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This video walk-through will help you get started using groups on MLA Commons.
In the video, Katina Rogers shows you how to find, join, and participate in groups. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Please note: This video refers to an earlier version of MLA Commons. The…[Read more]
If you are an administrator of an MLA Commons group, creating a blog is a great way to share information with group members as well as with other readers. For instance, the MLA International Bibliography group […]
All set—the unwanted posts have been removed. (I had already removed the two in Postcolonial Studies based on your first message—sorry for the confusion!)
I would very much appreciate your deleting those posts. There is one under Women’s Studies and under Gay Studies, both titled “Join the Women’s Caucus at MLA!”
Weirdly enough, the two in Postcolonial Studies are gone.
Only group administrators can delete forum posts. More information on why that’s the case is available on our FAQ page, along with more details about why those unwanted characters appear in your post and how to prevent it from happening in the future.
I’d be happy to delete the unwanted posts for you. You can then re-post the same…[Read more]
The system won’t allow you to post an identical message in multiple groups. The easiest way to work around this is to add a unique sentence to the beginning of the post for each group—for instance, “The following announcement may be of interest to members of the [XYZ] group.” One unique word in the post should be enough to prevent t…[Read more]
I just figured out the HTML and Word paste issue, but as I try to send an announcement to the forum section of groups to which I belong, I am getting the following message: “Duplicate topic detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!” There is no original message posted, so there can be no duplicate. I’ve tried re-titling the top…[Read more]
And FWIW, the text editor *is* cleaner.
Ah, of course. That makes sense. I added a comment below my Forum posting to clarify the post.
Thanks for this!
The most common reason to see formatting code or HTML in a post is when the text has been copied (usually from Microsoft Word) into the visual editor on MLA Commons. The best way to avoid it in the future is to use the text editor, rather than the visual editor. More information is available in this FAQ post.
The Commons doesn’t s…[Read more]
I’ve posted a couple of times in my Groups’ forums (Shakespeare and Digital Humanities), and there are two issues:
1 / Some of my posts are full of html tags that I didn’t intend.
2 / When I noticed a typo in one of my posts, I couldn’t go in to edit/correct it.
Ever have unwanted characters appear in your posts? Wondering whether you can edit comments you’ve posted? We’ve addressed both questions in new FAQ entries: http://faq.mla.hcommons.org/.
Hi Dan –
I’m trying to…
1) Search for contacts by division (for example, only see those users in my division – German).
2) Browse groups by type (for example, view only public groups, or only […]
Hey Dan–Yes, I am now on as admin, but aren’t the other members of the group supposed to be admins also? Thanks VERY much for staying on this…
Sorry for the trouble. Yes, we’ve had to forward this glitch to our developers. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s fixed so you can log out and log in to test.
Thanks for your […]
I had already disabled all of my MLA memberships when I wrote my original post. They still linger in my MLACommons account. I don’t think they disappear automatically.
Thank you for your response […]
Hey Anna or Dan.
Still waiting on admins on about 15 of the 19 groups I am in. travel literature, postcolonial, and so many others do not have admin. Autobiography has an administrator, and a couple others, […]
To opt out of divisions and discussion groups, you’ll actually need to go to mla.org, click on My MLA, and update your memberships there. Of course, we’re hoping that as more members join the Commons, […]
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