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  • My big issue with MSDN forums is that they are HUGE.  I end up answering C# only because I can group those three and focus on them.  If I could mark the forums I like to watch and put them all on a page, I'd have that page open all day and refresh regularly to look for new questions. 

    Christian Graus - MVP, C++. Check out http://blog.metalmusings.com/ - my heavy metal blog
    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 2:25 AM

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  • That's a great suggestion and we'll be looking at various ways of incorporating a feature along these lines.

    One thought would be to "mark" the forums you are interested in and then if you simply go to the url "/en-us/user/robjoh/forums" it'd be a page similar to the main forums page with "your" forums. All of the automatic updates would function just like the normal page.


    Rob J, Forums Dev
    Friday, May 16, 2008 3:13 AM
  • Good idea Rob,

    I also like the idea of "favorite" forums. The only issue I see is having a way to see when a new forum (section?) comes online. For example, when using NNTP, I can look at All newsgroups, subscribed newsgroups and new newsgroups. I would also like to see all of the different communities in my "favorites" instead of having to go to forums.community.microsoft.com for some and forums.msdn.microsoft.com for others.

    Eventually, I see the connect beta forums moving here, wether we like it or not, and I'm sure some will be invite only, but when I get access to a new beta, I don't want to have to go through a giant list to find the new forums that I have access to. Hopefully, when you accommodate "favorite Forums." you can also accommodate new forums also.

    Thanks for your patience with us. ;-)


    Steve
    Friday, May 16, 2008 10:58 PM
  • Yes, that's exactly what I had in mind, if I could mark the forums I like and go to a 'my forums' page, that would be ideal. 
    Christian Graus - MVP, C++. Check out http://blog.metalmusings.com/ - my heavy metal blog
    Sunday, May 18, 2008 1:47 AM
  • One thing we have coming in our next release (planned for next week) is to manually have a custom categories page.

    If you select a category from the forums home page today you get a URL that looks like:

    http://forums.expression.microsoft.com/en-US/tag/Expression%20Blend/forums/

    With our next build you could comma separate forum names to show only those forums, then bookmark that as your forums home page.  Not the best solution but it's at least a little better than showing the hundreds of forums that we will have after we migrate.

    However we are looking into the "MyForums" view to show only the forums you are interested in.
    Sam Jarawan STO Forums - Senior Development Lead
    Thursday, May 22, 2008 7:06 PM
  • Now that the 3.3 release is live, you build a url with comma separated category names, as Sam described. Here's an example that shows Announcements and Feedback and Discussion, on the Microsoft community brand: http://forums.community.microsoft.com/en-US/tag/announcements,feedbackanddiscussions/forums/
    Forums Product Planner, Andrew.Brenner at Microsoft.com
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008 4:32 AM
  • I've got something else planned for the next release that I'm looking at doing which is to get a single thread list of multiple forums.

    Today a forum URL looks like: 

    http://forums.expression.microsoft.com/en-US/VisualBasic/threads/

    Where "VisualBasic" is the URL forum name for this forum.  We could have a comma separated list of forums in there like:

    http://forums.expression.microsoft.com/en-US/VisualBasic,CSharp/threads/

    Which would render a single thread list of multiple forums that you participate in them.  Each thread would have the forum name it belongs to, similar to the results you see when searching, selecting "My Threads" or "My Alerts".

    Thoughts?
    Sam Jarawan STO Forums - Senior Development Lead
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008 9:44 PM
  • There does need to be a mechanism to flag particular forums or at least show/hide the headers because not everyone is interested in every technology and these settings need to be saved in each profile.
    Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:37 PM
  • I think a "My Forums" view is a great idea
    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 7:06 PM
  • Let me get in on this discussion.

    See my post here:

    http://forums.msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/suggest/thread/8b09fae2-49c2-4b30-92d5-0e3778c0b642/ 
    You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 10:01 PM
  • Christain:

    I think this is a good idea, but what I do now (using Mozilla browser) is put each forum I am interested in on a different tab, and save the whole set as a bookmark. I am not an IE7 user, but I would hope it has this capability.

    This way I can just click through the tabs and see each of my favorite forums. Not as as good as NNTP, but, frankly, what is :-)?

    I cannot imagine what it would be like to use the forums with a non-tabbed browser...


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:21 PM