Post/Reply to a Forum

How do I post to a forum topic?

Forums are organizational units containing group topics within the site. You cannot post directly to a forum, you must first enter a topic and post your message there.

In order to post to a forum topic, you must Start a New Conversation or thread.

  1. Choose a forum.

    In the Forum tool you will see that the forum title will appear in bold and in a larger font than the topic titles indented beneath it.

    If you would like to view more information about the forum, click View Full Description to view any additional information provided by the site owner.

    Choose a forum.
  2. Select a topic within the forum. Click on the title of the topic to enter that topic.

    Select a topic within the forum.
  3. Click Start a New Conversation.

    This will prompt the the message composition window to open.This description box allows the use of Rich Text Editor.

    Click Start a New Conversation.

    If desired, click Add attachments to browse for and select the file(s) you wish to attach.

    Enter a title, a message, and attachments
  4. Click the Post button to make the conversation viewable.

    Click Post.

How do I reply to a forum post (i.e. conversation)?

  1. Choose a topic within a forum.

    Click on the title of the topic to enter the topic.

    Note: The message indicator text next to the topic title will tell you how many messages have been posted within that topic, and how many of them are new or unread.

    Choose a topic within a forum.
  2. Click on the title of an existing post to view the conversation.

    Click on the title of an existing post to view the conversation.
  3. Click reply.

    You have two different options for replying to the post within the Forums tool.

    1. Click Reply to Initial Message at the top of the conversation to reply to the first message in the conversation or thread.
    2. Click the Reply link within a message itself to reply to that specific message. This is the option you want to use if you would like to reply to someone else's reply.
    Click reply.
  4. Compose your message.

    The message you are replying to will be displayed at the top. You can hide the message by clicking on the small downward arrow next to "Hide the message you are replying to".

    The title will be taken from the initial message and prefilled for you, but you may modify it if you wish.

    Use the Rich Text Editor to compose your response.

    Note: You may optionally click on the Insert original text link above the editor area to include the original message along with your reply.

    Click the Add attachments button to browse and select a file to attach to your reply.

    Compose your message.
  5. When you have finished your reply, click the Post button to add your message to the conversation.

    Click Post.