What are...?


  1. ... page comments
  2. ... page categories
  3. ... page tags
  4. ... tag clouds
  5. ... page rankings / ratings
  6. ... page histories
  7. ... discussion forums
  8. ... permanent links


1. Page comments
You can leave opinions and feedback about a page without having to edit the actual page content by using the 'Comment' controls. Feedback appears in the comments section towards the bottom of the page. To view these you can click on the 'show comments' link to expand the section and make them visible. As each successive user adds further comments, these build into an expandable / collapsable comment thread. All page comment threads are also automatically collected in a sub section of the Discussion forums where you can browse them as a standard forum group.

Find out about how to add comments to a page.


2. Page categories
Page categories play an important role determining the templates and styles that are applied to pages. They also help to define how pages feature in summary links lists and tag clouds. For more information about page categories see How are pages arranged?.


3. Page tags
You can assign tags to any page using the Tag part of the page controls which appear near the bottom of each page. Tags should be important keywords that help to define and describe a page based on it's content. The tags given to a page appear as a list of links at the base of the center content section of the page. Clicking on the tag links will take you to a page listing all pages that have been tagged with that same keyword. Tags are also used to generate Tag clouds (see below).

Find out about how to add tags to a page.


4. Tag clouds
The keyword Tags that you assign to pages are used to form Tag clouds. These appear in some tabbed navigation menus throughout the site. A tag cloud collects the most frequently used tags, and displays them in a style according to frequency of use - larger and bolder tags represent more frequently used tags. Each tag in the cloud is a link, and if you click on one you will see a page with a list of links to all pages that have been associated with that keyword tag. Pages that have been assigned with common tags therefore maintain a lose association with each other and help to provide a means of 'themed' browsing or navigation.

A tag cloud may summarise tags accross the whole site or be restricted purely to tags assigned to pages in a single category within the site - for example including only tags associated with blog posts in the blog category.


5. Page rankings / ratings
If you feel that the content of a specific page is well presented, very informative or particlularly useful or topical, then you can rank the page using the 'Rate' part of the page controls which appear near the base of each page. You can only apply a positive rating to a page. The number of positive ratings is displayed next to the page rate option link in parentheses. Page ratings are also used in some summary links menus which collate a list of links to the highest rated pages, for example the highest ranked blog posts. If you rank pages then you are contributing to the generation of a form of collaboratively generated 'popular' browsing.

Find out about how to rank a page.


6. Page histories
Changes made to each page in the site are recorded as part of that pages history. The history can be viewed using the 'History' part of the page controls which appear at the bottom of each page. When you click on this you will see a list of the different versions of the page that have been edited since the page was first created. You will also see a range of tools that let you view the page (either rendered on screen or as source code), or view the changes that have been applied in each revision, compare versions, or revert the current 'live' version to an earlier one.


7. Discussion forums
The discussion foums are a great place for engaging in dialogue with representatives from the Census offices and other members of the Census community. You can comment on or ask questions about the content and issues raised in the blog or wiki pages, or any other topic about Census output that may not yet have been covered. You can make suggestions for future blog topics, provide links to other relavent Census websites that you think may interest other members, or just make general conversation. They are probably the easiest way for new members to jump in and get involved. Details about future meetings or Census events may also occasionally be posted in the forums.

Find out how to join in discussion in the forums.


8. Permanent links
Certain page types or sections have options links, which when you click to expand will reveal a link option called 'permanent link'. Generally this applies to elements that are not full pages and so do not have simple page names and addresses, such as page comments or forum posts.

When you click the 'permanent link', you will display the full URL address for that comment of forum post. You can then copy this and use it in any other comment, forum post, or other page content section to create a link to the original comment or forum post.

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