Nexus FAQ

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Atheist Nexus FAQ v.1.0

 
  1. Help! Atheist Nexus is doing weird things How to clear your browser cache.
  2. Can I hide my online status?
  3. Can I hide my profile?
  4. Do I have to be a member of a group to post to that group?
  5. Do I have to be a member of Atheist Nexus to post on the forums or in a group?
  6. How do I "friend" someone?
  7. How do I add a picture to ‘My Page’?
  8. How do I add a YouTube video to "My Page" or discussions? 
  9. How do I add music to "My Page"?
  10. How do I add my user photo?
  11. How do I change the size of the font?
  12. How do I chat with other members? / What is that noise I keep hearing?
  13. How do I check my messages?
  14. How do I delete my account?
  15. How do I edit my profile?
  16. How do I edit or delete a discussion?
  17. How do I edit or delete a reply?
  18. How do I follow discussions?
  19. How do I get an autographed picture of Brother Richard in a thong?
 
  1. Help! Atheist Nexus is doing weird things. How to clear your browser cache.
    Your browser keeps a temporary repository of frequently used web page components in an area called the "cache". Sometimes, your cache can accumulate multiple copies of things and this causes all manner of browser weirdness. If you notice erratic browser behavior (skewed display, buttons not working, etc.) manually clear your cache and restart your browser. For more info, see this link.
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  2. Can I hide my online status?
    On the chat bar at the bottom of the screen, you will see a little icon of a human with a green dot, to the very right of the bar. Click on the green dot to log out of chat. Unfortunately, you cannot appear offline while remaining connected to chat.
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  3. Can I hide my profile?
    You can make your "My Page" viewable by anyone or only friends in your privacy settings. You have the options to hide your gender and age. You do not have to post a photo of yourself or use your real name. You also have the option of allowing only friends or just yourself to view your photos, videos, and blogs. Please read the "Member Guidelines and Rules" page to learn more about privacy.
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  4. Do I have to be a member of a group to post to that group?
    Yes, for the same reason that you must be an Atheist Nexus member to post to the main forums. Some groups are private, and will require an invite. You can message a group creator to request admittance.
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  5. Do I have to be a member of Atheist Nexus to post on the forums or in groups?
    Yes. Anonymous comments are not possible. Signing up is fast and easy and you do so in the top right corner of the home page.
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  6. How do I "Friend" someone?
    Go to the member"s profile. You can do this by clicking on their user photo. Their name, city, state and country will be listed. Right under those is a link titled "Add as Friend" Click it and then confirm. Your part is done. The other person will be notified with a message and be prompted to accept or deny your request.
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  7. How do I add a picture to "My Page"?
    Click on the link at the top of each page that says "Photos." Follow the directions to add photos. After you receive confirmation, you may then select each individual photo to edit the name, description, tags, and privacy settings.Your photos by default will appear on your "My Page." You can move and edit the settings on your photos box as desired.
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  8. How do I add a YouTube video to "My Page"?
    If you want to add a video to your "Videos" collection, you will do that in a similar fashion to adding a picture (see above). It will go into your videos box on your "My Page". Alternately, you can embed a video directly onto your "My Page." First you need to have the embed code from YouTube, or other video site. You get that by looking at the box to the right of the video you want. The box has who posted the video, when the person uploaded the video, how many videos the person has uploaded as well as information about the video. At the bottom of this info you will see a box titled "Embed" with code in it. You will also see a link called "Customize". This allows you to change the colors of the video box and add a border along with whether or not you would like related videos to be posted at the bottom. Make your selections and when you have finished, you click the code. When it is highlighted, right click to copy the code. Now return to your "My Page" on Atheist Nexus. You can now insert this code into any text box on your profile.
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  9. How do I add music to "My Page"?
    If you haven"t moved it, you will find a box on the left side of your "My Page" titled "My Music". You simply click the link that says "Add Music" and it will walk you through the process. Alternately, you can add music to your "My Page" through places like Playlist.com (this is not an endorsement). Follow their easy directions to find the music you want on your player and get the code. Once back at Atheist Nexus simply edit your "My Page" and paste the code into the section in which you want the player to appear. Please keep in mind that the more code you put on your page, the longer it takes your page to load, not only for yourself but also for your visitors.
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  10. How do I add my user photo?
    On your "My Page", under your name, gender and location, is the link to "Change My Photo". You will be taken to the "My Details" page. Next to "Profile Photo" you will see a tiny picture icon and a button showing a framed picture on it to the right of the icon. Click that button and it will pop up a box that says "Use existing image:" or "Upload an image from your computer". Click which ever option you desire and click "Done". That box will close leaving you back on the "My Details" page. The icon that showed the picture will now be yellow and have the word "New" on it. Remember to click save at the bottom left of the page.
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  11. How do I change the size of the font?
    Fonts are a fixed size on Nexus. However, if you are having difficulty reading, you may "zoom in" to the text on a page. Simply hold down the Ctrl button (on a PC) while pressing the + key to enlarge. You can make the text small again by pressing the - key instead.
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  12. How do I chat with other members?
    At the bottom of every page is a floating bar that says "Atheist Nexus Chat | ## Online". Click on that bar, and a small window will pop up (similar to Facebook chat). Simply type in your text and hit enter, and it will appear in the chat log. Each time someone else enters text, brief tone will sound. You can change the volume of this sound by clicking on the speaker button directly above the text box. To the right is a list of all the members currently logged into Atheist Nexus at the moment, though they are not necessarily participating in the chat window. Click on any name to either view their profile or chat with them in private.
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  13. How do I check my messages?
    At the upper right-hand corner of every page is a link to your inbox, alerts, and member requests. Click on any of these to be taken to the appropriate section.
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  14. How do I delete my account?
    If there is a problem please consider contacting someone in administration to help you. If you still are not satisfied, and want to leave Atheist Nexus, all you need to do is go to "My Settings". In the bottom right of this page you will see a link titled "Leave Atheist Nexus". Click this link and a box will pop up asking if this is really what you want to do. Click your answer and you are done. Please note that when you leave Atheist Nexus all of your posts, replies, blogs and pictures will be permanently deleted as well as any comments that were in response to your posted items.
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  15. How do I edit my profile?
    Make sure you are logged into Atheist Nexus. If you want to change the "About Me" section and things associated with it, click the "My Settings" link in the welcome box in the top right of every page. If you want to change the appearance of your profile, you go to your "My Page" and look under your photo, where you will see your name, gender and location. Right under this you will see "Change My Photo or Theme". Click "Theme" and it will open the page to edit the appearance of your "My Page". Remember once you have selected your desired theme to click "Save" at the bottom left of the page. Alternately, you can apply the current Atheist Nexus theme to your "My Page" by clicking "Apply Atheist Nexus's theme" right under the selection box to the left. Once back on your "My Page", you can edit the settings of the boxes as desired, and drag them around the page to re-arrange.
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  16. How do I edit or delete a discussion?
    You can only edit and delete discussions that you have posted. To edit your discussion you need to be on the discussion page. Looking to the right of the text of the discussion you will see a box with the options to edit, close, edit tags or delete the discussion. Click the appropriate link and follow the directions. Remember that deleting a discussion is permanent and can not be recovered.
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  17. How do I edit or delete a reply?
    You can only edit and delete replies that you have posted. You have fifteen minutes from the time the reply is first posted to edit it. To do this you simply click on the test of your post and it will go to edit mode. After that fifteen minutes you can not edit anymore but you can delete it and make a new comment if you so wish. To delete your comment you locate the "X" in the upper right corner of your comment. Remember that deleting a reply is permanent and can not be recovered.
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  18. How do I follow discussions?
    You can follow discussions by clicking the "Follow" link last reply in a discussion. You also automatically follow any discussion you reply to, unless you click "stop following". You will then receive an email for each new reply. You can be alerted to any new discussions posted in the forums in the same way, by clicking "Follow" at the bottom of the main forum menu.
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  19. How do I get an autographed picture of Brother Richard in a thong?
    We are still researching this ourselves and would love any tips you may have as to the whereabouts of the one and only autographed picture of Brother Richard in a thong. It was rumored to have been destroyed by pirates when they torched his ship, back in the early eighties off the coast of Natal, Brazil.
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  20. How do I include a photo into a reply/discussion?
    First click on where among the text you want your image to appear. Then click on the button of a camera next to the link button. You can either upload a photo or use a photo located elsewhere on the Internet. To do the latter, first you must find the desired image. Then right-click on that image and click "copy image location" Return to the image box and paste that into the appropriate field. The code for the image will be inserted into the text box for you. Be sure not to alter it any, or your image may not load properly after saving.
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  21. How do I leave a group?
    You can leave a group by visiting that group"s home page. Look to the right of the group"s description, and you will see a link to "Leave Group" Click the link and you will be automatically ejected from the group. Be aware that any comments or discussions posted will not be deleted, so if you wish to remove them, you must delete them yourself before leaving the group.
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  22. How do I make links?
    There is a little chain link icon in the reply box (5th from the left). First highlight which words you want to hold the link, then click the chain link icon and paste the target URL for the page into the box that pops up.
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  23. How do I make quotes in replies?
    The simplest way to make quotes is by using the "quotation marks" and italicizing the quoted text. Another way to make it stand out is by using <blockquote> at the beginning of the text to be quoted and </blockquote> at the end.
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  24. How do I put a widget on "My Page"?
    First get the code for the widget that you want to add. Next, click the "My Settings" link in the welcome box of any page. You can paste the code for your new widget in the "About Me" section or straight into the text box located underneath it on your "My Page". You can also search Ning apps to add to your page. Widgets are available for many applications, from many sources. Not all widgets will be compatible with the Ning platform. It may take trial and error to find out which widget will work. Please be aware, no widgets are made or supported by Atheist Nexus and are to be used entirely at your own risk - please DO NOT contact Atheist Nexus for assistance, support or complaints about widgets. If you need help, please check with the widget authors or refer to the world's largest support manual.
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  25. How do I report someone for violating guidelines?
    You can report someone for violating guidelines by sending an email to a Moderator through the Report an Issue or Contact Info links under the About Us tab at the top of each page. Also, you can send an offending forum post directly to a Moderator by clicking "Share" at the bottom of the post (above the comment section), along with a short message if necessary.
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  26. How do I search for discussions?
    Click on the "Forums" link at the top of each page. Once there, make sure the filter on the right is set to view discussions. You will see a search box to the left of the filter; just put your search terms into the box. Alternately, you can search directly in Google using the syntax site:atheistnexus.org in your search terms.
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  27. How do I search for members?
    Hover your mouse over the "Members" link at the top of each page, and from the drop-down menu click "Advanced Search". There you will be offered the option to search by name, about me page, school, profession, city & state as well as country. Pick which ever ones suit your search and then click "Search Members".
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  28. How do I start a discussion?
    You can start a discussion by looking to the top right of any discussion menu and clicking on the "Add New Discussion" link. Clicking this link will take you to the page where you will enter the title, text of the discussion, category, tags, and even attach files. Avoid repeat posts, solitary links, copied-and-pasted items, and spam. Know that failure to read the "Rules and Guidelines" page can result in deletion of posts without warning.
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  29. How do I subscribe to Atheist Nexus through RSS?
    You can subscribe to Atheist Nexus's RSS by clicking on the little orange and white icons located throughout Atheist Nexus and following the directions of your personal Feed Reader. Be aware that there are several different feeds on this website, including ones for all member blog posts and for all new Atheist Nexus activities. Due to the high volume of Atheist Nexus activity, these feeds will have from tens to hundreds of new items a day, depending on what they follow. For those who do not know, RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. Once subscribed to whichever feed you are interested in, it is an easy way to keep up to date on the contents of a website without having to actually go to that website. To learn more about RSS you can go here (not an endorsement).
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  30. I accidentally turned off "Latest Activity", how do I turn it back on?
    Go to "My Settings". Go to "Privacy". Scroll down to the bottom and UN-click the four "Latest Activities" you want displayed. (This sounds stupid, but is necessary.) Click "Save". Now, go back to "My Settings" and then to "Privacy". Check which ever boxes you want to turn back on and click "Save". Go back to your "My Page", now the edit button should be back on the top right of that header, so you can choose how many of the latest activities you would like shown.
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  31. What are tags?
    Tags are key words. They are used to help people search for a certain topic. You add them to your discussions in the place provided. Words may be separated by a comma, and whole phrases may be "grouped in quotes."
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  32. What do I do if I forgot my password?
    If you have lost your password you need to click the link on the sign-in page that says "Forgot your Password?" It will ask for the email address you signed up with and it will reset it for you.
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  33. Where can I find "Member Guidelines and Rules"?
    They are available here.
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  34. Where can I send an idea or complaint about the Atheist Nexus Website?
    You may contact Atheist Nexus using the Contact Info link under the About Us tab, or by the the "Report an Issue" link at the bottom of every page. Know that most technical issues are a matter of Ning programming and may take time for us to resolve. Please do not spam Atheist Nexus.
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  35. What kind of post formatting is supported on Atheist Nexus?
    Atheist Nexus in general supports most standard HTML formatting. It does not support BBcode that is common to many other sites. Care should be exercised in the use of special or reserved keyboard characters such as "<", "/" or ">" - they may not always appear as you expect. For tricks on the use of special characters, see this link. In general, if you are unsure if your formatting will work, take it for a test drive in The Sandbox group first, where you can make as big a mess as you like and no one will laugh at you.
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  36. Why are groups so special
    Groups are member-run sections of Atheist Nexus that discuss issues pertaining to that group"s interests. There are groups for everyone and everything, so if you can not find what you are looking for in the search, then you can make your own. To search the groups you need to click on the "Groups" link at the top of each page, then enter your keyword into the search box. (Be sure to try several variations of what you are looking for.) To create a group, click the "Create A Group" link in the upper right of the page next to a green plus sign. You will be directed to the creation page where you will fill in the name, description, website, and location as well as uploading a picture for the group. Please note: once you select the privacy setting for your group, it cannot be changed. After this step, you will find a box under the picture and description where you can add more detail about the group as well as widgets, pictures or videos. The group creator can invite members and even elevate chosen members to be administrators. Group admins have special powers over the group, so delegate wisely. Read the site "Rules and Guidelines" for more info, and to avoid having your group deleted.
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  37. Why can"t I log in?
    Double-check to make sure you are using the right email address and password. After that, click the link on the sign-in page titled "Problems Signing In?" and follow the directions from there. If that does not"t work, please Report the issue to Atheist Nexus for further assistance.
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