Frequently Asked Questions
Since I've gotten various questions about this site over the recent months, I figured I would put together a little FAQ...
After logging in successfully, click the link that reads, Write Blog Entry
You don't need to do anything directly. Rather, I read through all of the new posts every couple of days, and promote items which I think seem interesting or timely. It is acceptable to nominate posts made by others to be on the front page.
Well, only admins can put things on the front page, and I am currently the only person with administrative access here.
Something I'm investigating is a way to automate front-paging. For example, putting anything with a certain number of votes on the front page would be a pretty cool idea. But, since I run this site in my spare time and I only have so many hours in the day, it might be awhile. Any help is welcomed, though!
Here's how not to do it: send me an angry email demanding that I remove a post someone else wrote. For extra points, be sure to threaten legal action. That usually results in the threats being posted in public and ridiculed.
A better way of approaching the problem is to try reaching out to the poster directly. (registered users here can send private messages to each other) Also keep in mind that posting on this site works both ways--if you want to leave a comment on a post that you disagree with, stating why you feel the post is wrong/misguided/whatever, go for it! Being able to discuss and argue different viewpoints is how a free society is supposed to work.
One came from an individual who tried trolling a user here, and went bonkers after I subsequently banned his account.
One came from an elected official who was upset that a blogger linked to a newspaper article critical of them.
One came from a business that was unhappy because a blogger embedded a video from Blip.TV that they owned the copyright to. Rather than contact Blip.TV, they demanded I "remove the video from this site", even though the video wasn't hosted here.
Really, I can't make this stuff up.
One word: spammers.
Sorry about that.
You can always send me a private message, if you like.
Well, I'm a pretty good engineer, but not such a hot graphic designer. The good news is that the theming system in Drupal is a completely separate entity, and new themes can be "dropped in" to an existing site installation. Want to build/contribute a theme? Feel free!
Take a look at the editor toolbar:
To embed an image, click the image button circled above, then paste the URL of the image to embed. To edit that picture after it's included, click the picture itself, then click the picture icon to bring the image embedding dialogue back up. The recommended maximum image width is 500 pixels. Multiple images may be included in a post.
To embed a video or document, click the HTML button. This will bring up the raw HTML of your post. (it looks rather ugly, yes) Paste the embed code into that box, click the "Update" button, and that item will now be embedded.
A word of caution: our richtext editor isn't the most robust, and it may not work in all situations. Sorry about that. Please bug me if you need further assistance.
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