User Guide > Browsing Ideas

The best way to see ideas in various ways is to Browse Ideas (and note that the site administrator may decide to call it something else). This function offers users, administrators and moderators many ways to see the ideas using filters to refine or narrow the focus as well as to search using keywords. The initial display will show all ideas in descending chronological order (newest first).

Here, we will explain all the user options and how it works.

 

 1  Status filter


The status filter lets you select all (the default), none or selected statuses as desired:

When you have set the filter, click OK to update the filter or Cancel to leave the filter as it was before making a new selection(s).

Note that clicking away from OK/Cancel has the same effect as Cancel.

 

 2  Author(s) filter


The author(s) filter lets you select all (the default), none or selected authors as desired:

When you have set the filter, click OK to update the filter or Cancel to leave the filter as it was before making a new selection(s).

Note that clicking away from OK/Cancel has the same effect as Cancel.

 

 3  Category(s) filter


The category(s) filter lets you select all (the default), none or selected categories as desired:

When you have set the filter, click OK to update the filter or Cancel to leave the filter as it was before making a new selection(s).

Note that clicking away from OK/Cancel has the same effect as Cancel.

 

 4  Tag(s) filter


The tag(s) filter lets you select all (the default), none or selected tags as desired:

When you have set the filter, click OK to update the filter or Cancel to leave the filter as it was before making a new selection(s).

Note that clicking away from OK/Cancel has the same effect as Cancel.

 

 5  Find with keyword(s)


Enter a key word(s) to find ideas based on that more narrow focus, then click Search to display based on that. Search looks for the keywords in both the title and text of an idea for a match. For example, if you are looking for the term EFT (a banking term for electronic funds transfer), you would enter "EFT" and then click Search to see ideas that have the word "EFT" in the title or text of the idea:

 

 6  Search button


Clicking Search will begin a new search of ideas based on the current filter settings.

 

 7  Clear Filter button


Clicking the Clear Filter button will result in clearing all filters that Browse Ideas is using. The net effect of Clear Filter and then Search will result in all ideas being displayed (which is the same as the default when first coming to Browse Ideas).

 

 8  Column titles and  9  Detail for each idea


The explanation for each column is as follows:

Title: This column shows you the title (with link that will go to the details of the idea). Under this, the idea categories and idea tags are also displayed. If there are no idea categories and/or no idea tags, you will see None.

Status: This column shows you the idea status of the idea.

(Votes): This column shows you the voting score (not the actual number of votes). For instance if 9 users have voted where 5 users voted for (up) the idea and 4 users voted against (down) the idea, the number here would be 1. To see how the users voted, you have to click the link of the idea where this is shown.

Last Activity: This column shows you the date of the last activity.

Who: This column shows you who was responsible for the last activity.

What: This column shows you what was the action taken in the last activity. For instance Created, Voted Up, Commented and so on.

(Views): This column shows you how many views the idea has had.

(Comments): This column shows you how many comments and replies have been made.

(Following): This column shows you whether you are following (checked) or not following (unchecked). Note: A feature with this column is that you can check or uncheck an idea for ease of following.

 

 10  Page navigation


Depending on how many ideas there are per page and what page you are on, there will be links to go to previous page, numbered pages and next page.