Accounts & Profiles
The CUNY Academic Commons is an open space where the CUNY community can find like-minded colleagues, build personal or professional websites, teach or attend CUNY courses, and collaborate in open classrooms.
New to the Commons? Here are some recommended links:
- How Can I Join?
- Commons Newbie? 10 Things To Do
- Ways To Use The Commons
- Building Your Commons Portfolio
- “My Commons” – Your Personal Homepage
- Teaching and Learning Home
To register to the Commons, you need a CUNY email address. Once you have finished registering, you can switch to a more convenient email address.
Please note: Commons members have two email addresses.
Your Notification Email Address (i.e. your “official” email address)
This is the address you use to reset your password and to receive Commons notifications. To change this, go to the top black navigation bar, hover over your avatar in the top right corner and select: My Settings>> General. To change your email, re-write your preferred email in the ‘Email Address’ field, then scroll down and select “Save Changes.”
Your Profile Email Address
By default, this is not displayed. To add or change the email displayed on your Commons Profile, go to the top black navigation bar, hover over your avatar in the top right corner and select: My Profile>> Edit. Re-write your preferred email in the ‘Email Address’ field, then scroll down and select “Save Changes.”
To reset your password, go to https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword and enter username or email address. Click “get new password.”
You will receive an email with a link to a page where you can reset your password.
The @mention system links others to the hyperlinked profile of the individual while notifying the individual of the mention via email. If you are trying to reach out to specific group members, simply put the @ symbol in front of their username and it will send a notification to their email address and show up in their @mention activity stream. To learn more about the @mention system read this blog post.
After logging into the Commons, go to the top black navigation bar and hover over your existing (or default) photo. Go to My Profile»Change Profile Photo. Here you will find detailed instructions on how to upload an image. You can also create a gravatar, which will enable you to use that same image across many different types of websites.
The Notification link (on the top right bar of the Commons, just to the left of your avatar) indicates if you have a new message, friend request, or invitation to join a group. Zero indicates that you have no notifications.
After logging into the Commons, go to the top black navigation bar and hover over your avatar. Go to: My Settings» General. Enter your current password and your new password, then scroll down and select “Save Changes.”
After logging into the Commons, go to the top black navigation bar and select: My Profile» Edit. In the text box under “Full Name (required)” fill in your preferred name, then scroll down and select “Save Changes.”
To send an email to another member, you can either find them on the member list or you can hover over your avatar in the top right corner, click the “My Messages” link on the left, and click “Compose.” Start typing the person’s first name in the addressee box and the program will give you a list of all the members whose names include the letters you’re typing. Next to the addressee box is an empty box for copying other members. Do the same thing in this box that you just did for the addressee. Each time, you do this, a new box will appear for another person to whom you might want to send a copy of the message.
Go to the top black navigation bar and hover over your avatar in the top right corner. Click My Settings >> Email. Here you can choose whether you want to receive an email notification for a variety of activities, including posts to the groups you belong to, posts by your friends, posts to blogs you subscribe to, or follow, and messages.
Can member profiles be made private? How can I prevent my profile from showing up in a google search?
Right now, there is not a way to make Profiles private, but we can look into developing that functionality. For now, users worried about privacy should avoid using their full names on their profiles (some combination of initials and first or last names might be good). Certain profile fields can be made visible to only yourself, to your friends on the Commons, logged in members of the Commons, or the default – to everyone. To change profile field visibility, go to click on the “Change” hyperlink next to the text that reads:
“This field can be seen by: Everyone Change.”
Most, but not every field has this visibility setting.
To delete your account, go to the top black navigation bar and hover over your avatar in the upper right corner. Click My Settings >> Delete Account, then follow the directions on the page.
Note that you must be logged in to do this. If you no longer remember your password, you can reset it: here – https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword. If you no longer have access to the email you used to register, please contact your campus IT to re-establish the email.