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November 16, 2007  9:53 PM

The mother of all Tag Clouds

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

CloudIf you like big tag clouds (and I do mean big) then you’re going to love the whopper we just added to IT Knowledge Exchange. We’ve super-sized our tag cloud and gave it a page of it’s very own.

See that new tab in the navigation bar? The one labeled Tags? That’s the tab to click whenever you wish to browse this much larger cloud.

As you know, tag clouds are just a list of keywords that are weighed based on their popularity. Sean has already covered why it’s important to properly tag your questions on IT Knowledge Exchange. The bottom line is to think carefully and use tags that best categorize your question so that others can find your question easily.

And now, back to that big ol’ tag cloud. This honker can be sorted in a couple of ways. The default view is …Cloud View. Duh. But you can also sort by List View if you prefer a simple list format to the tag cloud format. And lastly, you can also sort using Alphabetical or Most Popular.

That’s about the long and short of it. So if you’ve been pining away for a big honking Tag Cloud to browse, your wish has come true. Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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November 9, 2007  7:41 PM

Firefox search engine plugin for IT pros

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Firefox logoThat’s right. Just like the cool kids, we have our own Firefox plugin. Now you can search IT Knowledge Exchange from the comfort of your Firefox search bar. It’s a no-brainer to install, so get it now!

To download the plugin, visit MozDev.org and click the link labeled “IT Knowledge Exchange.” A dialog box will pop up asking if you wish to install our search engine plugin (and who wouldn’t want such a spiffy plugin, I’d like to know?). Click yes to install and the plugin will be added to your list of Firefox search engines.

Now you Firefox folks have absolutely no excuse. Search IT Knowledge Exchange often for answers to your IT questions. Thanks.

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November 7, 2007  9:42 PM

Two new blogs: Data center and virtualization

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Open for businessHello ITKE community,

I wanted to let you know about a couple of brand spanking new blogs we just added to IT Knowledge Exchange. Check them out and be sure to leave a comment to welcome them to our ITKE community.

The first blog is from fellow member Ryan Shopp and is called Adventures in Data Center Automation. Ryan is going to blog about the latest data center trends and share his tips and tricks to help you achieve a “Lights Out Data Center” through software automation. His topics will span application, systems, network technologies, configuration, performance, availability and security functions.

The next blog is a team effort from the editors of SearchServerVirtualization.com and SearchVMware.com. It’s called Virtualization Pro and it’s going to cover the VMware virtualization scene. You’ll find expert opinions, links, quick how-tos and advice on VMware technologies and products. Visit for the latest scoop on VMware platforms, like VMware ESX, and subjects like backup, disaster recovery, performance optimization, desktop virtualization and more.

If you’re not browsing our growing list of blogs, then you’re missing out. Get in there and see what other community members are yakking about. If you want to do some yakking of your own, feel free to request your own IT-related blog.

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November 1, 2007  8:03 PM

The cure for grayness has been discovered!

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets
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SilhouetteHey, don’t get too excited, I’m referring to that gray silhouette that appears next to your question when you post on IT Knowledge Exchange. We’re a community here; so don’t hide behind that default avatar like a shadow – show yourself!

To get rid of the gray – first, log into IT Knowledge Exchange and click the Edit my Public Profile link. Then it’s a simple matter of clicking a couple of buttons to upload your photo or logo. Pretty simple cure, eh?

And while you’re on your profile page, why not enter a little information about yourself to allow your fellow members to learn more about you? It’s a good way to share your interests or areas of expertise with the ITKE community. There is even a place to enter the URL of your blog or website. And we all know a little self-promotion never hurt anyone.

C’mon, we all want to see more faces and less gray silhouettes. So login and visit the Edit my Public Profile link today. Thanks.

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October 29, 2007  6:46 PM

Keep your eye on interesting IT questions

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

EyeWhen you post your IT question on IT Knowledge Exchange — be sure to click the Add to My Watchlist link that appears beneath the question. This will save your question to your own personal watchlist. You can view your watchlist by clicking the My Watchlist tab, located near the top of your screen.

The questions you add to your watchlist will remain there until you remove them. Use the watchlist feature to track not only your own questions but also any questions you find that interest you. You can remove questions whenever you wish by simply checking the checkbox next to any question and clicking the remove button.

My Watchlist also has an optional Subscribe via email feature. You may subscribe to any, or all, questions in your watchlist and receive a Daily Digest each day alerting you to newly added or updated answers and comments.

We’ve used icons to denote different types of questions to help you can see at a glance whether it’s a question you have subscribed to or a question that you yourself have asked. You’ll see a little envelope icon Envelope next to questions you have subscribed to and a little pencil icon Pencil next to the questions that you have asked.

To make it even easier, you can choose to sort your entire watchlist by three views; All Questions or Questions I’ve asked or answered or Questions I’ve subscribed to.

Enjoy the My Watchlist feature and start using it today to track your own questions and those questions that interest you most.

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October 25, 2007  3:36 PM

RSS feeds for IT answers

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets
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rss-feed-iconAs a member and regular reader of IT Knowledge Exchange (you are a regular reader, aren’t you?!), you may already know that we offer RSS feeds. What you may not know, however, is that you can be very specific with our feeds.

I’m going to use the terms “tag” and “category” interchangeably in this post. And that’s exactly how you should think of tags; they’re just a label or category that best describes one of our IT questions. You’ll see a list of our main tags (or main “categories”) in the right sidebar when you’re on the IT Answers section of IT Knowledge Exchange.

Let’s say you’re on the main page for the tag MS Exchange. If you look in the right sidebar, you’ll see a box labeled – “Subscribe to Alerts.” That box will contain the RSS feed for the entire MS Exchange category. Grab that feed to get all Q&A tagged with MS Exchange.

Want a more specific RSS feed? Let’s assume you’re still on the MS Exchange main page but are only interested in Exchange 2003. Each main category page has a list of child categories near the top. Click the Exchange 2003 tag to restrict your view to that topic. You’ll notice the RSS feed in the “Subscribe to Alerts” box has changed to reflect your new topic. Grab that feed for all Q&A about Exchange 2003 only.

Would you like to get even more specific? Click an individual question on the Exchange 2003 page and the feed will change to that specific question. We give you the ability to be as granular as you wish – so grab the exact RSS feeds that match your interests and stay up-to-date.

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October 24, 2007  1:26 PM

Looking for a few good men and women

BrentSheets Sean Brooks Profile: Brooksie18
AOL

We are looking for a few community moderators to help us grow the community. These people will be responsible for certain topics within the community and helping with user issues and maybe even answering a few questions.

If you have a few hours a week and are knowledgeable in topics like:

Storage, Security, AS/400, Lotus Domino, Networking, Database, Oracle, Linux or any other IT topic let us know.

Also you must have a good sense of humor.

Email me HERE

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks

Sean


October 23, 2007  1:40 PM

Tags, Tags and more Tags

BrentSheets Sean Brooks Profile: Brooksie18
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Tagging plays an important part in the IT Knowledge Exchange community. When asking questions members are asked to add tags to their questions so they can appear in the related areas of the site with other questions on the same topics. This allows users browsing the site to simply click on a tag and see all content that has that tag.

Tags can best be described as 1 or 2 keyword descriptors that best reflect the topic or topics of the question you are asking. Keep in mind you should add as many tags as you feel are needed for your question(We suggest 3 tags). The better you tag the question the easier it is for people to find and the sooner it may get answered.

To help with your tag selection we have pre populated the auto suggest feature with over 8,000 tags. So when you begin typing in your tag you will notice that suggestions will appear below the text box. You can either continue typing what you want or choose one that is being suggested.

Most importantly you tag you content what you want to be tagged with.

 Keep tagging!

Sean


October 22, 2007  2:12 PM

Some new site features

BrentSheets Sean Brooks Profile: Brooksie18
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We are continuing to add new features and functionality to IT Knowledge Exchange. Last week we added the ability for users to receive a dail digest email of all the IT Answers they are interested in. Just use your watchlist to manage your questions and subscribe to the ones to be alerted each day in a single email about all the changes to the questions you subscribed to.

Also we added a cool social bookmarking tool that will allow you to add questions or blogs to you favorite social media site like Facebook, Digg and Delicious.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks and dont forget to send us your feedback at contactus@itknowledgeexchange.com


October 16, 2007  9:58 AM

Announcing our new ITKE Community Blog

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

microphoneHello and welcome to our new blog. Let me introduce myself – I’m Brent Sheets, the Community Manager on IT Knowledge Exchange. It’s my job to help build the IT Knowledge Exchange community into an essential resource for you and other IT professionals.

This blog will endeavor to keep you informed about the latest happenings on IT Knowledge Exchange. We’ll also be explaining how to use the different features and alert you when we add new features and functionality. So stay tuned, you can expect to see some cool new features shortly.

We love hearing from you, so please continue to write to us with your comments, feedback and feature requests.

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