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. In order to create a new topic you must have a registered iD Community account and you must be logged in
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.
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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