The "Questions List" macro used to display an "Ask a Question" button, but it has recently disappeared. Is there a way to get it back or is there a new macro that I should be using maybe?
Any suggestions greatly appreciated,
btw, we are using Confluence Cloud
Unfortunately, the Ask button is a deprecated CQ feature, as documented on https://confluence.atlassian.com/questionscloud/blog/2017/07/functionality-update-and-moving-to-our-new-cloud-infrastructure.
However you can link to the ask question page as a workaround to this.
For asking a question in a global space, use this (fill in <hostname>)
For asking a question in a space, use this (fill in <hostname> and <spaceKey>):
Hope this helps :)
Yup I agree that there is still a gap in functionality of the old Ask button and the url workaround :(
I've added this ticket to keep track of this suggestion. I would suggest for you to watch and upvote there https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONFCLOUD-58418.
Unfortunately I can't guarantee when we can get around to this, as we still have a busy backlog to get through and this change is not that simple - routing changes, change in source of truth for data fetching, dealing with new topics/malformed topics with bad characters etc - just being open here and setting expectations.
You can try it for free for a period of time. Go to your Admin panel in your Cloud Instance, and find Discover New Applications to start your trial.
Let me know if you have any trouble with that.
Shannon, thanks for the links, but I am already fully subscribed to the Questions add-on in my Cloud.
Still, I went through the instructions and they reaffirm that something is wrong with my site. The instructions suggest enabling the "Ask Button" in the "Questions List" macro, but this macro doesn't exist in my system!
The next instructions suggest adding an "Ask A Question" template, however this doesn't exist in my system either!
Any other ideas?
btw, I have full administrative permissions to my site.
I did some research and it appears this functionality has been removed from Cloud, amongst other features, as you can see in this blog:
This is the reason the Cloud version of Integrate Questions with your spaces doesn't include any of those steps that you're seeing in the Server version that I sent you.
Have a look at that and please let me know if you have any questions.
Apologies for the late reply, I'm just getting back on track with this initiative. Since there is no longer an "Ask Question" button available in the macro, what is the suggested alternative? Is there a hyperlink to a specific page that I can use instead for my users to ask a question?
Or, should I be using the global Question page instead of a named space? What is the Atlassian best practice for asking questions?
having the same issue as Ron. This is a lame functional regression. "Why" the button isn't there any more is of no real interest; explaining "How" we may emulate one, or "When" the button will be back would make a bit more sense.
Sorry for seeming annoyed, but we are annoyed. You can't just sell stuff, and then pull the plug on features.
Have a nice day,
Thank you for reaching out. Since Ron hasn't been able to respond lately, I can work on this issue with you.
Could you just confirm that you are also on Cloud, and if you do not see the Questions panel on your left sidebar?
I had asked Ron if it was alright if I create a ticket for him in our Support queue so I can have a look at the instance itself, and if you'd like me to proceed that with you, please let me know! Then we can get to the bottom of this and see what the new behavior is.
thanks for following up. We are on Cloud, I'm full admin. I do see the Questions link on the left sidebar, but this isn't the user experience we're looking to create. Everywhere else in our Spaces, users can create a content from a button next to the block where it is to appear. That used to be the case in the Questions macro. Here, Users have to navigate back up to the Main page of the Space, an there only may they see the Questions link in the left panel. Won't work.
I tried going to the Questions page, in order to put a simple link to the Question template... but you can't deep link to that template (JS button, no hard coded url).
Thank you for confirming. So the "Ask a Question" button is not missing due to a bug, but was deprecated, and for now you will need to continue to go through the menu item as you are letting your users know.
I will speak with the team today to see what they have in plan for us in the future, since I know the new version is something they are actively working on.
I will keep you updated with what I find out.
The original feature was deprecated, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will not be a similar feature later on. Please allow me to discuss with the development team and I will have more information for you.
Thank you for your understanding.
"The original feature was deprecated, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will not be a similar feature later on."
The issue is that you can't deprecate something, and leave a functional hole - even a small one - for an undetermined amount of time before some kind of replacement is expected.
Other platforms we use tend - on the contrary - to manage overlap between a feature sunset and the availability of it's new version, or substitute. Seems rational and respectful of Users.
Hi folks, due to this regression as well as a lack of features to organize conversations into categories (tagging was not enough), we scrapped this project. In all honesty, our current email system provided more functionality than Questions did. Despite numerous tries, I could not sell Questions as is to my management.
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