Last post Jul 25, 2006 03:26 PM by tamarabrown
Jul 20, 2006 08:31 AM|broomy|LINK
I'm a huge fan of DotNetNuke but I get a sinking feeling in my stomach every time I have to visit the 'Official' DotnetNuke website and more importantly the 'Official' Forums.
The DotNetNuke team deserve all the respect and praise in the world for what they have achieved and produced but the 'Shop Window' (www.dotnetnuke.com) and the 'Meeting Room' (http://www.dotnetnuke.com/tabid/795/Default.aspx)
are holding this great product back. Does anyone else agree?
I really do hate having to search for anything on the Official Forums. When or if I get any results I always walk away thinking I've missed something and spend ages skipping through posts manually trying to hunt information down. It was a huge step backwards
or a step forward too early, in moving from the ASP.NET forums to the DotNetNuke Project Forum. If the team wanted to use a DotNetnuke based forum then as a stop gap why the hell didn't they use Active Forums
http://www.activemodules.com/ until the core forums module was mature and professional enough to support the community. What a great way it would have been to promote professional 3rd Party developers by actually
using their products.
I just needed to get that off my chest because I keep an eye on and use a number of Open Source applications and am always impressed by the professional look, feel, accessibility, and usability of these community developments. I hope that one day I can say
the same about DotNetNuke and get a real glow when arriving at the home page and browsing the forums.
Just look at:
Jul 20, 2006 11:03 AM|R-a-g-n-o-s|LINK
Jul 20, 2006 08:27 PM|adefwebserver|LINK
Well the Aggregated forum is a big step forward. You can see everything in the "DotNetNuke world" in one place.
At the same time sub forums stay focused.
using our own forum rather than a 3rd party allows us to continually tailor it to our needs. You may find it rough now but it is an investment that will pay off big down the road.
As far as search, feel free to use Google to
search the DotNetNuke forums.
Jul 21, 2006 12:28 PM|RLyda|LINK
Yes, Michael, the all-incompassing "Aggregated" is a step in the right direction. The right direction for whom--that's the real question!
Skinning aside, let's look at the types of users....I see those as different groups with different needs:
As you can see there is room for improvement along the current path. I've heard a call for Categorization before.....and at least in titles, the mothership's forums have some! Now we just have to use this for more intelligent rollups.
To be more generic, perhaps we need Forum Groups--where a Fourm can belong to more than one... Then the end user could view/subscribe to whichever group covered most of his interests & then add just a couple of loose exceptions (the old 80/20 programming
Jul 21, 2006 02:14 PM|brian_c|LINK
Awesome ideas!!! I was thinking the same thing lately but you worded it perfectly.
to try and be positive.. you have seen the official release is out right..
Jul 21, 2006 03:45 PM|RLyda|LINK
Yes, thanks to SourceForge. A Core Team member pointed out the fact that you can pull almost all DNN releases (Core & Module) from the link
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/dnn/?sort_by=date&sort=desc ... THANKS! That's one unified place to check!
Now if only the mothership can acheive the same thing....I know it will happen sooner or later.
Jul 25, 2006 03:26 PM|tamarabrown|LINK