FAQ (help)

  1. What is the NewsWire? (tab on top of page) — It’s where Agonist members post the news we don’t want each other to miss! See Sean-Paul’s post: About Our NewsWire.
  2. How do I log in? Enter your user name and password. (If you have never registered, there is a “Create new account” link in the Login section on the left hand side of the front page.)
  3. What does logging in do for me? Logging in lets you:
    • post news articles, diary entries, and comments
    • see since your last visit what article posts and comments are new (unread)
    • see and send private messages to and from other users
    • bookmark articles and comments
    • set your own custom display options, for comments, etc.
    • use buddy lists (and flag unread posts by “buddies”)
  4. How do I post a news article to the NewsWire?

    • Click on the post! news article link in your left hand user menu, and enter the information asked for in the form. (Watch Jay’s video tutorial!)
    • Our Geography help tells you which countries go with which geography topics, in the post news pull-down menu.
    • Paste your news article excerpt in the “Body” text box. (For copyright reasons, please don’t re-post full articles). If you want to control where the break goes between intro copy (teaser) and extended copy, type < !--break-- > (without the spaces). Otherwise, after 600 characters the break will automatically be placed.
    • Your news article will appear in the NewsWire section (tab on top of page). An editor may also promote it to the Front Page. Only use the “post! news article” form for actual news articles. For opinion, commentary, or analysis articles, please post them in your diary (using the “post diary or opinion” link). Opinion pieces will be removed from the NewsWire.
    • HTML: You do not have to use HTML codes to post a news article. The Agonist post news form does it all for you. (If you also want to use HTML, you can. Here is a thread with some HTML tips.)

  5. How do I post a diary entry or opinion piece? Just use the post! diary or opinion form (the link is in your left hand menu). Use your diary for personal writings, and also to post excerpts from published articles that are opinion, commentary, analysis, or editorial pieces. (For copyright reasons, please don’t re-post full articles).
    • If you want to control where the break goes between intro copy (teaser) and extended copy, type < !--break-- > (without the spaces). Otherwise, after 600 characters the break will automatically be placed.
    • Your diary entry will appear in the Diaries section (tab on top of page). An editor may also promote it to the Front Page.
    • HTML: You do not have to use HTML codes to post a diary entry. If you want to use HTML, here is a thread with some HTML tips.

  6. Where is the discussion? Here is the link to the latest comments. The link is also in the “latest” menu at the top of the left hand bar of the page.
  7. How can I see whether there are new replies to my posts or comments? On the posts (all types) page, click the tab at the top called “my recent posts”. ( Another way to see them is in the “my account” link in your user menu. Then click the “Track” tab at the top of the screen.)
  8. Where is a list of registered users?
    Here is the User List. It shows the users who have been on most recently, at the top of the list.
  9. How can I follow all posts by a specific user? Find their user name in a post (or go to the User List. Click on their user name, and then on the tab at the top of the screen that says “track”
  10. How do I add users to my buddy list? Find their user name in a post (or go to the User List.) Click on their user name, and then at the bottom of the page click on the “add (user) to my buddy list” link.
  11. My question isn’t answered here, what should I do? Post it as a comment to this thread, or in the Agonist Site Issues Forum.


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