Welcome everyone! To Swirling Synapse’s grand opening of its brand new website! I know exciting isn’t it? I’m having goosebumps just thinking about all of the discussions and knowledge we will all be sharing.
Alright so let’s get started by having a quick tour of the new website. First up is the Author’s Topics, this place you’re in right now. This is the home page of the website. It is also where I will post at the very least 2 topics a week. Right now it is just me writing these topics. But, eventually I’m planning on adding more author’s who will chime in too. Though we can discuss how that will work when we come to it further down the road.
The 2 topics a week can be about anything. Anything that I find interesting enough to learn, and talk about. Will end up as one of my topics. There is a comment section directly bellow each topic in the Author’s Topics page. As you no doubt already guessed. This is so you and your fellow synapses can discuss the topic without having to go to the forums.
And speaking about forums, let’s start talking about that. Currently there are 9 different forum sections they are from top to bottom: Ask the Author, Suggestions, General Discussion, Science, Technology, Health, Space, Engineering, History, and last but far from the least Mythology & Cultural Lore. While the majority of these sections are self explanatory. For instance the science section is going to be only for topics discussion the broad spectrum of sciences. There are a couple that aren’t self explanatory. So let me give you a quick and basic run down of them.
The first one is ask the author. This section is probably going to be the least used out of all of them since this is strictly a place for synapses like you, to ask me or eventually my fellow authors, questions. Now these questions aren’t going to be personal, like, how old are you? or did you go to college? No, these are going to be questions that are more along the lines of directly asking an author what they think about something. For instance. Since today is Valentine’s day, you could ask the question. How do you think Valentine’s day got started? Now I know what your thinking, your thinking. “Well what is the point of an ask the author section if I could simply ask the question in anywhere and the author could join in on their own?”
To that; I say this. The downside to asking your question somewhere else. Is that you don’t have the guarantee that your author will join in on the conversation. While in the ask the author section, you have that guarantee. They will join in (kind of a requirement), especially if you ask the author by name. Now of course that doesn’t mean the author will know the answer or say something profound (though by the rules they can’t simply say “I don’t know” and be done with it, they have to put enough thought into their response to be worth everyone’s time) that just means you will get at the very least some form of response.
Now for the suggestions section. This is fairly obvious to some but a bit of a head-scratcher to others; so I’ll explain. I made this section specifically so that the community will be able to suggest new ideas about the website and community and where you think we should be headed. And what we should add or take away. I like to think of Swirling Synapse as a ship on a journey and the community is the crew that steers that ship. Can’t steer very well if there isn’t a helm (steering wheel) for you to use; now can you?
General Discussion is the last one that is a bit vague. I included this section so that if you have a topic you want to talk about but it doesn’t fall into any of the other sections, you now have a place to put it, and you don’t have to suggest a section be made just for your topic.
Now there is a catch to the forums and comments (besides the Rules, which you should go read at some point). You can’t comment, reply, or create a new topic unless you are signed in. I know that this is a bit inconvenient but I think this is necessary. I don’t want Mr./Ms. anonymous2014890 to come in and break the rules and not be able to stop them or at the very least clean up the mess.
So with that said, you will have to create an account to log in and talk to your fellow synapses, and I have done some work to make sure that process is as simple as possible. The good news is, if you have ever had to log in and commented on another blog that uses WordPress, then you don’t have to worry. Just log in like normal and you should be fine.
If you have never used Wordpess before, then simply click register on the swirling synapse webpage (should be easy to find, there is one on the right sidebar, one at the bottom of the page, and one under the login) enter your username and email address, be sure to pick a username you like and double check your username and email, because once you hit register that name is both taken and is unchangeable (I know, I would love to make it so you can change it, but nothing I have found let’s me, sorry about that.)
Once you register, you will receive an email that will take you to your password, the password is a randomly generated password, but it is about as strong as they come, so if you want to keep it I suggest writing it down. If you aren’t fond of having a extremely complex password made up for you (like me) then just delete the password and replace it with one of your own then hit the accept button. Then after your done with that, you will be asked if you want to log in. And that’s it you’re registered on both Swirling Synapse and on WordPress, and will never have to do register again for any other WordPress based website.
And that brings us to the end of our tour, but there is one last thing to say. Welcome to Swirling Synapse! It’s time to get that storm of synapses swirling!
P.S. Oh you are probably wondering about the other topics that were posted before this grand opening topic. Those are the old articles that I brought over from my old blog. So I figured I would place them below this topic.