Last week, we wrote an article to introduce you quickly to the new features of the latest version of Community. Today, we’re going to explore in details a part of these updates so you can become a ‘Community Over 9000 expert’. We’ll go through three of the website’s main features in this first article: the dashboard, the personal profile and the members global page. Ready?
Photo credits: Akira Toriyama
Step 1: Master the Follow Power of the dashboard
One of the main change in this new version of Community is your personalized dashboard. The point of it is to show you only topics you’re interested in.
From the dashboard, you can have a look at the latest activities according to the threads and topics you have chosen to follow.
To do that, you simply need to click on the ‘Follow button’ on a category, a sub-category or a topic.
Note that if you choose to follow the entire ‘Choregraphe’ thread, you will get notifications every time someone creates a new topic in it.
However, if you follow a specific topic (like ‘How to get the definition of functions and variables’ for instance), you will only receive all the messages published in it. Follow?
Step 2: Fill in your profile
Every Community member has from now on his/her own profile page. From the Dashboard, click on your nickname and avatar to access this page.
You can edit your profile and add information about yourself:
• The biography that will help other members to know you more,
• Your phone number or/and your email to facilitate contact creation (if you’re comfortable with that of course)
• Your location to appear on the Community members’ map (we will come back to it later, we especially love this one :3).
Every profile also sums up one's activity on the forum, projects or events sections. Last but not least, you can send messages to whoever you want from the profile page.
Such profile #wow
Step 4: Find the hidden URL and reveal the not-so-secret map of the members
By clicking on ‘Members’ at the top of one’s profile, you can find the members page. This hidden treasure will reveal to you the transcendent size of our community (hell yeah).
As you see, there are still a lot of NAOs on the members’ page. You can contribute to change that (even if we all really like NAO) by uploading a profile picture. To do so, click on ‘My account’ in the top right menu on any page and upload a new picture.
If you have filled in the location field on your profile, you will appear on the members map. Don’t hesitate to have a look at it to find members close to you. Maybe you could meet new people and start a project or organize an event!
Here you go, you have mastered the first step of the Community. See you next week for the next episode.