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{{quotation|''This page lists some frequently asked questions. You might want to provide [[Groupprops:Feedback|feedback]], check the [[Help:Contents|help contents]], or contact the [[Help:Helpdesk|helpdesk]] if you have further queries}}
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==Errors==
  
==Getting started==
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* ''Is the content on this site accurate?''
  
* ''I have created an account. What do I do next?''
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We strive for maximal accuracy, but a lot of content has not been proofread carefully, and the complexity and quantity of content make errors inevitable.  
  
Refer [[Groupprops:Customize your experience]].
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If you think you've found an error, report it in this short [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/groupprops-error-report external anonymous survey]. You can also view a log of some past errors (that stayed on the site for a nontrivial length of time before being fixed) [[Groupprops:Error log|here]].
  
==Content==
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If you create a login, you can track this page and hence be notified when an error (satisfying some criteria) is corrected on the site.
  
* ''Some of the fact articles that I come across, do not contain proofs of the facts/theorems. How do I access the proofs?''
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* ''If I'm not sure the site is error-free, what's the point in using it?''
  
The aim is to eventually supply proofs of all the facts in the fact articles, and if the proofs do not exist now, this is because the articles have not yet been completed. To request a proof in the article, go to the talk page of the article and place a request for the proof there.
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The site is ''mostly'' error-free. Generally, errors are unlikely to be present in the overall flow and gist but may exist in small details such as missing elements from lists, typographical errors in numbers (a 7 instead of an 8), poorly rendered math, etc.
  
* ''I cannot locate enough examples or explanatory text with the definitions, making it hard for me to follow the definitions?''
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If you're a newcomer to the subject, scrolling through the pages should give you a fairly good idea of the material, and the minor errors probably won't affect you at all since they'll be in details you will not pay much attention to anyway. If you're experienced in the subject, the errors will probably be things you will confidently catch if you notice them, and are unlikely to mislead you.
  
The wiki currently is low in examples; this is primarily because we are first working on developing a good structure and layout. We expect to have more survey articles that discuss various aspects of definitions and facts in greater detail than a separate definition article would allow. Suggestions and feedback in this regard are welcome.
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In most cases, we strive to provide clear explanations and justifications for all statements. For statements that lack justifications, take then with a pinch of salt. For any statement that seems fishy, click through on links to further elaboration and see if that further elaboration checks it out. In many cases, we provide implementations in GAP to cross-check or verify statements.
  
* ''There isn't enough information about particular concrete situations (like specific groups, specific representations of groups). Where can I find such information?''
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All in all, please use this site to learn material, but if you directly copy from it for either homework assignments or anything mission-critical without doing your due diligence, we don't take responsibility for any errors introduced in your work.  
  
[[:Category:Particular objects]] is designed to list particular concrete objects, that are more or less unique up to isomorphism. These are in a more primitive state than the other articles on the wiki. The delay in articles on particular, specific objects is because we feel these are too important to be documented before the structure of the rest of the wiki is sound.
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==Account creation: why and how?==
  
==Editing==
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* ''Is there any reason to create an account on this site?''
  
* ''Can I disable the rich text editor?''
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If you only want to surf the site content, you do ''not'' need to create a login. All parts of the site, as of now, are visible to users without logins.
  
Go to [[Special:Preferences]] and in the '''Editing''' tab, select '''Disable rich editor'''.
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You can create an account by following the account creation link from [[Special:UserLogin]]. The main advantage of creating an account is that you can maintain watchlists of articles and customize how the site (particularly the math rendering) appears.
  
* ''Sometimes, when I click on the edit button for a section or subsection, I reach another page. Why is this?''
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By default, newly created accounts do not have permission to edit site pages. This is to avoid the problem of spam, since we don't have the manpower to monitor spam. If you'd like editing permissions, please send an email to vipul@math.uchicago.edu and we'll turn on your editing permission.
  
Some sections and subsection headers are template-generated, and when you click on such subsections, you go to the corresponding template page. To edit content within such sections or subsections, please use the '''edit''' button on the top of the article, or in the smallest higher-level section containing it.
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* ''Seriously, is this a 20th century site? You don't support Facebook Connect or OpenID!''
  
==Viewing, saving and exporting==
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We will look into supporting such functionality in the future, but this is not a priority, because the site, as of now, is largely designed for reading, not active interaction.
  
* ''What is the copyright/license policy for Groupprops?''
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==For heavy users==
  
Groupprops is licensed under a [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Creative Commons Attribute-Share Alike Unported license]. This means that you can freely reuse material from Groupprops as long as all derivative works that build strongly upon Groupprops content, are similarly licensed. The license does not forbid commercial reuse. {{further|[[Groupprops:Copyrights]]}}
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===Features that don't require login===
  
* ''I see advertisements when logged in.''
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* ''I live and breathe this site. Do you have a search plugin?''
  
Go to [[Special:Preferences]] and under '''Skin''', select Monobook_no_adver.
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We have a plugin for Firefox. There are two versions [http://subwiki.org/searchplugins.html here]. We recommend the Go plugin. This offers search suggestions as you type. See also [[Help:Search shortcuts]] and [[Help:Semantic search and browsing]] to have a really fast search experience on the site.
  
* ''The math rendering is uneven. Can this be changed?''
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* ''How do I print articles?''
  
You can change your math viewing options. Go to [[Special:Preferences]] and select the '''Math''' part. You can decide the option with which to view math.
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The toolbox contains a ''Printable version'' option, which you can use to generate a version that is suitable for printing. This does not require a login.
  
* ''How do I print articles?''
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* ''I would like to download a large number of the articles. Can this be done?''
  
The toolbox contains a ''Printable version'' option, which you can use to generate a version that is suitable for printing.
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Go to [[Special:Export]] and list all the articles that you want exported (each article name in one line). You can also add all the articles from a particular category. This exports the articles as a XML file. The XML file can be imported into any MediaWiki wiki using the [[Special:Import]] feature of that wiki.
  
 
* ''Can I obtain the articles in other formats?''
 
* ''Can I obtain the articles in other formats?''
  
We are considering a PDF export feature, but as of now, this is not possible.
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We are considering a PDF export feature, but as of now, this is not possible. However, there are softwares/extensions that you can install on your browser or computer that can "print" to PDF. Click on "Printable version" and you can then "print" from there to PDF.
  
* ''I would like to download a large number of the articles. Can this be done?''
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===Features that require login===
  
Go to [[Special:Export]] and list all the articles that you want exported (each article name in one line). You can also add all the articles from a particular category. This exports the articles as a XML file. The XML file can be imported into any MediaWiki wiki using the [[Special:Import]] feature of that wiki.
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* ''The math rendering is uneven. Can this be changed?''
 
 
* ''The information that I want is split across multiple articles. How do I combine it?''
 
  
You can try constructing your own transcluded articles. To avoid confusion with pages on the wiki, create these pages as subpages inside your user namespace, e.g. [[User:Vipul/My transclude]]. To learn more, see [[wp:Wikipedia:Transclusion|the Wikipedia article on transclusion]].
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If you have a login, you can change your math viewing options. Go to [[Special:Preferences]] and select the '''Math''' part. You can decide the option with which to view math.
  
 
* ''How do I track articles?''
 
* ''How do I track articles?''
  
 
You can click the '''watch''' tab at the top of the article you wish to watch, or alternatively, you can directly edit your [[Special:Watchlist|watchlist]]. You can also use RSS/Atom feeds to keep track of articles. For this, click the "history" tab at the top of the article, go to the toolbox on the left, and click the links for RSS or Atom.
 
You can click the '''watch''' tab at the top of the article you wish to watch, or alternatively, you can directly edit your [[Special:Watchlist|watchlist]]. You can also use RSS/Atom feeds to keep track of articles. For this, click the "history" tab at the top of the article, go to the toolbox on the left, and click the links for RSS or Atom.
 
==Groupprops and other wikis==
 
 
* ''How does Groupprops differ from other mathematical and general-purpose wikis?''
 
 
Learn more about Groupprops specifically at [[Groupprops:Purpose statement]] and [[Groupprops:What makes us special]]. For specific information about how Groupprops differs from Wikipedia, read [[Groupprops:Groupprops versus Wikipedia]], and for a list of other comparisons, refer [[:Category:Groupprops comparison articles]].
 
==Using Groupprops as a course aid==
 
 
* ''I want to use Groupprops to construct problem sets for a course/solve problems given in a course. Are there any tools on the wiki to help me?''
 
 
We are in the process of developing such tools. Take a peek at [[problems in elementary group theory]], to see the kind of tool we are working on.
 

Revision as of 23:17, 3 July 2011

Errors

  • Is the content on this site accurate?

We strive for maximal accuracy, but a lot of content has not been proofread carefully, and the complexity and quantity of content make errors inevitable.

If you think you've found an error, report it in this short external anonymous survey. You can also view a log of some past errors (that stayed on the site for a nontrivial length of time before being fixed) here.

If you create a login, you can track this page and hence be notified when an error (satisfying some criteria) is corrected on the site.

  • If I'm not sure the site is error-free, what's the point in using it?

The site is mostly error-free. Generally, errors are unlikely to be present in the overall flow and gist but may exist in small details such as missing elements from lists, typographical errors in numbers (a 7 instead of an 8), poorly rendered math, etc.

If you're a newcomer to the subject, scrolling through the pages should give you a fairly good idea of the material, and the minor errors probably won't affect you at all since they'll be in details you will not pay much attention to anyway. If you're experienced in the subject, the errors will probably be things you will confidently catch if you notice them, and are unlikely to mislead you.

In most cases, we strive to provide clear explanations and justifications for all statements. For statements that lack justifications, take then with a pinch of salt. For any statement that seems fishy, click through on links to further elaboration and see if that further elaboration checks it out. In many cases, we provide implementations in GAP to cross-check or verify statements.

All in all, please use this site to learn material, but if you directly copy from it for either homework assignments or anything mission-critical without doing your due diligence, we don't take responsibility for any errors introduced in your work.

Account creation: why and how?

  • Is there any reason to create an account on this site?

If you only want to surf the site content, you do not need to create a login. All parts of the site, as of now, are visible to users without logins.

You can create an account by following the account creation link from Special:UserLogin. The main advantage of creating an account is that you can maintain watchlists of articles and customize how the site (particularly the math rendering) appears.

By default, newly created accounts do not have permission to edit site pages. This is to avoid the problem of spam, since we don't have the manpower to monitor spam. If you'd like editing permissions, please send an email to vipul@math.uchicago.edu and we'll turn on your editing permission.

  • Seriously, is this a 20th century site? You don't support Facebook Connect or OpenID!

We will look into supporting such functionality in the future, but this is not a priority, because the site, as of now, is largely designed for reading, not active interaction.

For heavy users

Features that don't require login

  • I live and breathe this site. Do you have a search plugin?

We have a plugin for Firefox. There are two versions here. We recommend the Go plugin. This offers search suggestions as you type. See also Help:Search shortcuts and Help:Semantic search and browsing to have a really fast search experience on the site.

  • How do I print articles?

The toolbox contains a Printable version option, which you can use to generate a version that is suitable for printing. This does not require a login.

  • I would like to download a large number of the articles. Can this be done?

Go to Special:Export and list all the articles that you want exported (each article name in one line). You can also add all the articles from a particular category. This exports the articles as a XML file. The XML file can be imported into any MediaWiki wiki using the Special:Import feature of that wiki.

  • Can I obtain the articles in other formats?

We are considering a PDF export feature, but as of now, this is not possible. However, there are softwares/extensions that you can install on your browser or computer that can "print" to PDF. Click on "Printable version" and you can then "print" from there to PDF.

Features that require login

  • The math rendering is uneven. Can this be changed?

If you have a login, you can change your math viewing options. Go to Special:Preferences and select the Math part. You can decide the option with which to view math.

  • How do I track articles?

You can click the watch tab at the top of the article you wish to watch, or alternatively, you can directly edit your watchlist. You can also use RSS/Atom feeds to keep track of articles. For this, click the "history" tab at the top of the article, go to the toolbox on the left, and click the links for RSS or Atom.