This article takes you through the different page elements that constitute the Stage Control Module. From a user perspective, both the Account Owner and Project Admins have full access to all stages in a project and unlimited control of all stage functions. On the other hand, Engagement Managers are assigned to particular stages upon recruitment, and land directly onto those stages when they sign in to mimic. Therefore, the Stage Control interface looks slightly different for these users and are displayed herein.

1. Stage Control General Overview

a) Account Owner and Project Admins

b) Engagement Managers

2. Inputs tab overview

3. Audience tab overview

4. Q&A tab overview

5. Chat tab overview

6. Polls tab overview

7. Custom tab overview


1. Stage Control General Overview

a) Account Owner and Project Admins

The Account Owner and Project Admins have full access to the Stage Control and unlimited task privileges. Therefore, when opening the Stage Control Module, a left side pane expands that contains a list of all stages in a project, and the user (Account Owner or Project Admin) must choose a stage to open it. The name of the selected stage appears in the top bar on the interface. There is also a button to “Add another stage” in the left side pane. The user can click on the “Stage Control” tab again to collapse the left side pane.

The Stage Control interface for these users, contains the following function tabs located in the far right side pane of an open stage page: Inputs, Audience, Q&A, Chat, Polls, and Custom Tab.

b) Engagement Managers

On the other hand, Engagement Managers are users who perform moderation tasks. Therefore, they have limited privileges and can access only the stage (or stages) to which they were assigned upon recruitment. The Stage Control page is the entry point for Engagement Managers and contains only those function tabs that these users have access to, including: Audience, Q&A, Chat, and Polls tabs.

> Notes:

- When Engagement Managers sign in to the project they were invited to, they land on the stage page that they were assigned upon recruitment. The name of that stage appears in the top bar of the interface.

- Engagement Managers can be assigned to single or multiple stages in a project. Therefore, a purple “Stage Navigation” button appears at the far right end of the top bar, so that Engagement Managers can enter other stages they were assigned to as well. The “Stage Navigation” button also displays the current stage name.

- Engagement Managers are also allowed access to Engagement platforms such as Chatrooms. Hence, they are provided with a "Chatroom Navigation" button inside the Stage Control interface to enter those pages (also located at the far right end of the top bar). When clicking on these navigation buttons, a list of all active Chatrooms is displayed for the Engagement Manager to choose their destination.

The table below provides a comparison between the two user interfaces:

The following sections further dissect the Stage Control interface by explaining the contents of each function tab located in the far right side pane.


2. Inputs Tab Overview:

Only the Account Owner and Project Admins have access to “Inputs”. As displayed in the image above, the middle of the screen contains the stage “Preview” window. On top of the preview window, there are toggle switches that users can control to activate/deactivate the interactive audience engagement panels; namely Q&A, chat, polls, and the custom tab - if it is utilized. Also, the number of active polls are displayed (provided Polls are activated) and the name of the Active stage input. To the far right of the preview window are two icons:

  • A cogwheel icon that expands the “Stage Settings” menu with the following nested functions: Copy embed code, Edit stage, and Delete stage.

  • An information symbol that opens mimic’s Help Centre page.

Since the “Inputs” tab is open, the right side pane in the image above displays the stage inputs. At the top of the pane is the “Add input” button, which opens the “Add New Input” window. Every time an input is added, it appears in the right side pane. Input boxes each contain an “Activation” button, a cogwheel icon that opens the “Input Settings” window, and a “Preview” icon. The box of an activated input turns Green, whereas inactive inputs remain Grey.


3. Audience Tab Overview:

Since the “Audience” tab is open, the right side pane here displays a list of audience members that are in attendance. Users (Account Owner, Project Admins, and Engagement Manager) can view attendees profiles, or block an audience member - if needed - by clicking on the ellipsis corresponding to them and selecting the task from the “Action menu”. If an audience member reports an inappropriate entry, it will be displayed next to the person’s name for users to see and take action.

At the top of the pane is a “Filter” bar, which contains a dropdown arrow that opens the “Filter menu”. The user can filter audience members that were reported and/or blocked in order to manage their participation in the interactive panels (e.g. track members that were reported, unblock a member, etc).

Below the filter bar is a “Search” bar that can be used to find a particular audience member. Other elements on this page were discussed in the previous section and are highlighted again for emphasis; e.g. toggle switches, stage name, input name, help centre icon, etc.


4. Q&A Tab Overview

Since the “Q&A” tab is open, the right side pane here displays a list of questions that are sent by audience members from the project website. Alternatively, project team members can also post questions by clicking on the “Add question” button at the top. Next is the question “Setup” bar, which opens a menu from which the user can manage the mode of questions for the Q&A panel. There are three question modes to choose from; Normal, Hidden, and Approve.

The images below show how the question boxes would look like for each mode selected as following:

Users can perform other moderation and management tasks by clicking on the ellipsis next to the “Setup” bar and choosing a command from the dropdown menu; these are Archive all, Unarchive all, Delete all. Below the setup bar is a “Filter” bar, which displays a filter menu that is specific to the selected mode of question as following:

Each question box contains an “Actions” menu that can be accessed by clicking on the ellipsis in the top right corner. The list of actions include: Edit question, Archive question, Delete question, Give an Answer, and Open profile. The box of an archived question turns Light Grey, whereas unarchived questions remain Dark Grey.

Moreover, every question box contains a “Show on preview monitor” toggle switch. When the switch is turned ON, the question is “Active”; meaning it appears on the preview screen. Active questions have an orange heading to be easily recognized. To see the questions preview page, click on "Open preview monitor" in blue, located at the top of the Q&A panel.


5. Chat Tab Overview

Since the “Chat” tab is open, the right side pane here contains all the messages sent by the audience. Team members can send messages and replies as well using the chat box located at the bottom of the Chat pane. At the top of the pane is the “Search” bar, and to the right of the search bar is an ellipsis to “Clear all chat”. Alternatively, every chat bubble has an ellipsis in the top right corner to “Clear” that particular message.


6. Polls Tab Overview

Since the “Polls” tab is open, the right side pane here displays a list of polls that are created by team members using the “Add Poll” button located at the top of the pane. There are three different poll types that a user can choose from to set up the answer options. These are: Basic, Allow Multiple, and Mark Correct.

The images below show how the “Add new poll” window looks like for each of the different poll types:

Below the “Add poll” button is a “Filter” bar to manage the display of polls based on their status: all, active, inactive, archived. Users can perform other management tasks by clicking on the ellipsis located at the right top corner of each poll box and choosing a command: Archive poll, Edit poll, Delete poll. The box of an archived poll turns Black, whereas unarchived polls are Dark Grey.

Moreover, every poll box contains an “Activation” button. When a poll is activated it turns Green, whereas inactive polls remain Dark Grey.

Lastly, the options inside a poll box can be maximized and minimized by clicking on the dropdown arrow.


7. Custom Tab Overview

Only Account Owners and Project Admins have access to the “Custom Tab” function located in the far right side pane. The “Custom Tab” side pane contains two elements; the “Name” bar and the “Embed code” box. If this feature is utilized, the toggle switch for “Custom Tab” - located on top of the “Preview window” - must be turned ON (activated) for it to be viewed by audience members on the website.


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1.2.2 Stage Control Module

1.2.5 Audience Engagement Module

2.6.1 Stage Inputs

2.6.2 Audience Preview and Management

2.6.3 Stage Control: Chat

2.6.4 Stage Control: Q&A

2.6.5 Stage Control: Polls

2.6.6 Stage Control: Custom Tab

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