I apologize for the confusion. The group you requested to join is not a discussion group but in fact an ADE committee reserved for department chairs. The name and description have been edited to make this clear.
You should not have received a “rejection” e-mail—in fact, you should not have been able to request membership at all, since membership is controlled by the MLA database. If you can let me know how you requested membership, we will work to fix the oversight to avoid this kind of confusion with other members.
I should note that we certainly share your desire for an open, transparent MLA Commons. However, the Commons must also function as a place for committees and other groups to conduct business. The need for privacy may vary from group to group, so we made the decision to designate all committees, divisions, and discussion groups as “private groups” by default. This allows the groups themselves to decide whether to open themselves up (which we encourage) or remain private.
We certainly welcome dialogue between members and between members and MLA staff on the Commons, and you are free to communicate with anyone—either in the context of another group or by sending them a message via their profile page.
Thanks for your feedback and sorry again for the confusion.
I want to limit the number of plugins, so the best approach is to take these up one at a time and include them all in a single plugin. Where possible I’ll use oEmbed, which provides the user-friendly approach of being able to paste in a URL on its line. I’ve added SoundCloud:
Private groups are currently a bit special because they are the default group type for MLA Committees, Divisions, and Discussion Groups. To leave these groups, you should log into your MLA member account at mla.org and remove yourself from the corresponding Division or Discussion Group. (It is not possible to remove yourself from an MLA Committee, for obvious reasons.) The next time you log in to the Commons, you should be removed from the corresponding Commons group. Note that this has not been extensively tested, so it is certainly possible that this functionality needs some work.
Eventually our goal is to integrate MLA member accounts into the Commons such that you can join/leave Divisions and Discussion Groups directly from the Commons.
Because MLA Commons is a multisite WordPress install, there are certain user behaviors that could end up being detrimental to everyone. Unfortunately, <embed>s, <object>s, and <iframe>s fall into this category. This is the case even for the big boys like WordPress.com, which also restricts their use.
Luckily, there is a workaround. Instead of full embeds, WordPress allows for shortcodes to embed media for many popular media sites. The hands-down easiest way is to simply paste in the URL from a supported media site; WordPress takes care of the rest:
The above video was embedded by putting the following URL by itself on its own line, e.g.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQUrVlT4B-c
The shortlink version also works, e.g.: http://youtu.be/wQUrVlT4B-c
There are additional shorthand methods to provide parameters to the embed. For more information, visit the shortcodes page linked above.
Hi @vcpasupathi! I’m not sure what was causing this issue, but it seems to be resolved. Your privacy setting is “I would like my blog to be visible only to registered users of MLA Commons” and that’s the case. You also show up in the Blogs tab and in search results. Let me know if you see any quirks!
Thanks for pointing that out. We’re trying to simplify the choices up there, but there’s still more work to do. I think, ideally, it would simply take you to the Sites section of your profile. I’ll see what we can do.