SAQA Community FAQs

Note: SAQA Community is an online resource only available for members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. 

Questions that aren’t answered below? Please feel free to contact us at website@saqa.com. We also have an online video available that explains many of the available features of SAQA Community.

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Questions about Registering / Joining SAQA Community

SAQA members can join the online SAQA Community via this link. It is also available on the home page (via the register link in the right sidebar).

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  • This account is different than your mySAQA account, which you currently use to renew your membership
  • Please enter your FULL name (first and last) when completing the form. Otherwise, we won’t know who you are – we do verify each account against our membership database (this helps combat spam as well).
  • Your username cannot be changed once the form is submitted (even by admins)
  • A valid email address must be entered – you will receive an email verification after registration

When you first registered on SAQA Community, you were only asked for some basic details. But we really want to know more about you AND see your lovely face (or beautiful artwork, if you prefer). It’s really easy and only takes a few minutes.

Once you are logged in, select My Profile from the top menu (on the right). Then select the Edit option. We currently have two sections of profile information: Info and More Details.

The Info tab is where you can change your name. The More Details tab include optional fields such as your Location (doesn’t have to be precise – Texas, USA is fine) and your website or blog. You also have a larger text field to include more details about YOU.

You can also add or replace your Profile photo – select the option to Change Profile Photo. The image doesn’t have to be very large as it will be cropped to fit into the circle.

Note: Information on your profile is available to anyone who is registered on SAQA Community (not just the groups that you are a member of).

 

Once the form is submitted, you will receive an automated email that includes a verification link. You will not be able to login until you click on this link. If you did not receive this email (check spam) or experience other problems, email us at website@saqa.com (or click the mail icon in the bottom right of your screen).

If the activation link in your email doesn’t work, you may have already been approved/activated by SAQA Staff (sometimes we work TOO quickly).

First, try to login to SAQA Community. If you can login AND view the discussion forums/group landing pages, you are all set. No further action is required on your part.

If you still cannot login, just email us at website@saqa.com.

Once you verify your account, SAQA staff will still need to confirm your membership status (this also helps prevent spammers from joining). Depending on when we get the email, this process can take a few minutes to up to a day (especially on weekends). We do appreciate your patience – you will receive another email when your account has been confirmed (or denied).

Until your account is confirmed by SAQA, you will not be able to participate in the forums or access some of the features. You can however update your profile with additional details.

If you select the Log In option display on the top menu (on the right), the following log in screen will appear.

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Click the Lost your Password link – you will receive an email with additional details on how to reset your password.

If you are already logged in to your Profile, you can change your password (you need to know the current one!) by selecting the SETTINGS tab from your Profile page.

By default, you are set up to receive email notifications based upon certain factors. These email settings are available when you select the SETTINGS tab in your member Profile and select Email. You can also find other settings here too – including the ability to delete your Account or change your Password.

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As it states above, these settings are different than the email notifications you receive for each Group you are a member of. To change Group email settings, select the Email Options tab when you are on the Group home page.

SAQA Community is on a different platform than mySAQA. We hope to implement something in the future that will allow you to use the same login for both. However, we are not able to offer that feature right now. You will need to create a new account for participation in SAQA Community.

You will still need to use your mySAQA account to renew your membership and access members only content such as webinars, digital Journals, etc.

SAQA Community is feature only available to SAQA members in good standing. Periodically, we will be reviewing the account list on SAQA Community against current memberships. Your account on SAQA Community will be suspended until you renew your membership. If you do not renew your membership, we will delete your account permanently.

General questions about SAQA Community

The SAQA Education Committee has developed an exciting new project called SAQA Seminar, a multi-media collection of content on a specific theme designed to inform, inspire and connect SAQA members.  The theme for SAQA Seminar 2016 is STITCHING and will run from September through December. During that time, new content will be released regularly in the form of articles, video conversations, challenges, artist profiles, resource list, and much more! There will also be regular opportunities to connect with other members.

If you are interested in registering for SAQA seminar, visit www.saqa.com/seminar.

Stitch Chats are weekly, hour-long video chats that will take place throughout SAQA Seminar. You must be a SAQA Seminar participant to join these meetings. Stitch Chat uses the Zoom videoconference meeting platform, a simple, fun, approach to gathering people together. More information about Zoom »

Times and days will vary from week to week to reach the widest audience across time zones and schedules. Watch your weekly Seminar emails for details (or the Stitch Chat! calendar of events in the Seminar Discussion Forum).

Participation in Stitch Chats is not a requirement of SAQA Seminar!

Special Interest Groups (coming soon) are sub-sets of SAQA Community that have their own discussion forum, activity feed, and group home pages. For example, we might offer groups just for New SAQA Members, Authors, Surface Design, etc.

Some groups will have open membership and anyone can join. Other groups will require you to request membership first.

In addition to having their own Group home page, some groups will also include regular Zoom video conferencing meetings.

Interested in perhaps forming your own Special Interest Group? Please contact Martha Wolfe at groups@saqa.com.

SAQA uses a video conferencing tool called Zoom for our online meetings. Zoom can be used with all types of devices – PCs, Macs, tablets, iPhones, Android, and more! If you are unable to connect via the internet, you can opt to call in via phone instead.

For more details, visit our All About Zoom help page.

One of the great features of SAQA Community is the ability to easily send a message to another member. Simply find them on the Member list or click their Profile picture. You will see an option to send them a Message. Private messages will display in the Messages section of a member Profile. Public Messages will be visible to others.

If you know their username (it’s displayed under their Profile Pic), you can also mention them by using @username – they will receive a notification that you mentioned them and it will be displayed in their member Profile.

Questions about Groups (including SAQA Seminar)

Each group has it’s own home page that includes all the features available just to members of that group. A sample top section is displayed below.

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  • All of SAQA’s groups are PRIVATE – only group members have access to group activity.
  • Each group may have an Admin as well as Moderator(s).
  • Each group has a brief description – read this carefully to see if you are eligible for participating in this group.
  • If you are already a member of the groups, your screen will display LEAVE GROUP. If you are not a member, this button will read REQUEST MEMBERSHIP.
  • Group members can opt to receive group activity via email. These are notification only emails – please do not respond to them

Group Features

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Some of the features are group specific (for example, all groups may not have an online discussion forum or media gallery). Here are some of the standard features. For more details, read the FAQ relating to the specific feature.

FORUM
Groups have the option to have their own Discussion Forum, which is basically a listing of topics. Members can click into each topic to view all the replies. Some topics are “STICKY” which means they will always appear at the top. Otherwise, topics will be sorted in last update order. For more details, please see the Forum FAQ.

ACTIVITY
Each group will have its own Activity feed which will display a variety of postings: new members, new forum topics, new forum replies, and member updates. While members can add Updates to the Activity feed (and comment on other people’s updates), this does not replace the creation of topics in the Discussion Forum. For more details, please see the Activity FAQ.

MEDIA
Each group has a Media Gallery where members can upload images.  The Media Gallery can be subdivided into Albums for ease of organization. Your Group Moderator will provide guidance on what images are appropriate to upload into the group’s Media Gallery. This is not the place to upload every single artwork you have ever created or funny cat pictures (though we love those too). For more details, please see the Media Gallery FAQ.

MEMBERS
This will display a list of all members belonging to the group (now you see why you need a profile pic!). Click their name to view more details about them. You can also send them a private message (which only they will see) or a public message (which creates an activity items that mentions them).

EMAIL OPTIONS
For each group you belong to, you have the option to receive email notifications about group activity.  These are notification only emails – please do not respond to them. You cannot add new topics (or reply to existing ones) via email. You must visit your group online to do so – each email will include a handy link though.

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As an alternative, you can also subscribe to individual topics in the forums (or opt to receive replies only). We would not suggest doing this AND selecting the New Topics / All Email option above. That will result in a lot of emails.

 

 

 

On each groups home page, there will be a series of icons. These icons access some of the Group features.

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Some of the features are group specific (for example, all groups may not have an online discussion forum or media gallery). Here are some of the standard features. For more details, read the FAQ relating to the specific feature.

FORUM
Groups have the option to have their own Discussion Forum, which is basically a listing of topics. Members can click into each topic to view all the replies. Some topics are “STICKY” which means they will always appear at the top. Otherwise, topics will be sorted in last update order. For more details, please see the Forum FAQ.

ACTIVITY
Each group will have its own Activity feed which will display a variety of postings: new members, new forum topics, new forum replies, and member updates. While members can add Updates to the Activity feed (and comment on other people’s updates), this does not replace the creation of topics in the Discussion Forum. For more details, please see the Activity FAQ.

MEDIA
Each group has a Media Gallery where members can upload images.  The Media Gallery can be subdivided into Albums for ease of organization. Your Group Moderator will provide guidance on what images are appropriate to upload into the group’s Media Gallery. This is not the place to upload every single artwork you have ever created or funny cat pictures (though we love those too). For more details, please see the Media Gallery FAQ.

MEMBERS
This will display a list of all members belonging to the group (now you see why you need a profile pic!). Click their name to view more details about them. You can also send them a private message (which only they will see) or a public message (which creates an activity items that mentions them).

EMAIL OPTIONS
For each group you belong to, you have the option to receive email notifications about group activity.  These are notification only emails – please do not respond to them. You cannot add new topics (or reply to existing ones) via email. You must visit your group online to do so – each email will include a handy link though.

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As an alternative, you can also subscribe to individual topics in the forums (or opt to receive replies only). We would not suggest doing this AND selecting the New Topics / All Email option above. That will result in a lot of emails.

 

 

 

For each group you belong to, you have the option to receive email notifications about group activity.  These are notification only emails – please do not respond to them. You cannot add new topics (or reply to existing ones) via email. You must visit your group online to do so – each email will include a handy link though.

email-options

As an alternative, you can also subscribe to individual topics in the forums (or opt to receive replies only). We would not suggest doing this AND selecting the New Topics / All Email option above. That will result in a lot of emails.

 

 

 

Groups have the option to have their own Discussion Forum, which is basically a listing of topics. Members can click into each topic to view all the replies. Some topics are “STICKY” which means they will always appear at the top. Otherwise, topics will be sorted in last update order (or “Freshness”).

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View / Reply to a Topic

To view details about a topic, simply click the title. Here you will see all the replies for that topic on the page. To add your own reply to an existing topic, click REPLY just above the topic (on the right) or scroll to the bottom of the page.

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  • Each topic can have have two levels of nested replies. You can either reply to the original posting (1st level) or a reply (2nd level). Above you can see how the 2nd level replies will display indented.
  • When you add a reply (or create a new topic), the screen will remain on the topic page. To see the list of all topics again, just click on the Forum icon.
  • Do not reply to a topic if you want to start a whole new conversation about something different. Add a New Topic instead.

Adding a New Topic

To add your own topic, scroll to the bottom of the screen of the main Forum page (select the Forum icon). Here you will see the new topic section.

 

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  • Please be descriptive in your title so people know what your topic is about (“Does anyone use a Janome 6500?” is better than “Sewing Machine Question” or “I have a question”)
  • When you add a new topic), the screen will remain on the topic page. To see the list of all topics again, just click on the Forum icon.

Post Guidelines

  • There are limited styling / formatting options available when you add a topic or reply. You can BOLD or underline.
  • External links can be inserted by pressing the chain icon. Unless you select text beforehand, your link will be the actual URL (which can be quite long indeed – try to use text links instead).
  • When linking, please include details about what people are clicking on (no one likes to click on strange links)
  • Images from other social media platforms can be inserted into your post by clicking on the Image icon. You will need to know the actual URL and this doesn’t work for all sites though.
  • You add attach your own image (from your computer or device) on a post with the Choose Files option.

Each group will have its own Activity feed which will display a variety of postings: new members, new forum topics, new forum replies, and member updates.

While members can add Updates to the Activity feed (and comment on other people’s updates), this does not replace the creation of topics in the Discussion Forum (for groups that have Forums).

The Discussion Forum is a great way to organize topics (and replies), especially since the list is sorted by last update. New replies will move the topic back to the top. It is much easier to follow along the thread of conversations in the Forum environment. It also has a Search function!

The Activity feed is more of a timeline of all the various group activities. While you can filter by Topic / Reply / Update, the list will become cluttered, especially for active groups.

If you post something really interesting or have a question you really want answered, don’t use the Activity Update. It will be really difficult for other people to find it later. Older Activities will scroll off the page and there is no search function. People who don’t visit the Group frequently might miss your update.

The Activity Update is more useful for general chit-chat  and random postings that don’t necessarily require further discussion (although people can comment on your update).”I can’t wait for tomorrow’s Stitch Chat! or “Feeling really creative today – hope I get some studio time”.

Group Moderators can help you if you still have questions about what to post where. But please don’t worry too much about it – we do WANT to you communicate and interact with others!

 

SAQA Community does offer the ability for individual members to upload images in a variety of different ways. Hey, we are an arts organization – we LOVE pretty pictures. However, it can be confusing to figure out WHERE you need to upload your images.

Member Profile
When you are in your Profile (hint: that’s your beautiful face you see and not the Group pic), you will have a MEDIA icon. Images that you upload here will be seen only when people visit your profile page. You have complete control over what albums you create and what images you upload (within reason – we do have limited server space so please don’t upload hundreds of pictures).

Group Home Page
Images that you upload from a Group Home page will appear in the Group’s Media Gallery, not your own. People visiting your Profile page will not see these images.Ask your moderator for more details but these images should be related to the Group that you are in. You might also be require to put your images in a specific album – make sure you select this when uploading!

Uploading Images via MEDIA tab (either from Profile or Group Home page)
To upload an image, select Upload from under Media Gallery (Options will allow you to add a new album).

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Selecting Wall posts will add the image (or images, you can do multiples) to the general Media Gallery. Or, you can select the appropriate Album. After selecting the images from your computer, don’t forget to press the Start Upload button.

Uploading Images via Activity Update (either from Profile or Group Home page)

You can also upload images by adding to an Activity Update (a little icon with a picture and music note will appear). The process is the same but you will NOT be able to select a specific album.

Editing Image Details
If you do need to re-assign an image to a different location (Wall or Album) or want to add a description, click on the image once it has been uploaded. There will be an Edit option on the black bar across the bottom (you might need to move your mouse over to activate the bar). This is also where you can Delete your image.

Commenting on Images
When people view your image, they will be able to like or add a comment. You can see this information when you click on the image itself. All of these activities will also be added to the main Activity feed.

 

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