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Away from a browser? Post via email!

Away from a browser? Post via email!

As many of you know, you can respond to discussions and comments via email*, but did you know it is almost as easy to create content via email.? The only trick is you need to plan where you want to add content.

If there is a particular group or forum you are following and like to post to, go to that space and look for "Create by email" in the Actions box on the right side of the page.


If you are in a forum or group you will be presented with instructions in a popup menu that looks like this. (Click on image to enlarge).


If you are in your profile, you can see that you can set your status update, create a bookmark, create a new document in Your Documents, and create a new conversation, in Your Discussions via email. (click on image to enlarge).


The vCard gives you an email address to send this new content. Essentially, this specific address indicates the place and type of content want to generate. You may find this to be useful if you have a blog, or keep your status update, or you are active in a group.

[Update 2/2/12: There is a bug for create content by email which appears when the space to which you want to post uses the Recent Content or Recent Activity widgets.  If these widgets are used, they need to be set so that Education, Experience, and Publications do not appear.  See that place's administrator to do this.]

As always, if you have any questions or comments about this functionality, please let us know. We encourage comments to this blog as others

may have the same thoughts.

*Remember: If you receive email notifications for a discussion, blog, group forum, person, you can respond to the email and your post will automatically be posted without having to actually log into the network.  This means you can participate via your blackberry, iPhone, android, or other smartphone whereever you are.


Membership would like to use the e-mail in an ACS Network Local Section or Technical Division group to send copies of emails sent to their members and also use this e-mail as the "from" address so that responses go to and are available in the ACS Network. The "documents" vCard email is what they would like to use .The "create by e-mail" functionality needs to work correctly and consistently.  Given that it can and does, should this approach be used or not?

I think you are saying that a group (i.e.a local section or division or other entitiy) wants to send a copy of an email newsletter to their group to the Network. I think this would be a great way to capture an archive.

If the return address on the email newsletter is one of the emails, then replies could create a discussion around the newsletter.  (Issues I would worry about are out-of-office replies as well as generally the large number of responses that might be generated.)

In theory, I think both ideas are good, but will need testing.