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  • BBCode Guide

    BBCode allows you to specify formatting rules for your text, even if you are not allowed to use HTML in your posts. BBCode originated from the forum software named PHPBB, and this site has a special implementation of it.

    In BBCode terms, you use "tags" to add formatting to your text. Every tag is enclosed in [ and ] brackets. If you want to mark some region in your text, you need to use an opening tag and a closing tag. Closing tags start with [/, as you will see in the examples below. If you mistype a tag or forget to close it, you will not get the desired formatting.

    Simple text formatting

    BBCode allows you to make some parts of your texts stand out from the context by adding [b]old, [i]talic, [u]nderlined and [s]trikeout formatting to them. The [color], [size] and [font] tags allow you to change the color, size and font of portions of the text you enclose with these tags. Both require a parameter (which colour, how big, what font) that is suffixed to the name of the tag by an equals sign (example below). You should not repeat the parameter in the closing tag!

    You can specify any recognized color name (red, blue, green, white, etc.) or a hexadecimal color value (#CDCDCD, #FFFFFF, etc.) as the parameter of a [color] tag. The [size] tag allows you to set the font size between 6 and 48, 6 being the smallest size. Note that using very large text is considered by many to be annoying, and it is seldom a good idea to try to attract more attention to your post in this way. The [font] tag can be set to any valid font face, such as Arial, Arial Black, Courier, Courier New, Helvetica, Impact, Times New Roman, Verdana, etc.

    I [b]need to do[/b] this by the weekend I need to do this by the weekend
    John said that [i]we should[/i] ask her John said that we should ask her
    I [u]would not like to[/u] offend you I would not like to offend you
    Let's correct this [s]mispelled[/s] misspelled word Let's correct this mispelled misspelled word
    Jane was at [color=blue]the coast[/color] Jane was at the coast
    Joe was in [color=#FF0000]the forest[/color] Joe was in the forest
    You said: [size=30]HEY![/size] You said: HEY!
    She said: [font=Courier]What?[/font] She said: What?

    Creating links

    You have multiple options to specify links to other destinations in your posts.

    URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) starting with "www" or "ftp" (eg. are automatically recognized and replaced with links. You can also use the [url] tag with a parameter to specify a link with meaningful text to click on. If you use the url tag without the parameter, the enclosed text is assumed to be a URL, and a link is created to that destination.

    Email addresses in posts are also automatically converted to email links. For compatibility with common BBCode implementations, an [email] tag is provided.

    For more examples, visit For more examples, visit
    For more examples, visit For more examples, visit
    If you have questions ask me at If you have questions ask me at
    If you have questions ask me at [email][/email] If you have questions ask me at
    We use [url=]the example site[/url] in these examples We use the example site in these examples
    We use [url][/url] in these examples We use in these examples

    Displaying images

    The [img] tag allows you to display an image in your post. You need to specify a URL to the image, so it needs to be accessible somewhere on the internet. Beware of adding very large images to your text, or the page will load very slowly!

    If you enclose a URL in an [img] tag, then it will be replaced with code to display the image. For example A good screenshot: [img][/img] will show you the screenshot (if it exists).

    You can also specify the desired display dimensions of the image by adding a dimension parameter to the [img] tag. A good screenshot: [img=640x480][/img] will display the image in 640x480 (though the full image will be downloaded). Do not use this to show a thumbnail of an image!

    You are free to link an image to an external destination by enclosing the [img] tag with a [url] tag: See [url=][img][/img][/url].

    Ordered and unordered lists

    The simplest list type is the unordered list, which means that there is no numbering applied to the elements. You can make such a list by enclosing the list elements in [list] opening and closing tags. Specify the start of one element with the [*] list element marker, which has no closing tag pair.

    To create an ordered list, you should add a parameter to the [list] list tag specifying what type of ordered list you would like to see. The possible parameters are "i", "I", "1", "a", "A", "c", "d" and "s" which all correspond to the display of the first list element.

    I love
    I love
    • Oranges
    • Apples
    • Bananas
    I love
    I love
    1. Oranges
    2. Apples
    3. Bananas
    I love
    I love
    1. Oranges
    2. Apples
    3. Bananas

    Fixed-width text and block formatting

    You can use the [code] tag to add an inline fixed-width formatted part or to add a block of (usually program) code. If there is any newline present between the opening and closing tags, then a block will be displayed.

    Similarly, the [php] tag can be used to post PHP code. PHP code will automatically be syntax highlighted for easier readability.

    Edit your [code]robots.txt[/code] file Edit your robots.txt file
    An HTML title example:
     <title>Page Title</title>
    An HTML title example:
     <title>Page Title</title>
    Some PHP code:
    function hello()
      echo "Hello World!";
    Some PHP code:
    function hello()
    "Hello World!";

    Text and block alignment

    You can also set the alignment of the text by using [left], [right] and [center] tags. The [float] tag can be used to place floating boxes in the text (especially handy for images). You can specify the direction of the floating with [float=left] and [float=right]. The [justify] tag can be used justify text on both sides of the page.

    Other supported tags

    It is possible to quote something that has already been posted, by just putting [quote][/quote] tags around it. To quote a specific person, use something like [quote=John]. Quote tags can be nested.

    The [sub] and [sup] tags can be used to add subscript and superscript text. For example, H[sub]2[/sub]O gives H2O, while X[sup]3[/sup] gives X3.

    The [acronym] tag allow you to identify text as an acronym and provide a description when users move their mouse over the tag. For example, [acronym=Structured Query Language]SQL[/acronym] produces SQL.

    The [abbr] tag allow you to identify text as an abbreviation and provide a description when users move their mouse over the tag. For example, [abbr=World Wide Web]WWW[/abbr] produces WWW.

    The [notag] tags prevent text inside the tags from being parsed. This allows you to give examples of BBcode and not have it converted to HTML. For example: [notag]These [b]tags[/b] are not rendered[/notag] will produce "These [b]tags[/b] are not rendered".

    The [hr] tag draws a horizontal line across the page. Handy for separating chunks of text.

    Using multiple formatting tags

    You can apply more than one formatting specification to a portion of some text. I was at [b][i]the coast[/i][/b] will be rendered as I was at the coast.

    Make sure that you take care of the proper order of the opening and closing tags. You should close the tags in the opposite order in which you opened them. Otherwise you might get very strange rendering results. Also check your post with the preview function before submitting it, in case there are formatting errors due to improper BBCode usage.

  • LEGO Filter Guide

    LEGO part codes.

    Use [part:XXXXX] where XXXXX is part number. Part image will display with default color.

    For part with color, use any of the following:

    • [part:XXXXX color:YYYY]
    • [part:XXXXX colour:YYYY]
    • [part:XXXXX; YYYY]
    • [part:XXXXX, YYYY]

    where XXXXX is part number and YYYY is color name or number from the following list:

    Color IDColor nameLEGO nameAlternative namesSample
    0BlackBlackMetallic Black, MET.BLACK, CONDUCT. BLACK 
    1BlueBright BlueBR.BLUE, Metallic Bright Blue, MET. BR. BLUE 
    2GreenDark greenMetallic_Dark_Green, DK.GREEN, Metallic Dark Green, MET. DK. GREEN 
    3Dark TurquoiseBright bluish greenDark_Turquoise, teal, BR.BLUEGREEN 
    4RedBright redMetallic_Bright_Red, BR.RED, Metallic Bright Red, MET. BR. RED 
    5Dark PinkBright PurpleDark_Pink, dkpink, BR. PURPLE 
    6BrownSand Yellow Metallicoldbrown, MET. EAR.ORA, Earth Orange, EARTH-ORA 
    7Light GrayGreyLight_Gray, oldgray 
    8Dark GrayDark greyDark_Gray, olddkgray, DK.GREY 
    9Light BlueLight blueLight_Blue, ltblue 
    10Bright GreenBright GreenBright_Green, btgreen, BR.GREEN 
    11Light TurquoiseMed. bluish greenLight_Turquoise, ltteal, MD.BL-GREEN 
    12SalmonBrick Red 
    14YellowBright yellowBR.YEL 
    17Light GreenLight greenLight_Green, ltgreen, L.GREEN 
    18Light YellowLight yellowLight_Yellow, ltyellow 
    19TanBrick yellowBRICK-YEL 
    20Light VioletLight bluish violetLight_Violet, ltviolet, L.BLUEVIOL 
    21Glow In Dark OpaquePhosp. WhiteGlow_In_Dark_Opaque, Glow in the Dark Opaque, glowinthedark, PHOS.WHITE 
    22PurpleBright violetBR. VIOLET 
    23Dark Blue-VioletDark Royal blueDark_Blue_Violet, dkroyalblue, DK. R.BLUE 
    25OrangeBright orangeBR.ORANGE 
    26MagentaBright reddish violetBR.RED-VIOL. 
    27LimeBr. yellowish greenBR.YEL-GREEN 
    28Dark TanSand yellowDark_Tan, dktan 
    29Bright PinkLight PurpleBright_Pink, btpink, LGH. PURPLE 
    30Medium LavenderMedium LavenderMedium_Lavender, mdlavender, MEDIUM LAVENDEL 
    32Trans-Black IR LensTrans_Black_IR_Lens 
    33Trans-Dark BlueTr. BlueTrans_Dark_Blue, Transparent Dark Blue, trblue, TR.BLUE 
    34Trans-GreenTr. GreenTrans_Green, Transparent Green, trgreen, TR.GREEN 
    35Trans-Bright GreenTransparent Bright Yellowish GreenTrans_Bright_Green, Transparent Bright Green, trbtgreen, TR. BR. YEL GR, Transparent Bright Green, TR. BR. GREEN 
    36Trans-RedTr. RedTrans_Red, Transparent Red, trred, TR.RED 
    40Trans-BlackTr. BrownTrans_Black, Transparent Black, smoke, TR.BROWN 
    41Trans-Light BlueTr. Lg blueTR.L.BLUE, 1.MULT, Transparent Light Blue, Trans_Medium_Blue, trltblue 
    42Trans-Neon GreenTr. Flu. GreenTrans_Neon_Green, Transparent Neon Green, trneongreen, TR.FL.GREEN 
    43Trans-Very Lt BlueTransparent Light Bluish GreenTrans_Light_Blue, Transparent Very Light Blue, triceblue, TR. LGH. BL. GR 
    45Trans-Dark PinkTr. Medi. reddish violetTrans_Dark_Pink, Transparent Dark Pink, trpink, TR.ML.R.VIOL 
    46Trans-YellowTr. YellowTrans_Yellow, Transparent Yellow, tryellow, trltyellow, TR.YEL 
    47Trans-ClearTransparentTrans_Clear, clear, TR. 
    52Trans-PurpleTr. Bright bluish violetTrans_Purple, Transparent Purple, trpurple, TR.KL.BL.VIO, TR. BR. RED. LI 
    54Trans-Neon YellowTransparent Fluorescent YellowTrans_Neon_Yellow, Transparent Neon Yellow, trpeach 
    57Trans-Neon OrangeTr. Flu. Reddish orangeTrans_Neon_Orange, Transparent Neon Reddish Orange, trneonorange, TR.FL.REDORA 
    60Chrome Antique BrassChrome Brass, Chrome_Antique_Brass, chromebrass 
    61Chrome BlueChrome_Blue, chromeblue 
    62Chrome GreenChrome_Green, chromegreen 
    63Chrome PinkChrome_Pink, chromepink 
    64Chrome BlackChrome_Black, chromeblack 
    68Very Light OrangeLight Yellowish OrangeVery_Light_Orange, paleorange 
    69Light PurpleBright Reddish LilacLight_Purple, ltpurple, btpurple, BR. RED. LILAC 
    70Reddish BrownReddish BrownReddish_Brown, redbrown, RED. BROWN 
    71Light Bluish GrayMedium stone greyLight_Bluish_Gray, Medium Stone Gray, mdstone, MED. ST-GREY, LBG, Light Bley, LtBley, Bley 
    72Dark Bluish GrayDark stone greyDark_Bluish_Gray, Dark Stone Gray, dkstone, DK. ST. GREY, DBG, Dark Bley, DkBley 
    73Medium BlueMedium blueMedium_Blue, mdblue, MD.BLUE 
    74Medium GreenMedium greenMedium_Green, mdgreen, MD.GREEN 
    75Speckle Black-CopperCOP. DIF.Speckle_Black_Copper, Speckle Black Copper, blackcopperglitter 
    76Speckle DBGray-SilverSpeckle Gray, Speckle_Dark_Bluish_Gray_Silver, dkstoneglitter 
    77Light PinkLight PinkLight_Pink, parapink, ltpink 
    78Light FleshLight NougatLight_Flesh, ltflesh, L.NOUGAT 
    79Milky WhiteNatureMilky_White, Translucent White, trluwhite 
    80Metallic SilverC.SILVER, DR. LMetallic_Silver, metallicsilver, C.SILVER, SILVER INK 
    81Metallic GreenLemon MetallicMetallic_Green, metallicgreen 
    82Metallic GoldW.GOLD, DR.LA.Metallic_Gold, metallicgold, GOLD INK 
    84Medium Dark FleshMedium NougatMedium_Dark_Flesh, mddkflesh, M. NOUGAT 
    85Dark PurpleMedium LilacDark_Purple, mdlilac, M. LILAC 
    86Dark FleshBROWNDark_Flesh, dkflesh 
    89Royal BlueR. BLUEBlue_Violet 
    100Light SalmonLight redLight_Salmon, ltsalmon 
    110VioletBright Bluish VioletBR.BLUEVIOL, LILAC 
    112Blue-VioletMedium Bluish VioletMedium_Violet, Royal Blue, royalblue, ML.BLUEVIOL 
    114Glitter Trans-Dark PinkTr. Medium Reddish-Violet w. Glitter 2%Glitter_Trans_Dark_Pink, Transparent Pink Glitter, trpinkglitter, TR.M.R.V.GLI 
    115Medium LimeMed. yellowish greenMedium_Lime, mdlime, MD.YEL-GREEN 
    117Glitter Trans-ClearTransparent GlitterGlitter_Trans_Clear, clearglitter, TR.W.GLITTER 
    118AquaLight bluish greenL.BLUE-GREEN 
    120Light LimeLig. yellowish greenLight_Lime, ltlime, L.YEL-GREEN 
    125Light OrangeLight_Orange, ltorange 
    129Glitter Trans-PurpleTr. Bright Bluish Violet w. Glitter 2%Glitter_Trans_Purple, Transparent Purple Glitter, trpurpleglitter, TR.BR.BL.V.G 
    132Speckle Black-SilverBlack GlitterSpeckle_Black_Silver, Speckle Black, blackglitter, CO.SILVER DIF 
    133Speckle Black-GoldSpeckle Black Gold, Speckle_Black_Gold 
    134CopperCopperpearlcopper, RED. GOLD, COPPER INK, COPPER, DR.LA. 
    135Pearl Light GraySilver flip/flopPearl_Light_Gray, pearlltgray, SILVER, Cool silver, Cool silver, Silver 
    137Metal BlueSand blue metallicMetal_Blue, Metallic Blue, pearlblue, MET.SAND.BLU 
    142Pearl Light GoldGoldPearl_Light_Gold, pearlltgold 
    143Trans-Medium BlueTr. Flu. BlueTransparent Medium Blue, trmdblue, TR.FL. BLUE 
    148Pearl Dark GrayTitanium MetallicMetallic_Black, Pearl_Dark_Gray, Metallic_Dark_Gray, pearldkgray, TITAN. METAL., Mettalic Dark Grey, MET.DK.GREY 
    150Pearl Very Light GrayPearl_Very_Light_Grey, pearlvlgray 
    151Very Light Bluish GrayLight stone greyVery_Light_Bluish_Gray, Light Stone Gray, ltstone, LGH. ST. GREY 
    158Yellowish GreenSpring Yellow GreenSPR. YELL. GREE 
    178Flat Dark GoldGold MetallicFlat_Dark_Gold, pearldkgold, MET.SAND.YEL 
    179Flat SilverSilver MetallicFlat_Silver, pearlsilver, SILVER MET. 
    182Trans-OrangeTr. Bright OrangeTrans_Orange, Transparent Orange, trdkorange, TR. BR. ORANGE 
    183Pearl WhiteMetallic WhitePearl_White, Pearlescent, pearlescent, MET. WHITE 
    191Bright Light OrangeFlame yellowish orangeBright_Light_Orange, btltorange, FL. YELL-ORA 
    212Bright Light BlueLight Royal blueBright_Light_Blue, ltroyalblue, btltblue, LGH. ROY. BLUE 
    226Bright Light YellowCool YellowBright_Light_Yellow, coolyellow, COOL YEL. 
    230Trans-PinkTR. BR. PURPLETrans_Pink, Transparent Pink, trltpink