Website Rules, Policies, and Training

PLEASE do not mark or report email from AWSA East posts as SPAM. Doing so can be detrimental to ALL our users. We have added some members as a courtesy. You may subscribe and unsubscribe to any or all post categories by logging in and updating your settings under Users >> Your Subscriptions. Please remain subscribed to Administrative at minimum.

Any eastern region member may create an account and provide content. Click Register at lower left to create an account. When registering, if the captcha is hard to read, just refresh the page until you can read it well. (If we have any spam issues, we may change settings so that Admin must approve account before you can post.)

User Roles

  • New users are currently set up as Contributors. Your posts must be approved before they go live.
  • If you are tech savvy and find the system easy to use, you may be promoted to Author. Your posts would then be immediate. We would ask you to be careful with other elements of the system that would then be available to you.

 Posts

  • It’s helpful to have the public site open in one window and the admin in another so you can view these instructions and see your post on the public site without having to leave the admin.
  • When creating or editing any post, in the upper right, “Screen Options,” you can un-check Slug, Custom Fields, Send Trackbacks, Excerpt, Featured Image*, Format; these will be out of your way in the future. (We are only using the Standard Format, no excerpts unless someone wants to educate the admin on how they’re useful, no featured image*, no pingbacks or trackbacks, leave the slug alone.)
  • In the formatting bar, expand “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” near right end to see more formatting options.
  • Best if you type the post right in the admin. Copy and paste can have some formatting consequences, especially if copying from Word. If copying, consider switching to “Text” tab (upper right), paste, then clean up under “Visual” tab.
  • If you make a long post, please add a “more” tag, also located in the top row of the formatting bar. This will keep your post short on summary pages.
  • Please DON’T FORGET to categorize your post at right, multiple categories allowed.
  • Most likely you WILL want to allow comments, but you may un-check “allow comments” if appropriate.
  • Most likely you will not want to check “Subscribe2 Notification Override” as we DO want people to get notification of new posts.
  • Feel free to use Tags, optional.
  • You are welcome to add an image to your post, or attach files; limited training below.
  • If you feel additional categories are warranted, tell the webmaster.

Note: NEVER allow trackbacks and pingbacks. Although they were good in concept, the abusers have totally thwarted their usefulness and they result in huge amounts of spam.

Comments

  • You may comment on posts while logged in.
  • Consider setting up a Gravatar (Globally recognized avatar) at http://en.gravatar.com/.

Images

  • You may add an image inside your post. Put your cursor where you want it and click “Add Media” above the text window. You can upload an image from your hard drive. The system will save it in multiple sizes. You’ll most likely want the medium or small size. I suggest you align it right. You can give it a caption if you’d like.
  • * Images at the top of the page are set to display randomly. If you want your own featured image on your own post, click “Set featured image” to the lower right. You can choose from the uploaded media or upload your own. If you upload, you will have the chance to crop it and scale it. The final size should be 1000 X 350 pixels (aspect ratio = 2.857). You need to save the changes within the images panel, and then the post.

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that initially everyone will receive notice of your post; that is how we set it up. If people get too much email, they can/will unsubscribe from certain categories or posts, or all of them. The intent of this site is to be for communication within the region, so please post quality information and not to excess.

Site administrator has sole discretion to rectify misuse of this site. Do not violate any copyrights. Give credit for photography. Use appropriate language.

Suggestions on how to improve this website and/or these instructions are welcome; email webmaster. Photos from other ski sites welcome/encouraged. For headers, we need panoramas, 1000px X 350px.

Email Administration

  • We operate a separate MailChimp mailing list that allows sending messages to specific groups. This is our main method of communicating with region members. Please add yourself, http://eepurl.com/nUmC1.

Pages (for editors only)

  • When adding pages, un-check “Allow comments” (trackbacks, pingbacks) below. We do not want any comments on pages, only posts.
  • No custom fields.
  • Page Attributes
    • Choose placement in navigation hierarchy. (I may have to do an added step in nav menu.)
    • Use Default Template. I have not styled Showcase or Sidebar.
    • Do not change Order.
  • Featured image if desired, as above.
  • Do not check “Subscribe2 Notification Override,” we DO want people to get notification of new pages. Although try to have your page reasonably complete as the notice will go out the first time you publish.
  • When creating or editing any page, in the upper right, “Screen Options,” you can un-check Author, Slug, Comments, Custom Fields, Featured Image; these will be out of your way in the future.
  • See other possibly helpful bullets above under Posts.