Through custom fields, you can have ideas display fields that are customized for your
community. For example, you could create a dropdown field that lists specific areas of
interest to your community -- people would select the area to which their idea
You add a custom field through the admin console.
Note: Deleting a custom field will
remove from the system all data corresponding to that field (other aspects of the
idea are unaffected).
Fastpath: Admin Console: Ideas > Idea Settings >
Field Types Available
A custom field can be one of several types. Choose a type that best suits the kind of
information the field will capture. For example, if the field will contain the
answer to a "yes or no" question, then you're probably better off using the Check
box type (which people can select for "Yes") than a Text type (where people would
The field types you can choose include:
Text -- A small box in which to type a brief amount of text.
Text area -- A larger box for typing larger amounts of text. In this box,
the text wraps and the box itself can be made larger or smaller by the
person typing in it.
Drop down -- A collapsible list of values from which a person can choose
Radio button -- A set of option buttons from which a person can choose only
Check box -- One or more boxes from which a person can select any
Configuring Types With Multiple Options
Unlike the text types, the drop down, radio button, and check box types provide
multiple selections, which can make them a little more complicated to set up. That's
because for each of these types, you're often specifying a list of options that
people in the community should see when they're editing the field in an idea.
Here are the basic steps:
While editing or adding a field, select one of those field types from the
Field Type dropdown.
Under Add options for this custom field, click Add Option to
add a new entry.
In the box provided, type the name of the option as it should be displayed
in the community.
For each additional option you need, click Add Option and type its
When you have a complete list of options, find the one that should be the
default field (applied for newly-created ideas), then click its
When you're done adding options, click Save Field.
Adding or Configuring a Custom Field
To configure a custom field:
In the admin console, on the Custom Fields page,
To work with an existing field, find the field you want to
configure, then click its Edit icon. Below the list of
fields, under Edit custom field, notice that the settings for
the field you chose to edit are displayed.
To add a new field, under Add new field, simply start by
typing the field's name.
Edit custom field settings to make the changes you want:
Field Name -- The field's name as it will be displayed in the
Field Type -- The kind of field this should be -- a text box,
a dropdown list, a set of radio button options, and so on. For
information on configuring the types that display multiple options,
see Configuring Types with Multiple Options.
Required -- Select this to require people in the community to
give this field a value before they can save the idea.
Options -- If you've chosen a field type that supports
multiple options (such as radio buttons), you can configure the
options here. For information on configuring the types that display
multiple options, see Configuring Types with Multiple Options.