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Re: Automatically add name to replies

by mirod (Canon)
on Dec 08, 2000 at 22:40 UTC ( #45764=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Automatically add name to replies

I actually don't like this "vanity" thing.

The name of the author of a post is given clearly enough, whether in the Newest Nodes list or in the threads, and I frankly I find it quite obnoxious to get the name once again in the title.

Now despite being French I would not recommend parading in the streets with the heads of the those guys on stakes but still, I do not think such an option would enhance the site.

Update: if the problem is that posts are hard to distinguish in the serach results, then let's just add the name of the author to the search results instead, so both arturo and I are happy.


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Re: Re: Automatically add name to replies
by arturo (Vicar) on Dec 08, 2000 at 22:45 UTC

    Actually, it wasn't *really* about vanity, but about the thing in parentheses -- having some way of identifying different replies to the same node (if you get the list of replies in a search,the name isn't there -- if it were, then maybe my reason for wanting this would go away).

    Often a discussion will trail off into separate threads. I do think it would be nice if when that happened, monks happened to change the titles, but I know that for me it's an afterthought (at best).

    Philosophy can be made out of anything. Or less -- Jerry A. Fodor

(your ad here) Re(2): Automatically add name to replies
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Dec 08, 2000 at 23:27 UTC
    No, it's not about vanity. If I see two nodes and one is by chromatic and another is by some dumb monk wannabe, I know that chromatic's post is more likely to be relevant. Alternately, if I just prefer how chromatic answers, I may single out his posts that way.

    However, some also include a subject in the title if the subject changes. When the discussion veers from the why B-trees are superior to binary trees to forgetting that @_ aliases variables, it's a lot easier to pick that out of the title than to wade through all of the message. However, adding a "synopsis" field to new posts would be overkill, so people just note it in the title.

    Adding a name is not vanity. But I do agree that it would be nice to have the author's name show up on a search.

    Cheers,
    Ovid

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