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Greg Jankowski

Status updates

Posted by Greg Jankowski Employee Aug 11, 2014

One of the items we turned on in the new update was status updates.

This has been confusing as to when, and why to use this feature, so we have disabled it.

 

Thanks.

If you use your phone and go to forum.solidworks.com, you will see the mobile site.

 

You can login, view your inbox, activities, and read and reply to discussions.

 

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Greg Jankowski

Forum - Comments

Posted by Greg Jankowski Employee Aug 5, 2014

I closed the poll on the Forum update. Here are the reasons:

 

1) Polls have limitations when compared to discussions (goes to a flat structure after 100 replies (changing that), and you can't jump to the last reply.)

 

2) Too many different comments and hard to follow. Create separate discussions here under the General area.
     Note: I would prefix "Forum -" in front of your question so everyone know it's a forum discussion.

 

3) We can't branch different topics into a new discussions on a poll.

 

We have made a number of changes based on the feedback so keep them coming.

 

Thanks

One of the most popular and useful things about any community is the ability to see what you have read & have not read.

 

You will now find easier access to the content tab with the discussions selected in every space (just finishing this now).

This will (as long as you are logged in) show you what you have (regular font) and not (bold font) read.

 

You will find these links in the Quick Links area and below the Recent Content.

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We also added this as a call to action on the home page.

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To make it easier to get to your Inbox and Activity Streams, we have added the Inbox to the top level navigation.

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Both the inbox and activity streams are great ways to easily find what interests you and reply to content and notifications right from the inbox.

When you follow a space, group, post, or discussion, you will be presented with options:

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By default there is a Connection Stream and Inbox. You can also setup custom Connection Streams.

 

 

The Inbox

The inbox can be to easily read and reply to anything your following, notifications, and direct messages.

 

Advantages:

  1. Announcements and direct message are accessible from your inbox.
  2. Inbox also supports read and unread items.
  3. You can like or reply right from your inbox.
  4. You get a visual indicator next to your avatar when a new item is in your inbox.

 

Disadvantages:

  1. You must follow the item at the content/space/place level.
  2. Not easy to see all the spaces, groups, content, and people from the inbox. Go to the Content, People, and Places tabs and filter by "Following".
    Then you can unfollow any item from there.
  3. Your inbox get busy when you try to follow too many thing in your inbox.

 

 

Connection Streams

A connection stream is different. It shows an activity view and it configurable based on spaces/groups, tags, and people.

You can setup multiple connection streams (up to 10).

 

Advantages:

  1. You can have multiple connection streams.
  2. You can edit and add people, places, and tags right from the edit connection stream area.
  3. You can like or reply right from your connection stream.
  4. Recommended and trending content is shown.
  5. Content is formatted in an activity format (that can be a + for some, and - for others).

 

Disadvantages:

  1. Connection Streams do not support read and unread items.
  2. Content is formatted in an activity format (that can be a + for some, and - for others).

 

 

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If you want to change your email and digest preferences:

 

1) Go to https://forum.solidworks.com/user-preferences!input.jspa

 

2) Then set your email preferences:

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If you had followed discussions or blogs in the old version, you will see this connection stream.
If you don't want these old updates, turn this off as well.

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Greg Jankowski

New update is live.

Posted by Greg Jankowski Employee Aug 2, 2014

The update is in place.

 

Remember to join us for the update Webinar on Tuesday.

 

SOLIDWORKS Forum update

Tue, Aug 5, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CD

To register visit, https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/351792736

 

The webinar will be recorded and made available with the SOLIDWORKS Forum.