Test debate about forums

Advantages to the users:- [1] The conversation in each topic thread can be much easier to follow than emails or webmails; Each reply in a topic should ideally have a sequence number so that the replier can reply to a particular reply, and each reply displays the sequence number that it is replying to; For long complex discussions, it is advantageous to have a pointer list on each message showing all the replies to that message; [2] Users can be sent notification emails so that they do not need to visit the forum in order to read the messages;



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" The conversation in each

" The conversation in each topic thread can be much easier to follow than emails or webmails; Each reply in a topic should ideally have a sequence number so that the replier can reply to a particular reply, and each reply displays the sequence number that it is replying to; For long complex discussions, it is advantageous to have a pointer list on each message showing all the replies to that message; [2] Users can be sent notification emails so that they do not need to visit the forum in order to read the messages; "

Could you explain how that is better than a mailing list? Mailing lists already make it clear which messages are replies to which other messages.

re:The conversation in each

A forum linked to a mailing list has additional functionalities, hence it functions more than a mailing list only system; therefore better. QED

The formatting of the messages in a good forum design enables the structure of the messages to be displayed much clearer than reading individual emails.

The use of sequence numbering further enhance the functionality of a forum, in that it allows the most complex of referencing to be possible.

Using Backus Naur form of description, a generally referentiable message in a forum is

{replying to reference*, reference-num of this message, content}

This makes 1-way referencing. For even more comprehensive referencing, there can be 2-way referencing.

{replying to reference*, messages referencing this message*, reference-num of this message, content}

I like the design of this forum

Having done the above learning tests, I am keen on using this platform for the forum. The Comment Viewing Options are very good. The forced preview before save is a great way to reduce accidental posting before thorough checking.

Edwina

comment on the topic after posting observation3

Let's see if this replies to the head of the topic!

observation4

Ah I see! Commenting on a topic essentially replies to the head of the topic!

observation

[1] Although newlines are preserved, the forum does not display the newlines; [2] If subject line is empty, the message automatically use the 1st line/sentence as subject line;

observation2

[1] The topic head cannot be replied to more than once, but each reply can be individually replied to; An error of design here I think;

observation2.1

Not an error after all!

A reply to the topic head is a comment using the comment box. A reply to a reply or a comment is a reply.

observation3

[1] The structural relationship of a tree of replies is displayed through indentation;

observation5

The topic head and the last reply/comment of each branch can be edited, but once a reply/comment has been replied to, it cannot be edited.

This is a comment from myself

This is a 'comment' from myself to the 1st msg in the topic. Line 2. Line 3. _

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