UGC Definitions

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At this point, you should understand the main differences between User Generated Content (UGC) and Digital Content, and be familiar with how to create a basic UGC definition with several text fields.

This section will discuss different options that are available when creating UGC definitions.

Settings

There are two general settings that are unique to UGC definitions. On the Settings Tab, the two corresponding checkboxes are "Require Moderation" and "Enable Draft Mode". Both settings are related to the moderation flow of the content.

  • Checking “Requires Moderation” sets a flag on the content item to go to the “Awaiting Review” bucket when a change is made. If this option is not checked, all item changes will be published automatically. Typically only published content is visible to users, so this is a useful feature for censoring content before it becomes widely available.
  • Checking "Enable Draft Mode" directs content to go to a “Draft” bucket when changes are made to allow parallel versions to exist.

Fields

The types of fields that can be added to a UGC definition are similar to those in Digital Content Definitions. There are some key differences due to the nature of the content. These differences include the following:

  • Email and Password field types in UGC definitions which are essential to creating specialized Profile definitions.
  • The Video upload file type that integrates with YouTube or Brightcove.
  • Linked content cannot be specified in the UGC definition. Since UGC data usually comes from the site users, rather than Agility Users, linking other Agility content is typically not meaningful.

 

Notifications

The "Notifications" tab allows users to specify notification rules for when the status of a UGC item changes. You can specify an action (e.g. Publish) and email settings (from/reply addresses, subject, body) and the specified email will be sent when the action criteria is met.

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