Forum Answers Coming in the Sueetie Addon Pack

Forum Answers is the latest Fun Feature in the Sueetie Addon Pack coming in Version 3.2.  Forum Answers gives you the ability to mark a Forums Post as a Sueetie Answer.   I’ll write about the Addon’s technical construction soon, as it was a great opportunity to work with YetAnotherForum.NET.

Here is what a Forum Post marked as an answer looks like in a Forum Discussion thread. The Answer post is styled in darker red with an "ANSWER" designation. You can style your Forum Answers any way you like, of course.  I’ll get into that on the technical post.

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Forum Answers adds a "Mark as Answer" button to all forum posts for Registered Users.  Guests do not see the button.  All processing is done client-side and through Sueetie WCF Web Service Calls, so the post displays as an answer instantly.

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Upon marking a post as an answer the user is given the option to revert it back to a non-answer.

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When a user encounters a forum post marked as an Answer, a "Confirm as Answer" button appears. This adds several additional benefits.  We can measure the popularity of posts designated as answers, can republish them in another format or location, can include Answer statistics in Sueetie Analytics Reporting, and can weigh the answer marking event in our member points system.

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When a user confirms the forum post is an answer he is shown a confirmation popup.

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Like marking a forum post as an answer for the first time, the user has the option of changing his or her mind with an "Undo Confirm."

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No user can mark a forum post as an answer more than once. This includes administrators.

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Finally, no user can tag their own post as an answer. Members of the ContentAdministrator Role can mark any post as an answer, including their own.  Users not in the ContentAdministrator Role will see the following popup.

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Forum Answers Administration

In its initial release, Forum Answers Adminstration includes a single checkbox to activate or de-activate the feature.

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Integration with the Site Activity Log

A special bonus of Forum Answers is full integration with the Site Activity Log. Cool!

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Product Keys and Feature Freedom

At the end of the 30-Day Trial Period, if no Sueetie Addon Pack Product Key has been acquired in the Sueetie Marketplace, the Forum Answer buttons will no longer display. For Users of the Free Addon Pack Product Key, only members of the "ContentAdministrator" Sueetie Role can mark forum posts as Answers. For users of the Sueetie Supporter Product Key all members can mark Forum Answers.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.