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Consistent Placement Of Post New Thread Button

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by ibnesayeed, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. ibnesayeed

    ibnesayeed Well-Known Member

    Based on whether a forum has sub-forums or not, the placement of the Post New Thread button changes. To me this is visually inconsistent.

    Without sub-forums:

    New_Thread_Leaf.png

    With sub-forums:

    New_Thread_Parent.png
     
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  2. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    This messes with my new members pretty bad.. I recently had to add a splash of color to mine and enlarge it slightly via CSS.
     
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    This has already been changed from where you want it to where it is now.

    It has purposely been placed below the sub forum list.
     
  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    On the default style at Xenforo.com ... it's hard to miss
    upload_2014-8-6_13-21-10.png
    It's a big blue button.

    I think the problem comes when there are 15 subforums ... the [Post new Thread] will be so far from the threads .... users won't be able to find it.
     
  5. ibnesayeed

    ibnesayeed Well-Known Member

    I am just asking for consistency. If the placement below sub-forums makes more sense then in absence of sub-forums it should be placed right above the "Watch Forum" link, not next to the breadcrumb bar.
     
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  6. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    There is a very interesting discussion about it overhere: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/the-position-of-key-buttons-next-to-the-breadcrumb.3066/, where you will find many suggestions/proposals from the community on this subject matter.

    I still think that the subject matter you rise here, is one of the -very few- areas that do not yet seem to be 'quite right', in Xenforo.
     
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  7. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    I disagree. I think the Post New Thread button is in the right place. If it was to be place where the OP suggests then it would lead to two things:

    1. Potential confusion for some users as to where the new thread would be created - in one of the existing subforums just below the button or in the forum they are actually in
    2. When there are many subforums (let's say 10+), the user would first be looking at the threads in the forum, then have to scroll right to the top of the forum to be able to create their own thread.

    The current location makes it clear where the new thread is being created - in the forum you are in - and it is much easier to use due to less scrolling required.
     
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  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    ^ Which are the reasons why it was moved from where it was to where it is now.
     
  9. Karelke

    Karelke Active Member

    Feedback from our testers states that the button at its current location is hard to find. Therefore we moved the button to the left, just above the pagination. It requires a minor template modification.
     
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  10. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    Hello Martok, everthing you are stating is true. That (the points you make) were the reasons why it was eventually moved below the subforums listing, based on community feedback.

    But, this is not what the OP is suggesting. Read the OP again and you will see that he never suggested to place it back after the breadcrumb. He is looking for consistency, not to put it back where it originally was perse.

    (I wrote this before I could see Brogans reply which states partly the same)
     
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  11. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Maybe the OP should give a suggestion for a consistent place that always works no matter the circumstances. I can't really think of one. I know that @Karelke has put his above pagination but to me that doesn't feel natural, at least to the majority of us (LTR). Your eye naturally leads to the right after looking at the threads so you wouldn't expect the New Thread button to be over on the left, especially as on virtually every other site any similar button is always on the right.
     
  12. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    The breadcrumb is .. IMO .. rarely useful. So saving space (and making the breadcrumb smaller) to fit the [New Post] button is a good idea IMO. For the most part ... there are many situations ... I think it should be removed entirely.
     
  13. ibnesayeed

    ibnesayeed Well-Known Member

    To be honest, I thought about it myself and came up with similar reasoning why things are the way they are. But creating new thread is a very significant action that needs to be very intuitive and consistent. It is not a problem for us, but it is for grandma. There are users who can't figure out how to add links in a post or how to add an image; and you have to teach them using video or images. And if that is the case then you have to teach them two places (far from each other in case of many sub-forums) to look for.
    There will be a trade-off, and I think this is more intuitive to assume that the thread will be created in the forum you are, unless the create thread button is next to a sub-forum on the same horizontal line.
    This argument can be used the other way too, naturally when the thread listing page loads, it doesn't automatically scrolls to where the thread listing begins, and user has to first look at the sub forums then threads, scanning top-to-bottom. Having so many sub-forums will make the scrolling essential (especially for small screens) before you can see the button in question.
    You will find counter arguments to this in my above messages.

    I still don't advocate one location over the other, I am just asking for the consistency, I have no issues if it comes by placing the button somewhere else in a third location.
     
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