General | Top
Q: What is my username/password?
A: If you have not specified otherwise, the default username is your eight-digit member ID, while the default password is your last name. If you have forgotten your login credentials or need assistance with your login information, click here
Q: How do I update my contact information?
A: From your profile page, click "Edit Contact Information."
Q: How do I control what information is visible in my profile?
A: Go to "My Profile” and click on the “Settings” tab. Choose "Privacy" from the drop-down menu. This will let you control what information is visible to whom. After you’ve made changes, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page.
Q: What should I do if I don't see my changes reflected on my profile?
A: Near the top of your profile, there is a link, "Refresh My Profile." After clicking that link, your changes should appear.
Contacts/Connections | Top
Q: How do I find other members?
A: Click the “Directory” link found in the main navigation bar. The Directory lets you search for other members based on:
- First and/or last name
- Company/Institution name
- E-mail address
Switch to the “Advanced Search” tab to increase your search to:
Q: How do I add contacts to my contact list?
A: There are several ways to add contacts. When you perform a search in the Directory, you will see an “Add as contact” button to the right of each person in your search results. Just click this button to send a contact request. If you click through and view an individual’s profile, you can click the contact request link to the right of his or her profile picture.
Q: Why should I add contacts to my contact list?
A: Creating this virtual address book makes it easy to send your contacts messages through the community site to stay in touch, ask questions or even build a referral network. Additionally, when you view another member’s profile, you’ll be able to see any contacts you have in common. You can also choose to let your contacts view certain demographics in your profile that others can't.
Communities/Discussions | Top
Q: What are communities?
A: Communities are groups of people who share common interests. Communities allow you to participate in discussions and share resources with other members.
Q: Which communities do I already belong to?
A: Go to “Communities” in the main navigation bar. Select “My Communities” to view the communities you’re currently a part of.
Q: How do I join/subscribe to a community and the affiliated Discussion Group?
A: Hover over “Communities” and click on “Browse All Communities” in order to see a list of available communities. Click on the community that you wish to join and simply click "Join Community."
Q: How can I control the frequency and format of e-mails I receive?
A: Go to My Profile and click on the "My Settings" tab. Choose Subscriptions from the drop-down menu. On that page, you'll see an option for Text or HTML. By default, this is set to HTML, and we encourage you to leave it set to this if your e-mail client can support it. However, if you are having problems viewing the HTML version or if it takes too long to open, please switch to the text version.
For each discussion, you have the following delivery options:
- Real Time: sends an e-mail every time a new message is posted
- Daily Digest: sends one e-mail to you each day, consolidating all of the posts from the previous day
- Plain Text: sends one e-mail for each message in plain text with the ability to reply via e-mail
- No E-mail: allows you to be part of the group without having e-mails sent to you. You can still post and read others’ messages by logging into the community site.
Q: How do I leave a community or unsubscribe from a discussion?
A: Go to My Profile and click on the "Settings" tab. Choose Subscriptions from the drop-down menu. Here, you will see a list of available communities and those to which you’ve subscribed. Select “Unsubscribe” for the discussions you wish to leave and click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. You will get a message confirming that your subscription options have been successfully updated. This can take several seconds if you change your settings for several groups at the same time.
Q: How do I respond to others’ posts?
A: Click “Reply to Discussion” to send your message to the entire community or “Reply to Sender” to only send your message back to the sender; both links are located to the right of the post. We recommend replying to the sender for simple comments like “me, too” that add little value to the overall discussion; and replying to the entire community when you are sharing knowledge, experience or resources that others could benefit from.
Q: How do I start a new discussion thread?
A: Go to “Communities" > “Post a message.” From an e-mail (HTML version) for a particular discussion forum, you can use the “Post Message” link in the right navigation bar.
Q: Why do I have to post messages and reply through the website?
A: There are many features made possible because of the web interface:
- When you send an attachment through this new system, it automatically places it in the Community’s library and sends a link to members.
- Because it sends a link, you can share files up to 1 GB in size and just about any file type.
- All posts and associated resources are automatically archived and easily searchable.
Q:Can I search for posts across all the communities?
A: Yes. Enter a keyword in the search bar. From the results page, you can sort by alphabetical order, date, or relevance. Click on "Show advanced search" for more options.
Q: How do I see a listing of all of the posts to a specific Community?
A: Locate the community you are interested in viewing from the appropriate communities page. Click through to the community's landing page, then click on the “Discussions” tab. If you see a post you’re interested in, click the subject line which will take you to the entire thread. “Show original message” at the bottom of all of the posts in a thread will display the original message that started that discussion. The “Author’s Messages” link will show you all of the posts that particular member has contributed to that community.
Q: I no longer receive discussion e-mails. How can I fix this?
A: If you no longer receive e-mails from ACS Communities but would like to continue receiving them, go to your profile by clicking the arrow next to your small profile photo (upper right-hand corner of any page) and then clicking "Profile." On your profile page, under your name, click the "My Account" tab and select "Email Preferences." You should now see a box in which the following appears: "There is an issue with one or more email addresses..." Under that text, click the "Fix the issue" button next to your address. You should begin receiving messages again soon (depending on your settings and when your communities post a message). If you don't see a "Fix the issue" button, contact email@example.com for assistance.
Libraries | Top
Q: How do I find resources that may have been uploaded by other members?
A: If you know which library the resource might be located in, find the community on the appropriate communities page. Click through to the community's landing page, then click on the “Library” tab. If you do not know where the resource might be, enter search terms in the main search box the same way you might enter search terms into Google or another search engine.
Q: Can I search for specific file types?
A: Yes. Enter your desired keyword in the main search box. From the search results page, click "Show advanced search." Then click on “Search for Specific File Types.” This gives you the option to specify file type: Document, Image, Spreadsheet, etc.
Q: How do the libraries get populated?
A: The libraries are populated in two ways: When you include an attachment in a discussion post, the system automatically places it in the library. You can also upload documents directly by using the "Create a New Library Entry" button on any community's library page. Library resources are not required to be associated with a discussion thread.
Q: How do I upload a file?
A: Click the "Create a New Library Entry" button on any community's library tab. Please note that uploading a document is done in a few steps, and each step must be completed before you can move on to the next:
- Choose a title for your document, include a description (optional), select the library to which you’d like to upload it, select a folder to which you’d like to upload it (optional) and choose an Entry Type (most will be Standard Files, but be cognizant of any copyright licensed material). Then click “Next.”
- Browse and upload your file. Click “Next” if you want to add tags to your file or click “Finish” (you may have to scroll down to access these buttons).
Q: What kind of files can I upload?
A: The system supports dozens of file types including hyperlinks, standard files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), webinars, images, and YouTube videos.
Q: What are the “tags” for?
A: Tags are another way of organizing and searching for documents. You can help others find the file you uploaded by including tags when you upload it. There are many preloaded tag categories to choose from.