Talk:Forum module

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Revision July 2008

Nobody will hurt my feelings if they want to re-work my edits that span most of the Forum pages. I tried not to get rid of information. Generally I reorganized it and at least gave it the appearance of dealing with 1.9. I think it needed the makeover. This lead page was especially difficult and I hope I treated it with respect.

Just so you know, my priority reader is the new (teacher) user, then a seasoned Moodle (teacher/admin) user and then PhD candidates looking for thesis citations (big grin). Developers have their own namespace in MoodleDocs so I don't worry about them much. Chris's theory says:

  • the overview/introduction in a page or header is important to a new user as are key term links to other pages.
  • The links and the headings are very important to a seasoned user trying to find something quickly.
  • Most new and seasoned users don't want theory to slow down their quest for getting answers to their software problem, they will come back to it (like I do).

My style points. The use of headings allows linking to that spot from other pages, so I am aware of potential links. I generally like images, usually centered as thumbs with captions, that the user can click on to expand. When possible all images come from or a clone. It is nice to identify tips or version information with bullets or in their own heading. And I appreciate instructional steps being numbered but not other things. General FAQs, Tips, Tricks, theory, long examples, and old version information belong just above "See also" and clearly separated from the basics. And one page does not have to contain all the information in the universe, just a summary and links to other pages that have more information.

The reason for all these pages is about the content. Since I only use forums on (thus am a student user), I am not a content expert on making Forums work with students or on a site. On the other hand, I do understand the importance of quality control and vetting documentations with a live module. I have not shared these thoughts in a while and thought this was a good time and place to do it.

Have fun --chris collman 12:45, 18 July 2008 (CDT)

Great work Chris - a big THANK YOU! :-) --Helen Foster 04:24, 20 July 2008 (CDT)