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The sidebar contains information that relates to the page you are viewing. It features a link to page revision history, a watchlist star that lets you put the page into your watchlist or remove it, and three colored boxes displaying Tags, Incoming Links, and Attachments.

Toggling the sidebar. Clicking the V shape in the right-hand corner of the page will make the sidebar vanish. Click the > to bring back the sidebar.

The sidebar boxes are presented in the following order:

Tags. This is a list of all the Tags that have been applied to the page.

Incoming links. This is a list of all the pages that have a link to the page you are currently viewing.

Attachments. A list of this page's attached files.

There are two optional sidebar boxes:

What's New. A list of this workspace's most recent changes. Use "What's New" in the Settings page to control display of this box.

Recently Viewed. A list of your twenty most recently viewed pages. Use "Screen Layout" in the Settings page to control display of this box.

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RSS Tutorial

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What is RSS?

RSS allows you to subscribe to many weblogs and published news sources and have the content pulled to you automatically, so you don't need to go to multiple websites. RSS stands for Rich Site Syndication or Really Simple Syndication.

Why use RSS with Socialtext?

RSS notifies you of the latest updates in private projects and conversations, as well as public news sources, without contributing to your overloaded email inbox.

Why else use RSS?

Weblogs are an amazing source of open content and conversation on the web. See the Socialtext Public Weblog and its blog entries for some examples. It's a great way to engage in the best of the web.

How to use RSS

To read RSS, you'll need a tool called a news aggregator. Some of the more popular news aggregators include:

  • Web: Bloglines -- free -- use for public workspaces only
  • Microsoft Windows: FeedDemon -- trial available, $29.95 price
  • Microsoft Windows (.NET): SharpReader by Luke Hutteman -- free, donations accepted
  • Microsoft Outlook: NewsGator -- free 14 day trial, $29.95 price
  • Macintosh OS X: NetNewsWire -- 30 day trial, $29.95 price

Note: Bloglines does not work securely with password-protected content.

How to subscribe to Socialtext RSS feeds

  1. Look for the orange base/images/feed-icon-14x14.png RSS button in Socialtext. Individual pages, weblogs, What's New, and Watchlists all have RSS feeds.
  2. Click on the hyperlink, or (on Windows) right-click to copy the URL.
  3. Paste the hyperlink into your news aggregator
  4. If you are in a private, password-protected workspace, check the aggregator's instructions for authentication (password login).
  5. Most aggregators will immediately download entries for the Weblog
  6. Some aggregators will check for updates on startup, hourly intervals or when you set to poll for the latest updates

RSS Password Protection

Private, password-protected Socialtext workspaces also provide the same password protection for your weblog RSS newsfeeds. Most popular newsreaders support authenticated newsfeeds. Instructions for entering your authentication credentials into several newsreaders can be found below.

Instructions for Secure Newsfeed Authentication


  • In the "Add Subscription" box, select the "Credentials" tab
  • Check "Use network credentials:"
  • Select "Use specific credentials:"
  • Enter your Socialtext username and password
  • Leave "Domain (optional)" blank


  • Enter the RSS URL as usual
  • A username / password box will pop up
  • Enter your Socialtext username and password and click "OK"

URL Authentication (NOT RECOMMENDED)

Some RSS aggregators allow you to specify newsfeed authentication by adding your username and password to the URL (web address). We strongly recommend not to do this. It is not secure, because saving or sending the URL includes your authentication details in cleartext along with the link.

This authentication method is no longer supported by Web-based aggregators based on Microsoft Internet Explorer IE6 with the latest security patches.

How it works, if you want to use this method at your own risk:

Place your username and password after the "http://" and before the hostname in the URL. Separate the two with a colon, ":", and separate them from the hostname with an at-symbol, "@". The at-symbol in your username must be replaced with the 3-character sequence "%40".

So for username "user@example.com" and password "password", you'd use a URL of the form http://user%40example.com:password@www.socialtext.com/workspaceid/index.cgi?action=rss20&category=My%20Weblog

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Upload Files

Click "Browse" to find the file you want to upload. When you click "Upload file" your file will be uploaded and added to the list of attachments for this page.

Maximum file size: 50MB

File Name Author Date Uploaded Size

Save Page As

Enter a meaningful and distinctive title for your page.

Page Title:

Tip: You'll be able to find this page later by using the title you choose.

Page Already Exists

There is already a page named XXX. Would you like to:

Save with a different name:

Save the page with the name "XXX"

Append your text to the bottom of the existing page named: "XXX"

Upload Files

Click "Browse" to find the file you want to upload. When you click "Add file" this file will be added to the list of attachments for this page, and uploaded when you save the page.

Add Tags

Enter a tag and click "Add tag". The tag will be saved when you save the page.