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Over the last couple of years I've been very excited to see how PI Square has grown and been adopted by everyone who uses it. One question that comes up more often now is how to find my way around all this great content, especially for someone who is new. Here's a quick blog on where to find things and how to navigate for them.

 

There are a few main areas to PI Square.

1. All Things PI - Ask, Discuss, Connect  - This is the OSIsoft Technical Support monitored space in PI Square.

2. Learn PI  - This is where you can find online courses for free that you can use to learn about PI. From basic displays to developing with the WebAPI, we have something for you

3. PI Developers Club  - A place for developers to ask questions and share knowledge.

4. AF Community Library  - This is a place to share AF example kits, templates, ask questions around AF and share expertise.

5. PI Square Groups - Here you can find industry groups, product groups, and even a group around languages.

     To see the list of Industry Groups, go here: Industry PI User Groups

6. For Chinese, Japanese, and Korean customers, we have private language spaces for you. Take a look here:  Japan PI Square, PI Square Korea , PI Square中文论坛

 

If you want to see a list of all spaces, you can go here: EVERYTHING IN PI SQUARE

 

NAVIGATION

There are several ways to navigate around PI Square. For the main spaces mentioned above, you have two easy way to navigate to them. Use the main buttons in the middle of the screen or click the spaces on the blue navigation bar.

If you know what you are looking for, the best way is to use the search at the top of the page by clicking the

 

Once there you can either type in what you are looking for and see the suggestions come up (If you don't press enter they will autopopulate based on your query.) Also, there are 3 tabs on that screen. If you go to any page frequently, it will show up in your history tab. The third tab is bookmarks. You can bookmark internal and external content, so if you want to easily find you favorie KB articles from here, bookmark them here!

To view all your bookmarks go here: https://pisquare.osisoft.com/bookmarks  (You can install the bookmarklet from the right and book mark any website.)

 

To see all your recently viewed content in PI Square, go to here: https://pisquare.osisoft.com/content?filterID=historyarchetype%5Bcontent%5D 

 

 

I hope this helps some with basic navigation. if you have any questions, don't hesitate to comment below!

 

All comments, concerns, questions, and feedback always welcome.

Hello Everyone,

 

Its been a little while now that we started using PI Square, it has started in December 2014 and we now all have a better experience with the usage of PI Square.

 

In this post I would like to share with you:

  • What are the PI Square features I use
  • Some useful guidelines, such as tagging and marking answers
  • Resources to help you to drive in PI Square

 

 

Features I use the most

 

1. Syntax highlighting

When I post code or configuration file content, syntax highlighting makes things much easier to read. In case I don't find the code type I need in the list I use Plain.

You can find the procedure with images here:

How to use syntax highlighting

This is an example of Plain Syntax Highlighting
It uses a monospace / fixed width font and makes text easier to read

 

2. Quote

When providing an extract of text in the documentation or referring to a part of someone else comment.

You can find the procedure with images here:

How to quote text in a discussion

 

3. Header 3

This is header 3

I use this style to make bigger titles in a post. For a Normal reply, I use bold only to make titles.

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4. Insert Image

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Tip: On my machine I also have Greenshot installed, and I have configured my print screen button as follows: when I press print screen, I can select the part of the screen I want, and it is then saved automatically into the greenshot folder of my computer.  When inserting an image, I can quickly go in this folder and post the image after. 

 

5. I'll see if I can think of other useful features I use often and I may add to this list at a later time

 

 

Guidelines - Tagging and marking answers

 

Tagging

Tags are a very useful and unconstrained way to create group of similar content and make it searchable.  It is not perfect though because since tags get easily created, you can end up with tags like af-sdk, afsdk and af_sdk.  However, some users may like to use it and find ways that is serves them.  You can find more info about how to use tagging here: Tagging Content

 

Mark the Correct Answer

Marking the answer as correct is one of the most useful way for us to understand that your question was answered, so please if one of the answer in the discussion has resolved the issue mark your question as answered by clicking on the "Correct Answer" button at the bottom left of the answer that helped you:

Once the answer was marked correct, it also helps other user to get the answer quickly:

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Mark the helpful comments

Sometimes it can be hard to determine which of the answer was the right one, so one approach is to mark all replies that helps as helpful:

 

Create a summary when answer is in several answers

If you the right answer is spread between several replies, you may mark them as helpful + reply your own question to make a little summary.

Then mark your summary as the correct answer.

This can be a big help for others looking to solve the same issue.

 

 

 

Other Useful Resources

 

The "Welcome to PI Square!" page contains a lot of links and step by step procedures.  Those links may be very useful, so useful that I am putting them here again for more visibility.

 

Welcome to PI Square!  

 

 

 

I hope this helps you and I wish you have a good experience in using PI Square!

 

Please reply to this post for questions and comments.

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We will not delete any content unless:

  • You, the creator of the content asks it to be deleted
  • It does not comply with our TOU (Terms of Use)
  • It does not comply with our guiding principles
  • It’s primary purpose is to sell or promote a product or service not viewed as appropriate by the moderator
  • It is incoherent, or otherwise unable to be responded to meaningfully AND there has been no response to attempts to get clarification

 

 

MODERATOR REDIRECTION / MERGING

 

Moderators may redirect questions to other spaces:

  • to help others find that question more easily to give your content visibility by others who will do a better job responding
  • to avoid duplication. If 2 questions or discussions are substantially close to one another, we will redirect the newer question to the older question.

 

Should you have questions about why your content was redirected to another forum space, please DO reach out and ask us: community@osisoft.com.

 

Our goal is to give you the best answers possible by the people who know the most.

BE RESPECTFUL, BE NICE

 

PI Square is about empowering and connecting all PI users worldwide. As a community people should

 

• NOT attack or disparage others or their content.

• BE considerate and respectful.

• NOT USE offensive or profane language.

• ENCOURAGE others.

• RESPECT opposing or differing opinions, beliefs, and conclusions.

 

 

 

MAKE THE SITE MORE HELPFUL

 

In the spirit of empowerment and connection, people should

 

• Write answers so they are helpful.

• Help make content easier to understand – we have an international audience of native and non-native language speakers.

• Improve things that could be better and do not be afraid to do things that can make PI Square a better resource.

• Make PI Square a good resource for all PI Users, regardless of expertise.

 

 

 

ASK QUESTIONS WITH THE SINCERE GOAL OF OBTAINING REUSABLE INFORMATION

 

The primary intention of asking a question should be to obtain information and

 

• NOT to argue a point

• NOT to be hurtful, mean-spirited or make others uncomfortable

• SHOULD be to clearly written

• SHOULD encourage answers

 

 

 

THANK YOU for making the community a place we all want to be a part of.

 

 

If you have questions that you don't want to publically post, please feel free to email at: community@osisoft.com.