If you're new to IC, visit your preferences to change your username, password, and avatar image.
You can manage your preferences by first clicking on the “Preferences” link located towards the top right corner of the page.
Managing Email and Notifications
In preferences you can set the conditions under which the system will send out email, digests, and other notifications to you.
Your Profile Page
You can navigate to your profile by clicking on your avatar image, and then “Profile” in the drop-down menu.
What you enter in preferences under "About me," "Location," and "Web site" will be visible to everyone in your personal user profile.
To see a complete list of user profiles, you can follow the directory link towards the top right corner of the page.
Following a Discussion
Here’s a topic you'd find in the Meta category. There’s a lot that you can do in discussions and there are different ways you can keep tabs on them. Let’s look at the red box I’ve placed around “Tracking”.
There are several different notification options for monitoring a discussion within a topic. If you select "Watching" you will receive an email for each post made to the topic containing the content of that post. The "Regular" form of tracking a discussion means that you will only be notified of a new message if it contains your user name (@name).
Responding to a Post
There are three different ways to respond in a topic. You can reply to the topic itself (the most common form of reply) towards the bottom of the screen.
To reply to a user's post within a topic, click the blue “↰ Reply” button just underneath it.
Finally, you can reply to a post within a topic by beginning a new one. When you hover over a post with your mouse cursor, a "+Reply as new topic" button appears to the right of it. Click this option to take a conversation in a different direction.
Other ways to Interact with a Topic
The "Invite" button allows you to invite someone who is not a member of IC to participate in the topic. This is valuable for bringing people outside your IC groups into a particular discussion relevant to them.
Clicking the “Star” button will add the topic to your “Starred” topics on your Profile page.
You can “Share” the topic to post a link to it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or e-mail. If you feel a discussion is inappropriate, you can “Flag” that topic to notify the moderators that this topic may need intervention.
Mentioning Someone in a Post
When you’re writing a post, you can notify a specific person to read your post by typing “@” and then his/her username. If you don’t know the person’s username, as you type his/her real name, an autocompleter will come up with a list of suggestions to search for that user.
Likewise, you will receive a notification if someone mentions you, replies to your post, or quotes you. A number ➀ will appear over the quote bubble at the top of the page. By default, you will also receive an email containing the post content to which you can reply.
Quoting Someone in a Post
If you’d like to reply to a specific phrase in someone else’s post, you can do so by highlighting that phrase and clicking the “ button that appears above. You can then compose your post like you would like any other.
Creating a Topic
If you’d like to create a new topic, you can do so by clicking either “+Create Topic” at the top right corner, or “Why not create a topic?” at the bottom of the topics list.
Then, you can fill out the box that appears at the bottom of the page with a title, category, and your content.
Writing a Post / Uploading Images and Documents
An entry box pops up when you create a topic or reply within one. Use the formatting icons (or Markdown codes) to style elements in your post. Click the icon with the up arrow to upload an image or document. As you are composing your post, the preview box on the right shows how it will look to others.