Here you can find some answers on the frequently asked questions.
What do you provide?
I'm not into social networking/forums, can I still use this site?Absolutely, if you use the social networking part is completely up to you. You can use the search engine and product database without ever posting a comment.
What are my options when searching?You have following options when typing a search string in the search field:
Is there an advanced search?Yes, our advanced search contains more advanced search options, including;
How do I access the advanced search options?The advanced search options are available on the search page. You can click on the search button on top of every page to get to the search page.
What is the difference between a message posted with visibility: All/Mates only/Private
What are the different filters in the news feed for?
How do I keep up with the huge amount of info?Using the filters is important to keep track of what is happening. The "Your news" filter shows ALL posts from YOUR community and what appears there is controlled by yourself. For this it is important that you become mates with the persons you know and/or follow persons. This is how YOU control which info is visible in "Your news".
How can I keep informed about what is new on scalemates?For this you can visit the wall of user Scalemates, it contains news, feedback related to scalemates.com If you are really interested you can follow user Scalemates, this will make the posts visible on the news feed (Your news).
How do I add smilies?Smilies can be inserted by typing the standard codes for smilies, these are:
How do I add a link to another websiteEasy, just copy past the URL into your post/comment. The URL will become a clickable link automatically after posting.
How do I post video's from Youtube or Vimeo?Easy, just copy past the URL into your post/comment. The video will display automatically after posting.
Can my account be deleted?
Yes, it can! Send your account deletion request to the administrator of this website. Your account will be erased completely (note, no roll back possible as all data is deleted and made anonymous. We do not tend to ask a lot of questions or will try to convince you to stay. So be sure before you send the request).
Can you see more when you follow a person/company?No, following a person does not give you any additional permissions. You thus see the same as an anonymous or registered user.
Can I stop following a person/companyYes, at any time you can stop following a person/company.
Is it offensive to stop following a person/companyNo not at all. You could temporarily follow a person because he is working on your favorite model. When he is finished you can perfectly stop following him.
I accidently stopped following a person/company, can I undo this?Yes you can by following him again. You can follow/unfollow a person as many times as you want.
What happens when I follow someone?Immediatly after following someone his "public" messages become visible in your personalised news feed. An automated public message is posted on your wall. (this can be deleted if desired)
What happens when I Unfollow someone?Immediately after unfollowing someone his "public" messages will no longer be visible in your personalised news feed. No message is posted on your/his wall.
What happens when I request to become a mate
When you request to become a mate a private message is sent to that person. He will be able to accept or reject.
Until he accepts or in case of rejection nothing changes
As soon as he accepts you will see all his messages marked as "public" and "mates only". Your personalised news feed will now also contain all his messages marked as "public" and "mates only". You will be able to post messages on his wall An automated public message is posted on his wall to tell that you are now mates.
What happens when I remove someone from my mates list?Immediately after removing someone from your mates list you will no longer be mates and all the extra permissions you/he had are gone. No message is posted on your/his wall.
Does it make sense to follow someone who is also a mate?No, when someone is your mate you automatically follow him.
What is the difference between following and mates.Becoming each others mate is a mutual connection. When you are each others mates you can see messages. Following someone does not require agreement from the followed person. This is fine because following someone does not give you any additional rights but merely shows the public messages in your news feed.
What is a "stash"
Your "stash" is your collection of models, scalemates allows you to keep track of your stash and have a nice overview of your collection.
How do I add items to my stash?
How do I add items to my wishlist?
What do I do if a product is missing?
If a product is missing you can add a new product yourself. You can find the "Add new product" link under "actions" on the right hand side.
What products are shown under related products?
The related products section shows all products which are in the same scale and attached to the same topic.
How to add a related product to a kit?
Which related products are shown is done automatically by the system, it checks for all products in the same scale and having the same topic. In case a product is missing, you add a new product. If this new product is in the same scale and from the same topic it will be shown automatically in the related products.
Why is my favorite website not included in the search engine?This site recently started and more websites will be added to the search engine.
Other reasons can be:
Why are not all pages of a website included in the search engine?
Not all pages of a website will be added to the search engine. We limit ourselves to gallery articles of a completed model.
Following type of pages are likely to be removed from the search results because of the type of the content
Does this mean they are not good? Absolutely not, they can be well written content and scale modeling related. They just don't fit into our search engine which is "scale model" related (note: scale model vs. scale modeling)
All articles in the official gallery are indexed, all other articles in the forum or other sections of the site are ignored (which does not mean they are not good).
I have plenty of my models on Photobucket, Picasa, ...other photo galleries. How can I add them into the search engine.
We currently do not intend to add Photobucket, Picasa,... and similar websites to our search engine. Please make a nice article and send it to one of the online magazines.
What must I do once my website is indexed?
Nothing! When your website is indexed and is meeting the requirements for autmated indexing you do not need to do anything. Our crawler will pick up new articles automatically.
What must I when I want to index my website?
Get in touch with us, we will have a look at your site.
Some articles can not be found in the search engine while they are from a known site and from the
There could have been a technical issue were the indexing failed or no valuable data (title, scale, company, author, thumbnail) could be extracted automaticaly.
Can the contents of an article be responsible for exclusion of that particular article?
Yes, follow articles are likely to be removed from the search results because of the quality of the visible content
If an article is missing, does it mean it is not good?
No, not at all. Some articles from quality websites could be missing because of technical problems during indexing
Is every website allowed?
No, not every website is considered as a quality website which can be added to our search results. Following factors are considered as blocking.
This is not an exhaustive list, if a website is blocked/unblocked remains the decission of the webmaster. We will recheck the quality guidelines on a regular basis.
Are there technical requirements that need to be met before being added to the search engine?
Yes, we need to be able to extract the "Title", "Scale", "Builder" and "company" in an automated way.
This information must thus be present and identifiable on the page (Visible or within the meta tags: Title and or description tag
As this is done in an automated way the following can cause us problems extracting this in an automated way.
What is the effect when not all technical requirements are met?
Websites with too many articles not meeting the technical requirements can and will not be indexed automatically.
However they could still be indexed manually by any registered member. Websites with too many articles not meeting the blocking requirements can be refused to be indexed manually as well.
Note: We are working on a system where you can add URL's of specific dedicated articles and manually provide info like title/scale/company/...
Will our search engine automatically index new content from a website?
Yes, if a website meets the requirements for automated indexing our search engine will add new articles automatically.
If you require any more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at scalemates at gmail dot com or using the contact form.