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 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 profile to public so everyone can see your details and progress!

There are two tabs available in the Mendix Forum: Questions and Ideas. On each tab, you can see the Top contributors, which lists the five Mendix community developers who have the most Mendix Forum points in the last 30 days.

2 Questions Tab

2.1 Questions Overview

On the Questions tab, you can see an overview of the questions that have been asked.

Here is an example of a question on the overview page:

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 2.2 Question Details and Answers Page).

Each question specifies the following elements:

  • The beginning of the question description (2)
  • The number of favorites (3), answers (4), and views (5) the question has received
  • The category (6)
    • For example, Microflows
    • This is set when asking a question (for details, see 2.3.1 Asking Your Question)
    • When you click a category, the overview page will list questions with that same tag
  • The tags applied to question (7)
    • For example, test, datagrid, and conditional-visibility
    • These are set when asking a question (for details, see 2.3.1 Asking Your Question)
    • When you click a tag, the overview page will list questions with that same tag
  • The name, avatar, and level of the Mendix community member who asked the question (8)
  • The Mendix community members(s) who answered the question (9)
  • When the question was created (10)

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

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

2.1.1 Sorting the Questions

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.

2.1.2 Searching

In addition to sorting, you can search the entire forum (both for questions and ideas) by clicking the search icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and entering keywords into Search Mendix.

Notice the following search details:

  • The Source will be set to Forum by default; if you want to search other resources, set the source to Documentation
  • You can set the Type of search results for the forum to Question, Idea, or both (default)
  • You can filter by Category to get more refined results

2.1.3 Filtering the Questions

To filter the questions that appear on the overview page, select from the following criteria on the right side of the screen:

  • My favorites – the questions you have marked as favorites (for details on how to favorite a question, see 2.2 Question Details and Answers Page)
  • My own questions – the questions you have asked (for more information, see 2.3.1 Asking Your 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 category set when the question was asked (for more information, see 2.3.1 Asking Your Question)
  • Tags – the tags set when the question was asked (for more information, see 2.3.1 Asking Your Question)

2.2 Question Details and Answers Page

2.2.1 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 many times 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 (when you click a tag, the overview page will list questions with that same tag)
    • The Modeler version set when the question was asked (for more information, see 2.3.1 Asking Your Question)
  • Click the up or down arrow buttons to upvote or downvote the question based on its usefulness (2)
  • Click the heart to favorite the question (3)
  • Click Add comment to write and submit a comment on the question (4)

If you want to follow the discussion on a question via email notifications, click Subscribe to Email Notifications below the question details. Please note that you are automatically subscribed for email notifications on questions that you have asked; if you want to unsubscribe from these notifications, click Unsubscribe from Email Notifications on a specific question that you have asked.

2.2.2 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.

2.2.3 Answering a Question

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

2.3 Asking a Question

2.3.1 Asking Your 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.

2.3.2 Accepting an Answer on a Question You Have Asked

Once a question you have asked receives several answers (for more details, see 2.3 Asking a Question and 2.2.3 Answering a Question), 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.

3 Ideas Tab

3.1 Ideas Overview

On the Ideas tab, you can see an overview of the ideas and feature requests for improving the Mendix platform that have been submitted by Mendix community members.

Here is an example of an idea on the overview page:

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 3.2 Idea Details Page).

Each idea specifies the following elements:

  • The beginning of the idea description (2)
  • The number of Votes (3), Comments (4), and Views (5) for the idea
  • The status of the idea (6) (for descriptions of the various statuses, see 3.2 Idea Details Page)
  • The category (7)
  • Tags (8) (for example, datagrid, listen-target, conditional-visibility)
  • The name, avatar, and level of the Mendix community member who created the idea (9)
  • When the idea was created (10)

3.1.1 Sorting the Ideas

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.

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.

3.1.2 Searching

In addition to sorting, you can search the entire forum for both questions and ideas. For more details, see 2.1.2 Searching.

3.1.3 Filtering the Ideas

To filter the ideas that appear on the overview page, select from the following criteria on the right side of the screen:

3.2 Idea 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 idea details (1):
    • When the ideas was Submitted
    • How many times 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
      • Planned – the idea has been accepted by the Mendix Product Managers and scheduled for implementation
      • Implemented – the idea has been implemented
      • Closed – the idea has been reviewed by the Product Managers but it has not been accepted
    • The Category of the idea
    • The Tags applied to the idea (clicking a tag will list ideas with that same tag under the Ideas tab)
  • Click Vote to upvote the idea (2)
    • 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 (3)
  • Submit a comment on the idea (4)

If you want to follow the discussion on an idea via email notifications, click Subscribe to Email Notifications below the idea details. Please note that you are automatically subscribed for email notifications on ideas that you have submitted; if you want to unsubscribe from these notifications, click Unsubscribe from Email Notifications on a specific idea that you have submitted.

3.3 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 Submit your idea page, fill in the following details in the editor:

    • 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 Submit your idea.

Mendix looks forward to hearing all of your ideas!

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