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Communities FAQ

If you're unfamiliar with Communities, read Communities help first.
Do I need to join a community?
  • Not if all you want to do is read it. Joining a Community allows you to participate in its forum, comment on its blog (if any), tag items into the Community, and have the Community's name appear on your user page.
What's the difference between Joining a Community and Subscribing to it?
  • Subscribing is similar to subscribing to other content on ChoralNet: it allows new content from the Community to be delivered to you in your preferred format: individual emails, a daily index or digest, or via RSS. Learn more about subscriptions. A subscription to a Community includes all the Community's content: blog, forum, library, etc.
  • Joining allows you to contribute to the Community and puts its name on your user page.
  • When you Join a Community you are automatically subscribed to it as well, and when you Leave a Community you are unsubscribed, but you can also subscribe/unsubscribe independently using the buttons on the Community's main page.
If I leave a Community, will my contributions be deleted?
  • No.
Is the Community content approved by ChoralNet?
  • No. When a new Community is created, it has to be approved initially by ChoralNet personnel, but once it's started, its content is up to the editor of the Community, who can create new Pages, blog posts, library files, and so on without ChoralNet being aware of it. Forum messages on a Community are moderated, if necessary, by the Community's editors, not ChoralNet.
What's the difference between the ChoralNet Forums and Community forums? After all, they're divided by category too.
  • ChoralNet's forums are moderated by ChoralNet staff and volunteers for quality assurance, whereas Community forums are unmoderated
  • We chose the broadest topics for the ChoralNet forums, but Communities can be much more specialized
  • The most recent posts from the main forums appear on the front page of ChoralNet and in the Daily, but Community forums can only be read by viewing the Community or subscribing directly to it.
What if I see spam or other inappropriate content on a Community?
Can I create a Community for self-promotion purposes?
  • Yes, as long as it's choral-related. Composers, publishers, festivals, and vendors may create Communities.
What happens when I create a new Community?
  • New Communities must be approved by ChoralNet moderators before they appear in the main Communities listing, but while it's pending you can develop the Community's pages, library, add blog posts, and so on. In addition, the Community can be seen and/or joined by any ChoralNet user if you tell them its URL; there just won't be any links to it on ChoralNet until it's approved, which usually happens within 24 hours.
How can I attract more users to my Community?
  • Principally, by making a Community on a topic of interest to a lot of users. If you're trying to sell something, for example, people are used to tuning such messages out.
  • Beyond that, tagging is the best way. If you create a Gregorian chant Community, then tag any relevant content on ChoralNet into your Community, then those users who are interested in that topic will be likely to read that content and they'll see the Community tag at the bottom. You can tag your own messages, but please don't abuse this privilege.
What if I somebody makes a Community on a duplicate topic?
  • Contact them and see if they'll join your Community instead. If they have something to contribute, make them an editor of your Community. The best Communities are collaborative efforts.
Do I have to moderate my Community's forum?
  • Only for submissions by first-time users; this is a guard against spammers. The Moderate menu will appear when you have pending messages to approve. And you'll get an email reminder if you forget.
Why isn't anyone participating in my Community's forum?
  • You may need to get the Forum started by posting a welcome message.

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