Commenting an article - below article or below article+other comments ?

8 Jul 2010 - 9:30am
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Jakub Andrzejewski
2010

Hi,

I'd like to hear your opinion on where to place a form to comment an article:

1. Directly under the corresponding article (and above existing comments)

2. All the way down under both the article and the existing comments

I have a feeling it depends...

If you happen to have any examples, supporting research for either option please share :)

 

Thanks,

/Jakub:)

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8 Jul 2010 - 11:05am
Hugh Griffith
2007

Hi Jakub,

I've always liked it beside the comments, and when it's always on screen when you scroll down. But, between the two options you're presenting, I think the form should be at the top to encourage participation, and so it's not lost.


Hugh Griffith
User Interface Designer
www.interactionhero.com


On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM, Jakub Andrzejewski <jandrzejewski@janmedia.com> wrote:

Hi,

I'd like to hear your opinion on where to place a form to comment an article:

1. Directly under the corresponding article (and above existing comments)

2. All the way down under both the article and the existing comments

I have a feeling it depends...

If you happen to have any examples, supporting research for either option please share :)

 

Thanks,

/Jakub:)

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8 Jul 2010 - 1:31pm
bminihan
2007

I'd put it at the bottom, with a prominent link on top to "Add a comment" that, when clicked, scrolled to the bottom.

That should cover most bases...

8 Jul 2010 - 5:05pm
charlescollins
2010

It would depend, in part, on the order in which the comments are displayed. If the newest comments appear at the bottom, then you can make an argument for putting the comment form at the bottom (and linking down the page to it). This can work well, depending on the nature of the comments... If you expect visitors to conduct conversations within the comments, you logically order them oldest first (allowing you to read the conversation from top to bottom). If you expect the comments to be more "free standing," newest-first might make more sense, a it keeps the freshest comment nearer the article. If you go with newest first, my suggestion would be to keep the comment form itself as simple as possible, and put it right at the top of the list of previous comments.


In either case, it makes sense to have the comment form appear where the resulting comment will appear.
Thanks,Charles

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