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  • Leading forum discussion
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  • Using Wiki
  • Keeping track of birthdays
  • Changing Community module settings

Overview

The Community module offers you a complete toolset for building a social network inside your company. It lets you communicate and collaborate not only with your project team, but with the entire company. Using the Community module you can:

  • create and maintain a corporate blog where any person registered on your portal can share the interesting information, thoughts and experiences,
  • share events: news, orders, announcements with other portal users,
  • collect other users' opinions creating polls,
  • discuss issues and share your ideas and knowledges leading the forum discussion,
  • create, store your bookmarks directly on the portal and share them with other portal users,
  • create your own knowledge base using the wiki markup.

To access the Community module from any portal page, use the drop-down list in the top left corner of the page and select the corresponding option.

Maintaining blog

The corporate blog is a diary or journal where any user of the portal can create his own page to share the interesting information, thoughts and experiences with others.

To build a corporate blog,

  1. click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select the blog Post option from the drop-down list,
  2. enter a Title for your post,
  3. type in your post Text,
  4. format your text using the Formatting Toolbar,

    The Formatting Toolbar provides many of most common formatting commands such as font style, font color, alignment and size. Here you can also:

    • insert links to some external or internal resources,
    • add image or video files,
    • insert smileys,
    • create lists and tables.
  5. select a part to be shown on the Blogs and Feed pages,

    To do that, select the part you wish to hide with the mouse and click the Text Cut button. The selected part will be highlighted. In this way only a short snippet of the post (not selected) was shown at the blog list and feed pages.

  6. enter tags separating them with commas,

    This helps categorize your post and facilitate the search for the other users.

  7. leave the Subscribe to post comments box checked if you wish to be notified about all new comments added to your post,
  8. preview the result clicking the corresponding button below,
  9. click the Publish button, if you are satisfied with the result.
Maintaining Blog Maintaining Blog

Your blog post will be published and displayed on the Blogs page. To leave a comment to your post or any other posts within your corporate blog, just click the Add comment link below the post message.

If you need to edit a post,

  1. open the blog post page clicking its title on the Blogs page,
  2. click the Actions Icon icon to the right of the post title,
  3. select the Edit option from the Actions drop-down list,
  4. make all the changes you need and click the Publish button.

To delete a post, choose the corresponding option from the Actions drop-down list.

If you no longer want to receive the notifications about new comments added, unsubscribe from your post. To do that,

  1. open your blog post page clicking its title,
  2. click the Subscribe/Unsubscribe Icon icon to the right of the blog post title.

Sharing events

If you have some news or announcements you wish to share with other portal users, create an event.

To post your message,

  1. click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select one of the event types: News, Order, or Announcement from the drop-down list,
  2. enter a Title for your event,
  3. type in your event Text,
  4. format your text using the Formatting Toolbar,

    The Formatting Toolbar provides many of most common formatting commands such as font style, font color, alignment and size. Here you can also:

    • insert links to some external or internal resources,
    • add image or video files,
    • insert smileys,
    • create lists and tables.
  5. preview the result clicking the corresponding button below,
  6. click the Publish button, if you are satisfied with the result.
Sharing Events Sharing Events

Your event will be published and displayed on the Events page. To leave a comment to your event or any other events shared with you, just click the Add comment link below the event message.

All your portal users will be notified about a new event added.

If you need to edit an event,

  1. open the event page clicking its title on the Events page,
  2. click the Actions Icon icon to the right of the event title,
  3. select the Edit option from the Actions drop-down list,
  4. make all the changes you need and click the Publish button.

To delete an event, choose the corresponding option from the Actions drop-down list.

By default you are subscribed to your newly created event and will be notified via Email and Talk once some comments are added. If you no longer want to receive the notifications about new comments added, unsubscribe from your event. To do that,

  1. open your event page clicking its title,
  2. click the Subscribe/Unsubscribe Icon icon to the right of the event title.

Adding poll

The best way to collect other users' opinions and find out what they think about some issue is to create a poll.

To add a new poll,

  1. click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select the corresponding Poll option from the drop-down list,

    You can add a poll within two Community sections: Events and Forums.

  2. enter your Poll Question,
  3. specify your Poll Choices,

    You need to add at least two possible choices. Using the Add poll choice link you can add up to 15 choices. To delete one of the choices use the Delete Choice Icon icon to the right of the entry field.

  4. select a desired Poll Type,
    • Allow only one choice for this poll question - check this option to give the participants the possibility to select only one answer.
    • Allow multiple choices for this poll question - check this option to give the participants the possibility to select several responses to a single question.
  5. click the Save button.
Adding Poll Adding Poll

The created poll will be added to the Events list or Forums list according to the option you have selected at the step 1.

If you need to edit a poll,

  1. open the poll page clicking its title,
  2. click the Actions Icon icon to the right of the poll title,
  3. select the Edit option from the Actions drop-down list,
  4. make all the changes you need and click the Save button.

To delete a poll, choose the corresponding option from the Actions drop-down list.

By default you are subscribed to your newly created poll and will be notified via Email and Talk once some comments are added. If you no longer want to receive the notifications about new comments added, unsubscribe from your poll. To do that,

  1. open your poll page clicking its title,
  2. click the Subscribe/Unsubscribe Icon icon to the right of the poll title.

Leading forum discussion

If you need to discuss some issues or just share your ideas and knowledges with other portal users make use of the Forums section.

To organize a portal forum,

  1. click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select the Forum option from the drop-down list,
  2. select a desired forum Category,

    Drop-down the list and select one of the existing categories you wish to add your forum to or create a new one choosing the Create a new category option from the list and entering its Title in the corresponding field below;

  3. enter a Forum Name,
  4. provide a short Description of your forum that will be displayed along with its name on the Forums page,
  5. click the Create button.

To manage forums,

Make use of the Forum Editor clicking the corresponding link in the Settings section at the left side panel. Here you can:

  • edit any forum/category clicking the corresponding link to the right of its title,
  • delete any forum/category clicking the corresponding link to the right of its title,
  • relocate the forums within a certain category putting the mouse cursor to the left of the forum title and dragging it to the desired position without releasing the mouse button ,
  • change the category order putting the mouse cursor to the left of the category title you wish to move and dragging it to the desired position without releasing the mouse button.
The Forum Creation/Editing option is available for portal and Community administrators only.
Leading Forum Discussion Leading Forum Discussion

To add a new topic to discuss to your forum:

  1. click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select the Topic option from the drop-down list,
  2. select a Forum you wish to add a topic to,
  3. enter a Topic title,
  4. type in your topic Message,
  5. format your text using the Formatting Toolbar,

    The Formatting Toolbar provides many of most common formatting commands such as font style, font color, alignment and size. Here you can also:

    • insert links to some external or internal resources,
    • add image or video files,
    • insert smileys,
    • create lists and tables.
  6. enter tags separating them with commas,

    This helps categorize your topic and facilitate the search for the other users.

  7. attach a file, if necessary, clicking the corresponding button,
  8. leave the Subscribe to this topic box checked if you wish to be notified about all new posts added to your topic,
  9. preview the result clicking the corresponding button below,
  10. click the Publish button, if you are satisfied with the result.

Your forum topic will be published and displayed on the selected forum page. To add a post to your topic or any other topics within your forum, use one of the links below the message:

  • Quote - use it to add a quote from the selected message;
  • Reply - use it to reply to the selected message;
  • Add new post - use it just to add a new post to the selected topic.

    To do that, you can also click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select the Post option from the drop-down list.

If you need to edit a topic,

  1. open the topic page clicking its title,
  2. click the Actions Icon icon to the right of the topic title,
  3. select the Edit option from the Actions drop-down list,
  4. make all the changes you need and click the Save button.

To delete a topic, choose the corresponding option from the Actions drop-down list.

Being a portal or Community administrator you can stick or close any topic, just open the topic list, click the arrow next to the topic title you need and select the necessary option.

If you no longer want to receive the notifications about new posts added, unsubscribe from your topic. To do that,

  1. open your topic page clicking its title,
  2. click the Subscribe/Unsubscribe Icon icon to the right of the topic title.

Adding bookmarks

A bookmark is a link to a web resource that allows you to easily get back to your favorite place. Community allows you to create, store and share your bookmarks with other portal users directly on your portal.

To add a bookmark,

  1. click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select the Bookmark option from the drop-down list,
  2. enter the link to the page you want to bookmark in the URL field,
  3. click the Check URL button,
  4. change the bookmark Name, if necessary,
  5. add/edit a bookmark Description,
  6. enter tags separating them with commas,

    This helps categorize your bookmark and facilitate the search for the other users.

  7. click the Save button.
Adding Bookmarks Adding Bookmarks

The created bookmark will be added to the Bookmarks list.

To add a bookmark shared by other users to your Favorites list,

  1. find the bookmark you wish to add,

    Use the links above the Bookmarks list to display the Most Recent bookmarks or, Top of the Day, or the bookmarks added the latest Week, Month, Year.

  2. click the Plus sign sign to the right of the selected bookmark,
  3. review the bookmark details,
  4. click the Add to Favorites button.

To access your Favorites list, explore the Bookmarks list at the left side panel and select the corresponding option.

To remove a bookmark from your Favorites list use the Cross sign icon to the right of the bookmark title.

If you need to edit a bookmark,

  1. find the bookmark you wish to edit,

    Use the links above the Bookmarks list to display the Most Recent bookmarks or, Top of the Day, or the bookmarks added the latest Week, Month, Year.

  2. click the Details link below the bookmark title,
  3. use the Edit link to open the Edit bookmark form,
  4. make the changes you need and click the Add to Favorites button.

To delete a bookmark use the Cross sign icon to the right of the bookmark title.

By default you are subscribed to your newly created bookmark and will be notified via Email and Talk once some comments are added. If you no longer want to receive the notifications about new comments added, unsubscribe from your bookmark. To do that,

  1. open your bookmark description page clicking the Details link below its title,
  2. click the Subscribe/Unsubscribe Icon icon to the right of the bookmark title.

Using Wiki

Wiki is another way to store, organize and share information with other portal users. It allows you to create pages, interlink them and group them into categories.

To create a new page,

  1. click the Create New... button in the upper left corner and select the Page option from the drop-down list,
  2. enter a desired Page Title,
  3. type in the Text of your article,
  4. edit the text using the Formatting Toolbar.

    The Formatting Toolbar provides many of most common formatting commands such as font style, font color, alignment and size. Here you can also:

    • add headings;
    • subscript and superscript some characters;
    • insert links to internal or external resources;
    • insert/edit tables;
    • add different images;
    • insert local file link;
    • add horizontal lines;
    • insert numbered and bulleted lists.

    Read the Wiki Markup Tips for the text to be displayed correctly on a page, just click the corresponding link at the left side panel.

  5. Preview the result and publish your article.
Using Wiki Using Wiki

Your page will be added and displayed on the Wiki Index page.

Online office Wiki is a wiki, so any portal user can access any page and edit it, if necessary.

To start editing a Wiki page,

  1. open your Wiki page clicking its title on the Wiki Index page,
  2. click the Actions Icon icon to the right of the page title,
  3. select the Edit page option from the Actions drop-down list,
  4. make all the changes you need and click the Publish button.

The page version will be changed. To view the whole page history just click the Version # link in the lower right corner of the page.

By default you are subscribed to your newly created page and will be notified via Email and Talk once your page is edited by another user or a comment is added. If you no longer want to receive the notifications, unsubscribe from your page. To do that,

  1. open your Wiki page clicking its title on the Wiki Index page,
  2. click the Subscribe/Unsubscribe Icon icon to the right of the page title.

Keeping track of birthdays

Birthdays is a way to keep track of all portal users' birthdays. It allows you to:

  • view the users who have their birthdays this day and ten nearest dates,
  • send your greetings to a person the day of his/her birth clicking the corresponding button below his/her name in the Nearest dates list,
  • set/remove a reminder,

    By default, you are subscribed to all the birthdays. If you don't want to receive the notification each time somebody has his/her birthday, unsubscribe from them managing your subscriptions on the Profile page.

    If you wish to be notified about the upcoming birthday of a certain portal user, hover the mouse pointer over the necessary user name in the Nearest dates list and click the Remind about the birthday link which appears below the user name.

Tracking Birthdays Tracking Birthdays

Changing Community module settings

By default, all portal users can access the Community module. There are 2 different access levels inside it: user/guest and community administrator.

Being a user/guest you may perform the following operations:

  • view all content;
  • create/edit/delete your own content: blog posts, news, forum topics, bookmark, Wiki pages.

Being a community administrator you may perform the following operations:

  • create and manage forums;
  • edit/delete all content.

But being a portal owner/full access administrator you can restrict access to the Community for some users or even disable this module, if you don't need it at all. To do that,

  1. click the Settings link at the left-side panel,
  2. select the Portal Access Rights subsection,
  3. go to Community section,
  4. check the Users from list radio button,
  5. select the users you wish to grant access to,

    To do that, use one of the available options;

    • use the Add user link if you wish to grant access to one or more people;
    • use the Add group link if you wish to grant access to all portal users, or to one or more groups.

To disable the Community module, go to the Common section and select the Modules & Tools subsection using the corresponding option at the left side panel and uncheck the Community module. To disable some Community tools only, just uncheck the tools you don't need and click the Save button.

Changing Community Settings Changing Community Settings
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