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How to create a new topic for discussion or ask a question

  • 30 October 2018
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How to create a new topic for discussion or ask a question
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These are some tips for asking questions or starting new discussion topics and making sure you and other community members benefit as much as possible from the topic.

  • First, search to make sure someone else hasn't already asked your question or started a topic on the same subject.
  • Make sure you post your new topic or question in the right forum. If it's about one of the subjects you can study on Coursera, it should go in a subject forum. If it's about education or how to study effectively, try the Study Tips forum. If it's more general or social, put it in Networking & Social Discussion. If you want help on how to use the community, we have the Community Help & Questions forum for that. If you're not sure, don't worry - we can move the topic later on if we need to.
  • Select if your new topic is a discussion or a question. Mark it as a question if there is a single right or best answer to it. If it's a discussion prompt or a question with many possible answers, mark it as a discussion.
  • Write a really good title. When people read the title they should be able to get enough information to understand if they want to click into the topic to read more or not. Choose a title which is short but descriptive. Moderators may edit your title if we think you have a really good topic that others should be able to find more easily.
  • Write a really good post - make sure you include all the details people need to respond and write clearly so people understand what you are saying.
  • Add tags. Tags are keywords to help others to find your topic more easily. Aim for 1-3 tags on a topic and try to use tags you have seen on other posts if they are applicable.

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