|Discussions allow you to ask a question to find a specific solution or start a conversation to get feedback or make decisions. Members of your community can contribute by posting replies.|
To start a discussion:
First, navigate to the place where you want to post your discussion
Second, pick one of two equivalent ways to start creating your discussion:
Third, enter a title for your discussion in the field at the top.
Fourth, determine whether your discussion is "open" or is a question needing one best answerYour discussion will be automatically marked as a question to encourage people to answer. For questions, authors and Community admins may mark one reply as the "Correct" one, and the Question appears in special "Unanswered Questions" areas of the Community areas.
If your discussion is open-ended, and will not be resolved with a single "correct" answer, uncheck the box toward the top that reads "Mark this discussion as a question":
Example of an open-ended Discussion: "Have you been affected by disruptions in the helium supply in the last couple of years?"
Fifth, write your discussion in the main editor
We have found that it helps everyone if you include a description of your instrumentation and software so we can all see the tools you're using. For example, it's virtually always a good idea to describe:
Optional: add imagesSee: How to insert an image in a post or comment
Optional: attach data, files, scriptsThis is very quick and easy. See How to attach files to a discussion, question, document, or blog
SUGGESTION: If you're asking a question like "What does this artifact in my data mean?", attaching your data will enable others to process it, which helps diagnose problems
CHECK: Make sure your are posting in the place you wantScroll down and find the "In a Place" area, which specifies where your Discussion will be posted. If this is NOT the place you intended, click "Change" and locate the appropriate community area.
IMPORTANT: Add tagsAdding tags is easy and help people find your post by searching. Think of three to five and start typing. The software will suggest tags that are already in the system, but feel free to make new ones.
IMPORTANT: Place it in CategoriesWhen people browse the community, they use the Category folders to locate important items. If you don't assign Categories to your Discussion, they can't see it when browsing. These can be assigned later, but this does weird things to authorship and apparent post date; it's best to not do that.
When people reply to your post, you should be getting alerts emailed to you. If you aren't getting them, please edit your email preferences by clicking your avatar in the main navigation bar and selecting "Preferences".