So if its a link-post, I have to click the talk bubble icon to go to the discussion?
I realize that’s how reddit works, but I always find it frustrating on reddit that when I click the main text in the list I’m taken different places depending on what type of post it is.
What do you think about the idea of switching things around a bit in your case to have a more seamless experience when browsing via the default Latest page?
I think the implementation could reduce the scope of the effort and possibly create wider appeal:
- Create a plugin where an additional URL field is can be made available on topics, not unlike what the tags plugin does here.
- If a link is included in a main topic post, an icon is displayed next to the topic to show there is a main, outbound link associated with the topic (not unlike what the solved-button plugin does here).
- If I click on this icon I’m taken off-site immediately to the link destination
- Otherwise, if I click on the topic name text, I’m taken to the discussion as normal.
Separately, an up-vote plugin could enable all the other functionality you described. I can see that being useful independently and it has also come up here on meta several times.