Frequently Asked Questions
What is This Is Bristol?
This is a website for people to read and write the latest local news, get together and discuss local issues, find and talk to people with similar interests, find and review local businesses, and see what’s going on locally.
I am a local business - I want to promote my business to people in my town
Your business should already be in our business directory. If it isn’t you can add it yourself by registering as a user and then logging in and clicking the ‘claim your business’ button on the right of the Places or Services pages. There are a number of ways you can enhance your directory listing and promote your business to other site visitors including adding photos and more details about your business.
How Do I Register?
To comment on stories, write your own stories or connect to other users you’ll need to register for the site. To do so, click on the Register link at the top left of every page. You'll need a valid email address and will have to choose a unique username to be known as on the site.
How can I Contribute content to the site?
One you’ve registered you can comment on stories, rate and review local businesses and write your own stories about your town. If you want to comment on a story you can always type a response in the Comments box below the story. If you want to join a discussion simply type your post in the box below the discussion.
Why do some users have "trusted source" next to their articles, and other users have "our users' views" next to theirs?
Trusted users are people who have used the site for a long time and have demonstrated that their articles are accurate, balanced and informative, and do not break our House Rules - these articles are also published immediately.
All other users fall into the "Our Users' Views" category and these articles are checked by our moderation team before being published. Authors can become Trusted Users over time.
How do I tell people about the site?
You can invite anyone in your Yahoo! Mail, Google Mail, Hotmail, MSN Live or other address books to join you on this site from the “Invite Your Friends” box on your profile page. Once you're logged in, click the "My Profile" link at the top left of every page to access your profile page.
How are cookies used on the site?
Websites today normally offer some level of interaction - whether it's sending and receiving messages, buying goods or choosing how you wish to view the site. To manage this, small text files called cookies are stored on your computer.
Are cookies viruses?
No. Cookies are not viruses, trojans, spyware, or worms or any other kind of malware.
Are cookies programs?
No. Cookies are not programs. They can’t install things you don’t want on your computer.
Can cookies see what’s on my computer?
No, cookies can’t see what is on your computer. Nor can they collect any other information from your computer, nor snoop on your files.
Can the cookies I’ve got be seen by other people?No. A cookie can only be read by the site that gave you the cookie in the first place. And of course you can see your own cookies, as described later.
What is in a cookie?
A cookie contains seven main pieces of information:
The domain of the website that set the cookie. A cookie can ONLY be read by the site that set it.
The name of the cookie
The identifying information the cookie is carrying. This is normally an encrypted string of letters and numbers, that is only meaningful the website that set the cookie.
How long the cookie lasts for. If this is not set, the cookie will disappear when you close your browser (session cookies). Otherwise it will delete itself on the date set in the expiry field.
This is not always used, but can be set so that the cookie is only sent when the user is in a particular part of the website. For example if the domain is set to acme.com, and the path is set to /accounts, the cookie will only be used when the user is in the acme.com/accounts part of the site.
This attribute can be used to tell the browser to only use the cookie when it is using a secure or encrypted connection.
Can I control the cookies I get?
Yes. You can control what cookies you get, and which cookies you keep, and whether or not information about your browsing activity is captured.
Below are instructions on controlling cookies in the most recent versions of Windows Explorer.
Select Tools > Internet Options then Privacy Tab then Advanced
Check Override automatic cookie handling
Click Accept, Block or Prompt then OK twice
If you have Firefox, please click here.
If you have Chrome, please click here.
If you have Safari, please click here.
If you are using a different browser, please refer to the ‘Help’ function of your particular browser for further information.
By using your browser settings to disable cookies you may prevent the Site from operating fully.
I have a question that isn’t answered here
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Logging in Issues
This is quite a common problem at the moment. We changed our registration system a few weeks ago and it has had a slight impact on some users logging into the site and adding content.
There is a simple fix however. Just follow the steps below:
- Ensure you are logged out of the site
- Clear your cookies
- Log back into the site
This will clear the old cookies and allow you to login to the site and continue to add content on the site.