I’ve got to admit, the Community Forums that have been setup are slightly different from what I’ve used in the past.
On the face of it, it appears that a lot of features I was used to were missing - but actually they’re not. It’s just not completely clear how to use them.
So, I thought a short topic on any tips and tricks you might have discovered using them might be handy.
He’s a couple that I’ve ‘found’.
Quoting a previous post
If you click the ‘reply’ button to a post, it’ll reply directly to it - but not actually quote the original post. If you want to include that, instead highlight the text you want quoted and you’ll have a ‘Quote’ option appear. Click that, and it’ll setup the reply - with the previous text already setup to quote.
Tracking a topic
If you create a topic you’ll automatically start to track it so you’ll be emailed/notified when there’s a reply. You can turn this off, or turn it on for any other topic at the bottom of topic. There’s options to ‘Watch’ the thread (so you get told every time there’s an update), ‘Normal’ where you’ll only get told if someone replies to your specific post or they mention you in the post, and ‘Muted’ where you don’t even see the thread listed on the main homepage anymore.
Talking of mentioning people, you can add people into the post (so they’re told about it) by using the ‘@’ symbol followed by their name i.e. @sarah.guha. When you start typing you’ll get a pop up of people with that name and when it’s posted, they’ll get an email to let them know about it.
Adding a poll
Do you want Statistics to back up an idea? How about adding a poll to your post? To do that, when you’re creating it, click the ‘Settings Cog’ icon on the toolbar and you’ll find the option in there. You can let people either have a straight single choice, or multiple choices or number the options in order or preference
- Polls are great
- Polls suck
Anyone else got any tips for the forum? Or is there something that you want to do on them but can’t work out how?