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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Answers beta

    I want to congratulate all of those who worked on getting a beta Microsoft Answers up and running. It's great to see the nice integration of social applications like Forums and Social Bookmarks in a very person centric view. What exactly is Microsoft Answers? A rich, interactive community experience...
  • Blog Post: Recent Numbers from Beta Blogs and Forums

    This is just a quickie post about some updated numbers (as of May 22, 2007): 56 beta blogs 66 beta blog posts 436 beta forum messages Way to go team! Live blogs, live forums, live content! Yay :-) I realize when compared to all the blogs and forum messages out there, this is but a small drop...
  • Blog Post: What exactly do we mean by "beta"?

    In light of some of the responses I've been seeing on the forums , I wanted to clarify what exactly we mean by "beta." Admittedly, it is a loaded term. Depending on your perspective, "beta" might refer to something that is pretty polished but needs some testing to identify basic bugs and such (this...
  • Blog Post: Milestones for forums

    Recently, Joe Morel in the Developer Division called out some wonderful stats for forums on MSDN -- we reached our 1,000,000th post :-) Forums on TechNet and other branded sites also continue to do well. We also deployed a recent update to forums.microsoft.com (this includes all forums on MSDN, TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Forums and Forum Views

    Currently on MSDN and TechNet sites, we have forums organized in a general hierarchy of site, groups, forums, and threads (which contain messages). From an organizational logic standpoint this makes a lot of sense. A particular message belongs to a thread, which belongs to a forum, which belongs to a...
  • Blog Post: Looking ahead to a beta communities refresh

    A little over a month ago, we pulled the curtain away and invited you to take a look at the work beng done on the next version of Microsoft blogs and forums. Additionally, we showed off a revamped version of tagspace , our social bookmarking and tagging solution. We received a good deal of feedback over...
  • Blog Post: Forums Posting Wizard Feedback?

    Have you been to our forums yet? There's some great feedback so far. I've summarized and outlined the current thinking on the posting wizard in forums here . For simplicity, specific links are below. Let us know what you think! step 1 -- title and message body step 2 -- select a forum step 3...
  • Blog Post: Introducing beta Microsoft blogs and forums

    Last night, we announced the beta of several Microsoft community solutions. Thanks to everyone who's helped make this possible! For information on the new blogging solution: here's a text overview here's what's ahead here's a little tutorial on commenting to a blog post ( wvx , soapbox ) As for...
  • Blog Post: xClaims in beta blogs and forums

    You've heard Korby talk a lot about xClaims and how they help not only authors like myself determine the lenses through which people evaluate my content contributions, but also how xClaims help readers like you determine the credibility of folks like me. Well, enough talk. Let's start putting all...
  • Blog Post: Mini-refresh for Microsoft Beta Communities

    Woohoo! We just finished up a mini refresh of the beta community offerings including blogs, forums, tagspace and now claimspace. Way to go everyone! In terms of the specifics of what's new… New features in the June 2007 refresh of Beta Blogs xClaim integration Preview a blog post before posting...
  • Blog Post: Support forums via video?

    Alex Barnett has a post pointing to Chris Prillo's video tech support experiment and wonders if this is the beginning of an online video-based technical support network. Given the amount of interest in UGC, videos, and all of the various home improvement / DIY shows, this is a natural fit. Indeed, there...
  • Blog Post: Beta Blogs and Forums -- post launch notes 070420

    Just a quick little update on where we stand a few days following our announcement of the beta. 1) beta means different things to different people. this probably goes without saying, but suffice to say, the "beta" messaging has caused confusion exhibit a user response -- that's it? what about feature...
  • Blog Post: RE: Democracy for Online Communities

    Over the past few months as the product manager for blogs and forums, I've had the pleasure of meeting some incredibly talented and passionate folks. Joe Morel , over in the Developer Division is one of them. He recently wrote a post that is near and dear to my heart -- forums -- and I can't help but...
  • Blog Post: Community advisory boards help shape our future

    A few months ago, I was at the Norman Rockwell Museum and I ran across his " Four Freedoms " series again. I always enjoyed his work and am in awe of his ability to capture humanity in such a poignant manner. As such, in light of our recent community advisory board meeting, I thought the " Freedom of...