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"Ask a question" w/ redirect to login

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by cmeinck, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    If you look at Apple's forums, they have a box that welcomes visitors to ask a question. If they are not logged in, they get directed to a login/register box. Anyone who takes the time to type a question is probably more likely to take the time to register. It also makes the process of that first post incredibly easy. Once asked, perhaps forum admins can push a list of forum categories, so that a next step for the user would be to select the appropriate forum category. That or perhaps it goes into moderation.

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  2. alfan

    alfan Active Member

    I like that idea a lot! Would probably increase registrations and overall site activity.
  3. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    Good idea - would like to see this :).
  4. Vicki

    Vicki Active Member

    I'd like to see this, too.
  5. alfan

    alfan Active Member

    It could also be used as a quick post for registered members. If placed on the startpage, a user can enter the question and next select category, if the question was entered by a registered user then a new thread is posted, if the user is not registered he will be taken to a registration page before thread is posted.
    erich37 likes this.
  6. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    as an option in XF 1.2
  7. Dynamic

    Dynamic Well-Known Member

    This is a great idea. Why not see if an addon dev will create it?
  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I think this is a good idea on many forums.
  9. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    @Chris - We discussed this idea - time to get the php code together and make it work as XF addon :)
    nrep and Andrej like this.
  10. Dynamic

    Dynamic Well-Known Member

    Sorry to go off topic, but I have to say it. Duuuuuuuuuuude!!!! Your CrazyEngineers site is AWESOME! Great content man :D
    TheBigK likes this.
  11. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

  12. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Circling back to this thread as it appears one of my competitors have implemented this feature. They basically set it up so asking a question creates a new thread under a single username that is moderated.

    Would that be possible in XF? So a link on the homepage that would automatically generate the start of a new thread from a designated user. This post would get sent into moderation, where admins could either delete (if not relevant), move to appropriate category and ultimately approve.

  13. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    That sounds like a standard unregistered post that requires moderation. All done via permissions
  14. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Would it be tied to a guest account or what would be the link so that the user clicks and is greeted by the posting WYSWYG interface? Possibly a forum category that is not visible? Link would create a new post in that forum (which would be moderated)?

    Can you attribute guest posts to a specific user post topic creation?

    Sorry, just trying to wrap my head around the logistics of creating this.
  15. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    No, XenForo doesn't allow you to attribute posts to users after being made by a guest.
  16. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Is it possible to create a direct link to a guest posting? So visitor clicks on link, editor opens and allows message to be posted (which would go into moderation).
  17. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    Yes, just link directly to the new thread form.
  18. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

  19. Dan Hawkins

    Dan Hawkins Active Member

    Awesome idea, I really hope this gets Developed - I will contribute to the developer if so.
  20. Sami Jalal

    Sami Jalal Well-Known Member

    Great idea! I like it..

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