What is Politix?
Politix is an interactive political news and discussion site where you can vote on issues and engage in conversations around the 2012 election.
You can read more on Politix here.
Is Politix the same as Topix?
While Politix comes to you from the folks at Topix, the sites differ in a few ways:
- Politix focuses on national issues rather than local ones.
- You must be registered to participate. Your accounts on Politix and Topix will not be connected.
- Politix has moderators, who help keep the discussions on track.
Is Politix affiliated with any political organizations or groups?
Politix isn't affiliated with any political organization or special interest groups. Politix is powered by Topix.com, the largest local news and forums site in the nation. For more information on Topix, click here.
How do I submit suggestions, feedback, bug reports, or request features related to Politix?
Just drop us a note at email@example.com. You can also visit our Contact Us page for more details.
Is Politix available for my mobile device?
Yes, you can check us out on your favorite mobile device here, and take us with you on your Android device, iPhone, or iPad.
What browsers do we support?
We support the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 8 and higher (IE9 is recommended).
What is the Politix Activity Stream?
The Politix Activity Stream gives you a birds eye view of the actions Politix users are currently performing across the site. You can see a range of activity – from taking quizzes to voting in debates to users voting up each others' comments. Use it to check out what other users are doing on Politix right now.
What are badges and how do I earn them?
You can earn badges by performing a variety of actions on the site. Some badges allow you to "level up" after you initially earn them. The more you participate on the site, the higher your badge level will be.
Where can I see all of the badges that I've earned?
You can review the badges that you've unlocked by visiting your profile page.
Politix Accounts & Profiles
Is registration required?
Yes - you have to be logged in to participate in the Politix community. You can peruse the site all you want without logging in, but to leave a comment or vote in a debate, you've got to be signed in.
Is a Facebook account required to register for Politix?
No, you can register with your email address, or you can login through Facebook if you prefer.
What should I do if I didn't receive my verification email?
If you didn't get your verification email, check your spam folder. If you have the signup window still open, you can also click "resend verification email" to try again. If neither of those things work, drop us a note at Politix@topix.com and let us know the username & email you signed up with so we can get you squared away.
I forgot my password. How do I reset it?
If you registered with your email address (not using Facebook) and forgot your password, you can reset it by following these instructions:
- Visit http://Politix.topix.com
- Click on "Sign Up/Sign In" in the upper right hand corner.
- Click on the "With your Politix Account" button.
- Click on "Forgot Password."
- Enter your email address and click on the "Forgot Password" button, and further instructions will be sent via email.
If you signed up with your Facebook account, you'll need to reset your password through Facebook.
How do I change my password?
To change your password, log on to your account and visit your profile page. Next, click on the "Edit" button. From here, click on the "Change Password" button and fill in the appropriate information to complete the process.
How do I edit my profile?
To edit your profile, visit your profile page and click on the "Edit" button. Don't forget to hit the "Submit" button in order to save your changes.
How do I add an avatar to my profile?
To add an avatar to your profile, you will need to log in to your account. Next, click on the "Edit" button on your profile page and press the "Upload" button beneath the "Select Avatar" heading. From there, you can upload a photo from your computer or device.
How do I upload a banner photo to my profile?
To add a banner photo to your profile, you will need to log in to your account. Next, click on the "Edit" button on your profile page and press "Upload" button beneath the "Select Banner" heading. From there, you can upload a photo from your computer or device. Your banner photo will look best with the dimensions 675x125.
What is a Verified Profile?
Verified profiles on Politix are reserved for experts of sorts (journalists, bloggers, thought-leaders, professors, policy analysts, etc). If you are interested in obtaining a verified profile, sign up for a Politix account and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your credentials.
How do I turn off or change my email notification settings?
You can change your notification settings by clicking on the "Change your email settings" link within the actual notification email. Once you click on this link, you can change the notification settings for when:
- Someone endorses your statement
- Someone replies to your comment
- Someone @mentions you in a comment
- Someone votes your comment up
- Someone follows you
- There are notifications waiting for your review
- Someone sends you a private message
How do I unsubscribe from your newsletter emails?
To unsubscribe from our weekly newsletters, just click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of any of the emails. Or, you can unsubscribe here. If you're currently subscribed to email alerts for new Debates or Quizzes, you can opt out of these alerts by visiting your profile settings.
The Politix Community: Commenting & Voting
Does Politix have moderators?
Indeed! We understand that people get passionate about politics, so our moderators are here to step in and keep things on track if people get carried away. Take a look at our Engagement Etiquette page, which outline our community guidelines here.
How do I post a comment on an article?
Posting a comment is easy! Just click the "Comment" box near the end of the story, enter your comment on the following page that appears, and then click on "Post." Your response will then be submitted.
Can I edit my posts?
Sorry, not so much. So give your posts a quick glance over before you hit submit to avoid typo-regret.
What is a Vote Up?
A Vote Up is a user's way of letting you know that they like something. If you receive a Vote Up, someone enjoyed your political musings.
What is a statement?
After voting on a debate map, you'll have an opportunity to leave or endorse a statement. Statements give you a chance to explain where you stand on an issue.
What is an endorsement?
Think of an endorsement like a re-tweet: it's a user's way of saying "couldn't have said it better myself." When someone endorses a statement, that statement will display on their profile to sum up their vote.
How do I reply to a statement?
To reply to a statement, simply click on the statement and then click on the "Reply" button. Next, enter your comment in the box and click "Post" to share your political musings with the world.
How do I use "@Reply" or "@Username" in my comments?
You can use @Username to direct a response to another user or bring them into the conversation. We'll shoot them a notification to let them know you've mentioned them.
How do I vote in an issue poll?
First, you'll choose your voting option. Next, you'll have the chance to make your statement on the issue or endorse someone else's statement. You can also share your vote with your social networks if you want.
How do I report inappropriate content on the site?
If you see a post you think we need to check out, just click the "Report" button on the right of any post.
How do I change the visibility of my comment history?
To make your commenting history public or private, click the "Settings" button on your profile page. From there, you can check or uncheck "Hide my comment history on my profile" to make your comments public or private.
What is the Politix Forum?
The Politix Forum is a new home base for the Politix community where you can continue discussions about any Politix article, debate map, or quiz long after they've dropped off of our front page. The comments in the Forum are presented chronologically, as opposed to the nested replies you've been seeing on our article pages.
What is the "Block User" feature and how do I use it?
Blocking a user does three things:
- It hides all of their comments from your view.
- It turns off notifications for all replies and mentions directed at you (from the user you're blocking).
- It prevents blocked users from sending you private messages.
To block someone, visit their profile page and click on the "Block User" button.
How do I unblock a user?
To un-block someone, visit their profile page and click on the "Unblock User" button.
Can a user tell that I am blocking them?
How do I access my private messages?
You can access your private messages by clicking the message icon next to your profile when you're logged in on your desktop. On mobile, click on the "Messages" button on your profile page. You can also access your messages by clicking here.
Can I disable private messages?
Yes. If you don't want to receive or send private messages, just click on the Settings button on your Profile and then check the box next to "Disable Private Messaging." Don't forget to click on the "Save Settings" button as well.
How do I report an inappropriate private message?
To report a private message to a moderator, simply click on the "Report Abuse" button found on the private message in question.
Can I suggest a story for Politix to feature/cover?
We love story suggestions - just send a note to our editors at email@example.com.
Who writes the stories?
Politix stories are curated and written by our editorial team, with occasional Guest Post contributions from outside writers. You can read more about our Editorial Team and guest contributors on our Contact Us page.
How can I contribute a Guest Post?
On Politix, we want to offer our users high-quality, informed perspectives from outside writers on both sides of a debate. If you'd like to be considered for contributing a Guest Post, please contact our editors at firstname.lastname@example.org with your credentials.
How do I submit a Link from the web to Politix Links?
You can submit a link by entering its URL into the "Submit a Link" box found on this page or by using the Politix Bookmarklet.
How does my link submission make it to the Politix homepage?
User-submitted links featured on the homepage are chosen by our Editorial team.
How do I report an inappropriate/off-topic link?
To report a link to a moderator, simply click on the "Report Abuse" button found on the link in question.