• Advanced Features

Idea States

What Are Idea States?

Kindling has a robust Idea Workflow system. Once an Idea has been created in Kindling, participants begin to comment and vote on the Idea. At any time, a Moderator or Administrator can place the Idea into one of a number of States, representing where the Idea stands on the road to implementation. Kindling comes with a number of States already built-in:

  • Open, which is the default State for all new Ideas.
  • Paused, meaning that the Idea has been set aside for the moment, but may be reopened in the future. This closes voting on an Idea but still allows for comments.
  • Approved, which signals that the Idea is now moving out of Kindling and into the organization for implementation. This closes voting on an Idea but still allows for comments.
  • Declined, which means that the Idea, for one reason or another, will not be implemented at this time. This closes voting on an Idea but still allows for comments.
  • Completed, which tells participants that the Idea has been fully implemented. This is usually the follow-up to Approved Ideas. Voting remains closed, but comments remain open.

In addition to these default States, Administrators may create custom States to more fully represent their organization‘s own workflow. Some examples of this might include “Budget Review” or “Legal Review”.

What States Can an Idea Have?

The default States in the Kindling Workflow are Open, Paused, Approved, Declined, and Completed. Kindling Administrators may create their own custom Workflow States, setting up their Idea Workflows to match their organizations’ existing procedures.

An Idea’s state, once it has moved to something other than "Open", is clearly denoted in the Idea display.

state approved

state declined

Are There Other States an Idea Can Have?

Administrators can set up any number of idea states for a customized Idea Workflow. The descriptions and roles of these states will be unique to each administrator and organization. These supplemental states may or may not allow voting, but all states allow comments.