Are you looking for Acumatica Tips and Tricks? Then you’ve come to the right place.
The Forums (click here) on AUGForums.com, and also the forums on Community.Acumatica.com, are a great place to interact with other Acumatica users. But the content is mostly filled with random questions (and sometimes very basic questions).
Now, there’s nothing wrong with basic questions. Newbies, rookies, freshman, whatever you want to call them, are all more than welcome in the forums. For more experienced users, taking a few moments out of your day to help others with their questions can make you feel warm and fuzzy inside which is nice.
But, what if you want to scroll through and find “tips and tricks” posts, not just questions? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to browse for only that content?
Ryan Brown and I found one of these cool #Acumatica Tips and Tricks recently. Actually, it wasn’t even posted in the forums. It was posted on LinkedIn by Laura Jaffe.
We were so impressed by Laura’s idea that we thought it would be cool to introduce a segment on our AUGForums.com Live Broadcast to highlight tips and tricks like these.
Ryan came up with the catchy idea to call it #AcumaticaTnT – Acumatica Tips and Tricks that will blow your mind. We introduced the first segment on AUGForums.com Live 7 (click here).
For those of you who don’t know, let’s briefly cover what a hashtag is. A hashtag is typically used on social media platforms to “tag” a post and make it easy to find other posts with that same tag. If you discover something that you think is cool in Acumatica, you can post it on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. using #AcumaticaTnT. This makes it really easy for others on that social media platform to click on #AcumaticaTnT and see other Acumatica Tips and Tricks.
When I started AUGForums.com back in April 2013 (known at the time as https://perpetualacumaticalearner.wordpress.com), I did it because I wanted to take notes in a way that I could search those notes using Google.
When I take notes in a Word document, I tend to lose those notes in my overcrowded digital file folders.
When I “take notes” in a blog post or a forums post, I can find what I wrote using a Google search.
Megan Friesen made a post a few months ago that caught my attention because she was basically doing the same thing. She started off her Denominated Currency Accounts, Foreign Currency and Project Accounting (click here) discussion topic with “I’m noting this here for some future reference”. Later she confirmed what I suspected by saying, “this way I can google it and find it and hopefully save some other VARs the same headaches we had”. Brilliant! I’m motivated by the same thing!
So, I did some thinking about how we could bring the hashtag concept into the Forums on AUGForums.com and I came up with a way to categorize all Discussion Topics into two main categories:
1. #AcumaticaTnT (in red)
2. Questions (in blue)
If you click on Megan’s post above, you will see at the top that there is a red button called #AcumaticaTnT:
If you click on that red button, it will take you to a listing of all #AcumaticaTnT discussion topics:
When you are looking at the forums homepage, you’ll notice that most posts fall into the Questions (blue) category. But, every now and then, you can notice an #AcumaticaTnT (red) category.
How do discussion topics land in #AcumaticaTnT vs. Questions? That’s something I do manually. It has the side benefit of giving me a way to review all new discussion topics as I’m hunting for SPAMMY posts that need to be deleted.
Coming back to the all-important Google search that I mentioned above, here are a couple of examples of what you can do with a Google search.
If you want to confine your search to AUGForums.com, you can add “site:augforums.com” to the end of your search. Let’s say you want to search for how to download Report Designer, but you only want to search AUGForums.com. You can do this:
download report designer site:augforums.com
Or maybe, if your brains works like mine does, you’ll remember a specific phrase.
You can wrap a specific phrase in double quotes to force Google to look for that specific phrase.
Megan can find her post by searching for this:
"denominated gl account" site:augforums.com
Please use #AcumaticaTnT on social media.
And please share Acumatica Tips and Tricks that you’ve learned here in the Forums (click here). I’ll assign it to the #AcumaticaTnT category so it will stand out from Questions.
Do to time constraints, I continue to review all posts in the Forums, but I’m only able to respond to posts that I mark as #AcuamaticaTnT. For Questions (click here), I suggest posting over at Community.Acumatica.com (click here).