Good feedback. Thanks for publishing your suggestion to our Connect site.
In fact, I am the one who manages the C9 homepage, so this feedback is especially useful to me. To be clear, are you saying that the homepage content river is moving too fast? The amount of content produced for C9 is at an all time high. It's my responsibility to manage it effectively. Can you elaborate a bit more on why you think a Videos forum will solve the problems you have identified? Sorry, it's not clear.
Well, the 'content river' as you call it seems to indeed be high the last 2 weeks or so. A lot of new content (this is good!) compaired to some other timeframes where new content does not seem to be arriving quickly (less good). There where times Ping was
still featured at the top of the page when 'This week on Channel 9' arrived for example. That gives an impression not much new is going on (although there still might be screencasts published by indipented sources, they rarely get onto the main page)
So about your managment of the homepage, it's good. You can see somebody is looking out for it and makes sure every video gets its time on the 'prime spot' at the top. (this might be less of a problem in the Rev9 with the rotation video's = good!).
With Video Forum I want to adres the problem of multiple discussions about the same thing on different places. Often people start a thread in the CoffeeHouse about a video that was posted. Why do they do this? The video has a 'comments' section, but that section is more like a 'post your comment and never return' place right now. It never sparks a discussion. Comments on video's almost never go above 2 pages. That is because commenters don't return to videos and that is a problem.
Some person interviewed in a video might check te thread to know if there were some reactions/questions and give there answers/views to the problem. But that person might do it a week after the video is posted (we know you all have a job to do at Microsoft too). So then that comment is never seen by anyone and i often the last comment in the thread. The also is no way for people being interviewd to know if there has been some new reaction to the video (AFAIK) , other then bookmarking the video page and checking it now and then.
A textual list like the coffeehouse with the titles for all the video's , the number of comments, and a read/unread status would be a place I visit often. The video titles should be clickable and take you to the video page (just like the titles do on the fornt page now). That way it does not mather that the last C9 Lecture about the STL in C++ was posted 4 weeks back. If I post a new comment to it you would know because new comments in thread bubbel up to the top of a forum (like in the cofeehouse).
A demo: A posted a comment on a video from the end of July mentioning this thread. To spark conversation about this video. Can you find it? I assure you the video is still relevant. The thread is also a prime example of 'people not comming back' , somebody asked a question , got an answer, but probably never read it (at least no response to the answer was given). This is also what discourages people from answering questions.