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The new MSDN Forums

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  • I think the new MSDN Forums is kinda like Windows Vista...pretty to look at, but don't provide any enhancements.
    Thursday, August 14, 2008 3:27 PM

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  • Generally I agree, but not completely - the front page is not even pretty ;-)

    Once you get to the reply pages, it is definitely an enhancement - especially the possibility to see the entier thread that you are replying to. However, the front page is awful. Low contrast and filled up with nonsense information like the Browse-by-tag box and the slowly blending medals and top answerers. It is also very irritating that you cannot use the forum with IE safety set to high - even if you add the forum to the trusted sites with lower safety, and we still miss a button, which can bring us back to the thread list after replying to a thread.

    It is exactly like Vista. Not much gained, but flickering and slowed down to a level where it is no longer fun to visit.

    It is actually funny to see the success of the very cheap Asus eeePC's. They are not able to run Vista, so Microsoft has a choice: Continue to support XP or leave the school market to Linux. Read my signature Microsoft. In the long run you need to learn to do things simple and efficient if you want to survive. The next step is a complete PC in a mobile phone, which can then be connected to a full-size screen, keyboard and mouse when you get home (see http://www.innovatic.dk/iteng.htm ).

    A funny little question to think about:

    How much electrical power (not CPU speed etc.) is necessary to make a PC run Vista fluent?
    How much electrical power is available in a small mobile phone?

    Sorry, a little off topic maybe, but the analogy to this forum is striking.


    Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    Saturday, August 16, 2008 8:09 PM
  • There is still lots of content in the old forums, which also makes the new forum less usable.

    Also I would like to have subcategories so that languages were in one (VB6, C#, ASP, ...), technologies in one (.Net, BizTalk, SQL Server, ...) architecture and design in one (general, role, ...), and so on or such.

    Plus why there are such stupid categories that have title like Development and then they concentrate on some specific technology or platform only? I think if the title is general, the forum should be general too. So why under development is not eg. SQL Server development? Is SQL Server development less important? Or why there is not software development, which is general?

    Performance is still a major issue, because when I clicked Submit, nothing happened. I clicked several times more and nothing happened. Then after 3 seconds the page suddenly submitted. And I really hate when I move to next page on the thread list and the page goes first to top, waits 2 seconds and refreshes. It should first refresh and then move back to top. Some other bugs are not fixed either.
    • Edited by Silvercode Monday, August 18, 2008 6:42 AM Added performance
    Monday, August 18, 2008 6:27 AM