Today let’s talk about the “+ create topic” button.
But let’s first talk about the open draft button. the ladder should be called the former.
Okay for instance right now I’m filling in lots of content. In fact I’m just talking into my phone it’s typing it for me. Now I’m all finished and I’m ready to post my work of art here. And I look down and I see the plus create topic button. well that seems to me like it is going to throw away my precious writing and start all over again creating a message. So I think you guys should get in line with all the other websites in the world and just call that button “save and post” or something else.
The distinction is important as a Topic is not the same as a Post. It is telling you you are about to create a new Topic (instead of simply Replying to an existing one). That’s crucial information.
Unlike a mere Post, your Topic:
requires a Title
will be listed on the Topic List.
It may also require
set of Tags.
You might find reviewing the nomenclature helpful:
In any case, you can customise the Text on your instance in Admin → Customize → Text if you so wish but I advise against confusing Users by conflating Posts with Topics. Discourse is opinionated about its naming convention.
The new topic button creates a draft for a topic, the you can open your draft. The draft becomes a topic after you click create topic. I never had the impression the last one would open a new topic draft.
But you could customize those strings
Maybe “publish topic” and “publish reply” would be better. Because the draft is also saved before publishing.
That I got when I opened a draft. Totally same than when creating a virgin one. I don’t fully understand why this would be more confusing than when actually will create and send new one. Or what is The Big Difference™ if I’m on email client and there would be Send instead
Not a big question. There is only one and just one question: what style is the clearest for most of users. That’s it.
Yeah making the distinction on Resume works for me.
If we could have “Publish Topic” for Drafts but “Create Topic” otherwise that is best of both worlds.
It might be technically a bit tricky though as it will save a draft quite soon after you start typing out a genuinely new Topic and do you want it to switch mid preparation? Making it “Publish” only on a full resume would be best if possible.
In other words, “New” doesn’t suggest that you’re actually creating anything. It just sets the stage for creation. “Create” suggests that you’re done and ready to turn your temporary work into a permanent object.
It also raises the question of what these words would be in languages other than English.
I’m a native English speaker and the reasoning above makes sense to me. Does it to non-native English speakers? You could argue for a different word for Create, but the alternatives have pros/cons imho.
It’s semantics, then, and very much down to personal opinion or understanding.
To use your analogy, at what point does the baby begin to exist? Not at the moment the couple decide to have one, not at the moment they “get together” as it takes time for fertilisation to happen (if it happens at all), perhaps not even until the 12 week scan when you have a good enough idea that the baby will survive, maybe in some situations it isn’t considered to exist until it’s born (with some difficult pregnancies/births, like one of ours). It’s complicated.
So does a post exist whilst it’s in draft? A sort of transient state. Quite a philosophical question.