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Joining the Group

A discussion database is shared among those in your workgroup and is usually focused on one topic, such as an advertising campaign, a new product line, or some other special interest. Think of a discussion database as a meeting place where you can share your ideas on the subject at hand (see Figure 18.1). A discussion database is based on a discussion template and always follows a certain format:

  • Main Documents— Documents based on a category or keyword. For example, your company has a discussion database built for introducing new product ideas. To propose widgets as a new product idea, create a new, main document containing your thoughts on widgets.

  • Response Documents— Documents created to respond to a main document. For example, Mary knows that widgets were a big item in the '70s, and marketing trends show that items from the '70s are making a comeback. Mary creates a response document, responding to the main document "widgets." In her response document, Mary shares information about products from the '70s as they relate to widgets.

  • Response to Response— Documents created to respond to an existing response document. For example, John knows that the total widget sales in the '70s exceeded $4 million. He responds to Mary's response document with a response-to-response document, sharing that information.


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