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Website Basics

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This page collects some basic introduction and guidance to using the Public Lab website. There are many ways to use the site, but this page focuses on supporting newcomers.


The Public Lab website is being continuously refined, but it's purpose is to support a diverse range of people to exchange knowledge about environmental issues that affect people, and collaborate on ways of monitoring them, organizing around them, and supporting one another in these activities.



The website is organized into several areas, including:

Questions and Answers

All questions are collected on, and also displayed by topic across many parts of the site. There are no "bad" questions -- if you don't understand something, or can't find something, please ask! Newcomers have a unique ability to see things that have been overlooked, so we need your help to ask these kinds of questions.


This word means different things to different people, but our Methods page collects many different approaches to monitoring environmental problems, from off-the-shelf commercial tools to in-progress Do-It-Yourself techniques, to community organizing and advocacy tactics.

It's not a comprehensive list, so please ask a question if you can think of one you want to see on there, or have related resources to share!


The Public Lab Blog is a place where we share stories from across our networks and communities -- a place to stay updated as well as to remember the people and communities working every day to drive all of these efforts forward. See our main Blog page to learn more and to submit an article.


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Topic pages

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If you have questions about the website, please ask here!

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Is our error reporting adequate? @icarito 10 days ago 1
How do you write and post in the public lab community? Asking for our developers! @emash about 1 month ago 5
Changing my username @sam_ettenborough about 1 month ago 2
How can I create and work on my own issue in Github? @bsugar about 1 year ago 5
How are the Q&A's tied together in the website database? @bsugar about 1 year ago 4
How can I delete a User Account? @niklasjordan over 1 year ago 3
How do I interpret the relationship between the schema.rb file and the models? @bsugar over 1 year ago 4
Uploaded pictures always stays vertical @aemilius89 over 1 year ago 6
Link to notes tagged not working @asnow almost 2 years ago 1
Moderate questions with machine learning. @Aleksi12358 almost 2 years ago 4
It is impossible to connect to our pad: PLEASE HELP @urijosa about 2 years ago 2
Search function operating strangely? @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago 2
How do we address the issue of people posting the same or very similar questions? @stevie over 2 years ago 5
Social Integration of Public Labs with FB @bansal_sidharth2996 over 2 years ago 4
Error with showing contributors for a tag? @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago 1
How are the questions sorted on the 'Unanswered' tab? @stevie over 2 years ago 1
How can we get hashtags on research notes so they are found on Twitter? @zengirl2 over 2 years ago 3
Is it possible to generate a word cloud based on a tag's related tags? @pdhixenbaugh over 3 years ago 2
Activity Grids formatting - what will be their final form? @pdhixenbaugh over 3 years ago 10
What goes into choosing a topic name? @liz almost 4 years ago 2
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