Force new topics to have a subject line

PJMontyPJMonty Posts: 983
To help the willfully clueless who seem unable to grasp the concept of a subject line, how about having the forum refuse to accept a new forum topic unless it has a subject line? This will prevent moderators from having to tell people to "use the pencil icon", which only further confuses the already confused.

Thanks,
PeterM

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  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering Posts: 14,165
    edited October 2009 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Peter,

    That has been a wish for a long time. The current software does not support this feature, however we are looking into this. Take care.

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  • Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi) Posts: 20,147
    edited October 2009 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Peter,

    This has been suggested. I even mentioned once that, if it couldn't be forced, the default subject line should be changed from, "(No subject)" to, "The poster didn't care enough to include a subject, so this thread is probably not worth reading," or somesuch. But the problem, as I understand it, is that the forum software is a bit brittle and that making any small change would be like pulling a loose thread on a sweater.

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. –-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • SRLMSRLM Posts: 5,033
    edited October 2009 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Personally, if a subject line couldn't be forced, then I would like a variable subject line where no subject was there for a day or so, then it switched to something like Phil said. Usually when I forget a subject (most often in email) it's because I am concentrating on the body so much that I forget the subject.

    2c
  • MoskogMoskog Posts: 508
    edited October 2009 Vote Up0Vote Down
    If I see a post with the No Subject, I always open that post because I'm getting very curious on what that new thread contains...
    KjellO
    LA3USA
  • Jim EwaldJim Ewald Posts: 650
    edited October 2009 Vote Up0Vote Down
    We found a way to locate the wayward threads. Josh is correcting all of the threads that have missing subjects. That doesn't fix the problem but it masks the symptoms quite well.

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