I needed to get a link to someone’s reply so I can reference it as a link in my own reply in another thread. I could click “Reply as linked topic” but then that means I lose my current post in progress because it thinks I’m making a full topic instead of a simple reply in another topic. I used the ‘share’ link instead. A few days later I got a notification that someone used my link within the forum and I got reputation credit for it. I felt like I made a faux pas because then I realized the share link is meant to be used for external links to bring people into the forum. I could remove the reference to my username in the share link, but that’s one extra step that also requires a forum member to understand how the share system works and how the url is structured for the system to read it. My intended forum audience is not tech-savvy so asking to do that extra step is not going to work out and the share system can be abused. Abused either subconsciously or consciously. I am wondering if there’s a more ux-elegant way to separate in-forum reference links to other posts or ‘shares’ which are meant to be external links to be posted elsewhere on the internet.
Which leads into my other suggestion: multiple drafts. This is highly useful for a writing-intensive forum. My forum concentrates on fan fiction and articles. This way a member can save a few drafts and work on them from any device and then post them when ready. It could also be used to pre-schedule the posting of a thread in advance.
Of course, this can be tied into the trust system. TL0 would get no draft slots. TL1 may get one. So on and so forth. If a draft has not been edited in x amount of days or not edited at all from first creation, it’s auto-deleted by the system.
This is also useful to prevent wipe-out of a thread in progress. I had to reload this forum while working on a post. Granted, it didn’t have a lot of characters typed already, but when the page reloaded, I lost my thread in progress (this one I am typing right now).