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  • Remove "start a discussion" and "ask a question". This is pointless and requires an extra step from the user. Most people are able to differentiate from a discussion and a question from the post contents.

    Rename "Ask a question" to "New thread" or "Create thread". I hunted around for New Thread for 2 minutes going "where the hell do I start a thread".

    Modify the Edit button to take you to the edit screen without the need to present you with another drop down box. Again I wondered what was going on when it didn't take me to the edit screen in one click.

    hi
    Monday, March 16, 2009 10:42 PM

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  • I agree with you on both issues here.

    The initiation of a thread is somewhat improved in the latest version because the choice between "Ask a Question" and "Start a Discussion" is now radio buttons with "Question" as the default (previously it was a dropdown, which caused a lot of people to do the wrong thing). But I think the text on the forum page should be something agnostic, like "New Thread".

    For the Edit/Delete dropdown I agree with you totally. 99% of the time, the person wants "Edit", so it should not be a dropdown. At the very least, the original button should be something agnostic, like "Modify". Better, separate buttons for Edit and Delete.

    Maybe these things will be improved in the version 4.0 forums...

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Monday, March 16, 2009 11:22 PM
  • In the coming release, Ask A Question will become more prominent and hopefully easier to discover.

    Edit/Delete will be directly accessible, dropdown is gone. In fact the entire set of available options at the thread and message level will be directly accessible.

    Rob J, Forums Dev
    http://twitter.com/robjoh
    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 4:02 AM