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General Topics are one of three different types of Topics on Vable. When a General Topic is created, it is available to be used within multiple shared Newsletters, in Personal Alerts, and on the MyVable self service platform. This can save time by allowing you, or other Administrators, to quickly repurpose well-crafted Topics in multiple ways.

General Topics can be created from the Articles page by saving a Vable search; from the Sources page by adding a source directly to a Topic; or from the Topics page. General Topics can consist of one or more searches.

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Creating a General Topic from the Articles Page

Craft your search on the Articles page and click Save Vable Search. You then will be taken to the Topics page - the teal banner indicates you are in a workflow and that a further action is required to complete the process.

Select Create New Topic.

Note: Within the workflow, you have the option to go back to the Articles page, or to add your search to an existing Topic. By default, this list is filtered to show Topics for which you are the owner, though this filter can be removed to see all Topics.

In the dialog box, type over the existing text fields to name the Topic and the search. Add descriptions if you wish, and click on the checkmark to save. Remember that this is a General Topic, so any edits will affect all other Newsletters where the Topic is used.

You will then be asked to activate the search. Select Yes to immediately include results in your Topic or skip the activation if you plan to continue editing the search prior to including results in your Newsletter. Articles will not populate a Newsletter unless they have been activated here.

You now have the option to add a further search to the Topic. Repeat the process until you have completed building your General Topic.

There are a number of icons associated with each search. If you hover over the blue filter icon, you can preview the search query and applied filters. Click on the toggle to activate/deactivate the search. Clicking on the cogwheel will take you into a workflow, allowing you to modify the search. The red trash icon will delete the search.

When you have finished creating and managing the Topic, close the dialog box. It will appear in the list view of the Topics page as a General Topic.

Creating a General Topic from the Sources Page

You can create a General Topic directly from a source within the Source page. This will feed all content from the selected source(s) into the General Topic with no additional search query or filtering applied.

To do so, navigate to the Sources page and locate the required source(s). Use the checkbox to the left of the source name to select the required source(s), then select the three dots icon at the top of the list. From the dropdown menu, select the option to Add X source(s) to topic.

You then will be taken to the Topics page - the teal banner indicates you are in a workflow and that a further action is required to complete the process.

Select Create New Topic.

Note: Within the workflow, you have the option to go back to the Sources page, or to add your search to an existing Topic. By default, this list is filtered to show Topics for which you are the owner, though this filter can be removed to see all Topics.

In the dialog box, type over the existing text fields to name the Topic and the search. Add descriptions if you wish, and click on the checkmark to save.

You will then be asked to activate the search. Select Yes to immediately include results in your Topic. Articles will not populate a Newsletter unless they have been activated here.

You have now created a General Topic, directly from a source. It will appear in the list view of the Topics page as a General Topic.

Creating a General Topic from the Topics Page

You can also create General Topics from the Topics page. 

Click on the teal button New Topic. You will be taken into the Topic details view where you must name your Topic. You can add a description if you wish. Click Create Topic. The page will refresh to display some additional options, allowing you to populate your Topic with searches.

Use the teal Configure Topic button and follow the prompt to add a new search. You will be taken into a workflow, identifiable by the teal banner, where you can craft your search. Once you have crafted your search, click Save in the top right corner of the page. You will be taken back to the Topic configuration dialog box to name and activate your search.

Making a General Topic available on MyVable

General Topics can be used across multiple Newsletters and also made available to End Users on the MyVable self service portal. This way your End Users will be able to discover Topics that might be of their interest and follow them, as well as add them to their Personal Alert.

To a General Topic available on MyVable, either click on the three dots icon on the far right next it and select Publish to Self Service or to update multiple Topics at once, check the box(es) next to each Topic and choose Add to Self Service from the three dots at the top of the list view.

You can also make them available from the Topic’s detail view by clicking on More Details and then tick Publish to Self Service under the title and description fields then on Save Changes.

You can always review which Topics have been made available on MyVable from the Topics page by using the Self Service quick options.

Please note that any Topic made available on the MyVable self service platform will display the description field along with its title.

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