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The upgraded version of this site includes a number of new features as well as improvements on existing one. This short guide explains some of them.

Site:

The About page links to all the site information:

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Resources:

The Resources tab will take you to all the interviews and essays:

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All the resource and information pages include sideblocks, linking to appropriate other content across the site:

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Navigation:

Several options can be accessed from the navigation links in the top right. Clicking on "view new content" shows a tabbed collection of new additions to the entire site:

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The search box also covers the whole site:

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Advanced searching brings up a separate page to refine a search.

Social networking options are listed: you can follow The Galilean Library on Twitter

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... or join the site's fan page on Facebook:

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Finally, the RSS feeds available can be accessed via a drop-down menu by clicking on the RSS button:

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Forums:

At the top of the forums index, the news block links to the latest site news:

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Sideblocks include information about other areas of the site, including recent block entries. If you add a link to the Links directory, it will appear in the links block:

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Random images from the Gallery are also displayed on the index:

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Another option is to add a status update:

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While viewing a topic, a reply can be made by clicking on "reply" or in the fast reply box:

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Any objectionable content can be brought to the attention of the staff via the report button:

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Moving between forums uses the forum jump area:

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At the bottom of the forum index, above the shoutbox, the members online are displayed:

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By clicking on the options, current activity is shown in a list. Above this area, clicking on "today's active content" brings up a tabbed collection of all content added in the past 24 hours:

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Reputation:

The reputation systems replaces the "thanks" feature. All posts can be rated up or down, with a comment added that is seen by the author:

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Reputation also works on blogs [coming soon: and on resources, too]. The reputation filter then allows the selective hiding or displaying of content based on the reputation of the author:

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Using this option offers the chance to set a threshold for reputation, beneath which posts are hidden.

Blogs:

All members can create several blogs, including group blogs to which authors can be added. Comments can be added, including comments by guests if the blog author enables this option:

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Each blog can be configured using the "add blocks" button, including a block to display recent comments:

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Blogs are linked with the forums via the "blog this" button in forum threads, which copies the post content into the blog entry editor to comment on it on a blog. Members with several blogs will need to select which blog to post the content to:

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Bugs

The Bug Tracker is the place to report any technical issues with the site:

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The tracker is split into separate areas:

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Adding a new issue will notify the staff, who can respond or investigate the bug and assign it an importance level depending on what kind of problems are being caused:

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Profile:

Navigating to profile options is achieved via the drop-down menu in the top right:

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Clicking on the small icon at the right of a member's name provides a smaller pop-up profile:

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A member's profile gives information on the member and their reputation:

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The member can also see their recent reputation received:

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The tabbed area provides access to a member's profile information, including their posts and topics:

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Profile comments can be added by friends or by all members, depending on the member's setting:

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Status updates can also be added:

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Settings:

The settings area allows the configuration of a member's experience of the site:

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The settings are changed by using the tabs on the top to select the area of the site to be considered and then using the tabs on the left to navigate between sections:

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Settings for member blogs are accessed from here:

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Exploring these and other areas of the site will hopefully demonstrate that the new version is a vast improvement; now it is up to the community to decide how best to use it.


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Hi, Hugo,I haven't tried it, and I'm looking around for documentation, but I wonder if you could discuss the "Make Article" feature. This sounds a little like what we were talking about last summer, where folks could run a forum topic to collaboratively draft something, and then promote it as a final edition in some fashion. Is that about right?

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