"Poll question: How do you feel about Threaded View vs Flat View?" Mon Mar-08-21 03:00 PM by jasonlevine
Given that our forum software is old, I'm looking at replacements. One of the big feature differences is threaded or flat view. Many forum packages actually don't even offer threaded view as an option. Given all this, how do you feel about Threaded View vs Flat View? (Flat view is called "Linear Mode" in our current forum software.)
The big problem with "old" is that there are bugs that are cropping up and there are fewer anti-spam features. If you try to click on a link to a message, you might get an error message. If you try to edit a message, you might get a blank text box instead of your message to edit. If you type in a replacement message and hit submit, you'll get an error message (even though the forum software seems to save the edit).
I could go in and fix all of these bugs, but quite honestly it's not worth the time. This software is 18 years old. There's a ton that I'd need to fix to bring this back up to modern standards and I simply don't have the time. It would be much easier to spend my time and effort in migrating to a new package that is still being supported.
And, as if to underscore this point, when I submitted my reply, I received a HTTP 500 error. My reply was submitted, but it's not good design to error out when the user tries to hit submit instead of telling them that their reply was submitted.