Site navigation: how to find changes, replies, etc.

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The short answer for regular users: if you want to track changes and replies to your post, go to Your personal polling station.
The polling station is designed as a personal hub and links to the pages the most relevant to the user. There, you will find a link to your tracker page, where you can see replies to your posts, etc, and a link to the global tracker page, which will show all the latest activity of the site.

See also the "RECENT POSTS" menu item at the very top of every page.

The main navigation menu, under your name at the left, also presents regular users with links to the most important starting points in using this site.

The site is a work is progress. Expect things to change and improve over time.

How to find replies to my posts?

It is a current limitation of the web site that you do not get notified by email when there is a reply to one of your posts. We are working on an adequate long term solution. Meanwhile, if you want to notice replies to your posts, you must follow the steps below.

Regularly check your personal tracker page and see new comments in your discussion threads.

You can access this personal tracker page in many different ways. You can either:

  1. Go to My account (link on the left) and click on the tab Track.
  2. Follow the Recent Posts link and click on the tab My Recent posts.
    The Recent Posts link can be found:
    • at the top of every page.
    • in the navigation menu on the left, under your name.
    • at the bottom of every page.
  3. Got to your Polling station and following the link My Recent posts.

In any case, notice the column Replies which will state the number of new replies (if any) since you last visited a particular page.
You can also check updated content.

The Recent Posts page will obviously show you other recent activity in the site.

Revisions

Note the 'Revisions' tab next to the 'Edit' tab in each articles. You can use it to check differences between any two revisions.

Analogies and distribution of content

In order to better understand how the content is organized and distributed throughout the site, it helps to make some analogies.

A public library

Like in a public library, where the content is classified according to type (fiction, non-fiction, reference books, etc.) and topic (philosophy, history, science fiction, etc.), we'd like users of this site to be able to browse the content of this site according to their needs and topics of interest. We will strive to ensured that all relevant and interesting content is appropriately tagged.

On each topic, we try to provide an entry point with all the most relevant content related to that topic. The current implementation1 is clearly sub-optimal and is one of the areas where we have a lot of room for improvement.

A home

Each member has a personal home. By default, each member has its own blog and can start blogging in their own, personal space. The personal blog of each user can be found from the user's home page.

In addition, some users are granted the right to have their own, personal space where they can post their own articles and control the presentation and the outline of the content. We plan to extend the concept to all trusted users.

Thus, each user has its own personal space it controls in many ways.

A village

Obviously, this web site is open to many people and all members have their own blog, their own 'home', etc. It makes us a village. We have, in a way, neighbours, who live and blog beside us.

A community

Most importantly, we are a community. We live nearby each other because we chose to. We aim to work together to make our world a better place. A lot of the content in this site is the fruit of community work (wiki pages, etc.)

A sieve

We would like to allow valuable content to remain visible at the appropriate places, regardless of when it was posted. We do not operate under the wrong assumption that newer is better. Content that was posted years ago might still be relevant. Decades-old or even centuries-old insights are as much valuable today as they were then.
Meanwhile, a lot of cross-talk is redundant, irrelevant, boring, etc.

We will always strive to make the most valuable content be the most visible. In this point as in many others, we have a lot of improvement to do.

  • 1. As of January 2017