The Thread That Ties us Together

November 30, 2007 at 3:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I have a little mini-poll for you folks: I am currently wrapping up a little add-on for ExpressionEngine (the software that runs this site) that enables “threaded” (aka “nested”) comments. That is, it allows you to reply to comments. Thus, rather than a simple date-ordered display of comments, you get something like this:

Comment
  Retort #1
    Counter-retort
  Retort #2
    Insinuation that retorter smells funny
      Denial of malodor
... and so on

I would like to know if you folks think we should give that a try here on Lincolnite. I’m not going to state a preference one way or the other because I don’t have a preference one way or the other. Besides, I’m not the one doing all of the commenting around here, you are. If there are feelings for or against the idea, I’d love to hear them. And if you just don’t give a darn, I’d like to hear that, too.

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foxspit November 30, 2007 at 3:57pm

I’ve been on message boards that use them and I can’t say it makes a difference to me one way or the other. It wouldn’t bother me if you went that way and I’m comfortable with the way things work now.

If it leads to a cleaner design and more ease of function, I say go for it.

beerorkid November 30, 2007 at 4:02pm

I would like to retort

Duffman November 30, 2007 at 4:58pm

I would be all for the new format.  Sounds like fun.

beerorkid November 30, 2007 at 5:06pm

I think it would be awesome.  My above post was seeing if it was working now, guess not yet.

CS November 30, 2007 at 5:17pm

sometimes it makes it easier to follow a long conv. thread, but most of the time in here the talks stay pretty short. If its a learning experience for you by all means! I don’t mind being a guinea pig.

CP November 30, 2007 at 6:00pm

My Mother taught me that it was not polite to retort in public. But if I were the sort who did that type of thing, I probably would not care whether I retorted directly under someone else, or slightly off to the right of them.

Karin November 30, 2007 at 7:20pm

For me, it really depends on how it is designed. If it was done as the site is now, the boxes would be pretty tiny after two threads.

But I don’t have anything against them.

Fletch November 30, 2007 at 9:18pm

What are these “retorts” that you speak of?

DKay December 2, 2007 at 7:36pm

The new format would be great. smile

Mr. Wilson December 3, 2007 at 3:11pm

Something like this, DKay?

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