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Torsten, To reply to a post, you create a new "status update" and then click on the "reply to a site" link under the update box. You can put the URL for the post/page you're replying into the box and it will send a webmention to that site to notify them (they'll need to support receiving webmentions to get it), otherwise you can ping them via social media or some other channel. I often find it easier to use the bookmarklet at http://known.boffosocko.com/account/settings/tools/ from my browser toolbar to create quick replies, likes, bookmarks, posts, etc. directly from the page I'm interacting with.

Known has lots of options for various configurations to allow you either personal sites, group sites, schoolwide sites, or all of the above. If you're a developer, you can delve into the code directly and play around. If you're not a developer or for ideas about what you could do and configurations for large and small groups, I'd recommend you contact the company directly at: http://withknown.com for details, options, plans, etc. There's also a Known developer Google Group if you're looking for particular ideas or help: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/known-dev.

This particular sandbox is something I set up as a playground primarily for independent users who are in the broader space (https:indieweb.org), so it's not necessarily geared toward an academic use per-se,though much of my work is closely related to the education market. This particular site is not fully configured for all the social media channels (yet) nor does it have all of the community plugins and functionality I'd like it to. My personal Known site with a lot more of the plugins (http://docs.withknown.com/en/latest/plugins/community/) and options is at http://stream.boffosocko.com, though because it's locked down for just my use, you can't create an account like you could here.

Interested in open & ? Registrations are now open for Summit 2017 in Portland 6/24-25 https://2017.indieweb.org

If newcomers need a site to play with/test for Homebrew Website Club tonight, I've built http://known.boffosocko.com

I've always wanted to host my own silo!