A couple of our regular Lithospherans (Lithosphereans, Lithospherei?) have suggested that it would be a great idea to write a round up of Ideas activity this year. Well consider it done... and kudos to that idea...!
If you've ever visited Lithosphere before you'll know that the Ideas area is where we solicit feedback on our product platform, looking at everything from new features, suggestions on user interface, reporting or administration tools or even on off the wall ideas.
Just like the customers who utilize our platform on a daily basis, our product managers pay attention to what the ideas are and how popular they are with other users. It's a great source of the pulse of our user base from the people who know and breathe the the platform on a daily basis.
Sometimes we'll take the idea straight into our queue, but generally we'll often ask for a little more clarification or comments from people and that's where the statuses come in handy.
So here's our round up for 2009
Total Submitted Ideas: 158
Accepted (in development now): 3
Under Consideration: 14
Comments Requested: 72
Future Review: 19
Now for you eagle-eyed readers, no the ones I have listed don't add up to 158.
The reason for that is that a number of ideas were duplicates, and some of the brand new ones haven't had time for the community to respond to yet. As soon as they start to get voted up, then we'll draw them into the queue for the product managers.
Thanks for all the input, a lot of these ideas were incorporated into our new v9.x this year, we're very grateful for the ideas. But (as they say) there's more to come! I know that one of our product managers, Manjeera, will be writing an article in the new year about some more features that will be making their way from Lithosphere to the platform. Keep an eye out for that!