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The primary purpose of Miro Community is to make videos easier to find and to be able to add context to them. Visitors to your site will have a better experience if they can find videos easily and get solid information about them quickly. Here are a few things to consider when organizing videos.

Authors

Authors are users associated with a video. When a video is imported from a major video hosting site, such as YouTube, blip.tv or Vimeo, Miro Community automatically creates an Author with the same name as the host user. If another video by that user is submitted, it will be associated with the same person.

Administrators can also manually assign videos to users. They can edit the Author for a video when the video is in the review queue or on the video page.

If an author would like to become a user of the Miro Community site, an administrator needs only add a password for them to log on. Any user can be associated with videos, which will then be listed on their profile page.

Your user profile page will list any videos associated with you, as well as videos you have individually submitted to MiroCommunity while logged in.

Categories

You can define categories on the Categories page in the administrative area, at yoursite.mirocommunity.org/admin/categories/. Categories are publicly visible and are listed in the navigation of all default themes. You can create an unlimited number of categories, however, this may become unwieldy in the navigation drop-down. Categories are hierarchical, which means you can create sub-categories and sub-sub categories.

If a video is in a sub-category, it will automatically appear on the category page. So, for example, if you had a category "Trees" and sub-category "Willows" and marked a video as being in the "Willows" sub-category, that video would automatically appear on the "Trees" listing page.

You can add videos to categories on the video page, in the review queue, or on the bulk edit page. You can also mark an entire source as belonging to a particular category, which will then add all videos from that source to the given category.

Videos and sources can be placed in multiple categories.

Categories generate custom RSS feeds which you can subscribe to with a feed reader or plug into a widget.

Playlists

Playlists allow users to create lists of videos on Miro Community sites.

Administrators have three options for Playlists Settings: Enable for everyone, Enable for admins only, or Disable. This setting is available at the bottom of the Settings page. By default, playlists are enabled for everyone.

If playlists are enabled, each video page will list the option to add the video to a playlist. The playlist area is under the "Share This Video" section on "white" themes (List, Scrolling, Categories) and below the sidebar on the blue theme. Users have the option of adding the video to a playlist they have already created, or creating a new list. Users cannot add videos to playlists made by others at this time.

Playlists can be public or private. A public playlist is viewable by everyone. A private playlist is visible only to the user who created them and to site administrators.

When a user creates a playlist, it is private by default. In order for a playlist to become public, a user must request the playlist be made public on the Playlists page, in the Goodies section at yoursite.mirocommunity.org/playlists/. An administrator must then approve the playlist, making it publicly viewable.

Administrator playlists are also private by default, and administrators must switch the list to "public" at the playlist page in order for it to be publicly viewed.

Once a video is put in a playlist, the name of that playlist and the video's position in it are indicated on the video page. This information is visible either to the playlist creator and admins or to everyone, depending on whether or not the list is public.

Playlists produce custom RSS feeds which may be plugged in to Miro Community widgets.


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