using LivingPlatform.CA

what this page is for

This page is for anyone using LivingPlatform.CA but not anyone using the web in general, or other wiki-based services. If you need instruction on how to use these please read using Internet Explorer or using tikiwiki. It is not possible to explain LivingPlatform.CA itself to a novice who has no concept of how tikiwiki and the web work. Accordingly:

If you are an absolute novice you might wish to use and edit Wikitravel, Wikipedia or other large public wikis before you attempt using LivingPlatform.CA itself. It is simply not possible to make editing complex documents about actual laws, as simple as editing travel or encyclopedia articles. It is an inherently difficult problem, that gets more difficult, as more peoples' views must be accomodated.

We welcome, train and orient new (anonymous) users and encourage them to login and become registered users
who will "learn LivingPlatform.CA" ''Alternatively, seeWelcome Menu, HomePage Main Menu, main page.

what not to use LP for

This is not a general purpose wiki farm nor Wikipedia. See what Living Platform is not for an overview of some goals that using LivingPlatform.CA simply can't support. You might want to do something very different that will clash with the goals of the other users.

Everyone using LivingPlatform.CA needs to understand certain basic things about its functions, purposes, portals, clients and the real community that depends on it doing its work correctly.

what you see

Web-browsing or anonymous users see the login module, above the words using LivingPlatform.CA.

Those "using LivingPlatform.CA for the first time" should be able to see a for_the_first_time menu customized for themselves but tikiwiki doesn't seem presently able to make this disappear when users return.

Some LP:controls, that is, those unique to Living Platform itself, are visible under those words in what we call the tikiwiki web UI right column as what tikiwiki calls all anonymous modules: using LivingPlatform.CA is such a tikiwiki module- see the LP:layout and list of all LP controls.

where the words come from

The open politics toolbar, Living Platform toolbar and other LP:layout elements all use the same words for the same things: all LP controls share one command grammar - drawn from a list of all control verbs.

To make using LivingPlatform.CA as simple as possible, some commands are named to match the tikiwiki on-page toolbar visible above within this web page: "pages that link here", "print", "email changes", "history", "edit".

The tikiwiki web UI uses other words like "find" and "login" and "save" and "browse" to mean very specific things. LivingPlatform.CA itself follows these closely but may also name things asWikipedia or Wikitravel does. The list of wiki best practices, all control verbs and all name precedents and naming conventions explains further.

In addition to the commands defined by tikiwiki in the web page, you also continue to see the ordinary set of web browser commands in its own web browser menu bar: (File, Edit, View...). Also other web toolbars that you use, e.g. yahoo toolbar attached to the web browser - these appear below the browser menu bar but above the tikiwiki on-page toolbar described as above.

your actual choices

At present your actual choices when using LivingPlatform.CA are:

learn (for the first time)

you can (unilateral actions)

LP itself
    • find
    • ask

we may (collective actions)

  • we may (this is not the _we_may menu it's fixed)
    • campaign
    • lobby
      • representative
      • immigration
      • legislator
      • regulator
      • corporation
      • religion
      • agency
      • city
      • bank
      • UN
    • ratify
    • vote
    • play

I will (unilateral imperatives)

  • I will
    • volunteer
    • propose
    • publish
    • predict
    • learn
    • join
    • vote
    • sign
    • buy

what changes when you log in

On login, Registered users see the _logged_in_as module, new LP client menus are added, and the generic menus above compress to make room for them. The user is expected to realize, after seeing this a few times, that they can expand menus to see all the options that are visible all the time to anonymous users. ''See using LivingPlatform.CA logged in as and the versions for LP client:
and other examples of using LivingPlatform.CA logged in as LP_clients.''