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

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.



Conversation 91 comments

  • 1436

    26 September, 2016 - 8:08 am

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

  • 5480

    26 September, 2016 - 8:13 am

    <p>Signatures would be nice.</p>
    <p>How else am I going to use this forum to shill <a title="The greatest resource for any Microsoft enthusiast known to man" href="https://buildfeed.net/&quot; target="_blank">BuildFeed</a> with every post?</p>

    • 325

      26 September, 2016 - 8:23 am

      <p>I was going to suggest signatures, but I figured I just hadn’t found them yet!</p>

    • 442

      10 October, 2016 - 1:47 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#15167">In reply to hounsell:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>I kind of prefer the clean look…&nbsp;</p>

  • 127

    Premium Member
    26 September, 2016 - 8:13 am

    <p>Add the "Forums" header to Home page for quick access</p>

    • 49

      Premium Member
      26 September, 2016 - 8:23 am

      <p>This will be added soon, wanted to keep it a bit closed off to make sure there were not any huge bugs at launch.&nbsp;</p>

  • 5477

    26 September, 2016 - 8:16 am

    <p>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.</p>

    • 1

      Premium Member
      26 September, 2016 - 11:09 am

      <p>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. &nbsp;The premium users do have a premium forum where they can play.<br /><br />The comments on blog posts do have two sperate threads so Premium users have their own thread if they like. &nbsp;They can participate in either thread.</p>

      • 5528

        27 September, 2016 - 1:54 am

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

    • 5529

      27 September, 2016 - 1:09 pm

      <p>Not to mention not being able to reply to Premium members creates two seperate silos of commentation.&nbsp;</p>

    • 5528

      30 September, 2016 - 2:10 am

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

    • 4964

      16 January, 2017 - 9:04 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#15169">In reply to </a><a href="../../../../users/polloloco51">polloloco51</a><a href="#15169">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>Agree, maybe show all with a &nbsp;"Premium" Filter option for those who want. Find the split threads confusing as to who see’s what.</p>

  • 483

    26 September, 2016 - 8:43 am

    <p>I’d like to see&nbsp;Markdown support for the forums. In my experience having a WYSIWYG HTML editor is always problematic.</p>
    <p><a href="https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/">https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/</a></p&gt;

  • 208

    Premium Member
    26 September, 2016 - 8:46 am

    <p>Having media embedding (video) would be cool</p>

  • 5477

    26 September, 2016 - 8:57 am

    <p>I would like to&nbsp;also suggest&nbsp; 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!</p>

  • 193

    26 September, 2016 - 9:35 am

    <p>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.</p>

  • 248

    Premium Member
    26 September, 2016 - 9:51 am

    <p>Is the support section intented for personal tech support questions or just forum support?</p>

  • 5493

    26 September, 2016 - 10:03 am

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

    • 397

      26 September, 2016 - 11:29 am

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

      • 413

        Premium Member
        28 September, 2016 - 6:49 am

        <p>Navarac, it’s like the tree falling in a forest when no one is around….&nbsp; Us Americans have brain washed the "newly blessed" citizens to renounce the rest of the world.</p>
        <p>It’s under the Ego Section of your "American Card"&nbsp; :)</p>

    • 904

      Premium Member
      29 September, 2016 - 6:58 am

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

  • 5493

    26 September, 2016 - 10:05 am

    <p>Also I’d like a feature to make it so that Brad’s face isn’t looking at me all the time.</p>

    • 1

      Premium Member
      26 September, 2016 - 11:10 am

      <p>I’m working on the "real life" version of this feature first.</p>

    • 932

      Premium Member
      26 September, 2016 - 4:54 pm


    • 413

      Premium Member
      27 September, 2016 - 7:35 am

      <p>That is kinda creepy on how big it is.&nbsp;&nbsp; Plus it’s a "serial killer" type of photo from the Most Wanted Wall :)</p>

  • 5440

    26 September, 2016 - 12:11 pm

    <p>Is there a way to edit your own posts that I’m not seeing? If not, that would be a wonderful thing to add.</p>

    • 5569

      28 September, 2016 - 10:08 am

      <p>Yes definetly need an edit function.</p>
      <p>Signatures, so people can see your kit you have, always useful at a glannce or when helping.<br />Does not seem to be any spellchecking going on or available either?</p>

    • 1559

      29 September, 2016 - 4:14 am

      <p>+1 for editing posts</p>

    • 473

      06 October, 2016 - 11:12 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#15366">In reply to prjkthack:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>Exactly that is a glaring omission. </p>
      <p>Also what is the P that appears at the bottom left of the input box?</p>

  • 193

    26 September, 2016 - 10:13 am

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

    • 1

      Premium Member
      26 September, 2016 - 11:08 am

      <p>I agree with the "remember my selection" functionality. &nbsp;I just added this to the repo…stay tuned.</p>

  • 193

    26 September, 2016 - 10:32 am

    <p>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.</p>

  • 193

    26 September, 2016 - 11:08 am

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

    • 1

      Premium Member
      28 September, 2016 - 7:31 am

      <p>We’re working on&nbsp;this.</p>

  • 399

    Premium Member
    26 September, 2016 - 1:25 pm

    <p>A way to edit posts would be nice.</p>

  • 2479

    26 September, 2016 - 3:34 pm

    <p>I think an e-mail alert function would be great to have.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 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.</p>

    • 1

      Premium Member
      27 September, 2016 - 1:36 pm

      <p>This one is in the queue&nbsp;</p>

    • 1753

      Premium Member
      29 September, 2016 - 12:57 am

      <p>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…</p>

  • 1092

    27 September, 2016 - 5:17 am

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

  • 1092

    27 September, 2016 - 5:19 am

    <p style="text-align: left;">As I’m already a premium member, could the top right ad banner be removed, when I’m logged in?</p>

  • 661

    27 September, 2016 - 7:05 am

    <p>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.</p>
    <p>with a mouse, the login appears when the point hovers over it and then a click logs in. with finger, not so easy</p>
    <p>recommendations here&nbsp;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.</p>
    <p>what should I be doing?</p>

    • 1

      Premium Member
      27 September, 2016 - 12:14 pm

      <p>A few people have reported this. I am working with our front-end dev to fix this. &nbsp;I’m also going to pitch a new log-in "screen" to the team tonight that would address this as well.&nbsp;<br /><br />Stay tuned. &nbsp;<br /><br />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).</p>

  • 3285

    27 September, 2016 - 9:03 am

    <p>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.&nbsp;</p>

    • 1

      Premium Member
      27 September, 2016 - 12:30 pm

      <p>Currently the top-voted comment in this thread&nbsp;<a href="what-features-are-we-missing-what-do-you-want-to-see-added#15167">Signature Feature Request</a>. &nbsp;I’m for it! &nbsp;</p>

      • 1444

        30 September, 2016 - 4:12 pm

        <p>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.&nbsp;</p>
        <p>I think it will spoil the clean look of the comments etc.&nbsp;</p>
        <p>if you do implement this please restrict it to just text and not graphics.&nbsp;</p>

    • 442

      10 October, 2016 - 1:48 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#15632">In reply to venuvedam:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>Only as long as the preference to not show signatures is there too…</p>

  • 3229

    Premium Member
    27 September, 2016 - 12:05 pm

    <p>Sooner or later, we’ll want forum search.</p>

    • 1

      Premium Member
      27 September, 2016 - 12:29 pm

      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)

      • 413

        Premium Member
        28 September, 2016 - 6:46 am

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

  • 1092

    27 September, 2016 - 6:14 pm

    <p>Having as others have said a Edit and a "Like"&nbsp;comment</p>

  • 1092

    27 September, 2016 - 6:16 pm

    <p>Email me when a post of mine is replied to?</p>

  • 1063

    Premium Member
    29 September, 2016 - 7:07 am

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

  • 5496

    29 September, 2016 - 10:52 am

    <p>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.<br />Login with twitter(and the others) should be an option at the top, when we click log in.</p>
    <p>I think they should only be 1 comments section. Not 2. <br />Non premis should be able to reply to premis. <br />Why do you have 2 different one anyway?<br />You shouldn&rsquo;t segregate.<br />We can’t edit our comments.<br />When someone replies to my comment, I don’t get an email like with disqus.<br />A new line is just like office. Where you have a big space between lines.<br />We can’t block people, so I can’t block trolls. <br />I prefer the old disqus.</p>

    • 5528

      30 September, 2016 - 2:15 am

      <p>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.</p>

  • 5528

    30 September, 2016 - 2:12 am

    <p>Spellchequeing doungnut seem tool bee working …</p>

  • 5629

    30 September, 2016 - 4:36 pm

    <p>As far as I can tell – there is no spell check and there is no way to edit a previously posted post.</p>
    <p>So, I would suggest your system is below average in functionality.</p>

  • 5629

    30 September, 2016 - 4:41 pm

    <p>Are you missing features? &nbsp;You are kidding – correct?</p>
    <p>Look at&nbsp;https://answers.microsoft.com for an example of a forum sight of average quality.</p>

  • 1377

    Premium Member
    30 September, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    <p>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.<br /><br />I guess alpha members are paying alpha testers.</p>

  • 5428

    Premium Member
    01 October, 2016 - 11:09 pm

    <p>I really don’t need to see "Alpha Member #nnnn" alongside my name.&nbsp; The alpha overlay on the profile pic is quite sufficient.&nbsp; The number itself is completely irrelevant.</p>

  • 1377

    Premium Member
    02 October, 2016 - 3:21 pm

    <p>Either thread comment replies to other comments correctly or don’t include a Reply link in comments.<br /><br />Seriously: was the new comment system actually tested before debut? If it was, this is what you meant to give us?</p>

  • 5027

    04 October, 2016 - 12:20 am

    <p>what is missing?</p>
    <p>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</p>

  • 538

    04 October, 2016 - 2:45 am

    <p>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&nbsp;</p>
    <p>- Meetups&nbsp;<br />- Live podcasts and speaking at events<br />- Attending conferences, or providing coverage of them on the site</p>
    <p>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.&nbsp;</p>

  • 3231

    04 October, 2016 - 12:53 pm

    <p>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.</p>

  • 1726

    Premium Member
    05 October, 2016 - 8:03 am

    <p>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).</p>

  • 894

    05 October, 2016 - 1:19 pm

    <p>Really need search functionality- unless I’m missing the link?</p>
    <p>would be really useful to be able to search through all of the article archives.</p>

  • 570

    Premium Member
    05 October, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    <p>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.</p>

  • 705

    05 October, 2016 - 8:22 pm

    <p>ability to search site for previous or older articles</p>

  • 1989

    06 October, 2016 - 7:08 am

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

  • 1377

    Premium Member
    06 October, 2016 - 12:23 pm

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

  • 4982

    Premium Member
    06 October, 2016 - 7:41 pm

    <p>How about a tab of the Premium Content?</p>

  • 96

    Premium Member
    08 October, 2016 - 3:29 pm

    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.

  • 6315

    08 October, 2016 - 3:40 pm

    <p>im a newbie so its entirely possible i’m missing it. is there a way to search content on the home page?</p>

  • 442

    10 October, 2016 - 1:46 pm

    <p>I haven’t figured out how to make the site water the plants on my desk yet….</p>

  • 124

    Premium Member
    16 January, 2017 - 10:53 am

    <p>Looks like spammers at work!&nbsp; All should be lined up and de-materialized.</p>

  • 677

    Premium Member
    16 January, 2017 - 11:13 am

    <p>Im trying to run a post/ thread as a WP guy going to Andriod. A feature to show ive updated it with how its going.&nbsp;</p>
    <p>The only other way i feel to put out there how I’m doing is starting a new thread/post with update in the title.</p>

  • 9461

    16 January, 2017 - 8:56 pm

    <p>An easy (or more obvious) way to download podcasts. I’m in a rural area with a satellite account with data caps, so&nbsp;much of the time I’m throttled to 200kbps (after exhausting my data cap), which makes watching your videos&nbsp;almost impossible. Either that, or&nbsp;force Vimeo to buffer more of the video. I can pause YouTube and allow it to buffer enough that I can watch most videos to the&nbsp;end without interruption.</p>

  • 4964

    16 January, 2017 - 10:28 pm

    <p>I’d rather see the breadcrumb "Forums &gt; Community Feedback&nbsp;&gt; Dev &gt; [message] act as links rather than present menu options.</p>
    <p>E.g. From this message clicking on "Community Feedback" should take me there not present a fly-out menu to pick it from.</p>

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