So you want a Flag Counter, but not sure where to start?
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Many of us geeks have placed a flag counter in our profile. What exactly do they do you ask? From the flagcounter website:

'Add our free counter to any webpage and collect flags from all over the world. Every time someone from a new country visits your site, a flag will be added to your counter. Not only will this make your site far more interesting, but clicking on your Flag Counter will reveal amazing information and charts!'

Here's what my current flag counters look like:







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has even set up a thread where many of us 'flaggers' socialize and 'visit' each other - Flag Counter Users Unite.

Feel free to drop in to gain a wide collection of new flags.

If still interested in establishing your very own flag counter(s), then continue ahead!
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1. Board Game: The Flag Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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First off, you'll need to access the flagcounter website:

http://s10.flagcounter.com/
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2. Board Game: Signs Up [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
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To start off, we're gonna keep things simple, so keep the default values and click on the "Get Your Flags Counter" button.

Don't worry, we'll show you how to modify your flag counter a little later.

I recommend adding your email address at the prompt so you have YOUR flag counter code in case you accidentally erase it during copy and pastes, or other possible mishaps. But it isn't necessary.

After you've Entered your email or Skipped, you're codes will appear.

Copy the entire entry in the 'Code for Forums'.

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3. Board Game: Profiles The Biography Guessing Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Jeff Jackson
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Now you've got this string of text but what to do with it?

Let's add it to your profile. Obviously, you'll need to get to your profile page (I certainly hope you know how to do that), if not it's under the My Geek tab near the top of the screen.

For those of you who haven't updated your profile, you'll want to click on the pencil in the "User Profile for 'your username'".

Then simply paste the text you copied into your chosen place of your profile.

Hit Submit and Voila! Instant flag counter.
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4. Board Game: Change! [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:9827]
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Now it's time to modify your flag counter to your liking.

To do so, you'll need to understand a bit of how the flagcounter is coded.

Here is an example code (Note that I've added spaces after each slash to prevent the counter from showing, then the counter below is how it appears as a flag counter):

[ URL=http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FFFFFF/ txt_000000/ border_CCCCCC/ columns_2/ maxflags_12/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]




Let's breakdown each part:

1) The top line is simply your personal url link - notice the kKcz? that is my personal user code. Yours will be something different. This is why I recommended using your email when getting your flag code, so this unique code won't get lost.

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5. Board Game: Great States! [Average Rating:4.19 Unranked]
Jeff Jackson
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2) The s10 in front of flagcounter designates the counter being of world flags. You can change the s10 to states or canada if you'd like to track the US States and or Canadian provinces. Most people will add a 2nd counter for these. Most peeps simply copy their world flag counter, paste it directly below, then replace both 's10''s with 'states', repeat the process but with 'canada' if you'd also like your counter to display Canadian provinces.

[ URL=http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FFFFFF/ txt_000000/ border_CCCCCC/ columns_2/ maxflags_12/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// states.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// states.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FFFFFF/ txt_000000/ border_CCCCCC/ columns_2/ maxflags_12/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FFFFFF/ txt_000000/ border_CCCCCC/ columns_2/ maxflags_12/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]







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6. Board Game: Count Your Blessings [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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3) The count determines what type of display you see. For this purpose, we're going to keep it at 'count', but you can play around with the other options such as 'map' on your own.
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7. Board Game: Color Match [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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4), 5), and 6) All three of these refer to hex code colors for the background, text, and border, respectively.

The defaults are fine for many, but customizing these colors, I think, give your counter that little extra extra oomph. You may note that my background is yellow, same as my game pieces color of choice

There are plenty of ways to learn the 6-digit hex code color for a specific color - google (or your favorite search engine) is your friend!

[ URL=http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FF33FF/ txt_CCC000/ border_CCCC11/ columns_2/ maxflags_12/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// states.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// states.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_F5B800/ txt_002EBB/ border_8FFF1F/ columns_2/ maxflags_12/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_4D6633/ txt_010001/ border_AFCAAF/ columns_2/ maxflags_12/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]





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8. Board Game: Size Matters [Average Rating:4.93 Unranked]
Jeff Jackson
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7) and 8) Columns and max flags should be self-explanatory, but just in case:

The columns # will be the maximum number of columns to be used on your counter. Sometimes, the counter will not use the max, if it deems a 'prettier' view by using a lower number of columns. Most counters I've ssen use 5 or 6 columns.

The max flags # simply states the most amount of flags able to be viewed. Admittedly, I don't know if there is a reason why you wouldn't simply put the max of 248 for each other than redundancy? Maybe an expert in the field will chime in?


[ URL=http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FF33FF/ txt_CCC000/ border_CCCC11/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// states.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// states.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_F5B800/ txt_002EBB/ border_8FFF1F/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_4D6633/ txt_010001/ border_AFCAAF/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_0/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]





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9. Board Game: Build For The Title [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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9) Now, we're to the title of your hoopy (yep, stolen from our very own gameguru - don't know the definition of hoopy, just ask him) new flagcounter. The default is 0 for 'Visitor', but you can jazz yours up by adding a clever title like Countries, Geeks of the World, or Worldly Geeks. It's important to NOT use spaces between words. Rather use a + as a space. So Geeks+of+the+World would be Geeks of the World.


[ URL=http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FF33FF/ txt_CCC000/ border_CCCC11/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_Geeks+of+the+World/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// states.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// states.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_F5B800/ txt_002EBB/ border_8FFF1F/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_Geeks+in+the+States/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_4D6633/ txt_010001/ border_AFCAAF/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_Geeks+in+Canada/ labels_0/ pageviews_0/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]





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10. Board Game: Identity Crisis [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
Jeff Jackson
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10) and 11) These are binary choices - either 0 or 1. 0 indicates no and 1 indicates yes.

Label - If you would like a label next to your flag helping identify it, then use 1. Or if you'd rather not have the 2-letter code then opt for 0.

Pageviews - Same as above. If present, the page views will display the number of times your counter has been viewed in the lower left-hand corner.


[ URL=http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// s10.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_FF33FF/ txt_CCC000/ border_CCCC11/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_Geeks+of+the+World/ labels_1/ pageviews_1/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// states.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// states.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_F5B800/ txt_002EBB/ border_8FFF1F/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_Geeks+in+the+States/ labels_1/ pageviews_1/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]

[ URL=http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ more/ kKcz]
[ IMG]http:// canada.flagcounter.com/ count/ kKcz/ bg_4D6633/ txt_010001/ border_AFCAAF/ columns_6/ maxflags_248/ viewers_Geeks+in+Canada/ labels_1/ pageviews_1/ flags_0/[/ IMG][/ URL]





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Jeff Jackson
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OK, one time Randy Beaman had to take baths with his brother. So one time his little brother took a potty in the bathtub .....and now Randy Beaman gets to take showers alone. 'K, bye.
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One time, OK, see, one time Randy Beaman's little brother ate Pop Rocks and drank a soda at the same time and his head exploded! 'K, bye.
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Finally, you've got your own spiffy and shiny new flag counter(s) proudly on display.

Feel free to introduce yourself to the Flag Counter thread and be prepared for many visitors. Don't worry, we don't intrude, we just drop by to offer a quick flag

Just click the link above to get started.

Note - it's also polite to thumb and visit others.

Hope you enjoy the flags received from other geeks from around the world!
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