Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Commons Connect moderated?
- Who designed your website?
- Can I get my blog linked to your site?
- CALENDAR: How do I post an event?
- FORUMS: What are the forum posting guidelines?
- FORUMS: How do I post to the forum?
- FORUMS: How do I get to West Marin Share and the other Forums?
- FORUMS: Once I am registered, how do I get posts from a forum delivered to my email inbox?
- FORUMS: Can anyone join the online Forum?
- FORUMS: I don't live in West Marin but I want to. Can I join the forums?
Uli Weeren is the web designer and developer for our site. Uli developed this site with consultation from Murray Suid, Christian Anthony, Holly Gault, Ann Sheree Greenbaum, and Elizabeth Barnet. The site is an outgrowth of what we have learned from all users since we began our online commons work in 2007.
If you are a community member of West Marin, please send us your blog’s url. We may be able to link to it on our site.
Posting an event on the Community Calendar is easy, especially after you've done it once. The process takes only a couple of minutes. Here are the steps to use. If you encounter any problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can immediately help you post your event. Your feedback will also enable us to improve this tutorial.
- Log in to CommonsConnect.org in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.
- Click the "Add your Event" link in the middle of the page, just under the "west marin calendar" banner. This will take you to the "Create Event" page.
- Fill in the Event Title, e.g., "Stinson Beach Polo Match."
- If you wish to include a photo--optional--place the photo on your desk top, then choose that photo (file) using the "Event Image" box. Then hit "Upload."
- Fill in the Event Description box. This is where you the event information. Note: As you type, do NOT end your lines by hitting the "Return" or "Enter" key. Just type away. The software automatically formats the lines. Use the "Return" or Enter" key only to indicate a paragraph break.
- If there's a related website, enter it in the Event Link box.
- Choose the Event Date using the tools in the "Event Date" box. This is important because if you don't enter the date, the listing will use the current date.
- Choose the Event Location (venue, not town) by clicking one of the radio (circular) buttons, e.g., "Bear Valley" or "Blackbird Cafe." If you don't see a place, go to the bottom of the list, click "Other," and enter the place. This will add a new item in the list, which other people posting events can use. Please only post West Marin venues.
- Choose the Event Town.
- Choose the Event Category. This will help people better understand what your event is about.
- Choose your audience. You can select more than one category, e.g., Children and Seniors.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose "Save." If all goes well, your event will now appear in the calendar at the right now. The event may not appear on the Home Page if the date is a few days or more in the future. But you and others can see it by going to the Home page, scrolling to the bottom of the calendar area, and clicking "more upcoming events."
- If you've made a mistake or want to revise anything in your event post, click the post and you'll be taken to a page where you can make changes. Other site visitors will not be able to change your text. After you finish revising, scroll to the bottom of the Create Event page and again click "Save."
What are the forum guidelines?
Commons Connect Forums - Guidelines for Posting
- If you need to respond to or send a message to just one person, please do not send it to the group, unless you think it is something the group needs to know.
- Respect the privacy and integrity of everyone. Don't publish information not already in the public realm without permission.
- Do not forward (or post) conversations, particularly to news outlets or other broadcasting media, without the writer's permission.
- Read and edit your email before sending.
- Be respectful.
- Seek honest dialogue.
- No name-calling, flaming, or other attacks.
- Refrain from language that incites aggression.
- Do not copy posts to non-members or other forums or bulletin boards without permission from the posting author.
- Include a personal introduction or summary when posting published news items or petitions. Do not simply forward material.
- Other than WMMarketplace, our forums are non-commercial. Please donate to West Marin Commons to help support this non-profit project.
Be sure you're signed in. Then click "Forums" in the top navigation bar on the home page. You'll then be taken to the "Forums." page. Scroll down until you find the forum you want to post on. Click that forum's name. Then click "New topic." Fill in the posting form, scroll down, and click "Post."
Note: The default setting now is "unmoderated." That means that posts appear within seconds after you hit the "Post" button. We will put a member on moderation--meaning that a post is held until we review it--only if the member has violated the guidelines. An example of behavior requiring moderation would be bullying or harassing another member, or denigrating a group, or repeatedly posting in the wrong forum. The moderators would be delighted if no one ever goes on moderation. If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer moderators.
To read and/or post on the forums, you must be a registered member of commonsconnect.org. After registering, you must then sign in. The sign-in link is in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. After you've signed in, click "Forums" in the top navigation bar on home page.
Delivery of posts to your email inbox is called Email Subscription. You can always go to the website, sign-in, and read posts on the website but if you want to "subscribe" to automatically receive posts in your email, please follow the directions below.
1. Sign in using the link in the upper right-hand corner of the website.
2. Click "Forums" in the top navigation bar on the home page
3. On the "Forums" page in the sentence "To subscribe to all submissions to a forum by E-mail click here" click "click here."
4. On the "Subscriptions" page, click in the little box of each forum whose posts you want to read as emails.
5. Scroll down and click "Save."
Note: If you want to get posts related to a particular thread (discussion) on a forum, go to that thread and click "Subscribe" below the first post in the thread (discussion).
Membership in the online forum is limited to those who work and live in West Marin. West Marin is described below:
Geographical Area Represented
The geographical boundaries represented extend to all areas surrounding Tomales Bay including Inverness, Inverness Park, Point Reyes Station, and Marshall and all surrounding National, State, and County Parks; Shoreline School District including Chileno Valley, Valley Ford, and Tomales; the linking towns of Nicasio as well as Olema, Dog Town, Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Muir Beach; and along Sir Francis Drake Highway through Samuel P. Taylor Park.
- West Marin Resource Guide
- A Community Calendar
- Local Media links
- Local Blogs links
- Local Weather
- and more
As there are so many requests for housing coming in from people who are not already living or working in West Marin, we regret we have to reserve the Forums for people who do live & work here. As you probably realize, there is only limited housing available in West Marin - both for sale and for rent. Given this situation, together with the plight of existing West Marin rental tenants who are forced to move because of changes made by homeowners, we do not feel we can accommodate requests from people outside the area who desire to live here. We suggest that you publish your request in the local newspapers: Point Reyes Light and West Marin Citizen, and contact local realtors for sales' listings. To learn more about the challenges and solutions for people needing housing in West Marin, please check out our local community land trust, CLAM (Community Land Trust of West Marin - http://www.clam-ptreyes.org).
Commons Connect Forums provide a virtual gathering place to those who live and work in the West Marin Community. (Access to this local online forum is limited to those who work and live in the geographical area outlined here.)
A single registration allows community members to post local events on the Community Calendar, to post items of immediate importance on Alerts, and to access all of the forums including:
- West Marin Soapbox: Campaigns, Causes, and Discussions
- Over-the-Hill-Gang: Rides and Errands
- West Marin Share: Reuse materials; share information and services - a money free zone
- West Marin Marketplace: rentals; things and services for sale
- Tending the Wild Collaborative: An Ethnobiology Project
- Local Food System Initiative: Food and garden related shares and information
- Think Local West Marin: Appreciation and applause for our neighbors
- Commons Connect Tech Support: Help with our Web site features
- Volunteering Opportunities in West Marin: Help our local non-profits