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Not Planned Thread vs Discussion vs Topic

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Grover, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    (devoting a dedicated thread discussion ;) on this)

    Triggered by this remark from Floris:

    I thought:

    Brogan explained:

    Ah yes... thanks for pointing this out, because now I realize that this makes the word 'thread' even more non-fitting on XF, perhaps. XF does not use threaded view... you can not select this alternative view... only flat/linear view is possible (which is a good thing IMHO). So if XF doesn't even provide threaded view... why call a discussion a thread then?

    Instead of http://xenforo.com/community/threads/fixed-term-for-personal-discussions-vs-conversations.2796 I would prefer:
  2. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Personally, I greatly dislike Thread too, so very 1995 - have long since changed to topic instead, but in differance to the majority here being used to thread, I have been using "thread" to save confusion.

    Discussion is a bit combersome, but I could live with it.
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Topic works for me.
    Not as much a mouthful as discussion.
    Andrej, erich37, Robbo and 5 others like this.
  4. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I was going to say the same, but I didn't want to add more choices lol.

    Topic makes more sense to me. 
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  5. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    Pretty much the same thing but threads can have the feeling that it's actually a thread whereas a discussion.
  6. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    What do you mean? :)
  7. KURTZ

    KURTZ Well-Known Member

    personally i think which 'Discussion(s)' could be much better than the other ... so +1 for Grover. ;)
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  8. Aimee S

    Aimee S New Member

    Whereas a discussion what?
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  9. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Add a poll Grover..


    and any other choices you want :p
  10. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    OP's can't edit in a poll yet.
  11. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

  12. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I think "Topic" fits nicely. New Discussion imo sounds better but it's awfully long.
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  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member


    Everyone likes a Topic - a mouthful of hazelnuts in every bite.
    Just like squirrel sh** :D
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  14. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    Topic or discussion would be fine for me.
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  15. Princeton

    Princeton Well-Known Member

    I prefer Topics - less characters. ;)
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Watched Topics

    Watched Discussions
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  17. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    How xf is marketed to and perceived in the market place, and compared to other software will depend on things like this. I would think this would be a business decision. When someone tells me 'check out this thread' and provides a link, it usually indicates that is a vb powered forum, the same goes for topic -> ipb powered. I realize there are many other software makers, but those are the forums I tend to use.

    In addition, people drift from forum to forum all the time. The more terminology those people need to remember the less friendly it will be for them.
  18. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    as by my common language used, I always call it like this (both in english and in german language):
    - I call a Forum always a "Discussion Forum".
    - I call a Thread always a "Topic".

    The word "Thread" is mainly used by forum-webmasters, but is not commonly used in real-life communication.
    Well, I also did not see the word "Thread" being used at FaceBook, but rather the words "Discussions" and "Topics".

    Just make it so simple, that every baby and every grannie can understand it.

    Keep It Simple & Sexy
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  19. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    We use 'Topic' since the first day we started our discussion forum. 'Thread' is a typical vB word, and 'topic' is also a dutch word:)
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  20. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Please don't change this - I cringe when I hear people talking about 'topics'.

    Threads ftw.
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