A message board gives you a way to post news and issues for discussion. A message board can be displayed in two different ways.

(1) The Messages web part displays the first few lines of text, author and posting date of each message, as well as whether there are responses. Messages longer than the lines displayed will have a More button to expand them.

(2) The Messages List web part displays a sortable and filterable grid view of all messages, as shown below.

Messages board users can post new messages, respond to continue conversations, subscribe to conversations, and configure their own notification preferences. Users with Editor or higher permissions can also edit existing messages. For information about configuring the message board itself, see Administer Message Boards.

Post New Messages

To post a new message, author permissions or higher are required. Users without the necessary permission will not see the "New" button.

  • In the Messages web part, click New.
  • Enter the Title (Required).
  • Enter the Body of the message. The default format is Markdown. You can simply type into the "Source" tab, or use Markdown formatting syntax. A brief syntax guide is included at the bottom of the screen. Use the "Preview" tab to see what your message will look like.
  • Use the Render As drop-down menu to change how the body can be entered (unless an administrator has disabled the format picker). Specify one of:
    • Markdown (the default)
    • Plain Text
    • Wiki Page
    • HTML
  • To add an attachment, click Attach a file. Attachments should not exceed 250MB per message.
  • Click Submit to post your message.

Additional fields may be available if your administrator chooses to include them.

View, Edit, and Delete Messages

The beginning of the message text is displayed in the Messages web part - you can expand the text within the web part by clicking More. To open the message for other features, click View Message or Respond. You can also open the message by clicking the title in a Message List web part.

The original message is followed by any responses; all are marked with the username and date of the post. Click Respond to add a response message of your own. If you have sufficient permissions, you will also have one or more of these additional options:

  • Edit: each message you have written shows an edit link if you need to make corrections. If you are an administrator, you can edit messages written by others.
  • View list: view the messages on this board in list format
  • Print: print (to a new browser window)
  • Unsubscribe: change your email preferences for this message. When you add a message, you are automatically subscribed to receive responses to a message when you post it. Change to receive a digest or unsubscribe completely using this option.
  • Delete Message: Delete the original message and all replies.
Clicking Subscribe in the upper right to enable notifications for the specific thread, or the entire forum.

Configure Email Preferences

The message board administrator can specify default email notification policy for the project or folder. Each user can choose to override the default settings as follows:

To set your email preferences:

  • Click the (triangle) at the top right of the Messages web part.
  • Select Email Preferences.
  • Choose which messages should trigger emails (none, mine, or all) and whether you prefer each individual message or a daily digest.

Check the box if you want to Reset to folder default setting.

You can also choose notifications for specific conversations using the Subscribe/Unsubscribe button in the message view.

Additional Message Fields (Optional)

The following message fields are turned off by default but can be activated by an administrator: Status, Assigned To, Members, and Expires.

Status: Track whether messages are "Active", i.e. requiring further work or attention, or "Closed". Once a message is closed, it is no longer displayed on the Messages or Messages List web parts.

Assigned To: Assign an issue to a particular team member for further work, useful for sharing multi-part tasks or managing workflow procedures.

Members: List of team members to receive email notification whenever there are new postings to the message. The Members field is especially useful when a subset of team members or a project manager needs to keep track of an evolving issue.

Expires: Set the date on which the message will disappear, by default one month from the day of posting. Once the expiration date has passed, the message will no longer appear in either the Messages or Messages List web parts, but it will still appear in the unfiltered message list. You can use this feature to display only the most relevant or urgent messages, while still preserving all messages. If you leave the Expires field blank, the message will never expire.

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