I’ve heard this from users on a couple sites as well.
Take a look here Jay, it can be useful
Thanks, Daniela. I’ve done that on the most recent site. Since I’ve heard it from a couple people, I thought I’d mention it here. It does seem a bit confusing that the same words would be used to initial writing a post and commit the post.
One way to disambiguate would be to make the text more verbose. eg. “Start Reply” - “Submit Reply”.
I’m not a fan of that though. Maybe only because I know the difference and it isn’t a problem for me.
Do you think maybe the same text but different icons might be enough? eg. a pencil for “write” and the arrow for “submit”?
* the pencil is already used to indicate “edit” so using that might also lead to confusion, but you get the idea.
Maybe just ‘reply’ and ‘submit’ or ‘send’.
My wife, who teaches and studies online education for a living, finds these buttons confusing.