Establishing principles that is in accordance with the rules of GhanaConscious
Provide standards of conduct for members and non members for posting comments
With our belief in the free flow of information, a friendly atmosphere and acceptance of diversity (which i interprete in terms of diversity of ideas too)
An accepted post will be deemed free from
1. Verbal attacks either directly to any particular person or indirect to anyone at all.
2.Lies. The organization reserves the right not to allow improper representation of any information whether done knowingly or unknowingly.
3. Issues that are too controversial and are likely to cause heated arguments.
There should be respect for each other's opinions and in the case where there is disagreement,constructive criticism of that idea in a civil way should be offered, that is first acknowledge some of the writer's good points and then show in a not too harsh way how you disagree with it.
Should any of the above be violated, the organization would contact the suspected person, offer advice on how to present his post. If the person refuses to heed to our advice, we reserve the right to delete that post.
The GhanaThink (GT) Foundation User Guide
Adapted from Drupalâ€™s â€œEnd User Guideâ€ (Â© 2000-2005 by the individual contributors, used in accordance with the Creative Commons License, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0)
As a GhanaThink member, you can contribute to the Foundation in a number of ways.
a) Join the Managing Executive or committees
You can help out with the administration of the various aspects of the Foundation and volunteer with various committees that foresee its operations. The executive position and committee descriptions are in the constitution. See the â€œManaging Executiveâ€ and â€œJoin usâ€ for more information.
b) Start or join a Tsooboi Project
You can begin a Tsooboi project in the spirit of GhanaThink and receive support from the Tsooboi organization and the Foundation. You can also volunteer to do tasks as prescribed by a Tsooboi team or join the various project teams. See the Tsooboi website or more details.
c) GhanaConscious (GC) posts and replies
You can start discussions on the GhanaConscious website in conjunction with its various sub-forums. You can also facilitate discussion by replying to various posts. You can also keep a blog and reply to others on GC as well as writing articles for publication. Forms are available for the posting of URLs and events that are of interest to the GC community.
d) Help out with Homefront work
You can spread the word about GhanaThink, its activities and projects. You can work with various Tsooboi teams to help implement programs and projects in Ghana and enable its transition into viable and independent ventures or businesses.
e) Contribute to AfricaThink (AT) publications
You can contribute to AT anthologies and submit academic papers or articles for publication in a journal. Preferably, these submissions should concern the African continent and its culture. You can submit this information to the AfricaThink chair.
2. Registering as a user
In order to add or edit content at the GT sites (GC, AT, Tsooboi, Homefront), you have to be registered as a user. In some cases, a site administrator will add you as a user. If so, they will send you a username and password that you can use to log on. Otherwise, look for a small form called â€œUser loginâ€ on the main page of the GhanaConscious site which is usually on the right or the left of the page. Click the link that says â€œCreate new account.â€ On the next page that comes up, enter a username of your choice and an email address to which you have access and hit â€œsubmit.â€ Within a few minutes, you should get an automatically-generated email confirming your registration and giving you an initial password to use. Now youâ€™re ready to log in.
3. Logging in
After you have registered, you can now log in. Hit the main page of the site youâ€™re wishing to use and look for a â€œUser loginâ€ form, typically be on the left or right side of the page. Enter your username and password and hit â€œsubmit.â€ Assuming everythingâ€™s working as planned, when the new page loads it will include a new block with your user name at the top. This is the menu you use to start entering and editing content.
4. Changing your account settings
Once you have registered with GT, you can change settings to control information about yourself. To see what tweaks you can make to your account, log in and then click on â€œmy accountâ€ in the navigation block (thatâ€™s the one titled with your username). Click on the â€œeditâ€ tab.
Enter in a new password in both fields to set it. GT sends you a default password that is often hard to remember, so it is recommended that you change your password to something you can easily remember.
b) Block Configuration
The site administrator may make some blocks (chunks of content that are usually displayed in a left and/or right column) optional. You can enable and disable the display of these blocks by checking and unchecking the boxes next to them.
You will be able to set a default signature. This will be copied into new comments for you automatically, but may still be edited.
d) Time Zone
You may set your time zone. This will cause all dated content on the site to display in local time, according to the offset you enter here.
A â€œthemeâ€ is the basic look and feel of a GT site. You will be able to select what you would like the default theme to be for your account.
5. Creating new content
Once you have logged-in, youâ€™re ready to start posting content.
At the top of your personal menu, youâ€™ll find a link called â€œcreate contentâ€. Click this and youâ€™ll see a list of the types of content you can create. This list reflects the privileges assigned to your user account.
A step-by-step example
We will assume that you have selected â€œcreate contentâ€ and chosen â€œstoryâ€ as a content type.
You should be looking at a form with the title â€œSubmit storyâ€. From here, it is just a matter of filling in the form and posting it.
a) Administrative options
At the top of the form you may see some administrative options. For example, there is a box with the heading â€œUser commentsâ€. GT supports discussion/comments on postings--but such comments are not always appropriate. If your article is one that could be usefully commented on, keep the default settings: â€œRead/writeâ€. Otherwise, choose â€œDisabledâ€.
The title is straightforward enough. Try to be descriptive and catchy.
Next comes the â€œTopicâ€ menu. This is the section your article will go in. This list presents all the sections available on the website, with their structure. So, choose the appropriate section or sections for your story and continue down the form to supply the body of your text.
The â€œbodyâ€ field is where you put the main content of the page. If youâ€™ve typed this into a word processor or HTML editor, just copy and paste it into this field. Alternately you can just type straight in. For the most basic page, just type and leave a blank line (i.e., hit â€œenterâ€ twice) at the end of each paragraph. You can optionally format your entry in friendly old HTML. But hey, if youâ€™re a novice, donâ€™t worry--itâ€™s not as difficult as it sounds. Hereâ€™s a quick primer:
NB: Do not leave spaces between the '<' and 'letters', they are done this way for you to see the tags.
If you want something to be bold, just enclose it in < b >< /b > or < strong >< /strong > tags, like this:
< b >This text is bold< /b > -> This text is bold
< strong >This text is bold< /strong > -> This text is bold
Note that there is always an opening tag (no forward slash) and a closing tag (a forward slash before the tag name, indicating that you are â€œturning it offâ€).
To make something italic, put it in < i >< /i > or < em >< /em > tags:
< i >This is in italics < /i > -> This is in italics
< em >This is emphasized< /em > -> This is emphasized
To put things nicely in paragraphs, enclose them in < p > tags:
< p >This is a paragraph.< /p > ->
This is a paragraph.
To make a bulleted list, first open a list with a < ul > tag (that stands for â€œunordered listâ€), then put each list item in < li > (yes, for â€œlistâ€) tags. Donâ€™t forget at the end to close off your list with a closing < /ul> tag. Hereâ€™s how it looks:
< ul >
< li >This is the first bulleted item< /li >
< li >This is the second bulleted item< /li >
< /ul >
The result is displayed below:
Â· This is the first bulleted item
Â· This is the second bulleted item
That wasnâ€™t too painful, was it?
Decide where you want the â€œteaserâ€ (the part of the main text used in links to the article) to end. If you do nothing, GT will choose a breaking point for you--but itâ€™s better to decide yourself, to make sure the breaking point is appropriate. You do this by typing in a where the teaser is to end.
And youâ€™re set! You can preview the page youâ€™ve prepared by hitting â€œPreviewâ€ (recommended, and sometimes required) or you can bravely or recklessly just go ahead and publish it by hitting â€œSubmitâ€.
5. Changing your account settings
Comments allow users to interact with the content on a site, to respond to an article, offer their own ideas, make additions, or supply a critique.
a) Leaving comments
When you bring up an article to read, look for comment-related links at the bottom of the article. If youâ€™re not logged in, this might read â€œlogin or register to post commentsâ€. When you do log in, you should see something like â€œAdd new commentâ€. Click on the link and youâ€™re ready to comment away.
Comments can be a great way of enriching a community site--but they can also lead to unfriendly, even harassing exchanges. As with any communication, itâ€™s important to try to ensure that your comments are respectful and constructive.
c) â€œThreadedâ€ comments
Comments on the GT web-site are â€œthreadedâ€. This means you can comment directly on an article--or you can reply to an existing comment. If you reply, your comment will be indented to show that it is part of that discussion.