login help

Open Politics uses tikiwiki software, which has a permission system to give people access to certain functions and some parts of the site.

Anonymous Users

Without logging in, users will have anonymous permissions, usually meaning you can view and edit most pages.

Registered Users

You need to be a registered user to be able to contributions recorded and acknowledged. Other editors will be less critical/skeptical/blunt when editing contributions from "real people" - registered users. Voting rights in polls, quizzes and other informal democratic activites usually require you to be logged in. This allows admins to track who is doing what and therefore ensuring the integrity of the system. When people know they are watched they tend to be more careful.


Apart from what is viewable on the site, Openpolitics.ca does not share personal information with any outside organiuzation for any reason (unless required to do so by law). Goto the page: My Preferences to edit your personal info and and change your privacy settings.


The login module is located in the upper right corner of the screen.
This login window has a register link, click on it

To register, complete the following fields on the screen:
Username: The Username is the nickname that will be used to identify you everywhere on the site, choose carefully. The Username is case-sensitive.
Anti-bot code: This passcode is an image of random numbers that you must enter before registering, designed to stop bots that attempt to automatically register users. This feature may be disabled if there are curently no severe bot problems.
Password: Chose carefully a password here. The Password is case-sensitive. It should be difficult enough so it cannot be guessed by others. While Tiki will store the password in an encrypted form that nobody can read, it is recommended not to chose the same pasword you use to login to your computer network, mail system, etc.
Repeat password: Well, are you sure you have typed your password correclty? As the screen gets filled with ***, it is better to type it again just to make sure.
Email: Your e-mail is required - it ensures the site administrator has a way to contact you.
Generate a password: If you don't have a clue on which password to use, click on generate a password and the sytem will create a password for you and write it in the fields "password" and "repeat password". Note it down!

When you have filled everything, click on the Register button. If everything is correct the system usually informs you that an e-mail has been sent to you to confirm your registration.


Recieving Your confirmation Email

Check your e-mail. You must have received something like:

From: noreply at openpolitics.ca
To: franck at nowhere.com
Date: Oct 27, 2005 12:11 PM
Subject: Your Tiki information registration (tikisite.com)
Hi Franck,
you or someone registered this email address at tikisite.com
If you want to be a registered user in this site you will have to use the following link to login for the first time:


If you don't recieve your confirmation email:

Try these three steps:
  • Check your spam filters / junk mail. Sometimes these machine generated emails get accidentally labeled as spam.
  • Try Again (if at first you don't succeed)
  • Contact support at openpolitics.ca and an administrator can help you. Be sure to include all of the following info:
    • your desired user name
    • your email
    • your desired password
    • your ISP (so we can track which ISP's are causing problems)

Enjoy Open Politics!

Click on the link given in the e-mail, and you will be brought to the Tiki site and automatically logged in. This completes your registration. When you ave finished on the Tiki site you can logout but I suggest you take time now to fill up your Preferences under the ))MyTiki(( menu.

Logging in

If you have registered previously then you know where it is. Enter your Username and Password and click on the button Login. You may also want also to select the Remember Me box. It will give a cookie to your browser so that the system remembers you for a couple of hours or days depending of the site preferences.

forgot my password

Well, it happens with so many passwords to remember. Click in the Login/Logout window on the link Forgot Password and the system will ask you your Tiki username. This feature is available if your Tiki Administrator has enabled the Remind passwords by email option on the admin Login Config panel.

  • If the Tiki administrator has enabled the Store plaintext passwords option on the admin Login Config panel, the system will send you an email with your password. It is not recommended to enable this feature for security reasons.
  • If your Tiki administrator did not enable this option, the system will use the Username to look for your e-mail, generate a new password and e-mail to you some instructions on how to login.