Bio Fields & Bio Field Sets

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About Biographical Fields (Bio Fields)
Bio Field Types Described
Create a New Bio Field
Edit a Bio Field
Delete A Bio Field
Reorder Bio Fields
About Bio Field Sets
Create a New Bio Field Set
Edit a Bio Field Set
Delete a Bio Field Set

Videos:

Video:  How to Add a Bio Field

Your guide allows you to create or edit biographical fields and Bio Field sets. To access Bio Fields, click Bio Fields on the NavBar.

Biographical Fields (Bio Fields) are individual non-controversial data such as age, hometown, education, etc. provided by candidates and appear at the top of their profiles. You have the option to include a character limit, to create a bio field that can only be edited by your staff and to hide the title of a bio field if the title name and the field content is redundant.  There are nine types of Bio Fields. There are certain biofields you should NOT create, as they are already in the system. These biofields are Race, Name (candidate or contact), Party, Picture (or Photo) Occupation, Contact Email, and Security Code.
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Bio Field Types

Text:  Accepts text-based data, for which you can set a character limit.  A character limit is desirable for most text answers.

Non-candidate Editable: You can designate a field that can only be filled out by the admin, not the candidates (for example, links to articles on your site). Click on “edit” by a bio field and in the drop down box “candidate editable” select “off.”.

Email: Accepts standard email address format; an email answer will be rendered as a mailto hyperlink in the guide.

URL: Accepts website address; the web page will open in a new window or a new tab.

Facebook: Automatically inserts https://www.facebook.com/

Add the remaining part of the Facebook address.

Examples:

  • WhiteHouse

Will also accept

  • https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse
  • www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse

Note:  The Facebook Bio Field will not recognize addresses that include /pages/  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/…). For these types of Facebook addresses, create a URL Bio Field and insert the entire Facebook URL address.

Twitter:  Accepts a Twitter handle or Twitter URL.

Examples:

Rich Text:  Accepts formatted text choices, such as bold or font type. Note: You cannot set a character limit with questions of this type.

Age: Accepts age entered as a date, i.e., dd/mm/yy. Age is rendered as a two-digit number in the guide.

Street Address: Accepts a standard US street address.

US Phone: Accepts a standard nine-digit phone number, i.e., ###-###-####

You Tube Video: Accepts URL of video answer to question; candidates should copy the URL from the address bar at the top of the browser, and not the share link that appears below the video. The guide automatically inserts a resized video in their profile.

YouTube channels, user channels, and playlists are not supported. Enter the video as the content’s URL or embed code.

Valid examples of videos:

  • http://www.youtube.com/v/abcdEFGHijkl&hl=en
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abcdEFGHijkl
  • <object width=”640″ height=”385″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/abcdEFGHijkl&hl=en_US&fs=1&”></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/abcdEFGHijkl&hl=en_US&fs=1&” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”640″ height=”385″></embed></object>

Private:  Accepts data viewable only by the administrator.  A typical use of this field is for a cell phone or private number.  This data does not appear in the published guide.

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Create a New Bio Field
Select Bio Fields on the Navbar.  In the Create a Bio Field field, enter the name of the Bio Field you would like to create Click Add.
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Edit a Bio Field
You can edit the name, type (see above for Bio Field types), and length of any Bio Field.  You can also change the settings to make the Bio Field editable by a candidate, or to hide the Bio Field title.  Select Bio Fields on the Navbar.  Under Existing Bio Fields you will see a list of current Bio Fields. Click Edit.  Make the desired changes, and click Submit.  If you do not wish to make these changes, click Cancel.  
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Delete a Bio Field
Select Bio Fields on the Navbar.  Under Existing Bio Fields choose the Bio Field you wish to delete, then click Delete
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Reorder Bio Fields
Bio Fields initially appear in the order in which they were input.  To change this order, Select Bio Fields on the Navbar. Under Existing Bio Fields, you will see a button next to each Bio Field.  Use your mouse to drag and drop the Bio Fields, creating the desired order. 
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Bio Field Sets allow you to set a group of biographical fields that you would like to use for different categories of candidates.
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Create a New Bio Field Set
To group Bio Fields into a set you first have to name the new Bio Field Set, then select the Bio Fields you wish to include in this new set. Select Bio Fields on the Navbar. Under Create a Bio Field Set, in the Name field, enter the name of the new bio field set. A list of current Bio Fields appears below the Name field. To select the Bio Fields press Control (PC) or Command (Mac) while right clicking the field name (i.e., Age) with your mouse. When you have selected all desired fields, click Add. You will see your new Bio Field Set on the Existing Bio Fields Set list.
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Edit a Bio Field Set
You can make the following edits to a Bio Field Set: add or delete Bio Fields, rename a Bio Field Set or reorder the appearance of the fields. To edit a Bio Field Set, Select Bio Fields on the Navbar. Under Existing Bio Fields Set, click Edit. To change the name, type a new name in the Name field and click Save. To change the order of the fields, under Rearrange Fields use your mouse to drag and drop the Bio Fields, creating the desired order. To add fields, the field you wish to add must already exist. If it does not appear in the Fields list, it does not exist; see Create a Bio Field, on the Bio Field help index page. Under Add Additional Fields, use your mouse to select a Field. To select multiple Bio Fields, press Control (PC) or Command (Mac) while right clicking the filed name (i.e., Age) with your mouse. When you have selected all desired fields, click Add.

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Delete a Bio Field Set
Select Bio Fields on the Navbar. Under Existing Bio Fields Sets choose the Bio Field Set you wish to delete, then click Delete.
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