FAQ for Using the Collaborate. NCURA Professional Network Site

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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 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.

Using Collaborate. NCURA

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, go to the Community, and then click on the blue button 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 reply to a post?
To reply to someone else's post, you will want to go to the Community where the post is, select "Discussion", and then click on the post you want to reply to. Once you are on the post, you will see an option to "Reply" in the right hand corner of the post.

What is the Library?
The Library is a space for files attached to discussion posts to be stored. Each community has its own Library, and you can access it by going to the Community of your choice and then selecting Library from the tabs. From there you will be able to see all of the attachments that people have posted with their original discussion post.

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?

Go to your profile (accessible by clicking on your picture on the upper right hand corner) and then click My Account and then 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.

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

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