This page is designed as a guide to get you, the user, learning how to use our new system for forums. While not an exhaustive guide, the information here will give you more than enough to get started. For any further questions, contact Robert firstname.lastname@example.org, or Trina at email@example.com.
FIrst thing to do is log in. Right now you’re on the home page. (In a couple weeks or so, this will get changed to be your forum page. I’m just setting this for a bit to allow folks to get acclimated to the new system.) At the top of the page is a large banner image. On the right of that is your navigation menu. (It has a few tabs, such as “Forums,” “Recent Posts” and “Groups”) Those are the places you can go on the site.
Under the menu bar is your username, and probably a blank silhouette. First thing you should do on logging in is go to your profile, and update your information. Many of you have old, outdated email addresses, or you don’t have your name associated with your username, (aherbers as opposed to Alex Herbers.) So, click on your username, and it’ll take you to your profile. From there, you’ll have a menu bar that says “Activity, Profile, Messages (your inbox), Groups (the list of groups you’ve been added to), Forums (The forums for those groups,) and Settings.) Go to the “Profile” tab, and click edit. Add your name, and your home group, and then fill out the other forms if you feel so inclined. Then go to “Change Avatar” under profile, and upload a picture of yourself. This makes identifying people on forums much easier, and it’s kind of fun. After that, go to the “settings” page, and update any out of date information. (Email address, or change your password if you would like.)
There, your profile and information are updated!
At the very top of the page, above the Basecamp 3 Banner, you’ll see a dark grey bar. That’s your command bar. It’s your main navigation for Basecamp. Clicking on “Basecamp 3″ will take you back to the homepage. The “My Account” button is a nifty dropdown menu. Hovering over it, you’ll see a bunch of options
- This tells you what’s been going on in the social aspect of basecamp 3. People who have mentioned you, what you’ve been up to. It’s kind of like Facebook and Twitter in that aspect. But better.
- You can view and edit your profile from here, as well as updating your avatar.
- You can view your inbox, your sent messages, compose a new message, and see site-wide notices people have sent out.
- Brings you to see the groups that you are a member of, as well as any new invites to groups you may have.
- Views all of the forums you’re a member of, as well as topics you have started, and topics you have replied to.
- Here’s where you can change your account settings, email address, password, and whatnot.
Groups and forums are organized the same way as Basecamp II.
If you don’t see any groups that you’re a part of, that means that your particular homechurch/group leader(s) haven’t added you to that group yet. Contact your leaders and let them know, or contact Alex or Trina at the email addresses listed at the top of this page.
Forums are inside groups, so once you’re on a group’s page, you’ll need to navigate to the forum tab in order to view the forum, or post a new topic.
When posting a new topic, you can add a title, some content, and attach a file for people to download if you’d like. As well as making a topic “sticky” (which means it’ll stay at the top of the forum, or closing a topic (which means leaving it viewable, but no new replies can be added,) editing it, or deleting it altogether.
Also, group avatars can be changed by the admins of the group. Right now, there are some basic avatars up, but feel free to change them!