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Community FAQ

How do I join the community?

Go to the registration page and sign up! It's easy and it's free!

Why should I register?

Registration has the following benefits:

  • It gives you the ability to:
    • Post new articles and quick tips
    • Discuss and rate articles, blog entries, and more
    • Review all the items in your own browsing history
    • Track all your contributions and discussions
    • Sign up for the community newsletter
    • Post and reply to forum threads
  • It enables us to better customize the site to your needs
  • It's free and easy!

Can I make suggestions for functionality that I would like to see?

Yes. This site was built for the community. We made assumptions on the most important functionality for the site initially, but we fully expect the future functionality to be driven by the community.

What's the best way to give you my opinion or feedback on the site?

The best way is to give us feedback is on the site itself through discussions in the Community Forums. These are targeted at a variety of topics, issues and discussions related to the community itself.

Of course, if you don't find something relevant to your particular need, please feel free to use our feedback page.

I can't find what I'm looking for. What should I do?

First, try and search the site being specific about what you are looking for. If that doesn't work, try starting a new discussion.

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Content and Features

What kind of content will I find here and how is it organized?

Content is contributed by the community members as articles, quick tips, blog entries, forum threads, podcasts, video clips, and more. Every new content item also allows for ongoing discussion.

Many articles are simply educational or editorial pieces. We hope that as the community expands the variety of content and breadth of articles will also.

Does the community have RSS Feeds?

Yes, our RSS Feeds and more information about RSS may be found here.

Can I send a message directly to another user?

Yes. We have two different options for messaging members. The first is private messaging, which allows members to communicate via email without showing either party's email address to the other.

The second option is email messaging, which sends a message using your email address in the From: field of the email to the recipient's email account. The receiving user can simply reply to you via email.

You may access both features from the user's profile by clicking on their name and click on the option to send a private or e-mail message.

What if I don't want to receive private messages (PMs) from other users?

You may turn off private and e-mail messaging by visiting your profile. Click on "My Stuff", "My Profile" under your picture. and uncheck the box labeled "Private Messages". If private messaging is turned off you will not be able to send or receive private messages from other members.

What if I don't want to receive email messages from other users?

You may turn off email messaging by visiting your profile. Click on "My Stuff", "My Profile" under your picture. and uncheck the box labeled "EMail Messages". If email messaging is turned off you will not be able to send or receive email messages from other members.

How do I reply to a private message (PM) that someone sent me?

Click on the appropriate reply link in the private message email that was sent to you. You cannot reply to a PM using your email client's reply button.

How do I reply to an email message without giving away my email address?

If you do not want to give your email address to a member, click on the reply link in the message body of the email that was sent to you. This will take you back to the community and allow you to respond to the member via a private message.

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Account Management

What if I forgot my password or user ID?

If you forgot your password, type your email address into the login box, and click the "I forgot my Password" link. A new temporary password will be emailed to you. Use it to log in, then visit your profile and change your password from there. If you have forgotted your user ID, please send us an email using the topic 'Account/Registration' and we'll help you out.

How do I change my password?

After you login, go to your profile page.

I am having trouble logging into the site. Help!

Try the following things:

  1. Make sure that you are typing in your Email ID appropriately and not using your Display Name.
  2. Passwords are case sensitive, so make sure that you don't have the caps lock on.

If you still cannot login, send us a note and we'll try to help you out!

What is a Display Name?

A Display Name (or user id) is the way in which we uniquely recognize you on the website. It can be your name, a nickname, or just something that sounds good to you. Your display name will be associated with and be displayed on all articles, discussions, and posts that you make. Be sure that you pick one that you can live with, because you cannot change it once it is chosen!

How do I activate/confirm my account?

After you register with the community, you will receive an email at the address you used on the registration form asking you to actviate your account. All you need to do is click on the link in the email and your account will be verified.

If you deleted the email or cannot find it, please send us an email using the topic 'Account/Registration' and we'll help you out.

If you are having trouble confirming your account, feel free to send us an email and we will do what we can to help you.

How do I stop the site from sending me emails?

Login and go to your profile page and uncheck the appropriate check box. Note that there are certain administrative emails that we are required to send you per the site's Terms of Use Agreement.

Do you give out my email address to third parties?

We respect your privacy and never give out your email address without your consent. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information.

How do I access my account?

Login with your Email ID and password, then access your profile.

How do I disable my account?

To disable your account click here. Note that you will no longer have access to your personalized content or other benefits of the community if your account is disabled.

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Community Policies

What is considered inappropriate behavior?

We regard the following actions among others as inappropriate behavior when using our site:

  • Harassing, degrading or defaming another person
  • Posting pornographic, violent or other inappropriate images or language
  • Using racial slurs or other language intended to offend other users
  • Infringing on a third party's copyright
  • Creating more than one account
  • Opening a new account after you have been previously terminated
  • Publishing jibberish or the same content multiple times

For a complete list of our policies, see our Terms of Use.

How do I report inappropriate behavior?

If you feel as if someone has violated a community policy as stated above, please use our Feedback Form. Specify 'Report Abuse' as the topic.

What happens if the policies are broken?

If a member breaks a policy, we will communicate with that user to fix the problem. If there are continued problems, the offending member will be put on probation. All articles written by that member will not be published until the policy violation is fixed to the satisfaction of our staff. A member will stay on probation until it is determined that they have earned reinstatement. We reserve the right to remove a member and any of the members content at any time for any reason per our Terms of Use.

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Website Design

The community web pages don't fit well in my browser. Am I doing something wrong?

This site is optimized for displays at a resolution of 1024x768 or greater. Try changing your display resolution to fix this problem.

How do I report a bug on the site?

Use our feedback page to submit a bug, give us feedback on our site or anything else that is on your mind.

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