11-05-2008 04:28 PM
The bulk of the material I write is designed to help administrators set up Lithium products correctly and keep them running. So this is a bit of a departure: docs for community members. How to use it once you have it. That sort of thing. If you're running a Lithium community, feel free to post as much (or as little) of this message as you wish.
Here's a quick overview of the new Lithium Ideas product.
What's the Idea?
An Idea Exchange is a place in your community where you can submit ideas, discuss them, and vote for the ones you like. Have a idea for a new product or feature? Or a request to change something about an existing product? That's what an idea exchange is for.
Posting ideas is just like posting anything else in a Lithium community -- as easy as 1-2-3.
To post an idea:
1. Click the New Ideas button.
2. Write your idea (be sure to include a subject and the body of the idea).
3. Click the Post button.
Tip: If you want your ideas to have the most impact, you might search first to see if anyone else has already posted the same idea. If so, you can add your vote to the existing idea rather than splitting the vote between two similar ideas.
Comments are the 'exchange' part of an idea exchange: the way you add your thoughts to ideas that other community members have posted. Think it's a brilliant suggestion? You can post a comment to say so. Don't think too much of the idea? You can post that in a comment, too.
To post a comment:
1. Click the Comment link.
2. Type your comment.
3. Click Post Your Comment.
Voting for ideas
It's always election season in an idea exchange. By voting you give thumbs up to the ideas you like. You also give encouragement to the community member who posted the idea. Just one click and you're done.
To vote for an idea, click the Kudos button. That's all there is to it.