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How to publish to multiple forums

The Mid Continent MicroStation Community is looking to get feedback from multiple places on our agenda this year.

We could post in our forum, but then we have to assume that everyone reads our forum, or will think "Gee, I'll search on MCMC today to see what they are dong."

Because we have tracts that span multiple disciplines, we need to be able to post our query to those in those forums without the Forum Police deleting our posts.

What is the definitive policy on how to accomplish this?

And please don't say "You'll find information at <insert link here>" because while the help on Etiquette is specific about cross posting questions (Post only to the most appropriate area, and Do not post the same inquiry across multiple areas), you're assuming that if I post this in Communities forum that everyone will see it.  We are looking for maximum coverage for ths.

Please advise.

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  • Although the questions may span multiple areas, the underlying "connection" is your community, so that is where they should be posted. Multi- or cross-posts are not considered good Netiquette and will be "cleaned up".

      

  • So is it Ettiquette to post the "main" post in the Community Site, and post in other forums "Please see <insert link> for info on <subject>"

     

    Thanks,

    Shawn

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  • That is exactly what we do not want... the product-oriented forums are for specific, on-topic inquiries related to that forum -- things like "Hey go look over there" are not what they were set up for. I do not know how to put it any simpler than that. Now, if you put something in your "signature" that subtly and tastefully references your Be Communities community in positive light (without going overboard, of course... :) so that when you post a new or constructive reply to an ON-TOPIC inquiry others can see that, that would be one way to communicate what it sounds like you are looking for. The more you contribute (more than "Yeah", "What they said", "Ditto", etc. which is not constructive at all), the more you get the word out for yourself.

    And, yes, there is only one Building Solutions (BIM) community -- there were several, but we heard from members (and recognized ourselves) that was confusing, so they were "consolidated" recently.

      

  • Phil,

    Would a "News" or "Whats New" Forum or maybe a Wiki allow for a contiguous location for these types of information posts? Bentley has the "Announcements" forum; could it be possible to some how submit an a non-Bentley announcement for review and posting within the "Announcements" forum. I know this still requires a user to subscribe but this is a location to which I would think many already subscribe.  Could the "Announcements" be made manditory as in if you are a member you recieve the postings to the "Announcements" forum?

    HTH - Roy

  • We are not using the Announcements forum any more in favor of using the blog functionality (to make it possible for members to make comments, etc.) so that might be an option. However, that gets back to the original "problem" where you have to be subscribed to that forum or visit it on a regular basis -- that is something where more and more forums start down a slippery slope that eventually results in the lament "There are too many forums!!!!", which we have already heard. One thing that we want to do is to have an "events calendar" for things like this, but the infrastructure that is currently being used does not support that... yet. IMnsHO, using the "signature" technique (again, tastefully...) that I have personally seen as an effective way to get that sort of information out. The more constructive, informative replies you make, the more "rep" you can make for yourself.

      

  • FWIW, I mean I only see one Solutions forum all together called BIM.  If there are more solutions forums covering different topics, I don't see them.

     

    And you've made your point quite clear, I just don't happen to agree with it. :)  I see  the "hey look over there" posts...those posts happen to be by Bentley staff...

    I'm not trying to be petty or anything here, Phil.   We're trying to promote this User Conference in the best way possible across the Community site.

    Thanks,

    Shawn

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  • Phil
    I wouldn't mind seeing Shawns post in a few forums, especially as they have tracts for several disciplines.
     
    I've never seen anything "get out of control" in BE, nor in NNTP discussion.bentley.com. Perhaps because you are an effective watchdog, but  I don't see it necessary for you to bind youself to the mast like an Odysseus.
     
    I see crossposting, as opposed to multiposting, as a good thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossposting  Sure it can be missused, but nothing I've seen so far. And I think crossposting could be tested for some time.
     
    If it is possible with the software?

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    regards /Thomas Voghera
     

     
    <Phil Chouinard> wrote in message news:48015@communities.bentley.com...
    We are not using the Announcements forum any more in favor of using the blog functionality (to make it possible for members to make comments, etc.) so that might be an option. However, that gets back to the original "problem" where you have to be subscribed to that forum or visit it on a regular basis -- that is something where more and more forums start down a slippery slope that eventually results in the lament "There are too many forums!!!!", which we have already heard. One thing that we want to do is to have an "events calendar" for things like this, but the infrastructure that is currently being used does not support that... yet. IMnsHO, using the "signature" technique (again, tastefully...) that I have personally seen as an effective way to get that sort of information out. The more constructive, informative replies you make, the more "rep" you can make for yourself.

    http://communities.bentley.com/administrators/general/f/9549/t/21692.aspx#48015

    regards / Thomas Voghera

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  • Phil
    I wouldn't mind seeing Shawns post in a few forums, especially as they have tracts for several disciplines.
     
    I've never seen anything "get out of control" in BE, nor in NNTP discussion.bentley.com. Perhaps because you are an effective watchdog, but  I don't see it necessary for you to bind youself to the mast like an Odysseus.
     
    I see crossposting, as opposed to multiposting, as a good thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossposting  Sure it can be missused, but nothing I've seen so far. And I think crossposting could be tested for some time.
     
    If it is possible with the software?

    --
    regards /Thomas Voghera
     

     
    <Phil Chouinard> wrote in message news:48015@communities.bentley.com...
    We are not using the Announcements forum any more in favor of using the blog functionality (to make it possible for members to make comments, etc.) so that might be an option. However, that gets back to the original "problem" where you have to be subscribed to that forum or visit it on a regular basis -- that is something where more and more forums start down a slippery slope that eventually results in the lament "There are too many forums!!!!", which we have already heard. One thing that we want to do is to have an "events calendar" for things like this, but the infrastructure that is currently being used does not support that... yet. IMnsHO, using the "signature" technique (again, tastefully...) that I have personally seen as an effective way to get that sort of information out. The more constructive, informative replies you make, the more "rep" you can make for yourself.

    http://communities.bentley.com/administrators/general/f/9549/t/21692.aspx#48015

    regards / Thomas Voghera

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  • I think this sums it up very well:

    crossposting to groups that are irrelevant to the message posted could be considered spamming. Moreover, excessive crossposting is generally considered bad form because it multiplies traffic without adding any new content. In the extreme case, if all messages were crossposted to every group, then every group would look exactly the same. A crossposter can minimize this problem by specifying that all responses be directed to a single group.


    Which is pretty much what has been said -- especially the last sentence. Yes, there have been multi-posts (cross-posting is not supported on the Web interface... for some -- and more -- of the points made previously). Those do get cleaned up pretty quickly, mainly to keep the signal ratio as high as possible.

    This is not meant to invoke an "iron fist" or any other similar analogy. We understand and very much appreciate the efforts regarding getting the word out on subjects like user communities. However, we want to make this site as informational as possible -- one of the ways to do that is to be in-topic. Suggestions have been made as to effective means to do that... if those have not been tried, might I suggest (again :) that they are.