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Index of various products covered on this forum RRS feed

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  • Woohhfff, it is big list and contains vast variety of different Microsoft products/technologies on this TechNet forums now.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories/

    Is it possible to create product wise index at the top of main page?

    Benefits:

    - Users don't have to go through whole front page of forum to search relevant area & get suitable one from the index.

    - Users get correct direction on their query about particular product instead of posting it at wrong place where people are unable to give answer and face delay in getting responses.

    - Helps to save time of questioners and answerers as well ;)

    - Many more....!!!


    Amit Tank | MVP - Exchange | MCITP:EMA MCSA:M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com
    Thursday, January 15, 2009 9:45 AM

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  • This has been a consistent complaint about the MSDN forums for as long as I can remember.  Solutions that were tried were bookmarks and tags.  Not sure if they work, I don't use them.  Which seems to be part of the problem, the tags sure don't work if users aren't forced to provide good ones.  Or when you can't see them until you've opened the thread.

    StackOverflow.com is a forum site with the same target audience as this one.  The entire site is organized by tags.  It works fairly well, if an OP doesn't provide the right tag, nobody can find the question back.  Remarkably self-organizing too, everybody standardizes on the same tag text.  Which is a problem too, the filtering is now too crude.

    Start with what's there, organize your front page.  Spend 15 minutes and collapse forum categories that you are not interested in.  You'll have to redo this from time to time when they add a new category.  I'm pretty happy with my current workflow: I've created a bookmark for each forum I'm interested in and stored them into a separate bookmark folder.  Then use "Open in Tabs" to view them.  Firefox.

    Hans Passant.
    Thursday, January 15, 2009 11:22 AM
  • Thanks for your feedback Hans...

    Well, this is not really a question or complains :)  Personally I added RSS feeds of Exchange Server forum subcategories and some other products, where I work, into Google Reader to keep online track of which I already read and which didn’t.

    I am just giving suggestion/feedback to Microsoft or Forum Admin so that end users who are looking for guidance on particular product they can pick a relevent product quickly from index and drop their queries.

    Usually I saw that Windows related questions come into Exchange Server -> Admin or General subcategories and we need to give them direction. I assume same for other products also.


    Amit Tank | MVP - Exchange | MCITP:EMA MCSA:M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com
    Thursday, January 15, 2009 12:13 PM