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UPDATE (October 8, 2014) - GeoNet Ideas has been placed on hold. There were a few issues with the implementation of it within the community. We are looking to still provide this functionality; however, we want to make sure it properly meets the needs of the community.


The GeoNet Community has be out for about two months now. I have received a lot of suggestions and feedback about the community. Most of these ideas have been logged in my own "Feedback and Enhancements" table, but that isn't a public document. In an effort to listen to the community we are working on a way that you can share ideas, so that others can comment and vote on them.


Coming very soon you will be able to submit your own ideas for the GeoNet Community. You may have seen an extra icon show up in your Create menu:



Once the Idea Module is fully functional you will be able to post ideas directly to GeoNet Resource Hub. Note that GeoNet Ideas is currently only focused on the community. ArcGIS Ideas is still the best place to submit your ideas for Esri software, website, training, and more. Look for more information on GeoNet Ideas over the next week or so. We will be detailing how you can submit your ideas, and we will provide an overview of the process once an idea gets submitted. So get out that tablet, notebook, or napkin and start brainstorming your GeoNet Ideas today!

You have come to GeoNet for one main reason ... to get an answer, but you wonder where you are supposed to post your question. What is the difference between In a Place, Specific People, and The GeoNet Community? Right off it seems The GeoNet Community would make your content get the greatest exposure; however, that is not necessarily the case. Below I break down each option to help you get the best audience.

In a Place

In a Place allows you to select a space or group (see What are Places? for the difference between the two). You can enter the place name or browse for places directly from the dialog. The formal space structure can be seen in the GeoNet Community Structure document, or you can review the ArcGIS Discussion Forums Migration Strategy document that provide an overview of how the ArcGIS Forums were aligned with GeoNet spaces. You can also search spaces and groups from the Places Tab.


When you select a place, anyone that is following that place will be notified of new activity when you post your discussion. This allows those the have a specific interest to see your discussion and provide an answer. The content also shows up in the activity stream of that place for others who are may be browsing the place to see it.


Also be aware that content posted to secret and private groups you belong to will only be visible to members of that group.


Specific People

Specific People allows you to create a private discussion between specific GeoNet members. Other GeoNet members will not see the content, and it will not show up in other member's searches. You or others in the conversation can later add people to it.


The GeoNet Community

The GeoNet Community allow you discussion to be visible to everyone within the community. The content will be visible on the home page activity stream, and within your own personal activity stream. The discussion can be found through the search, unless someone looks in specific places within GeoNet then it will not show. This is the broadest net to throw, but keep in mind that it's part of a very large crowd instead of the targeted places or people.