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I've been trying to compile a list of useful threads for members who would like to learn a little bit more about how permies.com works.

The links should be live - just click on them to go to the thread.

About Our Forum & Permaculture
Dave's universal welcome page
forum goals/mission
a safe place for gentle souls to talk about homesteading and permaculture
about us
What is permaculture?
permaculture jargon translator
How to improve your garden's soil
book review grid
contact us, contact staff, contact paul
all about the daily-ish email
this site is not for sale

list of and links to all forums
what do these titles mean? - steward, gardener, etc.
purple moosages
received a suspicious, inappropriate or abusive PM?
flags
folder icons and flags
acorns
apples
all about PIE and it's benefits

Emails from Permies
how to I change my email address?
I want fewer emails. (also how to unsubscribe from everything)

General Forum How-To's
How to start your own thread (and how to find a list of all our forums)
how to post on permies (including using quotes to reply)
how to make your posts better (including how to add pictures)
how to add images to your post
Using formatting tags at permies.com to make your posts more awesome
How to link to a specific post in a thread (lets your link put someone right at a specific post in a thread instead of the first post)
embed youtube video
How to cross-post a thread so it shows up in multiple forums
How to copy a link to a specific post
How to access digital market gift codes

How to Add a Profile or Cover Picture
show your location


Giveaways, Book/Seed/Gear/Etc Reviews & Summaries
how the book promotions work
how gear and product promos work
how winners are selected how to win giveaways
upcoming book/dvd promotions
how to do a book/dvd summary
How to Make a Review for a Review Grid (Gear/Plants/Seeds/Books/Films/etc)
How to make a Summary for Review Thread (Gear/Plants/Seeds/Books/Films/etc)
  • Book Review Grid
  • Seed & Plant Source Review Grid
  • DVD/Film Review Grid
  • Gear Review Grid
  • Critter Breeder Review Grid


  • Selling and Advertising on Permies
    promoting your stuff
    advertise for free (and not-free) on permies
    how to set up a digital market thread
    affiliate payout details (permies & paypall's "cut")
    sign-up to be an affiliate
    advertising through the daily-ish freebies
    advertising real estate on permies
    promoting your kickstarter on permies

    Publishing Standards
    publishing standards
    be nice
    real-sounding name policy
    leaving room for other people's ideas
    Science vs science -- and engineering too
    but but but but
    hate in the name of love
    you should do something
    citation needed?
    fact - a four letter word
    censorship
    respect for copyright
    debate vs sharing
    free speech
    perennial discussions
    deleting stuff
    Activate Stealth Mode for your account
    probation posts
    Where did my apples go?
    swan song
    banning

    the cider press
    meaningless drivel

    Paul Wheaton and the Empire
    wheaton eco scale
    wheaton laboratories - the mission
    Permculture Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs
    special Biological Reverse Kickstarter for those in Bootcamp
    how to link to amazon so 'the empire' gets part of the money
    what do I do if I have a question for paul wheaton?
    support Paul by getting pie
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    I think this thread would be an excellent sticky for this forum. That way you wouldn't have to keep bumping it to the top.
     
    pollinator
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    I agree. Although I must admit I had a lot of fun figuring it out by trial, error, and observation before such a nifty information policy was coalesced.
     
    Mother Tree
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    brad millar wrote:I think this thread would be an excellent sticky for this forum. That way you wouldn't have to keep bumping it to the top.



    Ah, but you see, it's a sneaky ploy. Paul has figured that stickies get ignored as people just get used to seeing them there. Plus they make the place look untidy. He figures that people will notice things better if they get bumped up every now and then.

    If only was more organised and did it a bit more regularly...

    Landon has the right idea though. Observe, observe, observe...
     
    steward
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    Hey all, I am a recent addition to Paul's team of Permaculture minions ( ) and I just wanted to say this thread was SUPER helpful trying to figure out the lay of the land with the forums! Thanks for the list Burra.

    - Cassie
     
    steward
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    And, here is how the owner of another site explained something to his users:

    Forums are not democracies. Forums may be publicly accessible, but they are NOT public spaces.
    They are equitable to the front yard of homes, and any speaking that is done in them is at the
    grace of the forum owner.
    There are no rights on forums. Even as a member, you are a guest.



     
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    Here's a link to the Jargon Translator, something we came up with to help people know what some of the words mean in permaculture or on this site. It's a work in progress and does not claim to be comprehensive, and in fact its purpose is to focus on the small number of most frequently used words. It can help to get a bunch of clarity in a concentrated space.

    In every group or discipline there are usually a fair amount of words that the people in the group know and may not be self-explanatory to people new to the group. But it's really a small number of words total out of the whole set of words people use, so a little bit of information about terminology can make a lot of difference.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/11BOr98wBlXPtb501r2CKeEYHQurF4DPvjFJQbItfC6E/

    (Also, if there are other terms you don't know and really would like added to the list, or want people to define supplementally to the list, you can post them on this thread for discussing/developing the jargon translator https://permies.com/t/39315/tnk/JARGON-TRANSLATOR-THREAD-post-words, and this will help it get more and more fine-tuned. Hope this is helpful for others, I learned a lot in the process of working on it.
     
    gardener
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    Is there somewhere that explains all of the icons on the site? Like folders with stars, different colored folders, splats instead of folders in the thread lists?
     
    steward
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    You have to be looking at a subforum page, for example urban in the growies forum to see the legend/key. The key is at the bottom of the page of all sub-forums.
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    Example of subforum key
    Example of subforum key
     
    gardener
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    r ranson
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    do we have a tutorial on how to make a signature?
     
    r ranson
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    raven ranson wrote:do we have a tutorial on how to make a signature?



    ug. still looking for one of these.  It keeps coming up.  

    short version: my profile --> general information about yourself --> signature
     
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    Thanks for creating this resource!  As a newb, it will be a great place for me to go and get educated.
     
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    How do you edit a thread or delete a thread you started ? Thanks
     
    steward
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    Hi T, to edit a post you navigate to your post and click on the edit button at the top right of the post.  After some time has passed, the ability to edit goes away.  Sometimes immediately.  It depends on a number of complicated things.

    Deleting posts is covered in the top post link called Deleting Stuff.
     
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    Is there a way to go to the first unread post in threads we've bookmarked or watched? I can't find any way to do that.
     
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    T Bate wrote:Is there a way to go to the first unread post in threads we've bookmarked or watched? I can't find any way to do that.



    You can do this if you have PIE.  You can learn more about PIE here https://permies.com/wiki/pie
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