I can certainly see how the two categories can cause some confusion. Hopefully, this post will help shed a little light on the subtle differences between the two.
Discussions : the discussions are intended for posting topics that have potential for back and forth communications between two or more people. If you wish to start a "discussion", it is typically best to include a
QUESTION in your discussion message. If you place an actual question in your discussion entry, their is potential that someone may add an answer or possibly further questions to expand upon the point. Hence, a discussion may transpire... Think of the discussion section as a method for two way communication. We are not simply posting our ideas. In this area, we should be attempting to provoke thought and a response.
Comments : the comments sections are intended for members of the group to comment on a particular matter. This is the perfect place to list a point of view regarding the groups topic, an event relevant to the group topic, or information about your company (if your company is relevant to the group topic). In the comments section, you can list a question, but it would certainly be more appropriate to use the "discussion" section discussed above if you have an actual question. If you list a question in the comments section, it will be very difficult to actually receive an answer. You may wish to only post hypothetical questions in the comments section (questions that need no answers).
Here are some examples:
If you are a member of the Fashion Events Group, you may post as follows:
Here is an example of something that should be posted in the discussion section of the group (because it has a question that needs a reply). "I am new in the women's fashion market. In September, I plan to open my first fashion boutique. The store will carry designer brands as well as my own private label. Does anyone have any suggestions in regard to which fashion events I should attend?"
Here is an example of a post that should go in the comments section of the fashion events group. "We will be having a free fashion seminar on February 14th, 2099 at the Fashion Industry Network Club in New York City.
For more information regarding the event, visit my profile and contact me for
Here is another example of a post that can be added in the comments section of the fashion events group... "I attended the premiere catwalk event for the new fashion designer XXXXXXX last night at the New York Fashion Week event at the Fashion Industry Network Pavilion in Times Square. I thought that her designs were hideous. However, she did have a ton of celeb friends in the audience. Anyway, I don't think I will be wearing
her designs this season".
Again, the easiest way to think about the difference between the discussions and the comments is that the discussions will have "questions". If you do not have an actual question, please list your thoughts in the comments section. If you have a question, please use the discussion areas of the site.
Note: the absolute most important part about posting in the fashion "Groups" section is to post messages that ARE RELEVANT to the topic of the group. If it is not relevant to the topic, no matter which section you post your comments it
will be wrong.