How it works

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  • What is OneSharedEarth all about?
  • We have summarised what OneSharedEarth is about on our home page.
  • How do I register?
  • You can register using this link.
  • How do I log in?
  • See the box with the arrow on the top right of the web page? Once you are registered, you can log in by clicking it.
  • What is a tag?
  • One or more tags can be used to describe the topic of a question. When asking a question, existing tags can be used or you can create new tags if suitable ones do not already exist. The "Ask a Question" editor may also suggest example tags based on the question.

    Tags help identify popular topics. We suggest using popular hashtags, for example, #climatechange, #plasticfree, etc.

    You can find existing tags used on this website on the Tags page.

  • How do I search the forum?
  • The questions on this website are listed on the Questions page.

    If you are searching for questions on a specific topic, you can find existing topics on this website on the Tags page. Clicking on a tag will take you to the list of questions tagged with it.

    You can also search for one or more keywords using the "Search for keywords" bar present on each page. For example, you could search for "recycling plastic" which will list all questions that have either "recycling" or "plastic" in the text of the question, or any of its answers or comments.

    Clicking on a question will take you to the page that gives details about the question and its answers.

  • What kind of questions can I ask here?
  • Feel free to ask about any local or global environmental issues related to people & wildlife.

    To avoid duplicates, please use the "Search for keywords" bar to check if a similar question already exists. The "Ask a Question" editor may also present a list of questions similar to yours. If a similar question exists, you can show your support by clicking on the "thumbs-up" icon for that question.

    Please give as much information as you can for readers to understand the question properly.

  • How do I ask a question?
  • You can ask a question on the Ask a Question page.
  • What kind of answers can I give?
  • Please ensure that you actually answer the question and stick to that. For any other comments, please use the "Comment" button on the question or answers. If another user has already given a similar answer, you can show your support by clicking on the "thumbs-up" icon for that answer.

    Please give as much information as you can for readers to understand the answer properly. To support your answer, you could provide facts or resources linking to another website, but please ensure that you summarise what the link contains. This is helpful in case there are issues accessing the links in the future.

  • How do I answer a question?
  • Once you are on the question page, you can use the "Answer" button to write your answer, even if answers(s) to the question already exist.
  • How can I follow a topic?
  • We use "tags" to identify topics.

    Once a tag is created, it will be visible in the list on the Tags page. If you click on a specific tag in the list, it will take you to the list of questions that have that tag. That page also has a "heart" icon towards the top right. You can click on the "heart" to follow or unfollow that tag.

    If you follow a tag, you will receive an email whenever a new question is added that contains that tag. We do not currently send email notifications when there is an update (edit, answer, comment) for a question.

    The My favorites page contains the list of tags that you are following.

  • How can I follow a question?
  • The question page has a "heart" icon towards the top right. You can click on the "heart" to follow or unfollow that question.

    We do not currently send email notifications when there is an update (edit, answer, comment) for the question.

    The My favorites page contains the list of questions that you are following.

  • What do the 'likes' for a question or answer suggest?
  • The number of 'likes' for a question suggests the significance of a question. For example, a useful and well-worded question will most likely be liked up and an inappropriate or offensive question will be liked down.

    Similarly, an irrelevant or misleading answer may be liked down while a good answer will be liked up. The highest number of likes for an answer suggests that it is the best answer for the question.

    Any user can like up or down a question or answer, using the "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" icons, and is encouraged to do so.

  • What do the points for a user suggest?
  • The point system is based on existing popular question and answer websites. Points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in a user and also indicate how involved the user is in the community. You can get involved by asking and answering questions, liking up useful questions & answers, and liking down irrelevant questions & answers.

    The following actions can earn points:

    - posting a question

    - having your question liked up

    - posting an answer

    - having your answer liked up

    - liking up or down a question or answer

    The following actions can lose points:

    - having your question liked down

    - having your answer liked down

  • What can I do about spam or offensive posts?
  • If you see spam, or inappropriate or offensive material in any question, answer or comment, please flag it using the "Flag" button.

    If you are receiving spam from our website, please let us know using the feedback form.

  • Who moderates this community?
  • The short answer is 'you'. This website is moderated by the users using the voting and points system.

    For any other queries, suggestions or feedback, please use the feedback form.

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