Even before the survey, there were many requests for improving the forum usability and functionality. (Today, we took the forums off line for a while just to prove to you that it could be way worse 🙂
We switched to a third party product called Jive, which was really easy to integrate into the SAP NetWeaver platform.
It gives us most of what we want right out of the box:
– Preferences can be saved
– Search over one forum or all forums
– E-mail watch (With the e-mail link going directly to the forum post).
– Icon that shows you unread posts
– … many more
There is some functionality that is not available right now, but that we are working on:
– E-mail post to a friend
– E-mail/Newsreader integration
– Sorting forum posts
Please let us know what you are missing.
We could have worked on these things in the background and only introduced the new forums once we had it all ready, but we decided to go ahead and switch right away because we think that it is a big enough improvement for everyone to enjoy right now.
In the coming weeks, there will be many changes to the forums, some small and cosmetic, some bigger like e-mail integration. .
Hope you like the improvements! We will keep you posted about the changes.