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
warren "Hi, Emiel - thank you very much for reporting this. We'll make a priority to get it fixed in the coming weeks but I apologize that the holidays are..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
aemilius89 " That is exactly what I tried as well. But i get send back to the 2.0 platform automatically. " | Read more » over 4 years ago
B-winters " I have had some similar issues with "flipped" images. Sometimes it seems that I just need to refresh the browser and wait, but I have also been tr..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren " Fixed! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren " Lol! The in-comment grids were added, but then removed in a subsequent commit. Time to re-add and to add tests to ensure they stay there! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren " Hi! a couple updates that may offer some solutions here. First, organizationally, i've been starting to separate out activities into "build it" vs..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
liz "This is still not solved, but we've been working on it over at, thanks for reporting! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "This was auto-posted over at -- thank you! On Sun, Jul 8, 2018 at 1:54 PM \<notifications@publi..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "This was also auto-posted over at -- thank you! " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
david-days "A quick googling for "bayesian spam filter ruby" brought up some interesting possibilities. This article (" | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren ":raised_hands: Great to hear it! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
urijosa "Hello everyone, the problem was solved by the great work of the staff. thanks so much! regards, " | Read more » about 5 years ago
liz "This is really nice text, @Zengirl2 -- we should use it! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "OK - there were several issues here: we had an artificial 5-item limit, now removed we hadn't ALSO been mixing in tag match results, which would ..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
zengirl2 "I also wanted to say that I really like the new page that combines the questions. Some people like to hang out on forums and just answer questions,..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
zengirl2 "I think it's also helpful on the wording on the dashboard near the questions section to say something like "search your question and if you have a ..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
Bronwen "My first reaction is that I don't think repeating questions is that bad: our community is built around providing ways for people to actively engage..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
gretchengehrke "Please note that this happens regardless of whether you click on the search auto-fill item that shows the tag symbol and that term (presumably mean..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "This is a great question. On Stack Overflow, it comes across as pretty unwelcoming when someone says (as they often do) "duplicate" and just links ..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
francismilesert "it is a good news thanks " | Read more » about 5 years ago
gauravano "Nice idea @bansal_sidharth2996 !!! Keeping in view the growth of Facebook as one of the biggest social networking platforms, I think all the points..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
Bronwen "I'm most excited about # 2 and # 3: I think engaging with community members (and allowing them to engage with us) through other platforms has a lot..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Thanks for reporting! We're tracking and trying to solve this issue over here: " | Read more » about 5 years ago
stevie "It could also be nice to sort these by tag, so people could search for unanswered questions on topics they are interested in " | Read more » over 5 years ago