Feature Requst: Forum enhancements

May 19, 2006 at 6:29 PM
A few things are bugging me (and others) about the forums so I thought I would start a thread here to try to collect them.

Descriptions
Descriptions can be entered for a forum, but they get cut off at about 50 characters or so when displayed on the discussion tab. This is useless because people can't see the whole description and there's nowhere else to find it.

Reply
Posting a reply to a message should at least show the person you're replying to (I know, you should be able to remember). Showing the message would be great. Quoting would be even better.

New Messages
Other than looking at the post time or perhaps remembering who the last post was when you last looked at it, there's no way to tell if there's new discussions so you have to go through each forum and each thread to see this. Hard to manage that way.

Convert to Work Item
Not sure if anyone agrees with me, but when you convert a forum post to a Work item, maybe have the option to lock the forum so nobody can keep asking the same question on something that's being worked on. Also would be nice to provide a link to that work item in the message that gets automatically generated.

Wiki support
Why not add Wiki formatting support to the forums?

Thanks!
May 20, 2006 at 6:01 PM
I discovered that I could bold text in a forum post accidentally. But when I entered a Wiki Page link, it didn't work. So some formatting is supported.

By preference, I'd like to see full wiki formatting in the forums. Otherwise, how about listing the codes that can be used along the side, as is done when editing pages?