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Ideation on the Network is a way for a group of users to prioritize or to narrow down a set of ideas. Ideas can be sets of activities or concepts that your group wants to address, but due to resource constraints can only address a few at a given time.
An idea is a special kind of content. Like all social content, it can be discussed and shared. Users express their opinions about an idea by voting on it. When voting in favor of the idea, the system gives it 5 points, while voting down it removes 5 points.
Creating an idea is much like creating a document. You give your idea a title and type its content. As with documents, you can format the idea's content as you would apply formatting in any other piece of content on the Network.
Voting is only done on ideas in the "Active" Stage. Once a set of ideas is vetted, the stage can be changed by the group owner or forum admin to "Archived, For Future Consideration, etc."
Everyone in the group can create (and see) an idea.The creator of the idea can set who can edit the actual idea. Not only can the admin or group owner change the stage of the idea, but they can also download an excel spreadsheet of all the ideas in a group. This spreadsheet includes the title, description, score, number of votes, number of comments, number watching, stage, author name, author email, and create date.
As users vote on an idea, their names (and how they voted) will be added to a list of whom voted. This list is displayed on the idea's page (on the left).