Posting and responding to forum messages

In the Forums tool, you can post messages about topics, and post responses to the messages of other participants.

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Posting a new message

To post a message about a forum topic:

  1. In the Forums tool, click the title of the topic for which you'd like to post a message.

  2. Click Post New Thread. The Compose Forum Message screen will open.

  3. Next to "Title", type the subject of your message.

  4. Under "Message", use the WYSIWYG editor to compose your message.

    Note: Pasting text from Microsoft Word directly into the WYSIWYG editor may result in garbled output, even if the text appears correct in the editor. Instead, to insert formatted text from a Word document, click the Paste from Word icon, and paste using Ctrl-v or Command-v.

    Some users have reported problems using Paste from Word in Internet Explorer 9; for best results, use a supported browser. See Which browser should I use?

  5. Under "Attachments", you can attach a file from your local computer or from Resources, or specify the URL for a file on the web; see Options for adding attachments.

  6. When you're finished, to post your message, click Post Message.

Note: If the forum or topic is moderated, your message will appear as "PENDING" until approved by a moderator.

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Posting a response to a message or topic

Note: Depending on your role within the site, and how the forum creator configured permissions, you may or may not be able to post a response to another participant's message.

To post a response:

  1. In the Forums tool, click the title of the desired topic, and then the subject of the desired message.

  2. Click Reply (to reply to the message) or Reply to Thread (to reply to the first message in the thread).

  3. Next to "Reply Title", give your reply a title.

  4. Under "Message", use the WYSIWYG editor to compose your reply. To insert a quote of the original message, click Insert Original Text or Insert Original Message Text (located above the WYSIWYG editor).

  5. Under "Attachments", you can attach a file from your local computer or from Resources, or specify the URL for a file on the web; see Options for adding attachments.

  6. When you're finished, to post your message, click Post Message.

Note: If the forum or topic is moderated, your message will appear as "PENDING" until approved by a moderator.

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