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Subject How The Discussion Forum Works

Message by Gordon Adam on  18 June 2002 at 3:18 pm   -  forum administrator
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Who can use the Discussion Forum?

All Exchange members have access to this Discussion Forum. Non-members browsing the public areas of the website cannot view these pages.


Message by Gordon Adam on  18 June 2002 at 3:21 pm   -  forum administrator
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Important terminology -

There are three levels in the Discussion Forum.

FORUMS - these are broad general subjects up for discussion. For example, there might be a Forum on the subject of  "Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Scotland." Only Exchange administrators can open new Forums.

TOPICS - any Exchange member can start a new Topic within an existing Forum. For example, within the "Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Scotland" Forum, you might want to start a debate specifically about "Young Entrepreneurs" or "Mentoring".

MESSAGES - within a Topic, any member can post a Message.


Message by Gordon Adam on  18 June 2002 at 3:23 pm   -  forum administrator
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Replying to messages -

To post a message, you need to select a Forum and then select which Topic you wish to contribute to within that Forum.

Then just scroll to the bottom of the list of Messages, click into the free text box under the heading "Post Reply", and type your message.

Scroll down now to see the Post Reply area at the bottom of the screen.


Message by Gordon Adam on  18 June 2002 at 3:29 pm   -  forum administrator
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Starting a new Topic -

You might want to contribute to a particular Forum but your comments don't quite fit into any of the Topics already underway.

For example, in the "Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Scotland" Forum, you might want to start a debate about bankruptcy - but so far there are only Topics on "Young Entrepreneurs" and "Mentoring".

To start a new Topic in the "Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Scotland" Forum, you would simply click on the link to the right hand side of the screen called 'new topic'.

Scroll up the screen now to see the link. It's in a grey strip under the folder diagram that shows you which Forum you're in. Clicking on the 'new topic' link opens up a new free text box. Just give your Topic a name - in this case "Bankruptcy" and then type your opening comments in the large free text box.

Now your Topic is open, other members are free to post their comments below yours and the conversation begins.


Message by Gordon Adam on  18 June 2002 at 3:33 pm   -  forum administrator
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Opening a new Forum -

What if none of the existing Forums covers the subjects you want to discuss? In that case you'll want to open a new Forum.

Only administrators from The Exchange can open new Forums. But there's a Topic in this Forum where you can post your suggestions for new Forum subjects.

Click on the Forum "How To Use The Discussion Forum". You can do that by selecting from the drop down menu at the bottom of the screen. Or scroll up and click on the Forum name in the folder diagram at the top of the screen.

You'll see that there's another Topic in this Forum called "Suggestions For Forums". You can post suggestions freely into this Topic and an Exchange administrator will give your suggestions consideration.


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