Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums FAQs

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The Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums consist of 17 different topical forums. Each forum may contain a number of discussion threads.  A discussion thread typically begins with a question posted by an individual and is followed by one or more posted responses.

The following FAQs should help you participate effectively in the forums. Click on any question to be taken to the response (all responses are below).

How do I access a forum?

How do I read discussion threads within a forum?

How do I start a new discussion thread?

How do I attach files to a forum post?

How do I reply to someone's post?

How do I subscribe to the forums?

Where are the terms of use for the forums?

I have an event I want to promote. Can I use the forums to make an announcement about the event?

How do I search the forums?

Are there moderators for the forums?

How do I navigate back to the AASHE home page or the forums start page?

What if I make a mistake and want to edit my comment after I post it?

What does the "star" mean on the file folder icon of certain forums?

Can businesses and nonprofit organizations promote their products and services on the forums?

Who do I contact about becoming a forums supporter?

 

How do I access a forum?

To read, reply to, or start a discussion on a particular topic, you first need to access the relevant discussion forum from the forums start page. For example, to access the Curriculum Forum discussions, click on the Curriculum link as shown below.

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How do I read discussion threads within a forum?

Once you have accessed a topical forum - such as climate, energy, or purchasing - (see instructions above) you will see a list of discussion threads, which represent a series of posts on a similar topic, or thread. Click on any discussion thread to read all the posts within that thread. The example below displays the Energy Forum and lists all discussion threads or topics within that forum.

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How do I start a new discussion thread?

Within a forum, you can start a new discussion thread by clicking on the "New Topic" button above the list of active discussion threads. In the above screenshot, the "New Topic" button is located just below the "Energy" heading.  Clicking the button takes you to a page for writing your post.  You will need to enter a subject and text for your post.  Click "Save" to publish your post to the forum.

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How do I attach files to a forum post?

When creating a new discussion thread (following the directions above), you may upload a file using the "FILE ATTACHMENTS" section of the thread creation form. Files may only be attached to new forum threads, not replies to existing threads.

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How do I reply to someone's post?

Once you are in a discussion thread, click on “Post Reply” just above the block of text. This takes you to the bottom of the page, where you can write your reply in the “Post New Comment” text box.  Click "Save" to publish your reply to the discussion thread. 

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How do I subscribe to the forums?

To subscribe to the forums and receive updates when new posts or replies are made, go to the forums start page. On the right sidebar there are two links under the “Subscribe to Forums” heading. Click on the first link if you want to subscribe and receive email updates from one or several forums. Click on the second link if you want to subscribe and receive email updates from all 17 forum topics.

You can also subscribe to the forums when you are in a discussion thread. Below each block of text are options to subscribe.  In the example below you may: a) "Subscribe to posts tagged with curriculum" which means receive email notifications of all posts in the Curriculum Forum, or b) "Subscribe to this post" which means receive email notifications of all replies to this particular thread, or c) "Subscribe to posts of type Discussion Forums" which means receive email notifications of any post to all 17 discussion forums.

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Where are the terms of use for the forums?

There is a link to the terms of use on the forums start page. You can also access them by clicking here.

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I have an event I want to promote. Can I use the forums to make an announcement about the event?

If you are planning to announce an event (live event, webinar, conference call, etc.) please refrain from using the forums to do so. The AASHE Bulletin, AASHE's weekly e-newsletter, has a dedicated section for events announcements. If you have an event you would like submit to be included in the AASHE Bulletin, please click here for submission guidelines and other important information.

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How do I search the forums?

Use the main search box located in the right sidebar on each page of the forums. To search by keywords and filter for STARS and ACUPCC forums, click the "Advanced Search" link in the right sidebar.

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Are there moderators for the forums?

Yes, AASHE staff members serve as moderators for all 17 forums. Posts by non-members must be approved by a moderator.  If interested in becoming a forum moderator or if you want more information, please contact seann.sweeney@aashe.org.  Questions posted to the forums will be answered by AASHE moderators or others within two business days.

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How do I navigate back to the AASHE homepage or the forums start page?

To navigate back to the AASHE homepage, there are three ways: 1) Click on the AASHE logo at the top left of the page, 2) Click on the "home" link in the left navigation column, or 3) click "home" on the “breadcrumbs” at the top of the webpage. The breadcrumbs let you know where you are and allow you to go back to a specific page.

To navigate back to the forums start page use the “breadcrumbs” at the top of the page. They let you know where you are and allow you to click and link back to a specific page. There is a link to “Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums” in these breadcrumbs. Clicking on that link will take you back to the forums start page.

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What if I make a mistake and want to edit my comment after I post it?

There is an "edit" link below your forum post that you may click once your post is saved and published. That will allow you to edit your post at any time and re-save.

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What does the "star" mean on the file folder icon of certain forums?

The star indicates there are new posts in the forum since your last visit. The star icon below on the file folder for the Purchasing forum means there has been a new discussion thread started or a response posted to an existing question. See the legend below the list of forums on the forums start page.

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Can businesses and nonprofit organizations promote their products and services on the forums?

You may recommend your own product or service only if it answers a specific query in the forums. For example, if someone asks for advice or ideas and a possible solution would be your own service or product, you can make the recommendation; but it should be done without seeming like a sales pitch.  It must be obvious that your product or service is going to help the person and that you are not marketing. If you have any doubt, ask an AASHE staff member to look over the post before publishing it.

When responding with a recommendation of your product or service, you might also recommend products or services from other companies that you know are good solutions as well.

There should not be any soliciting or pressuring customers to mention your products or services on the Forums. Your customers may post information about your products or services in response to queries, but you should not ask them to do so in any way.

You should not start a new topic with information about your company or product – that is considered marketing.

You may initiate your own queries on the Forums.  The questions should be related to campus sustainability, and should be helpful to the broader audience. 

In general, if it looks like marketing or advertising, it probably is. If it looks like you are sincerely providing advice, and that one of your products or services will help in a particular instance, we welcome that!

The “AASHE member” icon will appear next to your name in Forum posts if your company or organization is a member; and this often enhances your credibility with our campus members.

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Who do I contact about becoming a forums supporter?

For information on forums supporters and/or becoming a forums supporter please email Seann Sweeney, AASHE's Resource Center Manager.

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