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Starting a new discussion while viewing all categories

edited July 2006 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
When you create a discussion browsing a category, the selector defaults to that category. Great. But, when you are browsing all categories and start a new discussion, the selector defaults to the first category. Since there is very little to differentiate between browsing all categories, and a specific one, I sometimes forget to change the selector to the category I want. Wouldn't it be a good idea to create an invalid 'Select a Category' item in the list that would force users to select a category? Thanks, Travis

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     Quote: Travis  ...Wouldn't it be a good idea to create an invalid 'Select a Category' item in the list that would force users to select a category?
    I'll second that one travis! What a great idea.
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    do you know that you can edit the first post in a discussion and move it to another category?
    i know it's sort of away from the point, but many people seem to miss this.
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    Yes, i'm aware they can be edited. But why not totally eliminate the cause of the problem? I guess after enough times of posting into the wrong category users would remember, but i'm all about making things as user-friendly as possible.
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    Wouldn't it be a good idea to create an invalid 'Select a Category' item in the list that would force users to select a category?
    Yes, it's not exactly a difficult addition, and is good for usability.

    <option value="">Choose a category…</option>
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    I was hoping Mark would chime in on this, as it seems like more of a Vanilla core thing than an extension. Maybe something to include in an upcomming minor release?
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    Personally, I disagree with this. I don't believe it is right (user friendly?) to nag the user with a 'You must select a category' message.

    I never browse categories when reading and posting, so this isn't even a problem for me.
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