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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I log in?
How do I become an authorized user?
What type of content should I add?
How do I add content?
What if I have a video to add?
Where can I post questions to the local roads community?
Where can I ask questions regarding the functioning of this website?

Why should I log in?

Although it is not required to Log In to view most things on this site, it is required to post anything. We feel the interaction made possible through this site may be its greatest asset and by 'Logging In' you can interact and be a part of this process.

How do I become an authenticated user?

An Authenticated User has the ability to post information, comments, questions or in other words fully interact with this website. To do so all you have to do is click on Log In/Create a New Account at the top of the page. This will bring up a Log In screen. To create an account press Create a New Account located next to the highlighted Log In directly under the User Account heading. This will ask you to create a User Name, Password, to provide an Email Address, your Full Name, Affiliated Institutions, Current Job Title, and your Interests in Local Roads. If you have a Webpage that you would like to add you can do this as well. You will finally be asked to fill in a 'Captcha' code (those oddly shaped letters and numbers) into the space provided under What Code is in the Image?. After this press the Create New Account button and you are finished!

What type of content should I add?

This depends on what it is you would like to add. If you have a question perhaps the Forum would be a good place to either ask it or to search for others who have asked a similar one. If you have a resource such as an article/publication/video that you would like to share, please do! (See How do I add Content?) News about changes to policy, local roads updates, etc. can be put under the News Articles sub-heading under the Create Content heading. Any information on Training and Events coming up should be placed under the Training and Events sub-heading also under the Create Content heading.

How do I add content?

To add content you must first be Logged In (if you haven't set up an account see How do I become an authenticated user? below). After you have logged in click on the Browse for Resources tab at the top of the home page. On the right hand side of the page under Create Content you will see four options: Forum Topic, News ArticlesResources and Training and Events. Choose which heading suits the type of content you would like to add and click on the one you choose. Clicking on Forum Topic, News Articles and Training and Events will lead you directly to a page that will ask for information that will help identify the material being uploaded, and describe it to those who would wish to find it. Clicking on Resources will require further classification. You will be asked to click on what type of resource you will be adding, Publications, Design Tools, Policies and Ordinances, Experts and Videos. After choosing which of these best describe your resource you will then be taken to the page that allows you to describe it further, providing a Title, Keywords etc. When you have finished with this final description and filled out all of the required fields (those with red asterisks) pressing Save button at the bottom of the page will upload/post your contribution.  Please keep in mind that all Resources' submissions are subject to review for copyright infiringement, consistency and accuracy.

What if I have a video to add?

If you have a video that you would like to share please see How do I add Content? and when you choose the type of Resource you would like to add choose Video. After you do so you will be asked to say whether you would like to add a Google Video, A video from your own files (Upload Video), a video you have found on the internet other than a Google Video or Youtube Video, or a Youtube Video. For all of these options except Upload Video, you will be asked for the web address (URL) which should be copy and pasted into the space designated for the URL. After filling out the required information (Those marked with a red asterisk) and any other information that could help users identify and find your video, click Save at the bottom of the page (you may have to scroll down to get to it) and you will have submitted your video.  (There are currently four avaialble video types being accomodated in this website).

Where can I post questions to the local roads community?

Questions should be posted and discussed in the Forum. It is here where you can check to see if others have posted similar questions, and view the comments or replies, or post a new thread under a Forum Topic you feel is closest to your question. You can also do a search for terms you feel relate to your question in the top right hand corner of any page to see if there is a resource that may point you in the right direction or help you find a contact who you can email or call directly.

Where can I ask questions regarding the functioning of this website?

If you are having difficulties with pages disappearing or buttons taking you to places you didn't intend on going, you are probably not alone. These are problems that the Web Technician would love to hear about and attempt to fix. Please see the Contact Us page and provide a brief description of the problem you are having, click Send, and we will set out to solve it as soon as possible.



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