By , October 15, 2009 9:00 pm

Q. How do I add an avatar?

A. WordPress blogs use Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatars) to insert avatars into comments and posts. So how do you do it? Well, first you’ll want to go to http://www.gravatar.com and sign up. Make sure you use an e-mail address that you will sign into here with, because that’s how it knows how to attach your gravatar. Various blogs and other sites throughout the internet use Gravatars as well. So simply by attaching your avatar to an e-mail address, your avatar will automatically be used on any Gravatar supporting site that you login with that e-mail address with. Once you’re signed up on http://www.gravatar.com, be sure to add your avatar pic. It might take a few minutes to completely attach in posts.

Q. Hey Racki, do you look like your avatar pic?

A. Not a damn thing. For an explanation of the avatar, see below. However if you look closely in Steve-O’s avatar, you can actually pick him out. Sorry Steve-O.

Q. Just what does “Putting on the Foil” mean?

A. The site name comes from the epic hockey movie “Slapshot“. If you haven’t seen it yet, then you need to get your butt to the video store. The hockey players taped foil on their hands to give them an advantage in a fight.

For the record, we have absolutely no affiliation with the movie Slapshot, the Carlson brothers, David Hanson, or Steve Carlson Hockey. We make no money here, so hopefully these guys won’t make any attempt to sue our poor asses for having a name from a Slapshot movie phrase (completely coincidence, of course…..). If you’re looking for merchandise from those folks, get it from them personally on their site.

Q. Ok, so what do your screen names mean?

A. Well, Steve-O is pretty unoriginal. So you can guess where his name comes from. Trogdor is a character from Homestar Runner, he is a creation of the character Strong Bad. As for Racki, Racki is a character from the much less epic 80’s hockey movie Youngblood. He was the antagonist of the movie – Carl Racki of the goon for the Thunderbay Bombers. Racki’s avatar is an actual picture of the character in the movie. I recommend it as a rental for cheap laughs, but back in the day the movie was awesome (another childhood memory ruined when I caught this one on TV recently).

Q. I don’t respect people that don’t use their real names! I demand to know who you are! Rawwwrr!
A.We had kept our real names a secret because unlike many of the big names out there… we don’t write about the Oilers for a living. We have real jobs, and sometimes things we may write on here interfere with the real world life. Getting fired from the only thing that pays me money isn’t exactly something I’m wanting, however my real name is Chris Stoochnoff, and I go by Racki in the blog/internet world. There, you have it. Now you can respect me again. 😉 I keep the original screen name though when posting just because it’s what people know me by (think Lowetide), and also I don’t need to draw any more attention to who I am from people who aren’t my readership or the subject of an article, if you get my drift. Believe it or not, we didn’t choose to remain anonymous because we’re scared to link what we say about someone to our names. We’d happily tell someone is an idiot to their face. 😉

Anyways, Steve-O and Trogdor will remain anonymous though until they choose to reveal their names, in order to protect themselves from their mean old bosses.

Q. How do I add links, images, and change text formatting?

A. Putting On The Foil supports some BB Code:

[b] (text goes here) [/b] – tags bold something
[i] (text goes here) [/i] – add italics
[u] (text goes here) [/u] – adds underline
[img=”URL goes here”] – adds an image
[url=”URL goes here”]Displayed Text[/url] – adds a link
For a bulleted list:
[li]Text 1[/li]
[li]Text 2[/li]
[li]Text 3[/li]
[color=red]Red Text[/color]
[color=FF6600] Colored Text[/color]
Q. How do I add emoticons / smilees to my post?
A. Refer to this chart here:

Have a question you want answered? Either send an e-mail to contact@puttingonthefoil.com or use the “contact us” selection from the site menu, under help.

10 Responses to “FAQ”

  1. Mr.Majestyk says:

    cheap shot on Patrick Swayze!

  2. Racki says:


    Most people won’t get that, but that’s hilarious. 😛

  3. Mr.Majestyk says:

    I’m just trying to get my photo up from Gravatar and its not seeming to work. I cleared my cache so hopefully that works now. I’m just an invisible man here.

    Ok. Working now.

  4. victoriaoilerfan says:

    Mr.Majestyk: I’m just trying to get my photo up from Gravatar and its not seeming to work. I cleared my cache so hopefully that works now. I’m just an invisible man here.Ok. Working now.

    testing my gravatar as well

  5. victoriaoilerfan says:

    victoriaoilerfan: testing my gravatar as well

    Now for a dumb question. How do I use emotes on this site? I don’t have a toolbar for bolding as well?

  6. gr8one says:

    You just gotta “code” the emoticons properly, refer to the following link.


    As far as “bolding” goes, you gotta code that as wel, but not sure what what that code is since I’ve never tried to do it.

  7. Racki says:

    Yah, a bit of a pain in the butt to add that sort of stuff. But you can use some BBCode here now (note: remove spacing in tags):

    [ b ] (text goes here) [ /b ] tags bold something
    [ i ] (text goes here) [ /i ] add italics
    [ u ] (text goes here) [ /u ] adds underline
    [ img=”URL goes here” ] adds an image
    [ url=”URL goes here” ] adds a link

    For a bulleted list:
    [ ul ]
    [ li ]Text 1[ /li ]
    [ li ]Text 2[ /li ]
    [ li ]Text 3[ /li ]
    [ /ul ]

    [ color=red ]Red Text[ /color ]
    [ color=FF6600 ] Colored Text[ /color ]

    The help section above has been updated to include all this information now.

  8. gr8one says:

    lol…I wish I had of realized that it was as simple as using BBCode for some of those things…

  9. Racki says:

    hah, don’t worry, it’s actually brand new (I just installed a plug-in). The only way (as far as I know) for you regular folks to add that stuff before was to comment first, and then edit the comment after (which gives you a whole toolbar of stuff to use). God only knows why WordPress designed it that way.

  10. victoriaoilerfan says:

    victoriaoilerfan wrote:

    victoriaoilerfan: testing my gravatar as well
    Now for a dumb question. How do I use emotes on this site? I don’t have a toolbar for bolding as well?


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