Creating Discussions (Posted Messages)


In GroupWise terminology, a discussion is an advanced message type that enables related messages to appear under one umbrella, called a discussion area. These messages are posted in the discussion area's shared folder. You can view the history of the discussion participants' thought processes and the flow of their posted messages in a discussion area by using the Discussion Thread option under the View menu.

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The terms discussion, discussion area, and posted message are synonymous.


Discussion areas and posted messages are created, stored, and accessed through shared folders.

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It is a good idea to include the word discussion in the name of the shared folder that will hold discussions to differentiate it from other shared folders.


To create a new discussion, follow these steps:

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Highlight a shared folder in the Folders area.

2.

Choose File, New. Select Discussion/Note from the list of message types. As a shortcut, you can click the down arrow next to the Create New Mail button on the Toolbar and choose Posted Message.

3.

Enter a subject line and message body, attach any files you want, and click Post to place the new discussion in the shared folder.

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The posted discussion and all replies have a "thumbtack and piece of paper" symbol next to them. This is the icon for a discussion message.


To read and reply to a discussion message, follow these steps:

1.

Highlight a shared folder in the Folders area.

2.

Choose View, Display Settings, Discussion Thread. The discussions in this folder appear, along with the replies in a nested fashion, as shown in Figure 8.11.

Figure 8.11. The Discussion view enables you to see the history of a discussion in nested fashion.


3.

Double-click the discussion or reply you want to read.

4.

To create a reply, click Reply. If you would like to post a reply in the discussion area, choose either the Reply to Selected Subject option or the Reply to Original Discussion Topic option in the Reply dialog box. Your reply will appear under the appropriate message. If you want to reply to any part of a discussion and not include your reply in the shared folder, select Reply Privately (outside discussion). Then send your reply as a regular mail message to the sender only or to all participants in the discussion.

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If someone is currently creating a reply to a discussion message, no one else can read the new reply message until the reply has been posted.


Discussions are useful for quickly sharing information with a large group of people and for achieving smooth workflow. Discussions also provide a public, recorded history of communications at your organization.

When you have a shared folder full of discussions and replies, you need a quick-and-easy way to navigate through that information. The first task is to view the messages as discussions. You do this by clicking the shared folder that holds the discussions and choosing View, Display Settings, Discussion Threads.

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You can quickly switch into a discussion view by right-clicking in the Name or Subject columns and selecting View Discussion Thread.


To scan through the posted discussions and their replies easily, click the first message in the discussion (it is left-justified on the screen and has a plus sign next to it). Then choose View, Threads. You then see a menu choice as displayed in Figure 8.12.

Figure 8.12. The Threads menu option allows you to navigate through discussions.


The Next option highlights the next item in the discussion, and Previous highlights the previous one. The Expand and Collapse options expand and collapse the listing of discussions and their replies, respectively. This capability allows you to quickly navigate through discussion threads using the keyboard. You also can enable the QuickViewer (Ctrl+Q) for a quicker way of viewing items as you navigate through discussion threads.




Novell GroupWise 7 User's Handbook
Novell GroupWise 7 Users Handbook
ISBN: 0672327899
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 213
Authors: Eric Raff

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