WHAT IS A COMMUNITY?
A community at LiveJournal.com is a meeting place. Users interested in a
single subject, or residents of a town or city can either find or create a
community based around their interests. Members of a community can be
informed quickly from the community. In respects to a user journal, a
community's "friends" are its members, and it's recent "event's" are like
journal entries. What makes a community different is the ability to have
many people be able to post in it, otherwise known as a shared journal.
CAN ANYONE MAKE A COMMUNITY?
Yes, communities are as free a product as journals. In order to create a
community however, one needs to already have a user account with a different
ID than the community they want to create. (i.e. the community "Detroit"
couldn't maintain itself, it would need the user "Detroit_citizen" or
someone to update it). If you need a user journal, click here: Create User Account. After
you have the two accounts, you can go to Create Community
to convert the journal you want used as a community.
LEVELS OF SECURITY
When an account is converted to a community there are the options to either
have open membership or closed membership. If you leave the option of open
membership, any user can go to your community's info page and join at the
link at the top of the page. With a closed membership, any prospective
user/members need to email you with the request of joining your community,
and then if you approve them you need to add them to your community's friend
list, much in the same way you do with a normal journal (reference "editing
friends list" or something)
Also when you convert an account you have the option to have all member
posting access or selective member posting access. All member posting access
means that any user that signs up for membership may also post inside your
community. (helpful if you want a local community setup, with community news
from all the members). Selective posting means that any members that wish to
post need to e-mail you for access, and if you approve them you need to add
them through the /admin/console (link to admin/console FAQ below).
/ADMIN/CONSOLE AND SHARED JOURNALS
area is where a maintainer of a shared journal lets other users post in his
or her journal. In the community sense, the community director lets members
post inside the community recent events page. If you have selective member
posting access checked, you need this tutorial to add users.
The commands for shared journals are as follows:
This is the initial command that you need to enter,
which tells the servers that you are editing a shared journal.
This is where you enter in the shared journal
which you are editing.
This tells the servers whether you are adding a user or
removing a user. The commands are ADD or REMOVE
This is the user that you are either adding or removing.
For example, say I wanted to remove the user brad from posting in the shared
journal anime, I would go to the /admin/console area and I would put simply:
shared anime remove brad
All commands are entered without the < or >.
MEMBERS AND PRIVACY
If a user joins a community, then adds that community to their friend's
page, then finally posts a "friend's only" post, are the members of the
community able to see that post? The answer is no. If you add a community to
your friend's list the only people able to see your "friends only" posts are
the actual community account and any members of the community which you have
already listed as your friends.
If you do not want the community account to see your post either, you can
edit your friends groups to include everyone but that account. (reference
editing friend groups).
CAN I EDIT MY SETTINGS?
If you fill out the /community/create.bml form again with the same info used
to start a community, you can edit it's settings from there. I.e. if you had
an open membership journal that you wanted to close, you would return to the
community/create.bml page, fill in the same information, and check the
CAN A MAINTAINER REMOVE/BAN A MEMBER?
Any maintainer can remove a member by simply removing that member from the
community accounts friends list. If needs be, the maintainer can log in
under the community's account and then ban a user through the /admin/console
(reference banning users).
CAN A MEMBER LEAVE A COMMUNITY?
Any member may leave any community by simply going to the community
account's info page and clicking the "leave the community" link at the top
of the page.
CAN A MAINTAINER POST AN ENTRY ONLY VIEWABLE TO MEMBERS?
Maintainer's can post entries in the method similar to posting friends only
posts (reference posting friends only), and the result would be that only
current members are able to see the post. A private entru is only seen by
the community's account itself.
That's actually all I can think of right now...sorry it's in this form, but
I figure this is better than nothing right now.