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Forum - Threaded Messaging on Mobile

I need to display a threaded forum on Mobile. It's a fully fledged threaded forum where users can reply on any "reply". Currently I am displaying the forum in threaded order, but as it is a small ...
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Solutions for changing user habits from a tree to a flat forum thread structure

I am trying to change the habits of forum users who are familiar with a really messy tree structure to the more common flat structure. The forum is to get a relaunch but without shutting the old ...
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what's the downside of too many forum threads?

What's feasible as per users perspective- a forum with a number of random threads or the one with only a few main threads? Why it's impossible to keep a track of too many threads?
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Should you also order threads by their last edit?

In a discussion forum, you will often see threads sorted by the last reply to that thread (please disregard the sticky threads in the image below). What I'm beginning to wonder is what part editing ...
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Which editor should be chosen for basic internet user

I am working on a forum design project and I have a question for the input mechanism for that forum, while replying to a post user can Some font properties (can be ignored) Insert multiple Images ...
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Is adding a discussion forum to a an eshop a good idea?

I'm thinking of adding a stackoverflow like knowledge base to my store via a plugin. Is it a good design choice ? Anyone implemented something similar to a store an can share their experience? It's ...
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What to call submit a new topic for a forum?

What to call submit a new topic for a support forum with users that have little or no technical knowledge? Looking online some of the ones that I have seen are: Ask Question New Thread Post a New ...
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What kind of text editor should I use for a reddit-like website?

I'm creating a website that is similar to reddit that focus on storytelling, art & literature, and having so much trouble choosing a text editor. I want some basic text editing (bold, italic, ...
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Having your own forum or directing them to a well-known knowledge sharing platform?

Currently, I am designing an API product for developers. In our team, we had some endless discussion whether we should offer a forum solution for our product or using an existing well-known knowledge ...
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Best practice for messaging system (microblog) using a “n-tier” model

I currently have a UX problem that I have seldom seen done well (or at all)... I am developing a messaging feature for a site (a messaging system for business, think Yammer), and I am in the ...
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Tree Forum vs Flat vs Stack Exchange style

I wonder what are the advantages \ disadvantages of the following three types of forums... Tree like forum One parent Thread that can have multiple child threads Each child thread can have multiple ...
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Effectiveness of suggested answers on forums, like Stack Exchange

Is there data or research on how effective suggested answers are in preventing people from asking duplicate questions on online forums and Q&A sites? While some people make an effort to search, ...
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Are there any references for useful forum categories?

I am involved in setting up a forum/message board site that will be used for client communications and support. I would like to plan the categories/topics that messages will be posted under. ...
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Should I use pagination in a forum's thread

I am designing a forum with large discussions, with no specific need to order answers. Do I need to implement pagination or should I maintain one unique page per thread?
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“By posting this, you agree to our terms and conditions”

Is it okay to have a "By posting this, you agree to our terms and conditions" (i.e. like 4chan) as opposed to a "I agree to the terms and conditions" checkbox? I read about automatic agreement to ...
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Is a Q&A site a reasonable replacement for a forum for a software product?

I'm building a website for an open source piece of software that revolves around backups and cloning. I was originally going to use phpBB for the forums, but then thought about the possibility of ...
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Pros and cons of this forum main page, with checkboxes?

What are the pros and cons of a discussion forum main page that works like so: At the top of the page there's a list of forums and sub forums. Below the list of forums, there's a list of forum ...
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Support forum login?

I'm getting ready to release a new software product, and am setting up my support forum. Should I require users to login to post or reply to topics, or not? I'd like to make it easy for users to ...
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Embedding options in a forum

I'm developing a forum/community site and I was thinking how much embedding options should I give to the users. Until now, it is possible upload images and the URLs in the posts are parsed and ...
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Allowing image upload vs linking images

So, I'm developing a forum and I'd like to allow people to attach images to their posts (1 image per post) if they want. Now, I could do this the way Facebook does, that is, if there is a URL in the ...
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A better way to display a forum thread

I want to figure out a better ways to make a forum thread easy to read. Common solutions to this: A flat thread where every post is sorted by time. This is easy to understand and easy to display ...
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Are 'normal' forums (phpBB, vBulletin) outdated? [closed]

Im currently thinking about how communication and information exchange can be improved over the internet. You can cut it down to two sides: 'Life' chat (e.g. irc) and 'delayed' chat. With 'delayed' ...
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How can I display forum paging on a mobile UI in a more pleasant way?

I am having a problem trying to find out how to display the page numbers on a forum in a pleasant way. Please look at the picture below: As the picture shows, the page numbers appear to the right ...
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When is user authentication really necessary?

Better said, how much harder is to mantain a forum/message-board/community webiste with unauthenticated users and what would be the benefits and disadvantages in comparison to an account-based one? ...
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My forum has many views and Facebook likes but very few users are actually logging in or posting topics/replies?

I made a forum a month ago for foreigners living in Taiwan: www.taiwantalk.org. The Categories range from doing business in Taiwan to having relationships in Taiwan. Screenshot: This month I've ...
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Rating-based discussion site for 2011: digg vs phpbb layout style?

I'm building a rating-based discussion site. Basically, it consist in a forum were people can create topics and reply to them (and also rate them). I have approximately 10 topic categories. I have ...
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How wise is it to use a Q&A app AND a forum?

From the research that I have done, a Q&A site (such as this one) is great for support areas of a website. "How do I do ...?" and "What is the best option for ...?" work well with this. But ...
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Simple design for a phpBB forum [closed]

I'm looking for some examples for a better design of phpBB. I would like to redesign a forum which is targeted to people with a minimal experience with forums. Now the forum isn't working well. No ...