Frequently Asked Questions

What is is a collaboratively edited question-and-answer site. It is not a blog nor a "normal" forum. We want to complement, not supplant, the many thriving high-quality Paleo-themed blogs that exist elsewhere.

I get the Paleo part, but what about the hack?

A "hack" is a shortcut, rule-of-thumb, or simply a good way to get something done quickly. We think that the Paleo community is in need of a site that allows Paleo enthusiasts to share some of their hacks. We take our inspiration from sites like LifeHacker and VentureHacks

Who are you?

My name is Dave and I am a Paleo enthusiast. I am the "wizard of oz" behind the scenes here at Paleohacks. :)

What kind of questions can I ask here?

As long as your question is:

  • related to Paleolithic and/or Primal diet, exercise and lifestyle, which includes subjects like
    • CrossFit
    • Cholesterol and blood testing
    • Sensitivities and allergies to gluten and other substances
    • Supplements like Vitamin D, fish oil etc etc
  • detailed and specific
  • written clearly and simply
  • of interest to at least one other person somewhere

It is welcome here... No question is too trivial or too "newbie".

If it is your first time here - I would recommend reading this thread to get started.

I need to note: PaleoHacks is NOT the place for treating symptoms that are possibly acutely life threatening. For example:

  • Unexplained abdominal pain. (Like, it's not something normal for you like heartburn or menstrual cramps.)
  • Abdominal pain that gets worse over the course of several hours.
  • Fainting
  • Unexplained sudden severe headache.
  • Headache that does not go away after taking pain medication, or gets worse after several hours.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Changes in vision.
  • Uncontrollable bleeding.

Please look around to see if your question has already been asked (and maybe even answered!) before you ask. If you end up asking a question that has been asked before, that is OK and deliberately allowed. Other users will hopefully edit in links to related or similar questions to help future visitors find their way.

It's also perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question, but pretend you're on Jeopardy: phrase it in the form of a question.

What kind of questions should I not ask here?

Avoid asking questions that are overly subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion. Questions about politics and religion are not allowed on PaleoHacks as they inspire strong, emotional reactions that quickly devolve into insults. This is not a discussion board nor a blog, this is a place for questions that can be answered!

Be nice.

Treat others with the same respect you'd want them to treat you. We're all here to learn together. Be tolerant of others who may not know everything you know. Bring your sense of humor.

Be honest.

Above all, be honest. If you see misinformation, vote it down. Insert comments indicating what, specifically, is wrong. Even better — edit and improve the information! Provide stronger, faster, superior answers of your own!

Use humor deftly.

Boorish or sophomoric humor is discouraged.

Don't be a troll.

We will drop the ban hammer on you as we see fit.

Fake emails will get you banned.

If we want to reach out to you to tell you why we suspended you and your email is fake...goodbye. You are now banned.

Take care with self-promotion.

If it even remotely smells like gratuitous self-promotion/spam - it will be deleted. And your account might be suspended or deleted.

Watch your ad hominem comments.

We can disagree like adults. Be respectful. If you aren't. I will simply delete your account. Game over. Good bye.

Don't be hysterical or overly dramatic.

This really bugs me and the moderators. If we get even a whiff of this - your account might be suspended or deleted.

Don't take it personally if your question is deleted.

It has nothing to do with you — just the quality and context of your question. Complaining about it will not help your cause.

Do I have to log in or create an account?

Nope. You can answer and ask questions to your heart's content as an anonymous user, much like Wikipedia. However, there are some things you won't be able to do on the site without registering. But it's easy to register if you want to.

Do special rules apply to healthcare providers or medical professionals?

Indeed, special rules very much do apply. In the interest of transparency and credibility, anyone publicly claiming to be a credentialed physician must also publicly provide identity info on their profile page. e.g. link to their website, LinkedIn etc etc. If a physician wants to remain anonymous (and that is well within their rights), then they must not use "Dr.", "Doc", "MD" anywhere in their username. This applies to ALL credentialed physicians, naturopaths, chiropractors and what-have-you etc etc

1) How do I change my profile picture?

Perform the following task to change your profile picture:

  1. Click the 'profile' link, at the top-right of your Paleohacks site page.
  2. Click User Tools.
  3. Here you can do either of the following: a) Click edit profile or b) Click edit photo (this option is not provided on every site).
  4. If you clicked a, look beneath your current profile picture and you should see gravatar. Make a gravatar account, provided you don't already have one, and then select the desired profile picture you want to correspond with your email address.
  5. If you clicked b, along with the option to use a gravatar image as your profile picture, you can click Choose File to make your profile picture an image from your computer.

2) Where can I learn more about styling my questions and answers using Markdown syntax? is a good place to go for that.

3) How do I earn more points?

This can happen in a few ways.

  1. An answer that you've posted is accepted by a moderator.
  2. A moderator or administrator decides to give you more points manually.
  3. You receive UpVotes.

In a nutshell, you earn points by positively contributing to the community and giving great answers and asking great questions.

4) Why do I receive a one-time sign in token when I've forgotten my password?

You receive this token because oftentimes users sign in with non-Paleohacks credentials, such as their Facebook sign in information. This one-time sign in token allows a user to sign in and change his or her profile password in Paleohacks without changing the password in Facebook, for instance.

5) Where can I report offensive users?

Report offensive users by doing one the following:

  • You can click more, beneath each user's name, and then click Report (sometimes this feature won't be available).
  • You can also report an offensive user by going through the contact link at the bottom and notifying personnel there.
  • Go to the User list (if you don't see a Users tab on your page, this should take you to the user list: On this page you can locate a username with one or two diamonds next to it. One or more diamonds indicates that the user is a community moderator (one diamond) or administrator (two diamonds) and has the power to take disciplinary action on abusive members.

6) How can I subscribe or unsubscribe to notifications?

You can get more or less notifications by going to your profile and clicking User Tools, then Email Notification Settings. In that area, you are able to specify what notifications you do or do not want.

7) How do I see what the badges mean in my community?

Go to Badges.

8) Do the items I favorite go on a list somewhere?

Yes. All the items that you favorite are compiled in a list in your user profile. Just click the profile link in the top-right of your Paleohacks page and then click the subtab labeled Favorites, in your user profile area.

9) What are tags?

Basically, "tags" is just computer-geek lingo for "topics." Whenever you go to post a question, you'll probably be asked to enter some topics beneath your question. Topics, i.e. tags, are simply labels that you put on a question to let others know what the question's about. The topics/tags idea is very similar library categorizations, where all the non-fiction books about people, for instance, are categorized in the Biography section of the library.

10) Can all users in my community see my email address?

No. Take a look at another user's profile and you'll notice that an email address is not listed. The same goes for users who look at your profile.

11) Why do some questions indicate that they have no answer, but they actually do?

The reason some questions appear unanswered before you click on them is because the question has not been officially accepted. A question is officially accepted when it is approved by a moderator or another site administrator.

12) When I make my question or answer open for others to edit could someone potentially get me in trouble?

No. When you make your question or answer "community wiki," as it's sometimes called, all users who edit the item will be added to the item's editor list. This list also reveals what each user edits, making each person responsible for his or her own changes.

13) How do I make a word, phrase a URL link to another site in my questions and answers?

Simply highlight the word that you want made into a URL and then click the icon that looks like a little earth. Then, enter the URL and click OK. The URL will be noted at the bottom of the text box, but it will not appear once the question or answer is posted.

14) How can I view all the questions and answers I've interacted with in my community?

Click on the profile link, in the top-right of the Paleohacks site's page, and then click the subtab labeled Activity. This is where your Paleohacks activity history is.

15) Will old items on my activity list eventually expire?

No. Your history will remain preserved for as long as you have an Paleohacks account.

16) Is there a way that I can get promoted to moderator status?

Definitely, though this may take time. The best way to get promoted to moderator is to a) provide good answers to others, eventually earning a number of badges, and b) make friends with site moderators.

17) Why can't I attach an image to my question or answer?

Chances are that the function is turned off site-wide. Until an administrator allows users to attach images, you will only be able to enter an image URL, pulling an image to your post from somewhere on the web.

18) Is this Q&A site mobile-friendly?

The site is mobile friendly, but please do not hesitate to email us about any bugs or glitches at

19) Can Paleohacks tweet my questions, answers, comments?

Yes, as long as the site is configured that way,. Your posts can be tweeted in a couple of ways. First, if you have your own Twitter account, you can set up your Paleohacks profile so each time you post a question, it's tweeted immediately. Secondly, your questions can be tweeted internally by the site. By this method, you don't need a personal Twitter account.

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