Forums Improvement Thread (934 Views)
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Dennis Handly
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Message 26 of 79 (316 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

>Wim: when they are visibly marked as "bad".

There is a thumbs down on the ITRC Forum Stats page:
http://www.itrcstats.info/index.php
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George_Dodds
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Message 27 of 79 (316 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

SEP or maybe just SP now ;-)

Since your points are now up in the heavens what about an astronaut's helmet!

Cheers

George
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V. Nyga
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Message 28 of 79 (316 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

ping ....
and I still wait for a 'simple' replication of the links:
IT resource center forums > Your questions regarding ITRC Forums > general
- which is at the beginning of a thread -
at the end of a thread.
For a long thread (like this one for example) it would be very helpful.

Volkmar
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RicN
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Message 29 of 79 (316 Views)

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What I really would like to see is more information in the forum thread overview page.

Now I can only see something like:

Threadname, original-poster, number of replies and DATE-of-last-reply.

This makes it kind of hard to spot when a thread that you might be interested in has recieved new posts. In many forum you can also see username of last poster and the time of this post.

That would make it much more easy to read the forums.
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Dennis Handly
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Message 30 of 79 (316 Views)

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>RicN: This makes it kind of hard to spot when a thread that you might be interested in has received new posts.

I assume that having the time of day may be all you need?

You do know you can get mail when someone replies?
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RicN
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Message 31 of 79 (314 Views)

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>I assume that having the time of day may be all you need?

Yes, to be able to see the time of the last post would the most important.

Second to that would be in my opinion to also see the username of the last poster.

>You do know you can get mail when someone replies?

Yes, and that is a good feature, but perhaps mainly for threads that I have started myself or for threads where I have a special interest.

However, since there are lots of interesting other threads that I would like to casualy follow it would be nice to be able to easy spot if there has been new posts during the day.
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RicN
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Message 32 of 79 (314 Views)

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I have done some more thinking and I hope to be more clear about what I belive is the problem with the thread display.

(Please see attached image.)

If I have read a certain thread the link does appear in the webbrowser as "visited", i.e. purple. If someone then post a new reply in the thread this does not change. The only way I could see that a new message have posted is if I have memorized the number of replies and can see that it is now higher.

Since that is kind of hard I instead have to click the interesting threads every now and then to check if any new replies have arrived.

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Jan van den Ende
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Message 33 of 79 (314 Views)

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RicN,

I have suggested something alike multiple times (focussing on Posting TIME), and never seen it happen.
Nevertheless, I am glad you brought it up again. Let this entry be counted as a full "Me too" for your request!!!!!

Proost.

Have one on me.

jpe
Don't rust yours pelled jacker to fine doll missed aches.
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Rob Leadbeater
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Message 34 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

Ping...
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Autocross.US
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Message 35 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

A minor annoyance with the forums for me is trying to open URLs in threads in a new tab and not having the option because of the use of the 'javascript:openExternal' code. Often times threads will point to other threads that point to other threads, etc...

It would be great to have the option to open these URLs in tabs instead of in the current window. So my suggestion would be to replace the JavaScript method with standard html reference tags.

thanks,

I drive way too fast to worry about calories.
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Marlou Everson
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Message 36 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

I second Autocross.US's suggestion. It definitely would make it easier/faster to follow the links to other information and be able to keep reviewing the original thread.

Marlou
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Patrick Wallek
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Message 37 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

Add my vote to Autocross' suggestion as well!
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Dennis Handly
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Message 38 of 79 (314 Views)

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>Autocross.US: is trying to open URLs in threads in a new tab and not having the option

I thought IE works fine?

I use firefox and had this problem. I use a add-on to solve this issue: URL Link
(There are cases where a #xxx at the end doesn't work.)

I open 10-30 tabs when looking at the forum.
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Marlou Everson
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Message 39 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

Thank you Dennis!

I installed the Firefox URL Link add-on and tested it out on a couple different sites. It works great.

Marlou
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RicN
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Message 40 of 79 (314 Views)

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I have a suggestion to separate the wireless forum into two.

Now, under networking we have one forum for infrastructure questions regarding switches and similar (http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/familyhome.do?familyId=268) which is very good.

Then there is the "communications, wireless" forum (http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/categoryhome.do?categoryId=270) which mostly holds laptop related wireless question, that is troubleshooting PC's. In here is also the the same type of infrastructure questions as in the switch forum, that is regarding Access Points, the Procurve Wireless Edge Service module, Radio Ports and all other technical "high end" questions.

I think it now is a strange mix which makes that forum part it a little hard to use. What I would like is to seperate the wireless forum into two:

One forum for wireless client problems, like laptop problems with drivers and similar.

One forum for wireless infrastrucure problems, with everything regarding AP, WES, RP, administration of WLANs and similar.
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Hein van den Heuvel
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Message 41 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

One of the improvement requests myself and other have had it a basic SPELLING function.

I just noticed, and wanted to point out for the benefit of others, that now with GOOGLE CHROME as browser you get a (English) spell checker with any text box, including replies here.

fwiw,
Hein.

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Patrick Wallek
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Message 42 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

You have this in Firefox as well.
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Shoghi Martinez G.
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Message 43 of 79 (314 Views)

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In the Useful Links section of the Data Protector Forums must be some "Useful Links"
like:
Data protector home page/download,
Data protector patch download page,
Support Matrices, etc....


Not only the "SSO web portal" link.

I know that there are a patch link, but this is the general patch download link not the DP specific patch download.

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Mark McDonald_2
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Message 44 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

Some way of getting points for answers where the Original Poster has got his answer then cleared off without so much as a thanks?

Perhaps a pop up saying you need to assign points for these answers?

I am trying to get a better hat, but its hard work!!!
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Michael Leu
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Message 45 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

As Autocross.US suggested, please please please get rid of the 'javascript:openExternal'.

Thanks.
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Rob Leadbeater
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Message 46 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

Ping to the top.
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Gregory J. Boehnlein
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Message 47 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

One thing that I have found very helpful in other forums is the ability for members to communicate privately. This has come in very handy on the Vmware Communities forums on several occasions, where I have been provided solutions containing private and sensitive information that is not fit for public consumption. I.E. configurations that have not been "sanitized" out of necessity. Is there any possibility of private communication between Forum mebers here?
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Jan van den Ende
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Message 48 of 79 (314 Views)

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Gregory,

That possibility DOES exist now!
(at least in the VMS forum) it is not uncommon to read things like:
- if you want to discuss detals that are unfit for an open forum like this contact me personally at
myname at mycomp dot mycountry
or something like that.
Or the other way around:
- please can I have more private contact? Then answer at
op dot mysite at myprovider dot com.

Email addresses in non-machine readable but readily decipherable form.

hth

Proost.

Have one on me.

jpe
Don't rust yours pelled jacker to fine doll missed aches.
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zeroseven0183
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Message 49 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

Are there any plans of improving the look and feel of this Forums?

I usually do stay in forums for technical support and sometimes for community relations, for example, the Ubuntu Community Forums.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. (Sydney J. Harris)
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shiv_p
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Message 50 of 79 (314 Views)

Re: Forums Improvement Thread

Why TOP Members is not uniform??

Some places...it display top 10...in some top 5 only.

I was wondering if I can appear in top 10 in Quality Center :)

~~Shivaram
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