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Getting Started with the MyVR Community

Welcome to the MyVR Community! Here you can ask for help using MyVR, learn about vacation rental industry best practices, make connections, stay up-to-date on what MyVR is offering, and more. This article will go over the basics of participating in the community so you can post, browse, and search with confidence.

Please see our Code of Conduct for more information on the community rules and best practices.

Table of Contents

Creating an Account

Every MyVR user will automatically have a MyVR Community account created for them the first time they visit the community. Just log into your MyVR account if you aren’t already and go to https://community.myvr.com/. Once your account is created, you can personalize it by setting up your profile.

Setting up your profile

After you are logged in, you can add information to your profile. This includes things such as a profile picture, name, and about me. You can even add a link to your website to help advertise your properties! To fill your profile

  1. Click on the colored circle at the top right of the page
  2. Select “Edit Profile” from the drop down menu
  3. Click “Change Picture” to add a photo of yourself, your property, or whatever else you like
  4. Fill the fields in the center of the page (Full Name, Website, Location, etc.)
  5. Click “Save Changes”
Signatures

The text you input in the signature field of your profile serves a special purpose. It will be appended to every post that you make. You can use this as a way to sign your name or as a way to promote your properties. Be sure to keep your signature concise to ensure that it is read. Signatures are only available to users that have achieved the Advisor rank.

Logging In

Your MyVR account is linked to your MyVR Community account, so as long as you are signed into MyVR you are signed into the MyVR Community.

Browsing and Searching

The MyVR community offers several powerful tools for finding exactly what you need.

Categories

Topics in the MyVR forum are broken into 5 main categories

Announcements

Topics in this category are all created by MyVR employees. They will contain announcements regarding MyVR and the community. These can include new feature releases, changes to community guidelines, and updates about MyVR as a company. While only MyVR employees can post topics, any community member can post comments to the topics.

Get Help Using MyVR

This is the place to go when you have a question that needs answering or when you want to help others. Questions should specifically be about using MyVR’s products. All topics must be in the form of a question in this category. They will each initially be labelled as unsolved. The original poster and MyVR employees can mark questions as solved once the question has been answered.

MyVR Best Practices

This category contains suggestions on how to get the most out of MyVR. When you find a useful workflow, a helpful feature, or a common pitfall in MyVR, share it with the community here. Posting in the Tips on Using MyVR category is a great way to help others while gaining clout in the MyVR Community.

General Discussion

The General Discussion area of the community is for unstructured conversations. This is a great place to connect with people in the industry and share experiences. Posts should be about the Vacation Rental Industry and MyVR only.

Sneak Peeks

Occasionally, MyVR will offer sneak peeks into what's coming to the platform next. This can include written descriptions, screenshots, and videos of product ideas. It can also be invitations to try early versions of a new feature. Only MyVR employees can post topics, but any community member can post comments to the topics. Come here to stay up to date on what's coming next and offer feedback into how it should be made. This category is only available to users with the Leader or Authority rank.

Tags

When you write a post, you can assign tags to it. These tags categorize the post, making it easier for people to find in the future. Tags could be components of MyVR such as “Messages” and “Reservations”, or they can be industry terms like “Automatic Pricing”. You can search for posts by tags. You can also browse tags by clicking on the tags button in the navigation bar.

Searching

To search both comments and topics in the forum, you can use the search bar located at the top of the homepage and categories pages. You can also use the search button in the navigation bar.

After searching, you will see a list of matches as well as a button labeled Advanced Search. Clicking this button will reveal additional search options, such as limiting by categories and selecting a results sorting order.

Sorting

In a Category

When browsing topics in a category, you can sort the topics by several things to help you find relevant results. The sort options are

  • Newest to Oldest: Topics that have been posted or commented on most recently are displayed at the top. This is the default
  • Oldest to Newest: Topics that have been posted or commented on least recently are displayed at the top
  • Most Posts: Topics that have the most comments posted to them are displayed at the top
  • Most Votes: Topics that have the highest net number of votes (see Reputation & Votes) are displayed at the top
In Topic

When reading through a topic, you can sort the comments to help find the most useful replies. The sort options are

  • Newest to Oldest: Comments that have been posted most recently – the newest comments – are displayed at the top
  • Oldest to newest: Comments that have been posted the least recently – the oldest comments – are displayed at the top. This is the default
  • Most Votes: Topics that have the highest net number of votes (see Reputation & Votes) are displayed at the top

Posting

Creating a New Topic

To create a new topic, go into a category or subcategory and click the New Topic button. This will open a text editor. At the top left of the text editor, you can enter the title for your topic. At the top right you can select a category for your topic. The category you were in when you pressed the New Topic button will be preselected. At the bottom of the text editor, you can enter tags to help make your post easier to find.

Please note, MyVR employees might edit the title or the tags on your topic post. MyVR employees might also move your topic to a different category. These changes are generally made to increase the visibility of your topics.

Posting Comments in a Topic

To post a comment in a topic, press the Reply button located at the bottom of the page and under the original topic post. You can reply to comments within a topic as well. To do this, click on reply under the comment you want to reply to. Performing any of these actions will open a text editor that will submit a comment to the topic upon completion.

Using the Text Editor

Markdown

The text editor for the forum uses a special language called markdown. To learn more about how to use markdown, go to http://commonmark.org/help/. Clicking the text formatting buttons – bold, italics, list, etc. – will insert markdown for you. If you don’t wish to use markdown, just type as you normally would into the text input area. Regardless of if you use markdown or not, a preview of your post will appear to the right of the text area.

Mentioning Other Users

If you would like to mention another user in your post and notify them that they were mentioned, use the @ symbol to reference them. For example, typing @Danny-Eiden will notify MyVR employee Danny Eiden that you mentioned him in your post.

Emojis

If you would like to use emojis in your messages, you can either click the smiley face button at the top of the text area or type a colon (e.g. the : character) and the name of the emoji you would like to insert. You will begin to see suggested emojis as you type.

Submitting, Discarding, and Minimizing

To post your comment or topic, click the “Submit” button at the top right of the editor. To delete the draft of your comment or topic, click the “Discard” button at the top right of the editor. Finally, to minimize the draft you are working on, click the red circle with the pencil icon at the bottom right of the screen.

Reputation, Votes, and Ranks

The MyVR community rewards its members for contributing good content. These rewards are built around voting, reputation points, and ranks.

Votes

Whenever you post a topic or a comment, other community members can vote on it. They can vote up or vote down. Up votes add to the total number of votes and down votes subtract from the total number of votes on the post. Votes should be used to indicate whether or not someone’s post is useful. If you see a useful post, up vote it to show your appreciation.

Reputation

As users vote on your posts, your reputation score changes. Your reputation score is the number of posts you have written (topics and comments) plus the sum of all up votes on your posts minus the sum of all the down votes on your posts. More succinctly:

Reputation = Number of Posts + Total Up Votes - Total Down Votes.

Reputation is a good indicator of expertise, community involvement, and character. It is also used to determine a community member’s rank.

Ranks

As you gain reputation points, you will achieve different rankings. All new users start as Newcomers, but advance through the following ranks 

Rank

Reputation Point Range

Newcomer

0-25

Explorer

26-150

Contributor

151-300

Advisor

301-500

Leader

501-1500

Authority

1501+

 

Your current rank will be appended to your username when posting. It will act as an indicator of expertise and community involvement. Once you achieve a rank, you will never lose it.

Ranks also come with increased privileges. Here are the privileges you gain with each rank

Rank

Privilege

Newcomer

Posting and voting up

Explorer

Flagging posts as violating the

code of conduct

Contributor

Voting down

Advisor

Access to the Sneak Peeks area

of the MyVR Community

Leader

 

Authority

 

 

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