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Welcome to the new Cornbury Society website. Explore away!

The topics below are clickable. There will be more to come – tips, hints, help etc. Come back often!

How do I...

Here are some tips on becoming a member, renewing membership, using the site and more.

How do I join the website?

You can see most of the website without logging in or creating an ID. You can’t create your own username (a.k.a. register yourself on the site); sorry.

So – just start browsing around and enjoy your visit!

If you really need a username, for example so you can comment on posts, please use our Contact Us form to request one.

How do I change my password?
  • screenshot_372If you’re not logged in: Look in the login box for “Lost your password?”. This will email you a link. Check your email in a few minutes, then click the link in the email and you can set a new password. The email address will be the one used when your account was set up. If you don’t have access to this email any more, please use the Contact Us page for help.
  • screenshot_368If you’re already logged in: Go to your Profile page (link is usually near the top right, just below the pink menubar. In the row of options below your picture is “Settings”, wherein you can change your password.

 

How do I join the Cornbury Society?

The Cornbury Society serves crossdressers, transgenders, their supporters and allies. We like to speak with prospective members face to face before they join in order to answer questions and make sure we’re a good fit for each other.

Use the Contact Us form in the main menu bar to request a membership interview. Someone from the Society will contact you with more information.

How much does it cost?

Full membership is $45 per calendar year. Dues are due in January.

Spouses/partners and supporters are welcome to join for free. Contact us for details.

If you live more than 75 km from the Vancouver, BC area or or are otherwise unable to get to meetings, you may be eligible for an online-only membership, which is $25/year.

What does membership get me?

As a paid-up member of the Cornbury Society you’ll enjoy:

  • notification of private events (yes, we invite the public to some of our events but must keep some events private for our closeted members)
  • greater access to the website (personal blogs, the ability to comment on posts, friending and messaging of other members and more)
  • getting to know a great group of like-minded people!
How do I renew my membership?

Easy. From mid-December through the end of March, you’ll see an event on our calendar called “Dues Renewal”. Click on it and follow the instructions therein.

Note that you must be logged in as a paid-up member to see this. If you can’t login or your membership’s expired, use the Contact Us form for help.

How do I change my Profile Photo?

New accounts are given an automatically generated profile photo of coloured squares like the example below. You can upload your own photo instead.

You must be logged into the site.

  1. screenshot_368Each page has something like this on it:
  2. Click Profile to go to your Profile screen.
  3. In your Profile screen, click Profile.
  4. Click Change Profile Photo and follow the directions.
How do I add a Friend or accept a Friend Request?

If you have a paid-up Cornbury membership (or you’re a supporter or partner/spouse) you have access to the social media features of the site, including asking other members to be your friend and accepting (or declining) their friendship requests.

Friends can message each other or form groups for group messages.

To Add a Friend

  1. You must be logged into the site.
  2. Under Membership, choose Members.
  3. At the top of the resulting list, set Order By: to Alphabetical to list all members. Or use the Search members box above it.
  4. Click Add Friend next to the person you want to request.
  5. They will receive your request via email and as a notification in their user profile screen.
  6. When they respond and accept your request, you’re friends!

To Accept a Friend Request

  1. screenshot_369You’ll have received a friend request via email, and also as a notification when you login. At the top right of your screen you’ll see something like this;  the blue number shows how many notifications you have.
  2. screenshot_370Click the blue number to see the request. Click the title of the request, then either Accept or Reject.
  3. That’s it!
How do I send a Message to a Friend?

You can exchange messages with your friends via your profile screen. You must be logged in to do so.

  1. screenshot_369If you have any outstanding messages or other notifications, you’ll see something like this at the very top right of your screen. The blue number indicates how many notifications you have.
  2. screenshot_368You’ll see something like this on your page (usually at the top right, below the pink menu bar):
  3. Click Profile to go to your Profile page. It contains a number of headings, one of which is Messages.
  4. Click Messages to read, reply to and delete your messages.
  5. To start a new message (as opposed to replying), click Compose.
Blogs and Posts

Blogs and  Posts

On the old site, every paid member had his or her own “blog”, or personal diary. On the new site, blogs are called “posts”. They’re all run together chronologically. However they’re all identified by author and you can single out a particular author’s posts for easier reading.

To see all the posts, choose Blogs in the menu bar.

To see posts from a specific month or a specific author, use the pulldown menus at the right of your page.

To add a post of your own, you must login (meaning you must have an ID as a Cornbury  member). Then in the menu bar under Blogs, click Post an Entry.

Events and Bookings (Signups)

There are two main types of event on our calendar:

  • public events, which are visible to everyone, and
  • private events, which are visible only to paid-up members of Cornbury

Why? Many of our members are closeted and need the assurance that the general public is not going to show up and possibly blow their cover. If you’ve been there, you’ll understand. If you haven’t, please bear with us.

If you can see an event on the calendar, you’re welcome to attend. Click on the event to view it.

Signing Up, or Booking

Events often support Bookings, which simply give the organisers some control over numbers and names for planning purposes. Please – if an event requires a booking, then sign up rather than simply showing up. If you can book for an event, there’ll be a section for that below its description.

  1. Login. If you don’t have an account, you’ll have to request one; see our Contact page.
  2. Select the number of spaces you want (say, if you’re bringing a guest), fill in the details and submit.
  3. You’ll get an email in a few minutes acknowledging that you made a booking.
  4. The event organisers will be notified and will confirm (or – highly unlikely – deny) your request. You’ll get another email to that effect, at which point you’re booked in.

Cancelling your Booking

If you find you can’t make an event for which you’ve booked, please make sure you cancel your booking. Do this:

  1. Login.
  2. Find the event on the calendar and click it.
  3. Under Bookings, click Manage my bookings.
  4. Next to the event involved, click Cancel.

Bookings vs. Signups

They’re pretty much the same thing. On the old site they were called Signups; on the new one they’re called Bookings. Unlike the old Signups, Bookings can also be for ticketed (i.e. paid) events and can (eventually) collect payment via PayPal.

What's New

If this is your first visit to the new site (or if you've forgotten how to do something or where to find it), here are a few tips. We highly recommend you read through it at least once; it'll answer a lot of your questions.

What’s New?

Tons.

  • a whole new look.
  • some much-needed updates to our content.
  • a new “Directory” showcasing some of our favourite businesses and resources with a google map, photos, writeups, rating stars and much more
  • easy-to-use blog posting and reading
  • a Newsfeed Page which gathers news headlines relating to crossdressing and transgender issues – updated hourly
  • our advertising is still minimal, but advertisers get a fairer shake as all ads rotate through in a slide show on the home page.
  • many social media-like features including user profiles, avatars (profile photos), messaging, friendship links and more
  • an elegant calendar that supports easy event signups, public and private events and more
  • event signups let you book one or more spaces at a time (yay!)
  • lots of backstage enhancements, such as powerful visitor statistics and site management tools
Stuff from the Old Site

Your IDs

IDs of current paid-up members and supporters have been moved over from the old Cornbury site. Expired (former, not deceased!) members have not. If you’re a former member and wish to sign up on this new site without actually renewing your membership, please use the Contact Us page to request that.

Blogs from Old Site

If you were a member on the old site, chances are you created a “blog” – kind of like an online diary. Blogs are managed differently on this new site. Moving blogs over from the old site is possible but it is a manual process and they will be moved ONLY ON REQUEST. Blogs that are more than a year old, that belong to non-current members, or that have only trivial or outdated content won’t be moved.

Read the next section about Blogs and Posts for more details.

Blogs and Posts

Blogs and  Posts

On the old site, every paid member had his or her own “blog”, or personal diary. On the new site, blogs are called “posts”. They’re all run together chronologically. However they’re all identified by author and you can single out a particular author’s posts for easier reading.

To see all the posts, choose Blogs in the menu bar.

To see posts from a specific month or a specific author, use the pulldown menus at the right of your page.

To add a post of your own, you must login (meaning you must have an ID as a Cornbury  member). Then in the menu bar under Blogs, click Post an Entry.

 

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