Creating and using Discussions


NOTE—To create an ongoing, one-on-one chat with someone, please refer to Direct Messages


Table of contents

  1. Starting a Discussion
  2. Managing your Discussion
  3. Commenting in Discussions
  4. Adding Attachments in Discussions
  5. Replacing a Moderator
  6. Discoverable Discussions

Starting a Discussion

  1. Click on Discussions in the Main Navigation on the left side of your screen.
  2. Once in the Discussions view, click on the "+" from the Action Bar at the top of your screen.
  3. Select "New Discussion"

You are then presented with the screen below, walking you through all of the necessary steps to create your Discussion:

  • Creating a Title
  • Selecting your Access option: Private (invited participants only), Discoverable (anyone can view and/or join), Org-Wide (automatically include everyone). For more information on when best to use each of these types, please refer to Discussions: Best practices.
  • Inviting Members* (Individuals, Teams, Locations, Departments and Org units),
  • Setting any additional Moderators (Moderators have access to additional actions and settings in a Discussion. As the Discussion creator, you're automatically made a Moderator)

*not required for Org-Wide Discussions


TIP: You can also start a Discussion in People, via the "Start a Discussion" link in the Action Bar.


Managing your Discussion

You are now back in the main Discussions view with your new Discussion visible in the top left hand corner where you can also set up personal categories for your Discussions

You can manage your Discussion via two menus found in the right corner of the Action Bar at the top of the screen:

  • Click the Action Menu icon (three dots) to display of list of available actions you can take on your Discussion.


  • Click the Info icon ("i") to access a menu of the information you can view about your Discussion.



  • If you want to add people to an ongoing Discussion, click "Edit settings" from the Info Menu to go back to the List Selector.
  • Remove yourself will only be an option on the Action Menu for people that have been added to a Discussion as an individual. Moderators and people added to a Discussion as part of a targeted group (eg. "Marketing Team") will not see this option.
  • If you are a Moderator (which, as mentioned above, happens by default if you've created the Discussion), instead of "Remove yourself" you'll see a different action available: Delete Discussion


  • While using "Delete Discussion" is not recommended, it can come in handy if you need to remove something like a new Discussion that is an inadvertent duplicate of an already-existing Discussion.


Commenting in Discussions

To post a comment in a Discussion, enter text in the comment input field at the bottom of the screen and click the Send (arrow) icon.

Check off the Allow paragraphs box if you want to use your Enter key to create paragraphs in your comment. Otherwise, the Enter key can also be used to add your comment. (In Mobile, you can just use your Return key to create a new paragraph).

If you want to notify someone directly of your comment you can do so with an "@mention" (@<theirusername>) within the comment. You can also @mention any Teams or Locations included in your Discussion, so long as they were added to the Discussion separately (i.e. "Sales Reps", "Vancouver") and not as part of a custom group (i.e. "Sales Reps located in Vancouver").

In most browsers, you can also access an emjoi selector by clicking on the smiley emoji in the input field.


To like someone's comment, hover over the post and then click the heart icon that appears in the top right corner. 

To reply to someone's comment, click the arrow that appears next to the heart icon in the top right corner.


To copy, archive, or save a link to a comment, click the action menu icon (three dots) in the top right corner. NOTE—links to comments can only be used by people included in that related Discussion, and only the author or a Moderator can archive a comment (they will also have the ability to view it after it has been archived).


When viewing an archived comment, a Moderator will also have the ability to Permanently Delete the comment (once deleted, a comment and any related attachments and likes are erased and can no longer be viewed by anyone). However, if an organization has assigned a Mandatory Moderator, then only that person will be given the permission to permanently delete comments.

TIP: Involved in an important Discussion when another one pops up? Save the hassle of bouncing back and forth between them and instead open your intranet in another browser window. Navigate to the second Discussion then place the windows side-by-side for some split-screen Discussion action.

Adding Attachments in Discussions

Discussions offer rich text chat capability and allow you to share files, therefore reducing the need for email. There is a multiple file upload maximum of 500Mb.*

Supported file formats include:

  • Images and Vectors: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff, .eps, .ai, .psd, .cr, .cr2, .nef
  • Video: .3gp, .aac, .avi, .mp4, .mpeg-2, .m4v, .ogv, .webm, .wmv, plus others
  • Audio: .aac, .aif, mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .wav, .wma
  • Documents: .pdf, .docx, .doc, .docm, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .odt, .txt, .xlsx, .xls, .ods, .xlsb, .xlsm, .pptx, .ppt, .odp, .pot, .potm, .potx, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx

NOTE—Preview functionality for the above formats may not appear immediately for larger files.

(For more information see File types supported by Jostle)

To select and add attachments

  1. In the comment input field, click the Attachment (paper clip) icon.
  2. Select the file(s) to upload from your computer.
  3. When you've completed your message,  click the Send (arrow) icon to add your message along with your files to the Discussion.

To drag and drop attachments

  1. Click and hold on the file(s) in your hard drive that you want to add to your Discussion.
  2. Drag your cursor directly over your Discussion and release your finger to "drop" the files.
  3. The files will automatically attach themselves to your next posted comment.

To add an image without saving it

  1. Copy an image to your clipboard.
  2. Then paste it directly in the comment input field.
  3. Click the Send (arrow) icon.

TIP: To quickly see what attachments have been shared in a Discussion, scroll up to the Action Bar and click Timeline > Files

*FIOPPA customers (British Columbia and Nova Scotia) have a single file size limit of 10Mb (per each file included in an upload). Users uploading to ShareFile have a single file size limit of 500Mb (same as the maximum size for the total upload).

Replacing a Moderator

If an individual leaves your organization and they were the only Moderator of your Discussion, someone else will need to take over that role. There are two ways that this can be implemented:

Current participant becomes Moderator

If you are a current participant in a Discussion that now has "0" Moderators, you can assume the Moderator role as follows:

1. Open the Discussion and click on Info icon ("i") in the upper right corner.

2. From the menu, click on "Moderators" (ensuring the number of Moderators is 0).


3. On the popup that appears, click  Become a Moderator.


4. You should then see the Info menu updated with Edit links, indicated that you now have Moderator permissions for the Discussion.



System Administrator assigns Moderator

System Admins are able to assign anyone within their organization to the Moderator slot of any Discussions that currently have no Moderators as follows:

1. Go to Admin Settings > Views and functions > Manage Discussions without Moderators

2. Click EDIT next to the appropriate Discussion


3. Search for and select the individual to be added as the new Moderator


4. The selected individual should then show under the "Current Moderators" heading.


To learn about Discussions privacy and chat visibility, click here.


Discoverable Discussions

A Discoverable Discussion is an option if you want to create a Discussion that isn't limited to select invitees like a Private Discussion but doesn't impose on everyone in your organization like an Org-Wide Discussion.


Discoverable Discussions will be placed in the Discover category and anyone can browse, view, join and leave these Discussions at their leisure*. If a user opens a Discoverable Discussion and clicks the Join Discussion button at the bottom of the screen, it will move from the Discover Category to their All category, and enable new Comment notifications (red dots).


For more on Discussions Categories, see this article.

*As with other Discussions, if someone is added to a Discoverable Discussion as part of a targeted group (eg. "Marketing Team") then they will not be able to leave that Discussion as an individual.

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    Elaine Bannerman

    When someone removes a comment from Discussions, this is highlighted via a line of text stating that it has been removed.  

    Is there a way of NOT including this comment?

    Thanks, Elaine

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    Brad Palmer

    Hi Elaine,

    This is intentional, and we think important. The Discussion timeline is chronologic. It is often used to iterate ideas and keep a historical record of how ideas evolved. Removing all trace of a comment alters the history and can change the context of the comments around it.

    What we do plan to do is to allow comments to be deleted prior to them being "covered" by a comment from another Participant.


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    Stephanie Gibson

    Is there a way to set up email notifications when someone comments on a discussion?

    Thank you,


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    Brad Palmer


    Go to your Preferences and dial up your Notifications as you want them. Its the "slider" icon lower left in your Jostle interface.


    Edited by Brad Palmer
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    Jason Mortvedt

    Is there any way to retrieve a discussion after it has been deleted?

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    Brad Palmer

    No. Deleting is deleting, but only Moderators can do that.


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    Gurdeep Kaur



    We currently have an active discussion group however the moderator has left the company and no longer a contributor on Jostle. Currently when given the option to email moderator it is going to HR team (me). But I don't see that discussion, how can I get access to this discussion group so I can make changes?


    Please advise



  • 0
    Brad Palmer

    Hi Gurdeep,

    When a Discussion has a single moderator and that moderator is removed as a Jostle user any of the current Participants can assume the Moderator Role via Edit Discussion (click on the Gear in the Discussion).

    I'm going to get our Support team to dig in and sort out what is going on in this particular case. They will reach out to you via email. Stand by...


  • 0
    Brad Palmer

    Also note that System Administrators can go Administrative Settings > DISCUSSIONS view > Discussions without Moderators to check for orphaned Discussions like this.


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    Gurdeep Kaur

    Hi Brad,

    So currently we have a discussion (which I don't see by the time) 'Social Commitee' and one of the particpants (Guri Sanghera) does not see 'edit' option to make herself the moderator.

    Can you have someone at your office call Guri and may be take her through this so that we can working.

    Also, when discussions are set up going to Jostle Auditor which is email - what does this mean? This email is a group email. Plus as a systems administrator shouldn't i see ALL discussion yet I don't see this particular one.

    Please advise.



  • 0
    Brad Palmer

    Hi Gurdeep,

    Thanks for reaching out for some help.

    Discussions are private to those invited to them. System Admins do not get access to all Discussions.

    Only an existing Moderator can add additional Moderators to an existing Discussion.

    For organizations that need extra governance, we have a "Super Moderator" feature that places an ombudsmen type person in all new Discussion. Our Success team can help you understand this option better. It is something that needs to be turned on from our side.

    It sounds like you have imported as a user. Probably you want to delete that user.

    Please email your Jostle Success person if you need more help. If you are not sure who that is, please just email and the right person will pick it up.



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    Sam OBrien


    Is there any way to order the discussion so the newest is at the top. At the moment everytime a new comment is made in a discussion we have to scroll all the way down to view it and the longer the discussion gets the longer the scroll.



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    Brad Palmer

    Hi Sam,

    There is not a way to swap the order, and adding that would be a huge amount of work.

    But when you arrive in a Discussion is will open where you last were with a blue bar telling you the number of new posts. If you simply click on this blue bar you will be immediately taken to the bottom where you can see the most recent comment.

    Does that solve this for you?


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    Kevin Coutts

    Is it possible for the commenter to edit a comment after the comment has been posted?

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    Brad Palmer

    Not yet, but we do plan to add this in the future. Today you need to delete and restate it.


  • 0
    Kevin Coutts

    Thanks, Brad.

    I don't see how to delete either...perhaps because I'm on the mobile app at present.

    Also, is it possible to make paragraphs in a comment made using the app? (I have found and selected the tick box enabling comments in the desktop version).

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    Brad Palmer

    You can delete Discussion Comments in the Mobile apps. But in all cases you need to be either the author or a Moderator to be able to do that deletion.

    When typing a Comment on your phone, just hit the "return" key to create a paragraph.


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