This system is different from our message boards in a number of ways.
Most importantly, questions and their answers are presented in a flat list (BBS style) instead of a threaded format. This is in keeping with more traditional Question and Answer style boards and helps emphasise working towards getting the best answer. However - we still provide a threaded discussion at the end of each question to allow clarification or rambling discussions.
We've also moved back to our old forum's voting system, whereby questions and answers can be voted on a scale instead of just good/bad. We tried to encourage members to vote Good question / bad question but it never really worked. We strongly believe that life works in shades of grey.
We have also worked to integrate this Questions and Answers system into our main content system. When searching for content on the site you no longer need to search the forums then search the articles: you can now search from a single location and have all the results appear in one spot.
By moving to a flat-format we've also been able to offer different options for viewing answers: order by the top answers or order by the latest answers. If there are more answers than will fit on a page then you can page through and still keep the original question in view.
We also now allow anyone with sufficient reputation to edit any question or answer. By moving our Question and Answer system into our main content infrastructure we automatically gain versioning, rollback, and the ability for any member of sufficient level to edit the questions and answers. Think a question is poorly worded? Then edit it! Not only does this help others answer it, it adds to your reputation.
A great side-benefit of our system is that we now support snippets and tips n' tricks. Got a small tip or piece of code that doesn't warrant an article? Post it as a Tip & Trick!
Finally, you will notice that there is now only one message board for questions and answers. We will keep the discussion-oriented boards open such as the Lounge, but everything else will be merged into one board (a long awaited goal!) which means no more cross posting, no more hunting around forums, and no more questions posted in the wrong forum. To ensure you don't get swamped we make it easy to set your filters so you see only those topics in which you are interested.