What is the Discussion Forum

The discussion forum on submitty is an open area for students and members of the teaching staff to start discussions and answer questions. The discussion forum allows anyone to ask questions and provide answers.

Warning: Be sure to confirm with your instructor what kind of content is allowed

Why use the Discussion Forum

Quick Assistance Many people find that asking questions on the discussion forum results in faster help than help waiting to ask in person.

Helps the entire class Remember that if you have a question, you are probably not the only one. Asking and answering questions here can reduce repeat question and even shorten wait times during office hours.

Anonymous Students are allowed to post anonymously to other students in the class.

Attachments Submitty allows for posts to contain attached files.

Features

The discussion forum comes with many features that enables effective communication between students and the teaching staff.

User Post Statistics displays all discussion forum usage.

Announcements Instructors/Full Access Graders have the ability to create announcements on the forum. These threads will display at the top of the thread list with a gold star to resemble importance.

Post Edit History users have the ability to edit their post. Members of the teaching staff have the ability to view each edit.

Search users have the ability to search through threads/posts to easily find information.

Thread Categories color coded categories for threads. Instructors have the ability to create/remove categories. When creating a thread it is required to select a category. Categories can be filtered on to display pertinent threads.

Thread Status threads can be updated based on a status of being Question or a Comment. A question can be resolved/unresolved.

Merging Threads Often times students will ask the same question. Members of the teaching staff have the ability to merge similar threads. When merging a thread t1 into another thread t2, it is only possible to merge t1 into t2 if t2s last post occurred before t1 was created.

Image Attachments users can upload up to 5 images per post.

Code blocks and links users can post code blocks and links using [code]print(‘hello world’)[/code] and [url=https://submitty.org]Submitty[/url]

Post View Sorting display posts in chronological, alphabetical, or reply hierarchy style.

Anonymous Posting (to classmates) enables users to appear as anonymous when creating a post/thread. Members of the teaching staff have the ability to view the user of an anonymous post if needed.

At A Glance

New/Unseen Posts When a post has not been viewed, the background appears as a light blue. When the post has been seen it turns white. If a thread is new or has new posts within the thread the thread level follows the same color scheme

Borders Posts with a yellow border were from a member of the teaching staff

Yellow question mark Question in the thread has not been answered

Green check Question answered

Yellow star Announcment from a member of the teaching staff

lock post cannot be editted or replied

Borders Posts with a yellow border were from a member of the teaching staff

Metadata The posts also contain details about the author, date and time a post was created, as well as the ability to edit and delete a post

Formatting a Post using Markdown

Markdown has become a common standard for formatting online text. Click on the markdown symbol to enable formatting of your post using markdown.

Links “[display text](url)” will add a hyperlink to a URL with “display text” displayed.

Code Adding ``` above and below text will turn it into a code block.

Bold Adding __ before and after text (two underscores) will make that text bold.

Italics Adding _ before and after text (one underscore) will italicize that text.

Bullets Adding * or numbers (ex. 3., 1., 3.) before text and with a space will put text into a bulleted list (with * or the number as the bullet point).

For example:

   * Item 1
   * Item 2
   
   3. Item 1
   1. Item 2
   3. Item 3

We provide quick link buttons to insert some markdown formatting characters for these features into your post.