World Wide Stamping Weekend 2012 -- How-To & Trouble-Shooting Thread

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Posted 6/1/2012 by djc in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 6/1/2012 3:37:10 PM
World-Wide Stamping Week 2012 How-To & Trouble-Shooting Thread

See the Master Thread for an introduction to this event and the list of challenges.

HINTS AND TROUBLE-SHOOTING

Click on the magnifying glass below this thread's title to add it to your watch list. Then you'll be able to access it quickly by clicking on My Watch List in the sidebar to the left of your screen.

If your question isn't answered in the how-to sections below, post your questions and frustrations here. I hope everyone will check in from time to time to answer questions.

This is a sticky thread that you can always find at the top of the board; it has a wealth of information in it. It's my go-to place to find the links I'm looking for:
Welcome and About Stamping Events

Posting Links in Blog, Message Board, and Gallery

Broken or Missing Links: How to Find What You're Looking For

How to Find The List of Blogs Offering Challenges

In Case of a Two Pea Outage: Save the blog entries to the challenges that interest you the most on your computer. That way you'll have the instructions if Two Peas becomes overwhelmed with the increased traffic caused by our event. We sometimes lose contact with Two Peas on Opening Day for a little while. Just keep checking back. If you have saved some of the challenges, you'll be able to work on them while waiting for the board to revive.

ABOUT POSTING A CHALLENGE IN YOUR BLOG

Don't let the word blog scare you away. We're not talking about a BLOG with all the bells and whistles. We're talking about a little blog. We all have one here on Two Peas. Posting there is much the same as posting in a thread.
1. At the top of the screen, just above the big title that says Message Board is a row that starts out with the word MY followed by the words Account, Content, Blog, etc.. Click on Blog.
2. Put in the title of your Challenge. Begin with WSW12. That way all World-Wide Stamping Week Challenge Boxes will be together, and participants will be able to find them easily.
3. The next line says Post Type. Click on the down arrow, and select CHALLENGE.
4. After selecting Challenge, another line will open up. This is where you put the starting date (06/09/12) and the ending date (06/17/12). Actually, when you go to the blank space to input the date, a calendar will open up and you can just click on the correct date. Note: It's never too late to start a challenge, so if you get an idea for a challenge in the middle of World-Wide Stamping Week, go ahead and post it. You can also post a challenge for just a day or two; just change the dates accordingly.
5. Now, in the box under "Post Content," just write out your challenge. If the board is slow, you might have to wait for the Content Box to open. Start out with the opening and closing dates because the dates you just submitted only tell Two Peas when to open and close your challenge's checkbox. The people reading your challenge won't see those dates.
6. If you posted samples in the gallery, you can link them here. Also it's a good idea to link your challenge thread.
7. When you post your challenge thread on the message board, include a link to your blog. Use the URL for your challenge, not for the opening page of the blog. If you are in the right place, you'll see "You are viewing a single post. Click here to visit ___'s Blog." right above the box with your message. If you don't see that message, then click on the title of your challenge to take you to that page.
8. Please Pea-mail Jamie Sorenson and give her a link to your blog challenge so she can link the WSW12 badge to it. If you don't do this, participants in your challenge will not earn a badge.

ETA: Maria (Furry Pea) has created a format for posting our blog challenges. Basically, she's suggesting we use bold-face type for headings, and we all use the same headings. That way, we could easily find the information we are looking for. Here's a link to her "test format."


ABOUT POSTING IN THE GALLERY

1. To post your project, put your cursor over MEMBER GALLERY at the top of the screen. Select the option UPLOAD A NEW PROJECT. (The edit option is now in the left sidebar.)
2. Follow the step-by-step directions. Be sure to select the Stamping Gallery.
3. Give your project a title. For World-Wide Stamping Week 2012, put WSW12 at the start of your title and include what challenge it's for. For example, WSW12 Serendipity Challenge.
4. Be sure to describe your project in the comments section. If possible, include the source of your stamps. Tell what coloring medium and technique you used.
5. Once you have posted your project in the Stamping Gallery, go to the challenge thread and post a link to your gallery post; this will put the challenge thread back to the top of the board and assure that it doesn't drop out of sight. This step will keep the challenge threads circulating. The Challenge Thread is also the place to ask questions and to chat with other participants about the challenge.

HTH
Daria

djc
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Posted: 6/1/2012 3:37:46 PM
Here are some questions that have come up in the past. The advice came from several different people.

Why isn't my post showing up in the gallery?
Two Peas says to allow 5-10 minutes for your post to show up. Usually, it takes seconds, but when a lot of people are posting at the same time like we do during our events, it may take longer.

The number under my badge doesn't reflect all the posts I've made.
This number doesn't update immediately. Also, it does not include comments you leave in the gallery.

I just noticed that my signature isn't showing and I can't see anyone else's either.
At the bottom of this thread, in the lower right corner, is a toggle that says "Show/Hide Signatures". Click it once and see if your siggies re-appear.

On the two blogs that I have been working on, I have uploaded the URL at the top of the page - these are the wrong URL's for the challenge. They are the URL for blog under "My account" and include not the right information.

Where do I find the URL to use?


Above the title "Message Boards," there's a row starting with the word "My" followed by account, content, blog, etc. Click on Blog. Now you're in your blog. If you have already posted your challenge, you'll see it there, BUT this is not the right place yet. Do not use the address that you see in the address bar at the top of the screen.

Click on the title of your challenge. This will take you to the right place. Right above the box where you have posted your challenge, you should see the words "You are viewing a single post. Click here to visit ___'s Blog." If you see those words, you're in the right place.

Now you can highlight the address that's in the bar at the top of the screen. That's the one you use when linking to your blog.

I've created a challenge blog but can't figure out how to get the image of my sample card on it.

Your card has to be online somewhere, for example, in the Two Peas Gallery.

1. Go to your card and right click on it.
2. Select Properties from the window that opens, and click on that.
3. Put your cursor over the URL address (toward the center of the box) and highlight it.
4. Keeping your cursor over the highlighted address, right click again, and click on Copy from the list that opens up.

OK, almost done.

5. Go to your blog and click Edit. Find the icon for Image. Just move your cursor over the different icons at the top of the page above your message until you find the one that says Image, and click on it.
6. In the window that opens up, put your cursor in the section for the URL; right click again, and this time click on Paste from the list.
7. Either click OK or adjust the size of your card. I had to reduce the size of mine by half.

I hope I didn't leave anything out. It's easier to do than it is to read the directions.

I've noticed that everyone (except me) can post a link on their blog and give it a title so the entire URL doesn't show up, and the title just fits right in with the message--the way they do in message board posts.

How are you doing that? When I click on LINK, it opens a box and I can put the URL in, but there's no way to name it.


Yesterday when I did my blog I struggled with the same issue of the long and ugly links. I pea-mailed Cindi, who helped me. It is real easy:

1.First type the name of the link in your blog (like 'sample card'). That is, the title you want to give the link (the clickable words).
2.Highlight the word/s that should be clickable, then go to the link icon.
3.Put the URL into the little box. Click 'ok'. And magically the title you wrote in your blog becomes the link.

Got a gallery question. Is there a way to see all the WF11 gallery uploads without going to each individual challenge? I'm hoping there's a simple way to see all the WF11 pieces from all the challenges.

I just went to the gallery and searched on 'WF11'. Everything submitted with that in the title showed up. Hopefully people are putting that in their titles or I will probably miss them.
[ETA--For the current event, search for WSW12.]

HTH
Daria

djc
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Posted: 6/1/2012 3:38:25 PM
I thought this would be a good place to add this wonderful piece of advice that I recently received. It's a way to access old threads that I thought were lost to me.

My comment:
I wish Two Peas could fix the links so that they worked. Whenever ownership changes, so does the URL. A lot of our old links have a word in them that no longer belongs there. Two Peas tried to make it disappear automatically. I think that might even work for some people, but it doesn't for me. Plus, I can't manually remove it because my computer is too quick to diagnose the problem and brings up a new page to let me know about it. Therefore, the URL to the info page replaces the one I put in, and the original one is beyond my reach. That is the only thing this old computer does quickly. Darn.

Furry Pea's advice:

Hey Miss Daria.... I know it is a lot of work, but if you or anyone else is interested:

Right-click on the link
Click on Properties
Copy the URL
Paste in your browser
Remove: kaboose (plus the extra "dot"
Hit enter

>>>>>>>>> gets you to the page you want!


This is easy to do, and now I can access the old threads I wanted to see. Maria wrote me again and suggested I save the fixed links to the threads I wanted to revisit so I wouldn't have to repeat the process again.

Thank you, Maria.

Daria

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Posted: 6/6/2012 10:49:56 AM
Question for Daria et. al. (Hi Anne!)...

I have 2 games I'm gonna host. Since they involve searching & linking piece from our galleries, I plan to create blogs for both & link those blogs to my 'game' threads.

Should I include them in my Jamie pms along with my regular challenge blogs?



Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 6/6/2012 1:04:53 PM
Hi, Daniel! I don't see why not? Just my opinion. I'll go with the majority.......

Also, if you are going to ask people to link, feel free to cut-and-paste my "how to link" instructions from my WF11 Praise & Case Challenge. No need to reinvent the wheel!



djc
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Posted: 6/6/2012 4:01:03 PM
Daniel, unless they post something in the gallery, there would be no way for them to check off the challenge box so it wouldn't make any sense to link the game blogs to the badges.

If they do have to post something in the gallery, then go for it.

Daria

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Posted: 6/8/2012 6:12:01 PM
I've been having problems with the website. Things seem to be working better right now, but I did just lose a message board post after entering it and seeing it on the board. Last night, I lost a gallery post after it had been entered.

I suggest that people use the copy & paste function before they submit anything they'd hate to have to rewrite. Then if it goes off into cyber-space, you will still have your work for the next try.

Daria

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Posted: 6/8/2012 6:23:40 PM
That's good advice, Daria! Thanks!



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Posted: 6/11/2012 12:09:08 PM
btt for the new week

Daria
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