FAQ for Using the Collaborate. NCURA Professional Network Site

General Questions About Web Terminology

What is the Collaborate. NCURA?

-It is a professional networking site for NCURA Members. NCURA Members can use the site to build relationships and network with others who share your interests and specialties. You can also do research and find solutions to your day to day issues in the Online Resource Center.

What is a Community?

-A Community is a group of people organized around a common topical subjects or theme which is defined by the community name and description. 

What is a Network?

-Networks link people to each other based on matching criteria. Networks are automatically built based on information you’ve specified in your profile, such as address, job history and education. A network is meant to be a quick way to find people that have something in common with you that you may want to connect with. 

What is a Discussion Groups?

Discussion lists are all of the discussion threads around a community, and function in a similar fashion to list servs.

What is a discussion thread?

Discussion threads can be found within Internet boards, E-mail list servs and even on news sites where comments can be posted. It is generally defined as one topic under discussion by a group. The thread is a single focused topic, in most cases, and all comments concerning the topic are listed with it.

What is an RSS feed?
An RSS feed is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries coming in phase II, news headlines, forum discussions, audio and video—in a standardized format. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored Web sites or to compile feeds from many sites into one place. Instead of visiting multiple Web pages to check for new content, a Web user can look at summaries and choose which sites to visit for the full versions.

Using Collaborate. NCURA

What are the points I see on the Community Site homepage next to “Most Active Members”?

Points are a way of measuring online engagement for all members. It’s also a way for NCURA to recognize our most active members. The homepage reflects the most active members for the past week, not since the Web site’s inception.

Point totals are tabulated automatically with every action you take on the site. Point values for different activities range from one point to 10 points. Activities that engage other members, such as writing a blog, sending a message or responding to a Forum discussion have a higher point value than activities such as viewing a blog, logging into the site or viewing a document in the Resource Center, which do not engage others.

I'm trying to post to a Discussion Forum but can't post to the Forum. How do I fix this?
To post to a Discussion Forum, you must first join the Forum's Community. To do this, find the Community under the Directory Tab, click the blue name of the Community, and then click the link that says, "Join Community." You will be asked to select your subscription choice (the frequency at which you receive E-mail notifications). Once you've done this, you are free to post to the Discussion Forum.

How do I change the frequency at which I receive e-mail notifications from this Web site?

You can control notifications regarding Contact Requests, Community Invitations, Regular Messages and Comments by clicking My Profile. Then, click My Preferences. From there you can change the e-mail address notifications are sent to, which notifications are e-mailed to you and whether or not members can contact you.

For e-mails from communities and their respective forums, you can select your e-mail preferences when you join each community. You can choose to receive e-mail notifications daily, in real time, or you can opt out of receiving e-mail notifications. If at any point after joining a community you want to change your e-mail notification settings, roll your mouse over the Forums tab at the top and click the My Subscriptions option from the drop down menu that will appear. From there you can change your settings.

How can I control what information about me is displayed in my profile?

Click My Profile and then click My Privacy. From there you will have the option to select who can see various components to your profile including your photo, address, e-mail address, Web site and phone number. You can choose between the following privacy options: My Contacts, Members Only, and Nobody.

*Please note that out of respect for our members’ privacy, NCURA has hidden your E-mail address, mailing address and phone number, but you can opt to share this at your own discretion.

How can I share an item from the Resource Center or bookmark an item for future reference?

When you’ve found an item you want to share, click the title of the document. The title is a blue hyperlink. This will then be the only document appearing on your screen, and will be enclosed in a light blue box. Click the Share option on the right side of the box. A pop up will then appear prompting you to enter the e-mail address of the person you want to share the document with.

If you want to bookmark the document for your own future reference, click either the heart on the right side of the document, or the words, “Add to Favorites.” The same document will then be included in the “My Favorites” section under Resources.

Logging into the Site

How do I log into the Collaborate. NCURA?

Login using your NCURA Web ID and password. Your Web ID is a number assigned to you within the NCURA Database when you become a member. If you don't know your NCURA Web ID or password, please email

More Questions?

Have a question not included in the FAQ?
E-mail Dana Gresham at gresham@ncura.edu or post your question to the Discussion Forum, "NCURA's Community Site."