More consistency in reply-indicator


(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #1

Continuing the discussion from Moving post-specific reply indicator into the editor:

Okay, you made some good points there, so I’m gonna flip-flop completely and suggest a milder UX change instead, focusing on this:

I think when you reply to someone’s post, the Editor Header should just tack on that person’s name, instead of changing the header entirely:

If you quote other people in that same post, those people are tacked on up there.

Furthermore, there’s actually an inconsistency in the UX with regards to replies:

  • If I start an empty Reply to OP immediately followed by quoting someone’s post, the Editor header doesn’t change.
  • However, if instead of quoting someone after I’ve opened the editor I do it before, (i.e. the quote action opens the editor), the header will now tell me that I’m replying directly to that person.

I think this method of “tacking on” the user(s) you’re specifically addressing would more effectively teach new users how Discourse handles replies.


(Jeff Atwood) #2

Would not fit on mobile, unfortunately. Also buries the lede IMO.


(Tom Newsom) #3

I like the motivation behind these ideas. How about applying a style to the post you’re replying to? A subtle highlight would let you know that you’re doing something to that post, rather than the thread at large.