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Frequently Asked Questions

1. About the site

  1. 1.1 What is BeingHuman.org?
    • BeingHuman.org is a community where we share ideas about the human experience, based on current science, evolutionary theory, and philosophy. At BeingHuman.org, we explore how these new understandings relate to the lives of individuals and societies, to you and to your world. To learn more about our mission, visit our Welcome page.
  2. 1.2 How do I navigate BeingHuman.org?
    • BeingHuman.org is divided into six sections: Welcome, Events, Themes, Minds, Blog and Community. You can traverse the individual sections of BeingHuman.org using the navigation bar at the top of the page in your browser window. You may also find content by entering key words or an author’s name into the search box located on the right side of the navigation bar.
      • To access advanced search features, click on the downward pointing arrow on the right side of the search box. Here you can refine your search parameters in several ways:
        • -Search by section; you may search the entire site or refine your search to the Thriving, Discovering, or Connecting section in particular.
        • -Search by type of content; you may search all types of content or refine your search to articles, blogs, or events.
        • -Search by date; refine the parameters of your search by time.
        • -Search by key words while also excluding terms; you may refine your search by entering both key words you are interested in and words you wish to exclude; this will omit articles containing the excluded terms from your search results.
        • -Search by author’s name.
2. Membership
  1. 2.1 Why join BeingHuman.org?
    • If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably human. Thus, BeingHuman.org pertains to you. Every day, new thinking emerges that impacts how we understand the human experience, yet the media often has a hard time explaining these ideas to the public. At BeingHuman.org, we strive to accurately portray current science without losing track of what it means for us in our everyday lives. While scientific endeavor is mainly a third person, objective process, we are fascinated by the first person, subjective experience that science describes. If you are interested in being part of this discussion, BeingHuman.org is for you. While it is possible to read most of the material on the site without becoming a member, if you want to comment or interact with the community, we invite you to become a member.
  2. 2.2 Connecting with the Community
    • There are many ways to connect with the community at BeingHuman.org. When you join, you are invited to create a member profile and share your thoughts on a personal blog on BeingHuman.org. Additionally, you are invited to comment and vote on articles, share your thoughts on the current Big Question, and interact with others—online and offline—in Connecting. As social animals, our urge to connect with a likeminded community is integral to being human, and of Being Human.
  3. 2.3 Membership Guidelines
    • The BeingHuman.org Member Guidelines are found here. You can also find our Terms and Conditions in the footer on the bottom right hand side of your web browser or by clicking here. We ask that you abide by these guidelines while using BeingHuman.org.
  4. 2.4 How do I join?
    • You can create your own BeingHuman.org account by clicking the Sign Up link on the upper right hand corner of your browser and following the instructions. Find more information about your account below.
  5. 2.5 Does it cost anything to join BeingHuman.org?
    • Membership is free. 
  6. 2.6 Is my email address private?
    • ​Yes. We do not share email addresses.

3. Your Account

  1. 3.1 What is My Account?
    • Your Account is your most powerful tool for customizing your BeingHuman.org experience. It’s where you control the ways in which you connect with other members, prioritize the content you wish to receive, and share your own insights.
      • -You can create a new account by clicking on the Sign Up link on the upper right hand region of your web browser window and following the instructions. 
      • -If you have already signed up for a BeingHuman.org account, you can login by clicking on the Login link in the upper right hand region of your web browser window.
      • -While logged in you can access your BeingHuman.org account information at any time by clicking on your user name in the upper right hand region of your web browser window.
  2. 3.2 What is My Home?
    • My Home serves as your central control panel, allowing you to track your interests on BeingHuman.org. You can find this section in the account menu on the upper right hand corner of your web browser. It is the portal through which you navigate Blogs, Photos, Comments, Connections, Favorites, and Messages as well as editing your Profile and adding new Blog entries and Photos of your own. You can customize your ‘My Home’ page by selecting the Edit Profile menu item.
  3. 3.3 What is My Profile?
    • Your Profile is the information you choose to share about yourself on BeingHuman.org. You can manage your privacy settings and customize your profile in the Edit Profile section. When signing up for a new account you can skip this section and dive right into the discussion; however, we encourage you to take ownership of your profile to personalize and enhance your experience. 
  4. 3.4 What is the difference between My Home and My Profile?
    • My Home is where you can follow activity by your Contacts and Favorites and watch what other people are doing on BeingHuman.org. Your Profile is your public face on BeingHuman.org, where you can share information about yourself with other members, and where others can follow your activity. You can navigate blogs, photos, comments, and connections or post your own blogs and photos through the Profile Menu navigation bar available near the top of your web browser window.
  5. 3.5 Who can see my profile information?
    • You have complete control over the privacy of your information. You can choose what information you wish to share and with whom to share it in the Edit Profile section
  6. 3.6 How do I edit my profile?
    • Customize your Profile by selecting the Edit Profile menu item in the Account menu, or by accessing it through the Profile Menu navigation bar. It is divided into six sections titled Account, Profile, Privacy, My Home, Linked Accounts, and Delete Account. Aside from your login email and password, all other fields in your Profile section are entirely optional to fill out.
      • -Account is where you edit your Login/Email Address, Password, Gender, and Timezone.
      • -Profile is where you edit your Name, Birthdate, Relationship Status, Education Info, Personal Info, Point of View, Website, Twitter Account, and Profile Pictures.
        • -Education: Tell us a little about your education history, formal or informal.
        • -Info: A brief statement about what defines you. This can be anything you want.
        • -Point of View: General thoughts to share with people viewing your profile.
        • -Profile Pictures: Files must be less than 2 MB and adhere to the rules in our Membership Guidelines. Allowed file types include png gif jpg jpeg.
      • -Privacy is where you decide who has permission to see your Profile, Blogs, Photos, Comments, Connections, and Favorites. Your options include sharing content with Everyone who visits the site, All Members of BeingHuman.org, your Connections on BeingHuman.org, or Only Me if you want to keep your content private.
      • -My Home is where you customize the Blogs, Photos, Comments, and Connections that appear on your My Home page. Your options include showing content from your Connections and Favorites, just your Connections, or None at all. In this section you can also control whether or not your Connections are visible on your My Home page.
      • -Linked Accounts is where you can link your BeingHuman.org account to your social networks.
      • -Delete Account is where you can close and remove your BeingHuman.org account. Find more information below
    1. 3.6.1 How do I change my Name?
      • ​While we invite you to use your real name on BeingHuman.org, you can edit your name in the Profile sections of the Edit Profile menu located by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of your web browser. Select the Name field and enter your name. It will save automatically.
    2. 3.6.2 How do I change my Login/Email Address and Password?
      • To change your Login/Email Address or Password, go to the Account section of the Edit Profile menu located by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of your web browser. To change your Login/Email Address, click in the text box titled ‘Email’ and enter the desired email address. To change your Password, enter your current password in the field titled ‘Please input your current password’ and click on the ‘Change Password’ button. The ‘Change your password’ dialog box will appear. Enter the password you wish to have, then confirm it to be sure you have input it correctly. Then select ‘Save Changes’. We recommend that you create a password that incorporates a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols for increased security.
    3. 3.6.3 How do I change my Profile Pictures?
      • To change your Profile Pictures you must go to the Profile section of the Edit Profile menu located by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of your web browser. 
      1. 1. To change your photos, click on a photo or an empty photo slot. Once the ‘Edit your picture’ dialog box appears pick a photo to upload by clicking on ‘choose file’. Once you’ve chosen the photo you want to upload, select ‘upload’. If you are happy with your selection, you can crop the image or select ‘Save changes’ to finalize your selection.
      2. 2. To crop your photo, either click on the ‘crop’ button next to an existing photo you’ve selected or on the ‘crop’ button under a photo you’ve just uploaded. When the image editor screen loads, select the area by clicking and dragging along the portion of your photo you wish to crop. You can make adjustments by clicking and dragging the edges or corners of the selection area to increase or decrease its size. By clicking and dragging inside the selection area you can move the entire selection area around. And by clicking outside the selection area you can reset the selection area. Once you have the selection area you desire, click on the ‘save’ button in the lower right hand corner to finalize your selection. At any time, you can revert, remove, or cancel your crop.
      3. 3. When you are finished uploading or cropping, click on the save button to finalize your selection.
    4. 3.6.4 How do I change my Profile Info?
      • To change your Profile Info you must go to the Profile section of the Edit Profile menu located by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of your web browser.
        1. 1. To change your name, select the Name field and enter your name. It will save automatically.
        2. 2. To change your birthdate, either click on the calendar icon of the to the right of the birthdate field and select the correct date, or you can manually input your birthdate in the following formats: MM/DD/YYYY or DD/MM/YYYY.
        3. 3. To change your relationship status, click on the Status drop down menu and select your status.
        4. 4. To change your Education, Info, and Point of View fields, click in the text box and add the desired text within the maximum characters limit.
        5. 5. To change your website address, click on the website field and input your website’s address.
        6. 6. To change the link to your Twitter feed, you must fill out the entire web address as follows: http://www.twitter.com/your_twitter_name
    5. 3.6.5 How do I change my Privacy settings?
      • To change your Privacy settings, you must go to the Privacy section of the Edit Profile menu located by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of your web browser. Select your settings by making choices from the drop-down menus next to the content you wish to manage.
    6. 3.6.6 How do I change My Home settings?
      • To change your My Home settings, go to the My Home section of the Edit Profile menu located by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of your web browser. Customize your content by selecting from the drop-down menus next to the content you wish to manage. You can also toggle whether or not you would like to have your connections appear on your My Home page by clicking on the check box titled “Show connections"
    7. 3.6.7 How do I link my BeingHuman.org account to my social networking accounts?
      • This feature is coming soon!
  7. 3.7 I forgot my password/my password isn’t working; how can I reset it?
    • Go to the Login menu and select 'Forgot your password?' Enter your login email address when prompted to do so. Further instructions will be sent to your login email address. Check your login email account and follow the instructions to reset your password.
  8. 3.8 I’m having difficulty with my account, whom can I contact?
    • If you are still having difficulty finding the answers you are looking for here in the FAQ, you can contact someone for support here.
  9. 3.9 How can I cancel/close my account?
    • Closing your BeingHuman.org account will permanently remove your profile, your photos, and your blog posts. If you want to delete your account, go to the Account section of the Edit Profile menu located by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of your web browser. Enter your password, and check the box to Delete your account. Then press the Delete account button. Caution: all of your content will be permanently deleted. This action cannot be undone.

4. Community

  1. 4.1 Who is part of the BeingHuman.org community?
    • Everyone with a curious mind is invited to become part of the community. Our members span age groups, races, genders, creeds, educational backgrounds, geographic locations, and more. 
  2. 4.2 How do I find people on BeingHuman.org?
    • You may earch for members by using the search box in the upper right hand section of the web page or by visiting the Connecting page to search for members and find featured members and blogs. Also, members' names are posted next to their blog posts and photos.
  3. 4.3 How can I connect with the BeingHuman.org Community?
    • We highly encourage you to take an active role in the conversation. Engaging in open dialog is the heart of the BeingHuman.org experience. You can share articles and blogs, post photos, comment on content, build connections, follow favorites, and message other members. We invite you to share your own thoughts on the human experience.
      • 4.3.1 Blogs: All members are invited to create, edit, and maintain their own blog. Wondering what to put on your blog? You might discuss the impact of a BeingHuman.org article on your life, your research or personal experience, or just rant and rave about what being human looks like in your life. You can use your blog to express yourself, but remember to follow the Member Guidelines.
        • -Creating your own blog posts: Click on the New Blog icon on your Profile Menu bar of either your My Home page or your Profile to begin writing a new blog post. Title your blog entry by clicking in the Title section and filling it in. Enter text in the Body section to fill in the content of your blog post.
        • -Editing or deleting a blog post: To edit or delete a blog entry, go to your Profile page and select the blog post you wish to edit or delete. Once you have selected the blog you wish to change, select either Edit Blog or Delete Blog to perform the appropriate task.
      • 4.3.2 Comments: You can engage in dialog with other members by commenting on their blogs and photos. By granting permissions in your Privacy section, you can allow others to comment on your photos and blogs as well. When commenting, be sure to abide by our Member Guidelines.
        • -Viewing comments: To view comments made by your connections and favorites, select the Comments link on the Profile Menu on your My Home page. To view comments made by other members select the Comments link on their profile page. 
        • -Browsing comments: To browse your own comments, select the Comments link on the Profile Menu on your Profile page.
      • 4.3.3 Connections: Connections are a great way to keep up with blogs, photos, and comments made by other members and share your own. You can find members to connect with by using the search feature, by visiting the Connecting section, by visiting member profiles, or clicking on a member’s user name/icon on a blog post or comment.
      • 4.3.4 My Favorites: My Favorites are members and content you wish to follow without having built a connection. This is convenient, for example, for famous authors or scientists you want to follow.
        • -Members: You can Favorite any member by visiting their profile, or clicking their name/icon on their blogs and photos. You will then see when they post new content.
        • -Content: You can Favorite a blog post, comment, or photo by clicking on the ‘fav’ button while viewing the content.
      • 4.3.5 Messages: Send and receive private messages to and from other members on BeingHuman.org. To send a message to another member click on their name or icon or visit their profile and select the ‘Send Message’ link. To read messages other members have sent you, select the Messages link on your Profile Menu bar in either your Profile on My Home page. While logged in, you will be notified of any unread messages by the number indicated in the upper right hand corner of your screen next to your name. Please use the message function with courtesy and respect.
  4. Connecting through social media
    • In addition to Connecting, BeingHuman.org maintains a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Please like/follow us! Click on the Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter buttons on any page, blog, comment, or photo to share them through your favorite social media outlets.