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Monday, 05 September 2011 21:27

Spotlight on the Chapter… Coming Into Focus

Ann Coady, Pam Zagaria, Karen Orren, Tricia Kloeckl and Jim Coady Ann Coady, Pam Zagaria, Karen Orren, Tricia Kloeckl and Jim Coady

(Who we are as part of Maryknoll)

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 19:44

Mérida Affiliates in Revista Maryknoll

The Merida Affiliates appeared in the July/August edition of  Revista Maryknoll

You can read the article in Spanish here.

At the 2011 Maryknoll Affiliate Conference, three students from the Red Bank High School Chapter/Club spoke about their activities during the Open Space breakout sessions.

Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:09

Discussion Forum Help

Introduction

The following text is a sample of an article that you can create on your website to be used with your Kunena forum. See also How to show help page in Kunena.

Sample forum help article

Since you are reading this page then it is safe to say to that you already know basic website navigation such as typing web addresses, clicking through links and maybe even watching or listening to multimedia. That's great! What we'll do here is try to familiarise you with how to use our forum and its many options.

When you get done reading this you will be able to reply to existing posts as well as make new posts. You will know how to format your text, make links, add images and videos and much more. We're not going to teach you how to use every little button, gizmo or forum feature but rather provide you sufficient working knowledge to feel comfortable enough to get involved here in the forum. After that, you can do a sleuthing around to learn what the rest of the goodies do.

Set up your profile

When you find a community and forum that you like and plan on staying with for a while it is a good idea to set up and complete your profile. You access your profile by clicking 'My Profile' located at the top of the forum. This area is not much different than any other form you have filled out online or in real life except that much of the information in here is optional.

PERSONAL INFO

  • Summary - All your settings from other tabs summarized.
  • Edit Your Details - Edit your login name, email address and password.
  • My Avatar - Select an avatar from those available or upload your own image. If you upload your own image, you can upload an image up to 250 x 250 pixels and 50 kilobytes. The forum will automatically scale the image for use in various locations.

FORUM SETTINGS

  • Look and Layout - Tweak a few forum appearance settings.
  • My Profile Info - Fill in personal information that you don't mind sharing publicly. This is also where you fill out your forum signature.
  • My Posts - List of your posts ordered by most recent. Handy for finding a post that you don't recall which board you posted it in.
  • My Subscribes - List of topics that you have subscribed to send you an email notification for all new responses.
  • My Favorites - List of topics that you have ticked as a favourite of yours so they are more easily identifiable in the forum list.
  • Remember to press the 'Save' button any time you make changes in your profile.

Reply to an existing post

So, you have been lurking around the forum for a while reading every post and getting to know everyone. You have just read someone's post and you have finally decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.

  • Quick Reply - this brings up a small text area (without reloading the webpage) where you can quickly type a short reply. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response. If you have a change of heart you can press cancel and nothing gets posted regardless if you typed anything or not.
  • Reply - This is the standard method in which you should reply when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will autofill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. In case you were wondering, yes, you can change the subject. OK, now you are looking at what is called a text editor. Think of it as a slimmed down version of a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) in which you can format your text, add links, images, smilies, etc. More on how to format your post later. For now, type your response and press the 'Preview' button at the bottom of the page if you wish to view your post prior to submitting it. When you are done editing and are satisfied your post is ready to contribute to the forum then press the 'Submit' button.
  • Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simple press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to make light of or expand upon a prior post. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
  • Reply Topic - This button functions the same as the 'Reply' button with the exception that your subject line will autofill with the subject of the original post (OP). This may come in handy if you replying to a long post whose subjects may have changed over time but you want to reply to the OP. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.

Create a new post of your own

Now that you have responded to a few other posts, and feel like an accepted member of the community, you want to tell us a little bit about yourself. To do this, you should start your very own topic so we can properly respond and greet you. Navigate to our General board and click on it so that you can see the list of all of the existing posts. At the top of the list is a button labelled 'New Thread'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor that you used earlier when replying to posts. Simply type your message telling us all about yourself and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.

Format your post

Remember we said earlier that the text editor is very similar to a word processor? Well, as in any word processor you can format and arrange your text for emphasis here in the forum.

The first, basic thing you should know is that the forum uses what's called BBcode or Bulletin Board Code. BBcode uses 'tags' to 'mark up' your text. Each 'tag' has an opening and closing 'tag' denoted within brackets. An opening tag will look like [ ] and a closing tag looks like [/ ]. Notice the slash in the closing bracket is the only thing that is different. If you forget the slash, the forum will interpret your closing bracket as an opening bracket.

The easiest way to 'mark up' your text is usually to type it out first, then select it, and press the appropriate button at the top of the editor. For example, if you wanted to make 'some text' bold you would type it out 'some text', then select 'some text' with your mouse, and then press the 'B' icon in the toolbar located just above the Message area (where you are composing your message). You will now see: [b]some text[/b]. When you preview or submit your message it will be displayed as 'some text'. Alternatively, if you know them, you can type the tags manually right along with the rest of your text or you can use the buttons at the top of the editor to insert the tags the fill in your text.

The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let's move on to what the Wiki doesn't cover.

LISTS

There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.

First, you use a tag that creates the kind of list you want.

[ul] [/ul] = unordered list [ol] [/ol] = ordered list

Second, you use a list tag for each item in the list

[li] [/li] = each list item.

So, the code for an ordered list would look like this:

[ol] [li] 1st place[/li] [li] 2nd place[/li] [li] 3rd place[/li] [/ol]

VIDEOS

Embedding a video in your post is a more recent addition to the forum and makes use of many video sharing websites on the web. This gives us the ability to show the video in our forum without having to host it ourselves or making you follow a link over some other website to see the video. Once you have a video that you want to post you need to find the unique identifier in the URL to that video.

It's difficult to provide detailed instructions or examples here, so we'll only cover the basics. Understand that each video sharing website uses a unique identifier for each video. For example, this video from YouTube whose URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqJE5TH5jhc. You need to know the video's unique identifier (which differs depending on what site you visit); in our example, the unique identifier is bqJE5TH5jhc. Once you know what that unique identifier is you can embed that video in our forum by selecting the video hosting website from the 'video' drop down list at the top of the WYSIWIG editor pr typing the following:

[video type=] [/video]

If you were embedding a video from YouTube, for example, the bbcode would end up looking like this:

[video type=youtube] insert_unique_identifier_here [/video]

for example

[video type=youtube] bqJE5TH5jhc [/video]

It's a good idea to preview your post to make sure the video is visible before submitting your completed post.

EDIT YOUR OWN POST

There will be times when you make a post and you don't catch a misspelled word, fix a broken link or something that will require you to edit you post. It happens to us all so the edit button is easily accessible. When you are looking at one of your own posts that you need to edit you will find the 'Edit' button at the bottom of your post. Simply press the edit button and you use the same editor you used to create your post populated with the actual post. Edit your post as you see fit and, when you are satisfied, press the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. All done!

Visibility and notification of your favorite posts

Now that you have settled into your new community and everyone has met you, you want to be able to keep up with your favorite posts without checking in every five minutes to see if something new has posted. There a couple of ways that you can do that.

SUBSCRIBE

At the top and the bottom of every thread you will find the 'Subscribe' button. Pressing this button subscribes you to that topic so that any responses to that topic will generate an email notification to your email address stating that a new post has been made along with a link directly to said post for your convenience. You will notice the button now reads 'Unsubscribe' indicating that you are subscribed and pressing the button again will remove your subscription to that thread. Remember that you can also manage your subscriptions in your profile.

FAVOURITE

Another way of gaining visibility of threads that wish to keep an eye on is set them as your 'Favorite'. This will place an obvious indicator, such as a star, beside the topic name of the thread so that it will stand out in the forum list of topics. You will notice the button now reads 'Unfavorite' indicating that the post is already one of your favourites and pressing the button again will remove it from your favourites. This is a great way to get visibility on multiple topics that you wish to watch without getting spammed by email subscriptions. Remember that you can also manage your favourites in your profile.

The Karma System

The karma system is one of those neat little things that contributes to the community aspect of a website by empowering you to give feedback to those who deserve it. It is a tool you can use to show appreciation or disapproval for anything that another member has done.

Maybe you posted for help on how to do something and got such a swift and helpful response from another member that you want to show appreciation in more than just words. You can applaud them by giving them Karma. Perhaps another member responded to that same post negatively offering no help and unnecessarily making you look foolish when you genuinely needed help. You can smite them by take away Karma. However, should you smite someone, you should follow that up with a message to an admin or moderator and let them know just in case there is a larger issue.

Please use the karma system responsibly. Don't abuse it by artificially inflating someone's karma or waging a personal war against someone by reducing their karma unnecessarily. If abuse is detected the karma system will be shut off as it is not a necessity.

The karma controls are located in the top, right of each post we make in the forum. The '+' sign adds karma and the '-' takes it away. You cannot adjust your own karma.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to create your own posts, edit them, set notifications, etc, you are ready to explore the rest of the forum. Don't be afraid. Go click things and see what they do. If something 'breaks' or you don't understand how to use something make a post in the forum and ask for help.

Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:06

Discussion Forum Rules

This document is designed to clarify various responsibilities in the discussion forums on our website. Please read it and become familiar with it.

Forum rules

  1. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).
  2. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
  3. Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators”. If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  4. Members should remember this board is aimed at the Maryknoll Affiliate audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate banning.
  5. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
  6. Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
  7. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic.
  8. Moderators and the website administrator reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time.
  9. All rules of the Term of Service of this website also apply to the discussion forums.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 22:00

Pachamama Farm in the News

The Pachamama farm, initiated through the efforts of Maryknoll Affiliate Mary Murphy, made the Westchester County Journal News. You can read the article "Maryknoll farm helps feed Westchester's hungry" here.

Note: This article may be available for a limited time only, after which you would have to pay to see the article.

Monday, 06 June 2011 22:50

New Jersey Summer Potluck

The New Jersey Chapter had their annual welcome to summer potluck, with a few invited guests from Goshen, Westchester and New York City. Lenore was a gracious host, as always, and the New Jersey Chapter contributed wonderful food.

Jackie Maggiore at MPTV interviewMaryknoll Affiliate Jackie Maggiore (Greater Milwaukee), author of "Vessel of Clay: The Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla", was interviewed on May 16, 2011 on the local PBS station, MPTV. In the interview, Jackie discusses her book and talks about the life of Maryknoll Sister Carol (Carla) Piette, MM.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:26

Flooding in San Isidro

 

We received the following news from Maryknoll Affiliate Kathy Dahl-Bredine via Kathy Vargas (both are Maryknoll Affiliates in the Buen Vivir, Mexico Chapter, with Kathy and Phil Dahl-Bredine living in San Isidro, Oaxaca):

To explain briefly what's going on here, for the past 3 days we've had unbelievable rains, hail storms, flooding, destruction in San Isidro and the area around.  Both our houses have had rivers of water and mud flowing through threm, and we're still ankle deep in mud. There's no electricity and no phone service. We think our desktop computer and the whole internet system is destroyed, along with much else. The little concrete block house (our office and guest room) is still full of mud and water several inches deep because every night it comes again, and now the sheetrock ceiling is colapsing and falling all over everything. A giant pine tree fell on top of the palapa and they're still trying to get it down, but the main ridgepole of the palapa is cracked, so the whole thing may come down. The cob house floors are totally destroyed. All the crops, including gardens, all the cajete -- everything is gone, swept away, buried in mud.  Many people in the village lost the roofs of their houses, and many people's animals died -- they buried 18 yesterday. Our horses got lost in the night, but we finally found them, and they're OK.  

But we're alive!  Gracias a Dios!  

I managed to get out of the village with difficulty to get to Nochixtlan, so I could use email.  The road out of the village is pretty bad and I probably won´t get back in. at least not with the vehicle.  Even the main highway has large areas covered with mud and rocks.

We'll be in touch again as soon as it becomes possible.

 

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 19:26

USCMA Seeks Executive Director

USCMA LogoThe United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) is in search of a new Executive Director. 

The USCMA seeks an Executive Director with strong mission experience who will work with the board to promote the vision and mission of the organization. The position offers numerous opportunities for national leadership in the area of mission and global solidarity.


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