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[edit] Collaborating through Discussion Groups

[edit] Available Views

There are three different views available for the posts listed within a discussion group.

Threaded (default) – In this default view, posts are displayed in a threaded list where each reply is indented under its parent. This is an interactive threaded display where the users can collapse/expand threads by clicking on the appropriate post icon. Icons containing a (+) can be expanded. Icons containing a (-) can be collapsed.

Flat view – All posts are displayed in a single linear list in chronological order.

Unread first view – All posts are displayed in a single linear list, like the flat view; however unread posts preceed read posts.

Clicking on a link in the discussion group listing checks to determine if the user has permission to view the discussion group. If a user does have the appropriate permission, a split frame is presented. The top frame contains a listing of posts in the group and the bottom frame contains the current post.

Post Listing Columns The post listing columns are:

Subject

Lists what the post covers. Hovering the mouse pointer over the post subject results in a tip box containing the full subject text. Note: the tip box only appears when using Internet Explorer (IE)

From

Displays the author of the post.

Views

Displays the number of users who have viewed the post at least one time

Date

The date and time of post creation. Time is displayed in the users home time zone setting.

These columns can be sorted by clicking on the heading.

[edit] Column Sorts

Column sorts are available on the Subject, From, and Date fields. Performing a column sort in threaded mode results in an automatic transfer to flat mode. Clicking on a column heading results in a column sort. Clicking on the heading a second time results in a column sort in the opposite direction.

[edit] Searches

The discussion group can be searched with the standard search icon on the Action bar. The search dialog allows users to search using "from", "subject" and "post body". The search results are displayed in the search dialog. Clicking on a search result updates the top and bottom main frames. The bottom frame contains the post. If the user is in threaded mode, the thread is expanded if required to highlight the target post.

[edit] Using the Discussion Posts

The post lists display posts the user has already read in a light gray color. Unread posts are displayed in black. Clicking on a post in the list marks that post as read by the user (if not previously read) and displays the post in the bottom frame. A user can reply to a post by clicking on the reply link in the bottom frame when reading a post. Clicking on the "info" link in the bottom frame will display post properties and a reader history list. The history list contains a time-date stamp for the first time each reader viewed the post.

[edit] Discussions Module

The discussions module provides threaded discussion groups within a workspace. These discussions are only visible to the participants of the workspace.

Discussions that take place in email are often lost or deleted over time, so this feature provides more organization and knowledge capture.

[edit] Discussion Groups

The discussion module lists at-a-glance the discussion groups available in the workspace.

The listing includes the group names, total number of posts, number of posts that the current user has not read, and a group description.

To enter a requested discussion group, click on the Discussion Group name. Note that if you do not have the appropriate permissions for the discussion group, you will not be able to view it.

[edit] Posts in a Discussion Group

A discussion group consists of the list of posts in the top frame and the body of the post that is currently selected in the bottom frame.

The post header contains information about the subject, the person who submitted the post, how many times the post was viewed, and the creation date. A selected radio button always indicates, by its red font and highlight, the currently selected post. URL’s in the post body are hyperlinked so these links are directly accessible to the reader.

[edit] Search all Discussion Groups

With the Search all Discussion Groups command, you can search for a discussion post within all the discussion groups in the current workspace.

The search dialog allows users to search using:


Author Contains To search for the first name, surname, or abbreviation of the Author’s name
Subject Contains To search for a word or fragment of the subject
After Date (m/d/yy) To search for a post created after the specified date
Before Date (m/d/yy) To search for a post created before the specified date


The search results can be sorted primarily and secondarily by:

1. Date

2. Subject

3. Author’s Last Name

The results are displayed in the search dialog. Clicking on a search result updates the top and bottom main frames. The bottom frame contains the post.

If the user is in threaded mode, the thread is expanded, if necessary, to highlight the target post. To search all discussion groups use the following procedure:

The results are displayed in the search dialog. Clicking on a search result updates the top and bottom main frames. The bottom frame contains the post.

If the user is in threaded mode, the thread is expanded, if necessary, to highlight the target post.

[edit] Discussion Posts

The post-listing columns are:


Subject Lists what the post covers.
From Displays the author of the post.
Views Displays the number of users who have viewed the post at least one time.
Date The date and time of post creation.

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