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Frequently Asked Questions

Users of the Eyes of Faith blog/site can get answers here regarding some of the basic features of the site, as well as possible levels of participation.

Registering (1)

Registering as a user on Eyes of Faith.

I registered, but I can't find my account. What happened to it?

Due to a rash of bot registrations and users intending only to disrupt the operation of this site, I have been forced to take extreme measures regarding registrations. I have decided to implement the following policies until further notice:

  • New registrations are by personal request only. Automated user registration is no longer possible.
  • Existing user accounts have been deleted in order to start with a fresh user list. This should prove to be minimally disruptive, since very few users ever comment on a posting in a legitimate manner, and none are known to regularly comment. No user (other than myself) has ever commented more than half a dozen times, apart from spam bot comments.
  • I will be personally inviting people to register from time to time.

Once things settle down and appropriate screening software is in place, I may consider opening registrations back up to the general public. I apologize for any inconvenience to my legitimate user base.

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Technical Issues (4)

Technical questions on the operation of this site.

Although the underlying blogging software does accommodate multiple languages, it does not include automatic translation. As the blog maintainer, I lack the skills needed to read or write in languages other than English. My nodding acquaintance with other languages simply doesn't extend to a capacity for serious discussion. If you wish to comment, do so in English. If you wish to translate this blog into other languages, the Internet does provide some modest capabilities for that purpose.

The on-line tool ImTranslator, and many other tools on the Internet, are always available to aid in translation. If you are an authenticated user (i.e., you've registered and verified your email address), you can view your account page and enable the embedded ImTranslator block on every page.

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How do I print a posting or generate a .pdf file from it?

This FAQ is not put in the form of a question. It is included to inform you about the printing and PDF functions of this web site. Whenever you encounter "Printer-friendly version" in an article or on a page, you may click on it to generate a more printer-friendly version. Similarly, whenever you encounter "PDF version", you may click on it to obtain a .pdf version of the article or page.

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Although services like Blogger and Wordpress.com have many fine features, I have been frustrated by limited access to the code used to implement the software. I happen to be a semi-retired systems engineer, and LAMP software is relatively easy for me to modify and manage. Lack of access to code is, for me, analogous to the frustration an expert mechanic would feel if he or she were to lease, rather than own, a vehicle.

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I use Drupal, a relatively advanced content management system that enables efficient blogging, as well as general publishing, social networking and collaboration. I probably use only 10% of its capabilities. Nevertheless, I find that its security features are sufficiently compelling to prefer it to more specialized packages. For further details, visit http://www.drupal.org.

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