How to Use the Bluescape Community 🧭

The Bluescape Community exists to provide our members with access to knowledge and resources, peer-to-peer support, and a network of creative and inspiring Bluescape members. In one shared space, community members, Bluescape members, and Bluescape staff collaborate to create a positive environment for all.

The community is also an excellent resource for someone considering Bluescape versus other applications out there. Learn about why you should use Bluescape.

How to join the community

Anyone is welcome to join and read discussions in the Bluescape Community. However, you will need to create an account to participate and engage.

Learn more about what membership includes

Your voice will be heard. After signing up, you can ask questions, respond to topics, and create new topics. More specifically, members can:

  • Get support when they need it
  • Find inspiration and solutions
  • Submit and upvote product wishlist ideas
  • Collect community badges
  • Participate in contests and events
  • Earn community swag and prizes
  • Become a BluePro

Are you ready to connect with other Bluescapers like you?

 
Sign up for the Bluescape Community

Note: Privacy is important to all of us, especially online. Only your username will be visible to other community members.

Let’s help you understand how to navigate and customize your experience in the community.

New members :tada:

Glad to have you! As you test out what features the community offers, keep in mind that there are controls in place for safety reasons.

Learn more about member safety

We encourage all new members to read the Bluescape Community Guidelines. As a new user, there are some limits on what you can do. So keep coming back, and as we get to know you, you’ll gain:

Note: The Bluescape Community site is hosted by Discourse*, so you may, at times, be directed to resources on their site.

Member accounts

Once logged in, you can check notifications (Notification bell), view your recent activity, read and send private messages (Personal messages), access topics you’ve bookmarked (Bookmark), and manage your account (Member preferences) from your avatar or profile picture (Member button) in the top-right.

Learn about setting preferences and customizing your profile

Manage your preferences

From your account, you can customize your public profile, set up two earned badges to showcase, manage your email and notification preferences, access your private messages inbox, and view your recent activity.

  1. Select your avatar or profile picture in the top-right:

     
  2. Select the Preferences option from the account management options:
    Account settings - Member preferences

Explore community content

The best place to discover more Bluescape.
 

Search :mag:

The community search engine functions much like any browser search engine. Type a specific keyword or phrase, and related topics will populate a dropdown menu.

Learn how to find answers to your questions

There are two places to search for content in the community:
 

  1. In the main banner, click the search bar, type your keyword(s), and hit enter.
     

     
  2. From any page on the community, in the top-right corner of the toolbar, select search (the toolbar search icon) to open a type field where you can input your search term, then press enter.
     

A populated list of topics related to your keywords will appear in the dropdown menu. Choose a topic in the list or select More to receive the complete list of related topics.

Learn about advanced search

There are additional filtering options from any search results page (for example, when you select More from the header or banner search widget).
 


 
You can open the Advanced filters section to refine your search by:

  • Category
  • Tag
  • Author
  • Date
  • And more…
    • At the bottom of the advanced filters, you can expand additional fields that allow you to Filter by post count and topic views.

If you’re not finding what you need after several search terms, ask the community for help. :wink:

Sidebar navigation

One way to navigate the Bluescape Community is through the sidebar menu (Sidebar collapsed) - collapsable from the top-left.

Learn about quick access from your sidebar menu

Your sidebar menu comes equipped with some must-haves; beyond that, it is very customizable.

Option Description
All Topics A list of all published topics, sorted by date, starting with the most recent
My Posts Your shortcut to view a complete list of your community activity
More
Expand to view a list of community features
  • Users - Find fellow Bluescapers based on their username, group, or activity levels
  • About - See who we are and why we’re here
  • FAQ - Read the community FAQs and guidelines
  • Groups - Discover which members belong to a group
  • Badges - Check out what you’ll earn for getting involved
  • Anniversaries - Celebrate a fellow Bluescaper’s community membership
  • Birthdays - Wish your peers happy old age and wisdom
Top Resources A curated list of helpful links
Categories
Broad content buckets within the community
  • Collapse the Categories section to declutter your sidebar
  • Select the pencil to customize which categories appear here
  • View a complete list of all categories
Tags
Related content around something more specific
  • Collapse the Tags section to declutter your sidebar
  • Select the pencil to customize which tags appear here
  • View a complete list of all tags
Messages
Private topics between individuals and groups
  • Quickly access personal and group inboxes
  • Select the plus sign to compose a new message

Categories and tags

Not sure where to post your questions or look for an answer? We’ve made it easy to navigate content

Learn how to find answers to your questions

Categories

Categories and subcategories allow you to narrow down the area of interest you’re looking to find more information. Skim, read, or search for topics relevant to each category or subcategory.
 

Learn what types of information are in each category and subcategory

Category Description
Begin Here Discover ways to get started in the Bluescape Community.
Begin Here using-the-community Helpful guides - like this one.
The Lounge The place to introduce yourself, mix, and mingle.
Using Bluescape Tons of great how-tos, tips, and tricks.
Getting Started Learn the Bluescape basics.
Use Cases Share your success story or learn from others.
Support Ask and find answers to all your questions about Bluescape.
Service Updates Information on service-impacting events.
Give Feedback Have product or community feedback for us? We’re all ears.
Templates Browse ideas to organize your work and collaborate more effectively.
Made by Blue Explore 200+ templates designed by Bluescape.
Made by You Share your template or discover templates made by others.
Developer Learn Bluescape APIs, build integrations, and connect with like-minded members.
Product Updates Check out the latest features and improvements to Bluescape.
News & Events Stay up-to-date.
EDU Education industry use cases, tips, and tricks.
Note: You may see additional categories depending on which group(s) you belong to.

Tags

Tags can be used to narrow down a list of topics. All topics attached to a particular tag (for example, tips-and-tricks) populate in a list, making it easy to focus your search.

Learn where to spot tags throughout the community

Tags can be found in the sidebar. And anywhere else they appear throughout the community, they link to a listing of any latest topics with that tag. You can use the advanced search filters for a complete list.
 

BluePro Tip: When you create a New Topic, browse the optional tags list. This helps other community members find your topic based on its relevance to what they’re looking for.

Participation made easy

Pop in once in a while. Every time you log in, your community learns more about how to help you succeed. Reading recommendations, search results, and email summaries gradually become more tailored for you.

The Bluescape Community is an open discussion forum. There are countless ways to connect with other Bluescapers in the community.

Read topics

You can find lists of the Latest and your Unread and Unseen topics from the homepage. You can also view topics relevant to specific categories and subcategories.

Learn how easy it is to keep track of what you're into

See a topic you’d like to read? Click on the topic title.


 
When you’ve finished reading a topic, you can either:

  • Reply to the topic
  • Continue browsing community resources
  • Bookmark (Bookmark) the topic to revisit later
Learn how to never miss a beat

Emails preferences

You may customize what types of community activity emails you receive and how often you receive them.

Notifications preferences

Set notifications to subscribe to categories, subcategories, specific members, and topics you wish to follow closely. You can choose from 5 notification levels:

Option Description
Watching You will automatically watch all topics in the category and be notified of every new post on every new topic. A count of new replies will be shown.
Tracking You will automatically track all topics in this category and be notified if someone mentions your @name or replies to you. A count of new replies will be shown.
Watching First Post You’ll be notified of new topics in this category but not replies to the topics.
Normal You’ll be notified of new topics in this category but not replies to the topics.
Muted You will never be notified of new topics in the category, and they will not appear in the “Latest” tab on the homepage.

You can set category, tag, and user notification preferences from your account preferences page. To be notified of activity on topics that interest you, click the Notifications - Normal / Notifications - Watching (Normal / Watching) icon on the bottom or right side of the topic page.

Bookmarking a topic (Bookmark) is also a great way to keep track of the content you want to read or revisit later.

At the bottom of every topic - below the original post and any subsequent replies - you’ll find a section listing additional content you’ve yet to read. These recommended topics can be a great way to keep continuously learning.
 


 
These recommended topics can be a great way to keep continuously learning.

Learn what those grey links are

If you spot a single topic or list of topics below any post, you may have found the backlinks. They look like this:
 
Backlinks
 
Note: These backlinks are not curated suggestions based on what to read next - the opposite. They are pages that link to the topic you have open. Meaning they are topics you’d typically have read beforehand.

React to posts

If you don’t have much to say in terms of a reply, and you appreciate or found helpful what you’ve read, there are other ways to get that message across.

Learn how to show contributors you appreciate their post

There are additional actions you can perform when you finish reading a topic:

  • Click the heart (Like) to choose an emoji reaction and show the author some love
     
  • Share a link (Link) to the topic

Reply and continue the discussion

Keep up the conversation, ask a follow-up question, or thank a community member for sharing. You can reply to original topics or replies on the thread.

Learn about the different reply methods

When you click Reply button on a post, the editor panel opens. You can select the reply arrow in the top-left of the editor pane to view alternate reply methods, or type your response and hit Reply.
 

Option Description
Reply to topic By default, your reply is public once published. Meaning any website visitor can read your post.
Reply as a linked topic Create a new related topic so your post doesn’t distract or detract from the current discussion. Remaining connected to the original topic helps provide context.
Reply to a specific post This option only appears when you are already engaging with a specific post. You can send a public reply within the current topic that targets a specific post and contributor within the discussion.

Quoting and mentioning

A grey button appears just above when you highlight text within a post. You can hit Quote or press Q on your keyboard to add the highlighted text to your reply draft.
 

The quote is pasted at your cursor’s location if you already have the editor pane open. If not, the editor opens a new draft reply with that quote already included.

You can also mention a member in your reply without quoting them. Type “@” followed by their username or group name. This is especially helpful when there are multiple contributors to a discussion. The mentioned member(s) will receive a notification.

Continuous learning

We’re always working to improve the Bluescape Community experience for community members. If you have any feedback for us, please do share. :heart:

 

Where to Next?

Not what you were looking for? Reply below or Search the community and discover more Bluescape.