Terms of Service, Privacy Statement, and Guidelines for Participation

Together with the Humanities Commons Privacy Statement and the Humanities Commons Guidelines for Participation, the Humanities Commons Terms of Service (“Terms”) constitute the sole agreement between you and Humanities Commons governing your use of Humanities Commons (“Humanities Commons” or the “Site”), including but not limited to your use of blogs, forums, groups, shared files, publications, and other services hosted on the Site.  If you do not agree to the Terms, you are not authorized to use the Site.  By using the Site, you confirm you have read, understand, and agree to the Terms.

How can I edit my profile?

After logging in to the Commons, click on the image or icon in the top right-hand corner. This will take you to your profile page. Now, click Edit. From here you can update your institution, title, interests, Web sites, and additional profile fields.

Please see also our detailed guide on editing your profile.

What are “mentions,” and how are they used?

The @mention system links others to the hyperlinked profile of the individual mentioned while notifying the individual of the mention by e-mail. If you are in a group and want to reach out to specific members, simply put the @ symbol in front of their username to send a notification to their e-mail address, and the mention will show up in their @mention activity stream.

How do I create a group?

After you’ve logged in to the Commons, click on the Groups tab; then, select the Create a Group button next to the group directory. Enter a group name and group description. Then, click Create Group and Continue. This will lead you to steps where you can choose whether to enable discussion boards; select whether your group will be public, private, or hidden; determine the member roles in your group; create a group avatar; and invite members to join your group.

You can read more in our guide to creating a group.

How can I change my group e-mail notifications?

When you join a group, you have the option to subscribe to e-mail notifications. In your e-mail settings, you can choose a default subscription for groups you might join in the future.

You can also update settings for groups of which you’re already a member under Your Groups. Select your preferred option:  No E-mail, Weekly Summary E-mail, Daily Digest E-mail, New Topics E-mail, All E-mail. Then, select Save Changes.

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You can also update your notifications for individual groups on the Groups Directory.

Screenshot of groups directory with link to change email setting below "leave group" button.

You also have the option to change your notifications on a group page.

screenshot of group page with link to change email status.

These are covered in more detail in the guide to group notifications.

Who has access to Humanities Commons?

Most of the material on Humanities Commons is public and can be read by anyone. Only Humanities Commons members, however, can join private groups, participate in discussions, and publish on blogs. Admins of individual sites on Humanities Commons can control the ability to read and comment on their sites.

What are my copyright responsibilities on Humanities Commons?

We hope you’ll take advantage of the site to share and discuss material with your colleagues. When you post content to the site, you are responsible for that content, as discussed in more detail in the Humanities Commons Terms of Service. Uploading or posting material to which you do not have or have not cleared the rights is a violation of our terms. If you are depositing an image, data set, or other item to our CORE repository, you must be the author or creator of that deposit. You can define the copyright restrictions on your CORE deposits by assigning a Creative Commons license to it in the upload form.

Why do unwanted characters appear in my post, comment, or page?

If you copy text from Microsoft Word or from an e-mail and paste it into Humanities Commons, you may sometimes see unwanted characters. There are a few things you can do to ensure that only your text (and none of the strange characters) appears in your post:

If you are posting to a space that gives you the choice between composing in Visual or Text modes, select the Text editor. After pasting in the content you would like to add, you can switch back to Visual mode to modify the formatting.

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If you do not see the Visual and Text tabs, you will need to convert the document to plain text before pasting it into the Commons. To do this, first save your original document. Then click File > Save As. Choose a new name for your file to differentiate it from the original. This step is very important. It prevents you from losing your original, formatted work. Once you have selected a new file name, change the selected file type from Word Document to Plain Text (.txt) using the Format field. Open the new text file and copy and paste your work from there.