- What is a blog?
A blog is a particular type of web site, where articles (or â€œpostsâ€ or â€œentriesâ€) are listed in reverse-chronological order (the most recent articles at the top). Check out the video below for a very general explanation of what blogs are.
- What is the purpose of THIS blog?
The objective of FYI by PLS is to provide free, concise updates as to what is going on in Pennsylvania state politics. From committee hearings to press conferences to debate on the floor, FYI by PLS is a place you can go to get instant updates on what is happening in the Capitol without waiting for the full stories. PLS subscribers have the benefit of being able to click to our comprehensive full stories, containing debate and complete information, as they are written.
- So, how does it work?
Beyond what is presented on the front page of the blog, which is a reverse-chronological listing of everything PLS covers, there are a number of different ways to find the information you are looking for on FYI by PLS. You can use the search box to search through every single post for a name, a keyword, a committee – whatever! Additionally, you can use the category and tag functions to drill down and display only the information you are interested in.
- What are categories and tags?
Categories and tags are simply ways of organizing posts. FYI by PLS implements both tools to make it easy to find what you are looking for. In the Category box, you will see a list of all House and Senate committees, as well as various different kinds of meetings, such as Press Conferences or Voting Meetings. By clicking on the House Appropriations link, for instance, you will be presented with every story, in the same reverse-chronological order, written about the House Appropriations Committee. By clicking on the Press Conference link, you will return a complete listing of press conferences PLS has covered.
Tags are slightly different. When a topic is discussed at length in a meeting or at a press conference, we will tag it in our FYI by PLS post. By clicking on the “healthcare” link for instance, you will be presented with a list of every public hearing, voting meeting or press conference in which that topic was discussed.
- Why are some tags larger than others?
Tags are arranged in what is known as a tag cloud. In a tag cloud, the more times a word is tagged, the larger its font becomes. Over time, you will be able to visually see what are the “hottest” topics generating the most discussion among legislators.
- How do I view full stories?
Full stories are available only to PLS subscribers. If you are a subscriber, just log into MyPLS.com and view your feed or navigate to the Capitol Toolbox.
- Is there an RSS feed?
Yes! You can save time and effort by subscribing to FYI by PLS through its RSS feed, and receive automatic updates sent directly to you! Not sure what that means? Check out the RSS Feed primer below:
In addition to using a news reader, the latest versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer also support RSS feeds directly.
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