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Re^4: Basic forum use question - show all replies and comments

by jdporter (Canon)
on Apr 20, 2021 at 16:14 UTC ( #11131519=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Basic forum use question - show all replies and comments
in thread Basic forum use question - show all replies and comments

Like if each edition of an ebook had its paragraphs rearranged based on how much time people spent reading them

You are mistaken. Replies to a node should not, and in general do not, depend on each other. Sometimes, of course, a later reply will say something like "As Ovid said above..." - and this can seem slightly strange if Ovid's reply is now below instead of above. But that's extremely minor.

You would have a point if replies in a thread were presented out of order, like:

Jim: comment 1
Jim: comment 3
Bob: comment 2
But we never do that.

I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon staffed with 16,000 zombies.
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Re^5: Basic forum use question - show all replies and comments
by LanX (Cardinal) on Apr 20, 2021 at 16:21 UTC
    I have to disagree, because there are many implicit references happening.

    E.g. reusing code from a former poster which are relevant when reading longer threads.

    This becomes more apparent when trying to read complex archived threads, where one didn't follow in real-time and that context is lost.

    The "simplest" solution would be to have an immediate toggle between different sort orders, in JS or as a server request.

    update

    FWIW: My setting is sort by reputation tho, because this has still more benefits for me.

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery

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