Threaded Vs Flat Discussions? What do users prefer?
4 Sep 2012 - 2:32pm
33 weeks ago
In our company we are building a Facebook-like social
application for enterprises to collaborate and work efficiently. In this
application, users can start a discussion or contribute an Idea/Issue or a file
with their peers.
We are trying to find out if users prefer a Flat or threaded
Wikipedia definition of Flat Vs Threaded discussion:
forum is one where each message is added onto the end of the discussion,
with no set relation to any prior messages (other than being on the same
discussion topic — except in case of Off-Topic posting). But, there is normally
a feature to 'quote' another user's post, to allow referencing back to other
forum is one where users can specify their message is a reply to an
existing message. Threaded forums can display relationships between message
topics and associated replies, such as by indenting replies and placing them
below the post they reference. Threaded forums are most commonly used for
discussions where individual messages tend to be short,
Examples of flat and threaded forums are attached below.