Having been managing the content of our newly launched community site for a few weeks now I've a number of features that I'd say would be either essential or highly desirable for clearspace management. I know some of them have been mentioned before but I thought I'd put my wishlist down in one place:
Sticky threads - in a busy forum it's important to be able to keep high priority or time critical threads highlighted on the threadlist. The standard way would be to allow moderators to 'pin' the thread, overriding the chronological listing filter for those threads and consistantly placing them at the top of the thread list
Merging threads - currently there is no option to merge threads within a community forum. This is essential functionality for a busy public forum in order to keep the content focussed and manageable. Ie - if there is a high profile event that is going to provoke a lot of postings the likelihood is that many users will not search for a relevant thread but will instead simply start a new one. The potential then is to end up with tens of threads about the same subject, all with a couple of postings in each, which then clutter up the forum and disspate discussion rather than focussing it. It also serves to drive other discussion threads off the listing pages. It should be possible to merge one thread into another - it need only be as simple as placing the posts from thread two into thread one in chronological order following the last post from thread one.
Options of display on 'recent / popular forum post' widgets. - If this is already an option I'm afraid I've not found it - It would be preferable to be able to display the thread title with pagination and the option to click through to the last unread posting rather than just a link to the last post int he thread. If it's a busy forum with threads carrying tens or hundreds of comments then a user probably wants to read the thread in order not jump straight to the end.
Pagination of threads - again this might be something I've not found - it seems that threads are sometimes paginated, sometimes not, depending on the link pointing to them. It would be preferable to be able to set post limits for standard page breaks in threads that apply accross the whole community.
Better defined management roles - currently the administrative functions for site management (ie banning users, setting reward levels, amending email templates, managing social groups and their content) is merged in with technical support (server set up etc). Whilst that might suffice for a small business where one person does everything for an enterprise implementation within a large company those roles are going to be operated by different people. In our case this is causing unending conflict around access levels as the technical team are unhappy at sharing an adminstrative level.
I may think of some more but that should do for the moment.