Saving drafts and accessing your drafts and future posts
Topic: Commons Help
Saving drafts and accessing drafts or future posts
When you click 'Post' after you start a discussion, it will immediately post to the discussion board, which is the center area in each
community. It becomes immediately accessible to the whole
There is also the ability to
save content as a draft if you are not ready to post it to the community.
You must initiate all posts the
same way - by selecting 'Start a Discussion', this is in the right side panel
for all of the Commons communities. That will launch the editor.
You must have a 'Title' and 'Content'. You may allow the system to default the discussion summary from the content, or you may manually populate the summary.
* You may scroll to the bottom at any time afterwards to save as 'draft'.
It is recommended to scroll down
and select any and all appropriate topics that are relevant for this post. These serve to index your content for easy retrieval in the future.
The topics are identified in the 'Advanced Options area - under the 'Categories' tab.
The discussion 'summary' is what displays in the center discussion board, prior to any discussion being specifically selected. If you wish to manually populate
the 'Summary' area for your discussion, then Select the 'Summary' tab - and then enter your summary content directly or you may select the 'Generate Summary' button to force an extract from the content that you may then edit accordingly. By default, the system will generate a summary from the main content area. However, each author has the ability to customize what they want as the summary.
If you began a post, but don't
want to post it yet, then you may save it as a draft; but if complete, you may
post it immediately.
* The buttons at the bottom are
'Post', 'Save as Draft' and 'Cancel'.
There are also 'advanced
options' to allow you to Publish on a different date rather than
immediately, or to post your discussion article into multiple communities
Selecting 'Post' will
immediately post your discussion in the community. Selecting 'Save as
Draft' will hold/reserve the content that you already entered into a draft, and
it is accessible only by you.
Once you have drafts stored for
a community, or a post that is 'future dated', then you will have an additional
link enabled for you on the navigation bar, this is for accessing your drafts -
it is labeled 'My Drafts'
The 'My Drafts' will only
display if you have anything saved in draft, or future dated. Notice the
comma; the 1st count is for items stored in draft, and the second number is
items future dated. Anything that is future dated is essentially regarded
as a draft because it can be edited and revised before posted to the
community. Selecting 'My Drafts' allows you to edit your draft
items. Once you have completed changes, you can post it to the community.