I'm looking for the right pattern to support 'asking' more questions to our site community from the main search component, I'm looking for a way to combine the main search functionality which involves autocompleting to also have a way for the user to ask and then take his question and present it to him in the 'add a question' page automatically, are there any sites that combines search and ask CTAs on the same main search component? any conventions for that? I thought of adding a toggle on the right of the search area, one will be 'search' and the other will be 'ask' but then I won't have a place for the actual CTA of performing the search, I could assume that people will hit the return for it but I'll still need to have an action button.I'll be happy to learn from your suggestions. thanks.
What if the user does not to have to decide if it is a search or a question. The user only wants an answer. This would mean:
- Hint text in search field "search or ask question"
- on enter (or click on CTA search) always start a search
- Show search result AND show a CTA like "want to ask the community?" which opens the "add question" page with search term as question.
a site that has something like this is feedback.techsmith.com but they hide the "ask a question" CTA in search result at the bottom of the page so it can easily been overseen by the user.