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Frequently Asked Questions

There are some questions that keep coming up over and over again. Let me try posting the answers here so I can just refer people to this page:

  1. Could you give me some basic orientation to the whole website?
  2. How do I create a journal?
  3. How do I write a journal entry?
  4. In particular, how do I get back from the forums to the journals?
  5. What exactly are the numbers down the side or across the top of my journal?
  6. How do I create my forum?
  7. How do I write more than one entry per day?
  8. How do I find a journal belonging to a specific journaler?
  9. How do I post a message in a forum?
  10. How do I do smilies?
  11. Can I post pictures in my journal entries?
  12. How do I change my journal description or colors or style or "webring code" or anything else I set up when I created my journal?
  13. Tell me all about the Favorites List.
  14. How do I delete an entry from my journal? Can I delete my whole journal? Can I delete my user name and account?
  15. Why are there so few ads on this site? How do you provide this site for free? Won't you go the way of other dot-coms soon? Can I trust you to be here?
  16. Omigod! My forum has disappeared!
  17. I can't send a Private Message in the forum. It's stuck in my Outbox
And here are some questions you probably haven't asked, but you should have:
  1. What are your guidelines for publishing copyrighted material in my journal?
  2. Can I trust my browser as a text editor?
  3. How do I protect myself from losing all I have written?
  4. What can I do to help out around here?

Finally, here are the answers to all these questions:

  1. Could you give me some basic orientation to the whole website? The website is divided into two distinct parts, the Journals section and the Forums section. Every journal can have its own forum where you can interact with your readers. (See the question #3 to find out how to create your journal's forum.)

    After you log in, you are placed on your personal launch page for everything you might want to do. You can get back to this page by clicking on the "My Home" link at the top of almost every page in the Journal section. For that reason, I refer to it as your "My Home" page. The other primary pages in each section are the index pages of journals and forums. From there you can browse to all the journal or forums, respectively. When you click on the "my-journal.com" logo (or in some journal layouts, it's the "My-Journal.com" link), you will go to the index of all journals, listed in order of most recently written entries. To go to the index of all the forums, click on the link that says "My-Journal Forums Forum Index" which appears on almost every page in the forums.

    There are lots of links back and forth between the two sections. Some go back and forth within a journal and its particular forum and others go to the respective index pages in each of the two sections. Just click on lots of things to find these links.

    A bit more information about getting around can be found in this forum entry
     

  2. In particular, how do I get back from the forums to the journals?

    On every page of your forum, there is a link at the top and on most pages also at the bottom that says, "Click here to return to the journal -> [Your Journal Name]". Click there to immediately get back to that journal.

    There is also a link in the upper right corner of every page in the forum that says "[My Home]". Click that to go immediately to your journal "My Home" page.

    You can also click on any name in the left hand column of a person who has posted in a forum, including your own name, to go back to their journal personal page. From there you can click on a journal title to go to their journal.

    And if that's not enough ways to get back, you can also click on the My-Journal.com logo at the top of every forum page to get to you back to the journals listing page, the homepage of the site.

    If you ever find yourself having to log in again or if you think you need to hit the Back button to get somewhere, then you are probably missing something in the website. You should never have to do that. Please post a request for assistance in the Help forum if you still find that is necessary.
     

  3. How do I create a journal? Starting at your "My Home" page, click on "Create a new journal." This will take you to the journal customization page, where you should change the name and description of the journal and, optionally, choose colors, the layout, and the font style you want to use. Do not write your first entry on this page. This page is not intended for writing journal entries. When you are done customizing your journal, click on "Save these selections" to return to the "My Home" page. You may return to the customization page and make changes by clicking on "Customize my journal named [your journal name]".
     
  4. How do I write a journal entry? It is strongly recommended that you compose your entry off-line in a text editor on your own computer. Then copy the text to your journal when it is done. Too often, people lose their journal entries by typing directly into the browser and an Internet glitch eats the contents when they hit "Save this entry". Don't let this happen to you! Starting at your "My Home" page, click on "Open my journal named [your journal name]." This will take you to the "front page" of your journal. Look for the link that says "Write in my journal" which is either on the left side or the right side, depending on the layout of journal you selected on the customization page. Click that link and then on the next page click the date of the month that your want to write in. Note that the numbers there are dates, not entry numbers. You do not start at "1" unless you happen to want to write in the entry for the first of the month. Fill out the journal entry form and click "Save this entry". If you need to change the entry after you have saved it, first select the month the entry is written in (if you have more than one month). Then click "Write in my journal" and instead of clicking a new date, click the date you already wrote the entry in. The old entry will reappear in the text box where you can make changes and click "Save this entry" again.
     
  5. What exactly are the numbers down the side or across the top of my journal? If you see a line of numbers down the left side of the page or across the top of the page, it is important to realize these are the days of the current month. When you write in your journal, you select the day of the month that you want to write in, not starting at the number 1. This would be more obvious in a journal layout that has a little calendar over on the left side. But you have chosen a different format and it just isn't that obvious what those are, huh?
     
  6. How do I create my forum? Every journal gets its own forum, but it's up to you to create it. If you don't create it, no one will be able to leave notes and discuss your entries with you. Most journalers choose to create a forum, but ultimately it's your choice whether you want feedback in a forum or not.

    If you do want to create one, look for the link on your "My Home" page that says, "Create a forum for my journal named..." and click on the journal name to create its forum. When you do that, a link will suddenly appear on every page of your journal that says "Visit my forum". If you decide for some reason that you don't want to invite people to your forum later, click on the link that says, "Remove 'Visit my forum' links from the journal named ...". There is no way to delete the forum once it is created, but you can lock the topics so no one can add to them. Hopefully, you won't want to do that, but if you do, you can.

    Important Note: After you create the forum, you must then go into the forum and edit the welcome message there. Otherwise, the forum will be left with an instructional message TO YOU.

    Also note that you are the only person who can create topics in the forum, so if you don't have at least one unlocked topic, no one will be able to write to you there. To get to your forum, click on the "Visit my Forum" link in your journal.
     

  7. How do I write more than one entry per day? This journal site is set up like a hardcopy diary. There is one entry per day, but you can add to it again and again throughout the day. Many who do that like to add a separator using the <HR> tag. Some type the time after the separator.

    By the way, I provided a tutorial on the HR tag if you'd like to know some variations it can do.
     

  8. How do I find a journal belonging to a specific journaler? Now that's easy. You click on the journaler's name anywhere you see it in the journal section, or you use the "Search for a Journaler" box on the journal listing page. You can read more about this here in the My-Journal.com Journal. While you're there, be sure and add that journal to your Favorites List so you get announcements like this as soon as I post them.
     
  9. How do I post a message in a forum? When you are reading the posts in a topic, just click on the button that says "post reply" and then enter your message and click Submit.
     
  10. How do I do smilies? You may place smilies in either your journals or your forums.

    In your journal, while you are writing your entry, there is a checkbox at the bottom that says, "Disable smilies in this journal entry." The word "smilies" is a link. Click on that link to see all the smilies that are available and what you type to produce them. DO NOT check the checkbox itself unless you DON'T want smilies in your entry. Wherever you type a smilie code in your entry, the associated image will appear when you save it.

    In your journal, after you click "post reply" to respond in a topic, you can click on any of the smilies at the left to enter the appropriate code automatically in your reply. Click on "View more Emoticons" below all the smilies to see even more to choose from.

    You can also click here to see a page of smilies.
     

  11. Can I post pictures in my journal entries? Currently we do not provide a way for you to upload pictures to the website. But if you place a picture which you own (one you personally took) somewhere else on the web that allows remote serving of images, you can display it in your journal entry by use of some simple HTML. Here are some instructions about how to do that.
     
  12. How do I change my journal description or colors or style or "webring code" or anything else I set up when I created my journal? You can always change anything you have entered anywhere, except your user name. To change your journal colors, layout, description, and title, click on the link that says, "Customize my journal named ...". You'll see the screen where you set those things the first time. Make any changes you like and then click "Save these selections".
     
  13. Tell me about the Favorites List Okay, nobody actually asked that exactly. But there are a lot of different questions about the Favorites List so let me answer all of them at once.

    When you read a journal you like, you can add it to your Favorites List. Just look for the link at the bottom of every entry in the journal that says "Add to my favorites". When you click it, the link goes away because they are now on your favorites list.

    You can view your Favorites List on your "My Home" page. That's the list of journal listed after the heading "Read one of my favorites: ...". If one of them stops being a favorite, just click the "[remove]" link after the journal title. When someone writes a new entry in one of your Favorites, the word "New" will appear before the journal title. It may say "New" right after you place it on the list even though you have in fact read the new entry. But it seems to work well after that.

    To find out who has placed your journal on their favorites list, click on "Write in my Journal" and look under the calendar of dates. You may have to scroll way down if you have chosen a vertical calendar layout.
     

  14. How do I delete an entry from my journal? Can I delete my whole journal? Can I delete my user name and account?

    Here is a journal entry about deleting journal entries. I'm sorry but there is no way for you to delete your whole journal, your user name, or your account. If it's really important to you to have these gone from the site, then first delete all the entries from your journal and then send a message to the Journal Master and ask nicely and he might do it for you. If you just stop making entries in your journal, it will gradually fall farther and farther down the journal listing and no one will see it eventually anyway. So deleting your journal and your account are not really that important unless you are being stalked or something like that.
     

  15. Why are there so few ads on this site? How do you provide this site for free? Won't you go the way of other dot-coms soon? Can I trust you to be here?

    The simple answer to that question is that I find animated or pop-up ads very annoying also. Having said that, I reserve the right to place small, tasteful, non-intrusive ads on the site as necessary.

    Here is the plan to make sure that this site does not go the way of other websites. First of all, this is a very small operation, supported entirely by voluteers. There are no salaries to pay, no offices or utility bills to cover, and at the moment very low server costs. So we have always operated without incurring debt.

    Now all that is not to say that we will be here forever. Be sure and read question #1 below to make sure you are protected.
     

  16. Omigod! My forum has disappeared! Don't worry, your forum is still there. You just removed the links to it from your journal. When you were at your "My Home" page sometime, you clicked on the link that says, "Remove 'Visit my forum' links from the journal named <your journal>". Since there was no visible response to that click, you might have even forgotten that you did that. What actually happened is that all the "Visit my forum" links were in fact removed from your journal. If you go back there now, you will find a new link that says, "Place 'Visit my forum' links on every page of <your journal>" Just click that link and everything will be all right again.
     
  17. I can't send a Private Message in the forum. It's stuck in my Outbox Believe it or not, it is working just fine. When you send someone a private message in the forums, it goes into your Outbox at the same time that it goes into their Inbox. It sits there in your Outbox until they actually read the message. Anytime before they read it, you may click on the message in your Outbox and then click on the Edit button and modify it or even delete it. (Wouldn't it be great if you could do that in regular email?) Once they read it, it moves from your Outbox to your Sentbox. That's how you can tell if someone has actually seen your message yet. Of course, once it is in your Sentbox, it no longer has the Edit button. Then it's too late to take back those thoughts.
Infrequently Asked Questions

Here we have the "IAQ" - Infrequently Asked Questions that you should ask but probably didn't think to:

  1. What are your guidelines for publishing copyrighted material in my journal? To protect the future of this website, we have the following guidelines:
    • No entry may consist of quoted material ONLY, no matter how well it is attributed to the author.
    • Quoted material must be a part of a larger piece authored by the journaler.
    • Quoted material must be clearly indicated as such, whether by quotation marks or indentation, and attributed to the original author.
    • Quoted material must be only excerpts of the entire work, not the whole work. For instance, a few lines of a poem or a verse of a song, a sentence or a paragraph from an essay or book, not entire poems or songs or essays.
    We also ask every member of the community to be on the lookout for violations of these guidelines. Please send Frank a Private Message in the forums immediately if you suspect an entry of violating these guidelines. To learn more about why we ask this, read this journal entry.
     
  2. Can I trust my browser as a text editor? NO, you cannot! It is far too common for browsers to fail after writing an entry. The window with your text disappears and if there is a failure of any of a dozen or so kinds, you will lose your work. To protect against that, you should either write your entry first in an editor on your own computer, or at the very least highlight everything and copy it to the clipboard periodically so you can get it back if the browser fails you at that key moment when you submit it. To highlight all and copy, the easiest way in Microsoft Windows is to hit ctrl-A and then ctrl-C. The ctrl-A should highlight everything and the ctrl-C will copy the highlighted text to the clipboard. To read more about this recommendation, see this journal entry.
     
  3. How do I protect myself from losing all I have written? Even though we have every intention of being here forever, no one can predict the future and catastrophies do happen. Earthquakes and fire come to mind. [knock on wood, somebody!] So I have provided a way for each journaler to back-up their own journal on a month-by-month basis. Please make sure you do that for your own safety. Just click on the link on your "My Home" page that says, "Back up my journal named ..." and following the instructions there. You will be able to review and save all your entries for an entire month at once. So you should at least do it at the end of each month.

    Even if you have been here since the beginning, you can save your whole journal in just 12 or 14 files on your computer or a floppy disk which you can then hide securely from all prying eyes in your home.

    Remember Frank's rule of safer computing: Nothing is really safe until it is saved in at least two locations. In this case that would be one on the website and one on your own computer or floppy disk or other removable media.
     

  4. What can I do to help out around here? This site is the result of a whole community of journalers. If you keep your journal here or if you just participate in the forums, you are a bona fide member of the community. If you enjoy the site, there are ways you can help make this a better place for everyone. 1) Welcome new members in their forums. 2) Continue giving feedback on others' writings, especially offering support to those who need it. 3) Always, always be accepting of others, even though their writings reveal they are very different from yourself. Diversity is one of the things that makes this site so interesting. 4) And most important, write, write, write! That's what we are all here for.
     
By the way, there is a separate FAQ in the Forums section. You can find the link to it in the header in the forums. I didn't write that one though. The Forum software came from the phpBB Group and I just incorporated it into this website. I trimmed the questions down a bit, but pretty much left them as they were when I got the software.

Happy Journaling,

- Frank
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Journal Master

My-Journal.com



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