Could we get the link to post replies in mobile view?

(Theo) #1

Or if we can’t get that, can we maybe get a notification that someone HAS replied to a post?

I mean this thing at the bottom of posts

When you’re scrolling through a large post on mobile you can come across someone asking a question or making a statement that you could respond to but you don’t want to if it’s already been addressed. But if there are 100+ posts to scroll through it’s not that easy and in the course of doing that you can lose track of the original post you wanted to reply to.

If we could see in mobile view that there’d been replies that would be helpful.


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(Jeff Atwood) #2

You do get notified of post replies, if you’re the post author. Do you mean notifications when you are not the post author?

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(Theo) #3

Yeah, if I’m browsing the thread and there are 100+ replies below it and I don’t want to post a reply answering the question or addressing the post’s points if someone else already did.

The only way to know in mobile is to read the entire thread which isn’t always convenient and then scroll all the way back.

We can link back to what a post replies to just not the replies to it.

(Theo) #4

It’s not about my posts because I don’t usually need to answer my own questions! :grin:

Also I think the link forward to replies from a post is one of Discourse’s best features, retaining threading in a linear format. So it’s a shame this aspect is missing in mobile view.

(japes) #5


I would like to second this request. on desktop it shows when a post has a reply, like so:

however on mobile, it does not show this information.

(Kris) #6

We don’t do nested posts at all on mobile, we’re constrained on space so it’s much harder to indent the replies so they appear to be children as we do on desktop.

We do a “jump-to” link on the in-reply-to button because it’s always referencing a single post:


Since there can be multiple replies to a post (maybe there are 100!), we can’t really have a single “jump-to” link there.

It might be possible to jump to the first reply, and have a floating “jump to next reply” button? You could then use the in-reply-to button on any of those replies to get back to where you were…

Another idea that’s come up before, is having the “X replies” button hide the other posts that aren’t direct replies (similar to our “summarize this topic” filter within the topic map on long topics). You could then toggle replies to a specific post quickly.

(Dave McClure) #7

I wonder if it’d be worth exploring having the replies and “in reply to” posts show up in a dialog like the user cards rather than in the post stream. That could potentially work on mobile and on desktop as an alternative to the current UX. Could something like that be done as a theme component if someone wanted to experiment with that idea?

(Jeff Atwood) #8

That is a very good idea, would the pop up panel be scrollable?

(Dave McClure) #9

Hmm… yeah, I hadn’t thought that far ahead, but it would probably have to be or you’d have to scroll the whole page to read multiple posts.

If someone gets to the point of trying it out we could see where the rough edges are.

(Theo) #10

Honestly I think just a link to first reply and then maybe (x other replies) after if that’s a simple one? This is as much about improving site feedback and if you come back to a thread with lots of replies this info would help.

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