This thread/poll is a result of an earlier suggestion thread here. I'm interested in more feedback on an alternative I posted there, mostly to see if it could be considered as add-on later, to receive critique, and discuss what the drawbacks of such a layout could be.
I commented on this in the other thread, but here's the gist of what I said there:
...something similar to what you've mocked up, but expand it when the user starts typing a thread title. So, to elaborate:
If the user clicks the "post new thread" button in your mockup without supplying a title, they are taken to the advanced thread creation page
If the user starts typing a title, the area below the title box is expanded to present the user with the options typically found in quick reply. This allows them to create the text of the initial post of the thread without leaving the threadlist.
The entire thread could be created from the threadlist page unless the user needs something extra, like a poll.
the concept is cool. it works on twitter and facebook. wordpress has a theme named p2 aimed at posting new content fast.
but the biggest problem with this theory is...
on a forum like line... it would simply result in more repeated threads about the same topic. people are already too lazy to check existing threads. search for something they are looking for. making them easy to post a new thread (like a tweet!) would result in more duplicated threads.
having said that, i would love to have this feature on my forum to check how it performs in the real world scenario. as a mod? alright. as a core feature? awesome.
I like the 2nd screen. It does many things, especially it brings the 'New Thread' button down near the threads. When there are many subforums, the way it is now, the New Thread button is far away from the threads.
the idea is good, but the concept is poorly design... if you are going to create a quick thread type of mod, make it simple, functional and make it go all the way...
Why just enter a title if you are going to end up clicking the post new thread button anyways? What is the use of that?
Like i said, the idea of having a Quick Thread is genius! ... i would probably do it like Google calendar does it... simple and functional and goes all the way. You should still have the option of creating a thread with all the bells and whistles. Also, the option should be enable/disabled in the admin cp...
Just saying, I feel I have to think about those few examples I gave, to consider if it is something that should indeed be in a product, could be, or optionally be included, or is better as addon or perhaps just something that sounds nice on paper but best left alone.
everything is possible... my sketch was done in 5 minutes... i didn't gave any thoughts on buttons design or input labels, etc... The important thing to remember is the concept of a quick thread vs a half quick thread vs full thread and how a quick thread could be simple and functional. Either way, the option should be something that could be turned off/on in the admin cp.
it is also my believe that the quality of content for the board is not decided by the user using a quick thread versus a full thread window... a user could always post mediocre content using a full thread window...