist? We have been looking into refreshing the site for about two
Who are involved in these efforts?
Currently the main figures spearheading the site
redesign are JohnnyVegas, LuckyNewbie, |]agomar, Mattzarella and
What specific changes are under
Currently site graphics and layout are the main
areas of work. We are attempting to give the site a fresher, more
modern look that still loads quickly and can be more easily navigated.
We are also compiling new quotes and will be incorporating StarCraft II
as a game type in the near future. There will be some interesting
surprises and we encourage you to keep checking the site in the coming
What specific features are you
The main new feature we have implemented is the
Although the Wiki is still in its infancy, we will be giving it more
exposure as the site continues to evolve. We are also looking into a
way of allowing more users to modify its contents. Potentially, the Wiki
will offer a new and exciting way for the community to interact with the
site. Other ideas we are considering include implementing CSS templates
for battlereport authors and establishing special designations to reports
written by especially successful battlereporters.
Will you be deleting any features or aspects
of the site?
No, there are no plans to get rid of anything at
Will average visitors have any input into
the site’s redesign?
Possibly: we are looking into establishing some
sort of voting system where people can rate new ideas. You can always
give us your thoughts on the site’s forum as well; this may be the best
way of influencing the development team.
Can I volunteer for any outstanding jobs
regarding the site’s redesign?
Perhaps; feel free to post something in the
forum and we’ll consider your offer.
Where can I follow along with site
The news section will offer information on major
changes, while the Wiki will include additional details and features
some guides under construction. You can always check the forums for
more; either way, LuckyNewbie’s
is an excellent – if poorly updated – source for information.
Who is God of this site?
Johnny_Vegas. He is all knowing and omnipresent.
Who are the admins of this site?
Johnny_Vegas, LuckyNewbie and |]agomar.
Why is Bob_the_Newt so obnoxious?
Else he's not Bob. But be thankful: he retired and
is probably dead.
Who is Mark4's newest favorite pet?
Hawk (Not Death Hawk). Fortunately for all, he also
retired. Unfortunately, so did Mark4. Rumours have it they share a bed
in Columbus, Ohio.
Who is the best writer in this site?
There are many "the best" writers at this site.
Try searching for 9-10 rated reports from the search engine and find
your favorite one. Standout writers include YourRoleModel, WilliamWC3,
|]agomar, .Praetor, ~Cattlebruiser~ and Breeze, although there are many
others. You can check our
Top Reporters feature for more, or have a look at the
Battlereporters section of the Wiki for brief bios of major
What is Hall of Fame (HOF) and how do people
The HOF lists famous writers who had proven
themselves among the best writers in site history. There is a public
election to induct a new HOF member, but the list of candidates are
provided by raters and admins. Although there has not been an election
for some years now, elections will likely resume with the site’s
What is Rook's Corner?
Interviews on well known individuals and
particularly luminous personalities are featured in Rook's Corner.
There is always an especially good battlereport associated with the
What is "RookMark?"
RookMarks are a means to calculate a reporter's
life-long points earned in his/her reports. For more details, look
under Top Reporters. RookMarks are a particularly useful way to
calculate a reporter’s contribution to the site.
Where do the quotes on the top of every page
These are random quotes selected from submitted
material since the site’s creation. The original selection was compiled
by Fractal_Wave and can be found here. We are looking into
releasing a new set of quotes covering material from the last five or