A: Minutes should be posted as “Docs” on your group page. Please name them in a straight-forward way and tag them as minutes so they can be easily found.
Q: How do I create docs, or begin a sub-site blog for my group (like my group.nycga.net).
A: All of these capabilities are for group administrators. See “How do I become an administrator or moderator of my group” above.
Q: How do I become an administrator or moderator of my group?
A: Contact the current administrator of the group to be promoted to administrator.
Q: How do I make someone else an admin or a moderator for my group?
A: When you’re on your groups page, you should see a tab called “Admin”. This is where all the magic happens. When you’re on the Admin tab, there should be a sub-tab called “Members”. Under there is where you promote other members of your group to be admins or moderators. There many be many pages of members here, so sometimes it is hard to find the person you’re looking for. As a hint, the list is sorted by how recently they joined the group, so if you want someone to appear right at the top of the list, simply ask them to leave the group and then re-join.
Q: How do I create events?
A: The beautiful thing about this site is that it democratizes the adding of information and events. Tech Ops is not a gatekeeper for additions to the content of the site and you should not contact Tech Ops to get your event added. Instead, the events on the site are all added by the Group Admins of the relevant group. Please get in touch with whatever group you think is most relevant to your event and ask that admin to add the event. If you are an admin of your group, there is a “create new event” link. See “How do I become an administrator or moderator of my group” above.
Q: How do I email all the members of my group?
A: Also under the Admin tab, you should see a sub-tab called “Email Options”. Click there and you’ll be able to enter a subject and a message to send to your group. Please use this feature very wisely and selectively. If people feel like they are being spammed and overloaded with mass-emails they are likely to leave the group and if it really begins to be over-used and we get complaints, we may have to disable it for everyone.
Q: What’s this I hear about @nycga.net email addresses and phone numbers?
A: Tech Ops can provide @nycga.net email addresses and phone numbers for any group that requests one. To make this request, simply email Tech Ops. The email address is a Google Apps account which means it behaves just like gmail. Think of it as “Occupied Gmail” The phone number is a Google Voice number which allows you to set up rules to make it forward calls to other numbers of individual members of your group. We hope to someday offer these resources to individuals as well as groups, but those systems are not yet in place.
Q: How can I benefit from this site if I don’t often have access to a computer or the internet?
A: We are constantly working to bridge the technological divide and hope to provide as many tools as possible to make the information here accessible to all. Some useful tools are:
- 855-NYCGA-411 (855-692-4241): You can dial this toll-free number from any pay phone for real-time voice access to nycga.net events schedule and announcements.
- Remote Info: The Info/ComHub team is working hard to get people out on the street with the days’s information and with mobile web access.
- OWS Internet Cafe: Before the raid, we had an internet cafe of sorts in the park and we are hoping to re-build that in 60 Wall Street and other OWS places around the city ASAP.
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