Online Community Rooms FAQ
How do I join the online community rooms?
The Easy Way
Take a look at our guide, and click on the link for the room you would like to join. Install the Zoom software when prompted, or if you have any difficulty with this, just select the link to "join the meeting in your browser".
The Best Way
We suggested the easy way initially because it presents the lowest barrier to entry for the greatest number of people and devices.
I have another question. Can I suggest a question for this list?
Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I see everyone in the room all at once?
In the Zoom app for the PC / Mac, you can toggle between the "Gallery View" and "Speaker View" using the button in the top-right corner.
There's no one here! Where is everyone?
You can check our calendar to see when something is scheduled. Scheduled events usually take place in our Side Room.
Can I see who is in the room before I join it?
No, sorry. It might seem awkward, but it's ok not to feel like you have to have a long conversation with whoever might be there.
Do consider though, having a chat for a few minutes with a stranger could make a big difference to their day and yours.
How do I replicate this for my own community?
We set up two pro accounts in Zoom, and scheduled one meeting from each of those accounts to last from midnight to midnight, repeating every day for as long as the interface allowed. We changed the default settings so that anyone can join without a host being present, without a password, without an account being set up and accessible from a browser link (important for those with locked-down laptops, or security settings that are difficult to navigate).
We chose Zoom, because it seems to work well for large numbers of people, doesn't require a fiddly account set up, and is available across all platforms and devices. Other solutions, probably free ones, are available of course.
Get in touch if you'd like some help.