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Why is the "subject" line necessary for forum replies?

Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 2:23am

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Why is the "subject" line necessary for forum replies? Can't Post



Mar 3 2013, 2:42am

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I think you meant to post this on the Feedback board. (got moved while I was composing!) [In reply to] Can't Post

People have the option to read forum threads in flat mode (which is the default) and threaded mode. For those of us who read in threaded mode, the subject lines let us know (hopefully) what the post is about and we chose whether to click on it to read or not. I can't read every post and I look for particular sub-topics that might interest me or for someone praising a particular post (in the subject line) that makes me take a look.

It also lets people say something really short just in the subject line and then we don't have to click on it at all.

This threaded format is how the original boards were set up and when we moved to a better set up here on the new boards, most of the members liked it so the developers allowed each member to choose which format to use.

Examples of how I see threads that illustrate how the subject line is useful.

Ataahua posted her fun diversion, Middle-earth Conspiracy Theories and asked this question:
Just why did the Valar ban humans from visiting them in Valinor?

People will post their answers in the subject line and it looks like this:

You can see what threaded looks like by finding the button at the top right of any thread that says "View Threaded". You can click it as a toggle between Threaded and Flat.

And, I might point out that you use the subject line just how many of us would... you let me see what you wanted to say without my having to click on the post. :-)

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(This post was edited by Magpie on Mar 3 2013, 2:43am)

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Mar 3 2013, 2:47am

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On TORN [In reply to] Can't Post

you can choose to read threads in either flat mode or threaded. Subject lines aren't particularly necessary in flat mode (except for the originating post of the thread, of course - people need something to click on to open the discussion thread), but they are necessary for those who read in threaded mode - as people need to click on something to open each post in the thread.

The original set-up of these discussion boards had the subject lines to default to repeating the subject of the originating post - for instance, my reply you here would have been headed: 'RE: Why is the "subject" line necessary for forum replies?' However that changed quickly at the request of board members, as seeing the same line repeated so often was a bit nutty and didn't indicate what the reply was about.

On a related note, we ask board members to have more that, for instance, just a full stop in their subject line so that there is something meaty for those with poor eyesight or motor skills to click on when reading in threaded mode.

...also, what Magpie said. Tongue

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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(This post was edited by Ataahua on Mar 3 2013, 2:48am)

Tol Eressea

Mar 4 2013, 4:20pm

Post #4 of 4 (204 views)
Thanks for the replies, Magpie and Ataahua [In reply to] Can't Post

The reason I asked was because I am constantly writing out my posts, clicking send, and then being stopped because I haven't filled out the subject line, but now it makes sense to me.Smile


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