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Unofficial CR FAQ Thread
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Hello n00bs! Now that you've found our little forum you might have some questions.

This thread is to give all n00bs a little FAQ so you can be just like us vets. This thread originally was started by thepen1832 WAAAY back in the day. But now its time to update it and make it a little easier to use.

Here's how things are set up:
I've gone through the original thread and compiled a list of questions. Those will be posted here and if you want to see the answer just hit 'Ctrl F' then copy and paste the question number in the search field and hit enter.

Lets get started:

~~General questions~~

0A : Is this site free?
1A : What's a CR point?
2A : What's a badge?
3A : What are uploads?
4A : I don't like forums, is there a chat room?
5A : What are the moderators?
6A : How do I get a star by my name?
7A : My account disappeared! What happened?
8A : I want to add someone to my buddy list!
9A : How can I make a cool profile with pictures?
10-A : Why should I donate?
11-A : I hate the user name I choose. Can I change it?
12-A : Can I search for other CR members?
13-A : Can I remove my account completely?
14-A : I'm getting too many notifications!

~~Video Questions~~

0B : Can I watch CR videos on my iPhone/iPod touch/any other phone?
1B : Why wont the video I'm watching play right?
2B : Hey! That video is labeled wrong!
3B : Veoh has this video, why not Crunchyroll?
4B : What do you mean, this video was removed?
5B : How can I get my video featured on the front page?
6B : Bandwidth exceeded? What the hell?
7B : Is there ANY way to download videos?
8B : Can I do something to make videos load quicker?
9B : Why doesn't fullscreen work in Linux?

~~Forum Questions~~

1C : I don't want to get in trouble! Are there any rules?
2C : Can I make a new thread?
3C : Why was my thread locked?!
4C : How do I post images?
5C : Whats a PM?
6C : I want an animated avatar!
7C : Someone is being an idiot on the forum. What can I do about it?
8C : There's SO MANY topics. How can I find the one I'm looking for?
9C : What's a Sticky?
10-C : I found this really cool game/site/etc! Can I post a link to it?

~~Uploading~~

1D : I get an error message when I try to upload. What's happening?
2D : Can I start a new series page for a show I want to upload?
3D : Why was the video I uploaded rejected?
4D : I have some great episodes on DVD. How do I upload them here?
5D : Can I upload an American video?
6D : What format does the video have to be in to upload?
7D : Where should I put AMV's?
8D : If only PG-13 videos are allowed, why do I see boobs and sex in other videos?
9D : I just uploaded a video. How long does it take to encode?
10-D : It's not there! I uploaded a video and it's not in my profile!
11-D : Why doesn't my video have a thumbnail?
12-D : My video has dual audio, how should I upload that?
13-D : Why is the uploading so slow?
14-D : I uploaded that video first! Why was mine rejected?
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~~General questions~~

0A : Is this site free?
Yes, you not required to pay to be a member or watch videos.

1A : What's a CR point?
CR points are a variation on a 'post count'. The more you interact with this site, the more points you get. How many CR points you gain depends on your actions. To see a current breakdown of how many CR points you get per post/PM/GB/Upload/etc. Click your username at the top right corner of the screen. Then in the 'Account Status' box click the Question mark next to your CR point number.

When you reach certain amounts of CR points you are given the ability to do more within the site. Like making new threads and entering the chat room.

Be warned, you can loose CR points if a Mod deletes a post you made in the forum or a video comment. Also if a mod removes your avatar or pictures from your profile.

2A : What's a badge?
Badges are our way of showing everyone that YOU support our site. Every time you donate, you will receive the current months badge in your profile.

3A : What are uploads?
It's a way of adding your favorite videos to CR! At the top of your screen, under your name there is a tab labeled 'Upload'. Click on that to be on your way to uploading your own video to CR.

4A : I don't like forums, is there a chat room?
Why yes there is! Next to the 'Upload' tab is a tab labeled 'Chat'. Click on that to enter our chat room!

5A : What are the moderators?
Moderators are the (sometimes) friendly police of the site. Shinji appointed us to look after the site and keep things sane. You can see the current moderators here:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/staff

6A : How do I get a star by my name?
Donate! Keeping CR on-line cost a lot! You can help out by donating through Paypal or by snail mail. Check this page for more info:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/donate?src=top

7A : My account disappeared! What happened?
Here at CR we have a set of rules you HAVE to follow. Do so and we (the mods) will be your best friends. But if you break them too much we turn evil and may delete your account. The best way to keep the mods happy is to read the rules here:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=13504

8A : I want to add someone to my buddy list!
Awesome! To add a new buddy just click on their name (or avatar) to go to their profile page. Once there look under their Avatar, there is a link named 'Buddy Me!' Click that to send them a buddy request. Remember the person you sent the buddy request to has to accept you before you show up on their buddy list. As their buddy you are now allowed to leave Guest Book entry's in their profile.

9A : How can I make a cool profile with pictures?
It's easy! You just have to be creative and remember that all the forum options (Images, Hyperlinks, Smiles) work in your profile. You can customize it however you want but remember you can only use the BBCodes available to you and not HTML! You can also upload pictures directly from your desktop by using the Image Upload feature. Simply click the "Choose file" button to open the drop down menu, and browse for a file to add. Click ok, and voila!, the picture is automatically placed in BBCode for your convenience, and no need to upload it on an external service provider!

10-A : Why should I donate?
There's plenty of reasons. As a Crunchy Supporter you get to watch High-quality and H.264 videos, and you can watch them full screen! You also get a gold star by your name and a badge. You can see a high-quality video demo here:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/hqdemo

11-A : I hate the user name I chose. Can I change it?
Sorry, but no. That's the name you choose and you have to stick with it.

12-A : Can I search for other CR members?
Yes! As long as you are in the forum or looking at another members profile. Look for the search bar just under your username on the top right corner of the page. Select the User option from the drop down window, and type in the name of the user you're trying to look for. You can use that to find any CR member's profile.

13-A : Can I remove my account completely?
Yes you can, but please use this responsibly, and provide a valid reason for deleting your account:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/nuke

14-A : I'm getting too many notifications!
Click the 'Notifications' link at the top of the page. Then click 'Settings', once there you can choose what you want to recive notifications for.
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~~Video Questions~~

0B : Can I watch CR videos on my iPhone/iPod touch/any other phone?
Not currently, sorry

1B : Why wont the video I'm watching play right?
This can be caused by a number of things. First, make sure you have Java enabled. Secondly, make sure you have the latest flash player. Lastly make sure you don't have any programs blocking flash or streaming content on you computer. It's also a good idea to browse this site with Firefox rather that Internet Explorer. If you still can't watch videos, despite having enabled your Java and updating your Flash Player, try clearing your cache and deleting your cookies.

2B : Hey! That video is labeled wrong!
Tell us! Check the staff page here:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/staff
And send a message to a Media Moderator, they will have it fixed in no time.

3B : Veoh has this video, why not Crunchyroll?
Most of the time it's because that video is licensed. Other times it's because the fansub group who subbed it has asked us not to allow it on this site.

4B : What do you mean, this video was removed?
This site is based in America, so we have to follow American rules regarding licensed video's. For instance, if we have a video here, the company that owns the rights to that series (TBS, YA Entertainment, Funimation, etc.) can contact us and tell us to remove the video. If we don't we may be sued, so the video goes bye bye. The major company's want you to buy the DVD, not watch it here for free.

5B : How can I get my video featured on the front page?
Shinji personally chooses what videos he wants to put on the front page. There is no ratings system or anything like that.

6B : Bandwidth exceeded? What the hell?
This is our form of 'anti-leach' measures. You see, most people who join this site come here only to watch videos. And some will sit there at the computer and watch videos for damn-near the whole day. This makes CR VERY expensive to operate and (in the past) has nearly killed the site. So if your not a Crunchy supporter, the number of videos you can watch in a one day will be limited.

7B : Is there ANY way to download videos?
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8B : Can I do something to make videos load quicker?
Just the obvious stuff, make sure no other programs are sucking up your bandwidth. It's also best to avoid watching videos during peak hours. Peak hours are between 6pm to 10pm Pacific time and on the weekends. Videos load quickest between 3am and 8am Pacific.

9B : Why doesn't fullscreen work in Linux?
This one is a bit 'Involved' because the plug-in just does not support fullscreen. But there is a workaround you can use until Adobe fixes it. For detailed instructions send killar a PM. Be sure to let me know what distro you are using.
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~~Forum Questions~~

1C : I don't want to get in trouble! Are there any rules?
YES! Follow them or feel our wrath: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=13504&pg=0

2C : Can I make a new thread?
As long as you have the required amount of Cr points, yes! But if you want your new thread to last there are a few things you should keep in mind.
-Give it a good title, make sure it's typed correctly (nOthINg liKE ThIs, OR THIS).
-In the first post, make sure you make your point so others will know how to respond.
-Before making it you should check the thread index to see if it has already been made.

3C : Why was my thread locked?!
There can be any number of reasons why a Mod would lock your thread. Most of the time it's because your thread is a duplicate of an older thread. Sometimes the thread was made poorly (see the answer before this one).

4C : How do I post images?
You can post images from your hard drive by uploading them to CR. Just click 'Image Upload' (next to text colors above the reply box) and navigate to where your picture is and click 'Open'. You can also upload them from an online image host. For instructions on how to do that, read the first post here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=9&pg=0

5C : What's a PM?
Private Message. It's a way to send a message to anyone you want without anyone else seeing it. If someone is bothering you with PM's then you can report them to your favorite moderator (that would be killar ) and you have the option of blocking that person from sending you PM's. To do this, click the 'Inbox' link at the top center of your screen. Then click the 'Settings' link and you will have access to your block list.

6C : I want an animated avatar!
This can be a tricky one. When it comes to animated avatars, some work fine while others look like crap. If you pulled a GIF from another site there is about a 50-50 chance of it working correctly here. The only way to make sure your GIF works perfectly is to make it yourself. The best tool to do this is ImageReady. I have found that nearly ALL the filters in ImageReady cause the GIF to look crappy on CR. So try to avoid those, if you want detailed instructions send killar a PM.

7C : Someone is being an idiot on the forum. What can I do about it?
You have the power to send the mods after them. Look in the lower-right corner of their post. There is a link named 'Report to Mod'. Click that and the first available mod will be on their ass. Don't be worried if you click it on accident.

8C : There's SO MANY topics. How can I find the one I'm looking for?
Most of the forum sections have an index thread. To find the thread you are looking for just enter one and press 'Ctrl-F' then type in what your looking for.

9C : What's a Sticky?
Sticky's are important forum threads that are always at the top of their forum. They are marked with an orange splat and usually mean that thread is important. If you happen to make a REALLY good thread, a mod may decide to make it a sticky!

10-C : I found this really cool game/site/etc! Can I post a link to it?
No, unless you are paying Shinji for advertising. Feel free to put it in your profile but DO NOT post links in the forum, in GB's, or in video comments. Do so and we (the mods) will get medieval on your ass.
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~~Uploading~~

1D : I get an error message when I try to upload. What's happening?
Make sure you have flash and Java enabled. If you still get an error check your connection.

2D : Can I start a new series page for a show I want to upload?
Yes, but you need to upload at least 5 videos to create a decent folder or you can look in the members section to complete a set of 5 videos.

3D : Why was the video I uploaded rejected?
Most of the time it's because it is a duplicate. Other times it is not PG13 or it makes no sense to add to this site. Or maybe the video has bad quality.... check this thread: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=4797

4D : I have some great episodes on DVD. How do I upload them here?
If you have it on DVD and you bought it in America, then you can't upload it here because it's licensed. If not then you need to get a DVD ripper and a video converter (Google it). How much work you have to do depends on what format your video is in. For more info look here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=2937

5D : Can I upload an American video?
No, this site is for Asian video's only. By Asian we mean produced somewhere in Asia. We will not approve an American film with an all Asian cast, or an American film that was filmed in an Asian country.

6D : What format does the video have to be in to upload?
Pretty much anything will work. You will have the best luck with AVI video. Click the 'Uploads' link at the bottom of the page for more details.

7D : Where should I put AMV's?
In 'Member Videos'

8D : If only PG-13 videos are allowed, why do I see boobs and sex in other videos?
Gratuitous TnA is fine here. What we don't want is hardcore sex in ANY form. Don't even think about testing us, if you upload porn you will be dealt with.

9D : I just uploaded a video. How long does it take to encode?
Most videos encode right after being uploaded. Sometimes the system will bog down a bit, but its usually pretty quick. Check this link after uploading to see where your video is: http://www.crunchyroll.com/uploaded

10-D : It's not there! I uploaded a video and it's not in my profile!
If your sure it uploaded correctly, then check the uploaded page: http://www.crunchyroll.com/uploaded
and see if it's there. If it is, all is fine, if not... Reupload it.

11-D : Why doesn't my video have a thumbnail?
This happens because the encoder is unable to produce a series of thumbnails. This is usually because of the file's format like .mpg. The video will play fine, however.

12-D : My video has dual audio, how should I upload that?
Choose one audio and upload it. Do not upload the video with both audio tracks. Simply choose one, and upload it.

13-D : Why is the uploading so slow?
Sometimes the CR servers go down and sometimes Shinji takes them down for maintenance. Be patient and wait.

14-D : I uploaded that video first! Why was mine rejected?
You may have uploaded it first, but the servers that encode choose what to encode randomly. So even if you upload it before someone else, the servers might choose to encode theirs first.
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If you guys see something that's wrong, let me know!
Posted 8/28/07
I don't think an AMV should count as an "asian" video. If possible, could you guys remove them? They get in the way when you try to search for something and they probably take up quite a bit of bandwidth.
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^Nope, Shinji wants them here.
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C : Can I make a new thread?
As long as you have the required amount of Cr points, yes! But if you want your new thread to last there are a few things you should keep in mind.
-Give it a good title, make sure it's typed correctly (nOthINg liKE ThIs, OR THIS).
-In the first post, make sure you make your point so others will know how to respond.
-Before making it you should check the thread index to see if it has already been made.


and this thread title? *CR FAQ thread* - From n00b to vet in one thread !, just saying....
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Posted 8/28/07

ChaosNin wrote:

I don't think an AMV should count as an "asian" video. If possible, could you guys remove them? They get in the way when you try to search for something and they probably take up quite a bit of bandwidth.


Well...AMVs are "Anime Music Videos", so I think they count as "Asian" videos.
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iron_club_oni wrote:


C : Can I make a new thread?
As long as you have the required amount of Cr points, yes! But if you want your new thread to last there are a few things you should keep in mind.
-Give it a good title, make sure it's typed correctly (nOthINg liKE ThIs, OR THIS).
-In the first post, make sure you make your point so others will know how to respond.
-Before making it you should check the thread index to see if it has already been made.


and this thread title? *CR FAQ thread* - From n00b to vet in one thread !, just saying....


If you didnt know, that is a way to write noob, or newb. People spell it out in different ways.
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Should there be a chat FAQ up there as well?
Posted 8/30/07
I always thought "AMV" stands for using unrelated clips from a file that someone else subbed and putting it to any random song you happen to come upon... no matter how ridiculous it may be. At least most of them fit into that definition. More than 80% of the time, the songs are in English too. But I guess if others like it, there's nothing to be done.
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Great guide! It helped me make millions, and so can you!

(Well not really)

I guess it was about time that old thread got updated. <_<

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i found this really offensive shin n000b i
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