***Winterfest 2013 How-To & Trouble-Shooting Thread***

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Posted 1/25/2013 by djc in General Stamping
 

djc
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Posted: 1/25/2013 1:01:04 AM
See the Master Thread for an introduction to this event and the list of challenges.

HINTS AND TROUBLE-SHOOTING

Click on the arrow to the right of the Reply button at the top right or bottom right of the thread; then select Watch this Thread to add it to your watch list. After that, 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.

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 WF13 (no spaces). That way all Winterfest 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 (02/09/13) and the ending date (02/17/13). 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 Winterfest, 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 Discussion Thread.

7. When you post your Challenge Discussion 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. 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 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 Winterfest 2013, put WF13 (no spaces) at the start of your title and include what challenge it's for. For example, WF13 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 Discussion Thread and post a link to your gallery post; this will put the Discussion Thread back to the top of the board and assure that it doesn't drop out of sight. This step will keep the Challenge Discussion Threads circulating. The Challenge Discussion 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: 1/25/2013 1:01:53 AM
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. The badges are for fun; the number isn’t always right.

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 WF13.]

HTH
Daria

djc
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Posted: 1/25/2013 1:02:26 AM
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

djc
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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:41:31 AM
Christinmay just posted on the Master Thread about a problem uploading to the gallery with iPhones:

She pointed out that there's a "glitch when participants upload a project thru the iPhone app - that is, that it doesn't appear on the challenge blogs and participants don't get badges (basically, ticking the challenge box doesn't do anything). This is a pretty significant problem, and caused me a bit of a headache during SOF12."

She's going to put in a Service Ticket if this happens during Winterfest. I think that if it happens to you, you should also put in a Service Ticket so that Two Peas will know it's not just happening to one person. After that, all you can do is take a deep breath and keep on playing.

To put in a Service Ticket, scroll down to the very bottom of your screen, click on Service Center. Then under Support Tickets, click on Create New Ticket.

Daria

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Posted: 1/25/2013 3:42:45 PM
Thanks for adding that Daria.

I followed up the service ticket last night so we'll see what happens. This seems to be an across-the-board iPhone app problem, as a few others have mentioned it too.

The only thing I can recommend is that participants should use their normal computers to upload if possible.
Uploaded with iPhone client

djc
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Posted: 1/29/2013 12:32:01 AM
Daniel started a thread that should be helpful to both participants and people hosting challenges: Hosting Challenges: Tips & Tricks

Daria


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Posted: 1/29/2013 4:49:40 AM
A message from Matt, regarding the iPhone app uploading-problem: "This year it sounds like you will have to upload from the website if you'd like to receive badges for Winterfest."

Uploaded with iPhone client

djc
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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:01:54 AM
Christin, thanks for the update. Did Matt say anything about whether the entries would show up on the challenge blogs if people use their iPhones to upload? To me, that is a bigger problem than not getting a badge.

Daria

ETA: Christin has followed up this problem Service Center. Matt has let her know that, at this time, if you upload to the gallery using your the iPhone app, you will not earn badges, and your entry will not show up on the Challenge Blogs. If you'd like to do those two things, you'll need to upload from the website.

djc
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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:57:59 PM
Just one more week to go. I'm bumping this up to make it easier to find.

Daria

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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:41:45 AM
Since we're halfway to 'opening day' for WF13, is it too early to start doing a challenge blog?

Although this won't be my first time, I know I'm going to have to edit prior to 2/9 to get all my links correct & such.

Far as the challenge 'thread'? That I'll hold for fri. or sat.

Is that ok?

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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:31:45 AM
Daniel, I hope it's okay to set up my challenge blog because I already did.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:09:33 AM
LOL, Heidi! I'm sure you're cool!

As I said, I'll hold off on doing the 'thread' until fri/sat, but blogging takes time & I almost always need to edit prior to start up.

djc
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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:39:36 AM
Yes, please set up your challenge blog. All you need to start one is a name for your challenge. You can state the dates of the challenge and say that details will follow. Please don't post the details until Thursday or Friday.

That's all we need to let Jamie know what the link is so she'll be able to link the challenges to the badges.

If you're hosting a challenge, be sure that you click on Challenge when selecting the type of blog post. If you don't do that, you'll be besieged by participants who can't find the box to check when they post their entries.

Daria

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Posted: 2/13/2013 3:22:22 AM
Thanks Daria for this thread! I was looking for the location of service tickets and couldn't find them...but here you have it on the post of above on 1/25/2013 at 8:41:31 AM.

Thanks!
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