Welcome to HASTAC's new web site. It's been in the works for some time, and it hasn't reached the finish line yet. We know it needs more work to fully realize the participatory vision of HASTAC. That's where YOU come in.
The site is ready for user testing, and rather than doing it behind closed doors, we're opening up the process to ALL of our users so that you can start enjoying the new site while also helping us make it even better. As you start browsing and creating content on the site, we'd love your feedback on how we can improve HASTAC.org. We hope you will post your suggestions in this public forum or using our private contact form.
While we have retained all of the functions, content, and accounts from our old site, we have made some significant changes that we hope translate into an even more robust and energetic HASTAC community. We will be adding new features and functions (our revamped News and Opportunities hub is coming soon!), and also hope to create tutorials on how to use the key features. Stay tuned to my blog to learn more as we roll out these new features. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for how you can use the new HASTAC.org right now.
As with other social web sites, your online identity is the building block for engagement with others. Register or login if you already have an account, and you will see a new menu called My HASTAC at the top-right of the screen.
- My profile
Once you have logged in, a set of links will appear on your profile page. Select "Edit" to upload an image, indicate your location, write a short bio to introduce yourself. Associate yourself with projects and institutions that are in the HASTAC network. Configure your communication settings. Users can also post messages on each other's walls, which is displayed on the profile.
- My bookmarks
As you browse the site, click "Bookmark this" on content that interests you, and you will find links collected here on your profile page. Your bookmarks will be visible to other site users to facilitate networking around similar interests.
- My events
On every event page, you can click "Attend this event" to add it to your personal calendar. All registered users are encouraged to submit events to the HASTAC calendar.
- Add new blog and Add forum
Every registered user can publish blog entries and start forum topics on the site. We invite any contributions related to HASTAC's work, broadly interpreted. Longtime HASTAC bloggers will be happy to learn that your user profiles and blogs now have URLs that include your profile name, instead of user number.
Get more involved with a project and network with other project members by joining the associated group and you will receive periodic updates and permission to post to that project's page on the site. There's a link to "Join this Project" on each project's details page. Some projects have open membership; others are moderated. Click My groups to see projects you have joined.