About the 3.4 Upgrade
The 3.4 Upgrade introduces two new tools in the MissionBox toolbox aimed at enhancing existing Engagement Community functionality that will simplify and modernize information sharing.
Posts bring to MissionBox the ability to add messages directly and at anytime to the group layout page. Posts are saved and searchable, allowing users to add custom messages, upload one or more image, embed video links, add comments, "like" each other's posts, tag other members and add custom tags.
Resources bring to MissionBox the ability to create a resource record for businesses, organizations and websites containing contact and location details, description, images and comments related to the resource. Resources will create easy access for stakeholders and group members to entities they are commonly referred to for assistance, guidance and support.
Both Posts and Resources can be activated in the group settings menu which can be accessed by hovering over the "Group" tab and selecting the Settings option.
Options for Posts and Resources will display listed under the Visible Components list and users can check off each option that they would like to make available under the Group layout top navigation options.
Working with Posts
Once activated a tab for Posts will display as part of the top navigation menu options available on the Group layout page. All group members will have the ability to create a post by hovering over the Post tab and selecting "Post an Update".
When creating a post, users have a small variety of fields that they can enter data into. No field entries are required when creating a post.
User can enter values for:
Post Type - Users can enter a new value or select from a list of pre-existing values.
Visibility - In a collaborative group, users can adjust a post's visibility to public, protected or private allowing a post to be fully visible (public), visible only to other groups in the community (protected), only visible to the group (private).
User can also use the menu located at the bottom left of the "create a post" screen to add photos and apply tags.
Users can click the camera icon, located on the far left side of the post menu, to add one or more photos into their post.
Users can click the person icon to search for a group members name and tag that person in the post.
Users can click the location icon to add a location tag to their post.
Users can click the pound or hashtag symbol to add one or more key words from the Collection tags available for the group.
Users can also click the exclamation icon to add a tag of "Urgent" to the post which will elevate the priority for the post. This will send through to group members with allowing a "Low" level of notifications specified by their notification settings.
Group members or other users viewing a post can add comments to posts.
The "Write a Comment" box displays for each user at the bottom of each post
Users viewing a post can click into the "Write a comment" box to start their comment
After typing the comment into the "Write a comment" box then the user can click "Add" to add their comment to the post.
Comments will display directly under the post and will display the user's profile image that submitted the comment. The user that submitted the comment can edit or delete it; admin can delete comments
Individuals can reply to or like each other's comments.
A panel will display the number of posts specified in the "Number of items to display" field on the panel settings.
Panels displaying posts will only have the "Post" option available for the Display Style field.
Group admin can apply addition filters for panels set to Content Selection value of "Automatic" by clicking on the "Update Filters" button that is available under the Filters box in the panel edit settings.
Group admin can delete but not edit posts created by other users.
All posts can be accessed under the "Posts" tab displaying in the Group layout top navigation menu.
Working with Resources
Once activated a tab for Resources will display as part of the top navigation menu options available on the Group layout page. Only group members with Contributor or greater group role have the ability to create a resource by hovering over the Resource tab and selecting "Submit a Resource".
Users creating a resource will first enter the basic details about the resource including the two required fields, Resource Name and Resource Type. For the Resource Type field, users can add new values or select from a list of previously entered values.
Once the "Submit a Resource" page is filled in with at least the required fields, the user can then click "Create" button to save the resource.
After clicking "Create" for the new resource, users will have the ability to enter additional details about the resource.
Details include -
Main Image - A main image can be uploaded to display at the top of the page in Viewing mode or can be set as hidden so that it only shows as a thumbnail when the resource is previewed in panels and search.
See More (Resource Type) - Resources Type tags allow user to classify the type of resource being created (i.e. business, website, nonprofit). Users can add custom values to this menu or select from a list of previously entered values
Find More Resources About (Collections) - Collections is a way for users to apply custom tags to indicate the category/Purpose of the Resource (i.e. Training, Emergency Services, Pro-bono consulting).
Affiliated Organization - Users can select an Affiliated Organization to associate with the resource, and this creates a link to the Organization Profile.
Affiliated Business - Users can select an Affiliated Business to associate with the resource, which will create a link to the Business Profile.
Comments - Comments can be activated to allow viewers and/or group members to post comments to the bottom of an resource.
When filling in contact information, users can use the Location field to search for businesses or organizations by name or by address and the contact information associated with the listing will populate into the appropriate fields.
Users creating resources can enter as much or as little Contact Information as they need including just a website, facebook, twitter or linked in pages.
Region will allow users to specify the physical location or geographic area that a resources provides and/or directs services to.
Resources can be set to a "Status" of Draft, Published or Archived for content management purposes.
The notice displaying indicating that a user can "Publish it" for the Resource will disappear once the user clicks "Publish It" and the "Done" button at the bottom right hand corner of the resource page.
Once published, a Resource can be included in a panel through automatic filters or by manual selection.
Panels displaying Resources will have the option to apply settings such as Display Style and the ability to set the Content Selection to display automatically and to apply filters for the automatic selection.
Filter facets include items from the Visible Components list and the resource settings.
All resources created within the group or featured on the group layout page will be accessible through the "Resources" tab at the top of the Group layout page.
Additional Functionality Updates in 3.4 Upgrade
Enhancement to Questions
The Questions tab in the Group layout page will now be labeled "Forum".
For questions displaying in a panel preview the profile image of the "Asker" will now display in the preview along with the question.
In-product Notification log
The In-Product log, located at the top of the MissionBox screen under the chatter icon, will now contain ability to archive individual notifications allowing users to clear notifications that are no longer needed
Users can also click "View All" to go to a full page of notifications, or they can click "Archive All" and clear the list displaying in the log
The View All page will display all notifications including those that have been archived.
+Add Buttons on Panels
Group members with contributor or greater roles can now add content of specific types to the group layout page by clicking an "+Add" button that will display at the top of panels if activated in panel settings.
If the panel has a "Content Selection" value of "Automatic" applied in the panel edit properties, then the content added will same custom tags/filters as those that are applied to the panel.
The "+Add" button can be activated for a most Content Panels in the Display Options in the edit settings for a panel.
Links in custom panels and text box
Ability to convert hyperlinks to buttons in text areas such as custom panels, description boxes, and article bodies.
By clicking on the link when in edit mode, users can click the choose from the link menu to Edit the link and update the text that displays as well as the url of the link itself.
Users can also choose a color for the button from the Button Color drop down allow for Blue, Grey or Orange.
Update to Group Role labels
Label for the the role of "Viewer" is now updated to read Member.
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