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How to Use This Site

You must register for the Forum and the SOC Library separately.

Discussion Forum

To use the forum, click on Discussion Forum.  Then click on Register on the navigation bar to set up your account.  After entering your registration information, you will receive an 'activation email' sent to your email address. Once you have done this, you will be registered.

The Discussion Forum is broken down into forums (major topics areas the system administrator has created), threads (which are individual questions that users post within a forum), and replies (which are individual replies to a thread, or question from a user).

SOC Discussion ForumHow to Get the Most Out of the Discussion Forum

The Discussion Forum has many new features to help you get as much out of the forum as you want to. Click on the navigation bar’s FAQ link for answers to many questions.  You can also send an email to  soc@senseofcommunity.com with questions.

Register.  As a registered member, you can set up a profile that can include your email address, website, instant messenger addresses, and a small virtual avatar and signature. Registered members can post replies to other users, or start a thread in an existing board for a topic not currently being discussed. Members can also send email-like Private Messages to other members if you don’t want to share your comment with the whole thread.  Unregistered guests may read posts but cannot post themselves.  Just click on the User CP link for many other profile options.

Keep up to date on what’s happening.  In your Profile control panel, under Edit Options, there are a number of options you can use to stay on top of what’s happening.  If you want to know what’s been posted in a thread of interest, for example, you can Subscribe to the thread and choose to receive email updates of thread postings.  You can choose how often you are notified of new postings.  We will be sending periodic updates to all registered users of the forum so you can learn about interesting threads and new additions to the SOC library.

Be Nice and Helpful.  Remember to be civil.  The perceived anonymity of the internet means that tempers can flare quickly, especially since the text of a post doesn’t convey tone of voice.  Members who flame (i.e. insult others, start arguments) will be contacted by the site sponsor. Users who are repeatedly disrespectful will be banned. If banned members try to register with a different email address, their IP will be blocked.

Respect privacy.  Community Science, as sponsor of this site, is committed to protecting the privacy of all who register for this forum. Personal information that you provide us (e.g. your e-mail address) will only be used to provide information regarding this site.  If you don’t want other members to see your email address, or see when you are on the forum, you can hide that information in your Profile control panel, under Edit Options. 

No commercial use.  Members cannot use this forum to promote products or services for direct financial benefit except if they are in direct response to another member’s question.  All financial interest in recommendations should be disclosed.  Community Science reserves the right to restrict the use of this site by any individual violating this policy.  Community Science retains the right to restrict access to anyone not acting in the spirit of this site.

Help us improve it!  Like many forums, active and involved members are crucial in keeping the board going.  Please post any suggestions on how to improve either the forum or the SenseofCommunity site in the discussion forum “Getting Started and Suggestions”. 

FirefightersSense of Community Library

You must register for the Forum and the SOC Library separately.

Register.  Unregistered guests have access to the SOC Library but cannot upload documents or files.  If you are not yet registered, you must sign up for a free account before you can upload.  Simply click on
SOC Registration and fill out your e-mail address and name, and choose a username and password.  At that time you will receive an e-mail asking you to activate your registration.  As soon as you have activated your registration, you can log in to the website and begin uploading files.

When you enter the SOC Library, you have three choices: keyword search, browse documents, and upload files.

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