Don't take it too rough, Simon, we all think of you as such a staple of the website that calling you out specifically would be redundant! Without Simon, there is no IFSQN. Community is for sure the #1 draw of the site - answers from many countries, answers at any time of the day, filling the void of my soul, etc.
Some brutal feed back -
Files - I love this idea, but every time I visit the files section, it feels anemic. I almost always end up searching the forums on a quest to dig through and find examples of the files I want. Not sure how you could encourage us to use it more though. Maybe auto add files people post to the forums to the files section? Maybe a search that lets you pick out forum posts with file attachments?
Stickies - I would love love love the idea of stickies - it's very common to see someone new ask a question that has been asked a lot before, and Charles will muck through a few hundred forum posts and link to the gems. It's be great to have metal detector, HACCP basics, Risk assessment how tos, CCP vs PRP, micro limits, etc in a sticky thread at the top of the topic - that way we don't have to wait for Charles to link :) Sometimes the words are so common searching the site is impossible.
Noob Guide - Also maybe something more apparent for noobs when they first visit - we almost always need to know standard, prodct, location, and sometimes more about the process. You can't post files at first, which is confusing. Maybe the error message can say something like "You can't post files yet, but you'll be able to in 5 posts" or whatever. I didn't know the "More Reply Options" button existed for a really long time (This probably exists, but maybe make it more prominent? I'll link to it in the welcome posts)
Pictures - What do you mean, that file extension is not allowed on this community? I *need* hilarious memes and click bait.
Blogs - as mentioned above...what are these? How are these different than posts in the forum? I see Tony C's sometimes, but never any others. Do they have different features or functions?
Reputation and Thanks fight each other - I vote for one upvote system instead of two
Diet craze based standards that have no bearing on food safety missing - Where's my forum section for Paleo Friendly certification? Gluten Free certification? Vegan certification? Atkins Approved certification ? (Ed note: I felt like this post had to include a joke complaint)
Edited by magenta_majors, 04 November 2014 - 12:21 PM.