I like the idea very much, but it raises many questions.
Even if only a free exchange model is considered -and the heavy matters of payment and liability are therefore avoided- many other issues arise. For example:
1. What will go there? Macros? Custom functions? Formats?
2. Should there be a set template of some sort for the contributions, in an attempt to give homogeneity, and to make using the contributions easier?
3. How to manage forks, when successive or improved or alternative versions are offered?
4. Many macro developers have a macro library that they call upon when they write new macros macros. This would present challenges in an App Store-type repository.
5. How much management should there be? While a fully open exchange place is theoretically desirable, it will most likely quickly lead to a chaos of contributions of varying interest and quality. This may be a good thing. Or not.
6. Should donations be possible (good luck!) with links to Paypal or virtual currency wallets?
Just writing my thoughts as they come. What are yours?
i am not sure how useful it would be, but i've tried to look through the SAS Communities posts in my 'downtime' while taxing (not while actually driving) my kids about town for their various activities and found that the content does not render very well on my iphone 6 using chrome. anyhow, i feel i might be more inclined to follow through conversations and offer insight in my off hours with an app designed to interface with this site.
Take for example the following statement from the HHMMw.d Format documentation:
The HHMM format uses asterisks to format values that are outside the time range 0–24 hours, such as datetime values.
The same statement appears in the MMSSw.d Format documentation. It is not true, these formats are not limited to 24 hours worth of hours or minutes, respectively.
I wish there was a community on the forum to report and discuss such inaccuracies.
I miss the ability to down-vote ballot ideas. Seems now all we can do is like an idea.
When I have submitted an idea in the past, it's been useful to see how many up/down votes it gets. In general, ideas seem to get little attention from the community, so now if I have 2 likes for an idea, I don't know if it's because 2 people looked at it and liked it or if 10 people looked and 8 thought the idea was rubbish.
And on a related note, I'd support just about any proposals for ways to bring more activity to the ballot ideas community. The old-school SASWare ballot used to feel like an annual event (when the survery came out, and when results were released). I asssume the online ballot is not providing nearly as much information back to SAS, given the low participation that I see.
(I apologize if that all sounds negative; I feel positive about communities.sas.com : )
Every once in a while, someone finds an old post via an internet search. They then post "I have this problem too," which resurrects the old post. For example, this post from 2012 was recently resurrected.
IMHO, the old posts should hang around, but should be set to read-only after a certain period of time, such as 6 months or 1 year. That forces new OPs to open a new question. I think this is a good idea because the new OP has different data and is running a different version of SAS from the original OP. Also, the new OP often has a slightly different question than the original OP.
I have seen old posts set to read-only in some other Q&A forums, so there is a precedent for this action.
I may be feeling grumpy this morning but how about an topic on the board that is something like "MY DATA STARTED IN EXCEL" and move every post that mentions Excel or has an xlsx attachment to that topic with a script.
It seems like a vast majority of errors or data issues arise from importing data from Excel regardless of the topic the question is posted to.
Or perhaps in the Stop right there section have a "If you data started in Excel click here <link> " to post it in that area.
I may be optimistic that some of users may actually read other posts about the exact same issue if they see their thread among others that look the same.
Rant mode <off>.
Currently the forum will not allow a file with an RTF extension to upload. Since ODS RTF and ODS TAGSETS.RTF generate output and we do not have actual native DOCX output for many users it seems odd that people with RTF related questions cannot post actual results.
Work arounds of saving the file to DOCX destroy the actual output. Renaming the file with an extension of DOC or DOCX may have issues around the default program that opens the files (Microsoft applications "complaining" about mismatched extensions).
Not sure if this has been asked before, currently if a poster responds to an earlier post then it gets inserted after that post. This can lead to confusing posts talking about other posts which are further down the chain. It would be nice to see an indeted, or tree like structure to the posts, maybe even including some form of collapsing/expanding of discussion branches. For example:
Main post here
Reply to main post
Reply to reply to post
Reply to main post
Main post here
-> Reply to main post
-> Reply to reply to post
-> Reply to man post
I like the addition of non-English communities to the forum pages like Community deutschsprachiger SAS-Programmierer und -Anwender
I would like if the content of communities I haven't joined wouldn't show up for me in the general "SAS Support Communities" page - or if I could at least "opt out" to see content of such communities.
I personally have no issues with German but if this is growing then there could be more and more Communities in non-English languages which are irrelevant to me as I don't speak the language - so I don't want to see those.
I would like to see the performance of the Community itself, i.e.
I'd also like to know the purpose of the "Friend" feature. Declaring a member a friend doesn't seem to change anything.
In the previous SAS Support Communities Jive platform, after posting a reply/post I sometimes found a typo and edited the page. There was a very useful check box option, along the lines of: "minor edit - do not send notification updates". I noticed in this new Lithium platform this type of option does not seem to be available or activated and I noticed that I can get quite a few emails on replies/posts that are further edited that I subscribe too.
Is there a way to see if this feature is available and if so to turnit on so that community members have the option to turn off notifications on minor edits to replies/posts they do?
I suggest to add an additional community in the SAS Programming section that deals with the macro language/facility.
There are many posts/answers regarding this topic that would be easier to find.
Visual Analytics is different enough from SAS language that it may be better if it's moved to a different forum like JMP.
GUI tools need a different type of forum (see Tableau's) and this style won't work in the long run, IMO.
In my mind, isn't the SAS Studio forum a bit misplaced?
SAS Studio is an application, in which you can perform programming tasks. But this is true for many other SAS products.Questions in this forum should ideally be about how to use the application. Non SAS Studio specific programming tasks should be posted on the other programming forums.
And its Windows based cousin Enterprise Guide resides under BI, isn't that a more suitable place?
I often see webinar and other date-related announcements listed in the valuable "unsolved" screen space, even after the date is long gone. On a couple of occasions I've asked the poster (usually a SAS staffer) to remove or mark the post as solved - always graciously accomodated.
If a forum topic could be initially posted with an expiration date, that would be great.
The default expiration could be never, as it effectively is now. Or the community could have some other time period set to mark the topic as "read-only" as Rick W suggested, solving a related problem (re-awakening zombie topics).
As a non native English speaker (writer), I frequently use the spell check functionality.
It's a bit annoying that frequent used abbreviations and SAS code elements are marked as misspelled. These include (definitively not limited to): SAS, SQL, DATASETS, INTNX...
As a start, perhaps it's possible not to spell check fully upper case words?
SAS is the leader in analytics with a bunch of great tools and solutions. What if you would use some of these capabilities here for the forums.
What I would like: A personalized view of unanswered questions sorted by my most likely interest and capability of answering these questions.
I'm thinking of something similar to the "next best offer" in SAS CI. I've posted over the last few years quite a few answers so it should be possible to create a profile. Besides of tagging and in which forums I've answered the most questions there is also SAS content categorization.
Throwing in a challenge here! ;-)
What I also have to add:
There are unanswered questions where already a several "high rated" people have given an answers and the OP just hasn't accepted one as a solution. These threads are interesting to me because I can sometimes learn something new BUT I would like to see the "interesting' posts first which haven't got a lot of 'high rated" answers.
I just did a survey about the SAS Communities and it didn't fit how I use it. At all.
It seemed to assume that the respondent was trying to solve a problem. I come to SAS Communities to learn new things about using SAS. Occassionally, I even have an idea to share. I ended up answering most of the questions with 'other.'
First I want to apologize in advance if the proposed function is already in place, it is just me that couldn't find it .
This suggestion will have two parts:
With this function in place, it helps contributors to identify the questions across the subforums with ease, it also benefit the learning process for SAS users of all levels.
2. That said, the view may get clogged up pretty quick as the forum grows. So the second part of my suggestion, as showing in the title: User profile customizing only to see certain subforums, and ideally, only for this functionality.
I spend a lot of time waiting for the Recommendations to appear when pages are loading before being able to make responses.
But it seems that the recommendations have very little to do with the topics.
For instance in a thread about "Uploading a CSV file"
the recommendation titles are;
None of which appear to have much revelance to CSV file reading. Which makes me wonder why these were chosen to appear with that particular topic.