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SharePoint 2013 community sites. Chris Gideon Architect Microsoft. Community Home Page. Welcome section. Easily onboarding process. Conversations. Members and reputations. Communities and Reputations. Evolution of the SharePoint 2010 Forums

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sharepoint 2013 community sites
SharePoint 2013 community sites

Chris Gideon



community home page
Community Home Page

Welcome section

Easily onboarding process


Members and reputations

communities and reputations
Communities and Reputations
  • Evolution of the SharePoint 2010 Forums
  • Builds on the concepts of discussions, likes, ratings, badges and reputations
  • Communities can be created by using a new Site Definition
    • Template available for site collections and sites
  • Uses Wiki Pages infrastructure
  • Each community site is self contained:
    • all community information is stored on local lists in the community
communities design
Communities – Design
  • Content is organized by Categories, with a rich UI set of image and data
  • Presentation pages are «wiki pages»
    • Rich content experience
    • Easier to customize, don’t need to be SharePoint master for creating content
  • Users can use rating and liking for content
    • Can vote 1 to 5 stars, or Likes
    • Likes and rating are available on each site in SharePoint 2013
  • Community Site specific features
    • Reputation
    • Moderation
    • Best replies & Featured discussions
    • Discussion Alerts …
community categories
Community Categories



Posts and replies


communities posting
Communities – Posting
  • Every post can be edited and deleted by the original owner as well as community owners
  • Every member of the community can report a post to the moderator (if the setting is enabled)
  • Marking a post as “featured”: once marked, a specific post will render at top of its category
    • Community administrators or moderators can set featured posts
communities conversations and replies
Communities – Conversations and Replies
  • A conversation can have zero or multiple replies
    • Replies can happen for the main topic or for other replies as well (replies of replies)
    • A reply can be reported to moderator
    • Community moderators can also delete or edit a reply
    • List of replies for a specific topic or questions can be sorted based on time (Oldest vs. Newest) or based on number of likes
communities conversations and replies1
Communities – Conversations and Replies

Best Reply: bubbles up in a specific reply and shows it up as the first reply in the discussion thread

  • Community Administrators and Moderators can set “best reply” on any replied to post
  • Regular members can mark a reply as the “best reply” if they created the original discussion post
community owners tools
Community Owners Tools
  • Available in the home page and in site settings
    • Home page is «security trimmed»: only moderators see tools
  • Provides access to the main community settings and lists:
    • Discussions
    • Categories
    • Members
    • Badges
    • Reported Posts
ratings model settings
Ratings Model & Settings
  • Owners can enable ratings on Community
    • Ratings can be a star or like system:
    • Both are completely decoupled from Social DB and live only in the Content DB
    • Owner can switch between the two systems and rating values get preserved in the switch
    • Mouse hovering on the rating provides quick information at a glance:
      • Who rated
      • The value of the rate
      • Visual representation for your likes
tracking your reputation
Tracking Your Reputation
  • People reputation is impacted by activities like creating posts, adding replies, etc.
  • Reputation is per community – reputation in one does not affect it in another community
  • Reputation model cannot be directly extended
  • Community owners control points for each activity
community badges
Community Badges
  • There are two type of badges in communities:
    • Achieved badges
      • Gained by people from collecting points for performing specific activities
    • Gifted badges
      • Assigned by community owners
earning badges
Earning Badges
  • Administrators also configure the point thresholds required to achieve reputation rankings
  • Once a member reaches a specific level he/she receives a «badge» that shows achievement goals reached
  • Achieved badges can be displayed as a ranking level or text
gifted badges
Gifted Badges
  • It’s a way for Community Owners to “push” recognition to a member
    • Not achieved by members
    • Assigned by Community owners
  • List of Gifted Badges can be managed to add or remove badges
  • Gifted Badges are shown in the people status with a specific Icon to highlight the badge
community members and my membership
Community Members and My Membership
  • The Members list displays all members, their rank and various metrics
  • People can also see their status and what is needed to move to the next level of reputation:
report to moderator
Report to Moderator
  • Allows any members to report any post (reply or discussion) to the Moderator
    • Reports with comments are stored in an hidden list
  • Members are notified real time of their reported activity
  • Moderators can then decide to delete, edit or remove the Report
  • Contextual Search in Community Site
    • Search results provide community and members information
    • Custom Display template
    • Search result contextualized to the Community site
community portal
Community Portal
  • Displays a directory of Communities within the organization
  • Starting point for Communities, where and what they are and join
  • Site collection that gets provisioned by CA
    • Administrator defines the Community Portal entry point
  • Uses Search to populate the list of the existing communities
    • There’s a lag between the time a new Community gets created and when it shows up in the Portal
  • Provides ability to search for Communities within the Portal
  • It is security trimmed: displays Communities based on permissions (access)

Community Walkthrough


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