Table of Contents
Updating your profile
Joining a listserve
Starting a new discussion post
Responding to discussion posts
Creating a library entry
Leaving a listserve
Sorting discussion threads
Listserve subscription options
Finding new members
Adding members as contacts
Share a File
Create a Blog Post
TCDLA Community Site supports the following Internet browsers:
Internet Explorer (IE) 9
1. Logging In
You can access TCDLA listserves and Community Site from TCDLA website www.tcdla.com and then log into members only section and click on listserves.
Your username and password is the same as what you use for TCDLA member’s only portal. If you’re not sure what your login information is, click on the ‘I forgot my username or password’ link and follow the prompts or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you’re already logged into the TCDLA member’s only portal website, you are automatically logged into TCDLA Community Site and you do not have to log in again to visit the community or post on the listserve.
*Note: If you are having trouble logging in to TCDLA Community Site, please verify that your email address is accurate in your member profile in the Members Only section under My Account of TCDLA website. You can update your email address directly on TCDLA website.
Important: Use of this Listserve is governed by the Code of Conduct. Please read it. Your use of the listserve is taken as an agreement to follow this code. LINK HERE
Updating Your Profile Information
You can complete your profile by importing information from LinkedIn or simply enter your information on the profile page.
*Note: Basic contact and employment information is automatically populated onto your TCDLA Community Site profile from the Members Only section of the TCDLA website. Updating your information there will also trigger the update of that info on your TCDLA Community Site.
As a member of TCDLA, you already have a profile on TCDLA Community Site that is ready for you to customize.
To update your profile, click on your profile picture drop down arrow at the top right of the homepage and then click the Profile button. From here, you can complete your profile by importing information from LinkedIn or simply enter your information manually on the profile page.
*Important: Basic contact and employment information is automatically populated onto your TCDLA Community Site profile from the Members Only section of the TCDLA website. Any updates made to your Members Only info on the TCDLA website will automatically be reflected in TCDLA Community Site.
To access your account information, click on the:
Drop down arrow of your profile picture near the top right of the homepage
Click on the Profile button underneath your name
Under ‘Contact Details’ in the left column of your profile page, click on the pencil icon to the right of Contact Details. This will take you to your account information on the TCDLA Community Site.
Once you are in your TCDLA Community Site account, you can update your email address and phone number on the My Account homepage. Click on the ‘Profile & Demographics’ link in the left column to update your name and job title and click on the ‘Addresses’ link in the left column to update your mailing address
Updates will automatically appear in TCDLA Community Site.
3. Building Your Contact List
A great benefit of TCDLA Community Site is the searchable member directory. Connect with friends, colleagues and fellow members that you met at past TCDLA events.
You can access and search the directory from your homepage under the ‘Network’ tab or from your profile under the ‘My Connections’ tab.
4. Reviewing Your Email Settings
All members are auto-subscribed to the Main TCDLA listerve and you will start to receiving a Daily Digest containing new discussion posts as members start participating. To update your email preferences, visit the “Settings” page under the “My Profile” tab in the menu bar. You can choose from the following options:
Real Time: You will receive an email each time a new message is posted
Daily Digest: You will receive one email each day containing all of the previous day’s messages
No Email: This means that you won’t receive any emails in your inbox. You will need to log in to TCDLA Community Site to view and reply to discussion posts
As a new member of TCDLA Community Site, you are automatically subscribed to the all-members TCDLA Main Listserve. You can also find and join additional communities under the ‘Communities’ tab on the home screen. Simply browse the communities available and ‘join’ any that are of interest.
Creating a Discussion Post
From the TCDLA Community Site homepage, click on the “Participate” tab and then “Post a Message”.
You can also post a message by clicking on the “Communities” tab and choosing your desired community. From there, click on the “Discussions” tab and click on the green button at the right that says, “Post New Message”. Enter your subject, choose the community you wish to post the message into, type your message, attach any necessary documents and click send.
You can also post a message directly from your email account without having to log in. In one of the emails you receive from TCDLA Community Site, you will see a link at the top that says, “Post New Message Online”. Click on that link, type your discussion post and click send.
Replying to a Message
There are three ways to reply to a discussion post:
Reply to Discussion- reply to everyone in the group
Reply to Sender- reply privately to the original sender
Reply by Email- reply directly from the email notification you receive without having to log in to the community website. To do this, simply click on the blue “Reply All Email” button at the top right of each message.
Responding to Discussion Posts
If you are replying while logged in to TCDLA Community Site, click on the blue “Reply to Discussion” button to send your message to the entire community or click on the drop down arrow and then “Reply to Sender” to reply privately to the original sender.
We recommend replying to the sender for simple comments that add little value to the overall discussion (ex/ thank you); and replying to the entire community when you are sharing knowledge, experience or resources that others could benefit from.
You can also reply directly from your email account. Simply click on the blue “Reply All Email” button at the top right of each message.
Creating a Library Entry
To upload a document to a community, click on the “Participate” tab and then “Share a File”. Enter a title for your library document, select the community you wish to enter the document in, choose the document type and click next.
You can also upload a document to go with the discussion post you are writing. You will see an “Attach” button at the bottom of the page. Click on that button and insert your document. That document will then be linked to your specific discussion post.
Leaving a Community
Go to your profile page, click on the My Account tab and then Subscriptions. Here, you will see a list of available communities and those to which you’ve subscribed. Select “Unsubscribe” for the communities you wish to leave and click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. You will get a message confirming that your subscription options have been successfully updated.
Sorting Discussion Threads
TCDLA Community Site gives you two options to sort the discussion posts: sorting by thread or sorting by most recent.
TCDLA Community Site automatically defaults to sorting by thread, so if you prefer to sort all of the posts by date, please see below. Take a look at the screenshot for further assistance.
To sort by date/most recent: Click on the Communities tab > All Communities > Open Forum > Discussions tab. You will see a blue bar with text that says, “Thread Subject, Replies, Last Post, View by Thread”. Click on the small down arrow next to “View by Thread” and click on “View by Date”. This will sort all threads by date. In addition, if you would like to sort the posts within each individual thread by date/most recent, click on the thread you would like to sort, click on the same down arrow next to “Sorted by Thread” and click on “Sort by Most Recent”. This will put the most recent posts within the thread on top.
You can build your contact list using the directory. When you click on the Directory tab at the top of the TCDLA Community Site homepage, you are taken to the Find a Member page. Search by first or last name, company name or email address. You can also do an advanced search if you have specific criteria you are looking for.
Adding Members as Contacts
Once you find the member(s) you are looking for, you can add them as a contact. Adding contacts creates an organized list in your profile where you can easily access who you are looking for. To add a member, click on the button at the right where it says “Add as Contact”. That member is now saved in your contact list.
Benefits of Adding Contacts:
From your profile, you have quick access to your contacts’ profile information and the ability to send private messages faster.
Other members can see who your contacts are and which contacts you have in common, which helps you connect with more members.
Settings for Email:
Listserve Email Subscription Options
When you join a community, you are automatically subscribed to receive emails containing messages that other users post in that community. To review or edit your email subscriptions, go to your profile page, My Account tab and then Subscriptions. You can choose from the following options:
Real Time: You will receive an email each time a new message is posted. To reply to a discussion, click on the ‘Reply to Discussion’ link in the column at the right.
Daily Digest: You will receive one email each day containing all of the previous day’s messages. To reply to a discussion, click on the ‘Reply to Discussion’ link in the column at the right.
No Email: This means that you won’t receive any emails in your inbox. You will need to log in to TCDLA Community Site to view and reply to discussion posts.
You can also edit other email preferences on the My Account tab. Click on My Account drop down button > Email Preferences.
To make sure that you always receive emails from TCDLA Community Site, please be sure that the emails are not going into your junk folder. To do this, you need to whitelist “DoNotReply@ConnectedCommunity.org”. Please use the website below to help you add TCDLA Community Site to your email safe list.
Instructions for Whitelisting: (source: Simply Hired)
If you continue to have trouble receiving emails, please check the following:
Verify that your email address is accurate on your member profile in the Members Only section of TCDLA website.
Verify your email subscription level on the “Subscriptions” page of your profile.
In TCDLA Community Site, you can control the amount of information other members see on your profile. Once you log in to TCDLA Community Site, go to your profile page, My Account tab drop down button > Privacy Settings. From there, you can choose what information others can see or not see. Be sure to click the ‘Save’ button at the top or bottom when finished.
Post a Message
From here, you can create and post a message to a community.
Share a File
To upload a file, click on the “Participate tab” in the top menu bar and click on “Share a File”. Please note that uploading a document is done in a few steps, and each step must be completed before you can move on to the next.
Choose a title for your document, include a description, select the library to which you’d like to upload it and choose an Entry Type (most will be Standard Files, but be cognizant of any copyright licensed material). Then click “Next”. Browse and upload your file. Click “Next” if you want to add tags to your file or click “Finish”.
Create a Blog Post (If blogs are visible)
To create a blog post, click on the “Participate” tab in the top menu bar and click on
“Post to Your Blog”. Enter the title of your blog, insert the content, choose who can read as well as who can make comments on the blog entry and click “Publish”.
If you have additional questions or need additional support, please contact us at or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call TCDLA at 512.478.2514, our staff will be happy to assist you!