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Welcome to the Save Earth project. In this guide section we will take you through using the site and flying remote controlled probes to map the alien sphere around Earth.
SITE NAVIGATION
SIGN UP
SENSORY SYSTEM
LOUNGING
   FLYING - GRIDS
FLYING - TECHNICAL
FLYING - MAP MODE
FLYING - TAG MODE
   FLYING - LOCATION
FLYING - LANDING
POSTINGS
RECRUITING

  SITE NAVIGATION
There are six sections to the site: HISTORY, GUIDE, LOUNGE, FLY, RECRUIT, and POSTINGS. You can get to these sections by clicking the circles above right or the links at the bottom of any page. The Save Earth logo will take you back to the introduction page.

  SIGN UP
If you have not already, you should SIGN UP. The sign-up page will ask questions to determine your flying potential. What you tell us (except confidential information) will be made available to other Pilots in the POSTINGS section. The description you give of yourself will appear in the INTRODUCTIONS LOUNGE. This helps build a healthy community of Pilots.

Once you've signed up, your computer will remember who you are. If another Pilot wants to use the same computer, they can SIGN IN. When you are signed up or signed in, you will be able to gain access to the lounges, probe remotes, and your recruits will be credited.

  SENSORY SYSTEM
We should mention one more general feature of the site before talking about the individual sections. The site employs the Sensory System. This is a reader that determines emotion in the input voice and displays the states in various colors. You can decide which colors to show (if any) by using the check boxes at the bottom of the Sensory System frame. Your setting will be maintained throughout the site.

  LOUNGING
The LOUNGE section makes use of the Sensory System input. Here you can discuss your thoughts on a number of topics and as you talk, the Sensory System will add colors to your emotions. You can edit these emotions - note the simple alpha tags they leave. Also, in the lounges, you will notice that the Pilot name is automatically placed at the bottom of comments. You can click on any of these names to view their posting of scores and information.

  FLYING - GRIDS
The FLY section is where you go to operate the remote controlled probes. You fly the probes up to the inner-sphere surface in order to map the patterns of the sphere. For probe safety, you must check-out part of the sphere to map each time you fly. This is referred to as a grid and each grid has 100 patterns. You pick the grid you want by using the quadrant/sector/grid menu. The menus show how much mapping has taken place. We want to get these to 100% as soon as we can!

  FLYING - TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
To operate the remote control, your computer must have the free plug-in called Shockwave. If you don't have this, simply click the link and follow the 2 minute instructions. You will also be hampered without JavaScript and Cookies activated.

  FLYING - MAP MODE
Once you pick a grid, your probe will be launched and you will see it approach the sphere. A map will appear showing what patterns on the grid have already been tagged. Use the arrows or the keyboard arrows to direct your probe to any location on the grid. Click the TAG button or press "T" on your keyboard when you are ready to start tagging the patterns.

  FLYING - TAG MODE & STATIC
You will see patterns fly by. Click on the matching pattern icon on your remote control. The pattern orientation my be different but don't worry about that. The pattern will be tagged with your Pilot name unless the pattern was already tagged by another Pilot. Try not to tag patterns that are already tagged. You may find that this increases the chance of static appearing. Tagging incorrectly will bring on static too. Never tag when you see static because your probe will be electrocuted and crash. No score will be recorded aside from the flight and the crash.

We are sorry, but Pilots with ten crashes will no longer be able to fly. An extra crash is allowed for every 1000 tags.

  FLYING - LOCATION
Use the arrows or arrow keys to direct your probe as you are tagging. Don't let your probe go off the edge of your grid because this will force a landing. To help you stay on the grid, watch the location lights at the top of the probe. They show how many patterns are left until the edge. The last pattern has a red location light. At any time, you can use the MAP button or the M key to view your probe on the map.

  FLYING - LANDING
When you have finished tagging the patterns press the LAND button or L key to land your probe. Your score will show how many tags you got right and wrong. The power you take is equal to how many patterns you passed and if you could have tagged but did not then this gets tallied under wasted. Merit points are given for every tagged pattern except your own that is next to the pattern you tag. This encourages filling in the holes on partially filled grids.

  POSTINGS
Once you fly, you will be taken to the POSTINGS section where you can view your scores and the live Top Pilot listings. There are 9 scores to view - just click the score heading to see definitions. Click on your Pilot name to view your Pilot information with a Molecular Reader. You cannot edit your sign-up information. Clicking on the Top Pilot names will also take you to their Pilot information as will typing in the exact Pilot name into the field provided text box. See the INTRODUCTIONS LOUNGE for a listing of all the Pilots.

  RECRUITING
We hope you find Save Earth exciting and will invite your friends to join in our adventure. All emails will be kept confidential and only used to send your friends the message shown. Inviting your friends will mean you will be able to talk with them in the lounges and keep track of their scores in healthy competition all to SAVE EARTH!

Best of luck,

Professor Y and the Save Earth project.







      
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