Place for more intimate back and forth?
After seeing how the “new site” works, with the question – answer format, it seems it is not designed to be conducive to a discussion format. That’s fine. But where would one go if they didn’t have a specific question but sought more of a running dialogue on a subject?
It’s a tough format to use. I only use it through mobile devices, and the mobile site lacks many of the features that are seen on the desktop. For example, I can’t access the PM page at all unless it notifies me that I have a new PM. I am unable to sort by newest answer within a thread, and so the voting system causes some threads to be very confusing for me to read. I can sort all the topics by which one has the newest response, but that’s it. And I don’t have access to editing, or site how-to pages.
You see dialogue within answers, but without the ability to sort by chronology, this dialogue is tough to follow because of the voting system.
This set up isn’t as conducive to it, which I feel is one of the biggest negatives to the new vs the old. The problem with comments, like sd595 mentioned, there’s no notification about them, so they are easy to be missed, especially the longer time goes from the original question being started.
You can start a “question ” without really asking a question. When you have more to add, just go back to it and add an “answer” (not a comment). New answers will go into the “latest answers” and I think many have learned to keep their eyes on that.
There are aspects of the discussion style that I miss. Yet, with limited time for this, some long posts and ongoing discussions took too much time for me to keep up with them.
But, as has been noted, there are discussions that take place even in this format. So, perhaps you could pose a discussion question.
A couple of tips….
- You can use an @username, to direct an “answer” towards a specific person and their answer/comment. (This goes into the notification bar, or sends notifications via email.)
- It is helpful to somehow share what you are specifically addressing in a reply, whether you copy a direct quote, or somehow state what you are replying to, i.e “re: intimate discussion”.
I did notice that sometimes posts are in order, and sometimes not. I didn’t know the voting system did that. I pay no attention to the voting system anyway, so if went away, it would be an improvement if the posts stayed in order.
Same with the comment ability. It’s nice that it’s there, just to address a particular post, without hijacking the OP’s question. It would be nice if new comments showed up, either as a new category, like ‘latest comments’, or better yet, just mixed in with the latest answers, but tagged as a latest comment.
I suppose that all that is not as easy as it seems, as far as tweaking the software goes. I assume that the new format is easier on the wallet than the old, so that’s why it’s what we have now.
All proves……people do not like change.