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I forgot my password. How can I get a new one?
Visit our password reset page and you can reset your password with an email to the email address on your account.





I changed my email address. How can I change the address for my account?
Visit our change email address page and you can change your email with the correct password on your account.





Why should I register?
By registering with openCortex, you will be allowed to contribute content, rate content and create links between different nodes in the knowledgebase. Join us! It's fun!





What is linking?
The linking tools allow openCortex users to link two related nodes in the knowledgebase together. This is a type of knowledge itself, and creating the link allows other users to learn from the cross references. Linking is also how you connect a user to a project, a project to a team and a project to an event.





I want to link x to y, but I can't find y in the link tool search. Help!?
This can be conceptually confusing, but in order to avoid redundancy in the knowlegebase, we originally only allowed the following link combinations:

project <--> user
project <--> team
project <--> event

By doing so, we hoped to infer things like if user A worked on a project B, and project B went to event C, then user A attended event C. Unfortunately this is not the case (we have received many questions/complaints here). We do want to represent reality, but without creating taxonomical (word?) problems in the database. We are working on it. Please let us know about your problem and we will incorporate it into the fix.





A team/project/event is missing from the knowledgebase. Can I help add the info?
Yes you can! Register, then drop us a line with your openCortex username and the things you would like to add. We can add it for you and give you the access priviliges to update it going forward. Soon you will be able to add those things yourself.





A team/project/event's information is out-of-date. Can I help update it?
Yes you can! Register, then drop us a line with your openCortex username and the things you need to update. We can give you the access priviliges to keep it up-to-date going forward.





How can I set-up an openCortex for my organization/hobbyist group/etc?
You're in luck! openCortex was designed with that in mind. It is an Open Source (GPL) software platform, and with a little time (or maybe your help) we will make it portable enough so that you can set-up your own. If you have an idea, drop us a line and we can chat about it.





Why can't I see people's emails?
You can't see any users' email address until you register and login. This will hopefully prevent emails from being slurped up by spammers.





How do authors get to be 'Top Rated'?
The authors in the "Top Rated Authors" list on the home page have the highest average rating (weighted by the number of pieces of content and the number of ratings) across all of the content they have submitted. Any registered openCortex user can rate a piece of content by using the rating buttons at the bottom of the content page. Accurately rating content is an important part of creating an effective knowledge store.





How does content get to be 'Top Rated'?
The content in the "Top rated content" list on the home page have the highest ratings by other users across all of the content on the site. The ratings are weighted based on the number of ratings as well as the level of the rating. (That is, if content gets 1 "Very Useful" rating, it will not suddenly be the highest rated content on the site - it will take many such ratings.) Any registered openCortex user can rate a piece of content by using the rating buttons at the bottom of the content page. Accurately rating content is an important part of creating an effective knowledge store.





How does a user get become a 'Top Content Rater'?
The users in the "Top content raters" list on the home page are ordered by the number of ratings they have made on content around the site. The number to the right of the username is the average score (on a scale of 1 to 4) that the user has given to content. Any registered user is eligible. Once you log on to the site and navigate to an essay or a photo, use the buttons at the bottom of the page to rate how useful the piece of content is. Depending on how you navigate to a piece of content, you may also be asked how relevant the content is to another topic or entity on the site. In choosing a rating, it is important to think carefully about how you will grade all content. By being fair and using careful judgement you will help to separate the highest quality content from mediocre content for other users. The ratings you make are used to sort lists, promote users and improve the overall site experience.





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