(Greetings Punter! Brother Burrito here, live from the helpdesk at our Bangalore bureau).

Here are the commonest problems new users have on this site:

  • How do I write a comment here? I’m sick of just reading all this stuff! -Stay tuned.
  • Why can’t I have a witty display name above my posts, like “More tea, Vicar?” instead of “loginattempt94dammit”. -Well, now you can. See below.
  • How do I get a pretty picture by my name, instead of a startled space invader, so I can be easily recognised and adored, even by the illiterate? -Answer coming soon.

Firstly, does this video portray your current situation?

Yes? Then relax, you are in the right place. (That was a video of Mundabor, at work)

To post a comment, click on the Login button in the black bar beneath our banner picture. WordPress will ask you for your username and  password. If you don’t have these yet, WordPress will take you through setting up a new account. Don’t worry about choosing a clever username yet, anything you can remember will do.

Now that you are logged in, if you post straightaway, your ugly username, just set up, will appear next to your literary masterpiece, and spoil the whole danged thing. You need to set your Display Name! Go to the grey bar at the very top of the screen, click “My Account”, and choose “Edit Profile”. Choose “My Profile” from the choices in the left hand panel, and edit the box “Display name publicly as”. The rest is up to you. £5 for the first person to post as “More tea, Vicar?”

Pretty pictures can be obtained by going to the box, called “Current Gravatar”, near the top right of that screen you have just been on, . Click the link below the electrocuted space invader, and follow their instructions. The key to success is to register the same email address with Gravatar, as you did with WordPress.

Please post any further help queries in the comment box below.

Just to annoy you further, I shall end with that meerkat cliche: Simples!


P.S. WordPress support simple html tags / codes. Here is the link to the table of the most basic html tags, you can use them to paste an image in your comment.


22 Responses to Help!

  1. Mimi says:

    Hi BB. How does one upload a picture (not for avatar)?


  2. Brother Burrito says:

    At the moment, you have to be a member of the Blog User group.
    I will look into getting you into that. Give me some time, please


  3. Mimi says:

    No, that’s ok, BB, don’t worry about it; it’s not important. I just had a notion of uploading an amusing jpeg of “Norn Iron Man” in honour of the Glorious Twelfth!

    (I do hope you’re a fan of Marvel Comics too?)


  4. Brother Burrito says:

    Asking everybody,

    Several commenters have asked how to do smileys.
    Could a smiley expert give a brief list of keystrokes for these.
    I only know semicolon close bracket 😉


  5. Caroline says:

    To make the following Smileys use the punctuation as stated, but with NO spaces. It will translate into the Smiley shown:

    : – ) colon, dash, parenthesis
    Standard Smiley (you are joking; satisfied) 🙂

    : ) colon, parenthesis
    Standard Smiley for lazy people 🙂

    ; – ) semi-colon, dash, parenthesis
    Winking Smiley. See above 😉

    : – ( colon, dash, parenthesis
    Sad Smiley. You aren’t joking; You are not satisfied 😦


  6. churchmouse says:

    Hello, everyone!

    Re smilies, WordPress has a page with all the expressions and associated keystrokes here:


  7. (X)MCCLXIII says:

    The links (supra) to RSS feeds don’t work. The URL


    should be

    (Mutatis mutandis for the comments feed.)


  8. firenze05 says:

    😉 that didn’t work but I’m pleased that at long last I now understand what those keystrokes were trying to achieve on so many of the Daily T’s blogs. Thanks for that.


  9. firenze05 says:

    it did work – howz that for a slow learner


  10. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    I want to use an avatar. I did what I think I was asked . I have read HELP.

    Yet I am now requested to open a Blog account. I dont want a blog. I only want an avatar.

    What can I do? What have I misunderstood.?


  11. joyfulpapist says:

    Wall Eyed Mr Whippy, go to, click on ‘Get your gravatar’ and sign up, using the same email address that you use to register here. They’ll send you an email – just follow it from there.

    Hope this helps.


  12. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Thanks JP . Will do. I admit to being a bit duff in this area. Can’t copy and paste, cant do much actually.


  13. Jacquelyn Taylor Baumberg says:

    Help! All of a sudden, since last Friday, 11th May 2013, nothing has arrived from C.P & S. Posts have been arriving at least once a day since around November 2010, and I am happy to receive them, because they are always interesting and worthwhile to read, and I have sometimes posted comments. Why have they suddenly stopped? Early this morning I wrote a note on the contact page asking for information but so far have received no reply of any kind. What do I do, please?


  14. kathleen says:

    Jacquelyn, sorry about your difficulties,
    Try checking your ‘spam’ folder. Sometimes subscription e-mails suddenly get thrown in there for some strange reason! Click into the link marked ‘Not spam’ and hopefully that will solve the problem. Let us know if it doesn’t , and we’ll try something else. 🙂


  15. Jacquelyn Taylor Baumberg says:

    Thank you very much, Kathleen, for responding and trying to help. I appreciate it very much. I really don’t know what has happened at all. A friend, who is more technologically capable than I am, came in a while ago and checked out my computer, and didn’t think there was anything here that was causing the problem. Could something have happened to the listing at your end and I have got left off it for some reason? Should I perhaps simply log in again? (It’s nearly 8:30 p.m. here, which means 1:30 a.m. in England, so don’t try answering this until tomorrow morning!)


  16. kathleen says:

    Dear Jacquelyn, so sorry about all these problems. I’ll try to get more computer savvy members of the Team to sort it out for you.


  17. Jacquelyn Taylor Baumberg says:

    Thank you very much, Kathleen. I appreciate your help. I’ll continue to look at things here as well in case there is something I’ve missed.


  18. Jacquelyn Taylor Baumberg says:

    Kathleen, thank you for your responses. This is just to let you know that I still haven’t received anything at all (Thursday, 16th May 2013). Perhaps I have been accidentally dropped off the mailing list? I would really appreciate it if this could be corrected. Thank you.


  19. Frere Rabit says:

    Great advice on smiley faces, but does anyone know how to do donkey kicks?

    (I occasionally get some very weird people commenting on my blog… mainly stalkers from Damian Thompson’s disaster area.)


  20. Brother Burrito says:

    Jacquelyn, Have you tried re-subscribing? I will do it for you. Tell me if it works.


  21. Jacquelyn Taylor Baumberg says:

    Posts have been arriving for the last two or three days. Thank you very much, Kathleen and Brother Burrito, for your help. I’m very glad to be back in touch. Happy Pentecost!


  22. The Road Not Taken says:

    I have just tried to respond to a post, but I dont see anything. I submitted my post and it just seemed tpo dissapear. I have posted many times before. Can anyone help >?


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