Microsoft Connect Discussions Feature Information
What are ‘Discussions’ on Connect?
As part of the Connect
feature set, we now have Discussion Groups available in some products (based on whether the product has enabled this feature or not). Typically, a user would access the Discussion Group using the Discussions link on the left navigation pane at the product/connection
Discussions are somewhat
similar to forums in that a user (with permissions) can post a new discussion and other users can respond to that discussion post. There are additional features available such as:
Tags – a way to mark discussions so they can be searched on later by “tag” type
The ability to receive email notifications when responses are posted
The ability to subscribe to a specific discussion group
An RSS feed that you can view or subscribe to with all discussion group updates
The ability to respond to a discussion post from an email client without having to log into
As an example of one such
Discussion Group, the Connect Web Site Improvement connection has set up a
Microsoft Connect Community Support Discussion Group. The main purpose of this group is to have both the community and the Connect Support Team help answer Connect-related questions. Users who are not signed in can view these discussions. If a user
wishes to post, they need to be registered on Connect.
is what the Microsoft Connect Community Support main page looks like:
you can see, there are options to:
Create a new discussion
Page through discussion posts or view all discussions
View all details of a particular post by clicking the title link
Configure the View to show only discussions tagged with a specific tag (by clicking a particular Tag)
- Sign-in to see notification settings and also be able to post
The Connect navigation in the upper-right corner allows the user to sign-in,
plus access the Connect Home Page, Dashboard, Product Directory, and Help
When you click Create New Discussion, you will be taken to a screen very similar to this:
By the numbers shown above:
You are on the Create New Discussion page
Provide a discussion name/title
Add the body/message of the discussion (note that some basic formatting tools are available for your use)
Select one of more tags to help identify the topic for the discussion (making subsequent searches much easier)
Optionally, receive an email when someone posts a reply to the discussion post
Optionally, subscribe to all discussions for that Discussion Group
I insert images while posting on Discussions?
editor for posting Discussion posts does not allow embedding images. You cannot add images to your posts at present.
am in a secured program. Are Discussion posts created by me visible to everyone?
If you are required to be signed-in with your
Windows Live ID to read posts on the Discussion Group, then the Administrator for the Program has not enabled anonymous access for this Discussion Group. Your posts will only be visible to audience permissioned by Administrator for the Program you are participating