GMG’s “Rough Guide” to the NJO [UPDATED] !!!

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GMG's "Rough Guide" to the NJO [UPDATED] !!!

Postby Grand Master Gray » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:58 pm

First of all welcome to the NJO !!!

If you have just joined this amazing community of Star Wars fans and collectors then you have ...


“just taken your first step into a larger world”


The following “rough guide” has been written as a helpful introduction to the getting started and as a way of pointing out a few features of this website you may not know existed !!!
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Re: GMG’s “Rough Guide” to the NJO Website !!!

Postby Grand Master Gray » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:32 pm

1) Getting started …

The Official NJO Website is both an online archive of everything we all love about about Star Wars as well as an active community of fans and collectors who get together in our busy forums. It may take a while to get to know other members but everyone is always made to feel welcome by our many fantastic “regulars” !!!

2) Making yourself feel “at home” …

When you first joined and took a look at the forums you may have noticed that some members have “jazzyfizzled” up their posts with pictures, quotes and avatars … this is something that all members can do and your online user profile can be fully customized to match your personality. There are some helpful hints in the “Technical Support” thread but if you need any help just email us !

3) The NJO’s “ranking” system …

The community has 12 Masters who serve on the NJO Council … they are members who have been voted in as a result of their contribution to the development of the NJO over the past two years. Some Masters may not be regular posters but rest assured that behind the scenes they are busy organising events, producing materials and promoting our work.

All new members are given the rank of Jedi Padawan. Many forums have a rank system based on number of posts … here within the NJO we don’t (we value all members contributions here whether they post a little or whether they post a lot !!!). As part of our Charity Campaign “Pledge Your Allegiance” all members can be promoted to the rank of Jedi simply by donating £2 to support Help 4 Heroes. Many of our members give up vast amounts of time to attend Troops and other events for our charity … the “Pledge Your Allegiance” Campaign is a great way for everyone to be involved.

We also aim to create another tier of user rankings for our younger members following requests from several members who are also parents … as their children would like to be involved too. The younger members will have their own rank and their own forums so that they can interact online with other younger members in a safe and controlled area.

4) Finding your way around ….

On the New Jedi Order’s Homepage you will see a menu with 18 different sections … each section contains information and links specific to that section. In a nutshell …

Welcome
A brief welcome message and our community philosophy explained.

NJO News All important community news and information about the NJO newsletter, the NJO Awards and the NJO Badge Campaign.

NJO History
A detailed account about the background of the NJO … were you a member during the “Hack Wars” ?

The NJO Council
Why we have an NJO Council, how it is decided and a profile of our current 12 NJO Masters.

The NJO Album
A selection of photo albums added and updated by our members.

The Cantina
The gateway to our main forums.

Official Merchandise A section and link dedicated to the Official NJO online store.

Our Charity Work
The background to our ongoing charity work and our current campaigns. If you can help in any way then please do !!!

Calendar and Events
The section in which future events such as Collectormania & Memoribillia are advertised
(events can be added by members too)

NJO Scrapbook A selection of our favourite images from over the past two years.

Collector’s Vault An online resource for collectors to record their SW collections and the gateway to the Collectors Forums.

Jedi Archives An online series of guides and lists covering all aspects of Star Wars produced by our very own members.

Docking Bay 94 The hub of the NJO’s creative community … to showcase their work in Docking Bay 94 !!!

Jawa Traderthe gateway to the NJO’s market place / free ads forums. A place to post your sales, wants and swaps as well as your eBay listings. Also the place to talk directly with Marc and the staff of the official NJO online store “The Tatooine Trading Post”

Fun and Gamesthe gateway to our fun and games forums. The main page has details of future competitions and quizzes and the forums themselves have plenty of interactive threads to get involved with.

NJO Partners
links to websites owned by fellow NJO members.

More Links
links to websites that have been recommended by members.

Contact Us
the easiest way to get a message to us … just fill in the form and click to send !!!

5) A few easy navigation tips …


You can return to the "main menu" at any time by clicking the "Go back to the New Jedi Order homepage" link (just underneath the NJO Logo within the forums)

However, if you look at the bottom of the page you will also see a box with the words “jump to” next to it. This is the easiest way to switch between the five different forum areas ...

The Cantina
Jawa Trader
Fun and Games
Collector’s Vault
Docking bay 94


6) Catching Up !


All discussion threads which contain posts you have not read will have a small orange rectangle next them. When you click on any discussion you can either flick through to find where you were up to or click the link at the top which says “First unread post” … this way you will never miss a single comment !!!
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Re: GMG’s “Rough Guide” to the NJO Website !!!

Postby Grand Master Gray » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:38 pm

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO LOOK ROUND … THIS IS YOUR COMMUNITY SO ENJOY IT !!! ALL SUGGESTIONS ARE TAKEN ON BOARD AND THE NJO WEBSITE HAS ALREADY GROWN IN JUST THREE WEEKS !!!
(AS HAS THE COMMUNITY ITSELF)

GET STUCK INTO THE FORUMS, ENJOY THE COMPETITIONS, QUIZZES AND RANDOM FUN STUFF, ADD TO THE PHOTO ALBUMS AND ENJOY THE "COLLECTORS VAULT" AND "JEDI ARCHIVES" SECTIONS. PLUS, PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SUPPORT OUR 5 CHARITY CAMPAIGNS … IN THE TWO WEEKS SINCE THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN "FULLY OPERATIONAL" THE RESPONSE TO OUR CHARITY WORK HAS BEEN AMAZING !!!

IF YOU HAVE ITEMS FOR SALE OR ARE LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC FIGURE THEN POST YOUR DETAILS IN THE "JAWA TRADER" … SOMEONE WILL BE INTERESTED. AND REMEMBER THIS COMMUNITY STARTED LIFE ON EBAY SO DON’T FORGET TO POST ALL YOUR EBAY LINKS … THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE ALSO YOUR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS !!!

AND FINALLY, REMEMBER THAT THE NJO IS SO MUCH MORE THAN AN ONLINE COMMUNITY … I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING SO MANY OTHER NJO MEMBERS RECENTLY AND EVENTS, TROOPS AND "NJO MEETS" ARE ALWAYS BEING PLANNED ...

SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME ALONG !!!

THAT'S IT FOR THE "ROUGH GUIDE" HOPE THAT IT ALL HELPS ?

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU !!!

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Re: GMG’s “Rough Guide” to the NJO Website !!!

Postby Grand Master Gray » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:52 pm

A LIST TEN THINGS YOU MAY HAVE NOT YET DONE !!!

1) Have you updated your profile, added an Avatar & Signature to personalise how others see you ???

2) Have you added your location so others can see where abouts in the Galaxy you are on the members list ???

3) Have you checked out the NJO News Page, the articles we've added and signed up for the Newsletter ???

4) Have you had a read through of NJO History or had a look at the images in the NJO Scrapbook ???

5) Have you taken part in any of our Charity Campaigns yet ???

6) Have you got involved in any of the competitions, quizzes or other fun "stuff" over in fun and games ???

7) Have you had a browse of the many items for sale at the Tatooine Trading Post ???

8) Have you used or browsed the Jawa Trader forums yet ???

9) Have you taken part in the NJO Citizenship Challenge

10) Have you "Pledged Your Allegiance and changed your online Status/Rank to that of JEDI ???


Please check out everything the Official NJO Website has to offer and make the most of your online experience ... and if you have anything to tell us then please see the main menu and "Send Us A Transmission"

Thanks ... MTFBWY !!!
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