This tutorial is subject to change as the system grows and expands.
What is a private forum? A private forum is a place where a group can gather and chat that isn't open for public view. Permies private forums are here. If you don't see anything, that's because you're not yet a member of a private forum.
People make private forums for lots of reasons. It's a great tool for communicating over long distances. For example, people collaborating on a permaculture designproject, or a workshop organiser, or class participants that want to keep in touch. There are all sorts of reasons why one might want a private chinwag.
The be nice rule will still apply and staff will moderate private forums in exactly the same way as public ones.
To manage your forums, click "my forums" at the top of the page. This takes you to a list of forums you manage. Pick one and click.
There's a lot of stuff here. More on that later.
Today, the focus is onadding and removing members and other forum managers.
Scroll down to the bottom and you should see something like this.
It's called Manage Forum Access
Forum Managers:At the top we have three forum managers, myself and two others. These people already have the super powers to add and remove people from this forum.
To remove a forum manager, press the "X" next to their name.
Add More Managers: If you wish to add more managers to this forum, please enter a comma-separated IDs of users you want to add as managers.
To add someone as a manager to your forum, they need to already be a member of permies.com. You can find their ID number by clicking on their profile.
Add People:Enter a list of email address, who you want to add/invite to access and post on this forum.
You can invite anyone to the forum so long as you have their email address. Put their addresses in the big box and they will receive an email inviting them to your forum.
Those who are already have a permies.com user account (set up with that email) receive this message:
Hello [permie user name],
[Forum manager name] added you to the private forum [private forum name] on permies.com. You will be able to see the forum by clicking here [private forum url] when you are logged in
Remember: your username is: [username]
Those who are not yet registered on permies.com receive this message:
Hello [permie user name],
[Forum manager name] added you to the private forum [private forum name] on permies.com. But this email address was not found in our forums. Once you create an account with this email address (or change your current forum account email address to this email address (which you can immediately change back)) you will be able to see the forum by clicking here [private forum url] when you are logged in.