The new Friends of Nigeria website is intended to be easy to use and self-instructing. But sometimes what is obvious to one person is completely opaque to another, so here are step-by-step instructions of how to use the new website. The new site is far more than simply a website. It is backed by a membership database, it enables community dialogues, it allows members to join or renew their memberships, it accepts payments, and it allows members to sign up for events. No wonder it can be complicated at times! So here are some instructions on how to get started. Once you have grown accustomed to the website interface, you will discover many other things you can do with it. Feel free to suggest improvements or complain about things that ought to work better.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
If you got this far, you are pretty adept at navigating websites. From here on, you are on your own. If you have questions, please use the Contact Us page. Please do react to anything you see on the site, and make our FON community more interactive!
I just tried to read the FON newsletter online. It's possible as long as I am very cautious about how and where I move the cursor. If I get too close to the edges of the page, the screen automatically jumps down from Page 1 to Page 3. If I want to move to the bottom of Page 2, the screen automatically jumps over to the top of Page 1. Very frustrating. I expected to be able to scroll around through the text at will. If I can't get better at viewing the online version more easily, I may decide to return to the hard copy version even though I will miss the color in the online version.
Answer by Greg Jones:
The newsletters posted online are actually .pdf files. It is better to download the .pdf and read it using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat, you can download it for free. When you are viewing the newsletter online, you can go to the side and a number of icons for actions should appear at the top of the page. One of them is an arrow pointing down underlined, which is the download icon. Click on that, and it should ask you where you want to save the newsletter. At least that is the way my browser (Google Chrome) works. Other browsers will have a different interface, but the same basic functionality. You shouldn't have any problems scrolling and paging within the document if you read the newsletter in Adobe Acrobat.
The only obituaries I could find on the website are recent ones. Is there a place where older ones might be archived?
Specifically, I was looking to find the obit for [a friend]. He passed away a few years ago. Post Peace Corps he ended up living close by, and I was in sporadic contact with him. I thought of writing an obituary, but then I think I saw one written by someone else in the FON newsletter, but I can't find that issue. Is there a way of searching old FON newsletters?
Answer by Peter Hansen:
A Google search with a site: operator will restrict the search to the named website. Site:friendsofnigeria.org will restrict the search to our website. Try [friend's name] site:friendsofnigeria.org, and you should get the result you want. The friend's listing in the deceased members and friends directory should also appear, but the newsletter that contains the obituary should be obvious. A specific example would be [szyndler site:friendsofnigeria.org], which returns 2 responses:
www.friendsofnigeria.org/Directory_files/DEAD%202011-02.htmDeceased Nigeria PCVs and Staff. Please send any corrections or additions to Peter Hansen at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Yrs of. Last Name, First Name, Other Name ...
friendsofnigeria.org/resources/.../FON%20Fall%202010%202da.pdfSzyndler. Walter died on July 10,. 2010, at his home in Washington,. DC, of complications from gallblad- der surgery. He was 70 years old. Walter was a member ...
The above search process is not 100% accurate. Therefore, we plan to add a column to the Deceased Members and Friends directory to specify the edition of the FON Newsletter that contains the obituary. Anybody interested in helping out in this project should contact Steve Clapp.
Answer by Greg Jones:
Click on your name in the upper right corner of the HOME page. A white box with 3 links will drop down. Click on the View profile link. A page with your profile information will appear. At the top is your membership information. Below that your demographic information and below that FON or Peace Corps specific information. Click on Edit profile. Scroll down a page or so, and you will see Website Newsletter with Yes or No checkboxes to the right. Check Yes to stop the printed newsletter from being sent to you. Unfortunately, we made it a multiple-choice selection, so you have to uncheck the No checkbox as well.
While you are there, please check your address, email, phone numbers, etc. You can maintain these fields directly and avoid having FON send information to an obsolete address.
We won't actually send you the newsletter by email. We will send you an email saying the newsletter is available on the website and a link to it. You get it by following the link or going to the website and clicking on Info - Newsletter Archive and selecting the Current Newsletter.
Instead of generating hypothetical questions, we will rely on the Actual Users to let us know when they are stumped or when they find they are having trouble getting something done. Describe what your problem is and try to phrase it as a FAQ question. Then email it to Mike Goodkind or Dick Holmquist. They will populate the FAQs below and ask you if their answer really solves your problem. We will evolve to a good set of FAQs. Thanks for your participation in this effort.
1. Some Actual User's question? Some expert's answer.
2 Another Actual User's question? Another expert's answer.
Finally, if the above do not resolve your problem, please email Mike Goodkind or Dick Holmquist. If you are so disgusted with this site that you need to really let us know what is on your mind, use the Contact Us form.