Group user guide and FAQ
Group user guide and FAQ
Welcome to TES groups.
You can visit our Community help forum where you can get live help from us on anything you are not sure about.
First things first
Before you can join or start a group you’ll need to sign up to join our free website and login. Please remember that your username and profile picture (if you upload one) will appear alongside your messages, so if you want to keep your identity a secret choose an anonymous username when you register.
What is a group?
A group is where people with a shared interest meet, get to know each other and stay informed through forums and blogs. If you create your own group, you can effectively run your own community right here on TES!
You can make your group private, by invitation only or public (so that everyone could see it). Create your own group containing a forum and/or a blog. Your choice and you can invite members at your discretion!
You'll have control over your own group, decide if you want to allow files and images, receive email digests of posts, you'll be able to set your blog to allow user comments and moderate these. You'll also be able to view all of your activity in one central place.
Of course you can still post messages in the official TES forums which are now inside our new groups and you can join other groups of interest (depending on the owner's settings). If you've contributed to a TES forum at any time, you'll automatically become a member of the corresponding group.
Where are all the TES forums?
Click here to see a full list of official TES forums and where they are now.
Why create or join a group?
Here are some reasons/ideas:
Finding a group
Joining a group
Starting a group
Once you are finished, you will land on the TES community homepage after clicking publish.
Managing your group
Obligations to your group
click on the members tab from your new group page and click "Invite members". You can invite by username if you know it or by email address. If the email is not registered on TES that person will have to join TES before they can join your group. You can check who has joined your group by clicking on the members tab
Editing a group
After you have created your group, you can edit it at any time by clicking the big red edit button.
Finding your own group
Reporting a group for abuse
Creating a forum
If you chose to have a forum in your new group, from the group homepage, click the forum tab then click start new topic
How to post/reply in a forum
Your post will always appear at the very end of the thread no matter at which point in the thread you posted or replied.
TIP: To quickly move up or down a page, click the home key on your keyboard for up and End for down to the bottom.
ORIGINAL FORUMS INFO
From the forums homepage, choose your required forum, click 'Start new topic' then type in a subject for your message. The subject line will appear at the top of your message (aka post in forum speak). Then type in your message.
If you have prepared your message using another program such as Word and you need to paste this into the message box, always use the "paste as plain text" icon then click allow (to allow access to your clipboard) and your text will appear in the correct font and format as well as strip out any hidden codes.
Once you’re happy with the message, click on the Preview tab to see how your message will look live on the site. If it all looks OK, click on the Post button to put your message live. It is a good idea to get into the habit of previewing your post but you do have 3 minutes (from the time your post is live) to edit it.
Replying to a post
If you find a conversation that you’re interested in and want to join in the debate hit the Reply link on the message (see image below). A ‘Reply to an Existing Message’ box will open and you simply type your reply in here and click on the Post button.
Contacting other forum users
Click on the picture next to any post made on the forums and this opens up that users; public profile. Depending on how much information the user has made public, you can see details of what subject they teach, where they teach, previous job roles and how long they've been teaching for. You might also be able to see their Friend list, resources they've uploaded and their favourite articles, resources or forum posts. How Profiles work.
How do I save a forum discussion?
You can save forum discussions so that you can return to them later. When you find a discussion that you’d like to return to, click on the Add to hotlist button in the header area near the thread title.
How do I find my own posts?
You can search all threads that you have posted in by opening a forum that you know you posted in, go down to the bottom of the page and click "more options". Select from the topic filter dropdown "Show topics I have participated in" then click "Apply (temporarily)".
If you click "Last post" on one of the threads to look for one of your posts if you made it recently, you should find it. We recommend that you add this to your hotlist by clicking "Add to hotlist" at the top. Once in your hotlist you will be able to find the thread easily and see if anyone else has added to the discussion.
Once you have one of your posts showing on the screen, you can click the number next to the word "posts". This will display all individual posts that you have made anywhere in the forums.
To return to the forum discussion you’ve saved, click on Hotlist in the Profile panel or on the right side when you are in a forum or thread, here you’ll see the latest discussions added to your Forum hotlist. To view the complete hotlist or remove items from it click on the 'Manage your forums hotlist' link (see below).
You can also go directly to the specific Forum from the My Hotlist page by clicking on the link above Remove.
Alternatively you will find anything added to your hotlist on the right hand side once you are in a forum with quick links to remove threads from your hotlist too.
While in a thread you can get to any forum at any time by clicking on it on the left hand side as well.
How do I find out more about other contributors to the forum?
Click on the picture above any post made on the forums and this opens up that user's public profile. Depending on how much information the user has made public, you can see details of what subject they teach, where they teach, previous job roles and how long they’ve been teaching for. You might also be able to see their Friends list, resources they’ve uploaded and their favourite articles, resources or forum posts. How Profiles work.
Get the latest discussions as web feeds
A feed, also known as an RSS feed, is frequently updated content published by a website. It’s often used for news and blog websites but you can also set up forum discussions as feeds. You can add a whole subject area as a web feed (for example all the discussions on the maths forum) or you can add specific thread/discussions as feeds.
To set up a feed just click on the orange square RSS icon next to the name of the thread (see below).
You can rate discussions
If you think a specific discussion is particularly useful, or interesting, you can rate the thread so it appears in our Hot Topics list. You’ll see the stars underneath the name of the thread, just click on the appropriate number of stars.
You can add smileys to your messages
Simply click on the smiley icon in the message toolbar and pick the smiley to match your mood.
Can I delete or edit a post / thread once it has been published in the TES forums?
You get 3 minutes to edit your post from the time your post is live but thereafter it's not possible to edit a post. We have a preview facility on the forums so you can check your message before you make it live too. If you want a thread or post deleted or edited please send us a link to firstname.lastname@example.org together with a brief explanation to why you want the message removed.
If I delete my TES registration, will it automatically delete all messages and resources published by me on the TES?
No, deleting your TES registration will not automatically delete messages or resources published by you. You may prefer to simply change your username. We also cannot delete all messages by a user however if there are specific posts that worry you, please email us at email@example.com with links to those posts and we will do our best to remove these.
Can I post messages anonymously?
No, it’s not possible to post anonymously, but you can use a username to protect your identity.
I cannot see the formatting options using Safari, Opera, Chrome browsers.
Special formatting is not supported within the Safari (Mac), Opera or Google Chrome browsers.
Creating paragraph spaces manually
To create new paragraphs in Safari, Opera or Google Chrome, type at the start of your line of text and end it with .
Creating/writing a blog
If you chose to have a blog in your new group, from the group homepage, click the blog tab then "write new blog post". You can have as many blogs as you like.
Editing blog settings
You can choose to allow users to comment on your blog whether they can mark it as "like it". You can add file attachments and embed videos and tables too.
Commenting on a blog
PM (personal message) Inbox
How to find all your own activity
Contact the moderators
If you’re worried about the content of any messages you see on the forum please report them to the moderator. At the top of each message you’ll see a Report abuse link which you should click on to send your complaint. In order for us to deal with your query efficiently please let us know exactly why you’re worried about a specific post and include:-
- A link to the thread(s) (copy and paste from the address bar in your browser)
- The post number(s) if not reporting the whole thread
- Username(s) of all relevant users who posted the specific thread/post(s)
- Your contact email address
See also our Moderation Policy