How to Use the iD Community
Here you will find everything you need to know about using the iD Community. There’s a lot to cover, so we’ll try to keep it short and sweet!
How to start a new topic/post:
Thinking of starting a new topic? Before you take the plunge, lets first outline what a topic is. A topic is simply a piece of content, for the Community this can be categorised as a ‘Question’, ‘Conversation’ or ‘Idea’. Before creating any of these, you should first see if someone might have asked the same thing already, or started a discussion about the same topic. To do this, simply have a quick look for it using the search bar at the top of every page in our community.
If you’re happy that your topic doesn’t already exist, go ahead and post it. Here’s how to do this:
1. Find the ‘Create a topic button’ to start your new post
First of all, click the blue ‘Create a topic’ button, usually found towards the top right of any page.
Once clicked, the below page should pop up:
2. Choose if your topic is a question or a conversation
- You need to specify whether you want to ask a question about a particular topic or issue you are having, or whether you want to start a conversation, which includes general chit-chat and discussions with other community members.
3. Create a title that’s easy to search for.
Now choose a short but descriptive title. It should summarise what your topic is about.
If your topic has a descriptive title, your fellow community members will be able to search for it more effectively. Plus, others that see it will be able to quickly decide if they can help you out.
4. Describe what your topic is about
Describe your issue in as much detail as possible. Other community members can help you better when they know exactly what you’re trying to do (and how far you’ve managed to get). You can even add images and videos to make things even clearer. Check out how to do this further down this article.
Important note: Never post any private information (your phone number, email address, home address etc.). Remember, this is a public community - anyone can see your posts and use this information against you.
4. Categorising your topic
Please ensure you select an appropriate category for your discussion or question. This makes your content easier to find by other members and helps to keep the Community clean and organised.
Please note: If you’re not sure where to go, just post your topic in our ‘Ask a question’ category. We’ll then put it in the right place for you.
6. Add tags
You should also try to add tags that describe your topic in keywords. Just like having a descriptive title, this will help other interested community members find your topic a lot quicker.
How to edit your post:
You can still edit a post after it’s been published, if you’ve spotted a mistake or just want to add a bit more info, here’s what you should do…
Go to the post you’d like to edit.
Head to the three dots on the right bottom corner, and click ‘Edit’:
When you’re new to the community, you’ve got 60 minutes to edit a post. When you reach a higher rank, there’s no time limit.
Important note: If you need to remove private information from your post and are unable to do it yourself, please report the topic to a moderator. Active moderators can be found on the sidebar on the homepage, they will be under the ‘iD Team Leaderboard’.
How to upload an image to your post:
Adding an image or video to your post is a great way of making it more eye-catching, popular and engaging.
Here’s a quick explanation of how to do it:
You can upload images from your device onto your post by clicking on the small gallery icon (looks like a square with a mountain) in the text editor at the top of the section when you compose your post.
All common file formats for images are supported. So, if your file name ends in: .png, .jpg or .gif, then you’re in luck.
After a successful upload, you can either leave the image in the attachment or embed it into your post. To embed it, simply move the image down, or using your cursor, select where you want the image to be and then click paste. Easy, right?
How to report a post:
Have you seen a topic or comment that you think needs to be reported? Do you want personal information removed from a post you’ve made?
If so, here’s what you should do:
- Go to the post you’d like to report.
- Head to the three dots on the right bottom corner, and click ‘Flag’.
Topics or comments should only be reported when any of the following applies:
- Private information (Email address, phone number etc.)
- Any other content that doesn’t comply with our T&Cs.
If you’re not certain about whether you should report something, please go ahead and report it anyway – just to be on the safe side. One of our moderators will check your report as soon as possible, and decide if any further steps are necessary.
That’s a wrap!
If you have any question on anything stated above, please don’t hesitate to ask in the Comments below.
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