What's the Difference Between a Document, a Blog Post, a Question, and a Discussion?

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HDS Community User Guide > Getting More Out of Content > What's the Difference Between a Document, a Blog Post, a Question, and a Discussion?

 

Documents, blog posts, questions, and discussions have different purposes and rewards.

 

Documents, blogs, questions, and discussions were born and raised on the Web, so you use them in the HDS Community as you would there. The following table suggests ways to think about these content types:

 

DocumentsBlog PostsDiscussionsQuestions
PurposeCollaborate with others on a single document; capture information that should be available for a while; create a report, agenda, or meeting notes. See Getting more out of documents.Express a point of view; call something to others' attention; make a proposal to get feedback from others; ponder an idea. See Getting more out of blogs.Make a short observation or assertion to get feedback; report a problem. See Getting More Out of Discussions and Questions.Ask the community a question. See Getting More Out of Discussions and Questions
FormatMost of the content is in the document itself; comments by readers and authors are appended.Most of the content is usually in the initial post, with reader comments appended.Most of the content is in the form of replies to the initial assertion.Most of the content is in the form of replies to the initial question.
StyleSomewhat formal, often in the third person.Informal, usually in the first person.Informal, usually in the first person.Informal, usually in the first person.
Stream UpdatesWhenever the document is edited (and "minor update" isn't selected), and whenever comments are added.Whenever comments are added. Edits to a blog don't trigger an update.Whenever replies are added, and whenever a reply is marked as Correct or Helpful.Whenever replies are added, and whenever an answer is marked as Correct or Helpful.

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