Assuming that we are gathering details like browser name, browser version, page URL, error message, etc behind the scenes in hidden fields.

Is it better to have one title field plus one big textarea in a support form, or to try to break the support form into sections with more detail? enter image description here


Users hate more input requested off them. Its best if we limit the entry needed from the user and make it as simple as possible. As you already are gathering most important information necessary to troubleshoot the issue (like browser, error etc) in the background, users dont have to know all that. Just give them one simple box to enter any additional information and a send button. Unless there is a strong reason to break it down into multiple fields, or there is a strong reason for you to believe that users have the motivation to take time to answer your multiple questions, dont do this. This should be enough... enter image description here

  • thanks. What about the subject line of the email? do you think I should try to get rid of that as well? – Yvonne Aburrow Feb 5 '16 at 15:53
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    I think so.. if you mean "summary of the issue", I don't see a real reason to have that there. Again going 'minimal' is better.. – PK2016 Feb 5 '16 at 15:54
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    I am sure you have taken care of the scenario where user does not want to "send email" – PK2016 Feb 5 '16 at 15:55
  • I guess I could change it to "send" – Yvonne Aburrow Feb 5 '16 at 16:45
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    I meant , what if user does not want to "Send". Is there cancel. – PK2016 Feb 5 '16 at 16:47

Agreeing with PK2016, keep it simple. But consider prompting your users for the information that you're looking for. Rather than "Any additional details about the issue", consider asking for

"Details (what you were doing, what happened, what you expected to happen, color of your socks, etc)"

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