New Forum features
Hi folks --
Thank you for helping us test the new Forum over the last couple months! We've got a few new features that were just released today, preparing for putting Forums into Wikia Labs tomorrow.
The new stuff includes the ability to move threads from one Board to another, and a "Forum Policies / FAQ" button that you'll see at the top of the Index page. (Admins can edit that Policies text.)
The big new change is integrating the forum threads with the rest of the wiki, using Topics to surface relevant conversations on the wiki's article pages. You can tag a forum thread with Topics, connecting that discussion with the most relevant article pages.
There's a new module at the bottom of article pages that displays links to the two most recent forum threads that are tagged with that Topic. There's also a button in that module that encourages people to start a new forum discussion about that Topic.
Everybody on the wiki can add, delete and edit Topics on any thread, so if somebody adds an irrelevant Topic, it's easy for anybody to fix. Edits to Topics show up in History, Contributions and Recent Changes, so it's basically the same as all the other wiki management tasks that active contributors usually do.
We're excited to see how wiki communities use these new features, and we've got more work planned. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd like to see in the future!