Sub-titles for threads?

Discussion in 'Questions & Comments' started by Sunny Goth, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I'm wondering if having sub-titles for threads is possible on this site.

    One of the threads I was posting in had a name change - obviously I figured it out, but it was somewhat disconcerting for a moment.

    Here's an example (from the Burning Man tribe) of what I'm talking about. Here's one other example (from the politics tribe). If you scroll down a bit in either example you'll see where the title of thread changes, and then changes back, but the original thread title remains the same. Note - when I posted this the avatars were all safe for work, but sometimes they aren't......

    I've always liked seeing how the contents of a thread shift and meander and then (almost always) somehow get back to the topic at hand. I think when the main titles change (often via 20-20 hindsight) you lose that flavor of the conversation as it started out. That's just my opinion...
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I think you're asking for two different things.

    One is a title for individual posts & response. XF doesn't provide that.

    The other is tree-structure discussion. This was all the rage w/ geeky types 10-20 years ago. I first saw it on PLATO in the 70's. You'll find it in LJ & news readers. I find them hard to follow. XF also doesn't provide that.

    vBulletin provides both, however I have yet to see a vBulletin forum where the administrators have enabled the tree-structured posting. I do miss the subject lines for individual posts, but it's not high up on my wish list.

    The policy here is that we try to let discussions follow a natural course, just like any normal group discussion. In the case of the thread you're referring to, the title was basically inaccurate from the start and the discussion quickly took a more general nature. I tried to add "(Was: Ron ..." but that's about all the space that was left.

    Good descriptive titles are critical for Google indexing and ranking. Titles are reflected in a thread's URL, and Google tends to rank a link higher if a subject is expressed in the URL. I 'd probably change more thread titles if I had time.
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Yes, that's what I was thinking of. Oh, well. Just thought I'd ask. :)

    Ummm - I think I know what you mean, but I don't think I was asking about that.

    Is vBulletin something that can be added on to XF? Hypothetically?

    Egad! I hope you don't do that - I'd never find anything! Maybe a possibility would be to change the thread name to something more descriptive soon after the thread was first created?
  4. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    vBulletin is a separate forum software package. A forum I used to frequent, Gamingforce, uses it. Another somewhat well-known air-travel forum uses it too.
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's a competing product. That "other place" runs on vBulletin. I also have several sites running it, although the only one I occasionally mention here is my semi-neglected police-abuse site: -- I plan to convert it to XF as soon as they support a tagging system.

    XF started when vBulletin's key developers left, disappeared for a year (to time out their non-compete agreements) & re-emerged with XenForo.

    XF has built-in SEO features that require a separate product (vBSEO) and license if you want that capability with vBulletin. XF is much easier to install & configure.

    I'd been looking at other options (hadn't been particulary happy with the way vBulletin was being handled after IB acquired it) and gave XF a try with TUG -- never going back!
  6. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I lurked a bit over at 'the other place', but never created an account there or anything. I just didn't like it. And I didn't like the layout either.

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