Building online communities with Community Server

A shared-source platform for blogs, newsgroups, content-management and more

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Double-clicking an editable content region will open an editor, as shown in Figure 13-10.

Figure 13-10. Editing content

Figure 13-10. Editing content

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You can edit other content inline using Ajax callbacks. For example, to edit the name of a discussion forum, just click on the title and begin editing. You won't see the editing window shown in Figure 13-10; instead, you'll be able to edit the content directly in its element, as shown in Figure 13-11.

Figure 13-11. Editing content inline using Ajax

Figure 13-11. Editing content inline using Ajax (Click image to see larger view.)

Tip: Inline editing is supported only in Internet Explorer.

Organizing content with tags

Tags, a fancy name for keywords used to categorize content, provide a simple way for people to make their content more discoverable. Tags are supported throughout Community Server, as are a number of server controls for displaying tag clouds.

In the past, content owners used fixed hierarchical categorizations to organize content. The problem with these fixed categorization systems was that the categorization was based solely on how the site owner thought it should work, not on how the readers thought it should work.

Community Server's tagging system allows for readers to browse categories in free form, and, instead of being used as a hierarchical organization system, tags are used as filters. Suppose you had ASP.NET, Windows Forms, and Community Server tags. Users would be able to filter the content based on their own understanding of its organization. For example, they could organize tags like ASP.NET --> Community Server or Community Server --> ASP.NET.

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