Today dynamicsuser.net has gotten it's software platform upgraded from Community Server 2007 to Community Server 2008.5.
This upgrade is quite a big upgrade, so you will see that not only the layout and navigation has changed, but also that many other things in here are not as they have been before.
The previous download/file section (and the Photo Album section which we didn't use) has been replaced by a Media Gallery section. In here you'll find all the files you had in the old site, but the section will be reorganized soon so that it is easier to find what you're looking for.
It is now possible to create Groups or Hubs where special point of interests groups can get their own "sub site" with a forum and blogs etc. Here on our site it could be used in example by the freelancer community.
Friends are actually not new to the site, but where you before just had to add someone as your favorite members, then now it requires the other member to accept this setup. Your friends will be able to see your profile
But the for us most important improvement are the Wikis. You properly know Wikis from Wikipedia.com or from David Singleton's Dynamics NAV Wiki. You can see the Wiki's as a big knowledge sharing book. But it doesn't get really good, before the users start adding their knowledge by updating the pages in the wiki. We can all contribute, but each Wiki will have a moderator, which will verify/check the updated pages, so that the information can still be trusted.
If you have a OpenID, then you can now use this to login to your account. You still need to create you account as before, but then you can associate your DUG account with your OpenID and use this to sign into Dynamicsuser.net. If you do not have an openID, then you can get one here: http://www.myopenid.com/
And that takes us to the last major change. Community Server have updated the SPAM filter rules. Today you might see especially in the blogs that some blog entries have maybe 100-300 replies. It would be wonderful if these replies where real replies, but in many situations they are merely spam, trying to get people to come to their spam sites. We cannot completely get rid of spam comments, but I have already seen that the new filter is picking up a lot of spam posts.
Now the site update is done, that doesn't mean my work is over. There are still quite a lot of minor changes, which I did to the old site, which I have to redo on the new site:
Front Page : Needs the special listing of new jobs. Actually it will be split into two sections. One for Featured Jobs - which only sponsors can posts to. And one for Other Jobs, where everyone can post without being a sponsor. Read here about becoming a sponsor: http://dynamicsuser.net/forums/t/21896.aspx
Forum: The little "Write new post" button was also not standard and needs to get back in.
If you see other things which is missing, then please let me know. I will not promise that everything get back into the new site. As with all development (just like when we do Dynamics changes) then I hope we can stick to as much standard as possible.
Have a great day, Erik
Another thing missing is the Forum names in the recent activity lists.
In reply to Erik P. Ernst:
great job !!
"Change is Permanent!"
This is my favorite line, which keeps me excited about the new change. It is change which adds a feeling of freshness, develops new associations and brings with it a new set of emotions.
This change I can see in Dynamics User is certainly for the better. Good work.
In reply to Vikram Acharya:
Thank you Vikram. I hope everyone will see it as a change for the better. But not everyone are like you, just see how people loudly protested when Facebook changed their layout a few months ago....
But not everything is for the better. I have just found out that there is a bug in the new spam filter setting. So a lot of the spam posts to the blogs are still coming in. Not as many as before the upgrade (I just manualy deleted over 500 spam comment posts to blogs posted during august and november). But at least I can see that many of the spam comment posts now are picked up by the filter, but not all.
I like the new look Eric ..nice work..
I love the new look. Nice work! I'm a big Wiki fan so let's all get that going.
For me it would be good to see the site with just NAV posts. Is it possible to filter out the non-NAV content? Particularly on the Forums side when looking for un-answered questions.
In reply to Gaspode:
As to filtering non NAV content, then you can do that from the http://dynamicsuser.net/forums/TopicsActive.aspx page. Here you can filter to see only the Dynamics NAV / Navision group. But then you will also not be able to see the content of the Community Corner or any of the other groups.
Nice effort Eric.
And definitely now the site is better than earlier.
Real a great source of information and solution of all NAV and dynamics related problems.
Whenever I need some solution/ suggestion or latest info, dynamicsuser.net is the first thing that comes into mind ....................................