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New group for SharePoint questions where version isn't at all relevant?

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  • There is a clear division in the forums for the SharePoint products. There are a large number (12?) of forums for the SharePoint products "pre-SharePoint 2010" (= 2007, 2003 and 2001) and there is also a smaller set of (4) forums for SharePoint 2010 questions.

     One of the lesser-used forums in the pre-SP 2010 set is for "Community Advancement". This actually means (only) information posts about SharePoint conferences; user groups etc.

    These days most such events deal only with the latest product (SP 2010) although clearly especially user groups will also have occasional SP 2007 content as that's what many of the users still have.

    The point is that the fact that this is a "Pre-SharePoint 2010" forum means that most of the (few) posts coming to it are off-topic because they are about SP 2010 events.

    So I can be tough and delete them or leave them and face SP 2010 questions in other pre-SP 2010 forums because the principle of pre-SP 2010 forums not being for SP 2010 issues has been broken.

    The simple solution is to have a new set of versionless SP forums that include only this one forum. The Title of the forum would also need to be changed as at present the text "(Pre-SharePoint 2010)" is in the forum Title.

    - Just changing the Title wouldn't help if the forum continues to be in the set of pre-SP 2010 forums.

    - Moving the forum to the SP 2010 forums isn't on because the SP 2010 team have decided that they do not want more than the four forums (covering all issues) that they already have.

    Mike Walsh

    P.S. The Knowledge Network forum in MSDN but not TechNet within the pre-SP 2010 forums ought to be deleted. It is for a feature that was removed long before MOSS 2007 went RTM and serves no useful purpose other than to confuse posters looking for which forum to post to. Deleting this forum is long overdue. (It's also the only one of the pre-SP 2010 set I don't have Moderator rights to)


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:22 AM