About our changes at thestate.com
Question: Why change?
A: Our main goal for the new redesign has been to make the site easier to use and less cluttered, while still providing all the information you expect to find. You should immediately notice that the speed of the site has improved.
Q: Am I going to get used to this only to have you change it again?
A: This is the first version of our new site, and we do expect to add features and enhancements in the weeks and months ahead. But the look of the site will basically remain the same.
Q: Will I need to register again?
A: No. Your existing username and password have been carried over to the new site.
Q: Where are the obituaries?
A: You can find a link to "Obituaries" on our main navigation, or by placing your cursor over the "News" item in the blue bar near the top of the page, a list of additional items will appear and Obituaries will be on that list. Click on it there. You also can simply type in "www.thestate.com/obituaries" in your browser's address field.
Q: I can't find something because it's not where I'm used to seeing it. What do I do?
A: Go to the search field at the top of any page, and type in a key word or words for what you're looking for; it should appear in a listing of content with that key word or words in it. To search for exact phrases, enclose them in quotes. The search field is a great way to find content on our site.
Q: How can I find all your recent news stories?
A: Go to thestate.com/news for a page that displays all the recent local and wire offerings on our site. At the end of the list of headlines, you will see a link to bring more headlines onto the page. For local stories only, go to Local News instead.
A: As listed in the blue bar near the top, our primary sections are News, Sports, Living, Opinion, Entertainment, Photos/Videos, and Local Deals.
Q: I have my favorite sections or pages on your site bookmarked. Will those bookmarks still work?
A: Yes, they should. We did remove some redundant sections, so if you have a problem finding something, please check our Site Map, available at the bottom of all the pages.
Q: How do I find what other people are reading?
A: A list of the Most Popular Stories of the day can be found on the right side of most pages on the site.
Q: Where's the e-State?
A: Scroll to the bottom of the home page; you'll find a link to this replica of our print edition under the gray "Stay Connected" bar.
Q: I can't find what I am looking for, what do I do?
A: One of the improvements on the new site is a stronger, more efficient search function. You can go to the search box at the top of the site and type in a name or description for what you're trying to find. You can also click on the "Site Map" in the line of links at the bottom of each page. The site map is a complete list of sections and pages on the site.
Q: How do I find photo galleries and video?
A: Photo galleries and video can be found as a top menu item "Photos/Video" and galleries and video are published in sections where their subject matter is relevant.
Q: I can click a Facebook "like" button on other sites. What about here?
A: Yes. When you are on a story page a Facebook "like" button is located just beneath the headline of the story. You can click there to "like" the story. If you wish to post the story to your Facebook page, you can click the Facebook icon at the bottom of the story itself, in the bar that says "Share this story."
You can reach our Facebook pages (and subscribe to them to get selected news posts from us in your timeline) by clicking on the Facebook link under the "Stay Connected" bar at the bottom of pages on the site.
Q: Can I still comment on articles?
A: Yes. In fact, you can now comment on photos and videos as well.
Q: I'm using an older browser. Will that make a difference in what the site looks like to me?
A: You'll have the best experience on our site by using Firefox 3.6 and above, Internet Explorer 8 and above, Chrome and Safari 4 and above.
Q: How do I make a suggestion, offer a comment or ask a question about the new site?
A: Please go to our Customer Service page, linked from the top of all our pages, and give us your feedback using the form we have posted there.
We're using Facebook Comments to improve the environment for conversation and to make it easy to comment on stories and share them with your friends.
Q. Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment?
A: Yes, you need to have an active Facebook account to comment. If you don't have a Facebook account, you will be prompted to sign up for one when you try to post a comment on our website. You can also get one at www.facebook.com. Once you've signed up with Facebook, you must add a profile photo and connected with at least four friends before you will be able to easily comment and share stories. Your comments may only be visible to you and your friends for the first few days after you sign up.
Q: What if I don't want to participate in Facebook?
A: Only Facebook users will now be allowed to post comments on our articles.
Q: Will Facebook be monitoring the comments now?
A: No, Facebook does not moderate comments.
Q: Are we being paid by Facebook to do this?
Q: How do I sign in through the article?
A: After you enter your comment, when you click on Comment, a pop-up window will appear asking you to sign-in via Facebook.
* If you do not see the pop-up window after you click on Comment, make sure that you have your pop-up blocker turned off.
* If you are already signed-in to Facebook on your computer or device, you won't be asked to sign-in. You can simply post your comment.
Q: Why does my Facebook profile picture and name appear on the comments page when I haven't even posted a comment?
A: If you're signed in at Facebook.com, your information will appear, but it is not visible to anyone else until your comment is published.
Q: Will all my comments be posted to my Facebook page so everyone can see it?
A: Not necessarily. When you start to write a comment, you'll be given the option of post to Facebook right under it. All you have to do is unclick that box, and it will not be shown on your Facebook page.
Q: Can other people commenting see my personal information, e-mail, location, etc.?
A: What others see when they click on your name or picture on our site is determined by your Facebook privacy settings. Those settings allow you to decide how much information you want to share with your friends or others. To adjust your Facebook privacy settings, visit: www.facebook.com/help/privacy.
Q: How do I report an inappropriate or abusive comment?
A: Hover over the upper right corner of the comment until an "X" appears. Then click the "X" and choose one of the options to report a comment as spam or abuse. The comment will be removed from your view. Facebook does track abuse reports and automatically bans users who are consistently abusive.
Q: Why can't I see the comments?
A: Comments on this site are public, which means anyone logged in or out of Facebook should be able to view them. If you cannot see the comments, please check with your IT department. Some government agencies and other employers block Facebook domains and applications from their servers.
Q: How do I manage my account, change privacy settings, and share my comments?
A: You can learn about these options and more by visiting Facebook's help center at www.facebook.com/help.
Q: How do I manage Facebook notifications?
A: You can learn how to manage Facebook notifications at this link: www.facebook.com/help/390022341057202/
Q: Do I need to keep an active Facebook account to post?
A: We look for real names, some kind of picture, and enough information on it to convince us you are a real person. Whether you do anything else with your Facebook account other than using it to log in to our site is entirely up to you.
Q: Do I have to use my own photo?
A: No, you can pick whatever else best expresses yourself as your photo. The photo shown is the main photo on your Facebook account page.
Q: What is a Top Commenter and how do I become one?
A: Facebook automatically assigns The Top Commenter badge to users whose comments are most often "Liked" by others. To earn the Top Commenter badge, keep doing what you're doing: being civil and respectful, respecting other viewpoints and following the Conversation Guidelines.
Q: What if I still have questions about the system and how to use it?
A: You can send and email through our Contact Us page.
If you're having problems with your Facebook account, please visit www.facebook.com/help.