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HELP & FAQ

HELP CONTENT

1.SITE SPECIFICS
1.1.Multilingual site
1.2.Cross-site membership
2.GENERAL HELP
2.1.PFr's colors
2.2.Bridge pictures
3.SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
3.1.Browser
3.2.Font Size
3.3.Screen resolution
4.MESSAGING
4.1.Email Threads
4.2.What is a “Grod”?
5.NETWORK & CONTACT MANAGEMENT
5.1.How to add a member to my networks?
How to accept a network invitation?
5.2.How to modify the privileges of one of my contacts?
5.3.How to adjust the privileges of active members?
5.4.How to remove a member from one's contacts list
5.5.Contact Suggestions
6.PRIVACY & PRIVILEGES
6.1.Last name
6.2.Block a member
6.3.Group privileges
7.DIRECTORIES
7.1.Thematic directories
7.2.Public directory
8.MISCELLANEOUS
8.1.Password retrieval
8.2.Cannot login
9.Security certificate & Encryption
9.1.HTTPS ERROR

1.SITE SPECIFICS
1.1.Multilingual site
PFr is a true multilingual site: you can switch any of the site's page with one click by switching the language tab at the top left menu.
1.2.Cross-site membership
PFr is a true cross-site membership platform within the CODIPP family of websites. I can automatically transfer my membership and my connections to any other social network within the CODIPP family. All my personal information, including my profile information, and my contacts will be transferred automatically without the need for any additional manual input.
2.GENERAL HELP
2.1.PFr's colors
France, the US, and the UK share the blue-white-red colors for their flags.
Other countries such as Russia, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Cuba, Cambodia or the Czech Republic also share the same colors.
Thus, it was only natural that PFr chooses those colors as its own main colors.
2.2.Bridge pictures
PFr uses symbolically pictures of bridges.
Bridges symbolically represent friendship and connections.
3.SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
3.1.Browser
This site uses CSS2 and CSS3.
Please update your browser if you use an older version which doesn't support those standards.
Please click HERE to view which browser we recommend.
3.2.Font Size
The optimal text size for viewing the site is 'smaller' in MSIE
3.3.Screen resolution
We recommend using a desktop screen or a tablet.
Smartphone screens remain too small for a good viewing experience.
Current standard screen resolutions are 1024x768 or 1280x800.
4.MESSAGING
4.1.Email Threads
PFr introduces a new functionality: 'Email Threads'. With threads, it is now possible to view automatically an email exchange between a sender and a recipient without the need to retrieve and sort the sent and received messages from different folders.
4.2.What is a “Grod”?
Grod is an abbreviation for Group Board
A Grod is a shared web communication between all members of a group.
The Grod concept was introduced by PFr in June 2009.
A blog and a grod share similarities, but unlike a blog, a grod is not publically accessible and can only be viewed by the members of a specific network group.

Gród is also an ancient Slavic word for town or city (wikipedia).
Click HERE to learn more about Grods.
5.NETWORK & CONTACT MANAGEMENT
5.1.How to add a member to my networks?
How to accept a network invitation?
To add a member to your network/groups or conversely to remove him/her, you need first to access his/her profile by clicking on the 'View Profile' Profil icon of this member. This profile page will contain an Action Menu on the right featuring a link to add, remove or change the membership groups for the member.
5.2.How to modify the privileges of one of my contacts?
First, to modify a member's privileges, the member must be already a member of your networks/groups. Go to the 'View Profile' Profil page for this member, and then click on 'Change Privileges'.
In the privilege modification page, you can also change the membership groups for the member.
5.3.How to adjust the privileges of active members?
There are 2 ways to modify the privileges of active members.
Individually
I can assign each member a unique privilege level. Changing a member's privilege level can be done from the Profile Visualization Page Profil
Individual privilege levels assigned to a member have precedence over default privileges.
For example, if I assign a Low privilege to an active member, the privilege level of that member will be lowered to Low.
This way, I can restrict access to my profile for any specific active member.
Globally
The privileges of active members can be modified globally in Privileges & Confidentiality Settings
5.4.How to remove a member from one's contacts list
You can remove a member from your contacts list from the profile page of this member by clicking on "Modify Privileges" on the right menu.
5.5.Contact Suggestions
PFr offers a connector engine that will suggest and recommend potential connections based on your profile information.
It is important that you update your profile regularly and that you maintain a full profile to get the full benefit of this function.
6.PRIVACY & PRIVILEGES
6.1.Last name
By default, my last name is private and only the first letter of my last name is displayed to members with low privileges.
To display my full last name to all members, go to Privacy & Privileges Settings and set to 'Low' all the fields corresponding to the line 'Last Name'.
6.2.Block a member
When I block a member, I become totally invisible for this member. It is as if I didn't exist anymore.
6.3.Group privileges
I joined a group and granted all group members a high privilege level.
In order to receive the higher group privilege from other members, I will need to meet two conditions:
  1. You need to have a complete profile.
    Why should you access other members' profile information if your own profile is empty?
  2. You need to earn at least 35 frogs to validate your profile information.
7.DIRECTORIES
7.1.Thematic directories
PFr offers me a full spectrum ofthematic directories which enables me to easily make new contacts and enrich my existing social connections.
PFr's thematic directories reconcile my desire to make new and enriching new connections and contacts without having to give up my privacy and being inundated with undesirable connection requests.
Unlike the other social networking websites which actively discourage/prevent me from connecting with people who are outside my 'normal' circles of friends, PFr provides me with a wide array of functions to manage and nurture my Francophile connections.
The professional directory allows me to search for professional connections in my industry, the hobbies directory to look for connections sharing my interests, the education directory for classmates/schoolmates, and more.
7.2.Public directory
PFr offers the option to be added to the public directory.
This option is available in available in my user settings.
Unlike the other thematic directories which can only be accessed by registered members, the public directory can be accessed by non members and search engines alike and enables anyone to find me on PFr.
In choosing to be listed in the public directory, I should note that my last name will be made accessible to all.
8.MISCELLANEOUS
8.1.Password retrieval
Why I haven't received my password?
Most likely, the email sent to you with your user ID and credentials was blocked by your email provider as spam.
Please check your spam box.
8.2.Cannot login
Why I cannot login?
When you cannot login, most likely a spelling mistake occurred.
All passwords are case sensitive.
To resolve your problem, please follow the instructions below:
  1. If you don't know your login credentials, retrieve your user ID and password by clicking on the link «Forgot Password» under the login form.
  2. First make sure that temporary cookies are allowed. In order to remember who you are, the site needs to use a temporary cookie. This will allow you access without having to relogin for each request. PFr only uses TEMPORARY cookies and all cookies will be deleted after you logout.
  3. Second, try copying and pasting the login ID and the password you received via email into the login form. It is very easy to do...
    IMPORTANT: Make sure that you don't copy any extra character such as a blank space. After you have selected the source text, the highlighted characters should only include the characters you want to copy (i.e. your user ID and/or password) without any extra character.
  4. If you still cannot login, copy and paste first into a notepad.
    This intermediary step will enable you to verify that you have copied correctly all the required information without any extra character, including any blank character.
    Finally, copy/paste again the desired text into the login form.
After you login, you will be able to both change your password and user ID.
Go to the «My Membership» tab and then Change Password using the top horizontal menu.
9.Security certificate & Encryption
9.1.HTTPS ERROR
Why do I get a security certificate error when I access the secure https website?
certificate error Firefox
Firefox
certificate error Microsoft Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer
certificate error Chrome/Chromium
Chrome/Chromium

Certificate Verification

The security certificate error is due to the browsers designers commingling two different issues.
Since 2008, most web browsers require that security certificates be verified by "third party authorities". In effect, this policy creates an internet toll for website managers as «verification» is far from being free. This toll can be substantial, especially for webmasters managing several websites. The toll is also recurring, as verification must be renewed yearly.

Encryption & Man in-the-middle

Unfortunately web browsers have mixed together two separate issues: encryption and man in-the-middle threats.
SSL certificate verification is not required in order to give users the benefit of encryption.
Verification offers only protection for man in-the-middle threats. This is because verification ensures that the every SSL certificate is associated with a unique fixed ip address.
And even then, this risk is limited, as it occurs only at the first time of access, before the SLL certificate is validated and saved.

Validating the SSL certificate

In order to get the benefit of encryption, you will needs you to manually validate and save the site's SSL certificate.
This is very easy to do. Without third party verification, you mostly need common sense before you validate the certificate. For example, make sure that you have not misspelled the website address and accessing the website you intended to.
  • For firefox, click on I Understand the Risks and continue,
  • For Internet Explorer, click on continue to this website,
  • For Chrome, click on Advanced and on Proceed
This is how the PFr's 'SSL certificate should look like:
certificate image

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