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Use the 'Discussion' Tab (above) to let us know other FAQ's we should post.

I can't log-in, it didn't send me an email[edit source]

Go to "My preferences" at the top:

  • scroll down and check to make sure your email address is correct.
  • click the blue highlighted 'send email confirmation' link to re-send a confirmation email.
  • did you answer Captcha question when you created the account? If not sure, then click 'create account' again and be sure to answer the challenge question and use the correct email address.
  • check your email spam folder to see if the confirmation email was filtered out.
  • IF THE ABOVE DOESN'T RESOLVE THE ISSUE THEN email us and include a phone number for support to call you to resolve the issue. (if outside the US, include your Skype ID)

watch list[edit source]

This site has something special you won't find on Facebook or any other site. Each and every article, Auditor page, Success Story or any page on the site has a Discussion forum attached to it. It is more flexible than other websites because you can carry on a two way communication about the specific topic of any page you are on. You can also "Watch" the discussion so you can easily find it again and keep current with the latest posts on any particular page or discussion you want. (select "Watch this page" from the drop down arrow next to the search box)

Logged in users can check their "Watchlist" when returning to the site and quickly find the conversations they are following.

Note - 1: be sure to "Watch" any Articles or pages you want to be notified about. (drop-down arrow next to the search box)

Note - 2: You will receive an automated email notification whenever a change or edit is made to any page you yourself have previously edited. (unless you haven't provided an email address in your 'preferences' OR you turn off this function in 'preferences')

easy way to create a page[edit source]

  1. Create a log-in for the site. (upper right corner of any page)
  2. Find the "CREATE A NEW PAGE" link in the sidebar under the "HELP AND SUPPORT" section.
  3. Select the type of page you wish to create. i.e. "Auditors", "Articles", "Personal Profiles", etc.
  4. Give the page a unique name. (there cannot be two pages with the exact same name on the website)
  5. Click the button to create the page
  6. Fill in the form as best you can and any text in the text area. (don't try to get it perfect on the first edit)
  7. Preview your new page - if all looks good...
  8. "SAVE" the page. (if you leave before saving your work will be lost)
  9. Done...you can find your page anytime you log into the site using the search feature which auto-completes as you type.

how can I make my pages look better[edit source]

Watch the short tutorial on creating a page...which explains the 'text editor' built into every page

how do I add pictures to my page[edit source]

  • choose 'upload file' from the Toolbox in the left hand 'sidebar'
  • after uploading your file/picture, make note of the file-name or use 'copy & paste' method.
  • go to your page and 'paste' the file-name onto your page where you want the picture.
me, bungee-jumping - weeee!!!
  • add the brackets and other elements like this [[File:yourimage.jpg|right]] (you can substitute "center" or "left" to move the pics location)- (NOTE: the "|" vertical separator between the end of the file-name and the word "left". It's called a "pipe" symbol...& on your keyboard)
  • THUMBNAIL: use the elements as above but add "thumb" like this:

[[File:bungee2.jpg|thumb|right]]

  • CAPTION: use the elements as above but add a caption under the pic like this: [[File:bungee2.jpg|thumb|right|me, bungee-jumping - weeee!!!]]
  • click 'show preview' to make sure it looks right
  • SAVE the page.

images from Wikimedia Commons[edit source]

Images on Wikimedia Commons can be displayed on this site without having to upload them to our server.

One simply copies the file name from wikimedia commons, with the wiki syntax normally used to display images on a page, and it magically appears on our site - as if we had it on our server.

This image at Wikimedia Commons:

[[File:Vervain hummingbird (Mellisuga minima).jpg|200px]]

Becomes this pic here: (with no downloading or uploading necessary) Vervain hummingbird (Mellisuga minima).jpg

Pictures in the Infobox[edit source]

  • You should always put a picture in the Infobox if the field is there. (not all pages call for a picture in the Infobox)
  • If you don't want a picture of yourself, chose any image you like and upload it.
  • Any picture uploaded to an Infobox will automatically be converted to a small size to fit nicely in the Infobox.
  • You can also use the same pic in the main body of the page by copying the file name, inserting it in the main text area and following the instructions for adding a picture to the page as above.

how do I add video to my page[edit source]

  • Quick tip to add video to your page.(video tutorial and more elaborate instructions coming soon)
  1. Put the following code on your page where you want the video to play. <videoflash>your Youtube code|400|300</videoflash>
  2. The "your Youtube code" is everything after the "=" sign on your Youtube video page. (it's in the top navigation bar of the Youtube webpage) e.g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye032xYnKZc (the last part after the "=" sign is what you will put into the player.
  3. Copy-and-paste that Youtube code into the videoflash code you just put on your page. (in place of the "your Youtube code") e.g. <videoflash>Ye032xYnKZc|400|300</videoflash> (notice the "|" 'pipe's' or vertical separators used)
  4. The numbers "400" and "300" represent the dimensions of the player. (you can experiment with changing those numbers to vary the size of the video on your page.
  5. Be sure to save your page & enjoy the video. (popcorn optional)

how do I link to other pages or websites[edit source]

how to leave a message for another user[edit source]

  • click on their username
  • go to their 'Discussion' page
  • leave your message
  • they will have 'message' notice at the top of their window next time they come to the site. (and also receive an email notification if they have that preference set in "My preferences")

can I email another user?[edit source]

  • click on their username
  • from their user page find the "E-mail this user" link on the sidebar under the "Toolbox" heading.
  • an email dialogue box will pop-up for you to send your message.
  • NOTE: neither party's email address is displayed in this dialogue box to maintain privacy, just the usernames. Once you send the email to someone however, your email address will be visible to them in the "from" header of their email message.

how do I find another user[edit source]

  • If they post on a discussion page, their username is automatically signed. (click on their username and either message on their Discussion page or email them)
  • e.g. click on my username and send me a message - Dl88008

how do I add References to pages[edit source]

There are built-in systems for creating references and links to other sources of information in an article. This is very helpful to readers and should be done as much as possible...that's part of the benefit of using a wiki.

link to another page within this wiki[edit source]

  1. enclose the exact page name in double square brackets "[[" & "]]"
  2. "I am a big fan of L Ron Hubbard."...is written like this - I am a big fan of [[L Ron Hubbard]].

link to external web page[edit source]

Two options:

A. enclose the link in single square brackets and a blue numbering system appears next to the last word before the link.

  • e.g. "On the subject of egg timers [1], I have no opinion." Looks like this when you write it - On the subject of egg timers [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/egg+timers], I have no opinion.

B. Highlight the word or phrase you want to link like this:

  • "On the subject of egg timers, I have no opinion." Looks like this when you write it - On the subject of [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/egg+timers egg timers], I have no opinion. (notice the space before inserting the words egg timers)

cite references by number[edit source]

  1. At the point in the sentence where you want to put a reference, use the "<ref> - </ref>" tags. (beginning and end of the reference)
  2. e.g. In the sentence "Joe Blow was a fine fellow". To link to more information about Joe Blow you would write - "Joe Blow <ref>[http://joeblow.com Joe Blow]</ref> was a fine fellow." Notice the square brackets on each side of the link and a short word or two (Joe Blow) about the link is inserted as well.
  3. Then add a "headline" at the bottom of your page. e..g. = notes =
  4. Then place the following after the Headline "notes" - <references />
  5. To see an example of this, go to this page see the references (numbers highlighted in blue) and "view source" or "edit with tab" and look at the code in use there.
  6. See the Cite Extension in use on this site.

What are "Admin Edits"?[edit source]

  • Admin Edits are edits to your Article or Page to correct or improve the layout or look of the page. It is important the site maintains a consistent look and so admins try to improve the layout of pages to help that. Admins do not alter content except in cases of grammatical or spelling corrections or to remove offensive content or content that otherwise violates the policy's of this site.
  • The admin edits are also intended as instructional aids to the authors of articles so they can learn various wiki techniques to improve their articles.

infobox needs more info[edit source]

  • Since this site is new, the data gathered in the infobox's is evolving. Your help is needed to improve the choices listed on the Forms inputs. Please post your suggestions on the Discussion page here, on the Technical Support Page or by clicking my username and the Discussion page there.
  • Example: You think an additional choice for "Location" in the Anthology Form would be helpful...Please let us know as above. - Dl88008 07:58, 28 March 2012 (MDT)

I want a map on my page[edit source]

Contact Technical Support

I want a graph on my page[edit source]

Contact Technical Support

can I get an email notification of post replies or page edits?[edit source]

Yes, "My preferences" (top of any page) > check the appropriate boxes in the "email confirmation" section.

page formatting[edit source]

tildes[edit source]

Tilde's "~" are used to sign your name on a page. this is a way to give you attribution for or indicate who made a particular change. (not needed on discussion pages because your username is automatically inserted whenever you post)

Putting three tilde's "'''~~~'''" at the end of a line will post your username. (four of them will add the date & time as well)

e.g Dl88008

or

Dl88008 07:15, 20 July 2013 (MDT)

tables[edit source]

Using tables to display data is very powerful and used in wikis extensively. Wherever you see boxed or contained information on a page it is done by using some form of a "table"

For a more complete description and explanation of tables go to the Wikipedia page Here or the Mediawiki page Here

templates[edit source]

Templates are used extensively in wikis because they make the work of creating pages much simpler. They also standardize the way pages are presented throughout the site.

For an example of a template, simply put the following on your user page (or any test page you like) '''{{Welcome}}'''.

For help creating templates go Here

Success Story Template[edit source]

The...

 {{Success Stories Code}} 

...template code placed on an auditors' page will allow automatic listing of Success Stories which have been created using our Success Stories Form

Copy and paste the above code wherever you want the success stories to appear on the auditor page. Then, once you have created one or more success stories they will be listed on the auditor's page automatically.

This also has the benefit of giving site visitors another way to find the auditor and also make the wins from Scientology auditing and training more accessible to all site visitors. (our success stories are listed by bridge service completed and is not available anywhere else)