Hi Jason -
I'd like to chime in here about the ui changes to the forums (we are hosted by MoodleRooms). Unfortunately, as faculty and administrators, we are required to document actual time stamps of student activities in their online classes in order to comply with auditors and more especially w/ regulations from Financial Aid folks to document attendance (i.e. "activities" - never "views") and "LDA's" last date of attendance. These dates could constitute financial pay backs from students and are very critical for our documentation. While we beg faculty to NOT use the forums for these purposes, sometimes, it's all we have to document activity for the student. AND, we have to keep this information for at least 2 years - so the new log files (sorry, jumping to another problem of the 2.7 release), that don't show the YEAR any longer - are also going to be a problem.
I'm not sure who is making the "assumption" that our courses need to be more "social" in nature, but, the truth is that some of these reporting pieces have nothing to do w/ being social. The Feds are big on Financial Aid fraud in online classes, and we are being asked to document in every direction. The new advanced forums are causing a lot of gnashing of teeth here and while I appreciate the csv download, I can only hope the auditors are willing to take some spreadsheet instead of the actual documentation from Moodle that we've given them in the past. Needless to say, we are hoping the programmers will help us get back to the documentation we need.
Just my 2 cents.