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]...

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DavidMack "Kudos all around for a great site! I love the Notes and feel guilty I'm in the 80th percentile of lurkers--will have to post something. Wiki page..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
warren "It's absolutely a priority -- so much so, that throughout this note, I've treated it as a given that we're implementing it. Am I misreading that? ..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "I don't misunderstand this note, Jeff. It has two sections: a diagnosis of the problem of research note posting, and a proposed remedy-- working on..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
btbonval "For plain text only, we might want to look into something like what TwitLonger does. Twitter begins as just text with 1..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
warren "Hey Mathew - maybe you misunderstand -- I'm not speaking against a WYSIWYG editor - we've clearly agreed on Github that it's a priority, and my und..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
btbonval "I know I'm going to come off cold and inhuman, but we should not ignore mathematics and known trends. Most natural works, and human works, exist i..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "Since our inception, looking at and using Markdown has scared off posters-- and I know this because people have been telling me this for four years..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
patcoyle "Thanks Jeff. As always, thoughtful with an eye for how to broaden participation and make more inclusive. For me, being busy and spread thin is an i..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
warren "Hmm, I don't find that I have to log in that much; perhaps you should open an issue for that, as it should remember you. But yes, that's an extra s..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
liz "Great idea - i have just created an icon that goes directly to I will give that a shot for a while and report back. One thing i..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
warren "Hmm, interesting. Do you feel that's much easier than using the smartphone-friendly posting form? Did you know you can use "Add to home screen" on..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
liz "This is great to read! I am also excited about the Question feature, and advocate for a direct link to Asking Questions (and Answering Questions) o..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "holy crap that was fast. " | Read more » about 9 years ago
warren "ah... i think there may be a slight bug in the digitization of the image. Perhaps it was multiple rounding errors? Apologies... i could look it up ..." | Read more » over 9 years ago
Mulyati "Oh Iunderstand now, thank you. As I know, the range of RGB is 0-255 but in spectrum I see that max value of red is 257, why? And how about the co..." | Read more » over 9 years ago
warren "Ah, i see what you're asking. OK: Ideally, we would measure all wavelengths equally in each pixel -- the diffraction grating should be separating ..." | Read more » over 9 years ago
Mulyati "Sorry, i want to ask you again. In the spectrum there is % y-axis, what does it mean? can i get the value of % y-axis with different wavelength? " | Read more » over 9 years ago
warren "Cameras only record intensity for R,G, and B channels, separately -- the Bayer filter prevents raw, full-bandwith intensity reading. :-/ Sorry! " | Read more » over 9 years ago
Mulyati "But that average is from RGB right? I want to know about value of the intensity from the spectrum. How you get that intensity? I think that's not f..." | Read more » over 9 years ago
warren "There should be an averaged # in the JSON, CSV, and XML downloads, but since the camera records it in RGB, perhaps the best way is to just add R+B+G? " | Read more » over 9 years ago
Mulyati "hi, i wanna ask you about how to get the spectrum value, but not in RGB. can you help me? " | Read more » over 9 years ago
swissnet24 "Super site " | about 10 years ago
shaief "looking good! congratulations! " | Read more » about 11 years ago
liz "wow awesome! " | Read more » about 11 years ago