We’re not really messing with stream chronology here though. This is not very different from how “Summarize Topic” works; we’re just hiding the “primary” version of replies, and opting to show the secondary version instead.
Not sure you are hearing me – any change to post stream is 10/10 in engineering difficulty due to the massive numbers of assumptions we’ve made about it being in perfect chronological order since 2013.
Another reason I don’t like this proposal, on top of the extreme difficulty, is that there is a very simple workaround – simply force a full quote on every reply.
Halo 4 for the gameplay itself.
What’s your favorite halo game?
Halo 4 for the gameplay itself.
Pretty much automatically.
What you’re seeing there in that Q&A is very bad Q&A topic discipline. But enforcing Q&A topic discipline is easy; every time reply is pressed, do a mandatory full quote and block saving the reply (e.g. reject the reply as an error) if a quote is not present.
Does not happen in practice, so that is a theoretical concern. Focus of Q&A is the primary answerer, who rarely has time to reply 3 times to the same reply. Regardless we would never do more than 1 level of replies no matter what.
Depends on size of the forum; reddit very frequently has AMAs that have deeply-nested replies and conversations. If you prevent others (not the AMA host) from replying to replies, then yeah, it’s theoretical. Just saying that if that’s not a restriction, it’s very possible, and most likely an eventuality.
@codinghorror I think discourse has one of the smartest implementation of threaded discussions but it seems to be not used effectively.
I am sure you would have sufficient reasons behind placing the bottom “Reply button” highlighted in ‘blue’ for every topic (increased engagement in A/B test is one easy answer I can think of). Ability to add response to the top post in a topic is anyway present.
What I actually observe in many meta.discourse topics / other discourse forums is that many of them resort to replying the topic using this “blue reply button” at the bottom while they are really replying to specific user’s post. This actually makes the conversation to lose the context and threads are never created.
This really hurts when you are in support Q & As / AMAs using discourse.
In fact, some of the posts in this very topic illustrates that. I just randomly picked the below post where it is actually a reply to the above poster but it is replied as a response to the topic and therefore threaded view is missing.
I think I would have made this mistake in multiple threads as well. I somehow feel the bottom reply button is the source of confusion.
Update: It’s weird that it has not created a thread below the codinghorror’s last post. I remember hitting the reply button from his post. I like the irony here. May be everyone is doing fine and there is a bug in thread creation.
In reply to metadata is suppressed when there is only one reply, and the reply is to the post directly above it. Otherwise the conversations are extremely noisy, with an excess of metadata. You can disable this if you prefer in your site settings.
I’ve got a new project (podcast) I’m looking to start with a friend in the upcoming months. We’ve considered doing the shows live with the recording released a few days later (post editing) and we’re debating using Discourse to run the live commenting structure.
I say that because I’m considering a plugin or a PR to make this happen. But I’ve never run one before so it would be a learning process.
Reading through this thread, the thought that came to mind was having a way to flag users per topic who are the VIP(s). By flagging them, it will apply styling that indicates their responses (background color, avatar flag, or some other method) and force the full-quote method that @codinghorror is talking about but only for the VIP. But I’m not sure if that’s enough to cover what @erlend_sh originally set out to cover.
If full quoting is made mandatory in an AMA topic, maybe we should
Add an AMA topic view mode besides Summarize view mode.
In AMA view mode, hide the question-post once it is answered by the topic author
By “hide” I mean for everyone except mods and the question author (so they still can edit it etc)
Make AMA view mode the default one for the topic once the topic author or admin/mod clicks “AMA finished” in the topic wrench.
This way, there will be only one mention of a question; its answer, if any, will come immediately next to it. Yet it won’t touch anything related to chronology, but rather just hide/show messages in a topic.
An interesting side-effect of such an implementation is that one will easily visually distinguish between answered and unanswered questions.
Once the AMA session is finished, a system message is added to the thread, just like when closing / pinning / splitting topic.
Below that line, even in AMA view mode, no posts are ever hidden, meaning that the conversation may continue just normally with using full features set of Discourse.
We can optionally add “Start AMA session” button as well.
As a result, an AMA session can be started/stopped in any topic, just like a topic can be pinned and then unpinned.
When rendering the topic, messages between “Started AMA session” and “Stopped AMA session” will just be rendered a bit differently.
Finally, if it is an admin / mod who creates a topic and not the AMA person, we need another wrench option: “Select a user for AMA sessions in this topic”, so that the system knows whose’s actually answering questions in the AMA session. If not selected, the topic author is considered the one.
Admin creates a topic and says that MisterX will be running an AMA this Friday in this topic.
people get excited and write something in the topic and spread it
on the day X, admin chooses the AMA session runner and clicks “Start AMA session”, both in the topic wrench
the AMA is going on, just like normal discussion in Discourse, with only two limitations: a) full quote is required, or just forced automatically in all posts of the AMA runner; and b) people can’t reply to the replies
once finished, either an admin/mod or the AMA runner can stop the AMA session (system message appears)
AMA view mode appears in such a topic and becomes the default view; it only affects topic between AMA started/stopped system messages.
Welcome to the forum. Describe yourself.
I'm Walker. I'm from China
Hey. I'm from China too. Which city
Shanghai. How about you?
Shanghai. as well. let's meet
I'm Joseph. I want to be a developer.
Welcome. What's your previous experience?
Android developer for two years. I want do more games.
Wow. Cool . I'm still a newbie.
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In the current case, all answers and comments will be mixed together.
How do you envision members replying to them?
Not allowed. They are only allowed to reply to the question or reply to an answer, but not reply to a comment (aka. reply of the answer)
The post-menu-area sections under each expanded reply?
This would be cool but not necessary. What I really need is to
always show those expanded area
and always hide those replies of the answer (The cross area in my picture)
and when I add an answer or a comment to an answer, it goes to the right place.