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Nov 9 2016   9:14PM GMT

Changes to our Discussions section

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

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You may have noticed that we’re making some changes to how we feature ‘discussions’ in our community. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s changing.

  • The Discussions section will now only feature discussions created by community members. Previously, the section also featured content and questions created by the TechTarget editorial team across our network of 100+ sites. This content has now been integrated directly into those sites’ comment sections.
  • Tag activity email subscriptions will now also only include community member activity and blog posts – not editorial content. If you’re looking for the latest editorial content in a particular topic, you can subscribe directly to our topic-specific RSS feeds (for example, http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/rss)
  • Comment notifications will still be delivered for all threads you’re subscribed to, whether questions, discussions, article or blog posts. Instead of coming from ‘ITKnowledgeExchange.com’, the ‘from’ address will be TechTarget (no_reply@techtarget.com). You may need to update your whitelist accordingly.

Your experience with our Q&A and blog sections should not change at all – though we will be working on some interactive improvements there over the coming months.

This change is part of a larger project we’re working on to improve the commenting experience on all TechTarget sites. The major changes:

  • Discussion questions are now integrated into article comment sections. Instead of having to jump around between an article page and a discussion page, you can now do everything in one place.
  • Comment threads will now include threaded replies. This means that users can reply directly to an individual comment and the reply will be indented visually to reflect that. It also means that users can respond to the integrated discussion question or leave a general comment within the comment section.

You can check out the new commenting experience here (or on any article page): http://searchunifiedcommunications.techtarget.com/tip/Video-conferencing-quality-vs-bandwidth-tradeoffs

Based on our data and the feedback we’ve received, we think this will make for an improved, more intuitive commenting experience. Got additional feedback? Let us know!

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Looks like some nice improvements - thanks guys!
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  • ToddN2000
    Nice changes. Thumbs up!
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    As we finish up the migration process for old discussion questions, you may receive some notifications about new comments on threads you've participated in - even though there aren't really new comments. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience!
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