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Frequently Asked Questions

Paid Subscribers

How do I buy or manage an online subscription?

Accounts

Why do you need all my personal information when I register?

How can I see profiles of other users?

How can I delete my account and all my posts?

What about my profile?

Navigation

How can I find what I'm looking for?

Content

What's the difference between the News link and the Catch Up link in the main navigation bar?

What are all those little icons at the upper right side of every story?

What's with the submission text box with all the buttons on top?

Do you still put all the stories from the paper online?

How do I get RSS feeds?

What is an RSS Reader?

Where can I subscribe to the print edition?

Other users

Who should I tell about bad behavior on this site?

Submitting stories, announcements and press releases

Where can I submit a birth announcement?

Where can I submit a engagement announcement?

Where can I submit a wedding announcement?

Where can I submit a classified ad?

Where can I buy photo reprints?

Where can I buy copies of old stories?

How do I post a blog entry?

How do I post an event?

How do I post a question to the forum?

Accounts

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When I go to the My Account link, I can see all the private information I submitted in your registration form. Can everyone see that?

No, only you can see everything in your profile. Others can only see the fields that were designated as public in the registration form. Remember, too, that you don't need to create a new account. You can sign in using your Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID, AOL or Google account.

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Why do you need all my personal information when I register?

We don't. You're only required to enter some particulars--name, address, phone and a couple others--and the rest is up to you. We encourage you, though, to fill in the fields that tell the community more about your interests. Remember, too, that you don't need to create a new account. You can sign in using your Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID, AOL or Google account.

How can I see profiles of other users?

Log in, click the User Profiles link in the navigation menu under the top photo, and scroll through. Click on a user name to learn more about the user and contact them through their contact page. As the site grows, more users will be listed and more information will be displayed on this first screen.

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How can I delete my account and all my posts?

Users cannot delete their posts or their accounts. Please use care and prudence when posting. When you put it on the web, it's out there forever.

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What about my profile?

After you fill out the initial form, you can add information to your account.

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Navigation

How can I find what I'm looking for?

Many ways:

--Use the pull down navigation bar.

--Click on the search box at the top of the page. Type in your search word, or use the Advanced options for a more detailed search.

--Click on the Catch Up link in the navigation bar. Catch Up section to read all the news, reader submissions and recently posted events that happened while you were gone. All content is sorted from the top of the page from newest to oldest. Just read until you're caught up.

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Content

What's the difference between the News link and the Catch Up link in the main navigation bar?

While both links like site content from newest to oldest, the News link lists only tories written by our staff while the Catch Up link lists all stories by both our staff and by local bloggers, as well as events that have been recently posted to the calendar.

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What are all those little icons at the upper right side of every story?

Those icons allow you to alert other web sites about the content in that story. By clicking those icons you can post a reference or personal bookmark to that story on a variety of social media sites.

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What's with the submission text box with all the buttons on top?

That interface gives the user some Microsoft Word-like control over the text in their posts.

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Do you put all the stories from the paper online?

Yes and no. The entire edition of the newspaper is online under the "Print Edition" link at page top. You can download each page individually, or you can download the entire paper in PDF format. You can preview a reduced version of the page in JPG format first. All the stories you read on the pages of the web site itself are written specifically for the site, but may be printed in the paper at a later date.

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How do I get RSS feeds?

A full RSS feed for the site is available by clicking the orange button the right hand side of your browser window in the "Stay connected" box.

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What is an RSS Reader?

RSS (see the wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS) readers like NetNewswire, RSS Owl, Vienna and others are available for free or at low cost at various sites.

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Where can I subscribe to the print edition?

Click on the Subscribe button in the menu bar.

Other users

Who should I tell about bad behavior on this site?

Use the "Report Abuse" link at the top of the item (it only appears there once you have logged in). Copy the address of the page on which it happened, and the screen name of the user that you're reporting. Be as detailed as you can about the offense, and try to cut and paste it into your report if you can.

Submitting stories, announcements and press releases

Where can I submit a birth announcement?

Pull down on the Contact Us link in the top menu bar on every page.

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Where can I submit a engagement announcement?

Pull down on the Contact Us link in the top menu bar on the front page.

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Where can I submit a wedding announcement?

Pull down on the Contact Us link in the top menu bar on the front page.

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Where can I submit a classified ad?

Our classifieds submission link is under the classifieds menu item labeled "Sell my Stuff".

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Where can I buy photo reprints?

Pull down on the Photo Galleries link under the Multimedia menu bar item in the top menu bar on every page.

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Where can I buy copies of old stories?

Click on the Archives menu bar item in the top menu bar on every page.

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Adding Your Own Content

How do I post a blog entry?

Create an account, either by creating one from scratch or using your Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID, AOL or Google account.

Sign in with the "Sign in" link in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Once in, click on the "Account Preferences" link in the upper right hand corner of your page.

Click on the "My Blogs" link in the menu on the "Account Preferences" page.

Click on the "Create a Brand New Blog" link.

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How do I post an event?

Create an account, either by creating one from scratch or using your Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID, AOL or Google account.

Sign in with the "Sign in" linnk in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Once in, click on the Calendar link in the top menubar.

Below the calendar graphic, you'll see a link that says, "Post One Now". Click this link and fill in the calendar and event data as appropriate.

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How do I post a question to the forum?

Create an account, either by creating one from scratch or using your Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID, AOL or Google account.

Sign in with the "Sign in" link in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Click on Community/Forums in the menu bar.

To start a new discussion, follow these steps:

1. Give your post a title

2. Enter the content of your post in the tagline field

3. Choose a category from the dropdown list of forums

4. Click save

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How do I add photos to my post?

Photos cannot be added by readers.

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How do I buy or manage an online subscription?

Buying a digital subscription after my ten-story limit is up (or I click on the meter)

  • Click the subscribe button under the prompt, "Need an online subscription?"
  • Step 1: Select a "site service", meaning choose a subscription type.
  • Step 2: Either create an account and password (write this username and password down) in the "Create Account" column OR use your current login in the "Login" column. This process is called "binding your subscription" to your user account.
  • Step 3: Choose your subscription duration, enter your card data, enter any pertinent notes in the notes field and click the purchase button. Your purchase receipt will appear on-screen. Please print and save this for your records. You will NOT receive one in your email.
  • Note: if you create a new user account, you will receive an email notice for that.
  • Now, when you see the window with three options, you'll be able to choose the Login Now one, and you'll be able to read.

Registering as a print/digital subscriber after my ten-story limit is up (or I click on the meter)

  • Click the Already a print subscriber button in the popup window.
  • Step 1: Select "the service that applies to you", meaning choose your current subscription type.
  • Step 2: Either create an account and password (write this username and password down) in the "Create Account" column OR use your current login in the "Login" column. This process is called "binding your subscription" to your user account.
  • Step 3: Enter the email address and phone number that you use with your print subscription. If you do not know these, call the circulation department.

What if I sent in my payment via US Mail? How do I access my account? 

  • Click the Already a print subscriber button in the popup window.
  • Step 1: Select "the service that applies to you", meaning choose your current subscription type (there's only one option).
  • Step 2: Either create an account and password (write this username and password down) in the "Create Account" column OR use your current login in the "Login" column. This process is called "binding your subscription" to your user account.
  • Step 3: Enter the email address and phone number that you use with your print subscription. If you do not know these, call the circulation department.

How to check on the status of your subscription

  • Log into your account by clicking the "Login" link in the upper right hand corner of the web site page.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the Dashboard link in the upper right hand corner of web site page.
  • Once your dashboard page loads, click on the "Subscriptions and Services" link in the far left column.
  • After you click on the "Subscriptions and Services" link in the far left column, an option will drop down for "Manage Services". Click it.
  • A page will load with your subscription information on it.

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