Creating New Content in the MapR Community

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There are many types of content types in the MapR Community (discussions, questions, status updates, ideas, uploaded files, videos, blogs, documents, and polls). Choose a content type based on your collaborative goals.



Three ways to create content


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You will find the I'm looking for... search box in many places around the community. It is recommended that you search prior to asking a question or creating content in order to avoid duplicating content. If you don't find what you are looking for, there is always an option to ask a question at the bottom of the results list.


2) Actions from a particular place

From any space or group in the community, click on Actions and then select the type of content you want to create.

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3) Create from main navigation bar at the top of the community


Click the pencil icon to ask a question, start a discussion, create a document, blog post, etc. or select any of the content type links at the top of any of your attention streams.


Private and Public Content

By default, content you create is public in the community and searchable. The power of the MapR Community is that everyone in the community can benefit from shared and collaborative content. However, in some cases, you may want to limit who sees content and who can collaborate on it. Or, you can choose to publish your content in a private group or space that limits content to approved members.


Monitoring Your Content

You'll automatically follow all content that you create, so you'll receive an update in your Inbox whenever anyone responds to your content or, if it's a document, changes it. You can also delete any comments on your content, as well as remove the content entirely.


Using the Content Editor

You can write and format text, create tables, embed images and videos, insert links, and more with the content editor.

When you create or edit discussions, blog posts, questions, documents, or other content, you use the content editor. You can use either the icons in the interface or keyboard shortcuts to perform basic text editing operations such as cutting, pasting, undoing, and text formatting. The editor includes many of the standard features of other word processing programs. Here are some features of the Jive content editor you may want to explore:

  • In-line @mentioning
  • Tables of contents
  • Tables
  • Spell checker
  • Code syntax highlighting


In-line @mentioning

To @mention someone while you are typing in the content editor, type the @ symbol (or click the @ button if it is available). A search dialog opens and suggests possible matches. To narrow matches, use an underscore (_) as a space. For example, @Mike_D would match the Mikes whose last name begins with "D." Select the correct match from the list and note the new link in the content editor. For more about @mentioning, see Shout out to people, places, and things.


Adding a Table of Contents

The content editor includes a feature that automatically generates a hierarchical table of contents based on the headings in your content. When you insert the table of contents, the editor looks at the headings your content uses, including their levels (Heading 2, Heading 3, and so on). Based on the heading levels, the editor creates links to the headings, indenting the links at similar levels.To insert the table of contents, click Insert > Table of Contents. While you're editing the content, the presence of the table of contents will appear as an icon like so:

In the saved or published version of the content, the icon will be replaced with a hierarchical list of links to headings in your content.


Working with Tables

The content editor's table feature allows you to create and manipulate tables. Create a new table by clicking the table icon and selecting the number or rows and columns you want. Once you've got the table in place, use the gear icon to move around or add/remove rows and columns. To format individual cells, rows, or columns, click in a cell and when you see the Edit: Table icon, click it and then select the item you want to format (a cell, row, or column). You can designate and format headers, change the color of text, lines, and background, and customize many other settings. Note that when you change the header setting while making changes in a column, only the header for that column will change, not all of the headers. In addition, changing the color of text using Table: Format changes the default text color setting for the selected cell, row, or column. To make text color changes that you don't want to apply as a default to the cell, row, or column, use the text color icon in the editor's toolbar. When you are finished formatting your table, simply click away from it and continue editing your document.


Using the Spellchecker

The content editor includes a spellchecker that you turn on when you want to check spelling. When you're ready to check the spelling in your document, click the spellchecker button. Misspelled words will be underlined in red. Click a misspelled word to view suggested alternate spellings and scroll down to select the best match. Note that the spellchecker does not check spelling as you type. You must turn it on or off by clicking the spellchecker button. After you have made corrections, click the button again to recheck spelling.

Note: You can change the language used for spell checking by clicking the down arrow at the right side of the Toggle spellchecker button.


How can I use HTML in my content?

The content editor's HTML feature allows you to edit your document in HTML. Click the HTML link in the editor's toolbar when you want to write directly in HTML. When you're finished, you can toggle back to the default editor view by clicking Show Full Editor.Some kinds of HTML markup can cause the site to be less secure. For this reason, certain HTML tags aren't supported by default. When you use these tags in the code macro, Jive will remove them before displaying the content. You can include them and they'll be saved, but they won't render when someone views your content. Here's a list of what's not supported:Tags: <embed>, <html>, <head>, <iframe>, <link>, <meta>, <object>, <script>, <style>Attributes: action, class, method, on* (such as onClick), *src*

Code Syntax Highlighting

The content editor's syntax highlighting feature allows you to format programming code so that it renders correctly in the saved and published versions of your document, blog post, or other content. Supported code styles are SQL, XML, Java, and Plain text. To apply the code formatting:
  • Select the block of text you want to format, then click the >> button and select the formatting style you want; or,
  • Click the >> button and select the formatting style you want, then type your code in the shaded box.
Code Sample

Creating a Copy

Not all community members have permission to create copies.


Copy a document as a new document, discussion, or blog post. You can also use this feature to create templates from existing documents.


  1. Go to a document you can edit. You must be able to edit the document you want to copy.
  2. Click Actions > Create a Copy and then select whether you want to copy the document into another document, discussion, or blog post. You may not see one or more of these options if the place where the original document is stored does not support them, or you don't have permission to publish a particular content type there (i.e., blog posts).
  3. Click Create a Copy.
  4. Edit the new item. Note that the title, body, and tags have all been pulled in from the original document. You can edit all of these, as well as change the place for the content before publishing.
  5. When you're finished editing, click Publish.

Learn More About Creating Content

The links below take you to the Jive Software end user documentation. The MapR Community is powered by Jive Software.


What are Categories?

What's the Difference Between a Document, a Blog Post, a Question, and a Discussion?

Getting More Out of Documents

Getting More Out of Discussions and Questions

Public and Private Communication

Sharing Content with Other Places

Who Sees My Stuff?