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  • Blog Post: Idea: "Wiki" Code Snippets at the top of Forum Threads

    This is just a short, half-baked idea that I'd love some feedback about. It's pretty common in the forums for users to post a code snippet in their question, say "Hey! This isn't working!" and then having a conversation with the community about how they should fix their code so it works. The problem...
  • Blog Post: ForumExplorer: A Better(?) Way to Moderate the MSDN Forums

    A couple of months ago I created a small tool that utilized some of the cool meta tag searching capabilities of MSN Search and published it out to GotDotNet. It was simple, but definitely helps overcome one of the biggest limitations in the forums--lousy search. That little tool catalyzed a project...
  • Blog Post: Forums Moderator Toolset Requirements and Feature List Available

    Well, it looks like I really am going to move forward on creating the moderators toolset that I first mentioned a little bit back . We're going to use CodePlex to host the site, and I'm very, very excited to run a project where Microsoft is working step-by-step through the entire development process...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Forums MSN Search Tool

    I've blogged about using Live.com macros to make searching the forums a breeze, but the feedback I've gotten is that the macros themselves are difficult to create, especially for the forums. It's a pain to troubleshoot whether or not the queries are working, and how exactly to use the meta tags (do I...
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