Survival Guide - Dust Settles: DailyWheel Member Accounts
accounts are permanent accounts that are used to help connect the various
projects and visitors to Hartley's
sites. These accounts are free, easy to sign up for, and provide numerous benefits
for those with accounts. Since the game databases are wiped after each round,
one of the primary benefits of having a member account is the fact that it will
exist until you ask us to remove it or unless you had no activity (including
game) for too long (think more on the terms of a couple of years). The rest
of the information on this page will give you more details on the benefits
of having a member account, how to sign up for one, link
a game account, and a quick peak at the Members' section.
There are numerous benefits to creating a DailyWheel account. First of all, like the game, they are free. They also include:
Accounts are free and easy to sign up for. To get to the signup page quickly,
you can click here
or go to the game's login screen and click "Sign Up" on the light
blue bar at the top of the page. Fill in a username, password, and e-mail, re-entering
the password and e-mail for verification and click "Submit." This
will sign you up and send a validation e-mail your way. As with the validation
e-mails sent by the game, be sure to check your spam box in case it was sent
there. Unlike the game validation process, you won't enter a code that you receive
in the e-mail, instead just click the link in the e-mail to verify that the
e-mail you entered is valid. Once you've done this, you will have full access
to all of the features of a DailyWheel member account. Be sure to check out
agreement to abide by these.
Once you have signed up for and validated your DailyWheel account, you can link your current camp name and login so that it will be reserved for you for future rounds. This allows you to log in a little later than the start if needed and not worry about someone else grabbing your name first. Unless you really want to, you do not have to unlink a camp name if you want to add a new one.
To link a current camp name, either visit the Member's Main page and look at the box at the bottom left of the page listing any currently reserved names and click the "Link Existing Camp Now!" link. You can also use the tools in the members box on the game's login screen to link an existing camp. (If you don't already have a game account, you can use these two spots to create a camp that will be linked to your DailyWheel account at the same time.) You will be taken to a page similar to the one below. Enter in the camp name and the login name and password associated with it and click "Link that Camp!" to link your camp to your DailyWheel account. Remember, when you link a camp name, the login name is linked as well, so you will have to come up with other login names if you want to create a new camp name in a different round. Once you have clicked to link the account, you will gain the benefits related to this, like rollover credits, one-click login, and keeping earned trophies. The one-click login option will appear on the game's login screen in the blue member's box. Just click the camp name to be immediately logged in.
Once a round has ended, your current SGDS account will be wiped
from that database, though your DailyWheel account (and the linked camp name)
will live on. When you come back for a new round, you will have to sign up again
(since you must choose terrain and the
like during sign-up) but the process will be quicker. See the next section for
more details. If you ever decide that you are tired of a linked camp name or
you want to make room for new names, you can unlink a name using the options
on the Member's Main page. Click the "UnLink a Camp" link to be taken
to a page with a list of your currently linked camps. Click the "UnLink
Camp" button beside the name(s) you want to remove from your reserved list
to place those names back into public use. As long as the name isn't currently
being used or linked by another player, you can relink the name at any time
by creating a camp with the name and relinking it.
Once you have linked a camp name to your DailyWheel account that name will be reserved for your use in later rounds. Your camp information in the SGDS database will be wiped between rounds with only the information linked to your DailyWheel account remaining. Once you get ready to sign up again, make sure you are logged into your DailyWheel account. If you're not sure, check the members' bar at the top of the game's login page to see if it greets you with your DailyWheel account's login name. If you don't see this, click to sign in.
As long as you are properly signed into your DailyWheel account, click to
sign up for the new round. This will take you to a slightly modified login screen.
Your linked login and camp names will be listed under the appropriate entry
boxes and the e-mail address associated with your DailyWheel account will already
be entered. You will just need to type in the names you want to use (whether
old or new) and the password. Passwords are not linked to the DailyWheel account
like camp and login names so you can keep the same or change to a new one at
your discretion. The class and terrain
choice will be the same as before and then you will see a small message beside
a check box where you can select whether or not you want to link the name to
your DailyWheel account. This is only useful if you are signing up with a new
name. Once you click to submit the information, you will be finished. You also
won't have to validate your account for the round.
The Member's Section is where you will access most of the benefits associated with your DailyWheel account. Some of these pages will not be visible if you do not have or are not signed in to a DailyWheel account. The blogs and forums are visible to non-members, but not available for use. First you have the Member's Main page. Here you will be able to see your recent blog activity, any private messages you have received, a link for sending private messages, the account linking options, update notices, and a button for creating a new blog. Sending a private message through this system is like sending a private message in-game. Just click "Compose New Message," select the recipient, and click send. You can also reply to messages received from other members by viewing a message they sent you and clicking "Reply." This will send you to a similar screen with that member already selected. If you have received a new message, you will see a small envelope icon beside your name on the top member's bar. Click the envelope to be taken right to Member's Main so you can view any and all messages that you've received. Each of the update notices is a link to the appropriate page to view those notices. They will update each time you become active after being inactive (not clicking) for 2 hours.
Blogs section will have a paginated list of all blogs created by DailyWheel
members. These blogs will be listed in order of most recent activity to least
recent. Click on the name of the blog to read the blog itself or the name of
the author (or latest member to reply) to view his/her profile. Blogs will be
displayed with the text of the blog on the right and the profile of the member
who wrote the blog on the left. Comments on the blog are listed at the bottom
with the text box for adding your own. If you want to create your own blog,
click the "Big Blue Create a New Blog Button" on the Member's Main
page or just go to your profile. Enter in the title, select the subject, and
enter in the text of the blog. You can use general HTML for your blogs to bold
or italicize parts of text, link to other sites, or even to include images.
will be limited to standard bulletin board style allowances.
When viewing your own profile or the profile of another member,
you will see the same basic displays, with only a couple of changes between,
primarily the loss of entry fields in profiles that are not your own. The upper
half of a member's profile will look something like the image above, with the
person's linked image (if one is linked) displayed first followed by information
about that member. Below this is a summary of the member's activity on Mo-Betta
and in the blogs. To the right of this will be seen a clip of each of the blogs
that the member has made. The information that can be entered about a member
is the member's name (which can be kept anonymous even if entered), their age
(entered as date of birth by the member, but only displayed as age for others),
their sex, occupation, country, when they joined, and a signature. You can edit
any of these fields on your own profile other than your join date and you can
leave any of them blank that you want. Once you have edited what you want, click
"Update User Info" to have the information entered shown to all other
members. (Quick note: the red text below the entry boxes in the image are just
to signify that the account pictured belongs to an admin.) On your own profile
you will also have an entry box above the clips of your previous blogs for writing
a new one. Click on the name of a previous blog to view it and/or edit it.
The member's forums work the same way as the in-game forums. The only real difference is the fact that you will be seen by your DailyWheel account name instead of your SGDS camp name and will have different rooms to talk in. Feel free to talk about whatever you want within reason and within the scope of what the room is supposed to cover.