A brief explanation of the collaborative/user environment on SITO.
2023-03-22: Maintenance complete...
Seems like the maintenance is complete now. We hope.
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In order to keep track of users logging in, posting messages,
uploading art and installing pieces in SITO's collaborative
art projects, we have devised a simple identification system.
Each user on SITO has a short identification name comprised of
three letters. We call this identification and database system "SUE".
Short for SITO User Environment.
Artists and avid users are invited to
sign-up for a free SITO ID.
a way for SITO to recognize a specific user, and remember things about
this user for every visit. In addition to identifying the user while
viewing SITO pages, SUE is also used to identify the user during
participation in collaborative
Synergy projects. Finally, SUE is used
to identify artists within the
Artchive as well.
In short, SUE replaces the functionality of the old Synergy ID and
Artchive user name, and adds
the ability to recognize the user throughout the site in general.
The user's identity will be mapped to a unique SITO ID, and will be
authenticated with the user logging in to
SITO (at the user's leisure).
The user must login in order to participate in
a Synergy project, so that the user's identity to be confirmed.
Otherwise, any user is free to roam the site anonymously as
a "guest" user if so desired.
Anyone with a SITO ID can also edit their SITO
user settings at will. This includes copyright statements, email address, name, nationality, mailing list subscriptions and publicity of contact information.
SUE uses "Cookies" to help keep track of who is logging in. Cookies are tiny files stored on your machine, usually in a special directory determined by your web-browsing software. For SUE, SITO sets four cookies. One cookie keeps track of your SITO-ID and another cookie is an authentication of that SITO-ID. When you login, there will also be a cookie to track your "session".