I have recently asked LEGO for their approval of including a screenshot of the MDP forum area on The NXT STEP with some commentary. Please understand that the MDP were under NDA's (ah, the joys of acronyms) and I have wanted to make certain I am not volunteering any information that would violate the NDA or put LEGO in an awkward position.
My attempt here is to simply show you the interface for how the team worked together. What you are seeing is a simple forum screen - on the right side were a handful of categories that we posted comments, questions, etc. and helped us to keep topics organized.
Info & Updates - new software release notices and in-house competitions were announced here among other things.
Encounter of the NXT Kind: Initially, this is where MDP members introduced themselves and their interests. In the end, it was a great little unofficial meetingplace for all the members as well as a catch-all for random and miscellaneous messages that didn't fit into other categories.
Building Robots - We talked about what we wanted to build, what we were buildling, and other stuff related to using the new sensors, motors, and Technic pieces. No particulars.
Community Activities - Similar to Encounter of the NXT Kind - discussions on how we intend to use the product in clubs, events, etc.
As you can see, there are other categories that are blurred out - sorry. Some of the categories are still off limits, so please do me two favors - (1) Thank LEGO for letting me post this much and (2) Please do not ask about the blurs - period.
As for the rest of the screen, you can see tabs along the top : Address Book (contact info for other members - very helpful), Calendar, All Messages, All Polls, All Files, Chat, and All Notices. Some of these were used... others never or very little.
The ability existed to create new groups (categories), but very few were made since we had adequate places to post messages.
The other blurred areas simply showed what categories you had chosen to participate in as well as messages posted since your last login. Invitations to polls could be accepted or declined as well.
A closer look will reveal that the browser is not in English - all MDP members were required to submit comments in the Danish language. Small price to pay. (Just kidding...)
Thanks to LEGO for allowing me to share this little bit of information with all of you.