As mentioned in other threads, we are working on enhancements to the Keil forum.
As a starting point, we looked at suggestions in these previous threads. We will not be able to add all of these features, but even those that don't make it will server as guidance for us.
- http://www.keil.com/forum/17220/ - http://www.keil.com/forum/17398/ - http://www.keil.com/forum/57375
I shall do my best to summarize these below. If not otherwise specified, assume these comments come from thread 17220.
These are from 10 years ago, so... - Which suggestions are no longer relevant? - Which ones are needed now more than ever? - What new feedback do you have? - What features do you love about the current forum that you would NOT want see disappear?
Since this is your forum, we want to make sure enhancements work for the community. We'll try to make enhancements that meet the overall themes and goals you lay out (with the resources and time we have).
Thank you again for your participation in this forum, and all the good suggestions and conversations you have given over the years. We hope with these enhancements, will keep our community going for years to come.
Old threads should be locked BEFORE someone posts X years later,
not AFTER, which seems to be the current behaviour.
Provide a simple means to ask a SIMILAR question, where the
current thread is provided as context, but discouraging just saying
"Me Too" by providing a means to provide current/specific
Auto-generate a list of related threads/questions asked when
displaying the current one. Think Amazon, people who bought X looked
at Y. Rank by relevance/score, ideally just as a short title. Perhaps
provide for a means to up-vote, or add to the list.
Make sure 'Search' actually works. see SaXlesforce based sites to
see how NOT to do it. Typically either completely fails to list
threads with known content, or a wall of noise.
Fit forum to browser page width, regardless of how large the
screen is. I'll resize if I don't like how it flows, but don't serve
a screen with 60% of unused space.
Two or three flags from high karma users will hide spam
immediately for review by staff on duty. Sufficient flagging on a
single user, or multiple hiding behind a single IP, should be enough
to hide content from everyone except the user(s) in question. ie they
don't know they are invisible, but their behaviour reinforces
internally scoring as a spammer.
Thanks for the quick reply and good suggestions.
re: SaXlesforce, is it search by metadata that you want to
discourage? Ranking results?
re: BB-code - is this something you still use? Should we be
looking into it?
Waiting period: (or similar deterrant)
Seconded. Or acctually, make that thousandsted, or whatever a proper
English term would be for emphasizing the absolute importance of
Captchas simply don't work. It's extremely obvious they don't
actually keep spammers from spamming, and they do annoy legitimate
Moderation by users
Again, thousandsted. We've been having spam waves rather evidently
synchronized to time windows when there wouldn't be anybody in any
position to do about them. That's what you get once spammers realize
such windows exist, and the community has no way to help itself.
Finally, after all this time, fix the display of posting times,
The displayed "most recent" time for a thread differs from the time
of the actual posting by some timezone offset. Even though both
expliitely claim to be in GMT. If nothing else can be done, at least
remove the "GMT" from the one that's not, perhaps?
Just to clarify on the time zones: my previous posting diplays,
here, as 14:23 GMT, whereas according to the thread list, it's
supposed to be from 21:23 GMT.
Well, those timestamps are both wrong. The post was actually made
at 15:23 CEST (i.e. UDT+0200), which would be 13:23 GMT.
Check out whatever is powering the NXP Community forum. Modern UI,
powerful editor, feature-packed, fast, easy to use (search, post,
comment, vote, etc.).
Haven't used that one, so can't comment on it.
Also check out what is powering the ST forum - and avoid
Also avoid Jive - the disaster area which they used
Atmel's "community" is another counter-example.
Nordic's forum is quite good - but with a few bizarre quirks &
I like the Nordic forums too...
What "few bizarre quirks & stupidities" have you run into? I
want to make sure we avoid those.
Take a look on their 'backstage' forum!
There is a bizarre behaviour with @mentions
Quoting is buggy
Sometimes pages don't load completely - usually noticed because
the buttons to reply, etc, are missing.
The way it hides & re-orders posts can make threads very hard
Search is not very good.
Kevin B said:I like the Nordic forums too
It appears that the new forum is exactly the same platform that Nordic are using!
Andy Neil said:'backstage' forum
Is there now a specific area here for forum-related questions/issues ?
View all questions in Keil forum