Using a guide's public discussion board page

If you'd like to build a discussion around your guide, you can add a public discussion board page. Public guide discussion boards are the perfect place to discuss a particular subject, topic, or even a course or assignment with your patrons.

Once on the board, any users that have logged into their account (LibGuides account holders and Patron accounts) can:

  1. Create new discussions from the Add New Discussion panel.
  2. Reply to existing posts.
  3. Search for posts by title in the Search Titles box.
  4. Filter the posts by tags.
  5. Manage their account or logout from the Manage Account and Logout links in the bottom right corner.
Please note: in order for users to see your discussion board's posts, it must be viewed over a secure HTTPS connection. For best results, we recommend that a LibApps admin set your LibGuides site to always load over HTTPS.

Viewing a guide's public discussion board


Who can use public guide discussion boards?

User level View/Create Discussions? Delete Discussions? Manage Tags?
Admin Yes Yes, from any user Yes
Regular Yes Yes, but only the ones they created No
Editor/Contributor Yes Yes, but only the ones they created No
Patron Yes Yes, but only the ones they created No
No account View only n/a n/a

Managing guide discussion boards

Guide owners, editors, and admins can manage a guide's discussion board. Including:

  1. Viewing the page's URL and/or setting a page-level friendly URL.
  2. Enable email notifications from the  Board Management > Notification Options link. Your options include:
    • Manual (set individually for each thread)
    • Notify whenever a new thread is created
    • Notify when anyone posts (new threads and replies)
  3. Before patrons can participate, they need to be given Patron accounts. You can invite users from Board Management > Invite Patron Users. Just enter each user's email address to send them an invitation. 
  4. Add new posts from the Add New Discussion panel.
  5. Edit and reply to existing posts.
  6. Search for posts by title in the Search Titles box.
  7. Manage and filter by the tags assigned to posts used on the board.

Editing a guide's public discussion board

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