How to use and improve this website

This page collects tips, guides, and documentation about using the Public Lab website. As a collaborative community, we are always refining our collaboration infrastructure. Please read on to learn how, and leave a comment if you'd like to help out -- thank you! ### Basic workflows * On this website, people can browse, sign up, follow some topics, write a post, leave a comment. * More experienced users can create new topics, host discussions and knowledge bases around them, post activities, tutorials and events, and create Q&As. * Public Lab's [Moderators](/wiki/moderation) guide community interactions according to our [Code of Conduct](/conduct). ### Overview is a content management system for the Public Lab research community. The website hosts a collection of forum-like groups of people, posts, and wiki pages, each focused on a [topic](/topics) like [water-quality](/tag/water-quality) or [disaster-response](/tag/disaster-response). It includes a variety of features that help the Public Lab community collaborate on environmental activism, research, technology design and documentation, and community organizing. ### Audience & accessibility The website's code is organized and structured around [inclusive and welcoming community values](, as part of our efforts to ensure that historically excluded groups are centered and supported in the crafting of this software project. Designed for a general audience with no particular familiarity with web conventions, priority is given to very low barrier interaction — [low floor and wide walls over high ceiling]( ### Key features * [Rich text authoring environment]( with image upload for creating posts and wiki pages * [Subscriptions](/subscriptions) and [notifications](/notifications) for followed content * Dynamic inline collections, maps, and tables using short-code-style [inline power tags](/wiki/power-tags#Inline+power+tags) * Embeddable interactive listings of activities, posts, and questions on external sites * Geographic tagging of posts and profiles for place-based organizing, with [location privacy](/location-privacy) * A [Q&A portal](/questions) for peer-based problem solving * [Content moderation systems](/spam2) and dashboard of comments and posts for logged in moderators * Print, screen reader, and mobile display accessibility * [Usage statistics system](/stats) with graphing per-timeframe analytics * Threaded comments, emoji reactions, and reply-by-email * OAuth-based login with Twitter, Facebook, GitHub and Google accounts, and OpenID-based unified Single-Sign-On (SSO) for MapKnitter and Spectral Workbench * Customizable profile pages, posting [templates](, [internationalization](, [translation into 10+ languages](/translation), standard API ## Subtopics [wikis:parent:website] ### Authoring These pages provide documentation on creating content on this website: [wikis:authoring] ### Utility pages [wikis:website-utilities] ## Questions [questions:website-structure] **** ## Activities [nodes:activity:website] Add an activity or request an activity guide you don't see listed **** ## More pages related to the website [wikis:website]...

Author Comment Last activity Moderation
kgradow1 "1) What is your workflow? I typically only write on PL when I am actively working on projects, since that's when I'm on the site and paying attent..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
mimiss "Hi Sam! You can request a username change by emailing our web team ( Be sure to include your current username and the new userna..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
makananoleholeh "thanks for information. " | Read more » about 3 years ago
ruturaj_mohite "I think sometimes rotating an image using software like Shotwell does't change the exif data, so there is no permanent change in the image orientat..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
bsugar "Thanks you for clarifying that! And also for the link to the discussion. See you on the issue list soon! " | Read more » about 4 years ago
d1g1t4ld1n4 " You said you've done an FTO, but I should still mention. If you work on anything that changes the look or function of anything on any public lab p..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
bsugar "Perfect, thank you @d1g1t4ld1n4! I recently did my FTO, but since I'm new to the community, I didn't want to start anything that didn't have the s..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
d1g1t4ld1n4 " Hi! @bsugar You are correct in that you would file this as an issue. I'll answer the rest of your questions directly but you may want to also chec..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
gauravano "Hi Benjamin! Here's the issue - I'm not sure that'll take care of all of the "orphans" since some..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
bsugar "Oh, I see. Funny Gaurav (who's PL username I do not know, sorry!) was just talking about this relative to the way people are using the functionali..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
Julie123 " Government Jobs Seekers, who Looking for Govt Jobs 2019 in India to get Latest Government Jobs Recruitment / Vacancies completely published in the..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
jywarren "Hi Benjamin! We're partway through a project this month to convert all answers into comments. So you're seeing a transitional database state during..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
niklasjordan " Hej @warren, thanks for your help. For now, there is no content on my second account. It is a completely empty account, so in my opinion, you can ..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
warren " New feature at! " | Read more » about 4 years ago
Getty "or even just have a status 'suspended' so we don't alter the records permanently maybe " | Read more » about 4 years ago
warren ":-/ unfortunately it's not a feature we have right now, but we are interested in figuring out how to do it without causing trouble in the database...." | Read more » about 4 years ago
gauravano " Hi @AcceptPhones, this issue has been resolved. Thanks! " | Read more » about 4 years ago
warren " I'm not going to approve this but am following up with the highlighted issue, thanks! " | Read more » about 4 years ago
bsugar " Very likable indeed. Thanks, @warren! " | Read more » about 4 years ago
warren " that's right! " | Read more » about 4 years ago
bsugar " Yes! Perfect. Thank you! Speaking of a node, this is sort of the "base content" which can either be a wiki page or a research note, and a resea..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
warren "Hi @bsugar! 1) While there are answer models, question controllers, and question views, am I correct in understanding that a "question" is actual..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
arthaindustrialhill " Thank you for the input and suggestions given, hopefully it will be a science for me to share photos " | Read more » over 4 years ago
aemilius89 " @warren Rotating the picture before uploading does no good. It will arrange the picture no matter what I do in the above manner. I would love to h..." | Read more » over 4 years ago