Ok. I guess I'll add my laundry list...
Content-wise, I've been really pleased. With the PDC05 series in particular, you guys did a wonderful job producing stuff that was not only technically interesting but had engaging speakers. There were some exceptions of course; for instance the inking guy
seemed a little out of it, but I'll just assume it's because he was tired from working so damn hard. Also, I'd like to see more about how Microsoft itself works. One of the things that made C9 so interesting when it started was getting a sense of how decisions
were made and how the software was actually produced. I'd love to learn more about Vista's revamped development process for instance.
In terms of the interface, here are the top things on my mind:
Automatic duplicate post deletion. If two sequential posts have identical contents and were posted within a minute of each other, it's probably a duping error. Such post should be filtered out by the forum engine so we have less "duplicate
post deleted" posts.
*Please* no threaded forums. I could give you a long drawn out argument, but the bottom line is that they "chunk" conversations and make them tedious to read. Osnews.com recently introduced threaded forums and it's a pain; conversations get
pushed to the right of the screen and people tend to be more likely to dwell on piddling points. Quoting is sufficent IMHO.
Consider a maximum cap on image sizes. When someone posts a large image, it widens the entire page, such that navigating or reading requires horizonal scrolling back and forth, which is a pain. Ideally, large images should be thumbnailed with
a link to the full-sized picture.
Consider using text instead of ">>" and "<<". This is a real minor issue, but it'd be a nice touch up. The problem I have with <</>> is that they can be hard to hit with a touchpad or stylus or even with a mouse sometimes. Particularly when
navigation reads ">> ... Last >>", I can't tell you how many times I've missed the first >> and went to the last page instead. Having text similar to how MSN search works would be great. Instead the navigation could read "First ... Previous 5 6 7 Next ...
Last" or something along those lines.
Those are really the big things on my mind. Hopefully they're not too b!tchy/pedantic. I'd like to emphasis that been following C9 for a while (mostly as a lurker, I confess) and I've been real impressed. Thanks a lot.