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  • The added function is virtually identical to the form for the spec: Listing 9.40 app/controllers/faq controller. rb # Edit the user's FAQ. def edit @title = "Edit FAQ" @user = User. find (session [: user_id]) @user. faq | | = Faq. new @faq =

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows midpoint 2009

  • Spec. new @spec = @user. spec @user. faq | | = Faq. new @faq = @user. faq end The two-variable definition pattern evident in this action is quite common, and each one can be condensed into one line as follows:

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows midpoint 2009

  • Spec. new @faq = @user. faq | | = Faq. new @blog = @user. blog | | = Blog. new end The blog management page itself is simple.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows midpoint 2009

  • Everything in their faq is vague and couched in legalese, saying nothing.

    YAWN.... reudaly 2003

  • Back in the dark ages, I discovered a great program called faq-o-matic.

    Linux Journal - The Original Magazine of the Linux Community 2009

  • $location_url = append_sid ( "{$phpbb_root_path} search. $phpEx"); break; case 'faq': coolzero 2009

  • $location_url = append_sid ( "{$phpbb_root_path} search. $phpEx"); break; case 'faq': hatebreeder138 2009

  • Your faq does addresses the issue of personhood as determine subjectively unless we say a person is a member of the human species, no matter what, and too often people use an arbitrary concept of personhood to exclude others, or worse.

    ProWomanProLife » Back to school 2009

  • Even with the examples you provided in your faq about an anesthetic for rape or robbery, or even the Nazis killing the Jews.

    ProWomanProLife » Back to school 2009

  • From the ATF faq, this in particular is from the Curio and Relic section but applies to all non FFL licensees.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » How Would an 18-to-20-Year-Old Go About Buying a Handgun? 2010


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  • Seeing Tulimeera's comment on Prolagus's profile about 'FAQ-ignoring' reminded me about the absence of a FAQ page; Asativum noted that about three months ago on features (in reference to comments by John here about maybe writing one someday).

    Incidentally, help has been listed for a while, but the only comment there involves Apple keyboards.

    April 26, 2008

  • Oh, and there's a FAQ tag, originating on ambulance, but little-used to date. Maybe because of overlap with the 'meta' list and tag?

    April 26, 2008

  • We also miss a fuck section.

    April 26, 2008

  • Don't you mean "There is also missing to us a fuck section", Pro? :-}

    April 26, 2008

  • roflmao with maggots flying out sionnach

    April 26, 2008

  • Oh, well, I don't know how to say it, but whatever, you know what I mean. Maybe.

    April 26, 2008

  • Q: How can I delete a comment I made?

    A: Hit the "edit" button, save it again and then the "delete" option will be available to you.

    July 31, 2008


    This is useful for people who want to link to lists but don't know how. Using the Brackets is for words, not lists. I've seen some people try to link lists this way, and it doesn't work.

    This is done by making a simple HTML tag. The example is below.

    <A HREF="blah">Linked text here</A>

    Where "blah" is, you replace that with the URL. The URL is the exact web address. To get that, all you have to do is highlight the URL/Address at the top of your browser and then COPY-PASTE it into where the "blah" is. That's it! Enjoy!

    August 2, 2008

  • Q: What if I want to use square brackets in my text without linking to a word, like in ...?

    A: Use character entities: &#91; and &#93;

    August 2, 2008

  • Ooh! Frindley was asking about that recently, wasn't she?

    August 2, 2008

  • I copied and pasted from John's answer on features :-)

    August 2, 2008

  • Here is a really good reference for using character entities in comments. Each entity begins with an ampersand and ends with a semicolon.

    August 2, 2008

  • Pedantic aside: Wordie declares itself to be XHTML (albeit served, yes, as text/html), and therefore tags technically ought to be lowercase:

    <a href="">Linked text here</a>

    August 3, 2008

  • Q Cool website! Can I add anything I like?

    A Yes, you can. But don't forget you are sharing it with more than 8000 users. Be respectful - or nicely disrespectful.

    August 24, 2008

  • Q I'm new here! How can I start adding words?

    A Just create a list:

    Then follow the instructions: type your words in the box after "add word:". Then hit "add".

    You just created a link to a word page! Click on it, and add a comment (if you like).

    August 27, 2008

  • Q: How come I have a word listed twice in the same list?

    A: It got added twice! This, I presume, is a bug and not a feature. If it's an open list, that means multiple people added it. If it's a closed list, that means you added it twice.

    The way to fix it is to delete the word, of course.

    - FOR OPEN LISTS: If you're the list creator, you have the ability to choose which contributor is more special and delete one of the duplicates. If you're not the list creator, both words will remain listed until one of the contributors deletes their duplicate, like some sort of verbal, apathetic game of chicken.

    - FOR CLOSED LISTS: If you delete one dupe, both dupes will disappear, dropping the word count by 2. Then, you will have to re-add it to have it listed again.

    September 11, 2008

  • Q Why do some words have definitions, and some don't? And how do you add the definition?

    A The definitions come from an open-source project called WordNet. If they don't provide a definition, then Wordie doesn't show one. So far, there is no way to add a definition - but you can add it as a comment on the word page.

    September 17, 2008

  • Q Can I embed images/videos?

    A You can, in the sense that it is possible. It is still unclear whether this is appreciated, so Wordies usually tend to link to an external page where users can see the image/video.

    September 17, 2008

  • Thank you, Pro! I think the general consensus was that if people already know how to embed images, there's no reason to stop them, but Wordie's about words, and nobody wanted to see the character of the site change in any essential way. :)

    Which is not to say people can't embed images, but your comment is right on the money--most people use links.

    September 17, 2008

  • Since WordNet got a mention:

    Q Why are some of these definitions a little... strangely chosen?

    AThe marvel we call WeirdNet is down either to WordNet itself or John's implementation—we're not sure which, but it's provided so much entertainment that it's been kept unfixed, as a sort of pet or mascot.

    September 18, 2008

  • Ah, yes. WeirdPet.

    September 18, 2008

  • Q Why doesn't my facebook link work?

    A It's your fault, since John can't be wrong. Go to your facebook profile: its URL looks like this

    right? Now just copy the number (in this case, 675003241) and paste it into the facebook box of your Wordie profile page.

    October 5, 2008

  • Similar principles apply to e.g. Blogger profile links (and make sure you link to your profile, e.g. for Blogger it'll be a user-number like 0123456789 as in, not example as in

    October 5, 2008

  • Q: I'm a spammer. How can I use Wordie?

    A: No way! The creator and webmaster of Wordie is also a passionate user. He'll destroy you - and you'll get the Wordie treatment.

    October 30, 2008

  • Q What are tags for?

    A There are no formal rules - we are on Wordie, after all. But in general, tags are meant to relate words to each other, so that you can easily find words, for instance, in different languages (e.g. Italian) or pertaining to a specific jargon (e.g. scientific name).

    November 9, 2008

  • Q: Is there some kind of user's manual for this site?

    A: No, and there are few rules (if any), but there are a whole lot of opinionated regular contributors! See this list for a few helpful tips. The tips themselves are on the word pages, so click on each word for more info, conversation, or general banter.

    December 23, 2008

  • I would like to withdraw from any affiliation with this site. When I signed up a few minutes ago, I had no idea how poorly conceived this site is.

    I have consistently tried to avoid websites designed by morons, but this time I blew it.

    January 18, 2009

  • I spy an unclosed ital tag... tsk tsk c_b!


    Edit: Daz, by all means leave Wordie if you want. We all know that it's not for everyone. But insulting people is never the way to go.

    January 18, 2009

  • Bye Daz, you shan't be missed.

    January 18, 2009

  • Another quotation for the mentions page, then...

    January 18, 2009

  • Plethora: my tag is most certainly closed.

    Daz: Thanks for dissing a site the rest of us obviously like. Would it not have been simpler to just leave? How often do you intend to check this page and see if people responded? *eyeroll*

    January 19, 2009

  • c_b: what about the italic capital a: at How Do I Use This Site?

    January 19, 2009

  • What about it? There's a close-italics tag at the end of my post, what's the problem here?

    January 19, 2009

  • I see what you mean chained_bear. No problem.

    January 19, 2009

  • I realise I'm making the problem worse, but all the tangential comments dilute the effectiveness of this page as an FAQ resource.

    This comment will self-destruct within 24 hours.

    January 19, 2009

  • Hmm, sorry c_b, I just assumed you didn't intend to italicise your answer as well as your question, and that Pro's subject line was also not meant to be itals.

    You know what they say about assumption...

    January 20, 2009

  • Q How do I delete a tag?

    A Just click add tags/pos again, then delete the unwanted tag.

    January 21, 2009

  • 2 months agog Plethora defines a Wordie tag as a way to link words, and gives 2 examples of tagged words, which were links to the "central" word page for each. So far i'm good. But then the following comment made by chained_bear' ("How Do I Use This Site?"), a Wordie tag is used on a list called "this list", which as promised was a list.

    Where did I go wrong when I expected "this list" to be anchored html, not tagged?

    January 30, 2009

  • You're looking at regular hyperlinks in each case: ?Plethora (I think you meant Prolagus) linked to two tag pages, and chained_bear linked to a list page. Tags appear on word pages (e.g. 'meta' on this page), but they also have their own dedicated pages.

    ...If that's what you were asking.

    January 30, 2009

  • "This list", in chained_bear's comment, was just a way to say "click here if you want to read which page I am talking about", and it was an anchored link, not a tag, indeed.

    January 30, 2009

  • Q: when i created my list i only wrote down 2 users who can add to my list. one of them was trying to add a word and did not have the little add box on the page when she navigated to my page. the other hasnt signed up yet. i tried to edit the list and add the names again and it still didnt work. what did i do wrong?

    February 3, 2009

  • Try adding the other people again as contributors. Currently, no other people are set as contributors to the Our Favorite Words list. Go to the list, click 'Edit' under the list name. Scroll down to 'Words can be added by' and check the 'Me and these people:' option. Enter Wordie usernames or email addresses of the people you want to contribute to the list, then click 'Edit List' to save the new setting. They should then be able to contribute to your list.

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    February 3, 2009

  • How do I delete my profile?

    March 12, 2009

  • Email John ( He can do it for you.

    March 12, 2009

  • this link might help but don't click on the top right link of this page or there will be nothing left to learn...

    June 30, 2009

  • Note: all the comments before this one refer to and not to Wordnik.

    November 15, 2009

  • I wonder whether Daz would like to withdraw his affiliation with this site too.

    November 18, 2009

  • Is there any way to add HTML links on Wordnik?

    July 10, 2015

  • Hi Prolagus! You can use < a href > tags to add links in the comments.

    July 10, 2015

  • Is anyone else getting an error message when trying to make a new list? This happened on two different devices for me

    August 8, 2018

  • hi madmouth list creation from a word page is borked at the moment (working on fixing it) but if you click on your name at the top right, the New List link should work (this link)

    Sorry for the hassle!

    August 8, 2018

  • By Jove, it works! Remercies sans fin~

    August 13, 2018