The power of your WeSayy panel is dependent on you and your co-panellists adding contacts to the recipient list for its email alerts. They can include your contacts in academia, business, government and the media. Adding recipients is extremely easy. Simply select the “Invite Recipients” option on the main panel page. You can then enter as many emails as you like in the space provided. This can be done either “pasting” them in or “drag and drop”. When you click “Add Recipients” they will then start to receive email alerts whenever the panel has responded to a story.
The WeSayy Pledge to Panellists:
- when you add a recipient they will not be told who has added their name
- if they already exist on the database their name will be deduped
- no other panellist will ever be given their contact data
- if you leave the panel the recipients who are unique to you will be removed from the recipient list unless they personally subscribe to the site
When a panel chair posts a new story for a panel to respond to, an email is sent to all panellists inviting them to respond. This email alert contains a link to the relevant page on WeSayy.
If you click on the article on its story page it will open in a new browser tab.
When your panel chair sends the panel a story (a link to a development in your sector) to you will receive an email sending you to that story on WeSayy. There you can add your response. You can also do that by going to either your main panel page and looking under “Recent Issues” or on your panel’s Stories page. Under each story you will find the responses of other panellists along with the option for you to “Add Response”. You can then enter your 500-character response in the space provided. You must abide by the WeSayy code of conduct which prohibits personal attacks on individuals. (The “Extended Blog” option allows you to write longer responses.) Although you can edit your response you may only have one response at a time to any particular story.
You can edit your responses to stories by selecting the edit button on the right hand side of your response. A note will appear that your response has been edited. To remove your response, select the delete button. Please note that your earlier response may have been emailed to the panel’s recipient list if the trigger level number of responses had been reached after you posted it.
On your profile page, select the button next to your name to edit your profile. There you can i) edit your professional and contact information, ii) provide a link to a personal website iii) add a short personal biography iv) choose to make your contact information publicly visible and v) update your password. When you are finished select the “Update Profile” option to confirm.
To add new panellist go to your panel’s main page and select the “+” button next to the heading “Expert Panel” in the right hand column main panel page. Alternatively you can click the Expert Panel title to go to that page and there select one of the “Add Panellist” buttons which you will find at the bottom of the list of your existing panellists. You then need to enter their email address and decide whether you want them to be an ordinary panellist able just to respond to stories or to be co-chair with you who is also able to both choose further panellists and create stories for the panel to respond to. When you then click “Add Panellist” an email from WeSayy on your behalf inviting them to join your panel. (Choosing the ‘Bypass Email Confirmation’ option will add them straight to the panel without requiring them to accept the invitation, but they must still enter their profile information.)
If your panellist has yet to confirm their place on the panel, you can prompt them by resending their invitation. On the “Expert Panel” page (which is accessed from your panel’s main page) you will find by their name the option to “Resend Invitation”. Selecting this option will trigger an email from WeSayy on your behalf reminding them of their pending invitation to join your panel. Alternatively you can click the “Remove” button to cancel their invitation and free up space for you to invite others onto the panel.
If a panellist is not making a positive contribution to the panel or not abiding by WeSayy’s code of conduct you can remove the panellist. To do this go to your panel’s main page and click the heading “Expert Panel” on the right hand side. Then find the panellist and then click the “Remove” button besides their name. You will then be asked to confirm your decision after which the panellist will be removed immediately.
On either your panel’s main page or from the page listing all its stories page, find the section title “Share an article”. In the box paste the URL of the story you want to post in the space provided. WeSayy will then automatically take a headline, subheading, and image from the site. You have the option to enter these manually or provide private guidance to your panel under the “add comment” section. Once you are happy click “Publish” and an email containing the link will be immediately sent to all panel members inviting them to give their responses to it. You can then add your own response to the story in the main box and, if you like, provide additional private comment to your panel as guidance by clicking the “add comment” icon.
If you suspect that panellists may not be able to access the whole story, for reasons such as a paywall, please manually paste the first paragraph of the story into the subheading of the story.
On the story’s WeSayy page, select the edit button under the article information to edit the provided information e.g. title, subheading, and image. To remove a story, select the delete button.
Go to the subscribe page. (If you haven’t got a subscription yet then you will need to fill in your details.) Then check the boxes next to the panels you would like to receive alerts from. Then click the “Subscribe Now” button to confirm your choices.
For panel chairs with editorial or technical queries please write to email@example.com. For more urgent matters call our London office on +44 20 7112 8680.
WeSayy exists to enable panels of experts to comment on developments in their sector. To see which panels may interest scroll through Panel list on the home page or click on the “Panels” tab on the navigation bar. By clicking on a panel you can then see what developments (“stories”) the panel has commented on. By clicking on one of those stories you can then see the comments from the panellists on that development.
WeSayy panels are created by panel chairs who have been selected for their deep expertise in their field. They then recruit their panels of experts. If you would like to suggest a topic for a panel or someone who could be a chair then write to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can provide your panel with guidance about a story which will only be visible to them. To do this go to story’s page and look for the icons under the sub-heading. Then select the “Add Guidance” icon to create your guidance note.