Discussions Overview

The ‘Discussions’ page is where you and other Participants can collaborate and converse over topics that either (a) have been established by the Study Moderator, or (b) have been created by other Study members. Unlike Activities, Discussions do not have any completion criteria, so members are not required to join the conversation (but everyone is always encouraged to do so!)

If Discussions are enabled within your Study, you will be able to access the space by selecting the ‘Discussions’ tab.
Depending on the Study, your Discussions page may be organized in a number of ways, all of which are highlighted below:


The first and most common layout you will see is the Topics heading, with one or more Discussion Topics listed below. 

Featured Topics

Studies with multiple Discussion Topics may include Featured Topics. These are Topics that your Moderator has deemed to be a key area of focus, and will be featured at the top of your list. It will also be indicated by a Gold Star


Discussion Topics may also be split into Categories based on subject matter. These Discussion Categories will be displayed at the top of your Discussions Page and can be accessed by clicking on the Discussion Category card. Discussion Categories are designed to improve navigation and organization between Topics and are generally used in Studies where similar topics converge. 

Posting, Commenting, and Rating

If you would like to create a Post in a Discussion Thread, you can do so by clicking into the Discussion Topic and selecting Add Reply.
If you would like to leave a Comment on a Post created by another contributor, you can do so by scrolling to the Post you would like to contribute to, and typing your comment into the Add Comment text field. 
If available, you can also leave Ratings on posts made by others by clicking on the Like and Dislike buttons. 
Depending on the way the Discussion has been programmed, you may need to add your own reply before viewing others' responses. 

Following Discussion Topics and Comments

If you find a Topic to be of particular Interest to you, you also have the option to Follow that Topic. When this option is enabled, Recollective will send you notifications when someone has contributed to that specific Topic.
Similarly, you can follow Posts and Comments made on Discussions Topics. By making a comment on a Discussion Post and clicking the “Follow Comments” dropdown list, you’ll be able to select one of three options:
  • Follow Topic
  • Follow Comments
  • Do Not Follow


Discussions will also send you Notifications based on the following actions:
  1. When another Participant has interacted with one of your Posts or Comments.
  2. When you have followed a specific Topic, Post or Comment. 
  3. When a Moderator has tagged you in a Post or asked a follow-up question. 
More information about your Notifications Schedule can be found in our article Email Notification Preferences.
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