Links - for lessons

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Links - for lessons

Postby wrigjef » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:34 am

With the elimination of both lesson schedules and newsletters, I'm looking for an alternative that will allow links for lesson materials. Perhaps I can create a calander for lesson schedules but need it to support links. Is this possible? I really want to stay within the LDS.org domain but I'm also exploring the possibility of finding the functionality on Facebook of somewhere else.

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Re: Links - for lessons

Postby jdlessley » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:43 pm

wrigjef wrote:Perhaps I can create a calander for lesson schedules but need it to support links. Is this possible?

Calendar does not currently support links. While not a clickable link, you can enter the URL and users can copy and paste into their browser.
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Postby russellhltn » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:00 pm

It's possible that if the URL is formatted a certain way (http://www.lds.org) or (https://lds.org) that the user's device will interpret the text as a link. I've seen that happen before.

In fact, that seems to be happening in Chrome with this message. There is no BB code to make it a link.
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Re: Links - for lessons

Postby wrigjef » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:59 pm

Thanks.
Does anyone have any other solutions?
Unit needs are to make the schedule online and with clickable links

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Postby zaneclark » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:28 am

I include a link to lesson schedules in my weekly newsletter which I email to the members using either the Directory, or Send a Message in LCR.... Works great!

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Postby wrigjef » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:51 am

Thanks individual emails just may be the way to go for us. Seems that it would serve to inform active members to study the lesson while also letting less active members know that we care. I do anticipate that some members will not truely appreciate a weekly email and complain. Have you experienced this and how do you deal with it?

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Postby zaneclark » Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:24 am

wrigjef wrote:Thanks individual emails just may be the way to go for us. Seems that it would serve to inform active members to study the lesson while also letting less active members know that we care. I do anticipate that some members will not truely appreciate a weekly email and complain. Have you experienced this and how do you deal with it?

I very seldom get any complaints, but if I do, I remove their email address from their listing in the directory.

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Re: Links - for lessons

Postby aebrown » Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:45 am

russellhltn wrote:It's possible that if the URL is formatted a certain way (http://www.lds.org) or (https://lds.org) that the user's device will interpret the text as a link. I've seen that happen before.

In fact, that seems to be happening in Chrome with this message. There is no BB code to make it a link.

In this case, it's definitely not Chrome that is changing the text into a link -- it is the forum software (phpBB). Examining the HTML produced by the PHP shows that it contains actual <a> tags, which phpBB will often generate from text that looks like a link, even in the absence of a BB code such as [url] to force a link.

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Postby wrigjef » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:33 am

I wish there was a way to exclude those complainers from the (blast) email to the ward with the lesson schedule without removing their email addresses from the directory. I spend quite a bit of time trying to get members to post email addresses, and pictures so they can be identified and a new home or visiting teacher can contact them.

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Postby zaneclark » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:00 pm

wrigjef wrote:I wish there was a way to exclude those complainers from the (blast) email to the ward with the lesson schedule without removing their email addresses from the directory. I spend quite a bit of time trying to get members to post email addresses, and pictures so they can be identified and a new home or visiting teacher can contact them.

You can do this fairly easily by deleting their name from the email before you send it. I have done this at times when someone didn't want the newsletter but we wanted to retain their email address with their directory information.


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