Different Content Types -- What's the difference?

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    Please use this table as a guide to the various content types available in Jive. It's a combination of Jive Community User Documentation and personal experience. Feel free to update.

     

    Content TypePurposeRecommended Use CaseFormatStyleStream UpdatesDraftsAdvanced OptionsConvertMarking OutcomesVersioningLimitationsAnalyticsTagging
    DiscussionAsk the community a question; ask for suggestions; make a short observation or assertion to get feedback; report a problem.

    Informal discussion,

    decision making

    Most of the content is in the form of replies to the initial question.Informal, usually in the first person.Whenever replies are added, and whenever an answer is marked as Correct or Helpful.No but it will saveConverts to a DocumentYesThreaded to Flat after 100 responses.YesYes
    DocumentCollaborate with others on a single document; capture information that should be available for a while; create a report, agenda, or meeting notes.Need a table of contents, versioningMost of the content is in the document itself; comments by readers and authors are appended.Somewhat formal, often in the third person.Whenever the document is edited (and "minor update" isn't selected), and whenever comments are added.YesSchedule for laterYesYesYesYes
    BlogExpress a point of view; call something to others' attention; make a proposal to get feedback from others; ponder an idea. Leadership messagingMost of the content is usually in the initial post, with reader comments appended.Informal, usually in the first person.Whenever comments are added. Edits to a blog don't trigger an update.NoSchedule for laterYesNoYes
    IdeaUsers can create and vote on. If your community members vote positively, the idea gets more points; if they vote negatively, points are (sometimes) taken away.

    Moderator

    NoNoRestricted AuthorsNoNo
    Status UpdateQquick, informal way to let people know you're active and engaged in the community. You can post a status update for the entire community (default) or limit it to a specific group.NoNoMax number of charactersNo
    PollA way to ask a multiple choice question in the community. When you create a poll, you define the question and the possible answers. Multiple choice questions; community engagementNoNoA person can vote only once in the poll
    EventsAllows members of a community to schedule, discover and attend events in a social setting.Event managementNoNoYes
    Google DriveYesYesYesNo (as of May 2015)