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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. A discussion database is based upon a discussion template and always follows a certain format:

  • Main Documents Documents based upon 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 response-to-response documents. For example, John knows that the total widget sales in the 70s exceeded 4 million dollars. He responds to Mary's response document with a response-to-response document, sharing that information.


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