New search/commenting for Adobe Flex Developer Center

Yesterday, we launched a couple of exciting new enhancements on the Adobe Developer Connection, specifically in the Flex Developer Center.

A new community-powered search is the first enhancement. The community powered search is designed to help people find the best answer to their question, no matter where the answer may reside. If the best answer is on someone’s blog in the community, that’s the answer we want to help people find. This will not replace the existing search on adobe.com, but will be available as a new beta search. There is a team of Flex advisors who are adding URLs/domains to this search on an ongoing basis.

We have also added the ability for users to add comments to Flex Developer Center content. As most of you know, we’ve had commenting on Adobe Livedocs for a while. This is the next generation of commenting, in that the commenting functionality across these two different places is integrated. The intent of commenting is to gather feedback and deliver the best possible content; by integrating the commenting, and who reviews and acts on those comments we can strive to be as consistent as possible across content on adobe.com. Again, there is a team of Flex advisors moderating comments, and Hong Qiu and I will be moderating the Flex Developer Center comments. Note that all posted comments go live immediately, however, where there is inappropriate content, the moderators will scrub as needed. The coolest part is that authors can monitor comments on their articles by subscribing to the RSS feed (see link below) for Flex Developer Center.

You can see both of these enhancements on the Flex Developer Center: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/. To find the new features:
• Flex community-powered search: Look in the right-nav in the Flex DC, and you will see the “Search Community-Powered Help” form field.
• Commenting: Browse to any article in the Flex Developer Center, and you will see the option to add your comment.
• Subscribe to the RSS feed for comments for the Flex Developer Center and see all comments, anytime: http://community.adobe.com/ion/rss/comments.html?label=flex_product_adobelr&language=en_US

We encourage you to try these new enhancements and send any feedback. The search results page that gets returned will have a link to a feedback survey at the top right of the page.

Happy searching and commenting!

Amy Wong
Adobe
Developer Relations
Manager, Content community and applications

4 Responses to New search/commenting for Adobe Flex Developer Center

  1. Anne says:

    Amy,Question (not related to above).Who do I contact to pitch an idea for a software program proposal?Thanks.

  2. Goonie says:

    I have try that new search feature there. But when I try to search something, I am little confuse with the search result, because I found many resources beside livedocs.adobe.com, is that feature could search from any flex website or only in adobe community?and I see an error in commenting system, I saw this notice:”Comments* There was an error in server communication!”

  3. Marius says:

    Hi Goonie,The search was designed to include third-party results in addition to the Adobe-backed livedocs documentation. We believe that this way users could take advantage of the wisdom available out there, in the community. Often, the best answer is not coming from Adobe, but from someone’s blog or forum post.As for the error you received when trying to post a comment, this happened because of some technical problems we experienced over the week-end. We are investigating this and fixing it, but the commenting feature should be back now.– Marius

  4. Christian Cepel says:

    Still today, 4 years and 8 months later, this communication system gives me “There was an error in server communcation” from iExplore, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome.