Here’s some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Getting Started

  • 1a. How do I comment on a post?
  • 1b. How do I create a new post?

2. Reading and sharing

  • 2a. How can I socially share an interesting post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Linkedin?

3. Writing

  • 3a. Which interfaces are available for writing a post?
  • 3b. Does a post need a title?
  • 3c. How is the text formatted in a post?
  • 3d. How do I insert an image into a post?

4. Commenting

  • 4a. How is a response addressed to another community member?

1. Getting started

1a. How do I comment on a post?
  • An identity with subscriber permissions can comment on an existing post.
  • The first few comments you make will be held for moderation.  Approvals will whitelist further comments for immediate release (i.e. no hold).
1b. How do I create a new post?
  • An Elevate Permissions request gives an author role capabilities to create new posts (and edit prior posts).
  • With an author role, a Write button should become visible at the upper right of the screen.  In addition the front end editor (for quick posts) should appear near the top of the screen.
    P2 Front end editor
  • There are three different interfaces for Writing a blog post, see below

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2. Reading and Sharing

2a. How can I socially share an interesting post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Linkedin?
At the bottom of each post is a row of “Share this” buttons, that look like this:

These buttons do not appear on the Homepage, only on at the bottom of each post.

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3. Writing

3a. Which interfaces are available for writing a post?
  • There are two ways of writing posts:
    • On the browser, the Government Transformation Homepage has a Write a New Post link at upper right of the page. This link invokes the “Gutenberg” WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. To view, edit or delete any of your previous posts, hover over Write a New Post and select My Posts from the drop-down menu.
    • Near the top of the Homepage, a Front End Editor is available for quick posts.  This doesn’t have all of the WYSIWYG features that the Write button gives, so Markdown may be helpful.  This is a convenient, quick way to edit a few sentences, and preview the resulting formatting.
3b. Does a post need a title?
  • The default post format is set as an aside, intended for short entries.  A permalink will automatically be constructed based on the first few words in the post body.  However, if you want to give your aside a title, the front end editor pane has three stacked bars on the right that open up a title field.
  • For a standard post, a title is conventionally used.  The permalink (i.e. address that makes up part of the URL) is constructed based on the title.

3c. How is the text formatted in a post?

  • In the visual editor, plain text is acceptable.  Links (e.g. http://wordpress.com ) will automatically be made alive.
  • Switching to the text editor reveals the full code hidden behind the semi-WYSIWYG visual editor.
3d. How do I insert an image into a post?
  • Entering a URL for a recognized video, audio, image or document will result in a shortcode the embeds that content into a post.
  • In a browser, dragging-and-dropping an image file into the post edit window (both on the Front End Editor, and on the Gutenberg Editor) will automatically upload the image, enabling embedding amidst the text.
  • In an app, there’s a button to embed a video or audio file on the device amidst the text.

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4. Commenting

4a. How is a response addressed to another community member?
  • A community member with an @Mention draws attention to the response.

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