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Posted by MTorok Apr 23, 2012

Hi everyone,


So, in keeping with my check-out-the-features type of posts, I wanted to make sure that you all are aware of the @-mentioning feature. By using the @ sign, you can mention another user, a space, a blog post, a discussion... pretty much anything.


Let's say you want to mention me, Danielle, or a product manager by name in a post. You type up your post as you normally would and then you type @danielle.


If the person you are looking for does not appear in the drop-down list, make sure you use an underscore  ( _ ) to separate words. Spaces are not understood.


When you @-mention someone or something, you create a link to the mentioned objects (like so, Riding and Community… stay with me for a few minutes?).

The link makes it incredibly convenient for other community members reading your post to navigate to the content mentioned.


The screenshot above also shows a good variety of @-able objects; take a look at the icons.


Distribution List or Person

Discussion or Question

Blog Post

This is not a definitive list, but it should give you a good start.

As an extra benefit, a user who is @-mentioned will be notified in their Communications stream .

So, not only will they know they've been mentioned, they'll get that warm fuzzy feeling we all remember from getting our first email (before being spammed to death made that feeling disappear).


So go ahead, @-mention some content that helps answer a question from your colleagues. Or, @-mention a community member you think could help with a question or discussion. Or, @-mention someone you would like to have take a look at your post. I think this is incredibly powerful and can be super helpful. But, please also respect your fellow community members and only @-mention them when it makes sense.


By the way, to learn a bit more about collaboration, check out this post Collaborate!


See you on the boards,




Posted by MTorok Apr 11, 2012

One of the many cool new features on the site is the ability to collaborate on documents. I'm writing about this today and thanking mdriskell, because he saved me having to deal with someone having a laugh on me and editing our Terms of Use or the Code of Conduct. There are so many new options available, I sure hope you are exploring and keeping the new features in mind for future use or using them already.

I digress...

When you create a document, remember to set the Manage collaboration setting.

If you want others to be able to version and update your doc, much like a wiki, select Anyone or Specific People (and then select the people you want to allow to collaborate on your doc).

In the case of the Code of Conduct ...well, I picked Just You, that is, just me.


Again, enjoy the community, enjoy the ability to collaborate, enjoy your interactions, and respect one another.

Thank you,


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