Help & Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Engage Wisdom
A note about levels of access:
Published talks are visible to every visitor, and if you create a free account, you can save your favorites, tag keywords, and enjoy other features when you log in. If you’re new here and would like to sample what we have, please browse through the public collection, noting you may have some limitations until you Create an Account.
Unpublished talks are viewable only by Curators of a collection, as they are in the process of being identified, given titles and descriptions, and sometimes also transcribed. If you are a member of a community whose content is hosted on Engage Wisdom, you are invited to Request Curator Access, which will allow you to see your community’s archive of unpublished talks. The collection's Admins review these curator requests periodically and grant access to additional users as space allows. Curators also have the ability to edit more aspects of a talk and help prepare this content for release to the general public.
What's new about the Search engine?
- The first thing you'll notice is the row of three Filters at the top. In the Date filter you can see how many talks are available from each year, and select the year you want to see. Once you've done that, you can repeat the process with the available months and days, to drill-down quickly to the date you're interested in.
- Similarly, you can now filter by Speaker and Location, and see how many talks are available from each of these in the process.
- All other search critera besides Date are now consolidated in one smart search box where you can type Names, Locations, Keywords, or anything you're looking for. You can search for a speaker or a location in this text box, or you have the option of selecting it from the filter tool up above. Using the Search box will also turn up results where the words appear in the description, notes, transcript, etc. so this is a more thorough search method.
- You'll now find that the search results that come up are sorted with the most relevant ones at the top, based on whether the words you entered were found in the Title, for example, vs. the Description or the Notes.
- And most of all, our new Search engine is blazingly fast compared to the old Search page.
- If for some reason you want to try the old, slower search page, it's still available here.
- We'll continue to optimize the speed, relevance, and available features for searching Engage Wisdom, and we welcome your feedback in our survey, as always.
How do I search for a specific talk?
In the search bar, you can type not only keywords, but also dates or a serial number for the talk you're looking for. This will search across all Titles, Descriptions, Keywords, and also Transcripts, Notes, and any other identifying information we have for every talk in the archive. If anything matches your search, it should come right up.
I was searching for a talk and now I want to browse. How can I see the full list of talks again?
Ah, this one’s easy: delete the search criteria (keywords, date, speaker, location) and click "Search." The full list of talks will then be displayed. Or you can just click on the Engage Wisdom logo in the top left of the page to bring you back to the home page at any time.
Why do some talks have no title or description?
Gathering this info is a community effort, and you're invited to help!
When recordings are imported from original cassette tapes, reels, or other older recording formats, at the minimum, each talk is given a Serial number, and the Date of the talk is entered, if known. All markings on the original tape or disc are also photographed, and these photos appear right there alongside the audio.
Here's where you come in: Deciphering the handwriting in the photos often requires some knowledge of the subject matter, speaker, and context of the talk, so if you can help identify things like the Location, Speaker name, etc. please click that big "Edit" button and enter them in. (Note: You'll need to Log-In to see the Edit button, and you may need to Request Curator Access in order to edit certain info)
How do Keywords work?
Any user can contribute keywords to help make the collection more searchable. You can also click on each one to see a list of all talks that have been tagged with that keyword. When you listen to a talk that's lacking this descriptive info, please consider adding at least a few keywords if you have a moment. This will help others find it in the future.
Are #hashtags different from Keywords?
Keywords can also be used as "hashtags" by adding the # symbol at the beginning. There is no functional difference from regular keywords, but hashtags tend to denote that a talk is a member of a set of talks or a class series, for example. If you're adding a keyword that is primarily descriptive in nature, then avoid using the # hashtag symbol in that case. Only use hashtags for groups of talks.
When listening, how can I skip ahead or back?
Clicking anywhere on the progress bar while audio is playing will let you navigate to various parts of the talk.
Can I share a link to a specific talk?
Of course! You can share any public talk by simply copying the URL from the top of your browser window. Keep in mind that sharing private or unpublished talks would require visitors to log-in for access, and would only be available and shareable within your community.
Can I share unpublished talks with friends outside my community?
Since unpublished talks are only available to community members by permission of the author, please don’t give your login or password to anyone else. If a fellow community member would like to join, encourage them to Create an Account and then request Curator access.
Still have questions?
If you are stuck and need help, you're welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org and please include a link to the page you're having trouble with.
We do not have a full-time support staff, so we appreciate your patience as it may take a few days for a response.
Note: If something isn't loading, or you're having trouble accessing a page, it can sometimes solve the problem if you try a different web browser.
Once you have explored the site, we welcome your feedback via this survey.
Thank you very much!