OFFERS and REQUESTS (Service Ads)

Find Offers and Requests

On Community Weaver, other members have posted advertisements ("service ads") of services they can offer or would like to request. Please note that the current sort order is a mixture of recently updated and category. A very recent service add will cause that category to appear at the top of the list with other ads in that category, even if they are older.

To find service ads:

  1. There are three ways to find other member's service offers or requests:
    Option (1) - To browse ads BY CATEGORY (e.g. Transportation, Companionship, etc.), click on the tab Give & Receive
    Option (2) - To see ALL REQUESTS or ALL OFFERS only, hover over Give & Receive and click on View All Requests OR View All Offers.
    Option (3) - To see ALL current requests and offers together, hover over Give & Receive and click on View All Service Ads.
  2. From option 2 or 3 above, you may search for ads by any combination of keywordusernamecategory, or neighborhood.  Select as many of the criteria as you want and click Apply.  (Note that after a refresh of your time bank it can take up to 4 days for indexes to rebuild and for search to work fully.)
  3. When you find an interesting ad, click on the ad title to see the full description.
  4. If you want to reply to the ad, you can either:
    - Click on the Respond to this Post link beneath Action Links menu (top of the right list). A message form will drop down. The username of the member you intend to contact has already been filled in. Enter a subject line and message. Click Send to send the message.
    Click on the Send this Member a Message.  
    When you reply to an ad or the the member a message, that member will receive an email to come to the site and read your message.  You’ll get a notice when they respond to your response.
  5. Once you have fulfilled an offer or a request, be sure you >>record the hours<<.  You can do so from any add by clicking Record Hours for this Listing.

 

Create an Offer or Request

A great way to prompt exchanges in your TimeBank community is to create service advertisements for offers and requests.  It is just as important that you put up listings for receiving as well as giving.

  1. There are two ways to create a Service Ad:
    Option (1) - Hover over the Give & Receive tab in the menu. When the drop down menu appears, click on Post a Service Ad.
    Option (2) - Click on the My Account tab in the menu to go to your profile, then click on Post a new Offer of a Service or Post a new Request for a Service under Current Offers and Current Requests on the right-hand side of your profile.
  2. Put all the details of you service offer or request in the Title and Description (required).  In order to publish the ad, the description must contain at least 10 words. 
    Tip: We are building community and people want to get a sense of the person behind the ad, so the more detailed and personable your ad is, the better.  You may want to add details like: who’s providing any tools and materials to be used, your level of expertise on the subject, urgency of the need, your expectations of the other member, pertinent information regarding allergies, gender preferences, restrictions on mobility, etc.
    Tip: You may add pictures and hyperlinks to your ad if appropriate by clicking the icons in the menu above the text space.
  3. You must select a category for the ad.  If you want to use subcategories (which is strongly recommended), click on the green arrows or small plus signe to the left of the category titles and the sub-categories will appear. You can assign at most 3 categories to any one service ad.
  4. Mark any times you are available in the Availability section.
  5. Review or change the Expiration Date for the add.  The default is 3 months after the service ad is created. You can choose an earlier or later expiration date.
  6. Click the Preview button (lower right) to see how your ad will appear.
  7. If you are satisfied, scroll down and click Save. Otherwise, scroll down and edit the fields, Preview again, or Save once you have made your changes.
Your have now established a potential exchange in the system! You don’t need to check back to look for responses. When someone responds to your ad, the system will automatically send you an email with a link directly to their response.
 
Note: All ads are set by default to expire 3 months from when you create them, but you can also change that date any time, either when you create teh ad or after your create it.  How to reinstate an expired service ad.

 

Viewing your own offers and requests

A member can click on the tab  "MY ACCOUNT" and to see a page that displays (at the bottom) a list of your offers and requests. If the you chose to list the offer or request in more than one category, the offer or request will be shown once for each category that is chosen. This will help you to track the categories you have chosen for each of your offers or requests.

Edit Your Offers or Requests (Service Ads)

You can edit your Offers or Requests at any time following these instructions:

  1. Locate your offer or request in one of two ways
    Option (1) - Go to your profile by clicking on My Account and find the offer or request you want to edit in the right-hand column of your profile
    Option (2) - See a list of your offers and requests by hovering over My Account and clicking on My Services.
  2. Click on the title of the ad you would like to edit
  3. The ad will appear in View mode. Click on Edit (to the right of View)
  4. Make whatever changes you want to the ad, the same way you would while creating an ad.
  5. Preview the ad if you like (optional) and then click the Save
  6. Delete the ad if you want to stop the ad.

Note: Expired ads can be reactivated at any time by simplying resaving an expired ad with a new expiration date.

Step-by-step instructions for adding images.

Finding and Reactivating Expired Offers and Requests

Offers and Requests you have created in Community Weaver are automatically given an expiration date of 3 months from the day it is created.  When they expire, they are removed from pulic view. They are not deleted.

You can change the expiration date at any time, including as you create it, after it has been posted or after it has expired.  Just go to the ad and edit the "Expiration date".

If the ad has expired, use either the email expiration notification (see section 1 below) or find and reactivate the expired ad (see section 2 below).

  1. On the day that your service ad expires, you will receive an automatic email notification with a link to that ad. Click on that link. If you are not logged in you will be presented with an "Access Denied" error message and the login page. Log in and you will see the expired add.
    • Click on "Edit";
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page;
    • Enter a future date in the "Expiration date" box;
    • Save the page;
    • The service ad will immediately become active.
  2. Hover your mouse pointer over My Account and click on My Services and find Expired Service Ads at the bottom of your list of ads.
    • Click on the expired to open it;
    • Click on "Edit";
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page;
    • Enter a future date in the "Expiration date" box;
    • Save the page;
    • The service ad will immediately becom active.

View recent offers and requests from newest to oldest with RSS

RSS enables you to view recent service ads in the order of creation or change (instead of by category). 

Your time bank coordinator can also configure your time bank to make this even easier.  If that has not yet been done for your time bank, you can do the following yourself:

Using any web browser:

  • For requests, enter <yourtimebankname>timebanks.org/all_requests/rss.xml in your web browser's address area, where <yourtimebankname> is the short name of your time bank, e.g. northeast.
  • For offers, enter <yourtimebankname>timebanks.org/all_offers/rss.xml in your web browser's address area, where <yourtimebankname> is the short name of your time bank, e.g. northeast.

Using the Firefox web browser:

  1. Log into your time bank and hover the mouse over the "GIVE & RECEIVE" tab.  The first three options are View All Requests, View All Offers, and View All Service Ads (which is all requests and offers combined).
  2. Click on View All Offers, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the RSS icon Syndicate content.  When the Subscribe with Live Bookmark window pops up, save the RSS feed as a bookmark.
  3. Open that new bookmark and you’ll see the latest offers--approximately newest to oldest.  When you click on an ad, the details will appear in Community Weaver (if you are logged in).
  4. Repeat the above steps for View All Requests or View All Service Ads if you'd like to see them as well.

Using the Internet Explorer web browser:

  1. Log into your time bank and hover the mouse over the "GIVE & RECEIVE" tab.  The first three options are View All Requests, View All Offers, and View All Service Ads (which is all requests and offers combined).
  2. Click on View All Offers, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the RSS icon Syndicate content. The most recent ads will appear in date order.  You can change the sort order or view specific categories.
  3. Repeat the above steps for View All Requests or View All Service Ads if you'd like to see them as well.

Using the Google Chrome web browser:

  1. Log into your time bank and hover the mouse over the "GIVE & RECEIVE" tab.  The first three options are View All Requests, View All Offers, and View All Service Ads (which is all requests and offers combined).
  2. Click on View All Offers, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the RSS icon Syndicate content.  Chrome will then prompt you to save the RSS feed in an extension. It will give you the option of which extension you would like to use, and also let you install the extension.
  3. While logged into your time bank, you will see the extension button on the right side of the address bar. Click the extension to view the RSS. It should self-update.
  4. Repeat the above steps for View All Requests or View All Service Ads if you'd like to see them as well.

Using the Safari web browser:

  1. Log into your time bank and hover the mouse over the "GIVE & RECEIVE" tab.  The first three options are View All Requests, View All Offers, and View All Service Ads (which is all requests and offers combined).
  2. Click on View All Offers, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the RSS icon Syndicate content.  Safari will automatically download the feed and install it in your default RSS reader. On OS X, the default RSS client is Mail. You can also use any RSS application that you choose. If you are unsure which applications are available, there is a good roundup here.
  3. You can then use your chosen application to view the RSS feed.
  4. Repeat the above steps for View All Requests or View All Service Ads if you'd like to see them as well.

More information is available about finding offers and requests.

 

Add images to your ads

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