FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What are these donuts you refer to?
They are the little white hole reinforcing rings for loose leaf paper. You can buy them in any stationary or office supply store or wherever else you can get school or office supplies. They are very inexpensive and one package will last for years. They don’t cause any damage to the cloth of the pool table, the adhesive leaves no residue. I’ve been using them for a couple years without a single issue.
Where are the comments?
In order to see the comments on a post, you have to go to the page that displays that post by itself. On the main or home page, the 10 most recent posts are displayed one right after the other. If you click on the title of a post, or on the word comments at the very end of the post, you’ll be taken to the post’s own page. The comments follow the content and the form to submit a comment follows all the comments.
What are those little pictures on the left side of comments?
They are called Gravatars. Avatars are pictures used to represent a person. Gravatars are Globally Recognized Avatars; i.e., avatars that can represent you on any site that uses Gravatars. At the Garvatar site you can create one for yourself. It’s easy, and they walk you through it. They are associated with an email address, so if you maintain more than one email account you could have more than one Gravatar, but that would really defeat the purpose.
Why would I want to use a Gravatar?
It’s easy, fun, and adds a little personality to your comments. It also lets people associate comments you leave across multiple sites with one person better than your user name alone does. It helps you build an online identity.
I can’t see the Pool Table diagrams. Why not?
In order to see the pool table diagrams you have to have installed a plugin into your browser called Adobe Shockwave. You can get yourself a copy at the Adobe Shockwave Download page. Once you install the plugin you’ll be able to see all the table layout diagrams.
Is the Shockwave software safe?
Shockwave is written by Adobe, one of the most trusted names on the web. Adobe has two other plugins you may also be familiar with, Flash and Acrobat Reader, each with users numbering in the 10s of millions. That said, computers are complex environments and no software, no matter how well debugged, is perfect, but Adobe does have good support for their products with a link available on the download page.
How did you create those cool pool table diagrams?
Pool Student’s Blog uses CueTable, a pool table diagramming application written and supported by Wei Chao. If you’d like to learn more about the product, or use it yourself in forum posts and emails, just go to the Cuetable Site and scroll down to the section on Billiard Software. While you’re there, take a look around, he has a very nice site with lots of good information.
In the text below the diagrams on your drills and puzzles, you refer to Page 2, Page 3, etc. How do I see those pages in the diagrams?
In the lower right corner of each CueTable diagram are 2 little numbers with a left pointing arrow next to the one on the left and a right pointing arrow next to the one on the right. Click on the right pointing arrow to go to the next page, and click on the left arrow to go to the previous page. The left number refers to the page you are currently viewing, the right number indicates the total number of pages in that diagram.
Why do you have the text about the pool table diagrams in a scrollable window?
We do that so that the diagram is always viewable no matter how much explanatory text there is. It’s a pain to keep scrolling the whole page up and down so you can refer back to the diagram as different points are made in the text. With our setup, as you move from page to page in the multipage CueTable diagrams, you can scroll down in the window to the appropriate text, marked with a heading indicating the corresponding Page Number.
Are you willing to publish articles/posts by others?
Yes, I would be happy to publish appropriate content written by others on Pool Student’s Blog
What are the requirements for content submission to Pool Student’s Blog?
All content submitted for publication on Pool Student’s Blog must be written by the submitter and must not have been published before, on the web or anywhere else. Once published on Pool Student’s Blog it becomes the property and copyright of Pool Student’s Blog and cannot be republished anywhere without the express permission of Pool Student’s Blog.
I’m not a particularly good writer but I have a lot of knowledge and some great ideas for articles/posts. Can you help with the spelling, grammar and writing to help make my submission publishable?
We are better editors than writers and are are than willing to work with aspiring writers to help them polish their prose. We’re not miracle workers though, there has to be something of quality there, but we’re pretty good at getting the most out of rough submissions.
How would I go about submitting my content?
The easiest way is to use the Contact Page, fill out the appropriate information and attach a file. We’ll get back to you via email as soon as we can.
How could I get hold of one of the authors on your website?
You can send a private message to any author via the Contact Page. Just select the appropriate person in the pulldown of the TO: field.
What software do you use for your website?
Pool Student’s Blog uses WordPress, a powerful but easy to use CMS that is a particularly good platform for blogs. WordPress is available for free under the GNU General Public License, or GPL.