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Author Topic: "fork" threads feature  (Read 412 times)


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"fork" threads feature
« on: July 27, 2008, 06:41:52 PM »
ENWorld has implemented a feature that I think would be great over here. To see how it works, just visit any thread there, and assuming you have an account, click the button at the bottom of a post that says "Fork to new thread". Result: you're now editing a post in a brand-new thread whose default subject is "Forked Thread: ". Already filled in for you on the first line of your new post is

"Forked from: "

and then quoted text from the post you forked from.

The benefits that I'd hope to see from this feature include
  • reducing thread drift
  • making it easier to locate discussions of interest

The only concern I have about the given implementation is that users may be likely to leave the default subject. I think it'd be better to leave the subject line blank so the poster has to give some thought to a subject.

With sufficient scripting magic, it'd be even better to have supplementary text added to the subject. So, e.g., I fork from a thread called "D&D" and give my new thread the title "Why Bards are great". On the forum page, this would be displayed as "Why Bards are great (forked from thread: "D&D")".

It'd be even better if a post from which a new thread is "forked" would get a "forward link" inserted that points to the new thread.

But really, I'd be happy to just see a copy the ENWorld implementation. It might be a good idea to wait until we've observed how well it's worked in practice over there for a while, though.

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2008, 08:33:29 PM »
I've seen a few accidentally forked threads since they started it, from people who clicked it on accident, perhaps while aiming for the quote button.