Frequently Asked Questions

How to use the commenting system

The commenting system creates the equivalent of a discussion board for each post. Users can post comments to discuss any node that has had comments enabled. The ability to use this mechanism is believed to be an important part of involving members in a community dialogue.

An administrator can give comment permissions to user groups, and users can (optionally) edit their previously entered comment, assuming no others have been posted since. Users can be granted control over the chronological ordering of posts (newest or oldest first) and the number of posts to display on each page. Comments behave like other user submissions - filters, smileys and HTML that work in nodes will also work with comments. The comment module provides specific features to inform site members when new comments have been posted. For example, when you have subscribed to a node, replies to your comments will cause you to get an email to draw you back to the site.

Each node that has comments enabled will have a hyperlink which reads 'Add new comment' under the node display. Each comment has a subject, which defaults to the subject being comment on. When a comment has already been entered, the options (delete, edit, and reply) are provided under the comment text.

Administrators can find additional information about the commenting system here.

What is a taxonomy?

A taxonomy is a classification system on one or more topic areas that has the following features:

  • hierarchy (i.e. a way of navigating to broader and narrower terms
  • enumeration (a term is composed of these components)
  • equivalence (this term is equivalent to that term)
  • membership rules (how many terms can an object have?)
  • associative references (this term is similar to these other terms)

For an interesting discussion on taxonomies, vocabularies, and classification systems, see this description.Taxonomies on this site are used to classify postings according to one or more different vocabularies. Generally, these classifications are optional, but if they are used, they allow readers to browse to other content which also has that classification. You can request the addition of new vocabularies or terms, or changes to the architecture currently in place for existing vocabularies, by posting a comment to this node and describing the rationale for your request.

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