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After the world's shortest poll (I got impatient) - I've now enabled the "Question" type thread in all the model forums.

What is a question thread you might ask?
Well put simply, it is a thread where only one reply can be marked as a solution (generally it's going to be a technical question). So something like "What oil grade should I use in my gearbox" or "What is this knocking sound from my engine" - not something like "What do you think is the best color for a Panda" or "Which exhaust suits the Bravo the best" etc etc. Think of them as threads with a problem that can be marked as "Solved".

They work like a normal thread but with a few key differences:
  • The first post will appear at the top of every page of the thread (not just page one)
  • The thread starter is able to mark a reply as a solution, which will then make that post preview show directly under the first post with a direct link to its in-thread position (so no need to scroll through the whole thread looking for the answer).
So a thread with a solution will look like this: (the replies are still underneath in order with the solution in the correct location, it doesn't destroy the flow)

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How to post a question

That's easy, on the new thread page simple change the type tab at the top from "Discussion" to "Question":

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How to mark a question as solved?

As the thread starter, when browsing the thread, on the right (or bottom on mobile) of each post you will see a grey tick box:

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Simply click on the one that you feel is the right solution for you and it will become green and the thread will be marked as solved - simples!

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Hopefully that's not too confusing to use and this can make the forum experience a bit more useful :)

We can do some fancy stuff in the future such as "filter unanswered threads" or only search for threads with a solution (y)
 

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Go for it Ben, nothing worse than having to scroll through pages to find the solution
 

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The only downside will be when the wrong solution gets tagged. Hopefully there will be a way for Mods to edit such things.
 
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The only downside will be when the wrong solution gets tagged. Hopefully there will be a way for Mods to edit such things.
Yes, that can be done - and also the thread starter can also switch solution at any time :)
 
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Ok, I had an hour or so before dinner so have enabled this - I might go through a few threads switching them over to show some examples, depends how long the chicken takes :LOL:
 

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After the world's shortest poll (I got impatient) - I've now enabled the "Question" type thread in all the model forums.

What is a question thread you might ask?
Well put simply, it is a thread where only one reply can be marked as a solution (generally it's going to be a technical question). So something like "What oil grade should I use in my gearbox" or "What is this knocking sound from my engine" - not something like "What do you think is the best color for a Panda" or "Which exhaust suits the Bravo the best" etc etc. Think of them as threads with a problem that can be marked as "Solved".

They work like a normal thread but with a few key differences:
  • The first post will appear at the top of every page of the thread (not just page one)
  • The thread starter is able to mark a reply as a solution, which will then make that post preview show directly under the first post with a direct link to its in-thread position (so no need to scroll through the whole thread looking for the answer).
So a thread with a solution will look like this: (the replies are still underneath in order with the solution in the correct location, it doesn't destroy the flow)

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How to post a question

That's easy, on the new thread page simple change the type tab at the top from "Discussion" to "Question":

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How to mark a question as solved?

As the thread starter, when browsing the thread, on the right (or bottom on mobile) of each post you will see a grey tick box:

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Simply click on the one that you feel is the right solution for you and it will become green and the thread will be marked as solved - simples!

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Hopefully that's not too confusing to use and this can make the forum experience a bit more useful :)

We can do some fancy stuff in the future such as "filter unanswered threads" or only search for threads with a solution (y)
Sounds good to me! I have to say that I find this forum by far the most approachable and user friendly (and intuitive) of the several I "have" to use for the various marques I deal with. Some requiring information just short of your NI number before they will even tell you what size tyres might fit your car (or just give you air time). Oh, and the contributors here are pretty knowledgeable and in the main sensible too!

Thank you :)
 
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