How to Use The Community Section: Sheet Mulching Group Created

Being that the inner workings of a Drupal site can be somewhat user inhibitive, I thought I'd make a post about using the community section with the newly made Sheet Mulching Group as an example. If you click the community link from the main menu, you will be taken to a directory of all current groups. Groups are just miniature sub-sites that have separate lists of members, their own home page, the ability to add posts, and to make comments. As an anonymous user or non-group-member, user you will be able to see the content of groups and comment on it, but not contribute to the group directly. At any time you may click on a group title and check out the home page, content, and conversation going on. You must have an account to subscribe to, post to, or create groups. After you have an account set up you may do all of the above. After navigating to the community page, click 'join group' if there is one that strikes your fancy. Sometimes, you will be added to a group automatically, based on a form. Currently, we would like every user to join the "Main Group" so that we can discuss community needs and improvements in one setting. After joining a group you may contribute to its content by clicking "Create Content" from the left sidebar menu and then "Group Pages" from the content list. Fill out the post like any blog entry, and be sure to associate it with the correct group, by checking the group's box in the "Groups Pane".  After saving the post it will be added to the groups stream of posts, where users may comment. 

How about an example with the Sheet Mulching Group. Assuming you have created an account, navigate to the Community section by clicking on the "Community" link in the main menu. Next, click on the Sheet Mulching Discussion Group title. You will see the Sheet Mulching Discussion home page and the articles that have been contributed. You may comment on these pages or the group's home at any time by clicking add new comment. Finally, lets say you decided to join the group. Navigate back to the main community page by clicking the "Community" link again. Now click 'join group', next to the Sheet Mulching Discussion group. Now you may add posts to the Sheet Mulching Discussion group by clicking "Create Content" and then "Group Pages" from the content list. After joining a group it will be added to your group list, which is accessible from either the "My Account" link from the left sidebar menu, followed by clicking the "My Groups" tab, or by navigating to the community section and clicking "My Groups". 

That being explained please come join our brand new Sheet Mulching Group and get ready for Saturday April 10th.