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Discussion Board Feature

 Overview

Make your SharePoint look and act like a real Discussion Board!

KWizCom's SharePoint Discussion Board Feature provides a full set of familiar internet Discussion Board features that you can easily customize to match the look & feel of your SharePoint implementation.

As we look to drive greater value from our IT investments, more and more organizations are leveraging their SharePoint platforms for a greater range of organizational functions, including as a Discussion Board.  However, SharePoint forum lists do not include some of the very basic features we have all come to expect in a real Discussion Board.
 
Now, with KWizCom's Discussion Board Feature, you can make SharePoint look and act like a real Discussion Board! This means you can manage multiple discussion boards by group and/or subject, including the handling of abusive and helpful posts, as well as get helpful usage statistics. What's more, your users get robust editing capabilities for graphic and textual content.

 KWizCom's SharePoint Discussion Board Feature

The business need

SharePoint forum is just another type of list template which enables saving posts and replies. The gap between the SharePoint forum lists and real Discussion Boards services (like those available on the internet) is quite big, and includes some very basic and critical missing features such as:

  • There is no discussion board index that enables managing multiple discussion boards under groups/subjects.
  • Editing capabilities are very limited
  • No ability to control the visibility of specific discussion boards
  • No out-of-the-box ability to manage abusive/helpful posts
  • No discussion board statistics
  • Limited Look N feel - SharePoint forums look like lists...very far from Internet-style forums.

Key Features & Benefits

Feature

KWizCom Discussion Board Feature

SharePoint

2007

SharePoint

2010/2013/2016

Easier to use, slick, internet-style discussion boards interface

Yes

A simple list A simple list

Display discussion board statistics

Yes

 

 

Forum Index (Group discussion boards by subject)

Yes

   
Ability to publish a discussion board

Yes

   

Enable searching discussion boards in topics, posts, author and easily define
the search scope – all embedded in the discussion boards interface.

Yes

Search only the entire

list or entire site

Search only the entire

list or entire site

Manage abusive posts

Yes

   
Moderator toolbar enables quick approve/reject for multiple posts

Yes



Topic rating (5-stars)*

Yes



Topic tagging and find topics by using Tag Cloud**

Yes



Enable pinning a topic ("Sticky Topics")

Yes



Email notifications – forum and topic level

Yes



RSS Subscriptions at the discussion board level

Yes

Yes

Yes

RSS Subscriptions at the discussion thread (topic) level

Yes

   

Display top contributors by post count, by answers and by
helpful posts (as judged by other users)

Yes

   
Display discussion summary statistics
(forum count, thread count, post count, last post info)

Yes

   
Advanced editing capabilities:
Emoticons, Flash, movie clips and Silverlight support, easily attach files and more

Yes

  Partial support
Central management of multiple forums distributed across multiple sites

Yes

   
Fully customizable through CSS and user controls

Yes

   
Control users’ ability to edit/delete posts per discussion board

Yes

   

Display relative timestamps (e.g. "Posted 2 hours 30 minutes ago")

Yes

   

Cross-browser

Yes

 Partial support  Partial support
Multi-lingual

Yes

 

Yes

 Yes

* Requires an active KWizCom Rating Solution license version 2.2.05/12.2.05 or higher

** Requires an active KWizCom Tagging Feature license version 3.2.07/13.2.07 or higher


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