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Forum Training. November 2, 2014. What We Will Cover. Overview of Phorum Terms Use, Administration, and Moderation of Phorum. Hands on Demonstration of Phorum Discuss ‘Roll Out’ Plan for Phorum Questions. What We Will Cover (cont). Phorum has many features, we will focus on the basics.

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Forum training

Forum Training

November 2, 2014


What we will cover
What We Will Cover

  • Overview of Phorum Terms

  • Use, Administration, and Moderation of Phorum.

  • Hands on Demonstration of Phorum

  • Discuss ‘Roll Out’ Plan for Phorum

  • Questions


What we will cover cont
What We Will Cover (cont)

  • Phorum has many features, we will focus on the basics.

  • Phorum is on your test site. Experiment. Test. Give feedback.

  • BEV will also be experimenting and testing.

  • BEV does NOT have an Online Discussion Forum. TOP counties are ‘pioneers’ in this area. BEV and the counties will learn together.


Overview of phorum phorum terms
Overview of Phorum - Phorum Terms

  • Phorum - Phorum is the software that is used to manage the Online Discussion Forum on your web site.

  • Online Discussion Forum - Provides a web-based forum in which participants with common interests can exchange open messages and ideas. Much like a bulletin board that visitors can view and post messages to.


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Overview of Phorum - Phorum Terms

  • Topic - In online discussions, a topic is a subject with a common theme. Anyone can create a new topic.

  • Post - To publish a reply to a topic on the Online Discussion Forum. Also a message that has been previously published is called a post.

  • Thread - In online discussions, a series of messages that have been posted as replies to each other on the same topic.


Posting to the discussion forum
Posting to the Discussion Forum

  • In order to view or post to the discussion forum an individual must first log in.

  • The user name and password for logging into the discussion forum will be the same as the user name and password for the People Directory.

  • The forum will NOT be visible to the public.



Moderation of the discussion forum
Moderation of the Discussion Forum

  • Forum Moderators

    • Can Receive emails of all posts to a topic. (This is the default setting for your Discussion Forum.)

    • Can Approve posts before they are added to a topic.

    • Can Edit and Delete posts to a topic.

    • Can Close a thread.

    • Can Hide a thread.

  • Note: Forum Administrators determine whether Forum Moderators receive posts before or after they are added to the thread.

  • Be aware that moderators are ‘powerful’! Main responsibility is determining appropriate content for your Discussion Forum.



Administering the discussion forum
Administering the Discussion Forum

  • Forum Administrator:

    • Can Designate Forum Moderators

    • Can Stop Phorum

    • Key: Forum Administrators and Forum Moderators are separate roles.


Online discussion forum roll out plan
Online Discussion Forum ‘Roll Out’ Plan

  • Initially, the Online Discussion Forum will be on the county’s TEST website only.

  • TLT members will use and test the forum.

  • The county VCE agent(s) and TLT members will decide when they would like for the forum to be placed on the counties production website.


Online discussion forum long term support plan
Online Discussion Forum Long Term Support Plan

  • County TLTs will field questions from members of the community regarding the use of the Online Discussion Forum.

  • BEV will handle technical issues of forum, i.e. software upgrades and patches.




Community connections
Community Connections Overview

  • What is the Community Connections program?

    • Provides professional web hosting service to non-profit and community organizationsfor a small fee ($20 per year)

    • Gives organizations a web presence

    • Gives organizations an opportunity to increase communication and interaction with members of the community


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Community Connections Overview

  • What services are provided with a Community Connections account?

    • Web hosting for a web site (up to 20 megabytes of text and graphics)

    • Two permanent email addresses

    • An online mailing list (listserv) that allows up to 100 subscribers


Virtual business incubator
Virtual Business Incubator Overview

  • What is the Virtual Business Incubator (VBI) program?

    • Provides home and micro businesses (5 or fewer employees) with professional web hosting service

    • Provides marketing and business management assistance to help understand how to integrate the Internet into their business through Community Readiness Workshops


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Virtual Business Incubator Overview

  • What services are provided with a Virtual Business Incubator account?

    • Web hosting for a web site (up to 20 megabytes of text and graphics).

      • No charge for a VBI account until June 30th, 2005.

      • After June 30th, 2005, the business will need to find a new web hosting service.

    • One permanent email address

    • An online mailing list that allows up to 100 subscribers




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