As well as starting a new map – which you are welcome to do at any time, using the New map button beneath the map in the Hub view – there's a range of ways in which you can contribute to the development of existing maps (and map creators and map communities generally welcome all kinds of contributions):
Adding to maps...?
(1) Add a Comment
to an idea, by clicking on the Comment
radio button at the bottom of the Details
text. The process is just the same as commenting on a blog, and (unlike Discuss
messages, see below) a Comment
is automatically associated with, and generally tends to be about, a specific idea on the map.
an idea, either by clicking on the Rating
scale shown at the bottom of the Details
text or by clicking on the arrow that points from the idea to its parent (which opens a small version of the rating scale on the map). Rating ideas in this way helps the community to see which ideas are perceived to be the most important (and why).
(3) Add a Citation
to an idea, using either the Cite
button (beneath the map) or the Cite
radio button underneath the Details
text. Citations are one of the easiest and most useful contributions you can make to a map; as they tell the map community about articles elsewhere on the web that you think are relevant to a particular idea and/or that contain ideas that you think should be added to the map.
(4) Use the Discuss
button (under the map in the Hub
view) to make a suggestion about the map, or to introduce yourself, and/or ask for any guidance from to the map community. Discussion messages aren't linked directly to any specific idea – although you can point to an idea by including the #number of an idea in the text of the message – and can be of any length and include links.
(5) Add a new idea
to the map by navigating to the relevant part of the map and then clicking on the Add idea
button (beneath the map in the Hub
view). Prior to adding a new idea, it's generally worth exploring the map and using the Search this map
facility on the Finder
tab to check whether the idea is included elsewhere on the map already. When adding a new idea, it's always fine to use the default Issue
idea type (although you are also welcome to change the idea type using the color selector beneath the idea text entry box – and the idea selector will always guide you as to the types of idea that are available in any given location).
(6) You can also Edit
an existing idea – for example, to correct a typo, to clarify or improve the text, to change the idea type, or to add more details to the Details
text – either by clicking on the small Edit
link (bottom left on the map in the Hub
view) or by clicking on the Edit details
link (at the bottom of the Details
text). Each idea has a full Edit history
; so you can always revert to an earlier version of the idea at any time.
...and each of these ways of contributing to a map is explained in more detail in its own section of the Help