The Mendix Forum

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1 Introduction

The Mendix Forum is where the Mendix Community comes together to help each other out with questions and answers and to propose ideas for improving the Mendix app platform.

The forum is closely integrated with the Community Profile so that Mendix Community members can see all the interesting and useful information about who is participating in the forum. If someone clicks your name anywhere on the forum your Community Profile will open, so make sure you set your Community Profile to public so everyone can see your avatar, details, and progress!

There are three tabs available in the forum: Dashboard, Questions, and Ideas. This reflects the fact that the forum is divided into two main sections: the question forum (located on the Questions tab) and the idea forum (located on the Ideas tab).

2 Dashboard Tab

The Dashboard tab presents an up-to-date picture of forum activity in the Questions and Ideas sections as well as your total forum activity (if you are logged in).

2.1 Questions Section

The Questions section presents a selection of questions from the question forum:

Each question listed here has a descriptive title (1). Clicking a question title opens a specific details page under the Questions tab (for more information, see 3.1 Question and Answer Details Page).

Each question specifies the following elements:

  • The number of Votes (2) for the question, which signifies how popular and useful the question is
  • The number of Answers (3) to the question
  • The tags (4) for the question (for example, inheritance, performance, scheduled-event)
    • Clicking a tag will bring you to a list of questions with that same tag under the Questions tab (for more information, see 3 Questions Tab)
  • The author (5) of the question
    • Clicking the author name will bring you to their Community Profile

There are three filter buttons (6) you can click to browse the questions:

  • Last updated – questions that were most recently updated
  • Top – questions that received the most votes in the last 30 days
  • Unanswered – questions that have not yet received an answer

You can also search for question and answer details in the Search (7) box.

2.2 Ideas Section

The Ideas section presents a selection of ideas from the idea forum. The ideas are listed according to when they were posted:

Each idea listed here has a descriptive title (1). Clicking an idea title opens a specific details page under the Ideas tab (for more information, see 4.1 Idea and Comment Details Page).

Each ideas specifies the following elements:

  • The number of Votes (2) for the idea, which signifies how popular and useful the idea could be as a feature request
  • The number of Comments (3) on the idea
  • The tags (4) for the idea (for example, login, comments, pages)
    • Clicking a tag will bring you to a list of ideas with that same tag under the Ideas tab (for more information, see 4 Ideas Tab)
  • The author (5) of the idea
    • Clicking the author name will bring you to their Community Profile

You can also search for idea details in the Search (6) box.

2.2 Your Forum Activity Section

When you are logged into the Mendix app platform, the section on the right side of the Dashboard presents a summary of your forum activity:

Your forum activity is summarized by the number of Questions asked, Questions answered, and Ideas submitted.

2.3 Top Forum Contributors Section

The Top Forum Contributors section lists the five Mendix Community developers who have the most Mendix Forum points in the last 30 days:

For details on how to get Mendix points, see the Forum section of How Does One Get These Rewards?.

3 Questions Tab

On the Questions tab, you can see a list of questions that match your criteria. For example, if you clicked the datagrid tag in the Questions section of the Dashboard, a list of questions with that same tag will be presented here.

Each question has a descriptive title (1). Clicking the question title opens the specific question and answers details page under the Question tab (for more information, see 3.1 Question and Answer Details Page).

Each question specifies the following elements:

  • The number of Votes (2), Answers (3), and Views (4) the question has received
  • The beginning of the question description (5)
  • Tags (6) (for example, datagrid, listen-target, conditional-visibility)
  • The category (7) (for example, Modeler)
  • When the question was last changed/updated (8)
  • The name, avatar, Mendix points, and Mendix level of the developer who last updated the question (9)

Hovering your mouse cursor over the developer name brings up the developer profile card:

The developer profile card presents the Mendix point information for the developer. Clicking the developer name on the card will bring you to their Community Profile.

The Sort by drop-down menu at the top of the screen has three options for sorting the questions on this page: Last Updated, Newest, and Most Popular.

In addition to sorting, you can filter the questions by entering keywords into the search box or by selecting from the following criteria on the right side of the screen:

  • My favorites – the questions you have starred and marked as favorites (for details on how to favorite a question, see 3.1 Question and Answer Details Page)
  • My own questions – the questions you have asked (for more information, see 3.2 Asking a Question)
  • Status – the status of a question according to whether it remains Unanswered, has been Answered, or has been Accepted answered (meaning, it has been answered and the answer has been accepted)
  • Categories – the categories set when the questions were asked (for more information, see 3.2 Asking a Question)
  • Tags – the tags set when the questions were asked (for more information, see 3.2 Asking a Question)

3.1 Question and Answer Details Page

3.1.1 Question Details

Clicking the title of a question will bring you to the details page for that question:

On this page, you can read the full descriptive text of the question and do the following:

  • View the following question details (1):
    • When the question was Asked
    • How often the question has been Viewed
    • The date and time of the Last activity on the question (meaning, when it was last updated)
    • The Category of the question
    • The Tags applied to the question (clicking a tag will list questions with that same tag under the Questions tab)
    • The Modeler version relevant to the question
  • Click Copy to copy the deep link to the question and share it (2)
  • Click the up or down arrow buttons to upvote or downvote the question based on its usefulness (3)
  • Click the star to favorite the question (4)
  • Click Add comment to write and submit a comment on the question (5)

3.1.2 Answers

Below the question details are the answer(s) to the question. Click the up or down arrow buttons to upvote or downvote the answer based on how it addresses the question. You can also click Add comment to comment on an answer, as “Anthony Dickinson” did here:

Below the answer(s), you can contribute to the forum by writing your own answer in the editor and then clicking Submit answer:

3.2 Asking a Question

It’s never been easier to ask a question on the Mendix Forum. But before you submit a new question, be sure to search the forum for similar questions that have already been asked. There may be someone else who has already posted the same question!

To ask your own question on the forum, follow these steps:

  1. Click Ask a question on the main page of the Questions tab:

  2. On the Ask your question page, fill in the following details in the editor:

    • The Title of your question (remember, this is how forum users will first see your question, so make the title descriptive and interesting)
    • The Text of your question (add all the details about your question to make it searchable and so other users can answer it; consider including steps to reproduce the issue)
    • The Modeler version on which you encountered the issue you have a question about
    • The Category that reflects your question (for example, Connectors, Databases, Security)
    • The Tag(s) that reflect the topic of your question (which other users can use to filter the list of questions)
  3. Click Ask your question.

3.2.1 Accepting an Answer

Once a question you have asked receives several answers (for more details on answering questions, see 3.1.2 Answers), you can accept an answer by clicking this button:

You should accept the answer that properly and accurately responds to your question in the best way possible.

4 Ideas Tab

This tab lists ideas and feature requests for improving the Mendix platform that have been submitted by Mendix Community members.

All the submitted ideas are publicly visible, and each idea has a descriptive title (1). Clicking the idea title opens the specific idea details page under the Ideas tab (for more information, see 4.1 Idea Details Page).

Each idea specifies the following elements:

  • The number of Votes (2), Comments (3), and Views (4) for the idea
  • The beginning of the idea description (5)
  • Tags (6) (for example, datagrid, listen-target, conditional-visibility)
  • The category (7) of the idea
  • When the idea was created (8)
  • The name, avatar, points, and level of the developer created the idea (9)

The Sort by drop-down menu at the top of the screen has three options for sorting the ideas on this page: Last Updated, Newest, and Most Votes.

In addition to sorting, you can filter the ideas by entering keywords into the search box or by selecting from the following criteria on the right side of the screen:

4.1 Idea and Comment Details Page

Clicking the title of an idea will bring you to the details page for that idea:

On this page, you can read the full descriptive text of the idea and do the following:

  • View the following question details (1):
    • When the ideas was submitted (Asked)
    • How often the idea has been Viewed
    • The date and time of the Last activity on the idea (meaning, when it was last updated)
    • The Status of the idea – these are the possible statuses:
      • Open – the idea has not been reviewed yet
      • Scheduled – the idea has been accepted by the Mendix Product Managers and scheduled for implementation
      • Implemented – the idea has already been implemented
      • Closed – the idea has been reviewed by the Product Managers but it has not been accepted
    • The Tags applied to the idea (clicking a tag will list ideas with that same tag under the Ideas tab)
    • The Category of the idea
  • Click Copy to copy the deep link to the idea and share it (2)
  • Click Vote to upvote the idea (3)
    • By upvoting ideas, you can show the Mendix Community and the Product Managers what you would like to see added to the Mendix platform
    • The upvotes will be used as input for the Product Managers and the Mendix Community MVPs to decide which features will be nominated for implementation.
  • Click the star to favorite the idea (4)

Below the idea details are the comments on the idea:

Below the comments, you can write your own comment in the editor and then click Submit:

4.2 Submitting an Idea

If you have a great idea that you would like to see implemented on the Mendix platform, we want to hear it! But please make sure you search the idea forum for similar ideas before submitting a new idea. There may be someone else who has already posted the same idea!

To submit your own idea to the idea forum, follow these steps:

  1. Click Submit idea on the main page of the Ideas tab:

  2. On the idea editor page, fill in the following information:

    • The Title of your idea (this is how forum users will first see your idea, so make the title descriptive and interesting)
    • The text of your idea (add all the details about your idea to make it searchable and so other users can vote and comment on it)
    • The Category that reflects your idea (for example, App Store, Connectors, Microflows)
    • The Tag(s) that reflect your idea (which other users can use to filter their searches)
  3. Click Save idea.

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