I just noticed that more than a few people create topics that provide NO clue to their actual question! And while I haven’t gone back, the last few I’ve seen came from people who, apparently, joined the forum just a few minutes before creating their topic. In other words: They’re “Newbies”.
So I checked what appears FIRST when you start to create a Topic:
The yellow highlights are mine.
My idea? Change the wording of the instructions!
Instead of “Type title, or paste link here” - might the administrators be able to say something like:
“Describe your problem, suggestion, or idea. Be as specific as you can while being short enough to be the title of the forum thread you’re about to create”.
Yeah, I know, this is too long! It will need editing. I left it as I originally thought of it to bring across my point in this forum topic - that better Topic Names lead, generally, to shorter topics and often quicker help fromForum members!
And the “Select a category before typing here”? Add “Review ALL categories and choose the one that is most specific to your topic.”
I can’t count the number of times a Topic’s category has been MOVED from something generic to something more specific. But why not encourage a full review of available categories before choosing one?