Creating, editing, or deleting a discussion forum

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Creating a forum

Note: To complete the procedures in this document, you need to be assigned a role that has the necessary permissions. To find out what your role is, follow the directions in Participant roles. To see a list of what permissions are associated with a given role, see Permissions, roles, and tools. For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and Roles: Overview.

There are no default forums or topics in the discussion forums area of the Message Center tool. No forums will appear in this area until someone with an appropriate role creates them. Participants (e.g., students) cannot create forums in the Discussion Forums area.

When you create your forum, you'll need to add at least one topic about which site members can post messages. After you read the following instructions, consider reading Creating a topic for your forum.

To create a new discussion forum, follow these steps:

  1. In your site's menubar, click Message Center. The Message Center screen will open. If you don't see Message Center listed in your menubar, you can add it using the Site Info tool. For instructions, see Adding, editing, or removing tools on the menubar using Site Info.

  2. On the Discussion Forums bar, click New Forum. The Discussion Forum Settings screen will open.

  3. In the "Forum Title" field, type your forum's title. This is a required field, and is limited to 75 characters.

  4. In the "Short Description" field, you have the option of providing a brief description (limited to 100 characters) that will be displayed along with the title in the Discussion Forums area.

  5. In the "Full Description" field, you may enter an in-depth description of your forum, and provide any associated information or resources. If you add a full description, site participants will see a Read Full Description link under the forum's title. When they click the link, the description will display.

  6. To add an attachment, under "Attachments", click Add Attachment. The file selector screen will open.

  7. Under "Control Permissions", use the checkboxes to indicate which roles can execute each of the following functions:


  8. Under "Message Permissions", use the checkboxes to indicate which roles can execute each of the following functions:


  9. When you're finished, click one of the following:

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Editing a forum

To edit a forum you've created, follow these steps:

  1. Find your forum on the Message Center screen, and then next to its name click Forum Settings. The Discussion Forum Settings screen will open.

  2. To edit the settings, at the bottom of the screen click Revise. As described in steps 3 through 9 above, you can change your forum's title, descriptions, attachments, and control permissions.

  3. When you're finished, click one of the following:

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Deleting a forum

To delete a discussion forum you've created, follow these steps:

  1. Find your forum on the Message Center screen, and then next to its name click Forum Settings. The Discussion Forum Settings screen will open.

  2. At the bottom, click Delete.

  3. You'll see a warning message asking if you really want to delete the forum, and all associated topics and messages. To delete the forum, click Yes. To cancel, click No.
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Last modified on January 13, 2006.