User Guide

User Guide - to be edited and formatted ASAP

User

User Profile

Once you have created an account and confirmed via the sent email, you now have a user account page and new options such as the ability to add comments, create content and use the messaging system.

Visit your account page with the My Account link at top page. There, you have multiple menu tabs available, defaulting to View. Tabs:

• View: Public profile page.
• Edit: Edit your user information. You can also choose to receive email notifications of messages, or not.
• Drafts: Some types of content allow you to save an unpublished draft. You can view them here until you decide to publish.
• Following: By visiting another user's account page, you can choose to Follow that user. This tab shows your user list and a stream of recent activity by those users.
• Albums: View Photo Albums you have uploaded. They are also viewable from a list of all user albums, by selecting the Albums tab in the Main Menu.

Messages and Notifications

Messages:

There are two ways to send a private message to another user. You can visit a user's profile page and click on the "Send this user a private message" link, or you can start by clicking on the Messages link at top page. From the Messages page, click "Write new message" and fill in the recipient box. For multiple recipients, separate by comma.

The Messages link will show the number of unread messages you have in your inbox, plus unchecked comment notifications.

Notifications:

Content with comments available will have a link to receive notifications, which you can toggle on or off. When on, you will receive a notification when someone comments on that content. Note, when you create content, comment notifications will be on by default.

Your inbox will show comment notifications as a message sent on behalf of the person commenting. The message will contain the full comment and a link to the comment in the content it was made.

If you want to see only a list of comment notificications, click on the Filter Messages option and type "Comment:" into the subject box, and click Filter. By adding a user in the participant box, you can filter for all comment notifications of a specific user.

Navigation

The Homepage will show you general activity. The Main Tabs include site texts, link to the Forums section, various lists of content, and the event calendar.

In the left column under Find, you will find links to lists of Users, Groups and Events. You'll notice you can also switch between those lists with the menu tabs, as well as views maps for each. If a column title is highlighted as a link, it is a sortable field.

You will also notice a list of countries in the left column. Each one shows how many users from that location, and the number of groups and events under Activity. By selecting a country, you will be taken to a homepage for that location, and the menu tabs will now only show users, groups and events for that location.

The locations list on the left shows regions if you've selected a country, or cities when a region is selected. When you select the Your Locations option, it gives you a dropdown of your own city, region and country as quick links.

Creating Content

As a user you have the ability to create multiple kinds of content. Most of those can be found by clicking on the Create Content link at top page. There, you will see a list of content types with a brief description. This is the expanded version. Remember, if you choose to save a piece of content as unpublished, you can find it listed under the Drafts tab on your profile page.

Blog Entry

Publish a personal blog. Blogs are best used for original content, and are shared site-wide. Some recently active blogs will be found on the homepage, and a full list with filter options under the main Blog tab. Be sure to add useful tags to your content.

You may wish to specify the type of feedback you are seeking from your blog, or not. Feedback guidelines set by an author should be respected by others.

Media

Post a link to a piece of media for discussion and it will be displayed in an IFrame box on the published page. The IFrame Box allows you to view content from another website without leaving this site.

It is suggested that you only post media content you wish to discuss. This site is about building movement connections, so meant for more in-depth discussion than found on a rapid social stream like Facebook. A description box allows you to share a point of interest or suggest a specific topic for discussion.

Forum Topics

A forum topic starts a new discussion thread within a forum. Choose the forum and click the New Topic button. You can also get to the forums in the main Tabs.

Forums are open to a range of discussion, and are the best place for anything related to site development. For terminology sake, forums are listed in containers, and topics are posted in forums. Only site admins can create containers and forums. All users may create topics within forums.

Please do your best to post your topic in the most appropriate forum. Topics may sometimes be moved for better organization. Also, check if there is already a similar topic to comment on instead.

Groups

Groups allow a way for users to collect and collaborate for a reason of their choosing. A group can be anything from an organization to a project or online focus group. You can choose whether membership is open or by approval.

When creating a group, if you select Private for group visibility, it will not be visible to other users until you make it Public. You can choose whether membership is open or by approval. You can leave the location blank if that does not apply. You may choose just a country, or on down to a specific address.

When you start a group you become the default Administrator. All members of a group will see an additional tab, Create Content, where you will find links to post topics, events or resources to the group.

As Admin you will also see the Edit, Manage and Custom tabs.

Under Manage, click the People link. From there you can change a member's status. You can approve members, or delete members, or make other members Admins. All Admins will receive membership approval requests, if the requirement.

The Edit tab allows you to change the homepage text, banner and general options. You can add more extensive Group docs under the About tab. Admins will see a Group Mission link at the bottom of page text, which will create a new piece of content for the About page.

Under the Custom tab, you can choose group content to be featured in the right column, such as a Welcome post or a current topic of focus. When adding multiple featured items, they will be listed by most recently added.

IMPORTANT: A Group can not be deleted once you create it. As Admin, you may edit the group or keep it private until offering membership, but groups are safeguarded from being deleted.

Group Content

Topics

A Topic is a simple text document members can post in a group for discussion, in accordance with group guidelines, if any. Like all group content, the author can choose to make the content Private, which makes it only visible to group members. A group may differentiate between public and internal discussions, resources, or events.

Choosing the Event or Resource link from the Create Content page of a group, you will see a field called Group Membership with the group already pre-selected. If you change it to another group you have membership with, you will be posting to that group you've selected, instead. Events and Resources can also be created from the site's main Create Content list, but the group will not be pre-selected.

IMPORTANT: Events and Resources are always posted to a group. All members are part of the Global group.

Resources

Allows you to post files or documents as resources. Basically, you create a post with an uploaded file and description. You may add an unlimited number of files to a single post but one may be more appropriate. Like all content, you should add useful tags. If you intend to post multiple resources separately but have an intended relationship, you may consider adding a code-tag: a unique identifier that can be used as a filter to collect a set of posts.

All users can post Resources to the Global group, which can be found listed under the main Resources tab.

If you are posting to a specific group, the resource will still be accessible in the main site list, but will also be posted on the Group's wall. If you choose Private visibility, only group members will see it on the group wall or in the main site list.

Events

Like Groups, Events can have any level of location from N/A to a local address. Like Resources, all users can post Events to the Global group. In addition to being listed globally or by location, events are also listed on the Calendar. If you go to the Calendar page and hover over the Calendar tab you can switch to My Calendar, which will show only events you have chosen to follow.

Ideally, most events are posted through a specific group (the group hosting or organizing the event). There may be a tendency to want to post events one is attending, that are being organized by groups not represented on this site, but we recommend a general practice of only posting events you are actually organizing.

When posting to a group, you can choose to make your event Private or Public. When an event is private, only group members will be able to see the event. When made public, non-group members can view your event, and even follow it, but they can not make comments.

If you want to allow non-group members the ability to comment, you will actually want to post your event to the Global group, of which all users are members. In this case, you should select your group with the Host Group option. The event will show on the host group's wall, and a link to the group will be shown on the event. So, posting directly to the group membership or posting to the global group membership is a choice of comment privileges.

Tagging

Content tagging is available both to the author and other users. You have the option to add tags when creating content, and can add later as well. Tags show on piece of content under a Tags tab, where other users may add tags. Clicking on a tag link will take you to a list of other content sharing that tag.

You'll find the ability to use tags as filters on search form and lists. As content builds on this site, popular tags will be used to create menu links and links to related content, as well.

Tags should be simple and useful. Start with primary subjects to create your tags, and add more specific ones as it seems useful. We recommend that authors add at least 3-5 tags to start, for all content created.