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What is MicrobeWorld?

MicrobeWorld is an interactive multimedia educational outreach initiative from the American Society for Microbiology that promotes awareness and understanding of key microbiological issues to adult and youth audiences and showcases the significance of microbes in our lives. (More here)

What is Microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of microbes and their interactions with humans, animals, plants, and the environment.  Microbes are those organisms usually too small to be seen by the naked eye, such as bacteria, viruses and archaea, and eukaryotes like yeast, protozoa and algae. (More here)

How Do I Interact with MicrobeWorld?

How do I submit content or a link to MicrobeWorld?
To share a URL for a news story, blog post, image, video, resource, etc., click “Submit” in the top left of the site to access our easy to use submission form. We'll give you options to provide a headline, description, image thumbnail, and the proper category for your submission. PLEASE DO NOT COPY AND PASTE THE ENTIRE ARTICLE OR RESOURCE ITEM UNLESS IT IS YOUR OWN WORK. 200 words is an acceptable excerpt length. Even better, add your own take on it, say why you think it is interesting or valuable, or ask others for their opinion or input.

To submit your own photo or document (i.e. research poster, classroom experiment, paper, etc.) on your computer, follow the same instructions above. You will also be presented with Creative Commons license options for your content.

You must be a registered user and logged in to submit. You must also adhere to our TOU.

How are people embeding videos and mp3 files?
For video files, all you need to do is enter the link of the page the video is on into the URL field. We will do the rest "automagically." Supported video sites include YouTube, Scivee.tv, MetaCafe, Daily Motion,Vimeo, MySpace and UStream. Videos from other sources will be links.

For MP3 audio files, we have a hack you can use. In your description enter:

[mp3remote]direct_link_to.mp3[/mp3remote] replacing the "[" with "{"

I submitted an item. Now where did it go?

New submissions live in the “Most Recent” tab for the category you submitted it to. However, based on various factors including ratings, comments, views, etc, your item could move to the “Most Popular” tab for the week, month, year or all-time, depending on when you submitted it of course and how much activity it sees.

If your content item doesn’t receive much attention or it has been rated poorly, it will slide back to deeper pages.

In rare instances, submissions can also be removed by users who have flagged content as inappropriate or if it violates our TOU. Removal is ultimately at the discretion of MicrobeWorld.

How do I find items a user submitted and/or commented on?
Click on the individual’s name under the title of a submission to view their profile. Here you can see a user’s activity, including submissions, comments, tags, and collections. You can also try a search for the user’s name.

What if the link I want to add is already on MicrobeWorld?
Well, someone beat you to the punch, but there's plenty you can do. Give it a star rating, add a comment, add it to your collection, or email it to a friend.

What is MicrobeWorld’s position on submitted items that provide similar content to that of an originating source?
When submitting content to MicrobeWorld, please link directly to the original source of that content. Blog posts are fine, as long as they're not plagiarized. However, if any URL within MicrobeWorld is consistently flagged as inappropriate by the MicrobeWorld community, that URL may be blocked from future submissions.

Can I submit non-English content?
MicrobeWorld is primarily an English-language content site. Please do not submit anything other than in English at this time. The only exception is for comments posted for Mundo de Los Microbios episodes. Ultimately, we do want to open the site up for Spanish language speakers, but its one language at a time for now.

I have an item that I want to submit, but it is not related to microbiology, biology or life science, or there isn’t a category for it. Can I submit it?
No, if your content does not relate in any way to microbiology, biology or life science, then please do not submit it. Content that is not related will be flagged as inappropriate by the community. Submission abuse will result in an immediate ban and account deletion. Any instance of pornography, sexist, racist, or other objectionable material will result in an immediate ban and account deletion.

How can I delete a story I submitted?
Once a story has been submitted to MicrobeWorld, it is dedicated to the public domain under the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication, available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain according to our TOU. We do reserve the right to remove content that is determined to be in violation of our TOU at any time and at our discretion.

How can I edit a story I submitted?
If you would like to make changes to an item you submitted you can click the edit icon next to the title of your item. You will be guided through the submission process again.

How do I report a bug, problem or abuse?
If you have concerns about a submitted item, please flag it as inappropriate. You will be given a field to explain why before you submit.

If you uncover a software bug or some other problem, please use the Contact link in the footer of the site to explain the occurrence.

How do I get my image or video featured on the homepage?
Images and videos are chosen by MicrobeWorld’s editorial team from content submitted by the community. Any attempts to influence our decision will not help your case.

What are Tags?
Tags are non-hierarchical keywords submitters and site members can assign to a content item on MicrobeWorld. Tags help describe an item and allow it to be found again by searching the site or by viewing “My Tags” in the user toolbar. Tags can be chosen informally and/or personally by what makes sense to the individual. You can also click on a tag in an item to view other submitted content with the same tag.

What is a Collection?
Members of MicrobeWorld can add content items to an area in their profile called Collections. To do this, click on “Add to Collection” at the bottom of a submitted item. Users can view and organize collections in their profile. Essentially, MicrobeWorld is providing a way for you to bookmark and organize topics of interest that you can also share with other users. This may be particularly helpful in researching topics, considering classroom experiment examples, or recalling items you want to read or view in the future, but don’t have the time to right now.

How do I share content on MicrobeWorld with non-MicrobeWorld site members?

Found something interesting that you would like to share? There are many ways, most notably the “email” button to the right of an item’s title. You can also share items on Facebook, Delicious, Furl, Google Bookmarks, Digg, StumbleUpon and Reddit.


I have forgotten my username and/or password?
No worries. Visit the Login page and click “Forgot your Password?” or “Forgot your Username?” links. A verification email will then be sent to you with information to retrieve or change the information you forgot.

Is it ok to have more than one account on MicrobeWorld?
Absolutely not. This is to help prevent users from artificially inflating the popularity of items, which is explicitly against our TOU.

I want to change my user name, how do I do that?
First make sure the new username you want is not already in use. You can do that by logging out and going to the registration page and checking for the new user name you desire by entering it in the form and tabbing to the next field. Then you can request a change to your user name by contacting MicrobeWorld at microbe [at] asmusa [dot] org. Make sure to email us from the email address associated with your account.

I want to close my account, how do I do that?
You can request us to close your account by contacting MicrobeWorld at microbe [at] asmusa [dot] org. Make sure to email us from the email address associated with your account. If your email address has changed since you created your MicrobeWorld account, you can change it in the email preferences settings in your profile.

Why did you delete my account and remove my history?
MicrobeWorld takes a firm stance against users who violate our TOU. This is in order to protect the integrity of our site for the good of our community. Example violations include spamming, hate speech, pornography, etc. If the abuse is severe enough, then it will warrant an account removal.

A user is insulting, intimidating and/or harassing me, what can I do?
If you feel you have been legitimately insulted, intimated or harassed, and you are sure you didn’t provoke the user with comments of your own, then send us the story URL, username and/or the direct link to the offending comment. You can do that by clicking on “this comment” by the date of when the comment was made to get the direct URL. Then email us at microbe [at] asmusa [dot] org from the email address associated with your MicrobeWorld account.

How many star ratings does it take to make a story popular?
Star ratings is just one of the factors involved in having content become popular. Other factors include comments, views, etc. It is entirely possible that an item with poor ratings could be considered more popular than one that was rated with more stars. In other words, popularity does not mean a story is the best item on the site – similar to the old adage; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Instead, MicrobeWorld is trying to extrapolate consensus from all the “beholders.”


How do I manage privacy settings on MicrobeWorld?
You can control what information to display in your profile by clicking “edit profile” under your avatar/image/photo under “My Profile” in the user toolbar. Check or uncheck the “Published” box next to each profile question.

How can I watch/follow site members' MicrobeWorld contributions or comments?
By using RSS feeds (click here for more about RSS) or visiting your friend’s profile. We hope to build more functionality and tools for this function at a later point.

How can I interact with others on MicrobeWorld?
There are several ways. To interact around specific content items you can engage the submitter and others by leaving a comment under that item. To interact with an individual, visit their profile and leave a comment there. You can also rate submitters as well on the profile section. If you want to contact a site member privately you can email them if they made their email address public, if not leave a comment with your email address on their profile. And, if the user has a Twitter name – connect through Twitter.

How many photos can I upload to my Profile?

Other ways to access MicrobeWorld

How does RSS work on MicrobeWorld?
Just about everything on MicrobeWorld is RSS enabled, so if you want to subscribe to an audio podcast, video podcast, submissions to the resources category, an individual user's contributions, or even comments on a particular post, you can. For detailed instructions and options, click here.



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