How to change your Hypotheses account password

Hypotheses uses every means available to provide the platform and its bloggers a maximum security. As a user of the platform, you have a role to play in this security, notably by choosing a secure password for your account.

Use the WordPress password generator

If you wish to change your Hypotheses account password, for whatever reason, know that WordPress has an integrated secure password generator.

You can change your password by going to the dashboard of your blog > “Users” > “Your profile”, and click the “Generate password” option. It will change the password associated to the user account you are logged in with, independently of the blog you are currently on. As in, if you use one user account for several Hypotheses blogs, the new password will be the one to use to access all those blogs.
To accept that password, click on the “Update profile” button. To cancel, quit the page without clicking that button.

Manually choosing a new Hypotheses account password

To manually choose a new Hypotheses account password, replace the text in the “new password” field that is generated when you click on “Generate new password”. If WordPress judges that  the password you chose has a very weak or weak security level, you will need to tick “Confirm use of weak password” before you can validate your new password by clicking the “Update Profile” button.

It is not easy to evaluate the “strength” of a password, and the automatic gauges that associate a colour or a security level to a password do not have a guaranteed reliability.

To choose a password which positions honourably on a password security scale (from 0 = “password identical to login” to ∞ = “password impossible to hack”), here are some good practices:

Password security good practices

  • Use a different password for each online service you use (even more between services belonging to your “personal” life and those belonging to your “professional” one);
  • Choose a password that doesn’t have yourself, your employer, your family as an inspiration;
  • Do not ask anyone to create your password for you (even less to send it to you as clear text). If it cannot be avoided, change it as soon as you receive it, and do the same with passwords generated “by default” and sent to you as clear text;
  • Choose an at leat 12 signs-long password with varied characters (capitals, lowercases, numbers, special characters) without any repeating sequence;
  • Do not store your logins and passwords in an exposed place (avoid post-its on screen, papers in binders, text online, “reminder” e-mail);
  • Change your password as soon as you have a doubt about whether it could be compromised;
  • Configure your internet browser so that it doesn’t “remember” your passwords.
A clever comic illustrating password strength
Image credits: CC by xkcd

Use a password manager

If you are hesitating to create a lot of different and complicated passwords because you fear you will not be able to remember them, know that password managers exists, such as the open-source Keepass. This password manager, like others, can be used on various platforms (Mac, Windows, Linus, iOS, Android, …) and can synchronise via the internet to be up to date across all platforms.

This kind of tool allows you to log in with one single master password to open a database that remembers all of your other passwords for you. That single password can be used in association with a key file (like an additional sentence that needs to be present to log in to the database), constituting a composite master key for even more security.

To be noted

If the Hypotheses policy is to not intervene directly  on your blogs unless you specifically ask us to do it for a reason or another, we reserve the right to change your password if we notice that the one you are currently using is compromising your blog’s security, and thus, the platform’s. This applies in the case you are using a password identical to your login, which represents a major security risk. Of course, the case being, you will be informed of this change so you can keep using your blog without problem.

Image credits : CC par Christopher Spooner

A selection of posts translated into English

We have recently launched Anthology, a new research blog compiling a selection of Hypotheses posts that were initially published on the platform in French and have now been translated into English. The aim is to showcase humanities and social science research to an ever wider readership, particularly English-speaking readers.

The posts are selected by the Hypotheses Academic committee, and the aim is to gradually cover all types of blogs and all disciplines. The project is the result of a partnership with the INIST, which is in charge of translating the posts from French to English.

A new post will be published each month.

Featured image: Translation by Christopher Smith (licence: Creative Commons by-nc-sa)

Hypotheses plays the security card with the “HTTPS” protocol

Update 09/09/2016

Given recent developments on the web and the fact that the HTTPS protocol hasn’t been rolled out as quickly as some (such as Google) would have liked – because the transition to full HTTPS can be long, complex and costly, particular for small sites – we have decided not to make HTTPS obligatory on Hypotheses for the time being.

At present an obligatory shift to HTTPS would cause various technical problems for blogs using content hosted on sites that do not use the HTTPS protocol.

However, it is possible that in the medium term the HTTPS protocol will become the only protocol in use on the web. We are not ruling out this option, and the advantage is that we now have the technical tools needed to shift Hypotheses to HTTPS when that becomes necessary. This is an ideal situation both for the time being and for the future, guaranteeing a user-friendly experience for our users as well as the security and stability of the platform. It should also be noted that the HTTP and HTTPS protocols currently coexist on Hypotheses. If you have a user account on one or several of the platform’s blogs, you are automatically browsing the platform using the HTTPS protocol, regardless of which Hypotheses blog you are on.

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Switching to Twenty Fourteen

As Delphine Cavallo explained in the last post on the House of blogs, it’s time to update the appearance of the blogs on Hypotheses. We are now offering you four themes developed by WordPress, and this will make our blogs more stable, aesthetically coherent and flexible in the long term.

These four new themes are in responsive design, which means that the way they are displayed changes depending on the size and type of screen, which is a real advantage, especially when it comes to reading on smartphones and tablets.

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Four new themes for your blogs (2014)

At the general meeting of our bloggers held on 8 April 2014, we announced that the themes we use on Hypotheses – which give the blogs their overall look – would soon change. Four new themes are now available for your blogs: Twenty Eleven, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen. Below are our reasons for this choice and a guide to changing your blog’s theme. More detailed documentation will soon be published (in French) on the Maison des Carnets:

Why change themes?

Some of the themes that have been offered on Hypotheses up until now are very complex and carry bugs, while others include coding that requires complex maintenance. Generally the coding varies from one theme to another because the themes have not been developed by the same organisation. This heterogeneity makes maintaining the platform difficult.

What’s more, some of the themes are old and no longer meet minimum requirements, notably in terms of accessibility. For example, most of our old themes are not compatible with the dozens of screen resolutions that have arisen with the development of smartphones and tablets. The plugin used to do this (wp-touch) is also dated and too rigid to allow for a truly universal user experience.

Lastly, these themes pose compatibility problems with the plugins requested by our community of bloggers, which makes testing new plugins complicated and making changes slow, if not impossible.

The decision to offer new themes is a response to the technical necessity of standardising the platform, first and foremost to ensure it is properly maintained. This operation will also ensure the future development and internationalisation of the platform. It will allow us to respond to your requests more effectively while guaranteeing that the platform is compatible with state-of-the-art technology.

Which themes?

The seven old themes will be progressively replaced by four new, more standardised themes developed by one organisation, WordPress, which provides the software on which Hypotheses is based. These four new themes use responsive design, which means that page display is adjusted to the size and type of screen, in particular smartphones and tablets.

The new themes are:

WordPress currently designs a new theme each year. The Hypotheses team intends to do the same by offering users an additional theme each year.

How do you change theme?

You will need to choose and configure one of the four new themes for your blog.

To change theme, simply go to the “Appearance” tab (left-hand column of your blog’s dashboard), then click on “Themes” and choose from Twenty Eleven, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen. To select the theme, click on “Activate” (displayed in the thumbnail of each theme). As you will see, you can preview how your blog will look before activating the new theme. You can then customise your theme by clicking on “Customise” in the “Appearance” tab.

If you would prefer a easy-to-read and easily configured theme, go for Twenty Eleven or Twenty Twelve. If you would prefer a theme with more configuration options – which takes a little longer to set up – Twenty Fourteen is the theme for you.

What is the schedule for the change of themes?

The Cleaker Cléo, Evolve Hypothè, Magazine Basic Cléo, Magazine P Basic Hypothèses, Twenty Eleven Hypothè, Twenty Ten and Photopress will be progressively withdrawn. Here is the schedule for the change of themes:

  • From April 2014: the new themes Twenty Eleven, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen are available;
  • From 1 July 2014, the other themes will be considered obsolete and will no longer be offered when a blogger wishes to change theme. In addition, we will no longer provide technical support for these themes. We therefore strongly encourage you to change to one of the new themes at this point, if you have not already done so;
  • From 30 September 2014, the old themes will be withdrawn. Blogs that have not already changed theme will be automatically assigned a new theme. You will of course be able to change this theme.

During this transitional period, the hypocommunity is the preferred method for discussing issues, alerting us to any problems you encounter and providing feedback, both to the Hypotheses team and other bloggers.

Documentation is currently being prepared and will be published (in French) on the Maison des Carnets: This, however, is no substitute for your feedback and we encourage you to continue discussing the configuration of these themes on the hypocommunity:


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Hypotheses in all languages!

EruptionAs Hypotheses expands, its scope is becoming increasingly international, and so the platform is changing. The internationalisation of Hypotheses is an active process: it is not just about hosting bloggers writing in different languages from around the world, but about creating a specially adapted space to facilitate expression for all and exchange between everyone. It is not enough to translate the platform into English, but to respect and articulate the majority of languages in which Hypotheses’ academic bloggers wish to express themselves. It is also an issue of extending and adapting Hypotheses to the specifics of the different academic communities.
It is through this basis that Hypotheses technical architecture, the system of content visibility it hosts and its community management have been modified.

1. Platform architecture

Since September 2011 three linguistic portals have appeared: de.Hypotheses, the German-speaking community portal, es.Hypotheses, the Spanish-speaking community portal and fr.Hypotheses, the French-speaking community portal.
Hypotheses has thus become the platform and gallery for international content.

The linguistic portals also use the aggregation functions until now reserved for Hypotheses: they display, on the homepage and in the upper band, recent posts selected by their own academic committee. Hypotheses now automatically aggregates all posts published on all linguistic portals. Blogs are associated, according to their language, to one or several portals, if the blog is multilingual.

2. Visibility of content

Thus posts published and selected by the academic committee are published on two sites,  the main platform and the language portal. The list of blogs collated by language is published on each platform.

Furthermore, linguistic aggregation increases the legibility of the platform and facilitates access to content. Thus we can legitimately expect an increase and diversification in visits, which should become more international.

Finally, Hypotheses bloggers will belong to a genuine international community, thus increasing opportunities for discussion, relationships and discovery.

3. Community

Thanks to the collaboration of international partners, the hosting and communication tools enjoyed by the French-speaking community, are gradually being translated and implemented in German and Spanish. The “Bloghaus” and “Casa de los blogs” now host the essential posts from La maison des carnets as well as operational documentation. The blogger discussion list now appears in German and Spanish. Finally, teams and academic committees have become more international to editorialise, reflect upon and host these new communities, in the best possible conditions.

4. What about you?

Despite all these changes, the daily management of your blog has not been changed. Your content will be aggregated as a function of the language used in the post, and your subscription to a discussion list simply depends on the main language declared in the blog creation form. As for your posts, they will have more chance to be viewed, read, and commented upon, in all languages!

Several addresses for browsing the new Hypotheses ecosystem:


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