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How to ... Start a new linked topic

Continuing the discussion from The Society's Community "How To" Guides:

There are three main types of posts:

  1. A new, standalone conversation (a topic)
  2. A reply to a topic or comment, as part of an existing thread (a reply)
  3. A new topic thread relating to an existing thread (a linked topic)

A linked topic is a new topic, or conversation thread, that relates to an existing topic, but takes the conversation in a new direction and justifies being shown separately. This makes following the conversation easier for members since both topics are more specific, and focused but participants can always refer back to the other thread.

The simplest way is to open an existing thread and find a specific post (either the original post or any of the subsequent comments) that you wish to link to. You can either click on the link icon at the bottom of the post (1), or on the date stamp in the top right (2) that shows how long ago it was posted. Both of these links open the “Share a link to this post” dialogue box.

Instead of sharing a link to social media, or to email, click on the “+ New Topic” option.

This will then start a new topic by opening the entry pane but also include code at the top of the new post that links back to your chosen comment. The default text is: “Continuing the discussion from [comment]” but you can edit that text if you prefer.

When you create that topic, it will also add a link in the original thread to the new conversation, so the original participants will also be aware of the new direction this conversation has taken.