May 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm #1995
There are three ways to start a discussion here.
One is to write a blog post. While it may contain links to other content, on or off site, generally it should be some original writing to set up your premise for the discussion, not just a “Hey, go read this…” link.
Comments to your blog post offer nested replies, so that one may reply to an earlier reply, without need of quoting. The down side of nested replies, is that on long threads, it can become tedious to scroll through them all every time one wishes to check for new input. While they are fed to the ‘activity wall,’ one will need to go to the blog post itself to reply to it. Such replies are also fed back to the ‘wall’; but won’t have a ‘reply’ button there.
Another way is by starting a new forum topic. The initial post to it sets up your premise, and may be original writing, a link to an article you wish to discuss at length over time, or a combination of both. The advantages of the forum approach is the ability for a topic to remain active indefinitely, the ease with which one can find an old thread, and the ability to have a general topic (e.g. ‘Benghazi’) where new links and information can be consolidated.
Comments to a forum topic are always placed serially at the end. The advantage to this is that it is much easier to tell if there is any new comments, and find them all appended at the end. The disadvantage, is that if replying to an older comment up the thread, one needs to quote part of it to make it clear what it is one is responding to. While these too are fed to the ‘activity wall,’ one will need to go to the topic itself in the forum to reply to it. Again the reply will be fed back to the wall; but won’t have a reply button there.
The final way to start a discussion, is to make a quick post directly to the ‘activity wall.’ This is the preferred method for sharing interesting links, pics, videos, and/or transient current events issues, which are unlikely to be of enduring interest. They are likely to scroll into the past fairly quickly, although any new input will bring them to the top again. If one wishes to be able to find one again, it is a good idea to add it to one’s ‘favorites.’
Comments to ‘wall’ posts are made right on it, so the ‘reply’ button is displayed there. They offer nesting, with ‘reply’ buttons on each comment, which works great, since they are not expected to get too long. If they do develop an enduring interest and a long thread, the Admin may move them to a blog post. ◄Dave►
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