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How do I participate in this site?

How do I participate in this site?

  • First you must register to establish an “Account” aka “My Account” by clicking on the “Sign Up” link on the upper Navigation Bar.
  • Once done you can upload a photo, icon or image (Avatar) that will accompany your subsequent posted Comments and/or Articles. See Q&A that follows for how to upload your Profile image.
  • Once your Account is established, you log in (aka Login) by hovering above the “Sign Up” link on the upper Navigation Bar and click on the drop-down link “Login”. In today’s computer argot login means the same as the grammatically correct “log in”.
  • If you are already registered the Login link will drop down along with your personal image you may have previously loaded into your personal profile. Click on Login to open your Account and to have access to the website.
  • To make (Post) a Comment or an Article is done using your personal “Account” that is established when you successfully “Register”.
  • All Articles are posted in the “Opinions” or “Featured” folders
  • Forums are Articles on subjects considered to be of continued interest and are administered by a Moderator who is designated by request by an author to the Site Administration using “Contact Us” on the home page.
        • See “Forum Discussions” link on the home page for more details.

“Sign Up” – How to register and establish your “My Account”

“Sign Up” – How to register and establish your “My Account”

  • Click on the upper Navigation Bar “Sign Up” link
  • Fill in the requested information completely
  • Only your real name is acceptable for registration
  • Your real name and city of residence must be separated by a hyphen
  • Your residential city and street address are required
    • Note: Your street address is hidden and accessible only by you and the Site Administrators
  • PO Boxes are not acceptable as a residential address
  • Business addresses are not acceptable (yes we check)
  • False or incomplete registration information will void your registration
  • Persons signing up using Safari (Apple browser) should check the top box in the Terms & Conditions window. The check may not stick as a green arrow that is the case with a PC browser. After checking the box, move down to the “Submit” button and Click. If everything else is acceptable your “My Account” window will open.
  • Click on “Submit”
  • If done correctly your “My Account” file window opens providing access to the site.
  • If unsuccessful after trying again to register, contact the site administration for assistance using the “Contact Us” line on the upper navigation tool bar.

How do I upload my personal photo, icon or avatar that will automatically accompany my Comments and Articles?

How do I upload my personal photo, icon or avatar that will automatically accompany my Comments and Articles?

  • Register First
  • Log In
  • Click on the “eye” icon that appears when you open your “View Profile” folder
    • Note: You can also Go to the “My Account” folder on upper tool bar and select “My Profile” which also opens the folder
  • Click on the “wrench” icon which opens your “My Account” folder
  • Click on the “Upload Avatar” button and the drop down menu options appear
    • “Drop Avatar here – Select Files – Remove Avatar”
    • Click on “Select Files” which connects you to your personal computer files
    • Double click on the desired image from your computer files(size minimum 300kb maximum 2 MB)
    • Click on “Upload Avatar”
    • The uploaded image will accompany your future posts of Comments & Articles
    • Avatar – a photo, icon, or figure representing a particular person Internet forums

How do I Comment on a previously posted Article?

How do I Comment on a previously posted Article?

  • You must register first and establish your site “ My Account”
  • From the home page “Log in”
  • Go to the Article of interest in the “Opinions” folder
  • Click on “Comment” and the “Submit a Comment” screen appears
  • Fill in or paste your Comment in the “comment” field (300 word limit)
    • Note: you can copy and paste content using MS Word
  • Click on “Submit Comment”
  • Your comment will be posted (remember there are limits)

How do I initiate and post a new “Article” as an author?

How do I initiate and post a new “Article” as an author?

  • To post a new Article
  • Go to “My Account,” Select “My Posts” on the left column
  • Select and click on the “Add New Posts” button.
    • Note: The “I” (information blue bar) states the maximum number of allowed posts and the number of posts already made. This number is easily changed by the Site Administration. This maximum applies to everyone
    • This “maximum” number will be increased by the Site Administration to keep pace with the posting activity level.
    • This will be discontinued when a “time stamping” function for postings is finished being coded.
  • A window appears with “Title – Category-Post Photos- Description- Tags” fields
    • Title” – Fill in your Article’s title
    • Category” – Open the drop down menu
      • Select “Featured” for the new Article which places it on the home page
      • Select “Opinion” if you do not want your Article “Featured”
    • Post Photos” – Use the “Post Photos” window to add an image(s) for your article
      • To Use the “Select Files” option to post photos
      • Click on “Select Files” which connects you to your computer files
      • Double click on the desired image (size limit is 2 MB, JPG or PNG files ONLY)
      • Click on “Upload file
        • Note: A copy of the image is moved. The original remains in place. (size limit is 2 MB)
        • Using the “Drop Files…” method your web site window and a separate file folder window on your computer must be open for the “drag and drop” of the image file to be successfully executed.
  • Description” – Fill in your Article’s content (750 word limit)
    • Note: You can copy and paste content using MS Word The MS Word formatting tools may be easier than those on the Description Visual Tool bar
    • There is an upper Tool Bar in the Description window
      • “Text” bar is used only by coders
      • “Visual” bar functions similarly to MS Word
        • “ABC” is used for strikethroughs – typically not used
        • Block quotes are used to place a block of text within quotations
        • The paper clip icon is used to insert http: address inks into text
        • The icon to the right of that deletes those address links
        • The expansion X to the right expands the text to fill the screen
        • The remainder of the icons function similarly to those in MS Word

How to Insert video and/or text hyperlink addresses into the text within the “Description” text box

How to Insert video and/or text hyperlink addresses into the text within the “Description” text boxx

  • Text
  • Copying and inserting a hyperlink address from the Internet
    • From the open internet hyperlink address copy the URL link to be
    • Pasted into the desired location within the text of the “Description” box
  • YouTube videos
  • Locate on the Internet the YouTube video to be copied and open the file Right Click on the first frame of the video
  • Copy the embedded code from the drop-down menu
  • Go to the “Description” text box and paste a copy of the embed code to the desired location within the text in the box.
    • Note: If the Video tab is pressed the first frame of the copied video appears
  • Tags” – (not used typically)Optional to designate key words separated by a comma
    • Note: Some tagging systems provide a single text box to enter tags. A separator comma must A hashtag is a kind of metadata tag marked by the prefix # sometimes known as a “hash” symbol. This form of tagging is used on microblogging and social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, VK and Instagram.
  • Submit” – Click on “Submit” to post your Article

How do I UPLOAD photos & illustrations to be kept in my personal “Galleries” for later use in my “new” Articles?

How do I UPLOAD photos & illustrations to be kept in my personal “Galleries” for later use in my “new” Articles?

  • Register First
  • Log In
  • Go to your “My Account” folder
  • Click on “My Photos”
  • Photos/images are kept in a series of “Galleries” named/established by you
  • Previously established Galleries of photos appear first
  • Click on a Gallery and the window below appears
    • My Photos / Miscellaneous photos
    • Here you can manage your photos.
    • Upload Files
  • Click on “Upload Files” and the following window with fields appears
  • Title” – Fill in your Article’s title
  • Category” – Open the drop down menu
    • Select “Featured” for the new Article which places it on the home page
    • Select “Opinion” if you do not want your Article “Featured”
  • Post Photos” – Use the “Post Photos” window to add an image(s) for your article
    • To Use the “Select Files” option to post photos into my Gallery(s)
    • Click on “Select Files” which connects you to your computer files
    • Double click on the desired image (size limit is 1 MB)
    • Click on “Upload file
  • To Use the “Drop Files Here” option to post photos into my Gallery(s)
  • Go to your photo/image file folder
  • Select the photo’s jpeg image and drag it to “Drop Files Here” window
    • Note: A copy of the image is moved. The original remains in place. (size limit is 1 MB)
    • Using the “Drop Files…” method your web site window and a separate file folder window on your computer must be open for the “drag and drop” of the image file to be successfully executed.
  • Description” – Fill in your Article’s content (750 word limit)
    • Note: You can copy and paste content using MS Word
      • The MS Word formatting tools may be easier than those on the Description Visual Tool bar
    • There is an upper Tool Bar in the Description window
      • “Text” bar is used only by coders
      • “Visual” bar functions similarly to MS Word
        • “ABC” is used for strikethroughs – typically not used
        • Block quotes are used to place a block of text within quotations
        • The paper clip icon is used to insert http: address inks into text
        • The icon to the right of that deletes those address links
        • The expansion X to the right expands the text to fill the screen
        • The remainder of the icons function similarly to those in MS Word
  • Tags” – (not used typically)Optional to designate key words separated by a comma
    • Note:Some tagging systems provide a single text box to enter tags. A separator comma must A hashtag is a kind of metadata tag marked by the prefix # sometimes known as a “hash” symbol. This form of tagging is used on microblogging and social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, VK and Instagram.
  • To Edit Uploaded Gallery Photos & Illustrations
    • Go to your “My Account” folder
    • Click on “My Photos”
    • Go to a Gallery and double click on a photo
    • In the upper left hand corner of the thumbnail of the photo(s) there are three boxes
    • The red box containing a minus sign can be used to delete the photo
    • On the far right there is a pencil icon that when double clicked drops down windows that can be used to add a title for the photo or tagsThe middle or “star” icon remains inert
    • Each photo uploaded into a gallery will appear in the thumbnail format when a Gallery is opened.
    • Double clicking on the main thumbnail photo of a Gallery will open thumbnail photos of all images in that Gallery
    • Clicking on a thumbnail photo in an opened Gallery will present an enlarged version of the photo.
    • A Gallery photo enlarged enables the option of an album approach to viewing all of the photos in a Gallery

How do I upload and store video hyperlink addresses to later embed in new Articles?

How do I upload and store video hyperlink addresses to later embed in new Articles?

  • Go to and open “My Account”
  • To upload a video address to the “My Videos” folder – select “My Videos” button on the left hand sideThe “My videos” window opens and a list of previously loaded video links appears
  • Note: The red box with minus sign will delete that link to which it is attached
  • Click “Add Video” and the window below appears
  • Capture
    • Insert a Name for the video you intend to copy to your “My Videos” folder
    • Copy a video hyperlink address as shown in your computer’s address bar for the active site’s address window(i.e. http://…) or from a hyperlink address in your computer files
    • Paste the copied hyperlink address link into the Video ID/URL window
    • Select a “Video Type” from the drop down list i.e. YouTube, Embed or Vimeo. Vimeo is rarely used Note: An incorrect Video Type selection will generate an error messageClick on “Submit” to upload video line address into My Videos folder Repeat the sequence as needed.

How do I share my Article(s) on Marin.Exposed?

How do I share my Article(s) on Marin.Exposed?

  • To share your post with Facebook, Google Plus or Twitter
    • Go to the page where your article is posted.Scroll down to the bottom of the post where it is says “Share This Post On” To the right is a list of icons one for Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter
    • Click on which social media you would like to share this article on.

How do I edit or delete my “Comments” content?

  • Once your Comment has been posted, you cannot do any editing

How do I edit or delete my “Article’s” content?

  • Once your Article has been posted, you cannot do any editing.

Where can I see all my posts?

  • All your posts can be accessed on “My Account”
    Selected “My Post” and a list of your posts can be viewed

How can “off-site” people see my posts? (Obtain profile URL)

  • For people to see your post off site you must first select the URL in the address bar, copy, and then paste it into an email to those people.

How do I contact the Marin.Exposed?

  • Click on “Contact Us” on the homepage and fill in the required fields for submission. Questions will be answered in a timely manner, depending on the question.

How do I subscribe to Marin.Exposed emails?

  • Once registered with Marin.Exposed you are automatically subscribed to our site’s administrative emails. These emails will be driven by evolving site upgrade information, changes in site policy, and explanations of site functionality issues of general interest.