Site Update – Forum Progress #1
First, I want to say Thank You! to everyone who replied to the last post and expressed their support. It was positively overwhelming and I had no idea there would be this much demand for the forum!
Needless to say, I am very excited to continue moving forward and I look forward to hearing from all of you and getting your input along the way so this can be the most helpful and useful forum possible. 🙂
Remember, the goal of this blog is to communicate with you, to generate enough support and community to be able to have a healthy and functioning forum, and to be able to build the features that you most want and need.
As such, your comments are very much welcomed!
Features in Focus
Based on your input from the last post, I am re-focusing some of my efforts to better address the features that have the most demand.
Currently, there are two features that I am focusing on:
Search in the Forum
There are many Excel forums out there already but one of the problems with them is that their search feature is not very good.
Since building a good search feature seems to be the number 1 thing that people want, I’m working on it right now instead of putting it off until a future upgrade, which was my original plan.
To make searches relevant, I’m going to include these features:
- Ability to search within certain tags/keywords or a combination of them (each question will be required to have tags that identify the topics in the question).
- Sorting results by questions that have answers (users who ask a question can select a reply as the correct answer).
- Sorting results by the number of votes a question gets.
- This means that I will need to build a Question/Answer voting system.
Voting on Questions and Answers
This was not originally going to be a feature but, in order to return better results in the search, it seems important for users to be able to vote on questions/answers, using a simple up/down vote to say if it was helpful or not, and then to use these votes to better determine how useful the question/answer can be when it’s returned in a search.
Basic features of the voting system:
- Simple up/down vote mechanism that is located next to every post, both questions and answers.
- There will be a cap on votes per day per user as well as other practical controls.
Summary & Notes
There are many other features that I am working on for the forum but the two mentioned above are my current focus. I welcome any input you have on them.
Separate from the forum, this week I will be going through a server upgrade to better handle the addition of a forum. This may cause some down-time but it shouldn’t be too bad.
I will update you each week on the progress of the forum and any notes about other important features and I hope that you can provide feedback.
Tell me Your Thoughts!
Remember, I need YOUR INPUT!
Tell me what you think about the features that I mentioned above and any others that you think should be included.
I value your thoughts, opinions, and questions so make sure to leave them in the comments section below! 🙂