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- What are "discussions?"
Discussions are threaded forums where one person can post a topic and others in the group can respond to it. These types of resources are also known as message boards, discussion forums, and online discussions, and you can learn more about them in general on Wikipedia.
Within ALA Connect, every group/community has its own discussions area, and each forum and topic can be public or closed to just the group's members.
- What is the difference between a discussion forum and a forum topic?
A discussion forum is a topical area within the group's discussions. For example, an awards jury will have a single "Discussions" area, but it might have a forum nominees and a forum for winners.
Within each forum, group/community members can start a new topic, such as "2010 Nominees" or even a specific title the group wants to discuss (eg, "The Little Engine that Could"). The person posting the new topic posts what they want to say, and then others in the group can respond by using the "reply" link.
So the hierarchy is Discussions --> Forums --> Topics --> Replies.
- Who can start a new discussion forum?
Only group/community admins can start new forums, although any member of the group can start a new topic within a forum.
- Who can participate in discussions?
Only the group's/community's members can post a new question or or reply to existing one. By default, each new discussion topic created is closed so that only the group's members can see it unless the person creating it has proactively marked it as being "public." So some group discussions might be group-only, while others may be viewable by everyone, including the public.
- Who can create new forum topics?
Only group/community members can start new discussion topics within an existing forum.
- Who can delete existing forums and topics?
Only a group/community admin can delete discussion forums, topics, and replies. If you would like to request that something be deleted from a discussion, contact your group's admin.