About Us -(Frequently Asked Questions)

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The Basics

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What is Ghana SchoolsNet?
Ghana SchoolsNet is the premier online community connecting all Senior High Schools, Tertiary Institution in Ghana, both private and public. Ghana SchoolsNet's mission is to “connect all students in Ghana, Past and Present, weather at home or Abroad to help improve the quality of their favorite schools.”The community is a great resource for all people in and around the world, whether they are looking to connect with peers, collaborate on projects or discover career-building opportunities. Ghana SchoolsNet is the place to be for today's Social Networking Opportunities.
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How did Ghana SchoolsNet get started?
Ghana SchoolsNet was created in 2010 by one  Patrick Kwakye with an idea. He thought there was a need for a social network for the Students community to connect and share information. So he created this website to encourage this communication. Fast forward to today and what started out as a passion has grown to over thousands members across the world.

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Is Ghana SchoolsNet run by the government?
Ghana SchoolsNet has been developed by and for the Ghana Schools community, but does not receive funding or formal support from the Ghana Government. We see ourselves as a social business that seeks to bring value to community members through sustainable, revenue-generating partnerships with organizations that want to honor and highlight the great work of public sector employees. The content of this site does not reflect the official views or policies of the Ghana  Government, nor does mention of any publications, trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by Ghana SchoolsNet, an agency of the Ghana Government or its employee.
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What can I do on Ghana SchoolsNet?
Where do we begin? Oh wait - I guess that’s what you’re asking us. Here are 5 ways to get started:

  1. Read today’s top Blogs
  2. Ask and answer questions in our discussion Forums
  3. Join our most popular Groups to learn and collaborate
  4. Connect with Classmates in your School and across the country
  5. Learn more how to use the site

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Become a Member

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Becoming a member of Ghana SchoolsNet is a free and easy process. You can fill out your member information hereand within 24 hours we will review your membership and approve your profile.

 

Who can join Ghana SchoolsNet?

Ghana SchoolsNet is open to all members above 16 years can join. We especially welcome students and individuals interested in sharing ideas as well as business people.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Mr Yaw Asante.
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I joined but it says my profile must be approved. How long will that take?
Ghana SchoolsNet moderates new members to ensure that we keep spammers off the site. In general, your profile will be approved within 24 hours.
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I’m new. How do I get started?

Here are the Top 5 ways to get started on Ghana SchoolsNet:

  1. Fill out your profile and add photo of yourself.
  2. Say hi and introduce yourself to the community.
  3. Check out the most popular blogs and discussions on Ghana SchoolsNet. Feel free to join in on the conversation or post your own blog or discussion.
  4. Search for friends and colleagues. You can find people by location or School.
  5. Consider joining your favorite school groups to connect with classmate, like-minded individuals.

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How do I invite my friends to join Ghana SchoolsNet?
Click the Invite link on the navigation bar. On the Invite page, you can send invites to your friends by either manually entering their email addresses, importing your contacts from Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, or AOL Mail, or sharing an invite link.
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Your Profile

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How do I update my profile picture?
You can change your photo by clicking on the Settings link, located in the upper right below your name, or by going to your profile and simply clicking on your profile photo.
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How long does it take for changes to my profile to go into effect?
It takes about ten minutes for profile updates to take effect. If you are not seeing the update, try doing a “hard” refresh by holding down the Shift key when you reload your profile.
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How do I control what information I share with the community?
Ghana SchoolsNet lets you control who sees your profile, blogs, photos, and videos, and allows you to moderate comments and what appears in the Latest Activity feed (similar to the Newsfeed on Facebook). To change your privacy settings, click on the Settings link, located in the upper right below your name, and then on the Privacy button on the left side of the page.
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How do I earn more points on my profile?

It’s simple - be an active member! However, if you’re wondering exactly how we calculate your point score, check out our guide to getting more points.
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How do I leave Ghana SchoolsNet?
We'd like you to stay, but if you feel the need to leave the Ghana SchoolsNet network, go to the home page. Click on the Settings link, located in the upper right below your name. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Leave Ghana SchoolsNet" link. Thank you for your membership - and remember that you can always sign up again.
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Communicating With Other Members

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How do I accept or decline a friend request?

Your friend requests are displayed in the upper right-hand box underneath your name, or by going to your Friends list. You can also have Ghana SchoolsNet send you an email when you receive a new friend request by going to your Email Settings.
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How do I message another member?
You can send messages using your Inbox, displayed in the upper right-hand box underneath your name. Click on the Compose link and a list of your friends will be included in the  field. Alternatively, you can message someone by visiting their profile and clicking on the Send a Message link below their photo.
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Why can’t I message a particular member?
A member needs to be your friend if you want to be able to send them a message. You can either request them to be your friend or leave a message on their profile wall.
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Search

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How do I search for a specific person?
Click on the Members tab on the navigation bar, then type any part of their name into the search box. You can use the Advanced Search function to search by location, school, or any other profile question. The search is based on what people self-report, so you may need to search for both full names and acronyms (e.g., "Nkwasco" and "St Peters").

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How do I find other Ghana SchoolsNet members who attended my school?
You can use the Advanced Search function to search by location, school, or any other profile question. The search is based on what people self-report, so you may need to search for both full names and acronyms . Many schools also have their own group on Ghana SchoolsNet. We have a list of groups  here.
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How do I find blogs and discussions on a particular topic?
Ghana SchoolsNet uses Google to power our site search. There is a search box in the upper right hand corner of each page, or a big search box on the homepage. Visit the blogs and forums pages to do a search within each section. Finally, you can visit our Topics page to see content related to a number of broad categories.
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How do I find groups?
You can search for a groups based on a keyword, location, agency, or topic.
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What is tagging and why is it important?
Tags help us organize the content on Ghana SchoolsNet and make it easier for members to find things. Imagine someone searching for your blog or forum on a search engine like Google or Bing or Yahoo! What words would they use to find it? Those are the words or phrases that you want to use as tags on Ghana SchoolsNet. If you are going to use multiple words, be sure to place quotation marks around the words so that they “stick” together.
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Community

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What’s the difference between blogs and forums?
A blog post is insight or information that you would like to share with the community. Every member can start their own blog and control the privacy settings so either only they can see it, only their friends, or the whole community. The forums are a place to ask questions and solicit opinions or assistance. Forum posts are public to the entire community and are meant to be interactive discussions. The most popular forums and blogs that are open to the community are featured on the front page.
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How do I post a blog?
You can create a new blog entry by clicking on Blogs in the navigation bar and then selecting Add a Blog Post. You can control the privacy settings on your blog entry, making it visible to only you, you friends, or the whole community. . Be sure to tag your post so other members can easily search for it on the site. Remember: a blog post is insight or information that you would like to share with the community. It isn't really the right place to make event announcements or two short sentences and a link off the site.

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How do I post a forum discussion?
The forum posts work differently than the blogs. Every time there is a new answer, it brings the question back to the top of the Forums page. That means that before you create a new forum post, it's a good idea to see if someone already has created a related topic that you can jump in on and add on. This keeps discussions building and growing instead of fragmenting.

 

You can create a new discussion by clicking on Forums in the navigation bar and then selecting Add a Discussion. Forums are viewable by the entire community. Be sure to select a category and tag your discussion so other members can easily search for it on the site.
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How do tags work?
Imagine someone searching for your blog or forum on a search engine like Google or Bing or Yahoo! What words would they use to find it? Those are the words or phrases that you want to use as tags on Ghana SchoolsNet. If you are going to use multiple words, be sure to place quotation marks around the words so that they “stick” together. In other words, social media becomes “social media” and open government should be listed as “open government.” Here’s a blog post with more details.
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I received an email saying my blog/forum was featured. What does that mean?
Congratulations! This means a link to your post is being featured on the Ghana SchoolsNet homepage. We read the site each day and try to highlight some of the best posts and discussions by giving them a space to shine on the homepage.
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How do I find and join a group?
The groups are a great place for school questions that you think only a small subset of the Ghana SchoolsNet population would be interested in, or to work on specific problems with a targeted group instead of the crowd. You can search for a groups based on a keyword, location, agency, or topic.
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How do I add an event to the calendar?
To create a new event, click on the Events tab in the navigation bar and select Add an Event. This page will walk you through all the steps needed to create your event page and invite other members to join.

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How do I add a YouTube video to a post?

There are four easy steps:

  • Find the YouTube you want to share.
  • On YouTube, copy the code for the video under "Embed".
  • Anywhere on Ghana SchoolsNet that there is a box - whether it’s blogs, forums, groups, all comment boxes and comment walls - hit the button labeled “HTML” (always on the far right of the icons above the box) and the rich text editor becomes html code.
  • Paste the embed code in the proper location and hit post or preview.

You can also upload your own video using your mobile phone.
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How do I add a podcast to a post?
This is the same process as posting a YouTube video:

  • Find the Podcast you want to share.
  • There's likely some code associated with it that says "Embed".
  • Anywhere on Ghana SchoolsNet that there is a box - whether it’s blogs, forums, groups, all comment boxes and comment walls - hit the button labeled “HTML” (always on the far right of the icons above the box) and the rich text editor becomes html code.
  • Paste the embed code in the proper location and hit post or preview.

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Notifications

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How do I turn off email updates for a group that I joined?
Unfortunately, there is not way to turn off notifications for individual groups that you join. There are really only two options (that we don’t necessarily recommend):

  1. You can leave the group.
  2. You can turn off notifications for all groups.

Like we said, we wouldn’t encourage you to take either of these steps - a better option might be to use folders and filters in your email client. But if you still want to turn off notifications for all groups you are a member of, click on the Settings link, located in the upper right below your name. Click on the Email tab on the left side of the screen to control what events trigger an email notification. You can uncheck groups at the bottom of the page.

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How do I turn off email updates for a blog/forum that I commented on?
When you comment on a post, you will receive an email when a new person comments on the post. To turn off these notifications on an individual blog or forum, go to the blog/forum’s page and scroll down to the Reply to This box. Underneath the box is a link that says Stop Following. Click on this to stop receiving email updates. To turn off notifications for all posts that you comment on, click on the Settings link, located in the upper right below your name. Click on the Email tab on the left side of the screen to control what events trigger an email notification.
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I want to know when someone replies to a certain blog or forum. How do I turn on email updates?

To turn on notifications on an individual blog or forum, go to the blog/forum’s page and scroll down to the Reply to This box. Underneath the box is a link that says Follow. Click on this to start receiving email updates.
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How do I stop receiving the Daily Awesome email?

There are two quick ways to unsubscribe from the Daily Awesome newsletter:

  • Scroll to the bottom of the email and find where it says "To unsubscribe from future emails

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Can I subscribe to an RSS feed with Ghana SchoolsNet updates?
Yes, Ghana SchoolsNet has tons of different RSS feeds. You can subscribe to entire sections of the site, like all blogs or all discussions, or to individual blogs, discussions, or member profiles. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for the RSS icon.

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Miscellaneous

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How do I report a technical problem with Ghana SchoolsNet?
If you have any technical issues with Ghana SchoolsNet, please contact or us
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How do I report inappropriate member behavior?
Ghana SchoolsNet will not tolerate abuse, harassment, offensive material, or irrelevant spam. This will result in either a warning or instant removal from the network. Ghana SchoolsNet also reserves the right to remove members without notice or reason. If you notice inappropriate behavior, please email us Thanks in advance for your help in policing the community.

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