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Question:

Alphabetical list of keywords and phrases: what is it for?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 12:35 AM)
Answer:
The alphabetical list of keywords and phrases on our homepage is a so-called
"tag cloud". Tags consist of any single word or any phrases that are added by our forum users either to their "interests" (in their profiles) or to their blogs in the identically named input field. Tags have to be separated by commas in order for the system to realise which words belong to a single tag. (When you use any other punctuation mark this will not work.)

Tag clouds are used to visualise information. If there are any keywords or phrases that were tagged by several forum users they show up in bigger letters. In this way the size of the letters grows or diminishes according to the number of users who tagged it. A tag cloud is therefore a so-called weighted list. By looking at the tag cloud you can see at a glance which tags are most important to our users, and which are less important.

If you click on any of the tags displayed in the tag cloud you will be shown all forum users who tagged this keyword or phrase and you will also be shown all blog posts that contain this keyword or phrase.

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Question:

Navigation or: Where am I?

(Last edited: Monday, 19 March 2012, 1:23 PM)
Answer:

To find out in which forum you are at any given moment, please have a look at the upper area of your computer monitor.
Directly underneath the seal of the BOEL you find the words General  Open Forum,
and beneath that, please find a line which looks like this:

  • Home/ My courses/ BOEL-Forums/ General/ Forum FAQ

"BOEL Forums" refers to the General Open Forum.

To navigate through our General Open Forum and our Qabbalah course, you can use the Navigation column found at the left side of your computer monitor.
The Navigation column is titled "Navigation" and is found directly underneath

  • Home/ My courses/ BOEL-Forums/ General/ Forum FAQ

at the left side.

Question:

New Account

(Last edited: Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 9:27 AM)
Answer:

If you encounter problems in creating your account the following should help you:

1. Do you use Internet Explorer? There are often difficulties with Internet Explorer. Please try another browser like Firefox or Chrome. Both of these work fine with our site and they are safe browsers.

2. Please check whether you have cookies enabled for www.boel-mystery-school.org.
If you haven't, please activate cookies now. (If you do not know how to do this, please search the internet for instructions or tutorials.)

3. Please go to "Create new account" by using this link:
http://www.boel-mystery-school.org/courses/login/signup.php
and fill in the form.

User name: Please use only low case letters (i.e. abc...z)  for your user name, and chose one word only.

Captcha: Can you see the "captcha"? If you cannot, please activate JavaScript in your browser and try again.

4. If you filled in each required field including the captcha and have clicked "Create new account", and you are re-directed to the same page, please check the following:

  • Did you get the "captcha" right? (If there is a new one this means you got it wrong)
  • Have you marked the box for the site policy agreement?
  • Please check whether the system has given you a notice on which of the fields is still missing or whether your password was not secure enough.

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Question:

Tags: What are they and how do I use them?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 12:37 AM)
Answer:
Tags are keywords or phrases generated from the contents of your "interests" in your profile as well as from your blog entries, where you will find an input field called "tags". When you add any tags to your profile or blog please seperate them by commas ",". When you don't do this then several tags will appear as one single tag.

You will probably have noticed that on the entry page of this course there is a so-called "tag cloud", i.e. all the available tags are shown here in alphabetical order for public view. If there are any tags that were chosen by several forum users they show up in bigger letters. The size of the letters varies according to the number of users who "tagged" these keywords and to the number of users in total. A tag cloud is therefore a so-called weighted list.
If you click on one of the tags you will be shown all forum users who tagged this keyword or phrase.

You have the choice to either create a new tag for yourself or to choose an already existing tag by clicking it and then choose "add (keyword) to my interests". In order to maintain a certain amount of clarity in our tag cloud we kindly ask you to choose an already existing tag rather than to create a new one if the existing one reflects that which you would like to express. Example: If there is a tag called "W.E. Butler" please use the "add this tag to your interests" function, rather than creating a new tag called "Ernest Butler".
If, on the other hand, one of your interests is "Greek philosophy" and an already existing tag is called "occult philosophy" then it does make sense, of course, to add your own "Greek philosophy" tag to the tag cloud.
Please also mind that the tags are shown to the public and that our rules and policies also apply to the tags you choose. So please take care that your tags are appropriate, meaningful and significant, that they are spelled correctly, that they do not violate any rules, do not contain any advertising and are not offensive.
If you feel a tag violates any of these rules please bring it to the attention of a moderator by clicking it and choose "flag as inappropriate".
Any tags that violate our rules will be deleted by the moderators.



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Question:

Upload or change an avatar / profile picture

(Last edited: Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 3:57 PM)
Answer:

How to upload or change an avatar / profile picture

1.  Image Properties
An avatar image must have the file format .gif, .jpg or .png, it should also be square, because if it is not it will be made so automatically by the software. The image does not need to be especially large, because the system will minimize it to 100x100 pixels. The maximum file size you can use is 20 MB. (Usually you should get along with a maximum of a few hundred kb)

2. Storage Location
When you have found an image that is appropriate save it to your computer in a directory where you will be able to retrieve it easily.

3. Upload your image
To upload your avatar image have a look at the navigation bar on the left side of the screen. Scroll down until you can see  the word “Settings”. Beneath this you can see „my profile settings“ and when you click this you will see the link “edit profile“. After you have clicked this you will be able to see all your profile settings in detail.

Please find the section "user picture" which is a bit further down. Click the button "Choose file”. This will open a small new window in which you can select your avatar image that you have saved to your harddrive before.

On the left of this small new window there are several options. Please choose “Upload a file" and then select your chosen image on the right side of the window by using the option “browse”. Browse your harddrive and select the image file and then click on "Upload this file".

4. Save and update profile
After you have succeeded in chosing your image file as your new avatar picture, scroll down in your profile, and click the "update profile" button. Only if you do this the changes will take effect.
However please be careful, if you have not yet filled out all fields that have a red asterisk  * then the image will not upload! (Likewise, any other changes will not be accepted either if you have forgotten a "red asterisk field").

5. Change or replace an avatar image
If you have uploaded your avatar and found afterwards that it was the wrong image, or that you want to replace it for any other reason, then do the same steps as above. However, in this case it is quite probable that this second change will need several minutes or maybe even a quarter or half hour in order to take effect after. (But this happens only if you upload an avatar image more than once in succession.)
If you upload an image initially, it is usually displayed immediately. If you delete your picture and upload a new one it will usually also display immediately. if not please do not despair ;-) please be patient and wait a bit for the changes to take effect.

Frequently asked questions:

Question 1: I  updated my profile, but the changes do not show. Why is that?

Answer: Please read  paragraph 4 of this entry.

Question 2: I wanted to change my initial avatar but it is always the old version that is displayed. I can delete it and it shows immediately, but I cannot change it. Why is that?

Answer: Please read paragraph 5 of this entry.