What is a Discussion Forum Web based software (application) For long distance discussions Access restrictions Levels of users Each discussion in its own thread Anywhere/anytime participation Email notifications of posts (i.e. replies in threads)
Forum Home Page (for logged in users) Section #1 (with 2 sub-sections) Section #2 (with 7 sub-sections) There is no limit to the number of sections or sub-sections a forum can have. Any section can be kept private with only a particular user group having access to it.
List of Threads in sub-section Button to start a new thread in a sub-section List of Threads (chronological, based on last post) Some important threads can be made “sticky” to make them stay at top and ignore default behavior.
A Thread (top of the page) Post #1 (opening post) Post #2
A Thread (bottom of the page) Last post “Quick Reply” box
The 1st step – start a thread … A. Enter a title of the thread B. Type the opening post C. Submit the thread There are some more optional settings with a new thread like • Anonymous OR Open Poll • Uploading an attachment
The 1st step – start a thread … Each topic of discussion is called a thread A unique link per thread First information of a new thread: an email with link of new thread OR Regular visits Chronological list of threads (last updated thread is at the top) Open or anonymous poll TIP: Different topics should be kept in different threads. TIP: Multiple threads can be started one after the other. All threads can run simultaneously within their own unique links. TIP: Threads requiring immediate discussion can be made “sticky”. TIP: Threads can be closed at the end of discussion.
2nd Step – Subscribe to the thread What is “subscribe” – Joining a thread / discussion Who can subscribe – logged in users with access rights How to subscribe – click on “subscribe” link or post a reply Why subscribe – to get intimations of updates Subscribe to any number of threads at a time Un-subscribe at any time Note: A person who starts a thread automatically gets subscribed to it.
2nd Step – Subscribe to the thread Subscribe to thread (without posting a reply) OR Post a reply Quick Reply box has limited formatting options. Clicking on “Reply to Thread” button opens a reply box in a new page with more options.
How a discussion progresses … Start a new thread One time manual intimation by email Subscribe / Post a reply Reply again on update Note: An email notification / intimation is sent (with the unique link of the thread) to every subscribed member when a reply is made in the thread. Note: There can be any number of posts in a thread. Note: Posts are chronologically arranged with most recent post at the bottom.
How a discussion progresses … When a new post (i.e. a reply) is made in the thread, an email is sent to all the subscribers of the thread. If there are multiple posts between 2 visits by a participant, an email notification is sent to him only for the first post after visit. There is one email notification per thread. The email notification contains the unique link of the thread. NOTE: If there is a poll in the thread, a mail notification for a new vote is not sent; notification is sent only for posts. Posts appear in the thread along with the user name, profile picture (avtaar), date and time of the post. Images, links, videos, etc. can be embedded in a post.
User groups & AccessSections in forum User groups in forum (Different Committees) Access permissions 1 A 2 Access permissions B Access permissions C 3
User groups & AccessSections in forum User groups in forum (Different Committees) 1 A 2 Access permissions B C 3
Forum terminology revisited … A Thread = A topic of discussion (or a combination of replies on a topic arranged chronologically) A Post = Each reply in a thread Subscribe = Joining a thread Sticky Thread = A thread that always stays on the top of the threads list ignoring the default chronological behaviour. (Note: There can be a sticky Thread, not a sticky Post) User-group: A group of users having same access rights in the forum
Advantages of forum Saves time Full quorum always Convenience - any time, any place Concurrent discussion and not Sequential discussion Minimises delay Ease of record maintenance. Resume vis-à-vis Restart Guidance from Maharaj, irrespective of his location and time zone.