About Threaded Comments….
Posted by BrianJ on December 31, 2009
What do our authors/readers think about the threaded comments? We seem to be using them a lot on the blog lately, but I know that some people really dislike them.
(Threaded comments are where a reply to one comment is posted directly after that comment, usually indented, as opposed to at the “end of the line.”)
Pros: allows users to respond directly to a specific comment, no matter how old that comment is, and makes it very clear what is being responded to. In other words, it lets a tangent look like a tangent.
Cons: makes reading RSS feeds (e.g., Google Reader, or even the “Recent Comments” window at the top left of the blog) very confusing: new comments don’t have to quote the comment they are referring to, making their context ambiguous. Readers must visit the actual thread to understand how the comments are threaded, and then they have to search through the thread to find the threaded comment (as opposed to all the newer comments always being at the bottom).
So, do we like threaded comments, or do we disable that feature?