Elise D.

How to master Community (part 2/3)

As mentioned in our previous article, there are two more steps to master Community’s best features. In this blog post, we will focus on the projects section (aka the step 2). It allows you to create, organize and manage a project of your choice alone or in team with other Community members. Here are few tips to help you make the most of the projects.
 

Discover the community projects

So far, we already have 31 projects set up by the community, which is a great start! Go to the “Projects” section to browse and discover the different projects.

Devoxx4kids project card
The Devoxx4Kids project card

On every card you can get the project’s main information: the tags it is related to (‘Education’, ‘Programming’), its status (‘Recruiting’), the project title and its author.
Don’t hesitate to use the search settings to discover projects that might interest you. You can search for specific languages, SDK versions, membership settings, theme or status.

Project search function
Use the search function to find great projects

If you find a project that inspires you, click on subscribe to join it. If the membership is free, you will directly join the group. If not, you will need to wait a bit for the administrator’s agreement. You can also share it with your network or follow the project if you want to be notified of its evolution.

Suscribe to a project
Subscribe to great project or follow them

If the author of the project has set the content visibility to public (we will come back to that just after), you will be able to have a look to what is going on inside the project. For instance, you will be able to see the tasks, files or comments posted by the members of the group.
 

Bring your ideas to life

You have an idea you would like to take further? A project you have been working on for a while or one you’ve already finished and are proud of? Share it with us Smile

Create a project
Get started!

Creating a project is really easy. You just have to fill in the different fields. ‘Project name’, ‘Summary’, ‘Description’ and ‘Theme’ are basic information that will help people understand what your project is about, so don’t hesitate to be precise. Add an image and specify your project characteristics: SDK version, Languages, Attributes.

If you have one, you can also specify the Github URL of your project.

Project creation
Filling in is the key

Don’t forget to define your project status:

  • ‘Recruiting’ : if you are looking for people to join you in your adventure
  • ‘In progress’: if you already have your teammates but want to inform Community members about your progress
  • ‘Showroom’: if you want to share with the community your finished project

Then, choose your projects settings for comments, files and tasks. By selecting ‘Off’ or ‘On’, you will allow (or not) your group members to post comments or files in the project and to attribute tasks.

Settings of the project

Comments or not, there is no try

Last but not least, specify the member access conditions and your project visibility on Community.

  • For the first one, you can chose whether it will be a ‘free’, ‘on validation’ or ‘on invitation’ access.
  • For the second one, there are two things: your ‘group visibility’ and the ‘group content visibility’
    • Setting ‘Private’ for the ‘Group Visibility’ will hide it even from the search function of Community. Only members you have invited will be able to see the project.
    • Setting ‘Private’ for the ‘Group Content Visibility’ will only hide the project activities for non-members (comments, task, files uploaded). This may give to other users a good reason to join. Wink

Settings of the project
Public or not public, that is the question

Get things done

Once your project has been created, it’s time to manage it. Invite other users to join your team and update their roles by clicking on the ‘Group’ panel. Here, you can edit your teammates’ user role or permissions in the group.
Manage your group
Invite new users and manage their roles

If you have enabled the task and files features, you can start uploading documents or attributing tasks to your members. After creating a task, you can simply click on ‘Assign this task to’ and choose a member.

Assign task to the members
Assign task to other members

Finally, as a member of the group, you can update your role to make things clearer. You also have the choice to leave the project, but we hope it’s not going to happen Wink

Upgrade your role
'dat team

Here you go, you have mastered the second step to become a Community expert!
See you next week for the final part of this series.

 

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