A discussion thread can be read and participated in only by discussion participants (who are: the discussion initiator plus the discussion members); the discussion initiator can do a few more things than what discussion members can do. The functionality available to discussion participants is explained below.
All discussion participants (initiator and members) are able to do the following:
•Read the thread. To do this you must open the thread. Do this by clicking a message of that thread in any listing that contains the thread (whether for a single metadata item or a group of all items of a metadata type). You can access listings via the Discussions link.
•Reply to a message on the thread. To do this, open the discussion thread, click the message you wish to respond to, click Reply, enter your response, and click Send.
•Edit or delete an own message as long as there has been no reply to that message. To do this, open the discussion thread, click the message, and then click Edit or Delete, respectively. If there has already been a reply to your message, these two buttons will be disabled.
Discussion initiators can do a few more things than what discussion members can do (see previous section). This additional functionality is available via links in the discussion thread in the list of threads for a singe metadata item (see screenshot below).
Discussion initiators can carry out the following additional actions:
•Add a discussion member at any time. To do this, click the link in the Members field. In the frame that appears (screenshot below), add the new member/s, and click Change. The new participants will have access to the entire thread.
•Remove a member if that member has not yet taken part in the discussion. To do this, click the link in the Members field. In the frame that appears (screenshot below), deselect the member/s you want to remove, and click Change.
•Change the name of the discussion thread if no member has posted a message to the thread. If the name may be changed, the link in the Thread field is enabled (see the Extension of storage duration thread in the screenshot above); otherwise the link is disabled (see the Encryption level of Customer Address should be Medium thread in the screenshot above). Click Change after editing the name (see screenshot below).
To close this frame (screenshot above) without making a change, click Cancel.