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=Frequently Asked Questions=
 
=Frequently Asked Questions=
  
===What is this site about===
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===What is this site about?===
  
This is a news site alternative to Slashdot. It runs an interface much like Slashdot ''used'' to be
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This is a wiki for this project. If you'd like to learn more about the project, try the [http://soylentnews.org/about.pl about page] or the [http://soylentnews.org/faq.pl site FAQ].
- better articles, less decoration, and less "in your face" functionality.
 
  
===Who owns this site===
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====What's the purpose of the Wiki?====
  
The site is owned and run by NCommander.
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Currently it provides a place for documentation about the project. Some examples:
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*[[Development#Slashcode_Primer| A primer on Slashcode]]
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*[[Development#Index_of_Development_Pages_and_Resources|Index of Development Pages and Resources]]
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*[[CssWork]]
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*The [[TeamPages]] | pages of the teams that work on this project
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*The [[WhosWho]] | list of people involved
  
This may change in a month or so when we choose a business model.
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===How can I volunteer?===
 
 
===What if Dice decides to revert to Classic Slashdot?===
 
 
 
The general feeling is that the quality of articles on Slashdot has
 
become poor. We think we can do a better job, so the project will continue regardless of what
 
Dice does with Slashdot.
 
  
===How can I volunteer?===
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If you are interested in volunteering, start in the '''[[SoylentNews#Get_Involved|Get Involved]]''' section.
  
If you are interested in volunteering, start in the '''[[SoylentNews#Get_Involved|Get Involved]]''' Section.
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===Where can I find information about wiki syntax used here?===
  
We also need to [[Spreading_the_word|spread the word]]
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Try the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Contents MediaWiki Help Docs]
  
For almost all facets of the site, contributions are made by community consent: If you can convince the community, we'll make it happen.
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===Can I comment on something here without modifying the page?===
  
===Will the code be released open source?===
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Sure, just click the discussion link at the top of every page
  
Yes.
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===How can I sign my comments on discussion pages?===
  
===Will the database be released open source?===
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Just type <nowiki>~~~~</nowiki> after your comment.
  
Yes, providing there are no legal issues or other "gotchas".
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===Why can't I log in here? (or on the main site?)===
  
On the subject of making things open source, someone suggested that the database be
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The wiki and the main site are separate, you'll need to create an account on each individually. Due to spam, new accounts require manual administrator approval.
separated via API from the presentation. People could then write other interfaces and presentation methods that show the data in various ways. It would also allow program access
 
to the data for things such as searching and other uses.
 
  
I think this is an excellent idea. Barring any insurmountable issues, I'll try to make
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===Why can't I edit anymore?===
that happen during the rewrite.
 
  
===Will you be taking articles/content from other sites?===
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We've changed the wiki to only allow logged-in users to edit, you'll need to log in or create an account to make changes.
  
If we are to succeed, we need to do it on our own merits. Our goal is to provide unique content. Still, as our newsfeed is powered by our submissions, and due to our inability to see the queues of other sites, cross posting does sometimes happen.
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===I have more questions, what do I do?===
  
===What about user ID on old slashdot, can we preserve that?===
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You could jump into [[SoylentNews:IRC|IRC]] and pester us until we answer you.
The original plan was to implement a system to preserve UIDs from the old site. This may not be possible anymore. See [[Migration of users from Slashdot]] for details.
 

Latest revision as of 17:49, 15 October 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this site about?

This is a wiki for this project. If you'd like to learn more about the project, try the about page or the site FAQ.

What's the purpose of the Wiki?

Currently it provides a place for documentation about the project. Some examples:

How can I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, start in the Get Involved section.

Where can I find information about wiki syntax used here?

Try the MediaWiki Help Docs

Can I comment on something here without modifying the page?

Sure, just click the discussion link at the top of every page

How can I sign my comments on discussion pages?

Just type ~~~~ after your comment.

Why can't I log in here? (or on the main site?)

The wiki and the main site are separate, you'll need to create an account on each individually. Due to spam, new accounts require manual administrator approval.

Why can't I edit anymore?

We've changed the wiki to only allow logged-in users to edit, you'll need to log in or create an account to make changes.

I have more questions, what do I do?

You could jump into IRC and pester us until we answer you.