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Frequently Asked Questions: Forums and Blogs

 

How do I access the Community Forums?

Throughout www.healthsurveillance.org, you can access the Community Forums from the green menu bar at the top of the page. From the homepage, click on "Forums" in the green menu bar to find the Community Forums. Or, look under "Quick Links" to find "Community Forums" listed.

What is the difference between the Community Forums and the Group Forums?

The Community Forums are available for all members of the public to read. However, members must be registered and signed-in to www.healthsurveillance.org to post onto the Community Forums.

The Group Forums are specific to the groups on www.healthsurveillance.org. Depending on a group's accessibility settings, a group's forums may be made available for the public, registered members or group members only to view. Regardless of the Group Forums accessibility, only registered members of the group are able to post topics and replies on the Group Forums.

Related Website Insight video: Searching Forum Postings

What is the difference between a forum, a topic and a thread?

A forum is a virtual space that houses member discussions on specific topics of interest. Registered members on www.healthsurveillance.org may visit forums to start conversations on new topics or post comments to existing threads.

In the Community or Group Forums, a topic and thread are synonymous. Each new topic within a forum gets its own page, essentially starting a thread of conversation.

 

How do I post a comment to a forum?

If you would like to post a comment to a forum, be sure to first log on to your account on www.healthsurveillance.org before visiting the Community or Group Forums. 

To post a comment to a topic/thread already on the Community Forums or individual group forums, go to the topic/thread's page, review the other posts already submitted to the thread and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the box where you can add your comment. If you have links or attachments you would like to add, click on the option to "Reply Using Full Editor." On the following page, "Switch to Full Text Editor" for the ability to format your text.

Note that this is separate from creating a topic/thread in an existing forum. You can post comments to an existing topic/thread. However, if you would like to introduce a new topic within a forum, find the "+New Topic" link at the top of a forum's page to set up a thread.

Related Website Insight video: Troubleshooting Posting to Forums

Who can view the comments posted on a community forum?

The Community Forums, include any comments posted, are available for all members of the public to read. However, members must be registered and signed-in to www.healthsurveillance.org to post replies/comments onto the Community Forums.

Who can view the comments posted on a group forum?

Depending on a group's accessibility settings, a group's forums, including any comments posted, may be viewable to: 1) the public, 2) registered members, or 3) group members-only to view. Regardless of a group's forum accessibility, only registered members of the group are able to post topics and replies on the group's forums.

How do I subscribe to updates on a forum?

If you would like to receive instant email notifications when a new thread is created in a forum, go the forum of interest and find the icon of a gear next the words "Forum Actions" near the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on the icon to open a dropdown menu and hit "Subscribe to Instant Updates." A dialog box should then pop up to confirm your action. Once you click OK, the page will reload and you will notice that you are now subscribed to Instant Updates when you open the dropdown menu again.

If you would like to receive instant email notifications when a comment has been added to a thread, you will need to a make an additional subscription. Visit the topic/thread of interest within a forum. Find the icon of a gear next the words "Thread Actions" near the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on the icon to open a dropdown menu and hit "Subscribe to Instant Updates." Once you click OK, the page will reload and you will notice that you are now subscribed to Instant Updates when you open the dropdown menu again. 

There is currently no option to subscribe to a forum to receive notifications of when comments are posted to any thread within the forum. As a workaround, please subscribe to the threads you are interested in following individually.

You can manage all your forum and thread subscriptions in one place by visiting your "Account + Settings" page, navigating to the "Information & Settings" tab and clicking on "Forum Settings." This brings you to a page where you can opt to "Unsubscribe from Instant Updates" or subscribe to a weekly digest of the forums you are currently following.

Related Website Insight video: Setting Up Your Forum and Thread Subscriptions

How to I add files and images to forums?

To add a file or image when posting a comment to a forum thread, you will need to "Reply Using Full Editor." This brings to you to a page where you can drag and drop files to a box labeled "Attach Image(s) and/or File(s)." 

When creating a new topic in forum, you are automatically brought to a page where you can drag and drop files to a box labeled "Attach Image(s) and/or File(s)." 

What is the Community Blog?

The Community Blog is a place to find commentary pieces on current public health surveillance news and activities that are written by members of ISDS. All blog posts on the Community Blog are generally available for all members of the public to read.

Throughout www.healthsurveillance.org, you can access the Community Blogs from the green menu bar at the top of the page. From the homepage, click on "Blogs" in the green menu bar to find the Community Blogs. Or, look under "Quick Links" to find "Community Blogs" listed.

How do I submit a blog post?

If you have a blog that you would like to have posted on to the Community Blogs, please email syndromic@syndromic.org with your blog post.

If you have a blog that you would like to have posted on to a Group Blog, please contact a group representative (i.e. Group Chair or Group Admin) with your request to get your blog post uploaded.

 

 

If you have additional questions, a website tutorial was given on March 3, 2017 by the ISDS Director of Communications, Mark Krumm. The recording can be found here. For any other questions regarding the website, please email syndromic@syndromic.org.

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