Wiki Life: What NEW FEATURES do you want on TechNet Wiki?

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What new features do you want on TechNet Wiki?


Comment on this blog post, or add your ideas in the Wiki Article: Feature Requests for TechNet and MSDN Profiles and Social Platform Tools


Here are the ideas currently in the article...

TechNet Wiki Feature Requests

Last Edit Request Status Comment

Wider Reading Area Requested Articles are wider so that more content can be read. This "feature" can be found on Wikipedia and in TechNet/MSDN in the Library, Gallery/Samples, Support, and Forums sections. [Answer: We've been investigating possible solutions.]
2011/09/27 Page Views Requested Display the number of page views for each Wiki article.

Tags Editor Tool Requested Allows someone to edit the capitalization of tags (currently inconsistent because the first person to use the tag defines the capitalization use).

Expand and Collapse Sections Requested Reader can click a plus/minus icon to expand or collapse a header section of an article.
2011/09/29 Embed Any Video Need More Info Currently you can only embed YouTube videos. [Answer: Not True. There is a wide variety of formats supported, including HTML5. Need more specifics here and "proof".]
2011/10/14 Better Article List Browsing Requested On the front page, you have to select 'Click More' multiple times and the number of new posts that show is from 1-8 or so. Make a standard and also allow full-page viewing of recently created or edited pages, popular pages, and pages by user. Similar to options on this page, but actually works and without having to scroll all the way down. On that "TechNet Articles" page, move the Wiki Articles lists (with dynamic tabs) above the static Featured Articles section.
2011/11/14 Tables WAE Requested Tables work as expected. Currently we run into various issues with tables.
2012/01/21 Contribution Search Requested Allow users to see all of their contributions. (Gallery, Forums, Blog Authors, and Library Annotations have this; Wiki does not.)
2012/02/17 Create Lists Requested Users can add any items they want to their lists, and name the lists. Like the "Favorites" concept, but the users can have unlimited lists and name them what they want.
2012/02/23 Stop self notifications Requested I dont need emails about things I change or add (comments) to pages I've select "Email me updates to this page"
2012/02/29 Translation Requested Having a way to link translated's pages with the original's page could be good. Thus the "Other languages" footer could be generated automaticly. A checkbox with the language you did it could be a simple way to mark a en-US article translated into a X language.
2012/04/12 Credit Transfer Requested Administrators or original authors should have a manual way to set the original author of a Wiki page. The profiles should reflect the change as well. This action should be counted as well.
2013/01/14 Share on Google+ Requested Add Google+ as extra venue to share the article in addition to twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and others.
2013/02/06 Moving stats Requested Move the stats to the home page (currently on the Featured Articles page).

TechNet Wiki Completed Requests

Completed Request Status Comment
2011/06 Comment Alerts Completed Notify users of comments to their subscribed articles.

External Links Completed External links (to TechNet Wiki) are marked with an icon and open in a new window/tab. Includes a tooltip on the icon to explain it. For example:

Table of Contents Completed User can add the TOC tag to instantly create a table of contents (based on existing headers). Learn more.

Wiki Leaderboards Completed

The Leaderboards list the Most Active Contributors (Top 10 people to have completed the most activities within the last week), Most Popular Article Contributors (Top 10 creators of articles determined by amount of Recognition Points awarded from view milestones, within the last week), and New Articles Created (Top 5 people who authored the most articles within the last month).

So leave a comment with your feature ideas (we'll add them for you), or go here to add your ideas to the Wiki article yourself:

Feature Requests for TechNet and MSDN Profiles and Social Platform Tools


Come on in. The Wiki is fine.

- Ninja Ed


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Comments (13)

  1. In the list : Wider Reading Area

    Other : Reverse the Comment Order (Newer first)

  2. I would like to have a "let's make an appointment" button on each article..

    So if some one has a question about my article, we can skype each other, or talk each other via social media ..

    This will improve quality of our articles and we can help more the community..

  3. Yottun, The comment order is interesting. This is what we did for the Edit Comments in the History tab. The reason was that the newer comments appeared on other pages. This is starting to happen now with articles that have a lot of comments on the Article… the latest comments are off the page. It's kind of a pain.


  4. Gokan,

    Yes, that would be interesting. Basically a way to contact the author? Another idea being suggested is to have a Personal Message (PM) feature on the Profile.


  5. My first request would be to use more of the horizontal viewing area. Tables would be much easier to manage. I also like Yottun's idea of showing the latest comment first. Seeing the number of page views would also be of value.

  6. Good. Thanks for the feedback, Richard.

  7. In my opinion the Wiki editor should improve for easy editing and updating articles.

    Another thing you could have was also a tool that would allow the creation of the post offline so that the author could send at once without the need to be making dozens of changes.

  8. Luciano, Regarding the Wiki Editor… what would make it easier to edit and update articles?

    I saw someone mentioned that uploading a basic image could take up to 10 minutes. Is it that bad? Is that what you're referring to? We also have a bug about how HTML gets changed when you paste it in. We also have a lot of requests about making tables, code blocks, and video embeds easier. Other issues?

  9. Because the context is that we've improved the Editor at least three times. We've found that the editor doesn't work well with the underlying platform created for us. So the problem lies fairly deep. Thanks!

  10. Luciano, Regarding the offline content authoring…

    Originally we looked into adding Live Writer as a supported authoring tool. It would require so many changes to Live Writer (because this isn't a blog platform). For example, you really couldn't edit an article in Live Writer (since so many people edit on the Wiki; a lot of features would have to be added to Live Writer to support this). But one mitigation might be to disable the edit feature in Live Writer. So if you wanted to edit an article that was already published, you'd have to go to the Web editor. And then that makes me wonder if this offline authoring feature is worth it?

    It might be, if you can use Live Writer to schedule your Wiki article for future publishing. I would have found that useful. But then it would be a question of "what if the title is taken?" Normally it doesn't throw the error until after you try to publish an article with a taken title. So if your article title was ever taken, and you scheduled it in advance, it would throw an errror and not publish when you thought it would. I think that's not the end of the world; you'd just have to be careful to pick new titles.



  11. Yagmoth555 says:

    Hi Ed, on my side for the wiki editor the only drawback I think is for sending images. 2 weeks ago when I did a big article with a lot of images it was really long (3-4min per images).

    IMO it's more a load on the system that make the wiki editor look a bit bad (enought ressource, too much wiki concurrent editor for the current backend ?, etc.. )

  12. Great feedback, Yagmoth.

    Is this just an issue of uploading images? Are there any other major performance hits?


  13. Yagmoth555 says:

    I think only for the images, but for sure I took the reflex to save my article (ctrl-c in the html windows) before clicking save in case I felt on a white error page. So to be honest when it take some time to upload the image, I put that bug in the same boat as the other. I didnt edited much these past 2 week, maybe it's now fixed.

    For the editor itselft I do like it, look like the wordpress editor, but with more option 🙂

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