Forums are a many-to-many communication tool. They are similar to blogs, but where a blog usually has just one person (or a small group of people) who are authorized to make new posts, any user who has permission to see a forum can create a new post there. Forum pages are organized into multiple 'topics.' Any forum user can create a new post in any topic.
To create a forum:
- In Page Manager click "Add Page"
- Select "Blog/Forum" as the Page Type
- Select "Threaded Forum" as the Page Format
- Name the page (which will also be the name of the blog or forum)
- Save the page.
- After saving the page, a Properties box will appear allowing you to choose moderator settings. A moderator is an administrator with rights to edit the forum page and the posts/comments/replies of other users.
Limit Contribution to Selected User Groups: If this forum is meant to be accessible only to certain site users, select the Groups and Roles that will be able to see this page. All users who are not members of a selected group or role will not be able to see the forum content.
Allow contributors to post...: Select this option to allow group members (and not just admins) to start new discussions.
- Moderate new topics: New topics posted by contributors must be approved by the moderator before they're visible to other contributors.
Email moderator... (2): Use the controls to set whether or not the board moderator should receive an email every time a new topic and/or new topic reply is posted.
- Moderate replies to topics: New replies posted by contributors to existing topics must be approved by the moderator before they're visible to other contributors.
Allow contributors to edit...: This option allows users to go back and make changes to their responses even after they've been posted.
- Remove email links from commenters' names: When contributors post replies to a topic, the posts will show the user's name. By default, the name will also be a link to the contributor's email address; use this control to deactivate that feature. The name will still be displayed, but the email address will not be linked.
Enable avatar display: When users participate in a discussion, selecting this option will mean that their fsSocial avatar as well as their name will display next to their post.
- Use custom name display format: Select how contributors' names will be displayed. This can be customized so that members of different roles have different formats.
Reply display format: The display format sets the order that posts display. “Chronological” will list all posts in order. This is best used with short topics or discussion replies that don't necessarily need to become longer conversations. “Threaded” allows posts to be displayed as replies to one another, even if they are separated chronologically. In Threaded view, any post that is a direct reply will show up indented and immediately below its parent. This allows longer conversations to develop without confusion over who's replying to whom.
Moderator email: enter the email address of the user who's responsible for the discussion board and for editing comments posted to it.