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We want to use YOUR discussions for Sharing!

Have you seen a great story and wondered 'why doesn't Command Center have this story up?'.  You'd like to see what other people say about it but just don't know how to get it up on this site.  WE want you to post discussions!  WE want to SHARE your discussions!  

But, Dee....how?  Easy! Just follow these steps:

First, go to your page.  You can post directly from your page! Just look for this upper portion of the page:

Click on "Discussion" and this box will pop up:

When you get this box, add your headline: You can make your own headline or copy and paste the one already on the story.  You can upload a picture by clicking on the little picture as shown below:

If you are looking for a good picture, try google images.  Many times, there are pictures that can be simply copied and pasted into the discussion.  Unfortunately, this is a trial and error experience!  If you don't want to add a picture, we do have a default that will come up when we share your discussion. 

It is up to you, but I bet you can locate a better picture for your discussion than our default!

Would you like to add a video to your discussion?  

Once you click on the video icon, you will see this:

You just copy and paste the embed code for your video.  Do note, there are some videos that simply will not work in our format.  If you locate one and it doesn't work, try to find the same video on youtube because youtube videos will always work with the NING platform. 

The picture below shows you where to locate the embed code on youtube: Click Share (with the red line under it) and embed-the code pops up for you!

Just copy the code and paste it into the video box.  Click Save and you have added a video to your discussion!  It will look like this:

You will not see the video yet!  You will see the box.  Add any text that you want above or below the box. If a video is all you want to add with a few lines of text, then select the category your discussion belongs in by clicking the down arrow next to 'Tea Party' under category, select the appropriate category and you are ready to hit 'Start discussion' which adds your work to the site.

Your Final Product:

But, what are those other button for?

When you click on it, you will see this box:

It isn't used often, but it might be useful for you.

What's with the paperclip?  When you click on it you will get the following box:

Select 'Chose File' and you can attach documents that you have in your computer. After the document is uploaded, just click okay to add it to your discussion.  This is an example of a document that I uploaded:

Congressman Rob Bishop, the gentleman from Utah who kindly provided Americans with the documents that showed the Obama administration was planning another federal land-grab, has come through again.

Read the entire document:  BLM%20Treasured%20Landscapes.pdf 

Bishop’s office has release the entire BLM document titled “Treasured Landscapes” of which only pages were released a few months ago. It lays out what some consider a sweeping and detailed plan for changing the way the federal government manages land over the next 25 years.

More on the buttons:

HTML also allows you to add videos or other HTML coded information.  It also allows you to get the HTML coding of the discussion that you just posted for use in other places.

This is the embed code for Madison Rising's Star Spangled Banner posted as html code:

Click the HTML icon to turn off the feature and see what your discussion will look like (yes, you will see the yellow box and not the video)

Add text or click 'start discussion' to post the story to the site!

What if you want to just add a video?  Let's go back to your page and this time we will click on 'Video'.  Simply drop in the embed code or the link from youtube (I selected the link to add the video this time) into the box and click 'add video'.


Paste the embed code of link into the box:

 Click Add Video and you end up with the following finished product!

Links are incredibly important! 

COPYRIGHT LAWS:

When entering either a blog or discussion, please keep in mind there are copyright laws which protects the author's original materials. This includes, but not limited to publications, emails, videos, etc.  If you are going to use large portions of copyrighted material, then it must be sited. In other words show the web or book address so anyone can look it up.

You can add your link to a word by highlighting the word and then clicking "Link" which brings up this box.  Add your link in the box under the word and save it.

The word you selected should turn blue indicating that the link is attached.  Your readers will then be able to click on the word and be directed to the appropriate link.

Or, you can do it the easy way! Just copy and past the link directly into the discussion box as seen below: 

This will be the final results:

Tags:

Notice the TAGS at the bottom.  You will want to think of the subject/topics to enter here that would direct other members when they do a SEARCH to find related articles.  Enter each subject and separate them with a comma.  If you do not want the words to be separated, for
example:  Tea Party Hot News, you must type it as follows:  Tea_Party_Hot_News.  I try to enter TAGS first because otherwise I tend to forget them.  This is very important information for others who researching particular subjects, so please try to remember to enter the TAGS.

Your discussion is ready!  Share it with your friends!  Then, post a link to in the comments of this group so we can consider it for a share with all our members. 

 

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