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Zoints Profile System

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by admin_old, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. admin_old

    admin_old Administrator
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    I'm pleased to announce that we now utilize Zoints! To get an idea of what Zoints offers, please take this quick tour.

    What is Zoints?
    Zoints is a forum network and profile system utilized by more than 125 forums, including many of the largest in the world. It provides you with new features such as your own highly customizable personal webpage, photo albums, blog, page to show off your aquarium, means to keep track of friends, and MUCH more. In turn, Zoints is designed to help bring new members who share the same interests as we do to this forum. An example profile of a car forum member can be seen here.

    Before I go further, if you don't want to use Zoints, don't worry, you can turn it off by going to your user control panel options page and unchecking the boxes at the very bottom.

    Getting Started

    To link to your profile, follow these easy steps:
    Step 1:
    Go to the Zoints dropdown at the top and click on "My Profile"
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    Step 2:
    If you already have a Zoints account, login. Or select create your profile.
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    Step 3:
    Create your account (it takes 30 seconds max) and that's it. You can now play with the most powerful profile system on the net :)

    Various Helpful Tours
    How to add a profile picture
    How to add someone to your network
    How to add a video to your profile
    How to setup group permissions
    How to add interests to your profile
    How to add new blocks to your profile
    How to message other members
    How to create a custom content block

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Q. Do I HAVE to use Zoints? Can't I just turn off the box and links without linking to my profile?
    A. No, you don't have to use Zoints. To turn it off, go to your user control panel, then edit options. Scroll to the very bottom and uncheck the two boxes under "Zoints Options".

    Q. Does Zoints have a privacy policy? I'm concerned about them sharing my information.
    A. Zoints' privacy policy can be read here.

    Q. If i'm not sure how to do something on Zoints, who should I contact?
    A. You can submit a support request on Zoints by going here or clicking on the [​IMG] at the top of your screen at Zoints.

    Q. How is Zoints different from all those other social networks I already have a profile at?
    A. Zoints is designed to benefit our forum. For example, they actively work to drive traffic to our forum. By using Zoints, you will help this site gain new members. In addition, Zoints doesn't suffer from many of the problems that plague other social networks.

    Q. I really don't want anyone except members here to be able to view my profile. Is that possible?
    A. Yes! Just set your group permissions accordingly.
     
  2. Vladimir Zhurov

    Vladimir Zhurov Lifetime Members
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    Is it not yet there or is it a problem with my browser?

    On the side note, can we have a bigger text fields for "biography/interests" and store more text for people who want to put more?

    Regards.

    Vladimir.
     
  3. admin_old

    admin_old Administrator
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    ... sorry, it's installed, but just not "turned on" for everyone yet, I started testing it yesterday to try to get all of the interfaces between us and zoints properly configured ...

    Ultimately, it will allow you to link your profile here with a zoints profile ... you can view my mock-up of my zoints profile here: http://gregwatson.zoints.com/

    The potentially neat thing about a zoints profile, is that in theory, it is MySpace for forums ... but integrates back into the forum, so you can have a zoints profile that you can use on multiple forums ... kind of your own personal blog page, photo album page, and "stuff" ...

    It may not be something that I am *personally* into, but there are a lot of people who kind of would like to have their own website, and this essentially gives them a free website/blog/photo album ...

    And ... in theory, if our users setup a zoints profile and link back to the Barr Report, we may find other zoints people who find out about the Barr Report through your zoints profile ...

    I'll have the zoints profile system turned on for all of our Plant Guru Team late this weekend ...

    I think that is hard coded into vBulletin, so I don't think I can change that, but I will do some checking on that ...

    Thanks,
    Greg
     
  4. rubb

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    When I click on Zoints>My profile i get "No forum was found." Am i doing something wrong? I have profile on zoints, username is same as there.
    Regardig bigger "biography/interests" field - may be it is good idea to add few new user fields for detailed info...
     
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