Hi! Welcome to the Tech Page. My goal for this page is to share the "how to" information to use this site.
First of all, the site is a drupal, a content management system like wordpress or movable type. I've created a block on the right sidebar which is only visible from this page, to put up some books on drupal, but more for the art effect than for the need to read.
A CMS is nothing more than a glorified blog, with extra bells and whistles, and a blog is nothing more than a nice way to do data entry, without making the blogger feel like an unemployed data entry worker, keyboarding out of chemical co-dependency. The more features, and drupal, as well as wordpress and movable type, has lots of features, the more ways to make things fail. So with those words of encouragement and inspiration, I'll begin. Remember, this is a publishing venue. Real journals are moving from typesetting on dead trees to "this".
Second, modern CMS architecture (and just about everything else post-CSS) seperates code, content and presentation. The code is all PHP, reading from and writing to a MySQL database, which no one (though I hope there are some other technically inclined members) needs to look. Content is all the words and images and links and ... stuff. Obviously, that is the "why" of all of this (though not the "how"). Presentation is the theme used, which is how the header, footer, side bars, ... how the screen real estate is carved up.
Third, rank hath its privileges. drupal has multiple roles, two by default (three if you count "user zero", the Admin), the anonymous user, aka Russian web spiders attempting to insert ad bugs in ever web on earth, and the authenticated user, someone who's logged in with a user name and password, aka NAISA members. We've set up two additional roles, one for NAISA officers to do content work, and one for Tech.