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Site Use Tips and Hints

We seem to have come up with a lot of valuable hints and tips for using the site, but they're scattered all over the place. I thought it might be useful to have them all in one thread. To that end I am endeavoring to gather them in. If the hint was posted by someone other than me, I've given credit in parenthesis. I've also taken the liberty to reword and/or reformat some of them. In some cases tips covering the same subject were given by more than one person. If you provided a tip and I have overlooked your entry, please accept my apology, and feel free to add it in. As we add more ideas here, I'll try to keep the running index in post #1 updated.

Here's to Gone Raw surfing,

Brenda

EDIT: I've not posted or edited a recipe or added any pictures, so if you have SUCCESSFUL experience in these areas, please jump in here, and I'll add your topic to the index in pane 2.

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  • CREATE a New Forum Topic

    1. Click on “Forums†from any page.

    2. Select and click on the Forum Category for your topic.

    3. Click on “Post New Forum Topic†at the top of the pane (above the blue border).

    4. Enter a subject line, then post your comments.

  • LOCATE a USER PROFILE:

    1. From any screen on the site, click on the word search.

    2. Click on USERS (above “Enter your keywordsâ€)

    3. Enter the user name, or the part you remember.

    4. Click SEARCH.

  • ADDING A RECIPE

    From Kandace's post on Nov 18, 2008 http://www.therawtarian.com/story/new-feedback-link

    Also, we are putting the finishing touches on the new add recipe feature before putting it live on the site. Hopefully, you'll find this much easier to do than before. If any of you have a recipe you've been wanting to post and are in an adventurous mood, we'd love to hear your feedback. Here is the link to add a recipe:

    http://www.therawtarian.com/node/add/recipe

  • Thanks for taking the time and spending the energy

    to combined all the tips and hints!!!

    I think this will be a very useful thread for many of us

    during this transitional phase of Gone Raw.

    So Considerate!!

    Many Smiles!! :)

  • ADD A LOGOUT LINK TO YOUR PROFILE*

    EDIT (12.04.08): The "Log out" link is now located in the upper right hand corner of all screens.

    1. Highlight and copy the link.

    2. Access your profile.

    3. Click “Edit." Click “Personal Information.â€

    4. Paste the link you copied in #1 somewhere within your bio.

    I chose to insert the log out link at the bottom like this: To log out: http://www.therawtarian.com/logout

    5. Save your changes.

    *Credit for this idea goes to Waterbaby12347

  • NEW RECIPE SEARCH FEATURE (Evergreen - Dec 4, 2008)

    1. Click on "Recipe" tab in header (from any page)

    2. Sort in ascending or descending order by one of the following:

    Title

    Name (author's)

    Rating

    Posted (date)


  • ADD A RECIPE -- UPDATE (12.07.08)

    1. Click on "Recipe" tab

    2. Click on "Add a Recipe" in upper right hand corner

  • TAGS in ABC ORDER:

    EDIT (12.07.08): Recipe specific tags are now available in ABC order, on the right of the Recipe screen.

    From the Advanced Search screen:

    1. Scroll down to the "Only in the category(s)" menu.

    2. Within that menu, again scroll down (below Equipment and Image Galleries) until you see the word "Tags." (The first few begin with numbers or symbols.)

    3. To choose multiple tags hold down the "control" key and click on the tags*.

    4. You MUST type in at least ONE key word in the search box. (See EDIT below)

    5. To specify a search type (recipe, for example) click the appropriate check box to the right.

    6. Click "Advanced Search" (in the green bar at the bottom)

    *Credit goes to bluedolfin for the control key tip.

    EDIT: If you don't really have a key word . . . For example: Doing a multiple category search for recipes, use one of the categories as the key word.

  • TRACKING PERSONAL RECIPES and POSTED ENTRIES (evergreen) (Updated 12.12.08)

    Threads (forum topics), recipes and blogs (stories) you have posted or to which you have replied are listed behind the “Track†tab on your profile. They are listed by TOPIC (not individual entries) in chronological order, based on the most recent activity. Thus, the order of the list changes from time to time.

    As members add posts, alerts appear as clickable links (blue and underlined) in the “replies†column (for example, "2 new"). This is a convenient way to keep up with questions posted to your recipes, responses to your questions, etc. Clicking on the link resets the counter to zero.

    NOTE: There seem to be a few counter glitches. At the moment, there are a couple of items I have noticed that will not reset to zero after I view them. Also, some of the older recipes are apparently still lost in cyber space.

  • WATCHED TOPICS and PERSONAL RECIPE BOX

    From the user profile, scroll below the bio to “My favorites.†“Recipe†and “Forum topic†(in blue) are clickable links to the members recipe box and what we used to label “Watched Topics.†(As far as I can tell, all the recipes I have added to my recipe box are still there, as are my watched topics.)

    The “Watch Topic†check box seems to have been replaced with “add to favorites.†The link is on the first thread pane in the bottom right corner.

  • I didn't know there was a mac widget for gone raw - but I'd like to know if it is compatible with Tiger! The latest version of Mac is Leopard but I never upgraded my computer.

  • MOVE A THREAD TO A DIFFERENT FORUM

    This feature is available to the creator of the thread.

    1. At the top of the thread, click on "Edit"

    2. From the drop down menu, change the "Forum" category

    3. If desired, edit your original comments. To make your editing more obvious put it at the very top or bottom of the post, beginning with the word EDIT in bold. If it's a short edit, I sometimes put the edited comment in bold as well.

    4. Save your changes

    OPTIONAL: Check the "Leave a shadow copy" box in the bottom left just above the Save/Preview buttons. To see what a shadow copy looks like, go to Forums -- Talk It Up. I moved "Eco-friendly wedding dresses" to test this feature.

  • SEARCH BY THREAD / FORUM AUTHOR

    1. Click "Search"

    2. Click "Users" tab

    3. Type in User name, or the portion that you remember

    4. Click on the desired name in the Search Results. This will take you to the User's Profile.

    5. From the User Profile, click "Track" tab. This list includes every thread (forum topic), recipe and story (blog) to which the user has contributed.

    6. Scan the Author column for threads authored by the user.

  • RECIPE PICTURES - MISSING

    Before the site was restructured, there was the option to add multiple pictures to a recipe. When they started the upgrades the middle of November, we lost that option. The pictures are still on the site, just not paired with their recipes. To find them:

    1. Click Search, then Advanced Search.

    2. Put the title of the recipe under "Containing the Phrase"

    3. Check the "Images" box

    3. Search

    The first time I did this I got two lists, one in green print and the other in blue clickable links. The clickable links get you to the individual pictures. The ones I've looked at are rather small. Sometimes I copy, then paste them in Word so I can expand them a little bit. If you expand them very far they get fuzzy.

    There was some discussion several weeks ago about picture size. Those posted since the update are larger. Ray commented that he was aware of the inconsistency and would be working on the older pictures in time. I don't recall if he has said anything about the multiple picture feature returning.

  • PRINT A RECIPE

    The "printer friendly" icon is at the bottom right of the recipe, next to the number of "reads" . . . just above the line that divides the recipe from the comments section.

  • Thank you, emtpdmom!

  • RECIPE POSTING and EDITING INFO

    From RawKidChef post of Dec 1, 2008: I've found that I can edit recipes posted after the updates but not the ones posted before . . .

    EDIT 1: Based on comments by Chris Carlton and others, it appears that it is still not possible to edit older recipes. (01.10.09)

    EDIT 2: We can now edit comments we make regarding recipes. (01.13.09)

  • SORT FORUM or RECIPE TOPICS

    FORUMS

    From within a specific Forum Topic (for example: Health and Beauty) it is possible to sort by:

    * Topic (A to Z, and Z to A)

    * Replies (Greatest to Least, and Least to Greatest number)

    * Created (date -- beginning with most recent or oldest)

    * Last reply (date -- beginning with most recent or oldest)

    RECIPES

    From within the Recipe section (tab) it is possible to sort by:

    * Title

    * Name (creator / author)

    * Rating

    * Posted (original date)

    NOTE: The titles of these columns are clickable links. When you click on the title, an arrow appears. The arrow is a toggle. Click once to sort in one direction, then again to reverse the sort.

    DEFAULT SORT is by Last reply, beginning with the most recent activity.

  • POST a RECIPE PICTURE

    ". . . I had to delete my photo, then make sure my new photo's dimensions were 85x85 or less (you can resize it on Photobucket.com or on your computer, most of the time), and then uploaded it and it worked . . ." (KhaasLadki 01.14.09)

  • PREVIEWING - POST / EDIT a REPLY Hint

    When you post a reply to a thread (forum topic) or to a recipe you have the option to preview your entry before saving it to the site. Once in the Preview Mode, you can check any clickable links you provided to see if they work. This will NOT erase your post. Just check out the clickable link. Then use the "back" arrow to return to the preview. Make any changes and then save your post.

  • VIEWING POSTS IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

    To view posts in reverse chronological order (more than the ten on the home page), on the homepage, simply click on the "more" link right under the "Recent comments" section and to the right and above where it says "Newest Members".

  • Bluedolfin --

    Sorry to report that I haven't found a way to delete a comment. My only suggestion at this point is to "edit" and clear the frame . . . something several of you are already doing. Back when Ray was more active on the site, he said the delete function was on the list of things to add. I guess with the baby coming and all the preparations that entails, some things are still on the back burner.

    I'm not sure how "sage-like" I am, but thanks for the compliment. AND thanks for the tip. We're never too old to learn. I'll try to update the "Tips" thread this weekend.

    The "not so wise" Sage.

  • Oh Mighty Wise Sage (aka emtpdmom)~

    Have you figured out how to delete a comment?

    Re: PREVIEWING - POST / EDIT a REPLY Hint - if one holds down the [CTRL] button while clicking on the link, a new tab displays the link's webpage. If one holds down the [SHIFT] button while clicking on the link, a new window displays the link's webpage. By doing either of these options, one has access to one's message and avoids having to hit the [BACK] button to view the message.

    BTW, this is standard throughout websites (it works 99% of the time... if programmed by the webmaster, a website can block the opening of a new tab or window... this is rare).

    If you add this info to the PREVIEWING - POST / EDIT a REPLY Hint post, I will delete it from here.

    EDIT: I just noticed that when one puts something between arrows (less than and greater than signs) it doesn't display. I put the button names in square brackets that work... the hint might be clearer now. lol

  • emtpdmom~

    You are sagey and wise. :) Thankx for the update. When I tried to clear out a frame, it wouldn't let me save. I tried to make a blank frame by typing in a space... no joy! However, I just put in a period and the post saved.

    (BTW, at our age, when we learn something, other things seem to fall out. lol)

  • Re: Search by thread/forum author

    This can't be combined with a keyword search, correct? One cannot search for a term within posts or recipes by a certain user? For example, there's no simple way to find a post by Carnap that mentions cashews.

  • ADVANCED SEARCH (Last edited April 3, 2009 - see Tip 2)

    1. From any screen on the site, leaving the SEARCH box empty, click on the word search.

    2. Click on ADVANCED SEARCH.

    3. From here there are multiple options. Put in your search terms. Choose the “type†(recipe, for example).

    4. Click ADVANCED SEARCH at the bottom.

    TIP 1: If there are 2 words you absolutely want to appear in all the search results, but are not necessarily a phrase, put one under "Containing any of the words", and the other under "Containing the phrase". This guarantees that both words will be in the search results. If there's a 3rd word, enter it as a keyword. This really refines the search. Using butternut, tomato and soup as my 3 desired terms, one term in each of the 3 categories, I got 3 recipes that were precisely what I was looking for. (010609)

    TIP 2 - To refine an Advanced Search: (Added: April 3, 2009) If using 3 desired terms as described in TIP 1 still yields too many threads / recipes, WITHOUT clearing the Keywords box:

    1. Click Advanced Search

    2. Enter additional terms in "Containing . . . words" and / or "Containing . . . phrase"

    3. Click Advanced Search (the one below the topic boxes)

    You can repeat this process several times to refine the search. Just be sure to NOT clear the Keywords box. Everything you've included in your search so far is listed there.

    TIP 3: To search in multiple categories, hold the ctrl key down and click on each category you want. The shift key selects multiple categories with one click. (bluedolfin - Nov 25, 2008)

  • (Please see Edited comments at bottom of window)

    Well . . . that depends. If someone replied and mentioned Carnap by name in the reply, you might be able to find what you're looking for. I just did an Advanced Search with:

    1. "cashew cashews" under "Containing any of the words" (to allow for singular and plural possibilities)

    2. "Carnap" under "Containing the Phrase"

    3. Forum box checked

    Here's the link to the results. I'll be curious to know if you find what you're looking for in one of these threads.

    http://www.therawtarian.com/search/node/type:forum cashew OR cashews "Carnap"

    To the best of my knowledge there is currently no way to search for replies by specific members. But I'll experiment with it a little longer, and let you know if I find a way.

    EDIT: I've updated the Advanced Search information in reply #3 above to reflect my recent experiences with refining an Advanced Search. Maybe, with some practice, this will be a useful tool for finding information with more precision.

  • INDEX (by post number in top right corner of post frames)

    2. Search

    3. Advanced Search (for a sample, see reply #30)

    4. Locate a user profile

    5. Log out link (Edited 12.04.08)

    6. Create a new forum topic

    7. Tags in ABC order (Edited 12.07.08)

    8. Tracking Personal Recipes and Posted Entries (Edited 12.12.08)

    9. Watched Topics and Personal Recipe Box

    10. Add a Recipe (see frame #14 for recent update)

    11. Recipe Posting and Editing Information

    13. New Recipe Search Feature (added 12.04.08)

    14. Add a Recipe (added 12.07.08)

    16. Move a Thread / Topic to a Different Forum

    17. Search by Thread / Forum Author

    18. Sort Forum or Recipe Topics (Edited 01.14.09)

    19. Recipe Pictures - Missing (recipes before update)

    20. Print a Recipe

    22. Post a Recipe Picture

    30. Updated Advanced Search - with a sample search (posted 05.23.09)

  • RECIPE SEARCH example (posted 052309)

    Let's say you are looking for easy soup recipes and the only appliance you have is a food processor. Here's one way to "pull out" the recipes that fit your criteria.

    Using the Advanced Search feature:

    1. Enter "soup" under Containing any of the words.

    2. Then select (highlight) "food processor" and "easy" from the Only in the category(s) drop down menu.

    HINT: To select more than one category, hold down the Control key and click on as many categories as you want to include. Once you have all the desired categories, release the Control key.

    3. Click the "recipe" checkbox under Only of the type(s). Then click Advanced search. This yields 8 pages of recipes.

    (Here's the link to the search: http://www.therawtarian.com/search/node/type:recipe category:22,64 soup)

    4. Now you can start narrowing the selection by ingredients. You can keep refining your initial search. Just leave whatever is now in the Enter your keywords field and start adding terms in the remaining fields. Then click Advanced search. As long as you don't "mess" with the Keywords field, you can continue to refine until you're down to one recipe.

    Kandace and Ray have provided a sophisticated search feature for GoneRaw. It may, however, take a little bit of practice, to become proficient in using it. It really is worth the effort.

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