At the moment, there are two types of topics that can be posted on Tildes:
Link topics, which consist of a title and a URL.
Text topics, which consist of a title and text.
These two types of topic are supported by having three input fields for new topics: Title; Link; Text.
I propose that we combine these two topic types into just one topic type. The submission page for all topics will include only two fields: a title field and a general all-purpose text box. The submitter will type a title for their post, and then put anything else into the general all-purpose box.
If the submitter is posting off-site content, they can put the link to that content in the all-purpose box. If they want to provide a summary of the off-site content, they can write the summary in the all-purpose box, with the link.
If the submitter is posting their own original content (no link), they can type their text into the all-purpose box.
The single all-purpose box includes everything that is currently split between the Link and Text boxes. When the topic is posted, everything entered in that all-purpose box is displayed in the main body of the post.
At the moment, summaries of off-site content are usually being posted as comments under the main topic, as a result of a change made a few months ago. These comments merely clutter up the thread. If these summaries were in the post itself, that clutter would be reduced.
One topic type, one streamlined submission page, one place for all topic content.