The style of the OrientalWeb does not convince me. I always need to load a new page to read the next posting. That's not user-friendly.
I agree with you, this is really not user-friendly. But I never said that this functionality is great.
I doubt the entrance page with all postings mentioned still looks good with a lot of threads and postings.
I vote for a new button at the entrance-page: Tree-Structure. => then there are two entrance-views.
But with the actual design, this will be really a bad solution, because the font of the entrance page is too large. It must be smaller (like in Orientalweb).
Maybe showing always the newest posting of each thread with the first lines of the posting text might be a useful extension - something like an appetizer.
I don`t think so. This functionality, will produce an "overload" of the user: Too much informations on the simple entrance-view.
Concerning the tree layout of a thread: The font size of the tree should be smaller. Then it does not take that much space. Same for all the additional information like "Created ..." And why the font of the tree is bold now?
Adding always a title to my posting does not seem an appropriate way for me to reduce complexity. Most users are not used to add an additional title to their postings. They do not even change the subject of their mails when they reply - even when the subject of the message itself has changed! Have a look in your Inbox!
Some teachers use forums as an archive (questions of students, answers of teachers). And in some forums in our university, there are about 30 replies, and all with the same title!
You said: "When they become longer, a user can change to the "Order by Answer" mode to see who has answered to whom". Now for the users it would be fine, if they find more informations:
- I vote
: if users don`t write a new Subject, this will not be accepted, and they will see a red! information text: Please fill out the Subject! What do you think?
Maybe we should add a little margin bottom to each entry in the tree to make the posting lists lighter.
Yes, a new design - maybe smaller/lighter fonts of the tree would be useful. wmeyer wrote
- ist zu eng, um hilfreich zu sein
- die einzelnen EintrÃ¤ge stehen zu dicht. Optisch klebt eher der vorherige Autor mit dem nÃ¤chsten Subject zusammen