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What are the different states of challenges?

Louise Cato -

There are a number of different states for challenges in Dialogue and most challenges will be a number of these at once. These 'states' explain the levels of access for your challenge - i.e. is it published yet or still in draft mode? Can users submit ideas to it? Is it a hidden challenge that only certain people can access via a link? Do you need to be on a specified invite list to be able to take part?

Below are the options you have and how they can be combined for your different challenge needs.

State 1: When you create a new challenge, you have the option of keeping it in draft until ready to publish

Draft A challenge which is not yet published and only visible to logged-in administrators
Published A challenge which has been fully built and is published on your Dialogue site

State 2: Then the challenge will either be open or closed

Open      A challenge that is open for users to submit ideas, comments and ratings
Closed A challenge that is closed to new ideas, comments and ratings

State 3: You set your challenge to be either listed or unlisted:

Listed    A challenge that is set to be publicly visible to all users
Unlisted                    A challenge that is hidden from view and not included in search results - users must have the challenge URL shared with them to be able to find it

State 4: And finally choose if it is open invitation or invite only:

Open invitation A challenge to which all users can contribute
Invitation only

A challenge only visible to invited, verified participants

Here are a few examples of how the states work together:

A challenge that is:

  • Published
  • Open
  • Listed
  • Open Invitation
Is published on your site, open for new ideas, comments and ratings and is visible and available for all users to get involved in

A challenge that is:

  • Published
  • Open
  • Unlisted
  • Open Invitation 
Is published on your site, open for new ideas, comments and ratings, but you will need to share the challenge URL with those whom you wish to join in as this one is hidden from view

A challenge that is:

  • Published
  • Open
  • Unlisted
  • Invitation only
Is published on your site, open for new ideas, comments and ratings, but only visible and available to those users you have added to your email invite list and who have verified their email address - you will need to share the challenge URL with them so that they can find the challenge too

A challenge that is:

  • Published
  • Closed
  • Listed
  • Open invitation
Is published on your site. It is visible and available for all site visitors to read what was submitted to this challenge, but is now closed to new ideas, comments and ratings

Etc....

 We're sure you have the idea!

NB: It's worth noting that an invitation only challenge will always be unlisted and out of public view.