FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

The OpenChannels website has a lot to offer. As new features and functionality are continually added, we'll help you keep track of everything you can do with OpenChannels on this document. Have a question that's not answered here? Ask us in the comments section below and we'll be sure to add it to the list!


Why the name, OpenChannels?

  1. Open channels of communication mean free and accessible communications among people, such as among the practitioners and stakeholders using services.
  2. In nautical radio, an open channel is one on which conversations are public.
  3. In the context of marine spatial planning, where one of the main purposes of such planning is to disentangle webs of conflicting uses, one result can be orderly and relatively open channels of water where before there was heavy, unplanned traffic.
  4. It's easy to spell, and to pronounce, and we like it! And we hope you do, too!

How can I stay up-to-date with the news and information shared on OpenChannels?

This one is easy, and we have several options for you:

  • Email Notifications. After you're signed in with your OpenChannels user account, look for the blue links with text like "Subscribe to updates of new content of this type." We'll send you a short email update with a summary of the new content and a link to it here on OpenChannels.
  • Twitter, aka RSS for the young folks. You can follow us @OpenOCTO.

Help! The website thinks I'm a spammer and/or it won't let me post content.

Sorry about that! We average 15 thousand spam attempts per day on OpenChannels (sometimes over 100,000 attempts!) so our spam filters have to be rather aggressive to keep all that from flooding our site. We go through all new user accounts to weed out the spam-bots. Once we know you're a real, non-spam-variety human being, we mark your account as "verified" - and verified users are not subjected to spam checks. They can also blog, share news, and post jobs on the site. If we haven't made your account a verified account yet, don't worry, we will! It may take up to 48 hours, though. If you need your account verified, send OpenChannels Project Director, Nick Wehner, an email at nick [at] octogroup.org and he'll make it happen. FYI: It helps us verify you if you have more than just your name and email filled out in your user account profile.