Group forum topic/thread administration

We recently had a long discussion with some of our members about what the best structure would be for administering topics and threads within groups.

Initially, we allowed all members of groups to create topics and threads. In some groups this system got very confusing because topics were often duplicated.

We subsequently changed the administration structure so that only administrators could create topics, whereas threads could be started by any group member. A new problem arose, however, in some groups whose administrators visited ResearchGATE infrequently and failed to start the first topic.

In the following screenshot you can see our new layout of the discussion board:

Discussionboard

Your feedback suggested that we resolve this matter by automatically starting at least one topic in each group. This topic will always be called "General Discussion".

Thank you to everyone who provided us with feedback on this matter and please contact us (contact@researchgate.net) if you have further suggestions.