As you may have noticed before getting to this post, we have just introduced a few changes to our Community Site, with special incidence in the Forums area. This is just the first batch of numerous improvements we have planned for the coming months but we thought it would be best to ship early, ship often.
So, what’s new?
We added a sticky note at the top of the Community Screen, where we will post important news and updates for our members. We will also use it to remind non community members how cool it is to enroll!
You can dismiss this note if you want to.
General List improvements
We cleaned up Topic previews in Forum List, Forum View and Recent Activity Lists. You can now see a picture and post of the original poster and we also made the Thumbs Up/Down more prominent. This will help you better select at a glance which threads you want to read about.
For consistency, we also improved the Component previews in Component List.
We improved navigation between forums by adding a bread crumbs bar at the top of all forum pages.
Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down
Though we’ve had Thumbs Up in the Community for a while, they were so small they were easy to miss. On top of that, we did not have Thumbs Down at all!
We felt it was a good idea to potentiate this democratic way of the Community to self-regulate itself, as well as provide an easy way for the shy members to contribute so we propped it up in both the Forums and Downloads areas.
Threaded Mode in Topic View
Though most times our Q&A threads read best as a continuous stream, we feel on some topics you may want to cascade the posts according to who replied to whom. Because of this you can now switch from Flat to Threaded mode at the top of each topic.
Please note that older threads have no reply-to info and will display Flatly regardless of the mode.
You’ll also notice that OutSystems employee profiles are now clearly marked as such.
Quoting Topic and Quick Reply
If you reply to a particular post, the forum will now quote the message you’re replying to before entering edit mode. You can then pick which section you want to leave or delete the quote altogether.
Not only that but, to simplify contributing to a topic, we added a quick reply section at the bottom of each thread so you can just type in and go!
Official OutSystems Documentation Badge
Certain posts on the Forums are expertly written and then reviewed by qualified OutSystems staff before being posted and qualify as part of the “canon” of Official OutSystems Documentation.
Every such post will now be marked with this badge as a means for users to immediately know that the info therein is current and correct.
Official OutSystems Supported Component Badge
Similar to the post certification process described before, certain Components available for download have been officially released and supported by OutSystems.
These Components will now be branded with this badge as a means for users to immediately know that OutSystems vouches for the providence of this component and its functionality.
Improved Profile Page
We have thoroughly cleaned up the profile page with this release. Now you can access all info about a user, including his posts and replies, his components and Wisdom Of The Crowds ideas and even internet persona (linkedin, twitter, facebook etc) ideas in a single profile page!
Similarly you can see how much the user’s contributions to the community are valued by his aggregate Thumbs scoring.
A lot more will be coming up!
Until then, enjoy,