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Threaded or flat thread format?
Adding forum, don't know which format to choose

 7:21 am on Jul 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Many forums in the world use a threaded message structure. In this structure users can decide to which message in a thread they want to reply. You can walk down a specific message tree within a thread. Some other forums, like WW for example, use a flat structure where it is only possible to add a message to the end of the thread.

Personally I like the flat format because it is cleaner and easier to read, but because there are also forums using some threaded structure that I am not sure if those users would feel less comfortable in a flat environment.

What is your opinion about the best structure?


Longhaired Genius

 8:32 am on Jul 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Flat all the way! In addition to the advantages you cite, it makes people do a little extra work to fit their contributions into the flow. And that's a Good Thing. Also, disable automatic quoting. Another thing that contributes to the ease of use of WW.


 7:06 pm on Jul 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

I prefer threaded, myself. It's a subjective thing.


 2:20 am on Jul 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

I hate flat because it's so much harder to find things. I like my boards tidy.


 11:04 pm on Jul 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'd say it depends on the board philosophy. If you are trying to keep posts on-topic, a flat structure provides less temptation to branch into other areas.

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