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  1. Use Stack Overflow and GitHub

    The current forum serves two purposes:

    1. Technical Support
    2. Product Feedback and Discussion

    Forum software are optimized for discussions and not for technical support or product feedback. What is optimized for these are:

    1. Q & A software
    2. Issue Tracking software

    Because of that and network effect:

    1. Stack Overflow is the defacto place for quality Q & A.
    2. GitHub/Bitbucket etc. are where developers expect to give feedback, right next to where the code is.

    My recommendation is to:

    1. Put the ASP.NET forum into read only mode.
    2. Move all current support staff to answer Stack…

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    • Please bring in more professionals as those star members can't handle most advance problems

      The pattern in which most stars in the forum is answering some questions is very annoying, they make it difficult for someone to get the right solutions, they are more interested in you making their unrealistic and unapplicable answers . They talk to users who came to look for solutions as if they are professionals like them. Many unanswered and half answered questions on this forum have been well answered on other forum.

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      • Different Languages Section

        language specific section in the forums for people who speak language other than English to ask questions and get responses.

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        • Allow comments to a post

          All too often one sees several replies to a thread which simply ask for more code or something similar. This could rather become a comment on the original post. Please provide the possibility for a moderator to make a reply a comment.

          15 votes
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          • Rewards

            After getting some points like 5000, 10000, 15000 points on the website, you can provide the T-SHIRTS with the asp.net website logo and ship to the members who are posting the answers on the forum.

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            • ASP.NET forum device application

              Am expecting ASP.NET forum device application(Mobile) for Android, IOS.its good to communicate.

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              • Infrastructure/Application related information

                1. Infrastructure related information
                a. Performance
                b. Scalability
                c. Capacity planning
                d. Best practices
                e. Choosing the right components

                2. Application
                a. Type of model to choose with real time scenario
                b. Design pattern to be used with real time scenario
                c. Comparative between Java and ASP.net
                d. Compatibility of old application with new framework

                9 votes
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                • Ideas to make Asp.Net Forums better

                  1. Code Implementation

                  Direct implementation of the code using few different kinds of editors should available on Asp.Net Forum. So that user can directly write the small line of the code and execute it and share it.

                  2. Comment System

                  One Comment section should available on every answer as well as question, which must not be mark as answer. It should be only for better understanding of the question or answer or getting the more info regarding the issue.

                  3. Option to Vote for Answer

                  There should be a “Thumbs UP” option for every answer where user can vote for…

                  9 votes
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                  • advertise forums.asp.net

                    Microsoft could do more to direct people to forums.asp.net.

                    via Google, search "site:microsoft.com forums.asp.net" (without the quotes).

                    one result, https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa286485.aspx does not highlight the existing of forums.asp.net even though that page would be a perfect page to advertise forums.asp.net.

                    Also, near the bottom of each MSDN page, we see

                    Community
                    -- Forums
                    -- Blogs
                    -- Codeplex

                    WHY NOT add:
                    -- forums.asp.net
                    -- forums.iis.net

                    8 votes
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                    • Include Technology News

                      Include the latest technology news and provide the description of the technology with some examples.I think it is good for everybody to know what are the latest technologies in IT.

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                      • Improve Search Functionality

                        Hello Team,

                        The current search functionality is very horrible and not give the exact results based on the keywords.

                        We are not able to search/find what exactly we want to know.

                        Also, please have a thought for speeding search functionality.

                        7 votes
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                        • Use Discourse forum software

                          Throw away your proprietary (read: slow and user-unfriendly) forum software and migrate everything to Discourse.

                          See http://www.discourse.org

                          6 votes
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                            • Short text messages

                              My idea is to send short text messages to member's phones using SMS to eMail gateways. This would work similar to how we get email alerts now except an SMS message with a short link to the topic in question.

                              5 votes
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                              • better look and feel & better features of post threads

                                consider add a better ux design we would love to have a better syntax highlighter also the possibility to run snippets from other services when needed

                                5 votes
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                                • Better separation of compatible technology.

                                  I cant even count the number of times I have been reading about something and tried to dive in and explore only to later learn that the demo/tutorial/example is not compatible with my dev environment. One great example is SignalR when it was first released. Then there were updates that were not compatible with earlier demos. The same holds for Q and A in the support area. Its really tough to get the vitals up front. How many times have users posted a question about a Gridview, and gotten and excellent response and example back but for a DataGridview. And…

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Keyword searches within my own posts OR answers

                                    It would be nice to have keyword searches just in my own posts OR my own answers. As a caveat to this, in Visual Studio, it would be nice to be able to search by code type, code behind page (only), ASP inline page (aspx/asmx) include or exclude in search, and skip comments or include them by check box flag.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Support all languages

                                      designatory few pro moderator for all countries languages. for example Persian sub forum for iranian who can't read or write English.

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                                      • Make login reasonably intuitive

                                        This isn't the first time I've had trouble logging in from a new machine. It wants a user name, not an email address. So, I click the link to "log in or register with a Microsoft account" but only have the option to register, not log in. So, when I enter my email address, it says it's already associated with an account, but I can't use it to log in! Cmon Microsoft. I'm kind of a computer wizard. How can I find it challenging to log into your website?

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