Yes, the UI is broken and there are various issues reported on it such as space for entering comments, minimal formatting is not possible when entering comments, converting between answers and comments interface is broken and no voting for comments. The broken UI leads to comments like "I would have voted for your comment, but I cannot.". The current broken UI leads to the misuse of answers input areas for comment input areas.
I remember on some reported CQ issue they tried to claim they were trying to be mimic the old style stackoverflow instead of what Answers actually had previously. The designers missed the point all those +! in statckoverflow comments means people want to vote for comments.
Answers and comments should have the same UI power, so users can actually concentrate on the correct usage instead of being frustrated using CQ comments. I know I use comments less after the conversion to use the CQ framework.
Thanks, Norman! So it's not just me. ) It would be nice to know if Atlassian plans to do something about it. There's great answer https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/9394138/answers/9878126 by @Joe Clark [Atlassian] on "Are you happy with Confluence Qs as a replacement for Answers?". But I don't see this issue there.
I would fix more of these if I could just drag and drop the new answer onto another answer to mark it as a comment, or to the bottom of the existing thread if that's where it belonged. Then maybe if the author of that answer got a mail saying "your answer was turned into a comment", they might be suitably chastised and not do it again.
Your point is highly valid. We should put forward a proposal to create a Confluence Q&A site in http://area51.stackexchange.com/ so that the questions can topic focused. Most likely the answer is that Atlassian would prefer that questions get asked here in these forums then promoted to tickets if warranted as it cuts down on support costs.
Why? There's a wealth of good answers here. Why waste time with Stackexchange when there's a much better, richer, focussed and dedicated resource here? Adding one Confluence Q&A site is a utter waste of time - what about the diversity and usefulness of the accurate and focussed tags here (which would leak off-topic in Stackexchange) I'd support a lot of the changes suggested to the Answers Confluence addon, but suggesting we move a huge resource to a place which would massively degrade its usefulness is just silly.
@OutOfTheBox - we did considering using StackExhange back in 2011, but decided against it because of the lack of customizability, which prevented us from doing things like: a) Integrating with your my.atlassian.com login b) Theming the site to look like the rest of *.atlassian.com c) Hosting it on a custom domain d) Not be able to automatically grant moderation privileges to Atlassian staff It's true that one of the big benefits of Answers is that it can cut down on our support costs, but that would also be true if we decided to just funnel all Q&A to StackExchange instead.
@Norman Abramovitz & @Jamie Echlin [Adaptavist] - do you think the incidence of "incorrectly filed answers vs. comments" is worse now than it was in the old OSQA system? I know this is a problem we've had for a long time, even before we moved to Confluence, so I don't think it's fair to blame this issue entirely on the design of Confluence Questions. We did implement the ability to convert comments to answers and vice-versa, but I've just noticed that I can't see any of the UI for it at the moment - weird. I'll need to dig in to that - https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CQ-1680
That's weird, I know the UI for it was there just a day or two ago, because I used it. But I don't see it either now. On an empirical basis I would say the frequency of occurrence is slightly worse. The UI for converting questions to comments is no better or worse than the OSQA system. I think in the case when there is a single answer with no comments, the "Your answer" box looks big and inviting, and the "Add your comment" looks small and not even like a text box. The smallest of CSS tweaks would probably fix this. Or when they put focus on the Answer box, it could say "do you really want to answer your own question, or did you maybe mean to comment on an existing answer?"
On a subjective basis, I also agree it is worse because it never bothered me before. I believe I said previously I am using less comments because it is too painful to use them when you need to write more than a few of lines and people cannot vote/like comments anymore.
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