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How do I keep up with all this information?

There are a number of ways to keep track of new content on OrangePolitics.  You can get updates on the web, by e-mail, via RSS, or even on Twitter! You can also choose whether you want to know about all new content including comments, or only blog posts, or just front page entries.

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How do I recover my old OP account?

If you were registered on OP before we changed platforms in 2008, you already have an account here. Click here to access it, or read on for detailed directions.

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Why should I register on OP?

All that's required to register on OrangePolitics is an e-mail address, although we also request that you share some additional information about yourself. Click here to register (or login) now.

There are many benefits to signing up. The two main ones are:

  • Post comments without moderation. (All anonymous comments are held for moderation and are displayed in gray text.)
  • Create your own blog entries and add calendar events.
But wait, there's more...
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How do I get my post on the front page?

Anyone who completes the registration process on OrangePolitics can publish blog entries. However, only users with editorial privileges can promote entries to the front page of the site*. Here are some of the criteria for determining whether to front page a post:

  • Is it locally specific, or least relevant?
  • Does it present useful insights and/or credible information?
  • Is it consistent with the progressive politics of this web site?
  • Is the author's identity clear, preferably with a full name?
  • Does it contain unique content (as opposed to copying the text of an article or press release)?

Even if it is not promoted, there are other ways for people to find your entries...

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Where'd that page go? a.k.a. 404 Page not found

Have you followed a link to OrangePolitics only to get a "Page not found" message (or this here page) instead of the blog entry you were expecting? When we moved this site from Wordpress to Drupal in January 2008, we were able to keep most of the addresses from changing. However, there are some anomalies that fell through the cracks.

You may want to use the search function at http://orangepolitics.org/search to find the blog entry you want. We would appreciate you reporting these to us via http://orangepolitics.org/contact so we can rectify the error and update the URL in question. Thanks for your ongoing patience with the transition!

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Where's my profile?

I'm making some changes to how profiles are handled to (hopefully) make them easier to use, and to require a bit of info such as name and precinct. You can see any user's profile by clicking on the name associated with a comment, event, or blog entry.

If you previously created a profile (information beyond your username and e-mail), I will be copying it over to the new profile shortly, so you probably won't even notice the difference. You can always edit your profile by clicking on the 'My account' link under your username in the sidebar.

As always, let me know if you have any problems or questions.

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So what's the big deal with the new platform?

We have finally arrived at OrangePolitics, version 3! You may be wondering how the site is changing, and I hope to explain that here. The biggest change is to the entire framework of publishing - on the new site every registered user has her own blog! This comes with a few other changes, for example every new piece of content does not necessarily appear on the front page. There are several ways to dig in and find the stuff you want, including: the Latest content page, which shows everything that has been published; Keywords (at right), which allow users to label and organize posts any way you like; and the Watchlist, where you can keep up with the bloggers you are most interested in.

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