comments on comments on comments...

20 Mar 2007 - 3:27pm
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Valerie Gomez d...
2006

Hello,
I am working with a client who would like to provide nested comments - about
6 levels deep.
Thoughts on nested comment threads?

Thanks,
Valerie

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21 Mar 2007 - 4:12am
stauciuc
2006

Hi,
I couldn't tell if it's a good or bad idea, ofcourse.

But I imagine they would be a kind of comment threads, as I've seen on The
Code Project:
http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/ContextHelpMadeEasy.asp
(random example)

One question though: if they are nested, shouldn't the number of levels be
infinite? I mean, why 6 levels? Is it because it's hard to implement?
Wouldn't the user wonder "Why can't I reply to this anymore?"

Sebi

On 3/20/07, Valerie Gomez de la Torre <valeriegomez at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hello,
> I am working with a client who would like to provide nested comments -
> about
> 6 levels deep.
> Thoughts on nested comment threads?
>
> Thanks,
> Valerie
>
>

--
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http://www.sergiutauciuc.ro/en/

21 Mar 2007 - 4:32am
Håkan Reis
2006

Hi,

First of, if nested there should not be any depth limitations. But is
nesting rally a good way of visualize comments? Take /. for example, you
cant follow the comments there because the threads are not visible at once.
You have to get down to lower levels of comments and get disoriented.

Most of the time you answer not only on a topic or on a single comment. You
tend to read a lot of comments and comment on the main topic and the prior
comments made together. In this case the user is better of with a single,
timed line of comments.

/ Håkan Reis
Dotway AB
http://blog.reis.se

On 3/20/07, Valerie Gomez de la Torre <valeriegomez at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hello,
> I am working with a client who would like to provide nested comments -
> about
> 6 levels deep.
> Thoughts on nested comment threads?
>
> Thanks,
> Valerie
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21 Mar 2007 - 4:40am
Cwodtke
2004

One woman's opinion-- I've been looking at this treaded/nonthreaded and
as far as I can tell, you like it or hate it depending on how your brain
is built. Most (note qualifier, please) engineers I know like threaded,
most ordinary folks prefer unthreaded and can't follow threaded. Haken
makes a good point below.

But the easiest answer would be to work with *your* context.
1. Who are your users
2. What sites do they visit
3. How do those sites do comments

If you really have time, do usability on your competitors' sites. This
will teach you a lot (I've done this for years, and it's cheaper, easier
and more effective than building a bunch of prototypes.)

~c
who has insomnia.

Håkan Reis wrote:
> Hi,
>
> First of, if nested there should not be any depth limitations. But is
> nesting rally a good way of visualize comments? Take /. for example, you
> cant follow the comments there because the threads are not visible at once.
> You have to get down to lower levels of comments and get disoriented.
>
> Most of the time you answer not only on a topic or on a single comment. You
> tend to read a lot of comments and comment on the main topic and the prior
> comments made together. In this case the user is better of with a single,
> timed line of comments.
>
> / Håkan Reis
> Dotway AB
> http://blog.reis.se
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On 3/20/07, Valerie Gomez de la Torre <valeriegomez at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>> I am working with a client who would like to provide nested comments -
>> about
>> 6 levels deep.
>> Thoughts on nested comment threads?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Valerie
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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>>
>>
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21 Mar 2007 - 9:38am
Valerie Gomez d...
2006

Thank you all for your advice. I will let you know what we come up with!

Valerie

On 3/21/07, Christina Wodtke <cwodtke at eleganthack.com> wrote:
>
> One woman's opinion-- I've been looking at this treaded/nonthreaded and
> as far as I can tell, you like it or hate it depending on how your brain
> is built. Most (note qualifier, please) engineers I know like threaded,
> most ordinary folks prefer unthreaded and can't follow threaded. Haken
> makes a good point below.
>
> But the easiest answer would be to work with *your* context.
> 1. Who are your users
> 2. What sites do they visit
> 3. How do those sites do comments
>
> If you really have time, do usability on your competitors' sites. This
> will teach you a lot (I've done this for years, and it's cheaper, easier
> and more effective than building a bunch of prototypes.)
>
> ~c
> who has insomnia.
>
>
>
> Håkan Reis wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > First of, if nested there should not be any depth limitations. But is
> > nesting rally a good way of visualize comments? Take /. for example,
> you
> > cant follow the comments there because the threads are not visible at
> once.
> > You have to get down to lower levels of comments and get disoriented.
> >
> > Most of the time you answer not only on a topic or on a single comment.
> You
> > tend to read a lot of comments and comment on the main topic and the
> prior
> > comments made together. In this case the user is better of with a
> single,
> > timed line of comments.
> >
> > / Håkan Reis
> > Dotway AB
> > http://blog.reis.se
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 3/20/07, Valerie Gomez de la Torre <valeriegomez at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Hello,
> >> I am working with a client who would like to provide nested comments -
> >> about
> >> 6 levels deep.
> >> Thoughts on nested comment threads?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Valerie
> >> ________________________________________________________________
> >> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> >> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
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> >>
> >>
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>
> --
> Christina Wodtke
> Principal Instigator
>
> Magazine :: http://www.boxesandarrows.com
> Business :: http://www.publicsquarehq.com
> Personal :: http://www.eleganthack.com
> Book :: http://www.blueprintsfortheweb.com
>
> cwodtke at eleganthack.com
> 415-577-2550
> AIM: crwodtke
> YIM: christina_wodtke
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>
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21 Mar 2007 - 10:04am
Dave Malouf
2005

hi Valerie,

The way it comes to me is this.
I want to see things in the order that they are posted, but I want to
know the context of what people are responding to.

Ergo, a single thread with clear relationship or quoting paradigms.

This is what I get with Gmail conversations for the most part and
really like it.

-- dave

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