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New reply format

A topic by leafo created 1 year ago Views: 1,236 Replies: 31
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Admin (Edited 1 time) (+4)

The first update is out! I've updated how replies are styled. They no longer look like top level posts. They have a bit smaller text and gray background. This makes it easier to distinguish them when scrolling through the list of posts. Enjoy!

I haven't seen it yet, but I wonder how deep can reply threads go and how will main thread look when there's tens of replies to every parent post. Wrong implementation can hurt readability (which is just pure awesomeness right now, props for that!) a lot. Some kind of collapsing with "collapse all" will be needed if it's not there.

As a semi-related note, replies already have their permalinks, but last reply time is not active link in the topic lists. What worries me quite a bit is that "reply" and "child reply" has a very different value (compare new introduction someone posted and a "hi" comment as a reply to that introduction). I wonder if it's even possible to indicate what kind of reply that topic got and maybe having a different link for both kind of replies without cluttering layout too much. I hope my description of this "issue" makes some sense. It's a confusing one for sure.

Admin (Edited 1 time)

Replies can go forever deep right now. Waiting to see what happens before I code anything to handle it. Likely we'll have some sort of collapsing.

I agree with you about reply/top level post distinction on the "last topic" area of the board list isn't the best. I'm pretty much waiting to see how people use replies right now. Are nested replies typically tiny things, or are they going to be substantial posts.

The url for the topic thought should point to the latest post and not the top of the topic, that's a bug.

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You might want to figure out a different way of visually showing nested comments when you get to a certain depth, because the comments get pretty badly squished.

Was gonna mention this myself. So, uh +1 I guess? The indentation per level seems pretty extreme to me, could probably be taken down a bit too.

Admin(+1)

Not only that but there's padding on both sides: top-level posts should have padding on the right, and replies should have padding on the left only

Admin (Edited 1 time)

Good call

We have to go deeper.

Let's see how squinchy we can make the text!

Admin

Ah the padding is fixed. Cool!

That's good, but it's not enough! You'll have to try harder than that, leafo!

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Not sure how this will end up looking if there's a ton of replies to certain comments. But as Snoutup said a "collapse" button would help with that..perhaps they should be collapsed to start with and you open the replies up like on Discourse forums.


Admin(+2)

Collapsing could be interesting. It seems like a lot of replies right now are well written posts and I don't want to hide them by default. But maybe it just crops the post to a few lines so you can get a preview. Discourse does replies kinda strange. A reply is both a regular post in the level of the thread, but also can be opened up from the post it was a reply to. There it makes sense to collapse to prevent showing it twice.

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+1 for the ability to collapse, though probably not by default. When I browse Reddit or Hacker News (with an extension), I collapse posts / subthreads as I read them. It helps me keep track of where I am.

The state could even be persisted in localStorage so that when one returns to a thread later, one can start reading new stuff right away.

fancy~

I always found handling replies properly to be a tricky ux problem, it will be interesting to see how this evolves.