Topics are used on Maddie's Pet Forum to help categorize discussions and resources which makes all content easily searchable. Members of the Animal Welfare Professionals community must select at least one topic when creating posts
or when adding files to the Resource Center
. Members are also encouraged to follow topics of interest to curate the notifications you receive in your Personalized Digest emails.On your profile
, there are two areas related to topics: "Topics I Follow
" and "Observed Topics
To follow topics of interest, click on the "+ Add a Topic" button to reveal the list of 25 Animal Welfare topics. This is the most direct way to ensure you receive the content you're most interested in.
Topics that have an asterisk * next to them mean that they are a specific Human Animal Support Services (HASS) Element.
These have recently been added to better support the members of the HASS Learning Community and you do not need to be a HASS project participant in order to post to these topics.
As you interact with discussions and resources in the Animal Welfare Professionals Community, the system performs calculations based on your actions (such as reading, favoriting, liking and commenting on content) to automatically promote content you're interested in in your Personalized Digest email. These are shown on your profile as your Observed Interests
. You can easily remove any of these interests by clicking on the gray x next to the topic name.