This guide is to facilitate using the Member Forum as an effective tool for communication with all KBI Members. If you have questions, please leave a comment so that we can increase our knowledge together.

LOG IN TO FORUM

  • Each member has a unique login USERNAME – the username is case sensitive.
  • If other members of your company would like to use the Member Forum, they may set up an account here –> http://kombuchabrewers.org/register
  • All members must be approved by the admin in order to participate in the forum. This prevents non-members from being able to access Member’s Only information.
  • If you need approval or would like to expedite that process, drop an email to info@kombuchabrewers.org with that request.

UPDATE PHOTO & PROFILE

  • To access your profile to update it or make any changes, click on the “Howdy, NAME” in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  • All members have a default photo of the KBI logo.
  • Click on “Change Profile Photo” to add your pic or brand logo

Profile Tabs

  • ACTIVITY – shows all of your activity in the Forum
  • PROFILE – view, edit & change profile photo
  • NOTIFICATIONS (#) – indicates any notifications (and the number of them) to be read
  • MESSAGES (#) – click here to compose and read messages to/from other members in the forum
  • FRIENDS (#) – indicates which members in the forum are your “friends” – friendship requests and canceling friendships is handled in this tab
  • GROUPS (#) – indicates the number and name of the groups to which you belong – invitations to participate in groups are also listed in the INVITATIONS tab
  • FORUM – click here to see all of the topics that you have started in the forum. You may also view to which topics you’ve replied, any subscriptions to topics as well as which items you’ve favorited in this tab.
  • DOCS – this tab shows all of the Docs that you’ve uploaded. You may also click on Edited to see which one’s you’ve contributed changes to.
  • SETTINGS – click on this tab to make any changes to your password. The EMAIL tab allows you to choose when you are notified by email such as whenever you receive a message or when someone friends you.

JOIN GROUPS – POST & REPLY TO TOPICS

  • Groups are how we create areas in the member area to discuss specific topics.
  • They are listed in order based on most recent activity.
  • Groups may be Public or Private
    • Public Groups
      • Anyone can join without needing approval from an admin
      • Topics posted in Public Group Forums are visible to anyone (logged in or not)
      • Responses are not visible except to logged in members
    • Private Groups
      • Anyone can join, but must be approved by an admin before able to participate
      • Topics are not visible to those who are not logged in
      • All committee groups are Private as are a few of the more sensitive topic groups

Group Tabs

  • All Groups – every group
  • My Groups – groups to which you belong
  • Each Group has several tabs to facilitate working together
    • HOME – post a status update, view recent activity, pull down menu on right hand side allows you to show specific types of activity
      • Everything – all updates in chronological order
      • Updates – most recent status updates
      • Group Memberships – shows who is in the group
      • Topics – topics from the forum
      • Replies – shows replies to topics
      • New Docs – shows the new docs that have been added to that group
      • Doc Edits – shows what edits have been made to docs in that group
      • Doc Comments – shows what comments have been made to docs in that group
    • FORUM – view the current topics in the forum & create new topics for the forum
      • Current topics are listed first
      • Below is a form to create a new topic
        • Topic Title – make it concise yet clear –  IN PUBLIC GROUPS TOPICS ARE VISIBLETO NON-MEMBERS, CHOOSE WORDS WISELY
        • Paragraph box – add any additional information needed
        • Topic Tags – chose a couple keywords to make it searchable
        • Topic Type – Normal or Sticky
          • Normal – appears in chronological order
          • Sticky – stays at the top of the topics list
        • Notify me of follow up replies via email – click this checkbox to receive notifications
        • Submit – click to create the topic
    • DOCS – click on this tab to view any docs associated with the group
      • All Docs – use this tab to view all docs in the entire members area
      • “GROUP NAME” Docs – use this tab to view all docs associated with that group
      • Create New Doc – click this to add a doc to a group
        • Docs may be uploaded files or may be typed in
        • Typed in docs are also able to be edited similar to a google doc
      • Doc Settings
        • ALL PERMISSIONS MUST BE SET TO “LOGGED-IN TO VIEW” at a minimum otherwise the content will be available to anyone who visits the site
    • MEMBERS (#) – the number indicates how many people belong to that group
      • Click on this tab to view who is in the group
      • May add members as friends from this tab
    • SEND INVITES – use this tab to invite friends to join the group
    • MANAGE – this tab is for admins and moderators who need to approve members and do other administrative tasks with the group
      • DETAILS – Edit the Group Name & Description, changes may be sent to all group members if needed
      • SETTINGS – Change the privacy options of the group (Public, Private or Hidden) and decide who has permission to send group invites
      • PHOTO – Change the default avatar image here
      • MEMBERS – Use this tab to set permissions (Admin, Moderator, Member) for each member of the group
        • Can also Kick & Ban, Promote to Mod, Promote to Admin and Remove from Group
      • REQUESTS – Pending membership requests are listed here in PRIVATE groups – important for admins & moderators to check regularly to allow new group members access
      • DOCS – Enable Docs for that group and set minimum role to associate Docs (Group member is the default, change if only admins or moderators are able to add docs)
      • FORUM – Enable Forum for the group
      • DELETE – DO NOT USE! All content will be lost forever if the group is deleted