As you know, we`re constantly adding to the functionality and features of the site - and I just wanted to take a moment to point some useful ones that might be of interest:
- Viewing a Member`s Recent Posts. In each member`s profile, you can see their most recent postings and click for a more exhaustive list of their postings at the left side of the page. This is useful if you`d like to get more perspective about the nature of the person and their opinions and track record on the site.
- Blocking a Member. This one`s to help you stop private messages from being sent to you by members who you don`t wish to interact with privately. You can find the "block user" feature in a member profile under the person`s photo and nickname. As the community goes, you may want to screen certain people out using this feature.
- Buddy List. You can establish "buddies" within the community and when you create private messages, you can distribute whichever messages you desire to your entire buddy list - which saves time if you need to get the same note out to multiple people. Click on the orange Buddy List tab to begin creating your own buddy list. Just enter the user names you wnt added and presto! You`re on your way.
- This last one`s just a tip - but if you find a topic that prompts an unrelated thought that you`d like to explore and develop, consider including a link in the forum topic that inspired the idea, linking to a brand new post that you create elsewhere in the forums. This way, people will continue to focus on the topic at hand, and develop it to a greater/deeper degree AND you`ll get a new topic started elsewhere that gets you the feedback you`re seeking.
Other features, functions or tips you`ve found particularly useful? Would love your thoughts here!
Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation