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Creating your first discussion

Vicki_LearningPeople
Vicki_LearningPeople Administrator Learning People Team
edited September 2020 in Welcome

Once you’ve had a chance to have a look around the platform, it could be time to create your first discussion.

Make sure you read through the below to make sure you’re on the right track before posting.

What is a discussion?

A discussion is a post that other members can view, comment on and react to. 

How to create a discussion

It’s simple! 

  1. Click the New Discussion button and you will then need to fill in a title and the main content of your post.
  2. You can Cancel or Save A Draft of your posting at any time.
  3. When you are ready, click Post Discussion to have your post appear in the Category.

Your discussion will then be submitted to the moderators to approve, please note this is only done during working hours so please be patient with us.

Top tips

Just like our community guidelines dictate, all discussions should be relevant and valuable to the Alumni community.

Make the discussion title or question as descriptive as possible - A good discussion title is a short preview of your post and is what gets people to click and read. For example, instead of “I want to network”, try “Would any project management professionals in London like to connect?

Proofreading - Remember to check for spelling mistakes, typos, and bad grammar

Put your post in the right category - The right category can be the one that has a relevant category name or it can be a category where this kind of post is often made. 

Use tags - Tags are helpful for others to find keyword related posts. We have put together a list of relevant tags for you to choose from. 

If you want responses, ask for them - If you want others to comment, you can encourage them by asking them to do so. 

Add an image - Images add visual interest and make your post look great when shared to social networks. You can embed an image using the button bar or you can upload one from your desktop or phone.

Mention others - Credit other members if you are building off their previous comments or if you want to draw them into the discussion. Put the @ before a username to mention someone.

Take ownership - Most important of all, take ownership of the discussions that you have created. Respond to comments promptly and thoughtfully. Thank others for commenting on your discussion and help with moderation if things get heated.

Discussion ideas

  • What are your best tips for staying productive?
  • How I landed my role in cyber security
  • Do any coding professionals have any advice for going freelance?
  • Does anyone have any experience in learning python?
  • I am looking for an experienced Cloud specialist to work on a project with

Any questions? You can contact us via email at [email protected]

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