Welcome to OneSharedEarth, where you can have questions answered about any environmental issue, supported with facts and research

How it works

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  • What is OneSharedEarth all about?
  • Please look at our Home page which explains what OneSharedEarth is about.
  • How do I register?
  • You can register using this link.
  • How do I log in?
  • See the box with the key on the top right of the web page? Once you are registered, you can log in by clicking it. The key is replaced with your profile picture if you are logged in.
  • What is a tag?
  • One or more tags can be used to describe the topic of a question. When asking a question, existing tags can be used or you can create new tags if suitable ones do not already exist. The "Ask a question" editor may also suggest example tags based on the question.

    Tags help identify popular topics. We suggest using popular social media hashtags, for example, #climatechange, #plasticfree, etc.

    You can find existing tags on the Tags page.

  • What is a category?
  • A category is a broad topic. A question can have only one category. When asking a question, you can select a suitable category or leave it under no category.

    Unlike tags, categories can only be created by administrators. You can find existing categories on the Categories page.

  • How do I search the forum?
  • All the questions are listed on the Questions page.

    If you are searching for questions on a specific topic, you can find existing topics on the Tags and Categories pages.

    You can also search for one or more keywords using the "Search for keywords" bar present on each page. For example, you could search for "recycling plastic" which will list all questions that have either "recycling" or "plastic" in the text of the question, or any of its answers or comments.

    Clicking on a question will take you to the page that gives details about the question and its answers.

  • What kind of questions can I ask?
  • Feel free to ask about any local or global environmental issues related to people & wildlife.

    To avoid duplicates, please use the "Search for keywords" bar to check if a similar question already exists. The "Ask a question" editor may also present a list of questions similar to yours. If a similar question already exists, you can instead show your support and vote it up by clicking on the "thumbs-up" icon for that question.

    Please give as much information as you can for readers to understand the question properly.

    Asking a question or voting can earn you points. See 'What do the points for a user suggest?' for details.

  • How do I ask a question?
  • You can ask a question on the Ask a question page.
  • What kind of answers can I give?
  • Please give as much information as you can for readers to understand the answer properly. We suggest a readability index so a 16 year old can comprehend the answer.

    Answers must be well researched. Also see 'How do I provide references for an answer?'.

    Please do not endorse specific brands unless there is a very good reason to. For example, it is fine to suggest to use reusable water bottles, but not a particular brand of water bottle, unless the company has come up with something unique that is relevant to the question. Same for references to shopping sites.

    Please ensure that you actually answer the question and stick to that. For any other comments, please use the "Comment" button on the question or answers.

    Please refrain from making the answer about you. We pride ourselves for being a website that provides facts with supported resources, instead of personal opinions.

    If you copy text from another editor or page, it can contain formatting elements. The formatting can be easily removed by pasting into an editor like Windows Notepad first. If the text contains the default formatting of the answer editor, it helps people to view it properly, for example, the size of text will then be large enough on mobiles, tablets and laptops.

    It will be useful to revisit and update your answer in the future if you have new information on the subject.

    If another user has already touched on a few points that you wanted to use in your answer, you can instead show your support and vote it up by clicking on the "thumbs-up" icon for their answer or give suggestions using the "Comment" button. This will avoid duplication in answers and create better quality, collaborative content.

    Answering a question or voting can earn you points. See 'What do the points for a user suggest?' for details.

  • How do I provide references for an answer?
  • If you are stating something not commonly known, please supply references from reliable sources in the answer. But please ensure that you summarise what the link contains. This is helpful in case there are issues accessing the links in the future.

    Many companies have guidelines that inform you if they allow copying or referencing their text at all, and if they do then the format in which they expect the reference to be cited. Please look for this info on the source website and use the specified format. If you can't find this info, please follow the guidelines below.

    Use MyBib – A New FREE APA, MLA, Harvard Bibliography Generator (or a similar tool) to create both the in-text citation and bibliography entry. If using MyBib, we suggest changing the style to OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities).

    You will need to manually provide the inputs that the tool is unable to detect, correct input where needed and remove duplicate and unnecessary info.

    In case of a website, you will only need:

    • Author(s)
    • One of Website name / Organisation
    • Date published (only year)
    • Title of article or page

    Remove formatting in the resulting reference. This can be easily done by pasting into an editor like Windows Notepad first.

    Remove the link text in the bibliography entry or in-text citation, and instead, use the "Link" feature of the editor to place a hyperlink on the article name, and if that is not available, then on the organisation name. The hyperlink should point to the page the content is from.

    If you are still unsure or if there are any issues, please get in touch with us here.

  • How do I answer a question?
  • Once you are on the question page, you can use the "Answer" button to bring up the answer editor. A question can have multiple answers, so you can give an answer even if answers(s) to the question already exist.
  • Why should I comment on questions or answers?
  • If you find that a question or answer could be improved or corrected, you can give your suggestions or ask for clarifications in a comment. In this way, you will be helping to improve the content for readers.

    Having your comment voted up can earn you points. See 'What do the points for a user suggest?' for details.

  • How can I follow a tag?
  • Once a tag is created, it will be visible in the list on the Tags page. If you click on a specific tag in the list, it will take you to the list of questions that have that tag. That page also has a "heart" icon towards the top right. You can click on the "heart" to follow or unfollow that tag.

    If you follow a tag, you will receive an email whenever a new question is added that contains that tag. We do not currently send email notifications when there is an update (edit, answer, comment) for a question.

    The My favorites page contains the list of tags that you are following.

  • How can I follow a category?
  • All existing categories are listed on the Categories page. If you click on the "x questions" link next to a specific category, it will take you to the list of questions in that category. That page also has a "heart" icon towards the top right. You can click on the "heart" to follow or unfollow that category.

    If you follow a category, you will receive an email whenever a new question is added to that category. We do not currently send email notifications when there is an update (edit, answer, comment) for a question.

    The My favorites page contains the list of categories that you are following.

  • How can I favourite a question?
  • The question page has a "heart" icon towards the top right. You can click on the "heart" to add or remove that question from your favourites.

    We do not currently send email notifications when there is an update (edit, answer, comment) for the question.

    The My favorites page contains the list of your favourite questions.

  • What do the 'votes' for a question or answer suggest?
  • The number of 'votes' for a question suggests the significance of a question. For example, a useful and well-worded question will most likely be voted up and an inappropriate or offensive question will be voted down.

    Similarly, an irrelevant or misleading answer may be voted down while a good answer will be voted up. The highest number of votes for an answer suggests that it is the best answer for the question.

    Any registered user can vote up or down a question or answer, using the "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" icons, and is encouraged to do so.

  • What do the points for a user suggest?
  • The point system is based on existing popular question and answer websites. Points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in a user and also indicate how involved the user is in the community. You can get involved by asking and answering questions, voting up useful questions & answers, and voting down irrelevant questions & answers.

    The following actions can earn points:

    • posting a question (+20 points)
    • posting an answer (+40 points)
    • posting a blog (+40 points)
    • voting up or down a question or answer (+10 points)
    • having your question voted up (+10 points)
    • having your answer voted up (+20 points)
    • having your comment voted up (+10 points)

    The following actions can lose points:

    • having your question voted down (-10 points)
    • having your answer voted down (-20 points)
    • having your comment voted down (-10 points)
  • What can I do about spam or inappropriate posts?
  • If you see spam, or inappropriate/offensive/plagiarised/factually incorrect material in any question, answer or comment, please flag it using the "Flag" button.

    If you are receiving spam from our website, please let us know using the feedback form.

  • Who moderates this community?
  • The short answer is 'all users including you'. This website is moderated by the users using the voting and points system. Questions and answers by a new user are monitored until the user earns enough points to gain community trust.
  • Something is not working. What should I do?
  • If something seems to be broken or not working as you would expect it to, please use the feedback form to let us know.

    For any other queries, suggestions or feedback, please use the feedback form.
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