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.
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?
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>.
I would like to suggest 2 adjustments to the "Find a Community" menu:
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?
The caffiene stream may be getting too thin but a recent "thank you" for a solution triggered this (probably impractical) idea:
A $ or similar with a way to enter a value
the meaning being something like "This solution is worth $xxxx "
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 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.'
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.
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 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).
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).
Since we apparently have a number of new functionalities to play with it might be nice to have a section to test them in. Then if they don't work or behave unexpectedly we could ask for help somewhere else.
For example, I suspect getting the hang of the "Macro" feature might be one where we need to actually post a message using one or more macros to see if they generate intended results.
If there were designated area then the other more productive sections wouldn't get filled with multiple "I'm just testing this" posts.
Is there a way for a community user to unsubscribe to a particular thread within a community that they subscribe to? If not, it sure would be useful!
For example, I am subscribed to the SAS/GRAPH and ODS Graphics community and I get email notification for every post and response in that group.
However, I am not interested in maps. If there is a long and detailed discussion about maps, I would like the option to NOT receive email for that particular thread, while still receiving email notification about other threads.
I noticed in my profile that I can stop receiving notifications for topics that I have replied to, so one option would seem to be "reply to the thread, then edit my profile to stop receiving notifications about it." However, that solution doesn't seem optimal!
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.
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.
On visiting my profile recently I notice the "Autosaved Drafts" and thought I would poke around a bit.
I found out that those drafts, as of May 4 2017 go back to May of 2016. I manually deleted them for a couple months worth but decided that maybe there should be profile setting to set how long to keep such things. I have had zero, none, nadda, reasons to recover draft post text going back more than one or two weeks.
Perhaps removing some of this might free up disk or memory for forum performance.
I did spend a little time poking around the profile options in case I had missed a feature for controlling the duration such things were saved but did not find one.
Note that I see this was just autosaved. I likely wont need to reference that autosave after I post this.
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.
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 : )