That's sort of the issue I faced here when I joined. I had no idea what COM was or what a lot of the common acronyms were, where to begin. It all looked to be well over my head (back then). I think by adding an SB section they would only be helping the community. And if it turns out it doesn't get much attention (as even I predict that it won't for a while) it'll be just one more thing CodeProject can brag about.
I've seen this occasionally, and it tends to be associated with heavy load on the servers. If the query times out trying to read the date/time of your last visit, it seems to store a default date in your session, and all the messages show as "new" until your session times out.
"These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined." - Homer
I take it there's a whole bunch of enhancement ideas etc in the to-do list, so I was wondering, have you considered opening some of them as open source development projects?
What I'm thinking of is that if there are specific, isolated things to be designed, coded and so on, this kind of task could be opened on the site and (possibly selected) members could join it to create the functionality.
Don't know, but I would guess that there would be interest in this kind of collaboration.
One possibility is that the end result could also be an article stating the problem, discussions about the implementation and of course the result code.
Now that is a good idea. But this would require all of the code to be open - you can't just make a bit of it open and not the rest.
I think there were some people who were allowed to make changes already (Mike Dunn or Paul Watson come to mind, as they had the site builder CP icon next to their name). This could also be a first step: promote some good willing followers to site editors (again).
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Wouldn't it be a good idea to have prominent links to the Indian and Chinese forum directly from the home page? As it is, the links are buried in the community menu, and only in English (instead of Chinese / Hindi / Tamil / whatever)
Finding these links is probably like trying to change your phone's menus back to English after accidentally setting them to Korean.
A few weeks ago I thought I bookmarked an article, but I couldn't find it back in my bookmarks. Eventually I found the article back through google. Bookmarked it again, and still couldn't find it though the bookmarks. So I take a closer look, turns out the article was a tip and not an article. I had totally missed that (though I don't care if it's an article or tip). After looking even closer trying to find the bookmark I found the link to the tip and tricks bookmarks, that was not very obvious I have to say. Maybe for power users the difference in type of bookmark can be useful, but for the average joe like me it's quite confusing and wasteful of my time trying to find something back I thought I had bookmarked.
Just for reference, this was the tip (when you land there from Google, it's not quite apparent that this is a tip either):
I have a doubt about my reputation. Iam posted answer for two question in codeproject today. but i did'nt get any reputation for this. why? actually iam expected 20 points. Anyone can explain this why? Please provide detailed explanation?