Using Wildequity.org

By signing up and logging into wildequity.org, you can comment on our pages and be an active part of our community. Below you’ll find answers to common questions about the site. Welcome!

  1. Why should I sign-up as a member of this site?

  2. How do I sign-up here?

  3. While trying to sign-up as a new member here, I entered my email address and password, but I never got the promised confirmation email from your system. What’s going on?

  4. What do I do if I’ve forgotten my password?

  5. Why can’t you just tell me my password?

  6. How do I change my email address?

  7. How do I change my password?

  8. I’ve just received an email with a link to a page on the site, but when I click it, I’m told that I don’t have access to this. What gives?

  9. Something looks weird on your site — the layout looks goofed up, things are weird, or something else. What gives?

  10. How do I reply to a forum posting?


  1. Why should I sign-up as a member of this site?

    By signing-up for wildquity.org, you’ll be able to comment on pages, receive updates about our programs, and take part in our special events such as the Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year.

  2. How do I sign-up here?

    Signing up for wildequity.org is easy:

    1. Click on the Sign-up link. It appears at the upper right corner of any page.
    2. Complete the form you’ll see on the “Sign-up” page with the required information — your name, email address, password, and time zone.
    3. Submit the form, and our system will tell you to check your email.
    4. Wait a bit and then open your email inbox, find our message, and then click on the link in the message.
    5. This will open your browser back to our site, where you’ll see that you’re now logged in — evidenced by your name appearing in the upper right corner of every page.
    6. If you want to also compete in the GGNP Endangered Species Big Year, you will need to provide additional information when you return to the site so that you can be entered as an official participant.
    7. Make sure you remember your password and which email address you used to login!
  3. While trying to sign-up as a new member here, I entered my email address and password, but I never got the promised confirmation email from your system. What’s going on?

    There are several possibilities: the message may have ended up in your junk mail folder; your inbox may be full and unable to receive messages; or you may have made a typo when entering your email address.

    So, check your inbox and your various junk folders. Our confirmation email will virtually certainly be there. If your email account has a hyper-sensitive spam setting that you can’t modify, you probably should register here using a more congenial system such as a free Gmail account.

    If after all these steps, you still don’t find our confirmation, email us and we’ll let you know what the best next thing to try might be.

  4. What do I do if I’ve forgotten my password?

    If you’ve successfully logged in before, but now can’t remember your password, do this:

    1. Click on the “Login” link in the upper right corner of any page.
    2. Click the “Reset Password” link you’ll see in the Login page.
    3. Enter your email address into the “Email” field that will open up.
    4. Our system will send a new activation email to your email address — unless we can’t find your email address (presumably because you made a typo or used a different email address from the one you registered with us).
    5. Wait a short while then check your email inbox.
    6. Find the email we sent you and click on the link you’ll see in the message.
    7. Your browser will open up back at our site with you logged in.
    8. You will be on a page where you can update your password. Type a password you can remember twice — as indicated in the form — and click the Submit button to save your new password.

    If you still have problems after following these instructions, email us.

  5. Why can’t you just tell me my password?

    We keep our passwords encrypted in our database. This means that we can’t tell what they are. When you login, whatever password you send in gets encrypted and compared to what we have on file. If it matches, you’re in. If it doesn’t, you aren’t. We can tell if you got it right, but not what “right” is. That’s why you need to go through this process.

  6. How do I change my email address?

    Keeping your email address up-to-date in our system is crucial to your use of our site. Your email address is the key identifier by which you access any information, groups, or other functions here. If you haven’t provided our system with your current email address, you won’t get any email notifications at that new email address, of course!

    You maintain your own email address information just as you do other information such as your name. We provide you a convenient link from the [Your Name]’s Workspace page to make this easy:

    1. Log into our site with your current (or old) address — the one you used to register initially. NOTE: You can log in using your old address and password even if you no longer can receive email at that address. You should not sign up again as a new user with a new account and email address or you will lose the ability to access and alter all of your previously uploaded comments and other items you’ve entered into the site. If you cannot login because you cannot remember your password AND you also cannot access your old email address, then you need to email us and we will change your email address for you. AGAIN: DO NOT SIGN-UP AS A NEW USER IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT HERE! When in doubt, email us!
    2. Go to the Your Workspace page; there is a link to that page at the top right corner of every page.
    3. Click on the “Manage your email address, password, name, and profile” link you’ll see in the “Actions” box in the left column of your workspace page.
    4. Update your email address in the “Preferences” panel.
    5. That’s it; you’ve changed your email address.

    Note: now that you’ve changed your email address, any time you log back into our system, you’ll need to use that new email address. You use the same password, though, unless you’ve changed that as well.

  7. How do I change my password?

    Similarly to your email address, you update your password via these steps:

    1. Log into our site.
    2. Go to the [Your Name]’s Workspace page; there is a link to that page at the top right corner of every page.
    3. Click on the “Manage your email address, password, name, and profile” link you’ll see in the “Actions” box in the left column of your workspace page.
    4. Update your password in the “Preferences” panel. Note that you must type it twice to confirm it.
    5. That’s it; you’ve changed your password.

    Remember that if you access our site through a shared computer, you must always logout when you’re done with our site, otherwise anyone else who uses that computer and comes to our site will be able to impersonate you.

  8. I’ve just received an email with a link to a page on the site, but when I click it, I’m told that I don’t have access to this. What gives?

    Every page you request at this site is checked to see whether you should have access to it. Unless the site is convinced that you do, you won’t get the page. Some pages may be reserved for the webmaster or staff of the organization, and you may not have access to it.

    If you know you should have access to a page, there are a couple of possibilities about what went wrong:

    1. You may not currently be logged into the site. Try logging in again and then click the link to see if you gain access to the site.
    2. There may be a problem with the cookies on the site, which may indicate a slightly different URL than is necessary to login to a particular page. This is very rare.

    There are several things you can do to resolve these problems:

    1. Change your bookmark/favorite for our site from “www.wildequity.org” to just “wildequity.org”
    2. Flush your cookies for our site.
    3. Close down your browser then restart it.
    4. Login afresh.

    This should put things on a solid footing for you. For what it’s worth, the site works flawlessly here. If you still have trouble, please email us for help.

  9. Something looks weird on your site — the layout looks goofed up, things are weird, or something else. What gives?

    If you are using Internet Explorer on a Windows machine, you may get an unusual rendering of the site. Internet Explorer is somewhat non-compliant with industry web design standards — particularly the earlier versions 6 and 7.

    We’ve done our best to add Internet Explorer work-arounds, but we realize that we likely haven’t fixed everything. We apologize if Internet Explorer’s deficiencies exceed our ameliorative efforts — and we will do our best to add further compensatory work-arounds.

    What we need is clear information about what you see that looks broken and what browser you’re using. Ideally, please send us the URL you’re accessing (the information in the location bar of your browser) so we can check the precise page. Even better, email us a screen shot image of what you see.

    Thank you very much for any help you can give us as we try to make this site work correctly.

  10. How do I reply to a forum posting?

    If you’re part of one of the working groups within the Wild Equity Institute site, you’ll receive email copies of posts to various forums. Unlike the old-fashioned “listserv” systems that you might have used, our forum system sends out copies of such posts to members but requires members to return to the web site in order to post responses. You cannot post to a forum by sending email to the Wild Equity site. Instead, each email copy of a forum post contains at its end a link back to the forum thread where you can create, preview, and submit your response.

    This means that you should not click the “reply” button in your email application when you read an email copy of a forum post. If you do, you will send email back to webmaster@wildequity.org and the personal email address of whoever submitted the post you just read. You will not send a reply to the forum itself, and none of the other members of your group will see what you’re trying to communicate. You should click the link in the email that specifically says how you can respond to the message.

    Why does the Wild Equity Institute web site use this system? The primary reason is that every listserv or other old-style forum system that catches email input ends up completely cluttered with multiply-quoted messages in which it rapidly become impossible to see what the new contribution is. Person A makes a post, then Person B replies — including A’s original message — and then Person C replies — including both A’s and B’s initial messages. By Person D’s post, there are now four copies of Person A’s post, three copies of Person B’s, and two copies of Person C’s. This way lies madness — and Wild Equity Institute’s system explicitly avoids this. Indeed, our system provides the best of all worlds:

    • Automated email distribution of forum posts to all the relevant people (i.e. members of a group)
    • Enforced avoidance of the multiple-quote problem
    • Clear attribution of the source of each post
    • Posting the right way is actually the easiest way since all it takes is one click in the link at the end of the post’s email copy

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