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how to manage your membership in the Google Community – FAQ

How do I join the community? How do I leave?

You join the community by signing up for the Out on the Wire newsletter. Within a day or so you should receive your invitation via email.

Accept the invitation, and if you don’t already have a Google account associated with that email, you will be prompted to create one (you can use any email, it doesn’t have to be gmail, and you can also associate whichever email you’re signed up to the list with to an existing google account).

To leave the community, open the settings tab on the left sidebar (the little gear-shaped icon) and click “leave community.”

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Where do I find the community?

If you’re using Gmail, go to Google Plus: Click the little nine-square grid at the top right of your gmail screen, click the red G+ icon, and you’re there. If you’re not using Gmail, search for “google plus” and then continue (or click here).

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Find the drop down menu at the top left that says “home” and click it open. Find “communities” on the list and click.

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Out on the Wire will show up there. Click it, and you’ll be in (assuming you’ve accepted your email invitation to the community).

What are the rules?

See our community rules page here.

How can I be an effective collaborator?

See our critique guidelines and ideas page.

How do I get in touch?

You can email us here, or contact the admins (Jessica Abel or Benjamin Frisch) via a private hangouts message from within the Community.

How do I post?

The new post box sits at the top of the page. You can also “attach” all sorts of media to it if you like (which, in most cases, will simply insert it in the post directly). Then select the section the post belongs in, and press “share.”

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How do I attach documents, or share large files?

You can attach many types of media right to the post itself. Even large files like videos can attach directly to post. For text, you can type directly into the post, but if you have something longer, and wish to attach documents, we recommend you use Google Drive, which will let everyone see your document directly from the group, Here’s how you share:

Go to and upload your document. I’m using my mother’s cranberry sauce recipe as an example. It’s very good! Double click on the document to open it.

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If your document is a Google Doc, you’ll see a page like the one below. Click the “share” button.

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If it’s a Microsoft document, or another type of file, a bar of icons on the top of the screen. Click the “share” icon.

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No matter the type of file, you’ll then see the following pop-up. Click the “get shareable link” button.

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Now a link will appear below. Copy it.

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The default setting will allow others to read but not comment or edit your document. If you want other people to be able to leave comments, pick from the drop down menu and choose “Anyone with the link can comment.” This is a great way to collaborate with others and stay organized within your document.

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Then go ahead and paste the link into the text box in our community, and viola, your document is available to all!

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Where should I post my work?

It helps to keep everything organized if your work is placed into the appropriate episode section. So, If you’re posting a your work for the challenge for episode 1, it should go into the episode 1 section, episode 2 challenge work into episode 2, etc.

No PR in critique groups. Announcements is the place for posting information about our, and your, narrative work. N.b.: posts about narrative work are welcome. Not general announcements.

General discussion of the podcast or Out on the Wire: Please post about episode-specific topic, post it in the episode section, and post general topics in the general discussion section.

How do I limit notifications?

Since this is a private group, the default mode is to have all notifications turned on.

If you want to be more specific about the types of notifications you get. Click the drop down tab on the left side of the page, select settings, and you’ll be able to adjust your notifications to your specifications.

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You can turn off all notifications by toggling the “notifications on”/”notifications off” button on the lefthand sidebar. You can also unsubscribe from notifications from the email notifications themselves.

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to uncover the real reasons why you’re not able
to take control of your creative work.

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