A Newbie's Forum Guide

This is currently a wiki post. TL2+ users can edit this topic. Please only provide constructive edits to the topic.

Forum Etiquette

The basic rule that comes to mind is to not be toxic. This is pretty straightforward. Avoid making any hurtful comments to other members on the forum. Try your best to be friendly to each other so everyone has a good time here.

If you would like to read more about forum rules (highly recommended for new users), then please read this detailed post made by gautam:

What can be considered misbehavior?

There are many things on this forum that can be considered bad. Please follow the guidelines to avoid getting in trouble. To summarize, be the force of good.


You should also not use alternative accounts to circumvent bans/silences, because this will make you untrusted and can get you IP banned. Please, just don’t do that.

:point_right: Instead, you should wait out your ban/silence. :point_left:


This section provides a tutorial on how to use the forum. Click the buttons for more information.

Creating a Topic


To create a new topic, click on the New Topic button. Then, provide the category and tag. You must select a category to post.
If you are posting in Chill Corner , than you will have to wait for staff to approve your post.
If you have the askcommunity tag, than you will have created a solvable post.

Information about categories

We have many categories here on this Forum. Always choose the best topic before posting. If you’re post fits the rules but doesn’t go in any other category, use the Off-Topic category.

A small suggestion: Before posting, you should pause and consider if it would bring any meaning. Ideally, a post should spark a conversation of some sort.

Creating a Reply


To reply to a post, press the Reply button, then provide your reply.

Information about creating replies:

When creating replies, it is important to note that they should contribute to the conversation. You should be the force of good. Do not start anything bad, or you will not be trusted. When you are replying to a user, this is normal. However, when you reply to them many times, you should consider moving to a personal message or personal chat.




To quote a post, select the post with your cursor. Than, press Quote or Q.


To mention a user, type in @ than the user you want, @username.


If you made a mistake, press the pencil button on one of your posts to edit it. If a post is wiki, you can also edit it like that.


To onebox a link, put a link by itself, like this:



To use emojis, type in : then select your emoji :slight_smile:


I would recommend reading this guide to learn more about Markdown. Markdown can help with formatting posts.

Solving Topics

If a post has question, bug, ask-community, etc. then you will be able to solve them as a TL3. If you are new, then you will only be able to solve your own posts. Once a reply on a topic has been selected as the “Solution” (indicated by a green checkbox), the topic will close automatically. Please don’t mark replies that are irrelevant to the question being asked as the solution. Otherwise, this may cause issues and leave the question unsolved.

Forum Navigation

Click here to learn more about the forum.


Home Screen

This is the screen you are greeted with once you enter the forum’s home page. It can be used to see the latest topics, new and unread topics, and the top topics over a selected period of time. You can also see who’s online at the moment under the advertisement.


In this section of the forum, you will see all the latest topics created. You can sort by the following:

  • Replies
  • Views
  • Activity

Click once to see topics with the most of that statistic.
Click twice to see topics with the least of that statistic.


In this section, you will see new topics that you have not seen yet. To dismiss, click Dismiss New.


In this section, you will see topics that you have seen, but not fully read yet. To dismiss, click Dismiss…


In this section, you will see topics that have had the most activity for the selected time period. Click the time selector to change the trending topics for that time period.


While reading posts, you will notice that you can do a few things here:

To like a post, click the thumbs up icon.
To react to a post, hover over the like button, than select the reaction you want.
If you want to share a link to a topic/post, click the link button.
If you want to save a post for later, bookmark it.


If the post is NASTY, flag it. It can be helpful to staff to flag it.

You can personal message the user about their post, flag it for the violation that you think is needed, or flag it for staff attention.


Checking for notifications

Click on the user profile on the top right corner, you will see your forum notifications.

Filtering notifications

If you do not wish to be heard about a topic or want to hear more about it, you can change this setting at the bottom (or on the side)

Other users

When you click a user, you will see this usercard:


To follow a user, press the Follow Button. You will receive notifications from this user now.

Direct messages

Press chat to start a direct, personal chat with another user. You will be brought to an interface and from there you can chat with others.

Ignoring/muting users

To ignore a user, go to their profile page, press the Normal button below:
Than you may wish to ignore or mute a user.

Activities on the forum

Here are some fun things that you can do on the IO Games forum:

  • Compete in The Great Forum Battles (organized by @Hamm)
  • Compete in ArtBattle (organized by @frumpy)
  • Compete in The Siege of Stories (organized by @_MV_UN_Faraway_Flame)
  • Compete in the Swordbattle olympics (organised by @Yutong)
  • Campaign in The Forum Election (organized by @Hue)
  • Participate in Swordbattle World Map (organized by @Hue and @SHINOBISLAYER)
  • Compete in the Star Of The Forum Battle (Organized by @3RG3R)

If you have any questions regarding these activities or wish to sign up, please contact the users that I have mentioned above.

Additional Forum Guides

Sidebar Guide by @twofoursixeight:

Chat guide:

Guide to Trust Levels:


By participating in this forum for long enough, you will gain trust levels and badges. Badges are rewarded when you earn a trust level / do a specific action. These are rewards for contributing to our forum. By doing this, it shows you are a supported member of the community. :grinning:


nice guide! i read it all


You could have a section on how to format a topic to make it stand out, and make bold, italic, big, and small text.

Fun stuff like that.


I think we should make a post called “a newbie’s guide to swordbattle” and it would essentially give them helpful tips and pointers. We could have a main post, and link other, in depth posts about a specific subject!
Some ideas- A newbie’s guide to PvP, A newbie’s guide to grinding, A newbie’s guide to game mechanics, and so on so forth!


I really like this!


ahem painting ahem movie ahem


You still have a grudge


Jeez you really hate painting Dont you


Yes, absolutley


Yes, Absolutley


this is nice!


Aw thanks, I’m glad you like it!


25 days latter XD


Hey Shadow, I think you should add something about the lounge category.


Done! I have also included a section about activities on the forum


change this to slap


no, it’s manage

Slap ia art, manage is skins


oh ok


can you make this a wiki so people who have things to add can?