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A better IdeaStation Experience Is Coming Soon

The IdeaStation is one of the best ways for you to share your ideas on new features and functionality we should develop for Fusion 360. There is lot of engagement from you in the IdeaStation but we heard loud and clear that the IdeaStation can be a black hole. We would like to change that. Currently, the team is actively working on improving the IdeaStation user experience, and as part of this effort, we would like to introduce a new and improved submission process involving 4 best practices that streamlines the process of getting your idea into the product.


1. Search before you submit
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Before you submit an idea, we highly recommend that you search for it first using our search field. Chances are, someone may have already submitted a similar idea. If it has already been posted, support it by giving it an up-vote; contribute to it by adding your thoughts to the conversation. The same will happen to you in return.


2. Sell your idea

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When you submit an idea, think about what issue your idea is trying to solve. Submit one idea at a time, and not a whole bunch of ideas in one post. Be clear and concise, but also don’t hesitate to include as much background information as possible. Attaching screenshots, videos, and to help illustrate your idea. Give it a clear title so other users can find it when they search for ideas to up-vote. Also, tag and label your idea appropriately so it gets the maximum exposure it deserves.


3. Start gathering support
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Once you’ve submitted your idea, it’s time to start gathering support. You’ll soon see a Gathering Support status attached to your idea, letting everyone know that this idea needs to be voted on. Due to the current volume of new ideas that are coming in, your idea needs at least 10 votes within the first 30 days of submission for it to move on to the next status—Under Review—where a member of the Fusion 360 team will review your idea and engage with you via the post. We’ll still look at ideas that have less than 10 votes—some of them are bound to be realistic, relatively low-effort, no-brainers to implement that we’ll accept and build into our release schedule, even if they got less than 10 votes.



4. Know your idea status 
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If your idea has been deemed Accepted, that means we added it to our backlog of projects and will release it in a future update! Keep track of it and we’ll also keep you posted when we cue it up for implementation, all within the idea post itself. Then when you see your idea marked Implemented, you’ll know it made it into the latest update and is live for the entire Fusion 360 community to experience.


We believe that these best practices will help improve the IdeaStation experience, and we’d like to encourage everyone to follow them and give us feedback. Our goal is to establish a clear process that works, is easy to use, and pays our community back for the effort you put into making it great. We are planning to roll it out throughout the IdeaStation so that the process remains clear and transparent to everyone who wants to participate. Let us know what you think!


The Fusion Team


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