What features are we missing, what do you want to see added?

Brad Sams
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Welcome to the new forums, are we missing a feature you want or have an idea about how to make this place better? Please use this thread to capture those ideas.

 

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  1. 13 | Reply
    prjkthack Alpha Member #2438 - 2 months ago

    Is there a way to edit your own posts that I'm not seeing? If not, that would be a wonderful thing to add.

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      J_Numan - 2 months ago

      Yes definetly need an edit function.

      Signatures, so people can see your kit you have, always useful at a glannce or when helping.
      Does not seem to be any spellchecking going on or available either?

    2. 0 | Reply
      tonyblack1964 Alpha Member #1312 - 2 months ago

      +1 for editing posts

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      Siv Alpha Member #451 - 2 months ago
      In reply to prjkthack:

      Exactly that is a glaring omission.

      Also what is the P that appears at the bottom left of the input box?

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    keithwc Alpha Member #1430 - 2 months ago

    I think an e-mail alert function would be great to have.  That way, if there's a thread that I'm interested in, I will know when a new post was made or even when a response was made to a question that I posted.  Example: I posted a question shortly after the forums went live, but I wasn't aware till just now (later in the afternoon) that a response was made.

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      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      This one is in the queue 

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      wright_is Alpha Member #1319 - 2 months ago

      This, plus I haven't found anywhere, where I can look at all of my posts. I find that useful, when I know I wrote a comment and want to check up on it, but can't remember which article it was posted against...

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      leilabd Alpha Member #509 - 2 months ago

      I stumbled on this accidentally. Try https://www.thurrott.com/users/wright_is

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      wright_is Alpha Member #1319 - 2 months ago

      Thanks for that. Not ideal, but better than nothing.

  3. 6 | Reply
    maethorechannen Alpha Member #377 - 2 months ago

    A way to edit posts would be nice.

  4. 4 | Reply
    DrPizza - 2 months ago

    Also I'd like a feature to make it so that Brad's face isn't looking at me all the time.

    1. 2 | Reply
      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      I'm working on the "real life" version of this feature first.

    2. 0 | Reply
      Andrewzarian Alpha Member #27 - 2 months ago

      hahahah

    3. 0 | Reply
      ABianucci Alpha Member #391 - 2 months ago

      That is kinda creepy on how big it is.   Plus it's a "serial killer" type of photo from the Most Wanted Wall :)

  5. 4 | Reply
    TheJoeFin Alpha Member #227 - 2 months ago

    Is the support section intented for personal tech support questions or just forum support?

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    hounsell - 2 months ago

    Signatures would be nice.

    How else am I going to use this forum to shill BuildFeed with every post?

    1. 3 | Reply
      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

      I'm sure plenty of people would like them, but count me in the camp that doesn't. Signatures don't serve much of a purpose other than to allow for continual spamming of links.

    2. 0 | Reply
      KPRROK Alpha Member #302 - 2 months ago

      I was going to suggest signatures, but I figured I just hadn't found them yet!

    3. 0 | Reply
      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 1 month ago
      In reply to hounsell:

      I kind of prefer the clean look... 

  7. 4 | Reply
    RamblingGeek Alpha Member #1038 - 2 months ago

    Email me when a post of mine is replied to?

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    polloloco51 - 2 months ago

    I would like to also suggest  a Linux forum section. While the majority of Thurrott readers are Windows users and fans like me. Microsoft is embracing Linux more by integrating bash into Windows 10. There are some Microsoft products available on Linux like Skype!

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    polloloco51 - 2 months ago

    I think it is a good idea to combine free and premium comments. The way it is right now, it comes across as if premium comments are better than free comments, when they are really not.

    1. 1 | Reply
      Bill_Strong - 2 months ago

      Not to mention not being able to reply to Premium members creates two seperate silos of commentation. 

    2. 0 | Reply
      StephenCWLL - 2 months ago

      Absolutely. Segregating communities after all has such a rich and successful history, right?

    3. 0 | Reply
      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      On the forums there is one comment thread so premium users don't get any special treatment there aside from notation that they are premium.  The premium users do have a premium forum where they can play.

      The comments on blog posts do have two sperate threads so Premium users have their own thread if they like.  They can participate in either thread.

    4. 1 | Reply
      StephenCWLL - 2 months ago

      Totally disagree with segergating premium and non-premium post comments. Looks daft, old-fashioned and adds an extra layer of clutter.

    5. 0 | Reply
      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

      As a premium member I don't think I'd remember to click over to the non-premium comments at that will make me miss out. I wish they were combined but weighted. Only time will tell, maybe I can adjust my usage but it is unlikely because I'm old and lazy.

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    BlueCaret Alpha Member #173 - 2 months ago

    More distinction between the username and "Alpha Member" text would be nice. Hard to read just the username of someone right now, maybe just make Alpha member text lighter or darker? We already have the icon, don't think the text needs to be that much emphasized.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

      On a related note please allow the user to toggle whether to show Alpha Member #. My number while highly desired by some, doesn't represent the type of image I'd prefer to portray.

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    BlueCaret Alpha Member #173 - 2 months ago

    Would prefer to see comments sorted by date by default, or at least remember my selection when I click the sort option.

    1. 5 | Reply
      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      I agree with the "remember my selection" functionality.  I just added this to the repo...stay tuned.

    2. 1 | Reply
      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

      I like the weighted comment system by default but I would like it to remember my choice.

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    dell44223 Alpha Member #2292 - 2 months ago

    Suggestion: Allow display name on Forums to be username or Full Name (and/or allow Username changes).

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    RamblingGeek Alpha Member #1038 - 2 months ago

    As I'm already a premium member, could the top right ad banner be removed, when I'm logged in?

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    BlueCaret Alpha Member #173 - 2 months ago

    What about a spot to post questions for Paul's other podcasts? Since he posts new episodes on this site I would expect a section for those as well as the new one and Brad's.

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    TrevorL Alpha Member #2428 - 2 months ago

    I really don't need to see "Alpha Member #nnnn" alongside my name.  The alpha overlay on the profile pic is quite sufficient.  The number itself is completely irrelevant.

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    inlocoabsentia Alpha Member #1634 - 2 months ago

    Sooner or later, we'll want forum search.

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      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago
      Absolutely.  I think it'll be a good idea for us to create a way to communicate what's in the pipeline but there are some basic forum-like features that are planned: Thread Subscriptions Forum Search User notifications (comment replies)
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      ABianucci Alpha Member #391 - 2 months ago

      +1 on User Notifications.  I had to go back this morning not realizing I would not get a notification on a thread I had started.  Made me feel like a dou$$ because people took the time to respond and I was MIA.

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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

    I would like to be able to click on usernames and profile pictures to go to the user's profile. Presently I can only click on the name if the user started a thread in the forum not just a comment.

     

    Also being able to search for user profiles would be good.

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    BlueCaret Alpha Member #173 - 2 months ago

    Is there a subscribe to post option so we can know when new posts are made to a thread?

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      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      We're working on this.

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    truerock - 2 months ago

    Are you missing features?  You are kidding - correct?

     

    Look at https://answers.microsoft.com for an example of a forum sight of average quality.

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    truerock - 2 months ago

    As far as I can tell - there is no spell check and there is no way to edit a previously posted post.

    So, I would suggest your system is below average in functionality.

     

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    StephenCWLL - 2 months ago

    Spellchequeing doungnut seem tool bee working ...

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    RamblingGeek Alpha Member #1038 - 2 months ago

    Having as others have said a Edit and a "Like" comment

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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

    I think you should rework (shrink) the sharing bar, the 7 options available presently are probably all that are needed but you could shrink each button down to the logo so it isn't such an eyesore.

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    lordbaal1 - 2 months ago

    Login isn't complete. I signed in with twitter. So now when I sign in, I have to go back to the registration page. Then once I say sign in with twitter. It doesn't redirect me back to the previous page.
    Login with twitter(and the others) should be an option at the top, when we click log in.

    I think they should only be 1 comments section. Not 2.
    Non premis should be able to reply to premis.
    Why do you have 2 different one anyway?
    You shouldn’t segregate.
    We can't edit our comments.
    When someone replies to my comment, I don't get an email like with disqus.
    A new line is just like office. Where you have a big space between lines.
    We can't block people, so I can't block trolls.
    I prefer the old disqus.

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      StephenCWLL - 2 months ago

      When I load up the site in chrome on my phone I don't the option to log in via anything other than the site. i.e. no twitter.

    2. 0 | Reply
      Energy Alpha Member #2181 - 2 months ago

      Lordbaal1, in your separate thread (Bring back diqus), I replied as to why Disqus isn't being used.  Brad addressed this at least twice that I know of.

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    fanchettes - 1 month ago

    im a newbie so its entirely possible i'm missing it. is there a way to search content on the home page?

  26. 0 | Reply
    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 1 month ago

    I haven't figured out how to make the site water the plants on my desk yet....

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    rtodd_us Alpha Member #1012 - 2 months ago

    I would like to suggest someway to filter read threads vs unread threads instead of seeing all of them in a given forum.

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    hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 2 months ago

    In the Thurrott site's front-end, formerly when one clicked on the comments link below article titles, the article would open AND would scroll down to the comments section. Now it only opens the article. Maybe this changes next week when the new site front-end debuts.

    I guess alpha members are paying alpha testers.

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    jmccartan Alpha Member #2528 - 2 months ago

    Is there a way to see Premium content only?  A link that would show just the premium content stories?  (Not sure if this is already mentioned or reuqested as I didn't read through the entire thread.)

     

    thanks

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    MacNala - 2 months ago

    Not sure if it is there or not but a means to mark all the posts as read and an email notification of a reply to my posts would be nice.

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    craigsn Alpha Member #1353 - 2 months ago

    Brad, I don't see a way to search the website. Maybe I"m missing something, but if I want to find, for example the information on the intel nuc that Paul is using, how do I find that article(s).

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    richard Alpha Member #862 - 2 months ago

    Really need search functionality- unless I'm missing the link?

     

    would be really useful to be able to search through all of the article archives.

     

    thanks

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    fuzzsdad Alpha Member #540 - 2 months ago

    Well, you have those nice monitors or televisions behind you in your studios and maybe we can get a little more graphic support for what you are talking about during the podcasts. I noticed Paul has usually chosen a picture and Brad has the generic Thurrott.com logo or something up there. I know it's more work but those nice monitors seem wasted so far.

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    ThomasMNS Alpha Member #518 - 2 months ago

    Perhaps a website suggestion rather than a forum one, but I think a calendar page could be fun. You and Paul could use it to show the dates you're doing things like 

    - Meetups 
    - Live podcasts and speaking at events
    - Attending conferences, or providing coverage of them on the site

    Could also include the days that The Sams Report / First Ring Daily / WW / What The Tech are recorded on, similar to the TWiT schedule https://twit.tv/schedule. Would be interesting to be able to quickly see what's coming up. 

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    hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 2 months ago

    Will there be a way to upvote/downvote Forum ORIGINAL posts rather than just comments? If there already is, where?

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    spacecamel Alpha Member #2083 - 2 months ago

    How about a tab of the Premium Content?

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    8088 Alpha Member #675 - 2 months ago

    ability to search site for previous or older articles

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    hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 2 months ago

    Either thread comment replies to other comments correctly or don't include a Reply link in comments.

    Seriously: was the new comment system actually tested before debut? If it was, this is what you meant to give us?

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    WithinRafael Alpha Member #3 - 1 month ago
    Need a way to hide all these awful alpha member cubes (or make them proper smaller cubes) Need a way to strip the "Alpha Member" labels/numbers. Comment text is strangely dynamic in each post. Sometimes it's 14px. Or 16px. I think I'm supposed to have a blue checkmark.
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    RamblingGeek Alpha Member #1038 - 2 months ago

    When I look at my account, have a tab there that displays all of my comments on each article and forum posts?

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      Rcandelori Alpha Member #1789 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Tim:

      If you make the usernames hyperlinked to that /users link, it would be helpful :)

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    DrPizza - 2 months ago

    When I register an account, United States should be selected automatically. USA #1.

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      circuscircus Alpha Member #872 - 2 months ago

      Agreed, this is annoying on most every site. The site should do a geo lookup based on your IP address and put the country you are in at the top of the list. 

    2. 0 | Reply
      navarac Alpha Member #375 - 2 months ago

      There are other nations on the planet as you should know as an ex-Brit!

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      ABianucci Alpha Member #391 - 2 months ago

      Navarac, it's like the tree falling in a forest when no one is around....  Us Americans have brain washed the "newly blessed" citizens to renounce the rest of the world.

      It's under the Ego Section of your "American Card"  :)

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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

    I haven't viewed this in Chrome yet and IE at work is broken by GPO, so forgive me it is actually available but I'd like to be able to edit comments.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

      I am also seeing my reply pop under a parent comment that is not what I was replying to. When I refresh the page, the comment is where it should have been.

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      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      I'm seeing that bug myself, will get this sorted out ASAP.  It's obvioiusly supposed to be placed under the parent comment you're replying to. 

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    leonzandman Alpha Member #461 - 2 months ago

    I'd like to see Markdown support for the forums. In my experience having a WYSIWYG HTML editor is always problematic.

    https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/

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    actionthomas Alpha Member #186 - 2 months ago

    Hi

    Having media embedding (video) would be cool

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    Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 2 months ago

    perhaps it is me - but when accessing this site on a tablet, the login is not touch friendly and I have yet to successfully login as premium using touch.

    with a mouse, the login appears when the point hovers over it and then a click logs in. with finger, not so easy

    recommendations here http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_8/what-is-the-touch-gesture-equivalent-to-a-mouse/2650ff4f-ad21-4779-ac0f-4c0daec692da do not work for the login on this site.

     

    what should I be doing?

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      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      A few people have reported this. I am working with our front-end dev to fix this.  I'm also going to pitch a new log-in "screen" to the team tonight that would address this as well. 

      Stay tuned.  

      If you'd like to be notified of this fix, email [email protected] and I'll tie your help-ticket to the issue in our repo and you would be notified when the issue is closed (it would then be pushed out in the next code push).

       

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    venuvedam Alpha Member #1633 - 2 months ago

    Can we have a "signature" feature that gets added to every post we make on the forum? It really comes in handy in cases where an MSFT employee needs to post his or her own personal comment on a thread. MSFT requires that an explicit disclosure be made in such circumstances. If there is a way we can set a signature, that disclaimer can be put there. 

    #MicrosoftEmployeeButPersonalViews

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      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago

      Currently the top-voted comment in this thread Signature Feature Request.  I'm for it!  

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      PaulCans Alpha Member #1192 - 2 months ago

      I'm not. So many times you end up with forums when the majority of the entries are taken over by signatures with graphics, links, and in general just advertising. 

      I think it will spoil the clean look of the comments etc. 

      if you do implement this please restrict it to just text and not graphics. 

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      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 1 month ago
      In reply to venuvedam:

      Only as long as the preference to not show signatures is there too...

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    Bart Alpha Member #117 - 2 months ago

    Add the "Forums" header to Home page for quick access

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      Brad Sams Alpha Member #2 - 2 months ago

      This will be added soon, wanted to keep it a bit closed off to make sure there were not any huge bugs at launch. 

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    JudaZuk Alpha Member #2098 - 2 months ago

    what is missing?

    Well a proper comment system, a better forum and a proper web design that is clean, easy to navigate has a font size that is readable and zero hamburger menus. Basically everything the old site had, as nothing has been improved with the change, and it sure does not feel Premium, it feels like there is a beta logo missing on the site at the moment