|Using external groups / Contributing to community as external user|
When you first join a community's external group as an external contributor, you can begin participating by accepting invitations, setting up your profile, and addressing your actions.
The first thing that you should do when you sign into the community is to accept any group invitations. You'll be doing all of your work in groups, so accepting invitations is how you can see group content and activity.
Your user profile provides community members with an easy way to learn about your skills and interests. Your profile shows up in search results when community members search for keywords contained in your profile. You can update your information at any time.
When you are assigned something to do, such as a task or something that's been Marked for Action for you, you can see an alert next to Actions in the left sidebar. For more information, see Using Marking feature.
You can take advantage of custom email notifications if you feel like you might miss something important when you're not signed in. For more information, see Customizing notifications.