Participate in EnviroDIY

Step 1: Register

EnviroDIY. org is community-built — we encourage you to help us build it! While guests can view our blog and forums, if you’d like to be more involved you’ll need to register as a member.

Activation Problem?

If you don’t receive an activation email within a few minutes of clicking the Register button, check your trash or spam filter. If you don’t find it there, contact the webmaster so she can activate your membership.

Step 2: Customize your profile

Change your display name

Unlike your username, your display name can be changed at any time and it may contain spaces. Click on your name in the menu to go to your profile page. On the gray toolbar,  click Edit. You can change your display name and update your About Me bio information. Make sure to click the Save Changes button before leaving the Edit screen.

Upload a custom avatar

Click on your name in the menu to go to your profile page. On the gray toolbar on your profile page, click Change Profile Photo. Choose a file on your computer (minimum size is 250 x 250 pixels) and then click Upload Image. You will be able to crop the photo before it is saved to your profile.

Change email or password

Click on your name in the menu to go to your profile page. On the black toolbar on your profile page, click Settings. Edit your email, or change your password by typing your new password twice — please use a strong one! Make sure to click the Save Changes button before leaving the page.

Change notification settings

You can control whether you receive email notifications about site activity, friend requests, and group activity.

  1. Click on your name in the menu to go to your profile.
  2. On the black toolbar beneath your avatar, click Settings.
  3. On the secondary toolbar, click Email.

Next: Get Involved by Taking These Steps

Network With Others

All members can send public messages; friends can send private messages. Interest groups are a place to share updates with people working on similar projects.

Make a status update

On your profile page and at the top of the site-wide activity feed you will find a status update box that asks, “What’s new, @username?”

When you add text to the status update box it will be entered into the site-wide activity feed. You have the choice of posting the update to your profile or to any one of the interest groups you have joined.

Add friends

On the Members page, you can see a list of all members, along with search and filter tools. Clicking on a member’s picture or name will take you to their profile page.

Add Friend

Go to the member’s profile page and click Add Friend. A friend request will be emailed; the recipient can approve or ignore this request. (If you change your mind, you can go to the other user’s profile and click Cancel Friendship Request). You will receive an email when they approve your request. Your friends’ activity will then be displayed on your profile page under the Friends activity filter. You will also be able to private message your friends.

Cancel a Friendship

Go to the member’s profile page and click on the Cancel Friendship button.

Send messages

Public Message (Preferred)

Clicking Public Message opens the status update box on your profile and starts the update with “@username” with the username of the person you’re messaging. When you post the update, the recipient will receive an email notification.

Public messages help the EnviroDIY community follow along. However, there may be occasions when a private message is more appropriate.

Private Message

(Admins can private message anyone, but to reply to an admin PM or to initiate a PM to anyone else, you must first become their friend. See instructions above for adding friends.) Clicking Private Message sends an email to the recipient. If your topic could be helpful to others on EnviroDIY, we encourage you to instead use the Public Message feature or to mention the other user in a forum post, so that the content is discoverable by others.

Join interest groups

EnviroDIY members have the ability to network within interest groups.

Viewing Groups

On the Groups page, you can see a list of all groups along with search and filter tools.

Clicking on a group’s picture or name will take you to the group page. Groups are public, so on the group page you can see the members list, who manages the group, and group activity. There will also be a brief description of what the group is about.

Joining Groups

Click Join Group to be added to the members list. Your group’s activity will then be displayed on your profile page under the Groups activity filter.

Messaging the Group

Navigate to the group page and use the status update box to post an update to the group. You can share an image, video, or link in your post. Group members will be notified of your post according to their email notification settings.

Receiving Email Notifications

By default, when you join a group you will be sent a weekly summary email of group activity. You can change this in your profile settings, by clicking on the Email Options tab on the specific group page, or by going to the main Groups page and clicking on the change link next to Weekly Summary in the group list.

Your notification choices are:

  • No Email: I will read this group on the web.
  • Weekly Summary: get a summary of topics each Thursday.
  • Daily Digest: Get the day’s activity bundled into one email.
  • All Email: Send all group activity as it arrives.

Leaving a Group

Click on the Leave Group button on the main Groups page or on the specific group page.

Use the Blog

The blog is the place to post informative topics of broad interest to the EnviroDIY community or to showcase something you’ve built.

Make a blog post

The blog is the place to post informative topics of broad interest to the EnviroDIY community or to showcase something you’ve built.

Your post should have a featured image if possible to give a sense of the topic and entice people to click and read. Videos should be embedded by pasting in the YouTube, Vimeo, etc. URL. The post should also include links where appropriate.

Make a blog post

Edit a post after publishing

Hover over your name in the menu and select My Posts from the sub-menu. Find the post you want and click Edit. You can also delete posts on the My Posts page.

See a post without a featured image? A featured image really helps people find and read your post. Consider adding one when you edit the post.

Comment on a post

Members are encouraged to comment on blog posts. As a spam protection measure, a member’s first comment after registering will be held for moderation. Once your first comment has been approved, all subsequent comments will be immediately posted to the website.

Use the Forum

The forum is the place to ask and answer questions and get tech support for the EnviroDIY Mayfly Data Logger.

Start a new topic

Guests are welcome to view all forum discussions. To post or comment, you must register on our site.

Does it belong in the forum or in the blog? If you want people to answer a question, please post it in the forum. If you want to share do-it-yourself environmental monitoring experiences, it’s better to make a blog post about it.

Start a New Forum Topic

Example of the forum text editor. Click on image to enlarge.

  1. Navigate to the forum.
  2. Scroll down to use the text editor to start a topic (aka thread). Give it a descriptive title and some tags.
  3. Write your topic in the edit pane. You have basic text editing buttons (bold, italicize, link, blockquote, strikethrough) and buttons to insert unordered and ordered lists and code snippets.
  4. Inserting an image: click the img button on the text editor if you would like to link to the URL of an image on another website. If you’d like to upload an image, see Attaching Files to a Forum Topic, below.
  5. Optional: check the “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” box.
  6. Click the Submit button.

Attach Files to a Forum Topic

Scroll down to the Attachments section below the text editor. Click the Browse button and select a file on your computer. You can attach up to four files to a topic or reply, but you must attach them one at a time using the “Add another file” link.

Allowed attachment file types (max size 5000KB):

  • Images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .ico)
  • Documents (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .odt, .xls, .xlsx, .psd
  • Audio (.mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .wav)

Video: in the interest of saving bandwidth on EnviroDIY, please upload your videos to video hosting services like YouTube and Vimeo and share links in the body of your topic.

Inserting a Code Snippet

Click the Add Code Snippet in the text editor and paste your code there. Select the language to ensure that it displays properly. Most of the other settings in the code editor can be ignored. When finished, click Add at the top of the code editor window.

Edit topic after posting

Navigate to your post and click the Edit button near the right side of the bar that shows the post date and time.

Reply to a topic

Scroll down to the bottom of the topic to find the text editor for replies. You can add attachments and choose to receive email notifications of follow-up replies.

Subscribe or favorite topics

You can choose to receive email notifications about forum activity. There are two ways to subscribe:

  • Forum: to receive email notification of all activity on the forum, navigate to the forum and click Subscribe.
  • Topic (aka thread): if you’d rather just receive email notifications for a single topic, navigate to the beginning of the thread and click Subscribe (see image below).

forum-subscribe

Favoriting a Topic

If you’d like to keep track of your favorite forum topics, click on Favorite (next to Subscribe). Then when you go to your profile page, you can click Forums and Favorites and see all of your favorite topics in one place.

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