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11:18 am on Jan 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is it just me, but if you are reading a discussion ( on webmasterworld.com), having the Post New and Reply on this screen, can lead to a tendancy, to Post a new Topic accidentally, when what you actually mean to do is reply.

As a suggestion, the Post New button should not be on the read discussion detail. Only Reply should be.

2:33 pm on Jan 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think thats a pretty good suggestion.
2:56 pm on Jan 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Never ran into this problem. Also I haven't seen posts along the lines of "Oops, I didn't want to start a new topic, how can I delete?" so far.
3:16 pm on Jan 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You might not see them because the mods delete these threads.

Personally, I've never found it an issue, but it could be that It's now a reflex how to reply/start new topic from a thread after so many posts.

4:19 pm on Jan 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I did this once as a newbie, and noticed right away because the post new topic page is different from the post reply. I knew something was fishy when I could enter a title / description for what I thought was a reply.

Maybe as a solution, the two could be more separated, or different colors.

3:46 am on Jan 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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agreed there needs to be something different done there irish_john. I was thinking of putting the post new topic button over on the left instead of right and in a different button style.
10:30 am on Jan 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In other forums I have seen the "post reply" button BELOW the accumulated messages. Sounds reasonable: it's a little incentive to read ALL of the posts so far before you start to reply.