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Orientation Info For New Messengers

Shorah, new members! 

Welcome to the Guild of Messengers.  If you're reading this, chances are you've decided to join us.  No doubt you are wondering exactly how to get started here and where to go for specific information on our little group.  Here are some helpful links that will hopefully get you pointed in the right direction and better aquaint yourself with all the GoMe has to offer.

General Information:

Current Projects:

Other:

Remember, we're a fairly informal group. All of the above is merely stuff which might help you get oriented. You might also want to wander the forums a bit to get the "feel" of everybody's personality. If you need anything, feel free to ask anyone...even the Guild Masters if you want.  Don't be shy!

Again, welcome to the Guild of Messengers! We hope you enjoy working with us and the madness...err, "entertaining enjoyment"...of D'ni cavern news reporting.

(/salute)

How to Submit News

Please use this tutorial to help Submit the News. For a more guided and pictorial tutorial see attached PDF at the bottom of the page.

NOTE: If you want to submit an Event to be added to our Calendar don't follow these steps! Click Here

  1. Click on the big yellow “Submit News” button on the front page or alternatively click on the Submit News Tab on the top Menu bar.
  2. Insert Title: Self-explanatory.
  3. News Tags: Every article should contain at least one “tag”, which is to say, category description. If you enter more than one tag, select the first and while holding the Ctrl key down click another and so on. All the tags that have been selected should be highlighted. By surfing the site, clicking a tag will select all the articles that share the same tags, making it easy to find related articles. Please use “Miscellaneous” if no Tags are applicable.  Please note that if the Miscellaneous Tag is selected the GoMe may opt to create a new tag at the time of Publishing.
  4. Body:  Insert article text/content there.
  5. Captcha: Answer the question in order to submit news.
  6. Link for more info: Insert the web address to the source of the news.
  7. Click on Preview and when happy, Save or click Save bypassing Preview.
  8. Please note that the article will not be displayed on the front page straight way. It will go through a process of verification, proof-reading, until Published. Our Messengers will check the Submit News once a day.
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How to Add Images to an Article/Forum Post

See attached PDF for more guided and pictorial help.

  1. Select the place where you would like to add a picture. Click the image icon in the body menu (when you hover the mouse over it, it mentions “Insert/Edit image”).
  2. A: Link to external image:
    The “Image Properties” menu pops up. If you wish, you can type the direct web address of the image in the “Image URL” bar, for example http://linkto/picture.
    This is the quickest way to add images and only works if the picture is on an Internet site already, and if this site allows direct linking. There is, however, a better method, which copies the image from your own computer to the Guild of Messengers server directly.
    B: Select image from the server:
    Everybody who has an account on the Guild of Messengers website automatically has a personal folder to store files and pictures, and access to a shared image folder.
    Click on the little “Browse Server” button beside “URL” on the right.
    Another screen will pop up, which shows your own personal folder and the files you uploaded. Check if the correct image is selected, and then click “Send to FCKEditor”.
    If no pictures are present then refer to the next step to add an image to your personal folder.
    C: Upload new image to the server:
    In the “Image Properties” menu click “Browse Server”. A file menu opens. Click “Upload” to expand the functions.  
    Click on “Browse”, select the image from your computer. Click the Blue highlighted “Upload” button. Once uploaded click “Send to FCKEditor”.
  3. Image properties:
    Optionally, you can change standard image properties such as the description under
    “Alternative Text”, the horizontal and vertical space between image and text, display size or the alignment.
    Click “OK” to add the picture.
  4. Image added: The image is added to the article. You can now type the rest of the article, or add another image.

 

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Rich Text Editor: Tutorial Snippets

When you add a page, you will see the rich editor bar just above where you start typing. This tutorial is a tongue in cheek of little snippets of information, to make life easier. Please feel free to add any interesting feature you think others might be interested in!

How do I get rid of the white space between two lines?

When you are working in a rich text editor on the web (as you do on this site), then hitting Enter creates a new paragraph by default. But what if you only wish to create a new line, not a new paragraph?
Instead of Enter, press Shift-Enter, and you will go to a new line, without any white space.

What does the Teaser do?

The teaser creates a page division. It means that everything above the teaser shows up on the front page.
Then, you have to click "Read more" and you will see the rest of your article, the part underneath the teaser.

Can I create hidden spoilers?

Yes! Absolutely! All you need to do is select the text you wish to hide, and select both the same text color as background color (the color buttons are on the bottom row on the right).
Example: Hello! This is hidden text. You can't read me!
So, how do you read it? Simple... Drag across the hidden text with the left mouse button, and it magically appears.

How to Subscribe to a Particular Language Newspaper

See attached PDF for more guided and pictorial help.

Note: This assumes you are subscribed to the Newspaper. If you are not subscribed, click the "Subscribe"  button in the 'Newspaper Subscription' section in the upper right of the Home Page, beneath your name.

  1. Click "Edit” in top bar next to your name. Skip to step 4 below.
    OR
  2. Click “My account” on the right hand bar under your highlighted name.
  3. Click “Edit
  4. Scroll down until you see “Language settings” and select the language of your choice.
  5. Click “Save”.
  6. You will now receive the newspaper in the selected language, or, it will be sent by default in English, if the newspaper is not available in that particular language.
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OLD: How to participate in the 'PhotoQuest Remembered' Image Contest

First of all: the general rules to participate in the Monthly Contests are written in the Contest Rules, the purpose of this Tutorial is only to show you the right procedure to do that.

There are two ways you can participate in a Picture Contest:

  1. Submit a picture
  2. Vote a picture

Submit a picture

  1. To participate submit a picture, you will need a valid account here, on the GoMe website. The Registration procedure is easy and secure. Simply click here.
  2. Once you've registered (and logged in) you will be able to submit your picture to the Contest.
  3. To submit a picture click on the 'Create Content' link in the right-hand menu and select Image from the list of contents. Or simply click here.
  4. If there is no 'Image' link to select there may either be a problem with our system (in this case try to contact a Messenger) or the current Contest is over and we are in the voting phase (please check our calendar to know the deadlines for the Contests).
  5. In the Create Image page fill in the form to submit your picture:
    • Title: this field is for the title of your image
    • Picture Contest: in this field you must select the Category you wish to submit your image to. Please check the announcements (on our front page or in the GoMe Newspaper) to know the Category of the current Contest.
    • Image: in this field you have to select the image you want to submit for the Contest. Once you did, click on the upload button to upload it. Remember that your image must respect the theme of the current Contest, the Contest Rules and the image requirements (Maximum Filesize: 2 MB,Allowed Extensions: jpg jpeg, png. Images must be larger than 640x480 pixels)
    • When you are finished click on the Save button to submit your Image for the Contest
NOTE: you won't immediately see your image in the gallery of the submitted images for the contest, since it has to be manually approved by a member of the Contest Team. This may take from some hours to some days.

 

Vote a picture

To vote a picture enter the Current Category by the right-hand menu and select the image you want to vote for. Once you are on the Image page you will see ten stars just under the picture. Select one of the ten marks to vote for the image.

If you want to undo your vote you can click on the Undo sign (the first before he stars). Beware: if you are not logged-in on our website you will be able to undo your vote only during same visit to the website; the next time you won't see your vote.

 

When the Contest is Complete

When the contest is closed, and the winner revealed to the public, on all the images of the Contest will be enabled comments. So everyone will be able to make comments on the images.

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How To: Rel.to Maintenance Introduction & Guide

Congratulations, and thank you for joining the ranks of Rel.to Maintainers!

As such, you should already know what Rel.to is and how it benefits the Uru community, so this guide won’t go over those principles. But there are a few guidelines you’ll want to consider before making any changes.

Consider these to be Rel.to’s Five Golden Rules:

  1. Keep the number of categories as small as you reasonably can, at all hierarchy levels.

  2. Never create a miscellaneous or catch-all category.

  3. When changing or adding a category, rebalance (relocate entries that now fit better elsewhere).

  4. Keep entry names short and meaningful, and follow standard naming conventions.

  5. Maintain backwards compatibility. (If you change a name, make the old name a synonym).

Don’t worry if any of the above doesn’t make sense just yet. It soon will.

 

Rel.to Maintenance: Keeping It Useful

What to add and what not to add to Rel.to: Here are some thoughts and rationalizations on what sort of content belongs on Rel.to, and what does not, beginning with the “not”.

Please Avoid - Past Rel.to Maintainers have concluded that these things don’t add value:

  • Listing 300 “Myst IV Walkthrough” sites that cover the same content.

  • Adding links to every blog of every person who has ever played Riven.

  • Including every Myst-like adventure game known to humankind

Please Do - These things create a useful site:

  • Celebrating the works of Cyan and its fans and community

  • Focusing on community gems (rather than on archiving everything)

  • Using the Internet Archive, Geocities.ws, OoCities, and other similar sites for sites of significant historical significance and for content that has been otherwise lost and is not replicated elsewhere.

  • Linking to wikis and archives that are more exhaustive than Rel.to itself. Categorize these appropriately, so that archive-hunters can find these resources. While Rel.to doesn’t need to list everything, it can still facilitate the avid scavenger.

  • Respecting the rights of copyright holders and any requests they make to take down a link they find objectionable. Challenge takedown requests if you feel strongly, but do so without jeopardizing the site. The community won’t benefit from having Rel.to shut down.

Rel.to Maintenance: Structure of Rel.to

Rel.to organizes community websites and resources into a six level hierarchy. There are up to 3 levels for categories, and up to 3 levels for external links.

  • First level category (directory page)

    • Second level category (section)

      • Third level category (subsection)

        • First level external link

          • Second level external link

            • Third level external link

If you attempt to build a deeper structure for either categories or external links, I don’t know what will happen. I’ve never tried. I don’t recommend it.  You must also be careful not to create an infinite loop (e.g. A is the child of B is the child of C is the child of A).

You don’t have to go six levels deep just because you can. An external link can be a child of any category level, and a first or second level external link does not have to always have children.

Categories:
There are three levels of categories on Rel.to: directory page, section, and subsection.

Directory Pages -

The highest level of category is the directory page category. Any category that has no parent will automatically be listed as a directory page on the landing page of Rel.to (http://rel.to/), as shown here:

For each directory page, the left column shows the name, and the right column shows the title.

The name of each directory page can be used at the end of the Rel.to URI to access its page on Rel.to, e.g. http://rel.to/official and http://rel.to/help for the first two examples above.

Sections -

Each directory page of Rel.to can contain sections. A category that declares a directory page category as its parent will automatically appear as a section of that page, like this sample from the Events page:

The name of each category is prepended with an underscore (_) to become an anchor on the parent’s directory page, and the category name can also be used as a page itself. For example, if the Events directory page has the name “events” and the Activity Teams section has a name of “activity_teams” then:

Subsections -

Each section category of Rel.to may be divided into one or more subsections. Any category that declares a section category as its parent will appear as a subsection beneath that section. Here is the Gathering Rooms section of the Events page, with Internet Relay Chat Rooms indicated as a subsection:

The name of a subsection also works as an anchor on the directory page and as its own page. In the example above, Internet Relay Chat Rooms has a name of “irc”.

The intermediate section name (activity_teams) is not used in this case.

External Links -

Directory pages, sections and subsections give structure to the Rel.to directory so that visitors can browse and find external links of interest to them. External links can be direct descendants of any category, but may also be children of other external links. Rel.to allows external links to be nested under each other for up to 3 levels beneath any category.

An external link may have multiple parents. These parents may be at different levels within the hierarchy. In the figure below, PyPRP IRC has two parents; one is the external link for the Guild of Writers, and the second is the subsection category Internet Chat Relays. More information will be provided about External Links within a seperate tutorial page.

  • Guilds (directory page category)

    • Traditional Guilds (section category)

      • Guild of Writers (first level external link)

        • PyPRP IRC (second level external link)

  • Events (directory page category)

    • Gathering Places (section category)

      • Internet Chat Relays (subsection category)

        • PyPRP IRC (first level external link)

 

Rel.to Maintenance: Logging In

Anyone who has an account on the Guild of Messengers website has an account on Rel.to as well.

If your account has not been assigned a Maintainer or Administrator role, then there is no real point to logging into Rel.to, and the only change you will see is that you have been logged in. Log in as a Maintainer, however, and you’ll be put into Administration mode.

Click Admin Login to begin.

Enter credentials at the login screen that appears. There is an option to log yourself in automatically each visit (stores a cookie on your computer). Click the Login button to continue.

Once logged in, the menu at the top changes. The Administration link appears only if you have Rel.to Maintainer or Administrator access.

You will also notice that [Edit] links appear on all Directory entries when you are logged in and have Rel.to Maintainer or Administrator access.

Click the Administration link at the top of the page to access the Rel.to Administration Menu.

The Rel.to Administration Menu

Depending on your permission levels, you may see different options once you’ve entered Administration mode. This guide will focus only on the options available to Rel.to Maintainers. Maintainers will see the following six choices.

Option

What It’s Useful For

Create/Edit Internal Pages

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A few names on Rel.to are reserved for built-in functions, such as ‘search’ and ‘credits’. Click this if you need to reserve names for new functions or change the names for existing functions. You should rarely need this menu option. The names used in this section do not need to be “short and memorable” unless it seems likely that visitors might type them into their browser to return to a page.

 

Create/Edit External Links

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Names on Rel.to that will redirect the user to another site can be created and edited with this menu option. See Maintaining External Links.

 

Create/Edit Categories

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If you need to create or change Rel.to directory pages and their sections or subsections, click on this menu option. See Maintaining Categories.

Create/Edit Chat Rooms

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To set up or modify the IRC chat rooms for which Rel.to provides a web interface, click this option. This option should only be used for creating links to IRC chat rooms; create an external link for anything else. Rel.to uses Mibbit.com to provide free, web-enabled IRC access to Cyan and Myst-related chat rooms. See Maintaining IRC Rooms.

Rel.to Logs

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To view Rel.to logs, click here. Database updates and failed login attempts are recorded, including the account name and originating ISP address. These may be of passing interest to you as a Rel.to Maintainer, though if you see an error message, please notify the primary Rel.to Administrator (site owner)!

Change the Home Announcement

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Click here to update the front page announcement. The announcement supports BBCode, and instructions on formatting are included on the page. After performing a significant content update, please update the announcement! This lets users know that Rel.to is being maintained and has not fallen dormant.

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Rel.to Maintenance: External Links

Creating a New External Link -

To create a new external link, go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit External Links, then click Insert a New Entry.

This will bring you to the external link entry editor. There are 11 fields; only 3 are required, but you should usually fill out more. These are detailed below.

Parameter

Details

Rel.to Name (*)

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Required. This is the external link’s name. It must be unique, short and memorable. When paired with the base Rel.to URI, each name provides an easy way to reach the referenced website.

For example, http://rel.to/moulforums redirects to http://mystonline.com/forums/, while http://rel.to/drcforums sends you to http://forums.drcsite.org/.

Most redirects are shorter than the URIs to which they point, though not always. Exceptions to this may sometimes arise in order to adhere to naming conventions. When in doubt, follow the naming convention; it is slightly more important that names are consistent (and hence, memorable) than for them to be short.

For example, names for forums always have the word “forums” at the end. Because the naming is consistent, unlike with the real site URIs given above, Rel.to users don’t have to remember if “forums” belongs at the front or back of what they’re typing.

Names are case-insensitive; you may not use both “Cyan” and “cyan”. As a general rule, names on Rel.to are lowercase.

See Category below for more on naming conventions.

 

Title (*)

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Required. This is the title that will be shown in the Rel.to directory. This should usually be the official title that the linked site uses, even if it is in a foreign language.

 

Description

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Use this to provide a description of the resource. Make this meaningful to someone who may be browsing the directory with no specific aim in mind.

Address (*)

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Required. This is the URI of the site that is being catalogued. If you are linking to a forum or other site that includes parameters in the URI, please omit parameters such Session ID (“sid=” or “sessionid=”) or User ID (“u=”, “uid=”, “user=”) that are not necessary for another person to access the resource.

Category

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Should really be called “Type”. Has nothing to do with Rel.to Categories.

This setting determines the icon (if any) that will be displayed next to an external link in the Rel.to directory. These icons help the visitor by giving a visual hint of what to expect when clicking the link (e.g., you’ll expect a video to play when you click on a YouTube link). The default is “None.” Only one category can be set for an external link.

There are certain naming conventions that are used with some of these types, as follows:

Type

Naming Convention

Forums

Append forums, e.g. drcforums. This should always be plural. Rel.to recognizes partial matches, so “drcforum” will work fine for users who type that as long as you use the plural form; but Rel.to will not recognize “drcforums” if you use the singular form here.

Chat

Append chat for sites that provide their own interface.
Append _irc for IRC hosted through Rel.to’s Mibbit integration.

Wiki

Append wiki for sites that host their own wiki.
Append wikia, wikidot, wikipedia, etc. as appropriate for sites hosted at large wikis.

Facebook

Append _fb.

Twitter

Append _t.

Pinterest

Append _pin.

Kickstarter

Append _ks.

 

There are no standards for other types. If you find some names that are improperly written according to the standards, or if you create new standards, please add synonyms to any existing external links that you update, so that old names will continue to work (see Synonyms below).

Languages

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The language or languages supported by the resource. Default: English. Multiple languages may be selected. At least one language should always be selected.

When a site offers unique URIs for different languages, please create a primary external link (e.g. “mystlorewiki”) and declare it with all applicable languages, then create a separate child for each language-specific URI (e.g. “mystlore_en”, “mystlore_de”).

Rel.to will use flag markers throughout the directory to indicate the languages supported by each site, and when searching the site, visitors may set an “advanced option” to limit search results to sites supporting one or more languages.

 

Parents

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This is a comma-delimited list of parents to the new external link you are creating. Most external links will have one parent. Enter the name of the directory page, section, subsection, or other external link that serves as the parent.

Though this field is optional, it is really only optional for Disabled and Hidden external links (see below). External links that do not have a parent declared won’t know where they belong in the directory and won’t be listed.

Synonyms

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This is a comma-delimited list of aliases for a site. This may include names that were used before naming conventions were established, common or easy to make misspellings, and other unique keywords by which it seems reasonable that a site should be findable. Note the word ‘unique’; like names, all synonyms must be unique and may not be used as either names or synonyms for any other external links. Synonyms are also case-insensitive, like names.

Rel.to recognizes partial matches, so please do NOT enter “r, ri, ric, rich, richa, richar” as synonyms for an external link named “richard.”

 

Disabled

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When a site is no longer available, but there is hope it may return some day, mark it as Disabled. The name and any attached synonyms remain reserved (they may not be used by any other external links), but the name and synonyms are no longer searchable, the external link no longer appears in the directory, and the shortcut redirect is disabled.

 

Hidden

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Hidden external links are not searchable and do not appear in the directory, but their shortcut redirects are enabled. The reason this option exists (when leaving “Parents” empty would accomplish the same thing) is so that an external link with a parent can be hidden without deleting the relationship.

Weight

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A weight is a number that can be applied to alter the order in which an external link appears with respect to its peers. All external links with identical weights in a section or subsection are arranged in ascending alphabetical order by their name, but external links with higher weights are placed ahead of those with lower weights. The default weight is 0.

For example: To make the MOUL and DRC websites appear as the first two external links under “Official Uru Live Websites”, in that order, give ‘moul’ a weight of 2, give ‘drc’ a weight of ‘1’, and then give all peers a weight of 0.

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When you have completed entering the new external link, press the Submit button to save.

Editing an External Link -

There are two ways to edit an existing external link. The first is to find the link in the directory and click the small [Edit] link next to it, as shown here:

The alternate method is to go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit External Links, and then enter the name you’d like to edit into the Filter Entries box. Click the Filter button and the list of entries will be narrowed to those matching what you’ve typed.

You can use a partial name, and all external link names that match the text in any way will match. For example, enter “guild” and that will match all names containing those contiguous characters, including “musicguild” and “guildhall.”

Once you’ve found the name you want to edit, click the Edit link.

This will bring you to the external link entry editor. The rules are the same as for creating a new external link, but all fields will begin filled out with current values.

When you have completed editing the external link, press the Submit button to save.

Deleting an External Link -

There are two ways to delete an existing external link. The first is to find the link in the directory and click the small [Edit] link next to it, as shown here:

Then scroll to the bottom of the page, and under the Submit button, click the Delete button.

The alternate method is to go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit External Links, and then look for the name in the same way you would if you were editing it.

When you’ve found the name, you can skip the step of editing the entry, and click directly on Delete instead.

Rel.to Maintenance: Maintaining Categories

Categories are a special type of entry. Categories that don’t have a parent appear on the front page, and become directory pages. A category with a directory page parent becomes a section of that page. And a category with a section parent becomes a subsection.

Creating a new Directory Page, Section or Subsection -

To create a new category, go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit Categories, then click Insert a New Entry.

This will bring you to the category entry editor. There are 8 fields, though only 2 are required. These are detailed below.

Parameter

Details

Rel.to Name (*)

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Required. This is the category’s name. Ideally these, like external link names, are unique, short and memorable. When paired with the base Rel.to URI, each name provides a link to that page, section, or subsection of Rel.to.

For example, http://rel.to/official will take you to the Directory Page for official Myst, Uru, and other Cyan websites. http://rel.to/official_myst will open the Myst websites section as its own page. You can go to http://rel.to/official#_official_myst to load the whole directory page and jump to the declared section.

Names are case-insensitive; you may not use both “Events” and “events”. As a general rule, names on Rel.to are lowercase.

Unlike external link names, category names are not searchable.

 

Title (*)

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Required. This is the title of the page, section, or subsection that will be shown in the Rel.to directory.

 

Description

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You may use this to provide an extended description of the page, section, or subsection. This is only used in a few places on the site, such as for the Internet Chat Relay rooms subsection in order to give credit to Mibbit.com.

 

Parents

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This is a comma-delimited list of parents to the new category you are creating.

If there is no parent, the category will become a front page entry (a Directory Page).

Although Rel.to supports multiple parents, it is best if each category is the child of only one other category at most.

If creating a Section or Subsection, then enter the name of the Directory Page or Section that serves as the parent.

 

Synonyms

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This is a comma-delimited list of aliases for a category. Use synonyms if you change a category name, in order to set up backwards compatibility for anyone who had bookmarked or shared the old name.

Synonyms are case-insensitive, like names.

 

Disabled

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A category can be Disabled to remove it from appearing in the directory, and the page will no longer be accessible. All external links that are children of the category, but and that do not have any other visible parents, will be inaccessible through browsing but will remain searchable.

 

Hidden

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A category can be Hidden so that it does not appear in the directory, but it should still be accessible if accessed directly like a page.

Weight

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A weight can be applied to alter the order in which a category appears with respect to its peers. This is used to set the ordering of Directory Pages on the home page to a non-alphabetical order. It is also used to set the ordering of sections within various Directory Pages. Categories with higher weights will be placed ahead of those with lower weights. The default weight is 0.

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When you have completed entering the new category, press the Submit button to save.

Editing a Directory Page, Section, or Subsection -

There are two ways to edit an existing category. The first is to find the category in the directory and click the small [Edit] link next to it.

Directory Pages can be edited from the front page of the site:

Sections and Subsections can be edited from the page(s) on which they appear:

The alternate method is to go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit Categories, and then enter the name you’d like to edit into the Filter Entries box. Click the Filter button and the list of entries will be narrowed to those matching what you’ve typed.

You can use a partial name, and all names that match the text anywhere will match. For example, enter “official” and that will match all categories with names containing those contiguous characters.

Once you’ve found the name you want to edit, click the Edit link.

This will bring you to the category entry editor. The rules are the same as for creating a new category, but all fields will begin filled out with current values.

When you have completed editing the category, press the Submit button to save.

Deleting a Directory Page, Section, or Subsection -
There are two ways to delete an existing category. The first is to find the entry in the directory and click the small [Edit] link next to it, as shown in these examples:

Directory Pages:

Sections and Subsections:

Then scroll to the bottom of the page, and under the Submit button, click the Delete button.

The alternate method is to go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit Categories, and then look for the name in the same way you would if you were editing it.

When you’ve found the name, you can skip the step of editing the entry, and click directly on Delete instead.

Rel.to Maintenance: IRC Chat Rooms

Rel.to makes setting up Internet Relay Chat (IRC) a snap! All you have to do is plug in the necessary details (a name, a title, and an address) and Rel.to will create a new page with an integrated web-based IRC client using the free service at Mibbit.com.

Creating a new chat room -

To create a new chat room, go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit Chat Rooms, then click Insert a New Entry.

IRC rooms look just like other entries on Rel.to, and use the same fields as external links. For example, if you’re linking to a chat room where the predominant language is not English, you would want to set the appropriate language flag on the entry.

There are a few context-specific considerations to add:

Parameter

Details

 

Rel.to Name (*)

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Short and memorable, and should always have the suffix “_irc

Title (*)

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Please use the title to include ALL of the information that a user would need to connect to the chat room using another client of his or her own preference.

For example, “IRC #writers channel on irc.guildofwriters.com:6667” includes all of the details (including the port number, even though it is the default).

Address (*)

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This must be in the form irc://websiteaddress#channel, e.g. irc://irc.guildofwriters.org#writers.

If the port is not the default (6667), then use irc://websiteaddress:port#channel.

Category

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Should really be called “Type”. Has nothing to do with Rel.to Categories.

Should always be set to Chat. When creating a chat room, the correct default will be set for you.

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When you have completed entering the chat room details, press the Submit button to save.

Editing a chat room -

There are two ways to edit an existing chat room. The first is to find the link in the directory and click the small [Edit] link next to it. All of the chat rooms should be children of the IRC subsection on the Events page (http://rel.to/irc).

The alternate method is to go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit Chat Rooms, and then find the name you’d like to edit, and click the Edit link. (You could use the filter box here, but there are only a few chat rooms so there isn’t much point.)

This will bring you to the IRC chat room editor. The rules are the same as for creating a new chat room, but all fields will begin filled out with current values.

When you have completed editing the chat room, press the Submit button to save.

Deleting a chat room -

There are two ways to delete an existing chat room. The first is to find the link in the directory and click the small [Edit] link next to it, in the IRC subsection on the Events page (http://rel.to/irc):

Then scroll to the bottom of the page, and under the Submit button, click the Delete button.

The alternate method is to go to the Administration Menu, select Create/Edit Chat Rooms, and then find for the name in the list, and click Delete.

Rel.to Maintenance: Helpful Hints

On naming entries for people -

Suppose you are adding a twitter account for Rand Miller, and he has given the account the name “atrus”. Although the community does know him as Atrus, they know him better as Rand. So when adding this account, you’d make “rand_t” the name (_t because it is a twitter account). As a synonym, you might also add “atrus_t”.

On defining a clear hierarchy -

Consider making an entry into the child of another entry when the relationship fits in the context of the parent category.

For example, under “Personal” you might have Rand Miller’s home page as a first level entry, followed by second level entries for his twitter account and his Facebook page.

Under “Groups” you might make special projects or related properties of a particular group into children of the group’s main entry. For example, if the Guild of Messengers has a YouTube channel, that would be a good child of the main Guild of Messengers website entry, even though the channel would be on a different website.

There is no firm rule one way or the other. Try to be consistent; but don’t sweat it if you aren’t, because consistency is hard.

On wikis and forums -

You wouldn’t want to replicate a wiki’s entire table of contents on Rel.to. Nor do you want to enter every forum thread into Rel.to. Generally, one link to the wiki or forum is sufficient.

Sometimes there might be a special article of importance, such as the list of common abbreviations used by community members when chatting in forums and in game. This might deserve its own entry on Rel.to, probably under the “Help” category. When adding a link like this, it can also be set up as a child of the wiki or forum where it is found. This should be fine as long as there are not too many such children.

How To: Be a Cavern Crier

This page has been relocated to Cavern Crier info page for ease of reference for new Criers:

http://www.guildofmessengers.com/en/book/tutorial-how-be-cavern-crier