SlackDB - Guide and Guidelines

General

This site was created to provide an easy way to create, edit, preserve, search and display any slackline related knowledge using a fast and easy tailor-made platform. Before making any change on the website it is highly recommended to read the general editing guidelines and specific corresponding guidelines.

Click here for a quick guide video.

Guide

Viewing

Sorting

To sort the results by certain field choose the desired field from the sort drop down list - items that don’t have a value for the selected field will be shown last (for both ascending and descending order).                

Filtering

There are 3 main types of filters : Text, Numeric and Options.

All the filters work together, meaning that if you filter the items by more than one filter, only items that match all the applied filters will be shown.

Text Filter

Searches for the text input in all of the item fields and return any item that the input text has found in one its fields (including tags). The search is case-insensitive, meaning that it doesn’t distinct between capital and non-capital letters. Here are some examples :

Numeric Filter

Search for items with a field value between (and including) the selected range, items with no value in the searched field will not be shown.

Options Filter

Search for items with a field value/s that matches at least one of the selected options. Note that some item fields might have more than one option as value, for example a weblock can be made from more than one material, it suffice to choose only one of the materials for the item to be returned as a valid result.

Options sub-filter

For some Option filters there is a possibility to quickly narrow down the search by using a sub-filter, for example selecting only the manufacturers on a certain continent.

Editing

Adding/editing items

Any user can add/edit items as long as they follow the site’s guidelines!

To add a new item, click on the Add item button

Before adding a new item make sure it doesn’t already exists by searching for it first!

To edit an existing item, click on the edit button on the items list page or on the item details page.


After choosing to add/edit an item, the item editor will popup. Filling most of the fields is straightforward, more complex fields as location and pricing are explained below. Make sure that all of the data you enter is correct! It is not mandatory to fill in all of the item fields, mandatory field are marked with the * sign.

Group of fields which at least one of them has to be filled are marked with the * sign, hovering on the sign will show a description of the group.

It is always a good practice to fill in the Remarks/Sources field to describe and document the change you have made, especially when changing a value of an existing field that was filled by another user.

Complex fields

Location

The country field must filled with a valid country name, while filling the country name, a list of suggested countries will appear based on the entered text, you must select the desired country from the suggestion list or enter the exact country name as suggested.        

After filling the country and area fields (if required), the location preview widget will show the matching location of the item, please make sure that the location is correct, if not, try to fill the area field with more explicit area name/address.

Pricing

Pricing data can be added to any gear item. Pricing should be made in the native store currency by selecting it from the currency drop-down. Pricing should always be per unit/meter and not by the total price of the offered deal. If the manufacturer/seller offers variations of the item at extra cost (for example quick-pin instead  of a fixed-pin for a weblock or a custom text for a webbing), check the “product has additional pricing options” checkbox. Additional pricing entries can be added by clicking on the “Add pricing entry” action and removed by clicking on the “X” button to the right of the entry. When adding new pricing entries, it’s not required to enter the quantities in an ascending order - this will happen automatically while saving the item.

                                

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Tags

To add a tag simply fill in the tag text and press enter to add it to the tag list, repeat this process to add more tags. While filling the tag text, a list of suggested tags will appear based on the entered text. If the list contains a tag you are looking for, it is recommended to choose it from the list rather than creating a similar tag with a slightly different phrasing.
To remove a tag click on the “x” button next to the tag.

                                

Gear list

To add a gear item to the list, start filling the textbox with the name of the gear item you want to add. While filling the textbox, a list of suggested gear items will appear based on the entered text, select desired gear item from the suggestion list to add it to the gear list. To remove a gear item from the list, click on the “X” button next to the gear item name.

Adding/editing items guidelines

  1. Add only relevant items.
  2. Do not add duplicate items, make sure the item doesn’t already exists by searching for it first.
  3. Try to fill in as much data as you can.
  4. Only fill in data that is based on facts and not assumptions
  5. Try to fill in the “Remarks/Sources” field to describe and document the change you have made, especially when changing a value of an existing field that was filled by another user.

Commenting & discussion

Users can comment on images and discuss on gear items (in the gear details page) and manufacturers (in the manufacturer details page) to comment/discuss just fill in the comment text and press enter to post it, comments can be deleted by the commenting user but cannot be edited after posting (for now), it’s possible to reply to a specific comment by pressing the comments’ reply action. You must be logged on to comment.

        Commenting/discussion guidelines

  1. Stay on point, when making a comment, don't go off-topic.
  2. Demonstrate respect for other members. If you disagree with an opinion, feel free to        respectfully challenge that opinion.
  3. Be polite and keep it clean.
  4. Don't post spam or ads.
  5. Do not re-post comments previously deleted by moderators.

Reviewing

Users can leave reviews for gear items and manufacturers, to leave a review follow these steps :

  1. Login and click on the reviews tab on the gear details page or manufacturer details page.

  1. Rate the reviewed item by clicking on the stars for each criteria, if one or more of the criterias are not relevant for your review leave it blank (for example: customer service in a case you didn’t have to contact the manufacturer’s customer service).
    The overall review rating will be calculated automatically
    . At least one criteria must be rated.



    Criteria rating can be removed by hovering on a criteria and clicking on the “X” button.

  1. For a gear item, fill in the pros and cons lists by filling the corresponding textbox and then clicking enter or the + button located to the right of the textbox.



    While filling a textbox, a list of suggested pros/cons will appear based on the entered text, if the list contains an entry that matches the con/pro you were about to enter, it is recommended to choose it from the list rather than creating a similar pro/con with a slightly different phrasing.

        A pro/con can be removed by hovering on it and clicking on the X action.

  1. Fill in the review text and click on the Post review button when done.
    Try to avoid posting a review without pros/cons and/or review text.

Reviewing guidelines

  1. Focus on the reviewed subject and your experience using it.
  1. Provide specific details about what you did and didn't like about the reviewed subject, do not leave a review only with rating and without textual explanation to support the rating.
  2. Remember that the purpose of submitting a review is to provide insight for other slackers who are considering purchasing an item.
  3. Stay polite.
  4. Stick to facts.
  5. Stay fair and objective, do not use the review system to personal attacks or promote a business.

Gear

Comparing

There are 3 methods to add gear to the comparison list :

1. By clicking on the Compare button in the gear list page :

2. By clicking on the Compare button in the gear details page:

3. By clicking on the Compare button in the Similar gear tab in the gear details page:


After clicking on the Compare button the Compare widget will pop up on the left side of the window, only gear from the same type can be compared. Maximum of 4 gear items can be compared at once. To remove a gear item from the comparison list, click on the trash action to the right of the gear item. To navigate to the items comparison page, click on the Compare now button.


                

On the Comparison page you can change your preferences using the preferences dropdowns, the fields will be colored by the preference you chose.

If you want to buy a specific quantity/meters of an item (for example: 100 meters of webbing) you can use the Price preference settings to set the desired quantity, the price field will be rated (colored) by the price for the desired quantity (in case that quantity discount is available for item/s)

Images

Editing

Adding images

Any user can add images as long as they follow the site’s guidelines!

To add a new image, click on the Plus button on the top-right side of the image gallery.

On the Image Upload page, click on the Select Images button to select images to upload, multiple images can be selected.

        


After selecting a photo to upload, an Image Description Editor will be shown for each image you selected.

Each Image must be categorized into one of the following categories:

Image of a single gear piece

Any image that contains only one gear piece. The Gear in image field must be filled in and Info tags may be added.


Example:

        
Image of a setup

Any image with 2 or more pieces of gear connected together. At least one gear piece must be tagged (Gear tag) and Info tags may be added.


Example:

Other

Any other type of image. Gear tags and Info tags may be added.


Example:


In case you choose to upload an image of a bad/dangerous setup/practice please check the This image contains a bad/dangerous setup/practice” checkbox or in case you choose to upload an image of defective gear please fill in the Gear condition field accordingly.

It’s always a good practice to add as much information on the image as possible. In addition to the Description field and Tags field you can choose to add more fields by choosing the desired field from the optional fields list :



In case you want to remove an image from the upload list, click on the “X” button on the top-right side of Image Description Editor.


Info tags (Notes)

Info tags can be added for images of any category, use Info tags to leave a textual note on a specific area of an image. To add an info tag simply click on the image and while clicking, drag the mouse to set the selection size. After setting the selection, click on the Add Info tag button.


Fill in the note on the Text area and click on the Accept button.


Info tags can be edited and removed using the Edit tag and Remove tag buttons.
Multiple
Info tags can be added for a single image.

Gear tags

Gear tags can be added for images from Setup and Other categories. To add a gear tag simply click on the image and while clicking, drag the mouse to set the selection size. After setting the selection, click on the Add gear tag button.

Start filling in the textbox with the name of the gear item you want to add. A list of suggested gear items will appear based on the entered text. Select desired gear item from the suggestion list and click on the Accept button.




Gear tags can be edited and removed using the Edit tag and Remove tag buttons.
Multiple
Gear tags can be added for a single image.


        Adding images guidelines
  1. Upload only images with technical value: images of gear, setups, usage diagrams, etc.
  2. Upload only images that you took or images that you have an explicit permission to use.