Here’s some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Getting Started

  • 1a. What are the first steps to follow stream.syscoi.com?
  • 1b. How do I comment on a post?
  • 1c. How do I create a new post?
  • 1d. Instead of using a browser, can I participate via my smartphone or tablet?

2. Reading and sharing

  • 2a. How can I socially share an interesting post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin or email?

3. Writing

  • 3a. Which interfaces are available for writing a post?
  • 3b. Does a post need a title?
  • 3c. How is the text formatted in a post?
  • 3d. How do I insert an image into a post?

4. Commenting

  • 4a. How is a response addressed to another community member?

5. The platform

  • 5a. What is the connection between the syscoi.com web site, and wordpress.com?
  • 5b. Why are the Jetpack social sharing features not working for my account?

1. Getting started

1a. What are the first steps to follow stream.syscoi.com?
  • Follow:  The stream.syscoi.com site uses Followed Sites on WordPress Reader to manage notifications.
    • If you already have a WordPress.COM account, then stream.syscoi.com can be added to Followed Sites on WordPress Reader.
    • If have never used WordPress.COM before, you have an option to sign up and start a new blog or web site (for free).  This is not necessary to participate on stream.syscoi.com .
  • Complete your profile , including an image that identifies your persona. If you have been active on the Internet, your e-mail address may already link you to a Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar).
  • For each Followed Site, you can change the Settings for web notifications and/or e-mail delivery (instant, daily or weekly).

 

1b. How do I comment on a post?
  • An identity with follower permissions can comment on an existing post.
  • The first few comments you make will be held for moderation.  Approvals will whitelist further comments for immediate release (i.e. no hold).
1c. How do I create a new post?
  • An Elevate Permissions request gives an author role capabilities to create new posts (and edit prior posts).
  • With an author role, a Write button should become visible at the upper right of the screen.  In addition the front end editor (for quick posts) should appear near the top of the screen.
    P2 Front end editor
  • The are three different interfaces for Writing a blog post, see below
1d. Instead of using a browser, can I participate via my smartphone or tablet?
  • A computer browser presumes a live connection to the Internet.
  • Mobile offline features (e.g. using the smartphone camera) are available from apps.wordpress.com for Android and iOS devices.
    • Connect the app on Android by tapping the “Add self-hosted site” link, and using the URL of “http://stream.syscoi.com”.
    • Connect the app on iOS by tapping the “Add self-hosted site” link, and using the URL of “http://stream.syscoi.com”.
  • A mobile app can make writing posts easier, but only browser access enables seeing posts written by others, and commenting.

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2. Reading and Sharing

2a. How can I socially share an interesting post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin or email?
At the bottom of each post is a row of “Share this” buttons, that look like this:
Share this
These buttons do not appear on the Stream main page, only on at the bottom of each post.

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3. Writing

3a. Which interfaces are available for writing a post?
  • Three interfaces are available from the browser; a fourth is available via an app that can be installed on your mobile device.
    • On the browser, the stream.syscoi.com Home page has a Write button at upper right of the page that invokes the “Gutenberg” WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.
    • Near the top of the page, a Front End Editor is available for quick posts.  This doesn’t have all of the WYSIWYG features that the Write button gives, so Markdown may be helpful.  This is a convenient, quick way to edit a few sentences, and preview the resulting formatting.
    • Also on the browser, the top menu has a link to the Classic Editor.  This invokes the full WordPress administration interface that is familiar to bloggers.
    • On a mobile device, the app lists posts — both published, and pre-published — synchronizes with the author’s identity on the WordPress server.  It’s possible to (i) publish directly from the device app, or (ii) start editing on the device, synchronize the drafts, and then publish from the server.
3b. Does a post need a title?
  • The default post format is set as an aside, intended for short entries.  A permalink will automatically be constructed based on the first few words in the post body.  However, if you want to give your aside a title, the front end editor pane has three stacked bars on the right that open up a title field.
  • For a standard post, a title is conventionally used.  The permalink (i.e. address that makes up part of the URL) is constructed based on the title.

3c. How is the text formatted in a post?

  • In the visual editor, plain text is acceptable.  Links (e.g. http://wordpress.com ) will automatically be made alive.
  • Switching to the HTML editor reveals the full code hidden behind the semi-WYSIWYG visual editor.
3d. How do I insert an image into a post?
  • Entering a URL for a recognized video, audio, image or document will result in a shortcode the embeds that content into a post.
  • In a browser, dragging-and-dropping an image file into the post edit window (both on the Front End Editor, and on the Gutenberg Editor) will automatically upload the image, enabling embedding amidst the text.
  • In an app, there’s a button to embed a video or audio file on the device amidst the text.

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4. Commenting

4a. How is a response addressed to another community member?
  • A community member with an @Mention draws attention to the response.

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5. The platform

5a. What is the connection between the syscoi.com web site, and stream.syscoi.com?
  • syscoi.com is on a self-hosted server, where files (e.g. the model.report archive) can be stored.
  • stream.syscoi.com is a subdomain that is otherwise named syscoi.wordpress.com.  The wordpress.com platform better enables better notifications to browser and e-mail, as well as scalability.

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