How to contact people via messages, chat and open forum?

:exclamation: For detailed information, please review our :spiral_notepad: BIOBORD USER GUIDE 3: Making topics and posting replies. Biobord_Guide_messages_chat_open_forum.pdf (1.3 MB)

Here we introduce some basics more briefly:

My Messages

Messages in Biobord work as a private messaging service between Biobord users and user groups. Messages can be sent to individual user tags or group tags.

You can find ‘My Messages’ easily from your ‘Login’ list that appears under your username in the right corner of the head banner after you have logged in.

You can also access the messages via Forum under your profile icon.

When you have entered Messages, you can find from the left sidebar:

  • Inbox – Arrived messages
  • Sent - Messages that you have sent
  • Archive – Messages that you have archived

How to Send a Message?

When you have entered Messages, you can find ‘New Message’ button from the left side of the page.

Follow these steps to send a message:

  • Press ‘New Message’
  • Add a user with a @usename tag. You can also use some of the group tags for messaging.
  • Add a topic to your message in the field that says ‘What is this discussion about in one brief sentence?
  • Write your message. You can use same content editing tools as in the forum.
  • Press ‘Message’ from the bottom to send the message


User tip! To learn more about the content editing, please review Biobord user guide 4. on ‘Posting, replying to and Sharing a Topic’

How to respond to a Message?

When you receive a Message, you can find a reply button below the message as shown in the picture below.

There are also other functions you can use:

  • Manage the message settings
  • Share a link to the message
  • Set the message to bookmarks
  • Archive the message

How to Manage the Messages?

To archive or manage many messages at once, follow these steps for bulk actions:

  1. Click list icon on top of the message list
  2. Tick a box in front of the message(s) that you wish to archive
  3. On the right side of the page, a wrench icon appears
  4. You are able to select different bulk actions that will affect the selected messages:
  • Archive Topics
  • Move to Inbox
  • Notifications
  • Reset Read
  • Replace Tags
  • Append Tags
  • Remove All Tags
  • Delete Topics

What are Drafts?

From Drafts, the user can access unfinished topics, replies and messages. When a user starts composing a reply in any topic and does not finalize or publish it, the text will be autosaved as a new draft.

You can find the ‘Drafts’ under your ‘Activity’ or by clicking your profile icon in the forum as shown in the picture below.


User tip: A direct link to your drafts is Biobord

Bubble Chat

Chat is a way to send a quick message or a comment to a fellow Biobord user that is currently online. You can see who is online from the profile icons on top of the forum page as shown in the picture below.

accessing chat

Biobord’s chat can be found in the bottom right corner of the Biobord forum, with a speech bubble-icon as shown in the picture above. Notifications of new chat discussions are shown with the number of received messages.

In the Chat, you will see a random list of users. To find a specific user, you can search with the usernames.

By clicking the user, you can see the previous discussions with that user. If there is a number shown in connection of the username, you have some unread messages from that user.

User tip! Messages should be brief. Quick responses and informal language are natural here.

Open Forum

The Biobord forum offers open services available for all registered users. These include user support at ‘Biobord User Support’, networking and matchmaking at the ‘Open Biobord Forum’ as well as access to online events via ‘Biobord On Stage’.

Biobord User Support is featured as the first discussion area in the Biobord Forum. In Biobord User Support, the Biobord users can find user guides, tutorials and tips for forum co-working and interaction. The registered users can also share any questions and feedback on using Biobord Forum by starting a topic under the Biobord User Support; Biobord Administrators are committed to answering your questions as soon as possible.

Open Biobord Forum is a networking, matchmaking and teambuilding area for bioeconomy developers to find new opportunities, expertise and partners. Our Biobord Staff will be in contact with you and help you in your quest - connect with us via Meet the staff of Biobord!

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’Biobord on Stage’ provides you information about the online events of Biobord Network. The events are announced in this discussion area. Events are hosted by our network partners and they are open for anyone to join. After the event, the materials are shared and discussion on outcomes may continue under the event topic.

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