How do I start a discussion or ask a question?
There are several ways to create a new discussion outlined below. In summary, once you are logged in, you can create a new topic by selecting "Post Forum Topic" under the Forums menu at the top of the page in the main navigation menu, or when you are in a specific forum, you will also see "Post New Forum Topic" blue buttons above the list of threads in that forum. We get into a lot of detail in this, so if you're still confused, please continue reading about all the ways you can create a new discussion on WSO.
- First method for creating a new topic (Jump to section)
- Second method for creating a new topic (Jump to section)
- Thread Customization (Jump to section)
In your address bar, go to www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums. When the page loads, you will see a blue "Post New Topic" button in the top right of the content section, as seen in the picture below (circled in red). Note that the main difference between the first and second methods is, in the first you must specify which forum you would like to post to.
From www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums, select one of the forums (for example: I-Banking Bullpen, Monkeying Around, etc). When the page loads, you will see the blue "Post New Topic" button (circled in red) in the top right of the content section, to the right of the industry forum name (circled in yellow).
There are a number of options to help you promote your thread, as well as to help organize it so that other users can find it at a later time. Being able to reference past threads is a big part of what makes WSO successful, so try and keep that in mind while you're posting!
- Field 1: Subject
The subject is a title for your post that everyone sees from the forum pages. Fill this in with an accurate title to ensure people are reading your topic for the right reasons.
- Field 2: Tag
The tag field allows you to select keywords that will be associated with your topic when people use the forums search.
- Field 3: Forums
The forums field allows you to select which forum you want your topic posted in. If you select "Post New Topic" from a specific forum, this will already be selected, but you can change it if you like it.
- Field 4: Body
The body field is where you input any content you would like to be seen in your post.
- Field 5: Input Format
The input format allows you to select from a number of options depending on how technically skilled you are. See the descriptions for what each option allows, but if you are a technical novice, you may want to leave it on "Filtered HTML".
- Field 6: Upload Image
Use this when you want to upload an image from your computer. Simply select the file, create a title (or leave blank to use file name), and then click the upload button (seen in the below picture).
- Field 7: Upload / Post
The "Upload" button will upload a picture, if you have selected one. The "Post" button will publish your post, so make sure everything is the way you want it before clicking.
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