How to Start and Respond to a Discussion Forum Topic
To Start a Discussion Topic:
Ensure you are logged in, evident by your username near the top right of the home page
Click on the orange Discussion" button on the home page, or, click on the menu for Communications"
Click on "Community Discussion Forum"
Click on “create a new topic”
Your name should automatically populate the name box but if not your name, just type in your name at the end of the message.
In the "Title" box give a description of the topic. Example: “We need a recommendation for an auto-body shop”
Type your full message in the "Your comment" box.
Click on the "create" button
Your message will be sent instantly to all registered website members whose Contact Settings allow Topic emails. To receive Discussion Topic emails that are central to our community communications you must follow these four easy steps:
1) Log into the website and click on your name in the upper right-hand corner.
2) From the drop-down menu, select "Member settings."
3) Click on the "Contact" tab, scroll down to "Receive instant email notifications for..." and check the box for "New Forum Topics". (We don't recommend ticking the second box to receive Forum Comment emails).
4) Click "save" at the bottom of the page.
How to Respond to a New Discussion Topic:
You will get an email from the website bearing the discussion topic message
If you want to participate in the discussion, simply click on the “comment on this topic” link at the end of the email message.
If you are not logged on you will be asked to login
If your name is not populated in the "name" box type in your name at the end of your response
Click the “Comment” button to send.
Your response will be sent by the website, in the form of an email, to the originator and copied to any prior respondents to the topic. In turn, you will also receive website-generated emails by subsequent respondents to the topic. All other residents not involved in the discussion will not receive these emails! The assumption is if a resident is not interested in joining the discussion, then why bother them with incoming emails about something they are not participating in. If they are curious, once logged in, all discussion topics can be reviewed in their entirety here. Also, the members have the option of changing their contact preference to receive all emails generated by responses to all discussion topics (See Registration, Update Profile)
How to Respond to an Existing Discussion Topic:
Ensure you are logged in, evident if your username is near the top right of the home page
Click on Communications
Click on Community Discussion Forum
Click on “Review and Comment” link of the discussion topic you want to comment on
You will see a "Reply to this Conversation" section. If your name is not populated in the name box type in your name at the end of the comment
Click the “Comment” button.
Your response will be sent by the website, in the form of an email, to the originator copied to any prior respondents to the topic. In turn, you will also receive website-generated emails by subsequent respondents to the topic. All other residents not involved in the discussion will not receive these emails! Therefore, if you want to send a reminder about a topic, if you simply respond to the topic you will not get mass coverage. You are better served starting another topic for your reminder.
Depending on what your topic is about and the time frame you have, a discussion forum topic may be a better option than an ad. If you have an immediate need to obtain or sell something, create a discussion forum topic. You can also place an ad if you do not get immediate results because discussion topics have a short life span.
Sent exclusively by people with webmaster authority, blast emails are like discussion forums without the ability for the reader to respond. Blasts can be directed to all residents or specific groups of residents, such as the Harmoniers or the Shuffleboard club as examples.