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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

I have closed the original New forum Wishlist - and boiled it down (and added some stuff) to the things we will do, the things we might do, the things we are unlikely to do and the things we won't do. Here is our roadmap. There are no timescales as we have a lot of other stuff on our plate.

El Reg forums roadmap - no time scales

Inbox to inform you if your account is upgraded, if suspended etc. Give users chance to reply to moderators via this mechanism

Ability to view replies to self via my posts view

Badges to indicate levels of accounts / moderators

Formatting: introduce line breaks, bullet points, blockquote, superscript, subscript

Most recent 50 posts view

Demote "closed" topics so that they always appear underneath "open" topics

Stats view - most popular topic, etc.

Enable editing posts - 10 minute window for all [DONE - Oct 2013]

One page - up vote / down vote [DONE - Oct 2013]

Possible inclusions for roadmap

Sitemap

html formatting bar in post comments form

Ignore / Follow - individual commenters

Nesting - three-level nesting, default or optional. Jury still out

View from last read /last post. We think this is useful, but we haven't yet figured out how best to do this

Notifications when someone directly replies to your post or to the thread. Via email or forum in-box? And what if there are dozens of responses to the thread?

Possibles - but only if El Reg forums get very big

Commentard to Commentard communication via forums

Invite-only forums / topics

Kharma-ish system have to balance rewards with attempts to game whatever system we come up with

Ability to order comments by popularity - again this could be gamed

Not on roadmap

User-defined avatars - we don't want to have to store avatars, or vet them, or get angry if someone changes avatar to something abusive.

Log-in via third parties - e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Disqus, Linked-in

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