Last month we listened to all your comments and feedback regarding the new forum.
I am going to take this opportunity to provide you with some information on what is going on, and most importantly what to expect in future.
If I try to categorize your feedback in broad areas, this is how I would do it -
There have been other minor glitches that have been recorded for fixing them – thanks to you for reporting that.
To ensure we are going in the right direction, we are taking help of SWUGN leaders & SOLIDWORKS Champions. These leaders and champions are our advisors and vocal representatives of this community. I would sincerely thank them for taking time out of their busy schedule and providing us their valuable input in finalizing few of the proposals we have on the table now.
Here are some examples of what will come your way.
Please keep in mind that all these proposals may still go through changes and are subject to change before they become live on the forum.
In order to provide optimal use of screen space while giving ease of use in browsing for new content, in addition to content view and timeline view, we will provide to you a “Compact view”. When used, this option should appear as following in its final form.
This itself needs at least two sub-deliveries that will happen independently
We might deliver them independently (meaning, release functionality as soon as it is ready, rather than waiting for the complete solution).
To help with finding topics that may be of interest to you, in addition to sorting based on “Creation date” and “Latest contribution” a new sorting method “Trending” will be provided. When used, “Trending” order will put the post/question/media/wiki – with latest comment on top.
We plan a big set of enhancements in the comments section and it will be delivered to you over time. Though in short term our biggest priority is
Something simple that tripped a lot of members out there – in comments section, enter needs to add a new line, and not post the comment.
Deliver easy access to your Bookmarks of your favorite articles, by going to your profile, rather than where it is today (drop down button next to the forum name itself).
Ability to publish and view SOLIDWORKS data on the community
Bugs pointed out will be tracked and fixed as well.
Some other big areas are still under active discussion. E.g., search in community, finding sub-topics/using tags in an easy way, applying existing tags in new content creation, etc. are going through some more rounds of changes, and hence I can’t share them yet.
Some of these enhancements/fixes are quite easy to fix (matter of weeks) and some of them need more time (matter of months). Though we will go through a continuous delivery approach and will deliver these changes as they become production ready, and will not let you wait for long.
You will keep on hearing back from us frequently.
Please continue to provide us with your valuable feedback, we really appreciate all your valuable comments.