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Welcome to GoFishTalk, a social network for those who are passionate about fishing.
The following are some general answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help guide you to a better Network experience.
If there is a question or concern that you feel is not addressed here, then please contact the Network Administrator.
Who is the Network for?
GoFishTalk is a social network for those who are passionate about fishing. Here you can hook up with other fellow anglers to swap stories, post questions about fishing and best practices, share photos, tips, knowledge, ideas, surf forums to discuss fishing and more. Don’t be shy! Even if you're just starting to try out fishing or are a seasoned angler, get on-board and join us today! Start making new fishing buddies or even reconnect with old ones!
Can anyone join the Network?
Everyone and anyone who is 13 years old or older can join the GoFishTalk Network although we may, at our sole discretion, do moderation or be selective in order to maintain a high level of standard for the GoFishTalk Network and also to discourage spammers and Internet Marketers.
How do I join?
Easy. Simply locate the Sign Up link at the top right of the GoFishTalk Home Page and click on it. You can choose to sign up using either your Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Twitter ID. If not, then simply follow the instructions on screen to submit your registration.
What should I do with My Profile?
When creating your Profile include as much information as you can in relation to your interest in and experience with fishing. The more you say, the more success you will have in connecting with other members who share your interests or experiences.
Can I stop others from seeing my profile?
You can definitely choose who sees your Profile by changing the Privacy Settings on your account. Choose between any one of these following options: Everyone to see your Profile, Members Only, or Friends. These settings can be changed at any time by you.
I have signed-up and joined and was unable to access the Network?
When you signed-up we may a****s your registration. As this process is not automated but checked by a human being, there may be a slight delay in your membership to the Network becoming active. If moderation is required, we strive to approve all GoFishTalk Network changes as quickly as possible. If after 24 hours you are still unable to access the Network then please contact the Network Administrator.
Can I post comments and start discussions right away?
Absolutely! Once your membership has been approved by moderation you can start joining in the GoFishTalk Network activity.
I have posted a comment or created a Group but I cannot see it?
Moderation may also be in placed from time to time for all features such as photo and video posting, group formation, forum and blog. Your post may not be immediately displayed on the GoFishTalk Network unless it has been approved by the network moderator. We may, at our sole discretion, do moderation and be selective. Should a post or comment be refused, you will be notified as to why. The Moderators decision is final in all cases.
Can I invite friends and colleagues into the Network?
Absolutely! You can use the Friend-invite feature located on your Profile menu which is in the top right hand corner of all GoFishTalk Network pages. Please ensure that you have the permission to contact the people you are trying to invite. You may also embed the GoFishTalk Network Badges on other website or social-network which you are currently a member of. You can learn more about this from More FAQs.
If you find someone on your GoFishTalk Network you’d like to be able to send private messages to or invite to your groups or events, you can add them as your friend on the GoFishTalk Network. You can even add a note to your friend request to them. Once you add them as a friend, they’ll receive a notification that you’d like to be friends. They can then choose to accept the friend request and become friends with you, or ignore the request.
To send a friend request to someone on the social network, go to their profile
page. Click the “Add as friend” link under their profile photo. A confirmation
window will pop up. If you’d like to add a note to your friend request, click
the “Add a personal message” link. Some people don’t feel comfortable accepting
friend requests from people they don’t know, so this is a great way to let them
know how you might know each other or why you’d like to be friends.
Manage Your Friends
GoFishTalk Network are all about the relationships you make with other members. Your GoFishTalk Network comes with the features to allow you to send Friend Requests, manage your Sent and Received Friend Requests, view your list of friends, and even message your friends.
Send a Friend Request
If you find someone on your GoFishTalk Network you’d like to send private messages to or whom you’d like to invite to your Groups or Events, you’ll need to be friends with them first.
You can add them as your friend by going to their profile page. Click on the “Add as Friend” link under their profile photo. A confirmation window will pop up. If you’d like to add a note to your friend request, click the “Add a personal message” link. Some people don’t feel comfortable accepting friend requests from people they don’t know, so this is a great way to let them know how you might know each other or why you’d like to be friends. Once you click “Send,” they’ll receive a notification that you’d like to be friends with them.
If you see a message stating you have too many outstanding friend requests, you’ll need to withdraw some requests before you can add other people as friends. You can have up to 100 outstanding friend requests.
View Your Friend Requests
When someone sends you a friend request, you’ll receive an email notification that they’ve done so. You’ll also be alerted when you sign in to the GoFishTalk Network itself. At the top of the right column, you’ll see how many friend requests you have next to the “Friends” link. To view who has requested to be your friend, click on this link to be taken to your My Friends page, with the Requests Received tab open.
On this page, you will see the name and profile photo of each member who has
requested to be your friend. You can click on the name or profile photo to view
their profile page. If they’ve sent you a message along with the friend request,
you’ll see this note here, as well. You can choose to accept or ignore these friend requests.
You can also withdraw any friend requests you’ve sent to others from this page. Just click the Requests Sent tab, and click on the “Withdraw Request” link next to anyone you no longer wish to be friends with.
View Your Friends
To see the list of everyone you’re friends with on GoFishTalk Network, click the “My Friends” link near the top of the page, or click on the “Friends” link from the member module on the right side of the page. You’ll be taken to a page listing all of your friends on this network.
You can also view your friends on your profile page. Head to your My Page and locate the My Friends section in the left column under your profile photo. You can go to the profile page of anyone else on the GoFishTalk Network and see who they’re friends with on the network in this same location!
Message Your Friends
You can send a private message to anyone you’re friends with – or to a group of people you’re friends with. Just click the “Inbox” link from the top right side of the page, then click on the “Compose” link. This will open up a list of your friends on the GoFishTalk Network, and you can select which of these friends you’d like to send your message to.
Along with sending your friends personal messages, you can also send them invites to any group you belong to or any event you’ve RSVPed to.
I Cannot Ask More Members to Be Friend.
If you belong to the same GoFishTalk Network as someone and you still aren’t able to ask them to be your friend, it’s likely that you have too many outstanding friend requests. As a member, you can have up to 100 outstanding friend requests combined on GoFishTalk Network. You’ll have to withdraw some of your outstanding friend requests before you can invite new people to be your friends. To do this, click on the “Friends” link in your personal member account module and go to the Requests Sent tab.
On this page, you can click on the “Withdraw Request” link next to some of your
Introduction to Message
The GoFishTalk Network comes with a messages feature to allow you to send and receive messages with other members of the GoFishTalk Network without giving out your email address. You can access your inbox and send messages by signing into the GoFishTalk Network.
Comments are great for content if you don’t mind other people on the GoFishTalk Network seeing — like a comment on someone’s profile page thanking them for joining your group, or a comment on a funny video letting the person who uploaded it know you appreciated it. For private information you might not want the wh*** GoFishTalk Network to see — private messages are a great way to go.
Send a Private Message
You can send private messages to anyone you’re friends with on GoFishTalk Network. You can also exchange private messages with the Network Creator and Admins of the GoFishTalk Network, even if you’re not friends.
To send a private message, click the “Inbox” link in the right column of your GoFishTalk Network, after you’ve signed in. Click the “Compose” link. You can click the checkboxes in the “Send To” box to select someone from your friends list on the GoFishTalk Network.
To send a message to the Network Creator or Admin if you’re not friends, go to their profile page and click the “Send a Message” link. If you’re a Network Creator or Admin, you can send any member of your GoFishTalk Network a private message via their My Page as well.
Check Your Private Messages
To check your private messages on GoFishTalk Network, sign in and click the “Inbox” link in the right column.
All the private messages you’ve received on that GoFishTalk Network will be listed. New messages are marked by an orange dot. Messages you’ve replied to will have a green arrow next to them.
You can click on the sender’s name to view their My Page, or click on a message’s title to open that private message.
Block Someone From Sending You Messages.
When you join GoFishTalk Network, you’ll automatically be able to exchange messages with the Network Creator and Administrators. Anyone else must be added as your friend in order to exchange private messages with you.
You are able to prevent someone from sending you private messages and invitations. To block a sender, go to your Inbox and locate a message the member you want to block has sent you. Open the message and click the “Block messages” link.
You can also block messages from a member’s profile page. Below the member’s profile photo, click the “Block Messages” link.
If you think you’re being spammed, please contact us. Spamming is against our Terms of Service and we take it very seriously.
Create a Group
Groups are a great way to organize members of your GoFishTalk Network around a topic. To create a group, go to the Groups page, then click “Add.”
Next, fill in information about your group. Give your group a name and be sure
to upload a group image that’s roughly square in size to avoid it getting
distorted once saved. Fill out a description for your group, which members will
see when looking for groups to join. If your group has another website, or a
location, you can add it here! On the right side of the page, choose which features your group will have.
Don’t forget to choose the privacy settings for your group! You can allow anyone to join the group, or moderate membership. If you choose to moderate membership, new members will have to apply to join and you’ll be able to review their request before they can join. You can allow members to invite other people to join and allow people to request membership if you’d like. If you turn off both of these options, the group will be invite-only and you’ll be the only one who can send invites to join the group.
Finally, choose whether or not members of your group can send broadcast messages to the wh*** group.
Click “Add Group” and your group will be added to the GoFishTalk Network!
Invite People to Your Group
To spread the word about your group, invite people to join it! You can invite people by typing in email addresses, selecting from your list of friends on the network and by importing your web address book from email services such as Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail. If the Network Creator has enabled additional services, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, you can additionally invite your contacts on these services!
To invite people to a group, go to the group’s page and click the “Invite More
People” link. Non-members will need to join the GoFishTalk Network in order to join the group.
Send Messages to the Members of your Group
The Group Creator controls whether or not a member can send a Broadcast Message to everyone in the group. If this feature is turned on, you will see a “Send Message to Group” link. Click on the link to open up a simple message box. You will only be able to enter text in this box.
If you do not see the “Send Message to Group” link, that means the Group Creator has not enabled this feature.
After you have composed your message, click “Send,” and your fellow group mates will receive your message shortly.
If members have opted out of receiving group messages or messages from the
network, they will not receive your message. If you would like to send messages
to individual members of a group, you will first need to become their friend on
Keep Updated on Your Group’s Activity
When you join a group, you can choose to follow any comment wall, members or group forum activity. This means that when someone joins the group, posts a comment or starts or replies to a forum discussion within the group, you’ll receive an email notification about it. This is a great way to keep up to date with groups you belong to and any activities happening within the group.
To view all of the discussions in the group’s forum, locate the Discussion Forum module and click the “View All” link.
If you want to receive an email notification whenever someone posts a new discussion in the forum, after clicking the “View All” link, click “Follow” on the forum’s “All Discussions” page. If you want to get updates on responses to a specific discussion, click into that thread and click the “Follow” link at the bottom of the page.
Any “Follow” link you click will display “Stop Following” when that setting is in place. You can click the “Stop Following” link to stop receiving email notifications. If you choose to leave a group at any time, make sure to stop following any content in the group you have previously opted to receive notifications about.
Another way of keeping up with your group’s forum discussions is to click the radio signal button in the bottom left corner of the discussion page. This is an RSS feed that you can subscribe to, to bookmark the discussion thread.
Click that button to be brought to the feed’s page and copy its URL to begin tracking it in your feed reader of choice, or to embed it elsewhere.
Join a Group.
Joining a group is a great way to get started on GoFishTalk Network and to meet new people. You can browse existing groups by “Most Active,” “Latest Activity,” “Most Members” or “Newest”. Once you find an interesting group, click on its title to view it. To join an existing group, go to the group’s detail page. If the group is public, there will be a link in the top right of the page to
join the group. If the group is private, you can apply to join the group from the group’s page if its creator is accepting access requests.
For some private groups, you may still be able to join if you have a friend who is a member and is also able to send you an invitation.
If the group is not open to new members, you may not be able to join.
Introduction to Video
The Videos feature on your GoFishTalk Network allows you to upload videos and share them across the web. You can use the bulk media uploader to add up to 30 videos at a time to your profile page, or embed videos from popular video services like YouTube and GoogleVideo. The Videos page below displays featured content, along with member-generated videos complete with ratings and view counts.
The easiest way to add videos to your social network is to use the bulk media uploader which allows you to add up to 30 videos at a time. We support videos in the following formats: .mov, .mpg, .avi, .3gp and .wmv formats.
To upload videos, go to the Videos tab and click the “Add Videos” link. Then, just click the “Click to Add Videos” icon to select which videos you’d like to upload from your computer. If you want to select multiple videos at a time, just hold down the “Control” or “Command” key on your keyboard and click the extra videos. Videos you’ve chosen to upload will display as a list on your GoFishTalk Network.
After you add one batch, you can add more videos to the list with the “Add More” link. To remove any, use the “X” link to the right of each video. Once you’re ready to upload, click the “Upload” button. Next, you can add a Title, Description, and Tags for each video.
If you’re experiencing issues with the bulk uploader, you can always use the simple uploader by clicking the link to try the “simple uploader” at the bottom of the page.
You can also add videos to your network from other services, such as YouTube, Hulu or Vimeo, using embed code. From the “Add Videos” page, scroll to the bottom of the page and locate the section that says “Add videos from YouTube, Hulu, or Vimeo” and click in the box. Paste the embed code for the video into the box and click to save.
Add a Description to a Video
When you upload videos to GoFishTalk Network, you have the option to add a title and a description to your video. You can also edit any video once you’ve uploaded it. You can edit the tags you’ve given it, change the title, description, location, and change the privacy settings of the video.
To edit a video you’ve uploaded, head to that video’s detail page. On the right side under the video, you’ll see the options you’d like. Directly from the video’s detail page, you can add or edit your tags by clicking the “Add Tags” or “Edit Your Tags” links.
View All Videos
You can browse all of the videos everyone has added to your GoFishTalk Network by heading to the Videos tab. You’ll see the thumbnails and titles of the videos, who uploaded each video and when, and the number of views, length of each video and average rating. By default, the videos are sorted in order of those most recently uploaded to your network.
Introduction to Photos
The Photos feature on your GoFishTalk Network allows you to upload photos and share them across the web. You can use the bulk media uploader to add up to 100 photos at a time to your profile page. You can also import photos from your Flickr account or create albums using photos that have been uploaded to the network.
Finally, you can take advantage of the photo slideshow widget, which is fully
customizable. You can add a background image and pick colors for your GoFishTalk Network badges and widgets.ccount or create albums using photos that have been uploaded to the network.
Upload Photos from Your Computer
With the bulk uploader on your GoFishTalk Network, you can add up to 100 photos at a time. The following formats are supported: .jpg, .png, and .gif.
To upload photos using the bulk uploader, go to the Photos page and click the “Add Photos” link. Then, click the camera icon to select which images you’d like to upload from your computer.
If you want to select multiple photos at a time, just hold down the “Control” or
“Command” key on your keyboard and click each photo. Photos you’ve chosen to
upload will display as a list in your bulk uploader.
After you add one batch, you can add even more photos to the list with the “Add More” link, and remove any using the “X” button to the right of each photo. Once you’re ready to upload, click the “Upload” button.
On the next page you’ll be able edit the “Title,” “Description” and “Tags” field for each photo. You can also choose to create a new album for those photos or to add them to an existing album. When you’re done, click “Save” if you’ve added more information. You can also click “My Photos” at the top of the page to immediately start browsing your newly uploaded photos.
To upload photos individually, you can also use the simple uploader, located
just under the bulk uploader.
Add one photo to each field using its “Browse” button. When you’re finished,
click the “Add Photos” button.
When the upload completes, you’ll be able to add the photo to an album and edit
its information on the next page, just as you would with the bulk uploaded.
Start Your Own Blog
Blog posts are a great way to share stories and express yourself right on your My Page. While discussion threads on your GoFishTalk Network are about community discussion, your blog is about you. Any blog post you add to the network will be compiled here on your profile page.
To get started, go to your My Page and locate the “My Blog” module in the middle column or link on the left hand side. Click the “Add a Blog Post” link. You can also click on the “Add a Blog Post” link from the main page, or the “Add” link from the All Blog Posts page itself.
You can add text, links, images and even video embeds to your blog post using the text editor. You can also select the privacy of your blog post to allow anyone on the GoFishTalk Network to view it, just your friends on the GoFishTalk Network, or just you. Click “Save as Draft” if you need to pick up the post later and want to save it. “Preview” will let you see what it looks like when posted, while “Publish” will publish the post immediately. If you want to publish it on a specific day in the future, select the radio button next to “Choose a date and time” and enter your desired date below. To notify people on Twitter or Facebook (if these options have been enabled on your network) about the event, check the box next to the relevant icon, and add a message.
You can add images, files or links, or remove links or any formatting previously added to your entry. You can edit your Tags, change when you’d like to publish this Post, or even edit who can view or comment on it. Changing the publish date will update where this post appears in the All Blog Posts page. Please note that changing your blog post’s visibility to “Just Me” or “Just My Friends” will remove this blog post from the number count that displays on your profile page.
Edit Your Blog Post
You can edit a blog post you’ve created or drafted by going to the Blogs tab and clicking on the “Edit Blog Posts” link at the top of the page. Drafts are indicated by a pencil icon to the left of the Blog Post title and are not yet published. Clicking on the title link, “edit” button or pencil icon will bring you to a screen where you can edit your Blog Post.
You can also delete a blog post of yours from this page by checking the box next to the title and clicking the “Delete” button beneath it.
Introduction to the Forum
The Forum is a great way to interact with other members on your GoFishTalk Network. It is also a great place to discuss news related to your GoFishTalk Network, share experiences, and voice your opinions.
Getting started on your discussion forum is easy. You can reply to an existing discussion or start your own. You can also choose to follow a discussion, which means you’ll be notified by email when there are new replies to that discussion.
To start a discussion, you can use the built-in rich text editor to add and
format text, images, and links so you can get your discussion just right. You
can click the “HTML Editor” tab view to add HTML. The Forum text box does not
<script>, <frame>, <iframe>, <html>, or <body>.
Validation is performed when you click “Save”, so any unsupported text will be
Follow a Category in the Forum
If you find an interesting category in the Forum you’d like to keep track of, you can choose to “Follow” it. When you follow a category in the Forum, you’ll receive an email whenever there is a new discussion in that category. This email notification will contain a link to the new discussion.
To follow a category in the Forum, click on that category on the left side of the Forum page. Then, click the link to “Follow – Email me about new discussions in this category.” If you’re already following a category and would like to stop doing so, this link will appear as “Stop Following.” Click that link to stop receiving email notifications about new discussions in this category.
This is a great way to stay on top of new discussions created in the forum category you’d like to follow!
Follow a Forum Discussion
If you find an interesting forum discussion you’d like to keep track of, you can use the built-in feature to follow it. When you follow a discussion, you’ll receive an email whenever there is a new reply to the discussion. This email notification will contain a link to the new reply.
By default, you’ll automatically follow all discussions you start or reply to. This is a great way to stay on top of the discussion and make sure you see all replies.
To follow a discussion, go to the page for that discussion and click the link to “Follow – Email me when people reply.” If you’re already following a discussion and would like to stop doing so, this link will appear as “Stop Following”. Clicking that link will stop email notifications about new replies to the discussion.
Introduction to Events
The Events feature is a great way to let members know about upcoming conferences, concerts, or parties related to the theme of your GoFishTalk Network. You can even organize in-person meet ups using the Events feature on your GoFishTalk Network. You can invite anyone to join your Event, even people who haven’t yet joined the network!
Each event can include the time, location, event type, organizer, a link to the
event’s website, a description, comment wall and a list of RSVPs.
As an event creator, choose the event’s features and privacy settings. You can
edit the privacy settings even after you have created the event. You can also
send out a Broadcast Message to everyone who has been invited to the event.
Please note that as the event creator, you will not
receive a copy of the message you send out to all guests.
The Network Creator, can determine who can create events and choose how to display events on the main page. Check out the related articles for more
information on attending, using, creating, and managing events on your GoFishTalk Network.
Add an Event
To create an event, start by going to to the Events page and clicking the “Add” link.
Next, fill in information about your event. If you upload an image it should be
roughly square in size so it doesn’t get distorted once the event is created. In
the “Description” field, you can add text, hyperlinks, images and even files
with the text editor.
By default, any event you add to GoFishTalk Network will appear as organized by you and will link to your My Page. However, you can change the event organizer by modifying the “Organized By” field.
You can also specify the Privacy settings for your event. Anyone can RSVP to a public event, while only invited people can RSVP to private events.
Please note that no email notifications are sent out when someone RSVPs to your event.
Some information about private events will still be visible to all members of your network, including the title, start time, event type, and organizer. You can choose to disable RSVP altogether, which will prevent members or you from seeing what people have responded with, or hide the guest list to protect people’s privacy if needed.
Click “Add Event” and your event will be added to the GoFishTalk Network!
Edit Your Event’s Information
To update your Event, go to the event’s page and click the “Edit Event” link in the Options drop-down menu. You can change any information about the event, including the privacy level of the event, and even close it to new attendees.
You can quickly edit the location or event type from the Event’s page, or edit
any of the other fields you filled out when creating your event.
If you make changes to your event, you may want to let people who have been invited to the event know. As an event creator, you can opt to send a message to people who are attending, people who might attend, people who haven’t yet RSVPed, or people who are not attending.
You can send people an update – or a reminder about your event – by returning to the event’s page and clicking the “Send Message to Guests” link.
RSVP to an Event
To RSVP to an event you’ve been invited to, head to the Events tab and click on the event.
On the right side of the page, locate the “Your RSVP” box. Choose your RSVP
option. To change your RSVP, simply click the “Change RSVP” link on the event’s
Export a List of Event Attendees
As an event creator, you can export a list of members who attended your event. This will generate a comma-separated (.csv) text file that you can open using a program like Excel.
To export the list of attendees, click on the “Export List of Attendees” link in
the “Event Details” area of an event’s page. Save the file to your computer and
open it with Excel to view the list. This list will contain information about
members attending your event, including their name and a link to their profile
Follow an Event
If you find an interesting event you’d like to keep track of, you can use the “Follow” feature to receive an email whenever there is a new comment added to the page for that event. This email notification will contain a link to the new comment.
To follow an event, click on the name of the event and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link to “Follow – Email me when people comment.” If you’re already following an event and would like to stop doing so, this link will appear as “Stop Following.” Click that to stop receiving email notifications about new comments on the event. You can also control the emails you receive by clicking on “Settings” on the right side of any page and clicking “Email.”
By default, you’ll automatically follow all events you create or comment on.
This is a great way to keep updated on the event and make sure you see all
Introduction to Badges
GoFishTalk Network comes with a selection of badges for people to embed on other websites. Members can customize and embed their badges by clicking on the “Badges” link in the footer of the GoFishTalk Network or by clicking “Get Badge” on the Badge feature. Check out how this GoFishTalk Network has effectively branded its Badges:
These badges promote the GoFishTalk Network and encourage people to check it out and join up. They’re a great and easy way to spread the word about your GoFishTalk Network!
Embed Your Badge on Other Sites
GoFishTalk Network comes with a selection of Badges that can be embedded on other websites. This is a great way to integrate content and drive your website visitors to your network!
It’s easy to integrate the badge from your GoFishTalk Network on another website:
Invite People to GoFishTalk Network
The easiest and most direct way to get people to join you in GoFishTalk Network is to invite them. To invite new members, sign in to your GoFishTalk Network and go to the Invite tab to invite your friends. You can invite people to join GoFishTalk Network by manually typing in their email addresses, or you can import your contacts from an address book stored with your email provider or on your computer. You can also share an invitation link in an email or on a website.
There are five buttons to choose from for how to invite people to your network. Click on a button to open up this invitation option.
Import from Gmail, Yahoo! or Windows Live: Just click on the service, then click on the “Import” button” to type in the address and the password for your email account — you’ll immediately be able to invite any of your contacts to GoFishTalk Network. Windows Live is Microsoft’s umbrella service, and includes Hotmail email accounts.
Enter Email Addresses: If you have a particular set of email addresses that you want to send invitations to, you can click on the white envelope to enter these email addresses manually in this section. Enter multiple email addresses into the “Send To” field.
Import from Facebook or LinkedIn: If the Network Creator has enabled Facebook or LinkedIn options, you will additionally be able to invite friends from these services.
Please note that in order to prevent spam, Facebook enforces a limit of one invitation at a time, but you can invite as many people one at a time, as you wish, from your friends list.