Discussion Forums

Individuals who are Moderators are often project leaders, seminar instructors, association heads, event managers and so forth. Their job involves identifying issues, exploring options and building consensus - all activities facilitated by GroveSite's discussion pages.

When viewing a discussion page, use Expanded View to display the full text of postings and replies.

How to add a Discussion Forum

  • Click 'Turn on edit.'
  • Click [new page]
  • Select page type = Discussion
  • Click the Next button at the bottom of the form.
  • Enter navigation text
  • Enter Page Heading (often the same as the navigation text), sub heading (optional), page text (optional) and select the default page view.
  • Click the Next button at the bottom of the form.
  • Select page security = 'participants can see this page' OR 'participants can see and update this page.' Note: you may also want to set up a discussion forum for Moderators. If so, select page security = 'only moderators/administrators can see this page'
  • Click the Next button at the bottom of the form.
  • Position the page within the list of current pages in your site.
  • Click the Finish button to save the new page.

Picture Discussion Forum

Starting a Discussion

  • Open a discussion page.
  • Click on [Add a New Posting] to enter a question or comment by .
  • Enter Subject and Message Body.
  • Attach a file if you like.
  • GroveSite will automatically notify you via email of any replies to your posting. If you do NOT want to be notified, UNCHECK the 'Notify' box.
  • Click Add Posting button to post your item.

All new discussion threads are enumerated with whole numbers (1, 2, 3) and are listed with the most recent items first.

Replying to a Discussion Posting

  • Click on the posting you wish to reply to.
  • You will see a form that displays the initial discussion posting, and all replies to date.
  • Fill in the Subject and Message Body.
  • Attach a file that supports your reply, if you like.
  • If you want to be notified via email when others reply to this posting, check the 'Notify' box.
  • Click Add posting to save.

Replies are numbered 1.1, 1.2 etc.

Deleting a Discussion Posting

Any person may delete their posting by clicking on it. The subsequent form displays the details of the posting. Click on the 'Delete' button. Note that if your posting is the first in a thread, the entire thread will be deleted.

If a Participant has posted a discussion that you as Moderator want to remove, follow the same process as above. In this way, Moderators and Administrators can remove postings that are inappropriate.

Flagging Postings as New

As Site Administrator, you may choose to flag postings as new using the Manage Site Text, Logo and Settings page.

Each user can choose how long to flag new information using My Info.

Additionally, when a reply has been posted to any ongoing discussion, the person posting the beginning discussion thread will receive an email stating that a reply has been posted.