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Getting Started
« on: October 19, 2014, 01:43:01 AM »
Welcome to the QCRG Forums! This thread will walk you through creating your account. You can find an alternate copy of this information in this google doc.

If you are having specific issues, please log an incident in the QCRG Helpdesk.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2014, 01:51:07 AM »
Some Terminology

QCRG Forums – These discussion forums.

Forum or Board – A specific forum or message board within the larger forums. For example, there are forums for each team and each committee, as well as a general discussion forum for league members.

Topic – Within a forum, individuals begin new discussions by creating new topics.

Post(s) – Within a topic, posts are the individual messages added by users.

Group(s) or Membergroup(s) – A collection of users who are related in some way, access to specific forums is maintained through an individual’s group memberships.

Moderator(s) – Individuals with extra rights within a specific forum. These rights include the ability to announce topics (send topics as an email notification), modify or delete posts, and maintain groups and access. Moderators will (typically) be league, team, and committee leadership (depending on the forum).
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2014, 01:51:39 AM »
Registration

Begin by registering your account at http://forum.qcrg.net/index.php?action=register

You’ll be presented with a registration agreement outlining some of the rules and procedures of this forum. Notably – this forum is for internal use, fans and individuals not directly affiliated with the league are not permitted to register.

After accepting the agreement you’ll be asked to register a username, email address, and password. The use of derby names is recommended for usernames as this will make you easily recognized on the forums. It is also strongly advised that you use an email address that you check regularly – unlike our Yahoo groups the forums are configured where the only emails you will receive will be important announcements from leadership (league or team leadership). The option to allow emails will allow other forum members to send you emails through the forum system – your email address is only directly visible to admins.

Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation and be returned to the Forum list. You will not have access to any additional forums until you are added to some membergroups - see the section on Gaining Access to Forums for more information.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2014, 01:52:41 AM »
Setting up your profile.

Once your account is created, you’ll want to get started setting your profile up and getting access to whichever particular forums you’ll need access to.
Using the ribbon at the top of this page – you’ll see a profile option – under that you’ll have 3 options.

Profile Summary (http://forum.qcrg.net/index.php?action=profile) shows how your profile appears to other users of this forum.

Account Settings (http://forum.qcrg.net/index.php?action=profile;area=account) is where you can change your display name (your display name is what is shown alongside your posts, your username is what you use to log into the forum), update your email address, password, and more.


Forum Profile (http://forum.qcrg.net/index.php?action=profile;area=forumprofile) is where you can change your avatar (image displayed along your posts) – using either a team logo pre-loaded into the system, or uploading your own, and other publicly shown details about yourself.

Within the profile page there are additional options under the ‘Modify Profile’ menu option. You can use these options to make more specific changes to your forum experience. The key one we want to highlight is ‘Group Membership’.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2014, 02:33:51 AM »
Gaining Access to Forums

We use membergroups to control which forums individual users have access to. As a new forum member, you’ll need to request membership in the different groups that you are a member of in order to gain access to those related forums.

By going to http://forum.qcrg.net/index.php?action=profile;area=groupmembership you’ll see a list of groups you are currently a member of, and a list of groups which you can request membership in (these include the teams and committees – access to forums like the Board or CoC is managed by admins only).

Generally speaking, you should be requesting access to League Members (for our general forums), your Team, and your Committee. (Note: some individuals, e.g. Court members, do not get access to the general League forum).

You can also be added to groups by admins or moderators directly (without needing to request access), although requesting access is still recommended.

Clicking on Request Membership will send your request to someone who can grant you membership in that particular group. Please ensure your display name and/or username are recognizable to help facilitate this process. You can also provide a reason as part of the request process.

When you have been approved access, you will receive an email notification. Once you are in a group, you will begin seeing the associated forum in your forum list and can begin to participate in topics and discussions.

You also have the option of setting a group as your ‘primary’ group. The primary effect of this is that it will determine what group is shown alongside your profile information in certain contexts.
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