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''This page lists some frequently asked questions''
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==Navigation==
  
==Getting started==
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* ''How do I find content on this site?''
  
* ''I have created an account. What do I do next?''
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'''Search''' is the key tool. Just start typing what you're looking for in the search bar. The search engine is not very intelligent, but there are a number of tweaks we have made to it to get you more quickly to the pages you are looking for. See [[Help:Search shortcuts]].
  
Refer [[Groupprops:Customize your experience]].
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In addition, you can use the '''Lookup''' links on the left sidebar and explore the site in a structured, category tree fashion. This is not very useful because the site has too much content.
  
==Content==
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Finally, you can browse, clicking on links from one page to the another.
  
* ''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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The site also has powerful semantic search capabilities, but these are not very intuitive for casual visitors. However, many links within pages are semantically generated, and by clicking on these links, you can view and modify the semantic queries.
  
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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==Errors==
  
* ''I cannot locate enough examples or explanatory text with the definitions, making it hard for me to follow the definitions?''
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* ''Is the content on this site accurate?''
  
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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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.  
  
* ''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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If you think you've found an error, report it in this short [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/subwiki-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) at the [[Groupprops:Error log|error log page]].
  
[[: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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If you create a login, you can track the error log page and hence be notified when an error (satisfying some criteria) is corrected on the site.
  
==Editing==
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* ''If I'm not sure the site is error-free, what's the point in using it?''
  
* ''Can I disable the rich text editor?''
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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.
  
Go to [[Special:Preferences]] and in the '''Editing''' tab, select '''Disable rich editor'''.
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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 (to the extent they exist) 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.
  
* ''Sometimes, when I click on the edit button for a section or subsection, I reach another page. Why is this?''
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In most cases, we strive to provide clear explanations and justifications for all statements. For statements that lack justifications, take 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.
  
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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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.
  
==Viewing, saving and exporting==
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==Account creation: why and how?==
  
* ''I see advertisements when logged in.''
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* ''Is there any reason to create an account on this site?''
  
Go to [[Special:Preferences]] and under '''Skin''', select Monobook_no_adver.
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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.
  
* ''The math rendering is uneven. Can this be changed?''
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To create an account so as to be able to edit pages occasionally or maintain watchlists of pages, please email vipul.wikis@gmail.com with your request. We've disabled automatic account creation due to the large volume of spam account creation.
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* ''Seriously, is this a 20th century site? You don't support Facebook Connect or OpenID!''
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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.
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==For heavy users==
  
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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===Features that don't require login===
  
* ''How do I print articles?''
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* ''I live and breathe this site. Do you have a search plugin?''
  
The toolbox contains a ''Printable version'' option, which you can use to generate a version that is suitable for printing.
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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.
  
* ''Can I obtain the articles in other formats?''
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* ''How do I print articles?''
  
We are considering a PDF export feature, but as of now, this is not possible.
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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.
  
 
* ''I would like to download a large number of the articles. Can this be done?''
 
* ''I would like to download a large number of the articles. Can this be done?''
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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.
 
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.
  
* ''The information that I want is split across multiple articles. How do I combine it?''
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* ''Can I obtain the articles in other formats?''
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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.
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===Features that require login===
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* ''The math rendering is uneven. Can this be changed?''
  
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.

Latest revision as of 22:38, 17 December 2013

Navigation

  • How do I find content on this site?

Search is the key tool. Just start typing what you're looking for in the search bar. The search engine is not very intelligent, but there are a number of tweaks we have made to it to get you more quickly to the pages you are looking for. See Help:Search shortcuts.

In addition, you can use the Lookup links on the left sidebar and explore the site in a structured, category tree fashion. This is not very useful because the site has too much content.

Finally, you can browse, clicking on links from one page to the another.

The site also has powerful semantic search capabilities, but these are not very intuitive for casual visitors. However, many links within pages are semantically generated, and by clicking on these links, you can view and modify the semantic queries.

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) at the error log page.

If you create a login, you can track the error log 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 (to the extent they exist) 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 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.

To create an account so as to be able to edit pages occasionally or maintain watchlists of pages, please email vipul.wikis@gmail.com with your request. We've disabled automatic account creation due to the large volume of spam account creation.

  • 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.