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DISCUSS Messaging Platform
The DISCUSS messaging platform provides message boards and private messaging capabilities for ChivaNet users.
DISCUSS was implemented by John Willis in the MUMPS programming language.
To access DISCUSS, type discuss at the UNIX prompt. You should see a screen similar to the following:
Connecting to DISCUSS service. Please wait... Last login: Mon Jul 31 13:22:26 2017 from 22.214.171.124 USER = guest LANG = en < < < < < C H I V A N E T I N T E R N E T W O R K S E R V I C E S > > > > > DISCUSS: The On-Line Discussion Platform Version 0.02-A (email@example.com) Copyright (C) 2017 John Willis Next post ID is 1 Type 'login' to access your account, 'new' to create new account, or '?' for a list of commands. B:NONE/P:0 [guest]>
DISCUSS Command Prompt
The B:NONE/P:0 [guest]> prompt is the DISCUSS command prompt. It indicates three things:
The most important command for the new DISCUSS user is ?, which provides a listing of the commands currently available in your DISCUSS session:
B:NONE/P:0 [guest]> ? >>> List available actions ? List available actions exit Exit DISCUSS lang Change language login Login to existing account new Create a new accountWhen you initially connect to the DISCUSS service, you will be logged in as the guest user. This limited account may only perform the actions listed above.
Setting up your DISCUSS account
In order to begin using the many features of the DISCUSS platform, you will need to establish a DISCUSS account. Please note that your DISCUSS account is unique to DISCUSS, and different from the account you use to access other ChivaNet services.
In order to set up your DISCUSS account, type new at the DISCUSS command prompt. You will need only a few pieces of information in order to create this account:
B:NONE/P:0 [guest]> new >>> Create a new account Username: harry Password: (your password will not be shown) Full Name: Harry RamaframasAt this point, you may log in:
B:NONE/P:0 [guest]> login harry >>> Login to existing account Please enter your password: (again, your password will not be shown) USER = harry LANG = en Welcome to DISCUSS, Harry Ramaframas! B:NONE/P:0 [harry]>Now that you are logged in, DISCUSS has opened up the full range of commands to you:
B:NONE/P:0 [harry]> ? >>> List available actions ? List available actions assign Assign moderator privilege on current board to another user delete Delete post enforce Enforce moderator approval for new posts on current board (you must be the moderator to do this) exit Exit DISCUSS go Go to another board history Show my command history id Identify a DISCUSS user lang Change language list List posts or boards ('list post' or 'list board') me Show my user information moderate Process posts awaiting moderation new New post or board ('new post' or 'new board') read Read a post reply Reply to post ID unenforce Unenforce moderator approval for new posts on current board (you must be the moderator to do this) w Write a private message to another user who List users currently online
Navigating Discussion Boards
Navigating discussion boards in DISCUSS involves the go and list commands. Let's get a list of available discussion boards using the list board command:
B:NONE/P:0 [harry]> list board >>> List posts or boards ('list post' or 'list board') ID MODERATOR BOARD NAME CARS jpw Cars CIPSG jpw Cooperative Internet Provider Standards Group* COMEDY jpw Comedy COMPUTER jpw Computers DISCUSS jpw DISCUSS Software Discussion FAMILY jpw Family Discussion* FOOD jpw Food Discussion GAMING jpw Gaming Discussion LINUX jpw Linux Discussion POLITICS jpw Politics* RELIGION jpw Religion Discussion* TEST bob Test Posts Here UNIX jpw UNIX Discussion * = moderator approval required for each post
Notice there are three columns in the list board output:
When you see a board you like, you access it by typing the go command followed by the desired board ID. Let's go to the UNIX Discussion board:
B:NONE/P:0 [harry]> go unix >>> Go to another board Changed to board 'UNIX Discussion' This board is for discussing the UNIX operating system family. Please put Linux-related posts in the LINUX board. B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]>
DISCUSS responds by navigating you to the UNIX discussion board, presenting you the board's welcome message (as determined by the board's author and/or moderator). Notice also that the DISCUSS prompt changed to B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> to reflect that the current board is UNIX instead of NONE.
DISCUSS will remember which board you were on, even if you exit and then log in again later. There is no way--by design--to return to board NONE.
Note that the go command allows you to abbreviate board IDs. You could have, for example, typed go un to go to the UNIX board. Since no other board ID begins with UN, DISCUSS will assume you meant UNIX, inform you of its guess, and navigate you to the appropriate board:
B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> go un >>> Go to another board I assume you meant UNIX (UNIX Discussion) Changed to board 'UNIX Discussion' This board is for discussing the UNIX operating system family. Please put Linux-related posts in the LINUX board.Note that DISCUSS said I assume you meant UNIX (UNIX Discussion). Had there been an ambiguity in your input (such as typing go com, where com matches both COMEDY and COMPUTER), DISCUSS will show you the relevant matches and ask you to clarify:
B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> go com >>> Go to another board Did you mean: COMEDY: Comedy (command: 'go comedy') COMPUTER: Computers (command: 'go computer') B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]>To minimally abbreviate COMEDY or COMPUTER so that your intentions to DISCUSS are unambiguous, you would need to enter go come or go comp, respectively.
Reading Discussion Board Posts
To read posts, you will need to first obtain a listing of posts with list post. Let's see what's been going on in the UNIX world:
B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> list post >>> List posts or boards ('list post' or 'list board') ID DATE USER VIEWS SUBJECT -- ---- ---- ----- ------- 1 JUL 31 2017 02:31PM jpw 0 Text editor wars R 2 JUL 31 2017 02:34PM harry 1 groff/nroffAs you can see, there are two posts in the UNIX discussion board. The five columns of the listing are as follows:
B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> read 1 >>> Read a post Subject: Text editor wars Author: jpw Please share your opinions about favorite text editors. This will probably turn into a flame war, but since DISCUSS is limited to a restricted version of nano, we are unlikely to see the resulting fallout ;) Thanks! John Press 'R' to reply; 'Q' to quit:DISCUSS has presented the subject of the post, its author, and the post body, followed by a prompt to reply or quit. At this point, you can type R to reply to the post, or Q to return to the DISCUSS command prompt. For more information on replying to posts, see the following section.
Replying to Discussion Board Posts
To reply to a post, either type R at the Press 'R' to reply; 'Q' to quit: prompt produced by the read command, or use the reply command at the DISCUSS prompt, followed by the post ID to which you wish to reply:
B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> list post >>> List posts or boards ('list post' or 'list board') ID DATE USER VIEWS SUBJECT -- ---- ---- ----- ------- R 1 JUL 31 2017 02:31PM jpw 1 Text editor wars R 2 JUL 31 2017 02:34PM harry 1 groff/nroff B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> reply 1This will pull up the nano text editor containing the text of the original post, and allowing you to craft your own reply. When you are finished, type <CTRL>-<X>. See The Beginner's Guide to Nano, the Linux Command-Line Text Editor for more information on using nano.
Now that your reply is posted, you can use list post to determine its ID, and read to read it.
Creating New Posts
To create a new post in the current board, type new post at the DISCUSS prompt:
B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> new post >>> New post or board ('new post' or 'new board') Post subject? Vile parens in Emacs LISPYou will be prompted to provide the subject of your post, and again be presented with the nano editor to compose the body of your post. Ctrl-X to save and make your post. If the board has moderation enforced, you will get a message indicating that your message has been sent to the board moderator for approval or rejection.
Deleting a Post
The author of a post may delete any messages he or she created, and board moderators may delete any message at any time on boards they moderate, by typing delete followed by the post ID of the desired message (the ID can be obtained from list post).
Creating a New Discussion Board
To create a new discussion board, type new board at the DISCUSS prompt:
B:UNIX/P:0 [harry]> new board >>> New post or board ('new post' or 'new board') Board topic? Microsoft Windows discussion Board shortcut? WINDOWS Require moderator approval for new posts? (Y/N) yThe board topic is the name of your board, the board shortcut will be the identifier used with the go command to navigate to your discussion board. Replying Y to the Require moderator approval for new posts? (Y/N) prompt will mean that any post made in your new board will require your approval before being made accessible to the wider DISCUSS audience. Replying N will make each post immediately accessible.
Once these options have been set, nano will be loaded in order for you to craft a welcome message for your discussion board. This is the place to put an introduction for your discussion board. You could introduce yourself, explain the type of audience your board is intended to reach, and perhaps lay out some guidelines for your audience to follow. It's all up to you.
Moderating a Discussion Board
To view the moderation queue for the current board, type moderate at the DISCUSS prompt:
B:WINDOWS/P:0 [harry]> moderate >>> Process posts awaiting moderation SUBJECT: Windows NT 4.0 service packs AUTHOR: harry TIME: 64495,60848 Why are these no longer available from Microsoft? Do you A)pprove, R)eject, or P)ostpone this post? a Post approved. JUL 31 2017 04:55PM [harry]: [MODERATOR]: Your message 'Windows NT 4.0 service packs' in board 'WINDOWS' has been approved by the board moderator.You can choose to approve, reject, or postpone the post. If there had been more posts awaiting moderation, you would have been shown each one of them in order. Notice that the moderator automatically sends out a private message indicating approval or rejection to the post author when a post is moderated.
Controlling Moderation Settings
You can enable mandatory moderator approval for each message in the current board with the enforce command, or disable it with unenforce, provided you are the moderator of the current board.
Moderators may also give moderator privileges to a different user by typing assign followed by the username of the new moderator at the DISCUSS prompt. Please note that there can currently be only one moderator per discussion board, and once you assign your moderator privileges to a new user, they can delete any posts on your board, and you will have no way of regaining moderator privileges unless the new moderator assigns the moderator privilege back to you. Even if you regain moderator privileges, there will be no way for you to recover anything they deleted. Do not take the assign command lightly!
Setting the DISCUSS Language
You may choose a new language by typing lang at the DISCUSS prompt. Some translations may not yet be complete.
Seeing who else is currently using DISCUSS
Typing who at the DISCUSS prompt will list the DISCUSS users who are currently online:
B:WINDOWS/P:0 [harry]> who >>> List users currently online USER NAME CURRENT BOARD harry Harry Ramaframas WINDOWS hector Hector Bang TEST jpw John P. Willis UNIXFrom this output, you can see the username, full name, and current discussion board of all currently signed-in DISCUSS users.
Sending and Receiving Private Messages
The w command will send a private message to a user. In the following example, harry will send a private message to jpw:
B:WINDOWS/P:0 [harry]> w jpw Hey there! How about lunch? >>> Write a private message to another user Message sent.jpw's screen:
JUL 31 2017 05:10PM [harry]: Hey there! How about lunch? B:UNIX/P:0 [jpw]>Note that messages will not appear in real time, but will appear the next time the recipient types a command.
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