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Moving forward with Composr

ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS, which is now in beta. ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

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I miss the liveliness of the old forum...

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Howdy,

I know and understand why you guys made the changes that you did to the forum.  Frankly, I've been impressed by the steady progress that ocPortal has made since you all have had the luxury of taking yourselves away from doing so much customer service, holding hands, and so on.  However, I feel that perhaps the pendulum has swung too far the other way.  Coming here to these forums had always been interesting and informative, if only to get ideas from other people about what it is that they were doing with their copy(ies) of ocPortal.  Much of that is gone now, though, I think for many reasons.  I think part of it was the scrunching of all of the old discussion into one big archive.  But also, moving the board to a sub-section of a menu item sort of buries it.

Anyway, I'm not saying this because I want you all to have to go back to holding hands; in fact to the contrary.  What I'd like to suggest is to turn the forums into a mutual support arena with just the one forum dedicated to support from ocPortal personnel; the rest of the forums would then only be moderated by either ocPortal's people or anyone else you all feel would suffice.  Make this a public notice and us–your 'older' users–can try to help with this by offering newer users advice, pointing them to the extensive documentation, and so on.  I think this would give an air of activity and excitement to your site that right now it really doesn't have (and once did).  It also would make your users more involved in the day-to-day goings on.  For instance, I'd want to log in much more often to see what's going on, instead of the relatively uncommon appearances that I put in now.

What do you guys think?

-Aaron / PoliticalVoice

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The change we made was necessary for business reasons, although as you point out it was more of a rearrangement rather than us actually removing anything. We will be making some website changes as a part of our version 3 rollout which will mostly be about separating our enterprise and community focuses over two separate websites.

In short, we will, when ocPortal 3 is ready, be giving the forum a prominant position again for those users who like the community aspect of things :).


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oi sounds great.. I'll be loking forward to this, and yes i hope there will be a vast amount of people looking on there to help eachother out.

:D  Dont shoot the messenger!!  :D

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Chris Graham said

I guess a warning in your line of work tends tomean 'run for cover'. Fortunately it's not so severe when it comes to computers ;).
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