This is a collaborative FMS help page.
Please read the Drupal end-user guide as a starting point for new members.
The FMS website is now running Drupal, an open source web content management system (CMS). This provides us the flexibility to have a full featured website that can be managed by our volunteer staff. In the spirit of Drupal's documentation, we invite our members to participate in improving this site by editing this page, much like a Wiki. There may be a learning curve for working with this dynamic content, as traditional webmaster tools for editing static web pages don't apply here.
Members are welcome to post their own "blog" pages, forum messages, and comments on other posts. All of these activities use a common editor that allows formatting much like a word processor, and the inclusion of images. The editor can also be switched into a "plain text" mode if none of these features are desired, or if the author wants to fine-tune the underlying HTML coding.
Where to post? Blog postings are (currently) only seen by logged-in members. Our blogs are more useful for personal publishing and prototyping public articles than for interactive discussions.
Postings to the Public forums are highly visible, and can be subscribed to by RSS feed if your browser can handle that. The member forums are also a better place to invite comments, as it is easier to see the chronology of the messages.
If something goes wrong, you can delete your own postings, or contact the webadmin if bigger problems arise.
Feel free to revise and expand this info with tips and tricks!