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Sharepoint and forums - should i bother?

By adixon72 ·
My company is about to re-launch the intranet using Microsoft sharepoint as its platform. I've done a little research and it seems like sharepoint is good at managing files and the communication stuff, but can you design a standard forum in sharepoint? The forum's I've seen look nothing like a standard forum we're all used to and the functionality looks a little thin too, are forums sharepoints Achilles heel?

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Re: Sharepoint and forums - should i bother?

by DeidraJow In reply to Sharepoint and forums - s ...

That's a good question. You may want to check out Microsoft?s Pinpoint website to find a specific Microsoft Partner who may be able to assist you with this SharePoint situation. Visit www.pinpoint.microsoft.com.

Deidra
The Microsoft SMB Outreach Team
v-dejow@microsoft.com

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Forum Web parts

by adixon72 In reply to Re: Sharepoint and forums ...

I have looked up and down the web to find forum web parts for sharepoint, there's one I'm trialling right now, by Tozit and It's generally very good. Lots of features such as, search forum, top poster and top discussions; these are good and help you get the most out of your forum. One thing that is annoying me however is the text editor, not enough posting features like smilies and no video embedding. This is available for a months free trial and the customer support is good.
I've also discovered another by lightning tools, which i'm going to trial also, it has less features, ie no top poster or ranking web parts. But the text editor looks good and you can embed vids too.

hope this helps
Adam

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SharePoint Wiki issue

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Forum Web parts

I can't speak for forums, but we had a problem with the wiki functionality in MOSS 07. We've found only one person could edit at a time.

Say one person starts editing a wiki. If a second person attempting to edit, it appears as if that second person's edits are successful. However, when the second person attempts to save his entries, he gets an error message. He can click Back in his browser and return to his comments, but attempts to save will be unsuccessful until the first person exits the wiki. The second person gets no notification that the wiki is already being edited, or when the first person exits.

You may want to test this first if you plan to use wikis. Maybe it's just our configuration. We don't do anything with wikis, so we didn't attempt to troubleshoot it.

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