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Forum

What is a Forum?

A forum, or message board, is an online discussion area where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

Forums have a specific set of jargon associated with them; e.g. a single conversation is called a "thread" or discussion.

A discussion forum is hierarchical or tree-like in structure: a forum can contain a number of sections, each of which may have several categories. Within a forum's category, each new discussion started is called a thread, and can be replied to by as many people as so wish.

 

What is a section?

Sections are a way to organize or group related categories (topics). By default, sections are sequenced alphabetically by title.

What is a category?

Forum categories are a simple way to group related threads or discussions together. When a category is locked, no new threads may be created within that category. Typically, a locked category will be indicated as such by a padloack icon.

What is a thread?

A thread (sometimes called a discussion) is a collection of posts displayed from oldest to latest. A thread is defined by a title, an additional description that may summarize the intended discussion, and an opening or original post (common abbreviation OP, which can also mean original poster), which opens whatever dialogue or makes whatever announcement the poster wished. A thread can contain any number of posts, including multiple posts from the same members, even if they are one after the other.

Note: Users must be logged in to the hub in order to participate in the forum.

 

Creating a Category

  1. Navigate to the “Component” tab and click on “Forum.”
  2. On the Forum component, select the “Category” tab and then click on the “New” button on the top of the page.
  3. Fill in the title of the new category.
  4. Fill in the alias or title that will be displayed in the URL.
  5. Fill in the scope or site and the scope ID or site identification number for the new category.
  6. Select the state of publish from the drop-down.
    1. Unpublished: The category will be removed from the frontend Hub but available on the backend of the Hub.
    2. Published: The category will be available of the frontend and backend of the Hub.
    3. Trashed: The category will be removed from the Hub.
  7. Select the access level from the drop-down.
    1. Public: All visitors or users of the Hub can access the category.
    2. Registered: Only registered users of the Hub can access the category.
    3. Special: Only registered users with special permissions can access the category.
    4. Protected: Only users with protected rights can access the category.
    5. Private: No users besides the creator of the category can access the category.
  8. The “Category” can be locked so that no new posts will be allowed by checking the box in “Details.”
  9. Click “Save & Close” to save the new section and to return to the Forum dashboard.

Creating a Section

  1. Navigate to the “Component” tab and click on “Forum.”
  2. On the Forum component, select the “Section” tab and then click on the “New” button on the top of the page.
  3. Fill in the title, alias (URL ending), scope (site), and scope ID for the new section.
  4. Select the state of publish (unpublished, published, or trashed) from the drop down and the access level (public, registered, special, protected, or private).
  5. Click “Save” to remain on the “Forum: New Section” edit page or click the “Save & Close” to save the new section and to return to the Forum dashboard.

Creating a Discussion Thread

  1. Navigate to the “Component” tab and click on “Forum.”
  2. In the Forum component, select "Threads".
  3. Click the "New" icon.
  4. Fill in the title, alias (URL ending), scope (site), and scope ID for the new section.
  5. Select the state of publish (unpublished, published, or trashed) from the drop down and the access level (public, registered, special, protected, or private).
  6. Click "Save" to create the thread.

Deleting a Discussion Post

  1. Navigate to the “Component” tab and click on “Forum.”
  2. In the Forum component, find and select the Forum thread post to be edited by clicking the “Delete” icon.
  3. The forum post will be automatically deleted and saved. Once a post is deleted, the material cannot be retrieved.

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