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Welcome to the Occupy Astoria LIC Forum.

This is a place for Occupy Astoria LIC community members to communicate with each other and with our neighbors in Long Island City, NYC and the world, and to advance our common goals as participants in the Occupy movement. This forum is a commons, a space for peaceful, civil discussion and exchange. All are welcome.

Before getting started, we ask you to scroll down and read the following brief guidelines and rules:

1. WEBSITE AND FORUM PURPOSE

2. TERMS OF SERVICE (the rules)

3. FORUM STRUCTURE: IT'S EASY

4. THE SUB-FORUMS, Part I: Working Groups (the key to getting involved)

5. THE SUB-FORUMS, Part II: General Interest

6. HOW-TO BASICS (forum functions)

7. DISCLAIMER STATEMENT


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:48 am 
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1. WEBSITE AND FORUM PURPOSE

The Occupy Astoria LIC Web site is divided into two areas: a Web log (home page at www.occupyastorialic.org) and this Forum.

The Web log is the public face of Occupy Astoria LIC. What you see there are articles and items we consider of general interest, and OA-LIC group statements. These statements may be of the group as a whole, when it deliberates at a public meeting called the General Assembly. Or they may be statements of the OA-LIC working groups, which hold their own meetings to plan specific actions and events.

By contrast, the Forum allows every participant to speak as themselves. Every post here belongs to the individual who posted it, and not to Occupy Astoria LIC as a group. The Forum is a place to freely exchange information and hold open discussion and debate on our ideas, dreams, actions and goals, where anyone may join the discussion.

To join the Forum and participate, you do not need to consider yourself a member of our group. You do not need to live in the Long Island City / Greater Astoria neighborhood. You also don't need to be in favor of everything the "Occupy" movement or OA-LIC may stand for.

We do ask that you follow certain rules of conduct, specified in the next section.


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 Post subject: TERMS OF SERVICE
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:50 am 
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2. TERMS OF SERVICE

By registering as a member with posting privileges on the Occupy Astoria LIC Forum, you agree to the following terms. If you do not agree, then please do not register here! If you have already registered as a member, then you saw and agreed to most of these rules when you registered.

This is a space for peaceful, civil discussion and exchange. All are welcome.

SCREEN NAME:

You are requested to use your real name in registering, or at least your real first name. (This is not an iron-clad rule because we can imagine good reasons why someone may wish to remain anonymous.)

MODERATION AND SUB-FORUMS:

You are asked to familiarize yourself with the different sub-forums and to post your subjects in the appropriate sub-forum.

By registering as a member here, you agree that Occupy Astoria LIC moderators have the right to move, remove, edit or close any topic should they see fit.

You are asked to go easy on the moderators, who are volunteers and doing the best they can.

PRIVACY:

Any private information you give in registering will be stored in the forum database. This information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent. However, neither OccupyAstoriaLIC.org nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

LEGAL MATTERS AND COPYRIGHT:

As a user you understand that any material you publish on the forums here is displayed to the public.

By registering here you agree not to post abusive, slanderous, hateful, threatening or pornographic material, or any material that may violate the laws of your home country, the United States, or International Law.

You agree not to attack or flood the forum and not to post spam, commercial advertisements or unsolicited promotions.

You agree not to post works copyrighted by someone other than yourself without permission from the copyright holder, with the exception of non-commercial fair use.

When quoting the works of others who are not users on this site, and when posting copyrighted articles (assuming fair use), passages, documents or other third-party materials, you agree to provide adequate credit and citations or links to the source material.

PERSONAL CONDUCT:

You agree to treat other forum members with respect and civility, and not to engage in racist or sexist abuse or other bigotry.

You agree not to use the forum to undermine the purpose of the forum, of the website, or of Occupy Astoria LIC.

No secret agendas: You agree not to register as a user if you are here to engage covertly in surveillance, intelligence, recruitment or sabotage on behalf of an agency of government or other entity hostile to our purposes. (If you are doing any of these things, however, you may out yourself. That would be the right thing to do.) You agree to announce if you are posting here on behalf of a political party, business, religious organization, or other entity, or engaging in sales activities.

Violating these rules may lead to you being banned from the site. IP addresses of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions.

CHANGES:

These terms may change at any time. Changes will be announced prominently on the board, so that if you do not agree with them, you will have the choice of leaving.

THE SOFTWARE PROVIDER IS NOT LIABLE:

Our forums are powered by phpBB (v 3.0.10 Olympus), a bulletin board platform released under the General Public License and available at www.phpbb.com. The phpBB software only facilitates internet based discussions and the phpBB Group are not responsible for the content, conduct or editorial policy of this board.

In general, think of the golden rule, and treat others here as you would have them treat you.


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 Post subject: Forum Structure
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3. FORUM STRUCTURE: IT'S EASY

Now we can really get started.

Everyone in the universe can read all posts. Only forum members may post. Members may also edit their own posts for a period of about a day. Members may add attachments of image and document files. These are uploaded from your computer and hosted on the site.

The Forum is divided into sub-forums. New subjects (a.k.a. "threads" or topics) can be started only through sub-forums. Choosing the right sub-forum for your new thread is important in keeping the site organized and accessible.

Replying to an already existing thread "bumps" it, meaning it jumps to the top of the subforum.

Although there are many sub-forums, there is no need to check all dozen-plus sub-forums when you want to see what is new.

All threads can be accessed under two meta-categories:

"View active topics" shows all threads in order of those with the most recent new post, regardless of sub-forum.

"View your posts" shows the threads in which you have posted, ordered by most recent new post, regardless of sub-forum. (You must be logged in to see this.)

Each sub-forum and subject (thread) offers you the chance to "subscribe" to it. If you choose the "subscribe" option for a sub-forum or thread, you will receive notices when there are new postings in that sub-forum or thread. This allows a working group to use its sub-forum for correspondence, just like the Google group.

Other than "subscribe," options offered at the top of every thread include "bookmark" as well as "print view" and "e-mail friend."

Forum members may send each other Private Messages. You also have a User Control Panel where you can change your personal settings, add a signature or avatar, see your own bookmarks, etc.

For more on site functionality, see How-To Basics, below.


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4. THE SUBFORUMS, Part I: "WORKING GROUPS"

About half of the sub-forums focus on Occupy Astoria LIC activities, including working groups. (Exact order is still provisional and subject to tweaks and experiments.)

"Forum and Website"
This sub-forum is the first in the Forum, but only because we are on the Forum. This is the place to bring your questions, suggestions and complaints about the Forum or the Website. Until now the Internet Working Group has communicated through the Occupy Astoria Internet Working Group on Google groups. Our page on the main site is at http://www.occupyastorialic.org/iwg.

"Facilitation Working Group"
The General Assembly (GA) is the sovereign body of all OA-LIC members. It currently holds weekly meetings. This sub-forum is for discussing the agenda, process, minutes, decisions and facilitation of the General Assembly. The Facilitation Working Group is charged with developing proposed agendas and resolutions for the General Assembly.
Facilitation Working Group page on main Website.
Occupy Astoria LIC Facilitation Working Group on Google groups

"OA-LIC WORKING GROUPS"

Working group sub-forums focus on the issues of each Occupy Astoria LIC working group. These meet independently of the General Assembly and organize most of OA-LIC's activity. Working groups are "where the action is." New working groups start all the time, and groups sometimes merge or stop. The forums will change to reflect this. Each working group also has a page on the main part of our site, the Web log. Until now, most of them have communicated via Google groups.

As of February 21, 2012, the OA-LIC working groups include:

"Direct Action and Outreach"
Planning actions, public events and outreach for Occupy Astoria LIC.
See also:
Direct Action page on main Website.
Direct Action and Outreach (Occupy Astoria) on Google groups

"Healthy Living Working Group"
Food issues, ecology and environmental justice, neighborhood self-sufficiency in LIC.
Healthy Living Working Group page on main Website.
Healthy Living Working Group of Occupy Astoria/LIC

"Mission Statement"
Developing a mission statement and other documents for Occupy Astoria LIC.
Mission Statement Working Group page on main Website.
Occupy Astoria/LIC Queens Mission Statement Working Group on Google groups

"NDAA"
Repealing the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act provisions that suspend habeas corpus and allow indefinite detention. Defending rights, upholding rule of law.
Repealing NDAA Working Group page on main Website.
Occupy Astoria N.D.A.A. Working Group on Google groups

"Participatory Budgeting"
Bringing the direct democratic model of "participatory budgeting" to the New York City budget. The participatory budget movement has communities themselves decide, in direct democratic fashion, on how government funds allocated to the communities are spent. This started in Porto Allegre, Brazil where 20 percent of the budget is now decided by the people. Participatory budgeting is now being tested in New York City, in 4 districts so far.

"Schools and Education"
Fighting school closures and “turnarounds” in LIC and NYC. Defending public education and teachers against the false reform trend.
Education Working Group page on main Website.
Occupy Astoria Schools and Education on Google groups


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5. THE SUB-FORUMS, Part II: General Interest

Now we move on to the more general sub-forums, which are divided into categories for "LIC" and the rest of the world.


"LONG ISLAND CITY AND REGION"

"Local Announcements"
A free forum where anyone can post about local coming events and activities, whether political, cultural or otherwise. We welcome all non-commercial events of any kind in Western Queens, and also events outside the area if these are Occupy-related.

"LIC and the City"
This is the place to talk about local business and initiatives, neighborhood news and politics, development issues, the local political machine, and ethnic and cultural communities as well as communities of common interest in Greater Astoria and Queens.

"Introduce Yourselves"
A friendly forum where you can (if you like) tell us about yourselves, your interests and activities, life and the universe.


"THE WORLD"

"Occupy Movement and Strategy"
From Tahrir and Athens to Wisconsin to Occupy Wall Street to hundreds of occupations in the US. Now neighborhood-based Occupy groups are springing up. What is next? What would you like to see? How do we fit in?

"News Headlines"
This is intended as "Latest Breaking News" and the headlines will also feed into a widget on the site front page. Please post current news stories only. It doesn't have to be in the corporate media, but it should be news. Thoughts on an issue in general, history, editorials and philosophy should go into either General Discussion or Research and Resources.

"General Discussion"
Free forum, start any topic. Ideas, editorials, debates, rants, poems, meditations.

"Research and Resources"
Cooperative dossiers on subjects of interest. Links to books, articles, video, data bases. Persuasive arguments for dealing with "talking points." This is the place for our "Reading Circle" to add findings.


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 Post subject: Re: How-To
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6. HOW-TO BASICS

This section explains how to operate the basic functions on this Forum.


For detailed troubleshooting, see the Frequently Asked Questions provided by the software maker.


For those unfamiliar with modern message boards, some of the most important items were reviewed above under Forum Structure. To review, new users should familiarize themselves with concepts like sub-forums, subjects (a.k.a. "threads"), posting and "bumping," bookmarks and "subscriptions," "View active topics," "View your posts," private messages and the User Control Panel.


EDIT AND QUOTE

Users may edit their own posts for a bit more than 24 hours after the original posting. The "Edit" button appears at the bottom of each of your own posts. It disappears after the editing period is over.

At the bottom of all posts by any author, you will see the "Quote" button. This is one of the most useful functions for replies. (Note: If a post is long, quoting should be used to take the excerpts you wish to quote, rather than the entire post, to keep things more compact.)

When posting and using the quote function, you can add the author's name by using this code:

[ Quote = "Author" ] (without the spaces)

to specify the author. You can also put text in a quote box without needing to specify the author.

Examples:

Patrick Henry wrote:
Give me liberty or Give me death!


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This is an example of the quote function without an author specified.



LINKS

If you enter a complete URL as is, it will automatically be turned into an active link.

http://carfree.com/

You can instead use the "URL" tag to attach the link to a phrase. For example, this code

[ url = h t t p ://carfree.com/ ] Carfree.com is my favorite site! [ / url ]

Turns into this once rendered correctly, without the spaces:

Carfree.com is my favorite site!


SEARCH

A quick search window is displayed at the bottom of every page, and a link to the advanced Search form is displayed at the top of every page. If these fail to find what you are looking for, another option is a site specific search on Google, using the command

site:occupyastorialic.org/forum

along with your search phrases.


ATTACHMENTS

The Full Editor for posting includes the option of uploading attachments, such as graphics or PDFs. You can browse from files on your own computer and upload these to the site, where they are hosted. Once you have done so, you can also copy the link to what you have uploaded and post it on other sites. (Please don't upload humonguous files, or graphics that increase the page width. Please don't abuse this site by using it for storage. Thank you.)


HOTLINKING IMAGES

If you wish to display an image from another site, use the IMG tag to "hotlink" it and display the image. (Note: Such images are still hosted on the other site, and so are subject to change by the other site.)

The code looks like this:

[ img ] h t t p : //shakespeare.mit.edu/shake.gif [ / img ] (without the spaces)

When we remove the spaces from the above, the image displays:

Image


BB CODES FOR FORMAT

When you compose a new post, the text input window is surrounded by various buttons that can be used to insert the so-called BB codes for formatting.

Mark the text you wish to format and use the button to place the code tags around it. Here are some examples of what happens. (If you're not sure which button was used for one of these effects, hit "Quote" on this post and you will see the code.)

Bold

Italic

Underline

Code:
"Code"


    List

Center text


Flush right


Strikethrough (s)

Subtext

Supertext

Silly blinking text

Font goes tiny small normal large huge

Mark text and use the color buttons to the right to get different colors.

And now here comes a horizontal line (hr), followed by a bunch of those ridiculous smilies.



:twisted: :evil: :arrow: :idea: :ugeek: :roll: :o :shock: :lol: :D


EMBEDDING MEDIA

Finally, BB code offers the option of embedding certain kinds of media so that they display directly in your post.

Video may be embedded only if it is hosted on Youtube or Vimeo. The BB code tags you use for this are conveniently labeled "vimeo" and "youtube." You insert the video ID codes between the tags, but not the full URL. The code would look like this:

[ youtube ] x3kdk_fvh [ / youtube ]

or

[ vimeo ] 2393941 [ / vimeo ] (without the spaces)


examples of Vimeo embeds wrote:

The Police and the Protestors
published 4 months ago: Sun, Oct 2, 2011

SEE VIMEO CREDITS & NOTES | Music by The National

Ed David also filmed this piece for Alex Mallis and Lily Henderson.

Right Here All Over
published 4 months ago: Wed, Oct 5, 2011

SEE VIMEO CREDITS & NOTES | Music by Loscil[/list]




examples of Youtube embeds wrote:

Occupy Wall Street Music | random selections








MP3 sound files can also be embedded using the "mp3" tag. This tag uses the full URL that you would otherwise click to download the MP3. Thus, for example:

[ mp3 ] http://media.blubrry.com/world/p/www.po ... 520112.mp3 [ / mp3] (without the spaces)

Becomes this:

example of MP3 embed wrote:

Download: http://media.blubrry.com/world/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/media.theworld.org/audio/111520112.mp3



The audio is a point of view by interviewee, Ibrahim Abdallah, a marketer in NYC.

You might want to turn down your speakers should you click on the image or the text link. Once you do, sounds of protestors begin almost immediately, without alert.

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An Egyptian View of Occupy Wall Street
— By The World ⋅ November 15, 2011

Anchor Marco Werman talks to Ibrahim Abdallah, an Egyptian-born businessman who lives in New York City.

Abdallah spent three days on Tahrir square in Cairo last February during the Arab Spring protests.

He also visited the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.

He says the movement’s lack of clear goals may be causing its demise.




The above should cover most Forum features. Hope you agree. If you have any questions, please post them on this sub-forum. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Disclaimers
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7. DISCLAIMER

Finally, your attention is drawn to the Forum Disclaimer and Fair-Use Notice, which are displayed at the bottom of every page without exception.

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Disclaimer: This is a user-driven site. Comments in these pages belong solely to the individual users who publish them. The views of the users do not necessarily reflect the views of Occupy Astoria LIC or occupyastorialic.org. We are not responsible or liable for inaccurate or incorrect statements published by users. We are not responsible for the content of linked sites.

Fair Use Notice: Pages here may contain copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Any such copyrighted material is made available so as to advance understanding of political, social and cultural issues, is provided with comment and critique and for the purpose of prompting new discussions, or aims to archive documents of general interest and importance and rescue these from the “memory hole” effect. We believe all of this to constitute 'fair use' of such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. This is a strictly non-commercial site. Users are required to correctly attribute copyrighted material, and provide links to the source site. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.


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