A Video Guide of the Rebus Community Platform
How do I use the different categories?
Each category focuses on a different discussion or theme, which should be clear from the category description and the first posts in each one. If you want to post something but none of the categories seem to fit, let us know in Site Feedback & Technical Questions and we can point you in the right direction, or consider adding a new one.
How do I create a new topic or discussion thread?
Once you’re in a subcategory, click on the “New Topic” button at the top. Give your topic a clear title, and then write, upload images, add links, and format the post. You can also add tags, which help people find your topic when they’re looking for info on a particular subject. Once you’re done, be sure to click “Create Topic”!
How do I follow a topic or discussion thread so I can see new replies?
You will automatically be notified of any replies to a topic you create or reply to. You will also receive a notice if anyone mentions your @name, but you can also “watch” a topic to see all updates. To watch a topic, look for the “Normal” button and click on it. From the list of options that appears, select “Watching” and you’ll then be notified of any new activity on the thread. Other options include “Tracking” and “Muted.”
Can I get email notifications for topics I’m following?
Yes. But note that emails will only be sent if you are not active on the website at the time of the notification. And make sure you are “Watching” the topic, as described above.
How do I get started on a project?
Everything you need to start is explained in our instructions for starting a new project.
As we develop our product, a simple platform for open textbook creation, we have gone through several iterations of that project. Projects.rebus.community (hereafter referred to as Projects) is an older version of www.rebus.community, which will in turn be updated to an even better iteration of the platform. Projects is comprised of beta projects who began using our tools, resources, and practices in their earliest stage. We have left Projects operational so that the work there is still accessible while we migrate the content and integrate the best features of open textbook project management, collaboration, and communication in one well-connected platform. Eventually, everything—content, communication tools, tracking tools, templates, anything else we come up with—will be seamlessly integrated into the same platform.
I still need help!
No problem. That’s what the Site Feedback and Technical Questions section is for. Post your questions there, including the specifics of what you need help with, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.