I am guessing the exploder has been in place for close to two decades. By the way, Thank You very to Don Patterson who I believe led that activity! Whether there is a future for the exploder or not, it has served us very well for a long time!
Just to clarify, the PTC Community DOES send out emails automatically if you want it to. Just choose “Receive email notifications” once for each area you’re interested in (Creo, Mathcad, Windchill, etc.).
I use both PTC User and the Community and get emails from both systems for all posts. The only difference (and I know it’s a big one for a lot of people) is you have to login to the community to post replies. Frankly, with a web browser’s ability to remember your password, I really don’t see that as a hindrance. I login once in the morning an just leave the window minimized. If anything new comes along in my email, I just follow the link back to the web page and respond. Pretty straight forward.
Yes, it is very helpful to be able to search through old emails – across all forums, communities, and sites at the same time. ☺
I am trying to keep an open mind. The current exploder tool is very old technology, as has been pointed out by proponents of the Community. Old technology does not necessarily mean obsolete technology and it continues to serve me well.
At this point, I am not happy with the Community site operations. For me, it is very hard to find information. That may be because I don't understand how to get the value out of the tool. I fear the control of the site being in PTC's hands.
If we (PTC/User membership) are going to abandon the exploder, I believe PTC needs to take responsibility for providing a superior solution to the current technology.