Wikis have had a lot of attention:
Voting on wikis: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=89653#p403265
So have blogs:
http://docs.moodle.org/en/Blogs etc etc
Why not forums?
Is there interest in a page Development:Forums?
The model is: the docs page on wiki requirements but in actual fact we could do much better than this.
Maybe we need something to concatanate the conversations around the tracker, docs and Moodle.org forums. Some random tracker feature requests for forums follow, often dating back prior to 2005, all of which are as yet unaddressed chosen from over 578 in the tracker . . .
Some in my view are very significant.
- Forum locking: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-12944
- Subscription at the discussion level:
- Definable footers in e-mails: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-726
- Reporting on activity, eg #of views: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-435 http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-2633
- Display analysis of discussion: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-8
- Exporting tools: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-500
- Sticky posts: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-1997
- Option to 'cruise high rating posts': http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-2593
- Mark own posts as read: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-2642
- Groups, change group in edit window: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-2992
- Forum display improvements: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-3238
- More than one attachment: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-3575
- Combing threads: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-3810
- More options for ratings: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-3897
- Send mail ONLY to thread participants: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-4880
- Digest e-mail per forum: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-4908
- Forums in Moodle have been neglected in favour of a lot of other good stuff
- Anyone (anyone!!) who has taught a course even with just 25 students with a lot of interaction where we are trying to assess/value forum posts will have got frustrated
- We can't get everything we (persoanlly) want, but careful consideration of what we want to do would help develop a quality forum feature list. ie go from function to features
- Developers are in a world of their own if they don't have links to the world of users.
- Users can be the same . . but they have less chance of knowing about the coding problems of the developers.
- Now it is time (overdue?) to look at forums a little more
- This needs to be a paralell process with the other stuff