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Discussion forum

Use the discussion forum to talk about internal audit issues, share ideas and network with peers. This is a member-only community.


How to use the forum

If you're new to online forums, here are some tips to help you join in the conversation.

Log in to the forum
Your forum username
Post a new topic in the forum
Reply to another member's topic
Edit and delete your posts
Your forum profile
Search the forum
Private messages
Email notification preferences
Watch a topic or forum
Upload documents
The 'Thanks' feature 
Report an inappropriate post
Your privacy 


Log in to the forum

To access the forum all you need to do is log in to the website. Once you're logged in, you can access the forum automatically. 


Your forum username

All members have been allocated a forum username which follows the format of firstname.surname. Members who share a name with other members have been differentiated by a number, eg John.Smith_10.

Your forum username cannot be edited but if you change your name, it will update automatically.


Post a new topic in the forum

To start a new conversation (known as a 'topic'), browse to the appropriate section of the forum. Discussions are organised into four categories:

  1. Internal audit
  2. Students, qualifications and learning
  3. Help shape the IIA's thinking
  4. Heads of internal audit (this one is exclusive to our HIAS members

There are several forums in each of these categories, and this is where you can post your topics. 

To post a new topic, click the blue 'New topic' button, highlighted below.

New topic

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Reply to another member's topic

To reply to an existing topic, click on the 'Post reply' button. There is also a 'Quick reply' button - this option doesn't allow you to apply any formatting to your message or attach documents.

The reply buttons are highlighted below.

Reply

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Edit and delete your posts

If you've changed your mind about a post, you can easily change or delete it. Simply go back into your post and click the 'Edit' or 'Delete' button, highlighted below.       

Edit or delete

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Once you've made changes, a note on the bottom of the post will inform other users that you have edited your post. You can also enter a reason for your edit, but this isn't mandatory.

If your post was the first in the thread, then deleting it may remove the entire thread.


Your forum profile

Your forum profile is visible to other members and it shows your name, job title, and details of your forum activity - such as how many topics you have written. It does not reveal where you work, your membership number or any other personal or professional details. View a sample forum profile

To access your own profile, go to: My forum profile (the link is highlighted below).

Overview

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To view another member's profile, simply click on their username.  


Search the forum

To quickly find a thread or post of interest anywhere on the forum, click on the 'Search' link in the forum header. Then, type in the keyword or phrase you wish to search for.

For more control over the search, you can restrict your search to individual forums, or find posts or topics written by a specified user.  

This is how the search page looks:

Search 

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Private messages

A private messaging system allows you to send messages to other members of the forum.

How to send a private message

There are two ways to do it:

1. Click on a member's username, and then click the blue 'PM' button on their forum profile.

2. Find the member you want to contact by searching for their forum username in:
My inbox | Post a private message. The search function is shown below.

Write a PM 

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Messages are sent within the forum environment only. Members do not have access to other users' email addresses.  

How to access your private messages

Private correspondance is stored in My inbox. You can access your sent and received mesages and there is also an archive function. The inbox holds a maximum of 100 messages in total, including sent and received items.

When you receive a private message, you will be notified in the forum header. A red button will appear and show you how many unread message you have - this is highlighted below. Depending on your browser settings, a notification will also pop up.   

New message notification

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Email notification preferences

You can choose to receive notifications when:

  • You receive a private message from another member
  • Somebody posts a reply to a topic you have posted in or chosen to 'watch' 

To edit your preferences, go to:
My forum profile | Email notification preferences

Email notifications will be sent to the email address you have registered with us. To update this online please go to your membership profile 


Watch a topic or forum

You can 'watch' a topic (a single conversation) or a forum (such as Auditing business functions). When you do this, you will receive email notifications of new posts written in those areas.

You can view and edit your watched topics and forums in:
My forum profile | My email notifications 

How to watch a topic

When you write or reply to a post, there is a box you can tick at the bottom, highlighted below:

Watch a topic

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How to watch a forum

To watch a forum, click 'Watch forum' at the bottom of the page:

Watch a forum 

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Upload documents 

To attach a file and share it with other members, write your post and then tick 'Attach files to this post'. This will save your message and take you to another screen.

Here, you  can upload a file from your computer - use the 'Browse' button to locate the file. Once you have selected a file, click 'Upload'. You can upload up to five document per post. Once you have uploaded your file(s), click 'Back' and your message will be published. 

What files types can be used? How large can attachments be?

You can upload Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Jpeg files to your post. The maximum size is 2MB.   


The 'Thanks' feature

The 'Thanks' system is a function that allows you to give another member positive feedback, for example he or she has posted a message you find useful or helps you to solve a problem.

To thank someone, simply press the 'Thank' button in the useful post. When you have thanked somebody, your name will be listed at the bottom of the post. You can also remove your 'Thank' at any time. 


Report an inappropriate post

You'll see that there is a 'Report' button on every topic. Please use this to report any post that is inappropriate in the forum. For example, if a member is blatantly selling their services or trying to solicit business. 

Report button

This is an anonymous feature of the forum - other users cannot see who has reported the post. We will investigate all reports and, if necessary, ask the member to edit their post, or remove it altogether.


Your privacy

The only information other forum users can see is your name, job title and details of your posts and replies. No other data we hold is visible - including your employer and email address.

Your posts and replies will be visible to other members of the forum. But the forum doesn't show who is online, so you can browse anonymously.

Your private messages are just that - private. Nobody else can see who you are messaging or the contents of your messages. 


Questions?

If you have any queries, please contact our web team at webmaster@iia.org.uk

And do tell us what you think of the forum. Your feedback is really valued.