Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


You can find a lot of helpful information in the Help and How to edit pages sections. There is specific help on how to navigate the site and how to edit and contribute to pages.

More information is in the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions below.

General

How to join the site and log in

Forum

Site tools

General

Q What is a blog?
A 'Blog' is a contraction of the term 'Web log'. A blog is a website maintained and updated with a regular series of posts that are usually recorded and displayed in reverse-chronological order. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject and can typically combine text, images, attachments, and links to other blogs, web sites, and other media related to its topic. Readers can also rank and leave comments on individual blog posts in an interactive manner, contributing their own views and ideas and helping to develop content for the larger viewing community.

Q What is a wiki?
A A wiki website is made up of pages that are designed to let anyone with appropriate access to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to build collaborative websites and to power community websites.

The idea of a wiki website is to encourage users to edit pages or to create new pages to engage in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the content of the website.

In general, there is no review of content additions or modifications before it is 'live' on the website. This means that accuracy, authenticity and consitency of the content must be maintained through an ongoing process of peer review by all users.

Q What file formats can I use as file attachments to pages?
A In general there are few restrictions on the types of files that can be attached to pages. Due to server space and page response timings, video and audio files are not enouraged. For other types of attachment, you are encouraged to take into consideration the limitations that may influence the range of formats that other members of the community can view and access - either because of user network restrictions or software availability. You are therefore strongly encouraged to use only the more common non-proprietary software reliant file fomat types, such as .pdf, .txt, .csv, and image formats such as .gif and .jpg.

Q What are tags?
A A description of page tags are in the Help > What are... section.

Q What is page history?
A A description of page history is in the Help > What are... section.

Q What are page rankings?
A A description of page tags are in the Help > What are... section.

Q What are page comments?
A A description of page tags are in the Help > What are... section.

Q Can I rename or delete pages?
A Yes, you can rename or delete many of the pages in the site as long as they are editable pages. Help with how to do this is in the Help > How to... section

Q Why can I not edit some pages?
A The site is openly available to view but authoring of new pages and editing of existing pages is restricted to users who have joined the site. There are also a small number of pages within the site which cannot be edited by all users who have joined. These are restricted to site adminstrators and moderators, and include some navigation and help pages, and other website control function pages. They are not generally editable in order to preserve the integrity of the site structure. On these pages there are no tools or links to open editing options.

How to join the site and log in

Q How do I apply to join the site?
A You can find help with how to join the site here.

Q How do I log in?
A You can find help with how to log in to the site here.

Forum

Q What is a discussion forum?
A A discussion forum (sometimes called a message board) is a bulletin board message system that uses web applications to manage user-generated content and discussion. In common with most forums the output consultation forum allows anonymous visitors to view discussions and members who have joined the site to submit topics for discussion.

Users who have joined can develop threads of discussion as posts and responses as they comment back and forth on the issues and topics. These threads generate a growing back and forth dialogue of publicly visible messages.

Topics and threads are generally categorized into groups or sub-groups to help with classification and navigation.

Q How do I find and navigate the forum?
Go to the forum. On this page you can see discussions divided into two groups 'General news and announcements' and 'Blog'. Within these groups are various categories - most discussions relating to topics and themes about output from the Census should go in the 'Blog > Off topic' sub group. When you click on a sub group link, you will see a list of the threads in the group.

Q How can I start a forum discussion on this website?
A To start a new discussion in the forum you first need to have joined the site to become a registered member. You can apply to join here. Once you have joined, or if you are already a member, then you need to log in. Once logged in go to the forum. On this page you can see the discussions divided into two groups 'General news and announcements' and 'Blog'. Within these groups are various categories - most discussions relating to topics and themes about output from the Census should go in the 'Blog > Off topic' sub group.

When you click on a sub group link, you will see a list of the threads in the group and a link to create a new thread. When you click on this link you will see the standard forum text editor window with buttons and tools to format text and add options. You need to add a thread title, complete the optional summary box, and then add your thoughts and comments in the main box. You can then click on the 'preview' button to review your new discussion before posting it, or click the 'post' button to post it direct to the forum and create your new discussion thread in the chosen category.

Q Can I use links and images in a forum discussion?
A The rules used to compose and construct forum posts are the same as all other pages throughout the site and use the same wiki principle. This means that you can add links and images to forum posts using the tools on the post editing page and applying the guidelines suggested for all standard pages.

Q Can I edit or delete a forum post?
A Yes, editing or deleting a post is very easy as long as you authored the original post. When viewing one of your own posts you will see a link labelled 'options' next to the 'reply' link at the bottom right of your post. When you click on this link you will see options to either edit or delete. Click on each of these and follow the prompts to either edit or delete your post as appropriate.

Site tools

Q Can I see a list of all the people who have joined the site?
A Yes, a list of all users who have joined the site is one of the 'special pages' listed as a link in the special pages tab of the main left hand navigation menu on all pages. You can also get to that page here.

Q How can I tell who authored a blog, wiki page, comment, or forum post?
A All edits to pages on this site are credited to the original author or subsequent editor of the content on that page. The user name of the editor is attached as a clickable pink link. This applies to all blog posts, wiki pages, forums posts and page comments. This means that the user name is attached to all edits, so that all other users can see who has authored or edited each piece of content. The changes to the content are logged in the page history of each page, and so are the authors/contributors who made those changes. This means that a record of all edits along with the user name used to make that change is maintained and can be viewed by all other users.

Q Can I see other members' profiles?
A Yes, wherever you see a user name attached to any piece of content on any page, it will be displayed as a clickable pink link. When you click on this link you will open a standard profile page with basic information about that user. Users can edit their own profiles to include as much or as little information as they wish. You can find similar information about any user by clicking of user names in the complete lists of site members that you can find here.

Q How do I provide feedback, or report a technical problem, error or offensive material on a page?
A

We are always happy to receive feedback about ways to improve the site, either directly through email, or by adding comments to specific pages, or in the forum.

We also encourage you to improve the site by reporting any problems with the site or with specific pages. You can do this by posting the details of any issue in the 'Report a problem' section of the forum.

Before reporting a problem please consider the following

  • if you disagree with the authenticity or validity of the content on a page, then please do not report this as a problem. Instead we encourage you to embrace the wiki principle and either edit the content concerned and contribute to improving the validity, or use the comments tool at the bottom of the page to state the issue and begin a constructive dialogue with other users to improve it. If you feel that specific content is offensive in some way, then we strongly encourage you to report this as a problem using the means described above.
  • if you click on a link and see a page with a message stating that the page does not yet exist, but inviting you to create a new page (such as here then please do not report this as a technical problem. There will be instances like this on occassion throughout the site, where a user has created a link to a new page but left the page unauthored. If you can, we encourage you to click on the create new page link, and contribute to authoring content for that page. If not, then you may wish to start a new thread in the forum with a link to the page, asking if other users want to contribute to authoring it. You can do that in the forum in the 'New pages needed' category.
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