We have improved the Search for Duplicates functionality to encourage users to review existing ideas and collaborate on those ideas before adding their idea. This improved interface should lead to a decrease in the number of duplicate ideas.
The key improvements include:
Improved Potential Duplicates Interface
We have improved the way we display similar ideas to provide a list of potential duplicate ideas without interfering with the user's attempt to enter data in the Idea form. Users will be able to initial view a short list of potential duplicates with a total count of duplicates identified. They will then be able to view additional ideas as necessary.
For each potential duplicate idea, we provide the following information:
- Preview icon (binoculars) to view the idea in Preview mode
- Current status of the potential duplicate
- Idea Title
Using the Idea Preview functionality, users will be able to view the full idea and comment and vote on the idea, if permitted, without leaving the Add Idea page. This will allow users to make an informed decision about whether the idea is in fact a duplicate and collaborate on the idea if they believe it is similar but not the same, before deciding whether to continue to add their idea.