Introduction to the I Ching Community

All you need to get started at the I Ching Community.

Introduction

Welcome in

Welcome in

Welcome to the I Ching Community! Let me give you a quick tour.

This course will show you everything you need to get started posting and connecting with people.

Quick actions

Every now and then, you’ll come across a ‘Quick action’ heading with one of these next to it –

Each describes an action you can complete in a couple of minutes. Recommendation: when you see one of these, do it now, don’t put it off!

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Posting

Where to post

Not sure where your post belongs in amongst all those pages and messages? This will sort it out for you*.

*Every now and then, someone posts in the ‘wrong’ place, and it doesn’t actually matter – a moderator just moves the post to a better spot.

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How to post: replying to a thread

You’ll find answers to all your questions about how the forums work in the forum help pages. This is just a quick run through the absolute basics to get you started.

First, you need to know how to reply to a thread, and how to start a thread of your own…

How to reply to a thread

When you reply to a thread, you’re joining in with a conversation that’s already underway. This is a lot easier than it would be in a real-life conversation, as you can read through from the beginning of the thread first, catch up with everything and then chime in.

You write your reply to the thread in this little editor box you find at the bottom of the page:

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If the thread’s a long one, it might have more pages, and then you’ll see
these page numbers above the box and can click along to the last page:

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But in any case, your reply will always show up at the end of the thread – that’s at the
bottom of the last page. All the messages are simply displayed in the order people wrote them, so everyone can follow the conversation.

photo of confused dogIt’s not like on Facebook, where some of the replies can be folded away out of sight – and sometimes the whole lot can be out of sequence, which is just confusing.

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Replying and quoting

If you just want to add your thoughts to the conversation as a whole, you simply go to the editor box and start typing.

If there’s a particular comment you want to reply to, you need the ‘reply’ button on that post. Click that, and the post you’re replying to is automatically quoted in your post:

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You can do a lot more with quotes – it’s all explained in the ‘quoting other posts’ section of the post editor help page.

Quick action

What threads have you been reading recently? Go and post a quick reply to one of them! (Do pick a recently-updated thread to be sure the people you’re replying to will see your message.)

If you’re a Change Circle member, this is the perfect moment to introduce yourself on the ‘Introductions’ thread! (This is one thread where you don’t have to read through all the posts from the beginning before you can reply.)

Go to the bottom of the page, find that editor box, and tell us something about yourself – where you’re from, how you got to know Yi, your hobbies, favourite kind of chocolate, whatever you like…

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Starting your own thread

A new conversation needs a new thread…

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Knowing when someone replies

Setting up notifications

Notifications

Once you’ve started chatting to people, you want to be sure you’re notified when they reply. The I Ching Community can notify you…

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  • by email
  • with browser ‘push’ notifications
  • and via ‘alerts’ inside the forums themselves

You can find full details on all this on the ‘Notifications and alerts’ help page.

 

‘Watch’ the threads you’re interested in

To get notified of replies to a thread you need to ‘watch’ it. Find the ‘watch’ button at the top of the thread…

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…and click it to see your options:

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Watch threads automatically

You can also set things up so you’ll automatically ‘watch’ every thread you post to, and you don’t need to remember to click the ‘watch’ button every time. To do that:

  1. head to the ‘forum settings’ page
  2. set your chosen ‘content options’, and
  3. click ‘save’.

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Make sure you’re not out of the loop!

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Looking after your privacy

Don’t forget Google

Remember, these are public forums…

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Choosing your privacy settings

Inside the Community, controlling your privacy is pretty straightforward. Under the ‘Community’ menu go to ‘forum settings’ –

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From here you can decide what information to include in your account under ‘Account Details’ – and then under ‘Privacy’ you control who can see it:

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So for instance, under ‘Identities’ on the ‘Account Details’ page you could include your Facebook handle…

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but then on the ‘Privacy’ page you might make it only visible to people you follow:

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Forum rules

No personal attacks

On the whole, Clarity’s a pretty peaceful, friendly corner of the internet. But people do rub each other up the wrong way sometimes, so we have some rules for that.

The main rule is no personal attacks on other members.

In practice, that also means no retaliating on the thread. If you object to someone’s post, you click the little ‘report’ button just below it –

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– and explain the problem. That notifies me that I need to look at it, and I’ll respond as soon as I can, and as fairly as I can.

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Have a look at the ‘How the I Ching Community works’ post. It’ll give you a flavour of what to expect here.

 

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One username per person

‘I Ching Community’ isn’t just a name: this is a real community, where real people connect and get to know each other. Its foundation is mutual trust.

So that you can always trust you are talking to a real person, we have a rule of one account per person. In other words, no-one can create multiple ‘sock puppet’ accounts. (You can change your username, that’s no problem – just don’t use several at once!)

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Using a special method?

Clarity’s dedicated to the whole I Ching and its extraordinary alchemy of words and hexagrams. So in the Shared Readings forum, that’s what you’ll mostly find: people interpreting the words and hexagrams.

However, there are other traditions – Wen Wang Gua, for instance. If you rely on one of those, you’re welcome here too, but please make sure to explain where your answers come from. This is vital to keep the forums beginner-friendly.

In practice, this means…

  • edit your forum signature to explain that you’re doing something different
  • link from your signature to a page where people can learn more

The link can go to another website, or you can create a thread in Exploring Divination to describe your method.

 

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WikiWing!

What it is and how to use it

WikiWing is our very own, collaborative, experience-based, line-by-line Yijing book. It’s included in Change Circle membership, or you can join just WikiWing by itself.

Any time you have a puzzling reading, you can click through to the relevant hexagram and line to browse other people’s experiences: what that line has meant, for them, in the real world.

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Contributing to WikiWing

The great thing is that anyone who’s ever understood an I Ching reading can contribute to WikiWing. It could be your fifteen-thousandth reading or it could be the first one you’ve ever done – it makes no difference. You just browse to the right section of the right hexagram article, click the little ‘pencil’ icon by the heading to edit it, and add your bit.

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And one day, someone will cast that same reading and come looking for insight, and your experience will provide the clarity they need.

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