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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 XenForo Moderator Staff 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 XenForo Moderator Staff 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 XenForo Moderator Staff 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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