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Nov 22, 2006
From Care2 Support:

   You might already know that you can receive group discussions in your email inbox. But did you know you can post to your groups via email as well?

When you post to Groups from email, your post appears on the discussion board of the Group just as it would if you had posted from the web. You can reply to posts *and* start new threads via email.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have your group's mail preferences set up. Near the top of the group homepage look for a 'Email preferences' link. To be able to post to a group via email you must select either 'Individual Email' or 'Daily Digest'. If you select 'Individual Email' you will receive an email for each post. You can reply to a post simply by clicking 'Reply' in your email client just as you would any other email.

To start a new thread you can send an email to the group message email address. The group email address looks something like You can find the group email address for your group on the group homepage.

(Click the link above to read the rest of the notice.)

There's also something else to take note of, in case you haven't noticed it already: On the home page of groups, the group email is posted below the "Membership:" status on the group home page. And below that is your email preference (and the link to change it, if you wish), and the "Invite Your Friends" button. The result is a much more clean and organized page layout.

Thanks, Care2, for working to make things great for us!

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Posted: Nov 22, 2006 6:36pm
Oct 24, 2006

From Care2 Feedback and Suggestions: Host Announcements:

We recently did a soft-launch of an important new feature for Care2 Groups: Every group now has the opportunity to have its own mailing list (often called a "listserv"). We'll soon be doing the "full launch" of the service, so we wanted to give you a little more insight into where we're going with all of this.

Why Mailing Lists?

We surveyed Care2 Group Hosts and leaders of small nonprofit organizations and identified this feature as one of the most important tools we could add to our site. Most members of groups, whether here at Care2 or elsewhere, frequently check their email but only occasionally visit the group's homepage. Thus, the best way to help keep the most group members informed and connected is via email.

Listservs also traditionally come with associated hosting fees/hassles, so by bundling this with our free group tools we hope to provide a simple, effective solution.

Mailing lists vs Discussion Forums

Our new mailing list service is an extension of our popular discussion forums. If you like the way the discussion forums work today, nothing needs to change - you can choose to interact with them exactly as you have been. But now, in addition, you can also receive the discussion posts directly in your inbox, or post to a discussion from your email. The mailing lists functionality is simply more convenient for some people.



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Posted: Oct 24, 2006 10:16pm
Oct 14, 2006
Contacting your group members is now easier for Hosts and Co-Hosts, thanks to the new group email feature. To contact your group members, just follow these easy steps:

1. First, make sure you've enabled the Host Announcement feature. You can do this by going into your Group Management Console and scrolling to the bottom, where you'll find a link called "Home Page Modules." Click the link, and make sure the "Host Announcements" box is checked. Submit, then return to the group home page.

2. To send a message to all your members at once, simply click on the link on the group home page that says "Create New Announcement." You'll find this right under the Host profile pictures.

(NOTE: If the Hosts are hidden from view, you'll just see the "Create New Announcement" link)

3. Click the link to create an announcement. You'll see that it looks just like a regular reply window. Type your message, preview it to make sure it's what you want, and then click Submit. You'll see your notice on the group home page.

And that's all there is to it. 

There are a few things you need to be aware of with the Host Announcements feature, though:

* If members have opted to receive "web only" mail - meaning, they aren't tracking anything - they won't receive your message in their email. They'll have to click the message itself on the group home page to read it.

* Neither you nor your members can reply directly to a Host Announcement. The best anyone will be able to do is to start a new thread - and that depends on what their email settings are.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away.

I ope this little tutorial has helped you out!

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Posted: Oct 14, 2006 7:29pm


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