Community FAQs

TechNews Community is a place to discuss ideas for the TechNews readers. Exchange opinions, ideas and tips on subjects ranging from the technology news to the social media and even marketing for small and mid-sized businesses.

What is TechNews Community?

TechNews Community is composed of TechNews readers like who seek to connect with each other on topics of mutual interest. You can discuss everything from the technology news to social media and how they affect small and mid-sized businesses.

Discussions connect you with a group of individuals who are interested in sharing their viewpoints and learning yours on a shared topic, such how to optimize social media for your business, to marketing your business to what’s trending in the world of technology and social media.

Connections puts you in touch with TechNews readers who share your background, tastes, or professional goals. If you read a post that inspires, intrigues, or humors you, make a connection with that person. Your connections can become business contacts, personal friends, or online colleagues.

What are the Community rules?

We welcome your thoughtful comments. In order to maintain a productive and respectful environment for all users, there are certain rules that each TechNews Community member must follow. Please refer to our Community guidelines page for a comprehensive list of our rules.

How do I participate in the Journal Community?

If you want to ask or answer a question, post a comment on an article, join a discussion group, or make connections, you will need to create an account. How do I set up a Profile? (IT SHOULD GO TO HOW TO SET UP A PROFILE BELOW)

How is the community governed?

We believe in a free, open exchange of ideas in a respectful environment. To preserve a high quality of conversation, we have included many reporting features throughout the TechNews Community. You may report offensive material including (but not limited to) vulgar, racist, derogatory or sexually explicit content, or spam. Our administrators will review the complained-of posts to remove any that violate our Community Rules.

What are some of the reasons that a post would be removed from the Journal Community?

Messages may be removed if they contain:

  • advertisements
  • profanity
  • links to Web sites with objectionable content
  • excessive links to external Web sites
  • personal attacks directed at another reader
  • “spammed” material that has been posted in multiple forums
  • comments that aren’t relevant to the forum’s topic
  • comments in all capital letters, all bold, or all italic
  • comments with objectionable images attached

How do I give Tech News Report feedback?

We encourage your constructive criticism. Please let us know what you like and identify areas for improvement. All feedback should be sent to feedback @

Are additional features scheduled for theTechNews Community?

We aim to continually enhance the TechNews Community with the goal of best meeting your personal and professional needs. Let us know what you’d like to see next. Send an email to community @


Your profile identifies you to other TechNews readers. You should create a profile to make it easier for community members to connect with you.

What is a profile and why should I create one?

Your profile identifies you to other TechNews readers who are members of the TechNews Community. You should create a profile to make it easier for community members to connect with you. Listing your educational and professional background may help a former classmate or co-worker find you. Other readers can also gain a greater sense of your perspective when they read your posts. Adding a photo puts a face to your name.

How do I set up a profile?

On the top right of any TechNews Community page, you will see a link to your profile. Click on the “Edit My Profile” link to set up your profile. In the “Edit your professional information” area, you can provide information about where you currently work as well as previous employment. In the “Edit your educational information” area, you can list the schools you have attended. In the “Edit your interests” area, you can put whatever information about yourself you’d like to share with the community. What do I put in “interests”? [GOES TO INTERESTS BELOW]

What’s my profile URL?

Friends, colleagues, and communities on other social networks can access your profile on the TechNews Community with a link to your profile URL. Send them the link that only you can see on your profile.

What do I put in “interests”?

This field is available for you to list whatever information you’d like other members of the community to know about you. You can write about your professional expertise, the companies you follow, your political interests, your hobbies, your family, you name it. Think about information that would identify commonality with other community members.

Why do I have to use my real name?

TechNews Community encourages thoughtful dialogue and meaningful connections between real people. We require the use of your real name to prevent impersonations and bad behavior. The quality of conversations can deteriorate when fake names or nicknames are used. For members who have concerns about the use of your full name, make sure you adjust your privacy settings in your community profile.

How do I add my own icon or picture to my profile?

On the top right of any TechNews Community page, you will see a link to your profile. Click on the “Edit My Profile” link to access the edit view of your profile. In the “Edit Your Photo” area, click on the “Upload a New Photo.” A text box will appear, where you can place the file name for your icon. Use the Browse button to locate the image on your hard drive. Click Submit to upload it to your Profile. (Note: Your image must be under 2MB and it will be sized automatically to fit the Profile page.)

How do I change my picture or bio?

To edit your picture or bio, click on the account tab in your Profile. You can also delete your account from this tab.

How do profiles look to other members?

Other community members will see everything in your profile, except your Profile URL.

How do I report abusive language in a profile?

If you see information that is offensive or otherwise violates these rules, use the “Report Profile” link on that user’s profile page to let us know.

Why has my access to Journal Community been turned off? How do I reinstate my access?

Journal Community requires that you use your real name. If you did not provide your full first and last name, your account may have been suspended. To reinstate access, please send your real name and username to customer service at community @

Can I register with only my initials?

No. You need to register with your full first and last name. Using only your initials will lead to suspension of your account. To reinstate your access, please send your full name and username to customer service at community @

Discussion Groups

Groups let you create and manage your own discussions as well as interact with Wall Street Journal editors on topics ranging from investing and industry developments to careers and hiring to travel, food and wine.

What is a Discussion Group?

A Group is a set of TechNews Community members who share common interests and engage one another on topics that matter to the members. Each group has its own title and description. The focus of a group can be as broad as social media, or as narrow as how to improve customer satisfaction using facebook. Any TechNews community member can set up a group.

How do I find discussion groups?

There are two main ways to find discussion groups you may want to join. You can search by keywords that you would expect to find in a group name or description, or you can browse by category.

How do I create a discussion group?

You can create a new group in just two steps. First, click on “Create a Group” to give the Discussion Group a name and description, and then invite others to join.

What are the responsibilities of a group creator?

When you create a group, you are by default its leader. Group leaders can post topics for discussion and check back to respond to other members’ comments. Any group member, though, will be able to post a discussion topic once the group is created. In addition, readers do not need to be invited to join a group; any community member may read or join a group.

How much time is required to lead a Group?

That depends on you and your group. How much time do you have and how active do you want the group to become? It often takes more time at the beginning to kick off a conversation. As the group grows in members and becomes more active, you will likely not need to initiate topics; they will organically develop as an ongoing conversation among members.

Do group leaders police the discussions?

You can guide conversations to help the group stick to the topic, but you are not expected to respond to inappropriate behavior. You can report comments through our on-site tools and our administrative team will review and take any necessary action.

How do I join a discussion group?

You must be a TechNews Community member to join a discussion group. Sign in, select the discussion group you want to join, and click on the “Join Group” button.

What can I do in a discussion group?

Discussion groups let you start and join focused conversations with others who share your specific interests. Examples include new apps, startup ventures and so on. To share a topic that isn’t already covered, you can start your own group.

How do I post messages to a discussion group?

Once you sign in as a community member and join a group, you can post messages to the group. From the group page, select a topic, enter your comments, and click “Post”.

How do I start a new Topic?

You must be a member of the group to create a new topic within it. From the Discussion Group’s page or within a topic, click the “Create Topic” button near the name of the group. You can then give the topic a name and provide the body of the first message in the new topic.


Find out about the most talked-about news before you get to the office. Read comments on the most popular TechNews articles and leave your own.

How do I comment on a story?

You must be logged in to post comments. To add a comment, scroll to the bottom of a story and type your comment in the text box. Once your comment is ready to release, click Add Comment. Note: B-Gina TechNews reserves the right to remove any comment that does not comply with our Terms of Service [LINK TO TERMS OF SERVICES].

Can I change my comment once it’s posted?

Yes. You can edit a comment up to 15 minutes after you post it. After that, no changes are permitted to preserve the flow of the ongoing conversation.

Can I view a specific member’s comments?

Click a member’s display name to view the member’s Profile page. It contains information about that member, including comments posted within the Community.

Can I report abuse of the comments feature?

Yes. If you see comments that are offensive, spam-related related or otherwise prohibited by these rules, use the Report comment link next to the comment to let us know.

How do I view all my comments?

The easiest way to see all of your comments is to click on your profile. You will see a box that lists your most recent comments. You can expand this list for a full view of all of your comments.

Comment Tracking

What is comment tracking and how does it work?

You can keep track of anyone who replies to comments you post or replies to another users comments on articles or group discussions using the track replies feature. To use this feature on a comment you make, simply select the “Track Replies to my comment” check box before posting your comment.

To track replies to another users comment select the “Track Replies to this comment” link on the comment.

How do I find out that a reply has been made to a comment I am Tracking?

When a reply has been made to a comment you will see the number of replies to review in your profile. Clicking the link will take you to the tracked comments tab of your mailbox.

You can also review tracked comments by clicking the “View tracked comments” link on any comment you are tracking from the story or group pages.

How do I review replies to comments I am tracking?

From the “Tracked Comments” tab of your mailbox, you will see a summary of all comments you are tracking. From this location you can go directly to the comment thread, by clicking the comment body, to review the replies.

How do I stop tracking comments?

To stop tracking the comment thread or hide the thread until a new reply is made, select the appropriate link from the right side of the tracked item on the “Tracked Comments” tab of your mailbox. A group of tracked comments can be hidden at once by checking the box to the left of the comments you wish to hide and clicking the “Hide Selected Comments” button.


Get ideas, insights, and practical advice from an educated, savvy group of peers. Ask questions about anything from running your own business to buying a second home to upgrading your computer operating system.

What is Answers?

It’s an online community where anyone can ask and answer questions on any topic that is of interest to our readers. Answers connects people to the information they’re seeking with those who know it. Answers provides a way for people to share their experience and insight.

How can Answers users contact each other?

If you read an answer and would like to follow up with the poster, click on the image to be taken to the poster’s profile page. You can then send a message or click the “Connect” button to start a private relationship with this person.

How do I ask a question?

Under the Answers tab, type the text for your question and fill in the related category information in the “Ask a Question” box. Remember: the clearer your question is to people reading it, the more likely it is you’ll get really good answers. Taking the time to choose the best category for your question will also help make sure it’s seen by the people most able to answer your question.

Once I submit my question, can I still edit or delete it?

You can add details about your question, but you cannot delete your question. To add details or clarify your question, click on “Add a note”.

How will I know when my question has been answered?

If you checked the email notification checkbox when you asked your question, we’ll send you a message in your message center each time someone new answers your question. Otherwise, you can check for answers from your profile page. In your question list, you can see how many answers your question received and access the answers.

What do I have to do once my question has been answered?

Once you have posted a question, choose the best answer. Click Choose as Best Answer next to your chosen answer. Your question is considered closed when a best answer is selected.

After I choose the best answer, can I change my mind and choose a different answer?

No, you cannot. Only one Best Answer is allowed.

What if my question doesn’t receive any answers?

If nobody answers your question, you can try rewording your question and asking it again or search Answers to see if anyone else has received an answer to a similar question.


Make connections with Wall Street Journal readers who share backgrounds, tastes, or professional goals. Create your own network of likeminded professionals

Why should I Make connections?

One definition of community is people meeting and discussing their shared interests. That’s the whole idea behind Wall Street Journal Community. When you add connections, you help build the community. In practical terms, you add connections so you can see what others are doing, learn from them, share information with them and stay in touch.

How do I make a connection?

Go to another member’s profile, and click “Connect”.

How do I manage my connections?

In your inbox, you can accept invitations from other members to connect. If you accept, your profile will be listed on that member’s connections list, and that member’s profile will be listed on yours. Refusing the invitation does not send a denial notification to that user.



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