: What do I need to do to post a general comment? (that would come up on 'latest activity')
If I go to my own page and click on 'latest activity' a text box, just like this one, opens up. So I write my comment - in this case including info about the Kindred Gathering coming up - but when I go to post it, or update I think it says, I get: "FOTMD says: You do not have the proper privileges to perform that action!"
What does this mean? It's extra confusing as it comes after just posting some videos and comments with those.
Do all general posted comments have to be in the context of a group? Or what? Or is it because I included a web address in the comment?
Not all social network sites behave the same way, and yes I understand that it can be confusing.
But let me see if I'm correctly understanding your question:
One doesn't 'post a general comment' in order for it to show on the site's Main Page activity feed. Instead, the Main page activity feed simply reflects what's been going on...things that members have posted or commented on elsewhere, all over the site.
I have the site set up so that Admins and Moderators ARE able to post right in their profile page activity feed (and by default that post will appear also in the Main Page activity feed). That is so we can post site notices if needed.
However, I have the set set so that regular members are NOT able post updates into their activity feed (hence your error message when you try). Why do I have it set this way?- because some folks would then start ONLY the feed to add all their content to the site and to have their thoughts appear on the Main page...they would try to hold discussions there in the activity feeds, expecting comments, etc. This 'lite' participation method would not be a good thing. The Feed is not set up to do justice to any meaningful discussion, and also the content would sink down out of sight in the Feed and disappear before you could blink an eye. Todays' posted content would be forgotten tomorrow, and it'd be purged after a few months as all main page Activity Feed entries are. This site is not FB, where all the activity rapidly scrolls by in one place- the feed. Instead, I try to present a place where people can interact in depth, and where members' content can remain in view in an organized way so as to benefit folks joining and looking for help for years to come. FOTMD is already eight years old now, and has a huge amount of richly rewarding and helpful content.
FOTMD is not just an activity feed... it's like a social club where you can explore different areas of interest, and get to know others who share those interests.
To post a video, you click the + button in your Video section on your profile page (and it appears in the main page activity feed). To post an audio clip, you do so from your profile page's Audio section. Post a festival Event by clicking to your Events area. Post a photo by going to your profile page's Photos area. For discussions: To post in the Discussion Forums, you click to the forum area from the Forums link along top of every page. Click to the Groups link to browse or join a specific interest Group and post in that Group.
Every time you participate -by posting a video, a photo, an event, an audio clip, posting in or creating a group or forum discussion, or a comment on someone else's items... your action will appear in the Main Page Activity Feed. But activity feed entries in themselves don't function as participation or action. Try to think about what it is you want to post or add or say- then add it in the site area it should logically go... do you want to add a video? Or an Event, or a photo? Or start a forum discussion? Did you see a video in the activity feed that you'd like to comment on or 'Like'?...then click on it and you'll be taken to the video itself where you can Like it or leave your comment.
Leo, I hope perhaps this helps to clarify a few things for you about how this site works. Let me know if I have not explained it well enough or if you have more questions. I'm glad to help if I can!
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