How-to Guide [archived - no longer active]
You can sign up here: https://emboundaries.mobilize.io/registrations/groups/4289. Alternatively, email email@example.com to ask to join.
Once you've signed up, a group manager will need to approve you as a new member so that you can access the network (this process is just to prevent abuse). It's fine to sign up without an institutional address or without giving any web-links in your profile, but if you do so please send a brief introductory note to our email address when joining. This is just a formality to verify that you have research interests at a masters level or above.
Complete the Registration Form
In addition to giving your name, you can supply as much or as little additional information as you wish about your interests. The more categories you tick, the more messages you are likely to receive. You can easily update your profile later.
The languages and interests listed reflect the interests of current members. Anything you list under ‘other’ will be searchable by other members, but will not appear on the registration form. We'd be glad to add more to the registration form: if you'd like another interest added to the registration form, please send a private message or email to the managers.
Edit your Profile
From the Mobilize dashboard, click on your profile image at the bottom edge, and then ‘My Profile'. You can edit your profile at any time.
Select Email Preferences
From the Mobilize dashboard, click on your profile image and then ‘My Settings’. You can choose to receive group posts and private messages immediately, in a daily digest or never. The bottom of every email also gives you the option to change your settings.
We recommend that members of the Early Modernists group choose to receive emails. If you choose not to, you’ll need to log in to view posts.
View other members
From the groups page, click on the head silhouettes to see members in a list or grid view. You can use the search box to locate members with specific interests (this is particularly useful for searching for anything that members listed as 'other').
Read Group discussion/Messages
There are two ways to contact people: group discussions and chats.
Group discussions (or events or polls) are sent to any part of the group, either by email or posted on the platform. A chat is a private conversation between five or fewer members that is automatically copied by email. The group managers can see all activities relating to group posts (including individual replies), but not chats.
You can read all discussions and messages as emails, and we encourage members to use Mobilize as an email-based platform so that you rarely or never have to log into the platform. We'll round up messages that are posted on the news feed into a regular newsletter.
You can, if you prefer, switch off emails and log into the platform to consult posts in your feed and messages received. Notifications at the bottom-left corner summarize recent activity.
Reply to Posts/Chats
You can send a reply to an individual members on the platform like a normal email - click reply or reply all in the message and then type your email.
You can also log into the platform and post a comment beneath the original post, either as a public comment sent to all, or as a private message to the sender only.
Start a New Discussion
Click on ‘Discussion’ on your feed then type your message. You can add images, links and files to your message.
Use ‘select members’ to use filters and searchers to target the most relevant recipients of your message. To use the filters, click on the headings and tick boxes for language interests, periods, research interests to select preferred members only. You can also list in ascending/descending order alphabetically. Then select the members you wish to contact from the reduced directory (click the box at the very top to select the whole list). The list button at the top left corner of the table allows you to choose which filters are visible.
You can also use the search box to filter for specific interests or keywords in profiles. Profiles are listed by default alphabetically by forename, but can be listed by surname if you select the 'last name' filter from the list box in the top-left corner, and then arrange ascending.
Choose the green box marked 'send' to send your message by email, or click on the arrow and choose 'post only' for it to appear on the platform without being emailed to members (you can also preview your message or save a draft). Messages that are posted only will be included in the next newsletter.
If you wish to contact the whole group, you can either 'send' your message to 'all group' or simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 'Discussions' are meant to encourage engagement from other members.
If you want to make a general announcement (about an event, publication etc.), then select post only. We'll include the notice in the next newsletter.
Start a New Chat
Click on ‘chat’ and then ‘start new chat’. Select up to five individuals you wish to chat with, and then type your message. All messages will be sent to recipients as emails. If you add a new member to a conversation then the conversation will begin a new thread (i.e. the new member will not see earlier messages).
Create an Event
Select the calendar icon. Complete the details of your event, and follow the same guidelines for 'Create a New Post' for sending your message, i.e. choose which members to contact and whether to send by email before sending.
Create a Poll
Select the graph icon. Again, choose which members to contact, and whether to send by email before posting.
Make an Announcement to everyone (event, cfps, publications etc.)
Choose 'discussion' or 'event' but post only rather than send. We'll round up your post in the next newsletter.
Non-members can email email@example.com with notices, and we'll post them to the group in the same way.
Invite New Members
New members are very welcome. Please ask them to follow the same instructions for 'Join' above.
Form a New Group
We are keen to encourage discussion on shared research topics, e.g. Anglo-Iberian relations, art history, fables. The simplest way within the existing group is to ask the managers to add a new research interest to the registration form.
It is also possible to add new sub-groups within the Early Modernists group that can be public and visible (like the Noticeboard group) or private. This option is more suitable for larger discussion groups - contact the managers if you're interested in setting up a new sub-group.
Please tell us if we can be doing more to make all members feel welcome and enjoy their experience on Mobilize. Contact the admin account (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Auger (email@example.com) via private message or email with comments.
Remove my Account
Send a private message or email to EM Boundaries or Peter Auger to be removed. Your profile will be removed immediately from the group, and will remain on the system only as a groupless member associated with any past messages.
We ask all members to be courteous and respectful to each other, and we reserve the right to remove members who cause distress to other members or intentionally misuse the platform.
(updated: 13 June 2017)