Originally Posted by Alexander Turcic
knc, I have a good grasp of the direction you are heading at, but would you mind to walk it through in an example with a hypothetical new thread?
Humans are very difficult to interface with, let me see now...
Hypothetical new Wiki page names: Prefix_Index
Starts out with top level section headers, same name as prefixes.
I.E: The target of the prefix link for "hardware" will always be Prefix_Index#Hardware.
New user registers, posts new thread:
"My K3 is broke"
New user notices the (new to us) thread prefix drop down box and tags their post "K3".
No other changes in user actions at this point than with any other new "My Kindle is Broke" thread.
But for anyone browsing this forum, there is now a single click path to the section of the master index: Prefix_Index#K3
Even if nothing else is done, the next "My K3 is broke" poster will be able to check the index based on the earlier thread title related to their problem (perhaps without even posting another "My Kindle is Broke" thread).
Now suppose some member is browsing the forum and clicks on the that K3 prefix field...
What do they find? No entry in the Prefix_Index#K3 for "Broken Kindle" -
Ah, but now they are viewing the proper (top level) place to add it with an "edit" button on the right hand side.
This second viewer, being a more experienced member here can say: Hmm... This section of the master index needs a link directly to the k3_index wiki page (perhaps even to a more specific section of that page) and types in that update.
Now the third viewer of this post title will be that much closer to the list of existing answers (two clicks: prefix:MI-link, or stick:MI-link).
If somewhere in that thread, a post should turn up that has good, useful to everyone, information...
Maybe our third viewer (now looking at prefix -> MI#prefix -> prefix_index) thinks: "I will add a back link to that forum post, it belongs right here".
Or, at least a person could hope that is how the new feature would work out in practice.
Another way to look at it: All (prefixed) thread titles become entries of a "Master Concordance" of how a human might title a "My Kindle is Broke" thread leading into the structured index system of existing content.
Another side-effect -
The new index entry format lets Google index on the "long title" field.
Some of the entries that I have changed to the new format are already "first page" search hits.