Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blogger Help Forum (English) is moving

The English-language Blogger Help Forum (BHF) is moving to a new Google Product Forum, based Google Groups, from 9 March 2012 (that's this Friday).

There's nothing about the change in Blogger Buzz, but they've posted a long announcement in the current BHF, and linked to a Getting Started Guide which shows the base features of Google Product Forums, and an example working GPF-based forum (the one for Google Plus).

Key facts about the change:
  • Posts from the current forum will not be moved into to the new forum (since most of them refer to the old Blogger interface). 
  • You will need to join Google Groups to use it.
  • All user levels will reset to Level 1 (presuming not TCs though) - but if they look to make more TCs, your post-history in the old BHF will be checked.
  • The only way to get a picture with your profile in the new forum is to have it linked to your Google + account.   (I tested with an account that's not +'d, these do  basic Google profiles that don't include pictures).
  • The existing BHF will be archived, so the current content can still be found.
    (Not sure what "archived" means - probably that write-access to it will be turned off, but read-only access will be continued).
  • All help-links inside Blogger will go to the new forum, once it's live. 
  • The new forum will be at:   https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!forum/blogger
One fantastic feature of the new forum is the keyboard shortcuts, eg "space" to move down a page.    (Bringing back fond memories of the first use-net reader I ever met, back in the days of Vax VMS  :-)

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