Share link in new post / reply / message?

Hi all,

So I noticed there is the link to share a post/reply as a linked topic, and in messages its possible to share a message as a message and maybe change the recipients. I was wondering if it would be useful to do other combinations like:

  • share a post as a reply in another thread (instead of starting a new thread) (I guess you would just link it into the body of your reply though?)
  • share a post as a private message
  • share a private message as a thread (probably not, it is not necessarily fair to allow one party to invalidate the secrecy of both parties, ethical issue)

Thanks! :slightly_smiling_face:

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You can currently convert topics to PMs and vice versa. Is that what you mean?

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Maybe, I can’t seem to find this though, I don’t have the option in any of the ‘Share’ buttons, is it somewhere else, or maybe requires higher trust level?

It’s in the Composer, the top left icon is a button which serves a short menu:

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It’s not immediately obvious, though, I agree - intuitively you might think it would be a button on the bottom of a post, specifically the sharing button.

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Ah thanks for that I understand now! I’m in the dark theme at the moment, and I didn’t notice the icon was a button. Also, I generated the feedback when I was in the share button just looking around. Probably a user who wanted to reply in a message would hit reply instead of share.

What if you wanted to forward the post to someone as a message? Would people do that rather than invite someone to the topic?

Maybe keeping the distinction between off-site and on-site interactions is useful?

whoa! I have been using discourse for years and never noticed this feature. thanks! :seedling:

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Choose New message and enter the username of the third party

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Which kind of proves my point about how intuitive this is :wink:

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It’s a power user feature, like keyboard shortcuts. Why would that be surprising? Keyboard shortcuts aren’t “intuitive” either, but that’s hardly the point, now is it…

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There’s no doubt it’s an extremely useful feature

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So is the command line, doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone, and should be elevated and presented as the primary interface.

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Yes, new users struggle with the obvious stuff, I get how you wouldn’t want to present this too obviously on the basic controls, it would confuse.

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