EX Step-by-Step Community Guide

Welcome to the EX Community. Support is a key part of the EX Plan, and you'll find plenty of support in the EX Community to help you quit smoking. As you're getting started, this guide will help you get the most out of the EX Community. If you have any other questions, please contact the EX Administrator.

How to Set Up Your Profile

  1. Log in at http://community.becomeanex.org
  2. Click the My Page tab above the Community header
  3. Underneath your default profile picture, you'll see some links that you can use to set everything up:
    1. Edit profile lets you fill out information about yourself. You can include as much or as little as you'd like to make public.
    2. Edit profile icon lets you update you profile picture — pick one of the EX icons or upload your own photo. Your choice.
    3. Edit Notifications lets you select when and how you'd like to be notified when people comment on your blog. You can even choose to get notifications when specific friends create new content.
    4. Edit Group Notifications lets you set up a notification your Groups add new content.
    5. Blog takes you to your Community blog homepage with all your blog posts.
    6. Message Board lets you post messages for people who visit your page. They can also post messages for you.
    7. Friends lets you see all your friends and organize them into categories (just click the New Friends Collection link on your Friends page).

How My Page Works

This is where users can find out about you, read your blog posts and message you during your quit journey.

  1. Below your profile information, you'll see a couple of boxes: Message Board, Friends, Friend Activity and Group Membership. Click the Edit link to customize what you show in these boxes and who can see them.
  2. To the right of your profile information, you'll find a preview of your recent blog posts.
  3. Within the My Page tab, you will see sub-tabs titled Inbox, Message Board and My Friends.
    1. Inbox lets you write and check private messages between you and your friends. To write a message, click the Compose a message link in the left column.
    2. Message Board lets you post messages for people who come to your page. They can also post messages motivating you on your quit journey.
    3. Friends lets you see all your friends and organize them into categories (just click the New Friends Collection link on your Friends page).

Community Homepage

When you log in to your BecomeAnEX.org account and click the Community link at the top of the site, you'll be on the EX Community homepage. Scroll down to view featured blog posts, groups and discussions. On the left side of the page, you can access your profile information, invite friends to Community, see your friends' activity and check the New Member Spotlight.


Click the Forums tab for expert-led discussions on different quit smoking topics. You can comment on any of the new forums.

You can access specific forums using the three sub-tabs.

  1. Forums — Select a topic.
  2. Forum Discussions — Sort the forum discussions by newest, most popular or featured.
  3. Archive — Read through old discussions that are closed to comments.


Click the Groups tab to check out all the groups within the EX Community, create new groups, see groups you and your friends belong to, start and view group discussions and subscribe to groups you dig.

Creating a New Group

  1. Under the Groups tab, click Create a New Group in the left column and fill out the form that appears.
    1. The brief description will be seen in the list of groups. The regular description will appear on the group's main page.
    2. Tags are keywords that help people find your group.
    3. Open groups let anyone join. Closed means that members must be invited/approved.
  2. Click save and you're done!

Joining a group

  1. Under the Groups tab, you can view all groups; sort them by newest, featured or most popular; and view groups that your friends have joined.
  2. Click on a group that interests you.
  3. If the group is open, click the Join Group link on the left side of the page.
  4. If the group is closed, click the Request Membership link on the left side of the page. The group owner will need to approve your request.


Click the Blogs tab to read and write blog posts. You can use the tabs in the center of the page to sort through the new, popular, and featured posts. You can also click the My Friends' Blog Posts tab to see posts from your friends.

If you really like reading a certain user's posts, you can subscribe to them. Just look in the left column under Page Actions and click the Subscribe to blog posts link.

Writing a blog post

  1. Click the Blogs tab above the EX Community header.
  2. Click the Write a Blog Post link on the left side of the screen.
  3. Write your Pulitzer Prize-winning blog post. Remember that you can add images and even allow or disallow people to comment on your post.
  4. Tag your post with appropriate keywords so people can find it more easily.
  5. Click the Publish link to post your blog. Congrats, you are now a published author.

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