Q: What is AquacultureHub? Who can join?
AquacultureHub is a unique social network that will allow everyone who has an interest in feeding the world via aquaculture to educate, learn, share and be engaged with others who have similar interests. AquacultureHub is being supported by the AquacultureHub Inc. a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that gets donations and grants. We thank all those that are willing to donate to help support the cost of our AquacultureHub website (which is free to all) and education program (Aquaculture Training On-line Learning - ATOLL). Professor Barbara McLain is the online educational advisor for the ATOLL.
Q: Does AquacultureHub share my email with other parties or email members about non-AquacultureHub related topics?
Only if the members can get a special benefit related to aquaculture information, product or methodology.
Q: Who created AquacultureHub?
AquacultureHub was conceived by Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron and built by Ikayzo in cooperation with UH Aquaculture Program team members that includes Professor Barbara McLain.
Q: What technology was used to build AquacultureHub?
AquacultureHub uses a combination of Ning, an SaaS (Software as a Service) turnkey network platform, along with components from Facebook, Twitter, Google and Ooi.
Q: What's the Difference Between a Document, a Blog Post, and a Discussion?
A Document collaborates with others on a single document; capture information that should be available for a while; create a report.
A Blog expresses a point of view; call something to others' attention; make a proposal to get feedback from others; ponder an idea. We usually add photos and links to demonstrates and clarify our ideas. It is usually much longer than a discussion.
A Discussion asks the community a question; ask for suggestions; make a short observation or assertion to get feedback; report a problem.
Q: Can anyone use the blog? What are the rules?
Yes. The rules are:
1) Entries must relate to food security, aquaculture, allies industry, livestock production, education or related fields.
2) Entries should be at least a few sentences long. The blog is for substantial aquaculture related posts only. If you want to post a one liner such as "check out site x" please use the appropriate forum.
3) We don't allow blog entries written for the sole purpose of selling a product or service. 4) We do allow cross posts. Feel free to use AquacultureHub to promote "best of" blog entries by cross posting and providing a link back to your blog.
4) No ads or commercial for-profit posts are allowed before getting a special permission from the Admin.
5) No political or personal attacks are allowed. Since our vision and mission includes education, learning sharing and engaging to aquaculture related subjects and help feed the people of our planet earth in a sustainable way regardless their location, gender, faith, etc. and since the AquacultureHub members comprise from people from almost every country on our globe, all AquacultureHub members are required to act in the course of their posting in a politically neutral manner. Post with Aloha. Don't post personal or political attacks. Use common sense and if you are participating in a lively debate consider following the 60 second rule when responding.
Q: Can anyone post photos and videos? What are the rules?
Yes. The rules are:
1) Photos and Videos must relate to aquaculture or related fields.
2) Photos and Videos must have appropriate titles and descriptions.
3) Selected high-quality, original photos with appropriate titles and descriptions will be featured.
4) No ads or commercial for-profit photos and videos are allowed before getting a special permission from the Admin.
Q. How do I post something besides text in here?
It's actually pretty easy...you must use the little navigation tools above the empty box when you "post something new" or "reply" to something.
To post a link, you first highlight some text and then click the word "LINK" in the ADD menu.
Want to share a picture from the internet? You only need to get the internet address of that picture---no upload/download needed. You open a new browser window or tab and go find the picture. RIGHT-CLICK on the picture and choose the words "copy IMAGE URL". Then come back in here and click on the little picture box. Choose "From URL" (or FROM YOUR COMPUTER if you have personal photos to share)
Found a great video on Youtube.com? You can "embed" an internet video from another site. First find the video. Then click on the SHARE button. Then click on the "EMBED" button and make sure that you choose "USE OLD EMBED CODE". Copy the text that appears to your computer clipboard using your EDIT menu. Come back in here and click on the VIDEO button and paste the "OLD EMBED CODE" into the box.
**Heads UP...Your video will not show up until you REFRESH --RELOAD THE PAGE in your browser window, but if you followed the steps correctly---you'll be fine and be able to share some great stuff.
Q: Can I use HTML in my blog and forum posts?
Yes. The blog and forums allow a subset of safe tags including <a href="...">, <p>, <br>, <strong>, <em>, <u>, <strike>, <img>, <embed> and <object>.
How do I quote text?
Use the blockquote tag. Example:
<blockquote>Benny: Mika said Dan talks too much.</blockquote>
Q: Am I required to use a photo of myself for my profile picture?
No, but it is strongly encouraged. Photos help ensure people aren't masking their identity. They also reduce the chance of people saying things they wouldn't say off-line, and generally promote a friendly environment. We ask that you do not use corporate logos. The Directory is the best place to promote your business. Profile photos should be 183x183 pixels or larger. Larger photos will be automatically resized.
Q: Can I create my own group?
Yes, as long as it is aquaculture related while representing community common interest. The "Directory" will be the best place to promote your business and we are working on building one. We ask that group creators provide an icon and reference related forums and groups in the text box at the top of the group homepage. If you need help with the icon let us know. Group icons should be 171x171 pixels or larger. Larger icons will be automatically resized.
Q: How public / private is AquacultureHub? Who can see my content? Is it crawlable by Google?
AquacultureHub is a public site, and by default all content is public. Most of the content is available via RSS, so it is trivial for others to subscribe and store this content. You should be aware of this when posting and engaging in discussions. You can control visibility of your profile by going to Settings (upper right hand corner) > Privacy. You can also control visibility of blog posts, videos and images during the process of making the post. Responses to public discussions are public, and crawlable by search engines. Think of these discussions as public broadcasts, along the line of radio or television.
Q: I don't agree with a blog post from Dr. Ron (the site creator.) Should I be polite and stay silent on the matter?
No! Dr. Ron encourages lively discourse and rational debate.
Q: What are the rules for the forums?
We use a slightly modified version of the rules Ryan Ozawa wrote for his popular Hawaii Threads board:
1. Search before you post. This is "rule number one" on many message boards. Before starting a new topic, it is important to be sure that the topic hasn't already been introduced. There may be an older thread that is very relevant to what you want to address, and your new contribution will only be strengthened by reviving the existing conversation. It's natural to think that every new development warrants a new thread, but try erring on the side of keeping related messages together. If you absolutely must start a new thread, please start off by referencing and linking to the older one.
2. Use helpful thread titles. While it's hard to resist being clever or cryptic sometimes, for the most part the threads you start will do better if you succinctly explain the subject in the title. For example, if you've been thinking about painting your house, don't use "I've been thinking about something" -- use "House Painting" instead. When posting a review of a movie, don't use "Movie review" -- just use the title of the movie. Think about how your thread could evolve or be referenced later. The better it is described, the more inviting and useful it will be.
3. Stay on topic. We know this is hard, especially with the way talkstory sessions go in real life, but try to remind yourself what the thread is about before you add your reply. If something someone wrote sets off a new thought or remembrance, run with it in a new thread. For example, if someone mentions food in a discussion about politics, refer to that tangent in a new topic in the food section. If you just want to banter back and forth with another member, take it to Private Messages, IMs or e-mail.
4. Excerpt and summarize, but don't copy and paste. Very often, a news article or website can spark a great discussion. However, do not cut-and-paste the text of an article or reproduce other material in its entirety in your posts -- this often runs afoul of copyright rules. At most, quote one or two paragraphs that you think are the most interesting, then provide the link to the source for those who want to read the whole thing.
5. Link with care. The beauty of an online conversation is that you can easily direct readers to more information while crafting your own message. By linking to other sites, you can back up an assertion you make in a debate, or let people see for themselves what got you thinking. But when directing people to other sites, please include some information about the destination. Instead of posting just a URL, or a message with a generic hyperlink like "click here," include some context, like, "Check out this great Hawaii message board." Please post links to web pages rather than directly to multimedia content (i.e. Flash, video or audio files), and include a warning if the site includes multimedia content or content that may be considered objectionable or inappropriate for children or workplace viewing. Finally, please don't use tools or tricks to obscure the real destination of your link (like TinyURL).
6. Post with Aloha. Don't post personal attacks. Use common sense and if you are participating in a lively debate consider following the 60 second rule when responding.