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  1. Enable/embed spell check into the text editor.

    A spell check button or allowing in-browser spell check engines to detect misspellings in the text fields (especially blog posts).

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      under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Ability to invite specific users to answer a question

      As opposed to a PM feature, keep my question public but let me invite specific members of the community to come and answer it. This way I can ask specific people questions, but everyone still benefits from the question and answer.

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        under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow voting on comments

        Upvoting an answer is great, but often times there are comments further down in the thread that should be acknowledged. I'd like to see a way to vote on comments in threads with something either similar to the upvoting system for answers or by just being able to give them a star or something similar.

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

          I like the idea of a “this helped me” counter for comments. Voting doesn’t work so good here because votes change the display order so the highest voted are on top and comments need to remain a linear fix-ordered list.

          The concern here is that there are several ways to vote, rank and rate things already and adding another could increase the complexity of the site overall. That said, doing something here is a good idea so we will do more research to determine what would work best.

        • The ability to save the Blog post as Draft should be implemented

          Actually when you are writing a blog post that can be lengthy and with images as well the only option to save it is the save button that publishes it immediately.
          Should be nice to have a way to save it as ''draft'' and only when you are satisfied with the layout and the content you really publish it.

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            under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

            This is a pretty good idea. Until we get around to implementing such a feature, you can actually “delete” it (we don’t really delete, just hide). Once you are happy with it you can “Show” it again. Deleted/Hidden content is only viewable by the author and admins, others just see a message that the content is hidden with a reason when available.

          • Have the "keep me logged in" keep me logged in

            There seems to be an issue with session state maintenance.

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              4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

              Thank you, we are looking into this. If anyone is able to reproduce a situation please share as that will greatly help us in identifying and resolving this issue.

            • Award for reaching Grandmaster

              While there's an awesome reward for reaching Black Belt, there's nothing for reaching grandmaster in IT Ninja. It would be great to see a form of recognition for earning this achievement on IT Ninja. The reward should be something presentable in any sysadmin's workspace, promote IT Ninja as a valuable resource, and be the envy of other items in the office.

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                under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                I think we are lucky to have the budget to develop, host, support and manage this site already. The fact that we can send prizes all over the world is amazing. While I like the idea of adding something for the Grandmaster level, a physical prize may not be possible. Grandmaster was added so that those reaching black-belt still had something to shoot for. Maybe we should add a “Super-Grandmaster” level!

              • Display the most read Software Package deploys per week.

                Appdeploy used to have a post on it's homepage to display the most frequently used and/or most popular packaging tips per week or month.

                This was very helpful and quick way of stumbling upon software packages that you have already deployed that you may not have know that they had been updated and require repackaging and redeployment.

                It is aslo a great way to learn new skills when you see a solution to a difficult software package deployment.

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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                  We’ve got popular software listed now on the research page. Like AppDeploy it is based on all time activity and not just a week or a month. We’ll see if that is something we can work in down the road (as such I’ll keep this request in an Under Review state).

                  http://www.itninja.com/research

                • Clean the Questions and Blogs

                  By this I mean it would be nice to see vendor submitted information segregated from the user submitted stuff. Seeing 100 Kace blogs and articles is nice but only when I want to. It makes it difficult to find and sift through what people are asking or posting.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                    We are looking for an intuitive way to provide this capability. One method would be to support the exclusion of certain tags in search results (right now it is inclusive). Would love to hear any ideas members may have for a good way to do this (will likely need to be some method of tag filtering)

                  • Truncated blog listing

                    When viewing http://www.itninja.com/blog I would like to see the latest blogs and maybe only the first 100 words of each instead of the entire blog post.

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                      under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                      Thank you. We will watch votes for this to judge interest so we may determine prioritization.

                    • Reminders to posters to mark things answered

                      If there are suggested answers to a post and the original poster hasn't selected an answer or marked it answered in, say 7 days, they might get an email reminder, or be prompted upon login to review their open questions list. Hard to know what needs answers with so many not marked as answered.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                        It is a good idea, but as we are just beginning to implement email notifications so it could be a little while before we get to this.

                        For now know that anybody logged into the site may mark a question as answered (or unanswered) so the hope is that those question-answering-types like yourself will mark them answered when you think they are answered (and anyone who disagrees may undo it). The hope is that this will be more effective than encouraging those who may not care to come back to do so themselves, but we shall see.

                      • Update the questions page with last poster and date of last post

                        It is difficult to follow threads now for me, as it always shows the orginal poster. This is ok, but I would also like to see the last poster, as well as the date/time of last post. This helps me in knowing if something has been responded to.

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          under review  ·  Brian LinkBrian Link responded

                          Item currently in priority backlog, under consideration. We’ve designed this feature, but it got cut at last minute during last sprint.

                        • Editing your profile

                          For things like city, state, country, etc.. you should have pre defined drop down selections. Having to click each one, delete the "None" contents and type in everything is a little complex. Having the predefined drop downs might be a little more easier to use.

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                            under review  ·  Brian LinkBrian Link responded

                            Thank you for your suggestion. We would like to improve the usability of the profile editing as well. It may take a little while before we revamp the whole page, but we’ve started thinking about new designs and will let you know when it gets closer to being launched.

                          • Move the answered questions to their own tab.

                            Rename the ALL tab to Active Questions or just Active. It's good to see the answered question but a pain to scroll through all. Just seeing the active ones in their own tab makes it easier and an Answered Tab would let people look at the solution to educate themselves if they come across it.

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                              under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                              While we don’t currently have a way to view just those questions that are answered in a tab, we do have a “Unanswered” tab which I think meets your need for a list of questions that are active at http://www.itninja.com/question/unanswered

                              Was this overlooked or were you thinking of something more?

                            • Bring Back The PM

                              It would be nice to see a Private Message system added to ITNinja. One very good thing about AppDeploy was the ability to have someone pm you and ask you for help outside of the forum. Or to run something by someone before putting it out there in the worry that you'll look stupid. (Something I've done myself)

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                                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Edit/delete comments

                                I would like to be able to edit or delete a comment that I have posted. My apologies if this is already implemented but I did not see a way to do it.

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                                  under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                                  When you leave a comment, you should see an “edit” link by that post. However, there is no delete comment feature at this time (could get complicated if there are several comments and/or replies). Is edit alone good enough here?

                                • PERFORMANCE!!!

                                  Perhaps it's network traffic but the new site is INCREDIBLY SLOW!!! So slow in fact that I'm tempted to look for a new site. I am very frustrated at this change! I'm worried that in the attempt to make this site "better" you are going to convolute the content and bury it to the point that it's impossible to find with a responsible amount of effort. Please think of the user base here; my first impression is that you never asked the community what they liked about this site.

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                                    under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                                    We’ve got four times the servers hosting this site as we did for AppDeploy in an effort to handle the expected load. Traffic is very high right now, but our own testing is not showing the slowness you report. Are there certain actions you are performing or certain pages that seem slow, or is it really just everything?

                                    We did extensive research to know what people liked best about AppDeploy and other communities and this (our starting point for ITNinja) is a result of that feedback and research. For example, tagging was the biggest request so we spent a lot of time investing in its implementation. I’ll be posting a blog entry about tagging shortly. Next was the Package KB, everyone loved that so we did not change it much except that now you can comment on entries and anyone can help to contribute to a “deployment tip summary” to…

                                  • Text formats in Deployment Tip Summary

                                    Text formats in Deployment Tip Summary are very "large"? Think this looks a bit messy.
                                    For example see summary of FileZilla 3. Just used predefined styles.

                                    Maybe there is a little bit of adjustment possible, to give it a better view :)

                                    Thank you!

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                                      under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                                      It appears large because you used styles like Heading 1 and Heading 2 and these were translated by the styles for the page. The default font is small, but when using these header styles it can cause unexpected results. We are looking to limit the choices here so reduce this kind of unexpected styling. Thanks!

                                    • Exclude self activity feed

                                      I post alot of stuff and well I don't "not care" about what i've done I feel that activity feeds by myself clog up my activity feed so I can't view other peoples submission. A button to toggle viewing updates by oneself would be an great tool and make the activity feed a worth while place to visit.

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                                        under review  ·  Brian LinkBrian Link responded

                                        Thank you. This was part of our original design but was ultimately not built. It is still on our list to do and we’ll let you know when we’ve started working on it.

                                      • last post: never ??

                                        Not really sure if this is something for the feedback section, but my profile info has been saying Last Post: Never since the start...
                                        Now I'm pretty sure that's not accurate :D Or is it just when I watch my own profile?

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                                          under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

                                          Definitely a bug. It says my last post was 06/28/2002! Looking into it now, thanks!

                                        • no ninja-points for rating content

                                          I noticed that if I rate a post, I get an ITNinja point.. good thing I'm lazy or I'd be gathering alot of points for essentially doing nothing too constructive, just randomly clicking stars on posts :-)

                                          I agree the poster should get rewarded for providing highly rated content, but the act of rating itself shoudn't really be rewarded imo

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                                            under review  ·  Brian LinkBrian Link responded

                                            Thanks for the suggestion. We do plan on evolving the way ninja points work over time and may consider this. Right now, we’re happy to encourage deeper engagement on then site and hope to make browsing by most views, highly rated, actively answered/commented, etc. something that’s much better than it is today.

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