Am surprised to see so much negative feedback. I was a bit blown away when I first saw the change. Thought I entered the wrong website.
Maybe I'm just an apprentice in comparison with the wizened tech masters here, but I feel like the UI and themes feel fresh now. Much more inclined to join in the conversations instead of feeling like I'm slogging through a 90s vbulletein advert. Some great editing tools have been added and the experience overall is much more responsive and vibrant in my book.
Thanks for the work devs! I think with some minor tweaks like Dark Mode, resolution adjustment, a compact forum mode, and UI streamlining- things will be top notch! Oh and I agree with some comments about adding a highlight to emphasize what certs a user is studying or has completed. It is quite motivational.
I’ve always felt there was a type of TechExams bashing against boot camp providers. Now that the forum is owned by a boot camp providers. I’m partly amused and partly saddened, especially since “TechExams” is now “community.infosecinstitute.com”.
Overall, I think the underlying disdain towards bootcamp providers, at least for me, is that a lot of times their sole focus is trying to guarantee that a person will pass an exam after a 5-day bootcamp versus the months of self-study a person might take to pass an exam with self-study. Add to the fact thay some boot camp providers will particpate in, at best, shady, and at worst, illegal tactics of providing **** material or telling students what exactly is going to be on the test, and it tends to be a real slap in the face for people who legitimately study for and pass certification exams. How else can you take someone from zero knowledge to cert ready in 5-days with a guarantee of a pass?
I believe that the TechExams community largely consisted of people who earned their certifications through an honest self-study without resorting to ****. When any person brought up or mentioned **** the vast majority responses towards the use of **** was negative. I kind of feel like now that I’m posting here it’s kind of implied that I endorse Infosec Institute. Typically, you only use a company’s forums when you support or have purchased that company’s product in the past. This makes an awkward situation now that the Infosec Institute has purchased a formerly third party forum and made it “their” community.
I haven’t done enough research to know if I support or don’t support them, but I feel like I’m implicitly supporting them just by making posts, which I really don’t like. It would be nice if it was made clear that participants in the forum do not support or advocate for the use of InfoSec Institute’s products and that it was originally a third party forum that was purchased and integrated into Infosec Institute. I realize this was somewhat done in some of the welcome posts. I just hope that doesn’t go away over time.
I guess Infosec Institute has to get their ROI from the purchase of TechExams which probably includes a boost to their SEO rankings of their domain name and marketing their products/services. I think I almost liked TechExams still being on its old domain with the Infosec Institute popup advertisement better.
Anyways, here’s my thought on the new forum:
-It would be nice to have your ertifications showing next to your username like it was with the old forum
-It would be nice if the date of the post was visible before clicking on the post(I’m using mobile and I haven’t looked at the site on desktop yet)
-It would he nice if the total number of pages that a certain post/thread has was displayed at the bottom or top of the page, so we know how many total pages of content there is.
-I don’t like the navigation, at least on mobile, with having to click through multiple times to get to a forum. Maybe if the click opened up a submenu instead of reloading the page it would be more bearable.
-Not really sure how to reply so it “quotes” the person I’m replying to.
-Definitely don’t like scrolling to the very bottom to leave a comment.