How to Start and Respond to a Discussion Forum Topic
To Start a Discussion Topic:
Click on the "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 a Partial Member type your name at the end of the message.
In the "Title" box give a description of the topic. Example: “We need 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.
Important: 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:
If you want to participate in a 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 principle is residents who are not interested in joining the discussion should not be bothered by unwanted response emails. Members can view discussion topics in their entirety here.
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 and respond respectfully.
Your email will be sent by the website, in the form of an email,to the originator and any prior respondents to the topic. In turn, you will also receive response emails by subsequent respondents to the topic. All other residents not involved in the discussion will not receive these emails!
Important: If you want to send a reminder about a former topic, do not simply respond to the original topic because recipients will be limited. You are better served starting a new 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 the Webmaster and members delegated Blast authority for use in connection with their activity leadership. Blast emails are similar to discussion forums but go to all members and unless specified differently by the sender, without the ability for the reader to respond. Blasts can be directed by the issuer to all residents or specific groups of residents, such as the Singers or the Shuffleboard club as examples. Blast emails should be used to communicate about subjects of park-wide interest, not personal matters.
Non-calendar related method of sending Blast Emails
When logged in:
- Click on the "Admin Control" box at the top of the home page.
- Click on the "communications" link
- Click on Blast email page link
- Create your message:
- indicate who you are sending it to, ie All residents,etc
- type your name at the end so we know who sent the Blast.
- You can add pictures by clicking on the add file option. (Please note you will not see a thumb nail of the picture.)
- You can add hyperlinks using Markdown. Two series of brackets create the hyperlink, one on the hot word, the other around the URL link. for Example:
View a shuffleboard video click [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R74yolowFPs)
You can send yourself a test Blast before designating the group, to ensure the email looks like you want it to look.