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Re: Listing Best Replies First: destroys threads and annoys readers

by trippledubs (Deacon)
on May 05, 2019 at 13:33 UTC ( #1233372=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Listing Best Replies First: destroys threads and annoys readers

Agreed. The fix is not a super high burden, but should not be imposed nonetheless.
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Replies are listed 'Best First'.
Re^2: Listing Best Replies First: destroys threads and annoys readers
by Your Mother (Bishop) on May 05, 2019 at 18:37 UTC

    Iím still waiting to see an example of the problem to make up my own mind if it is a problem or just sour generic fruit. Do you have a couple to cite since the OP has declined to do so?

      It's not that sour, just browse as anonymous. I don't know that it destroys the threads, probably going too far, but I Just don't think it makes sense to have a conversation out of chronological order. I'll sample a couple selected best nodes.

      What do MOST logged in users do? How do you yourself order replies? If you prefer to read them in chronological order, and you being a discerning and rational person obviously prefer the best, then it would be a courtesy to extend that to visitors. Typically up-votes follow chronologically, so in a lot of cases it makes no difference. It's probably the most annoying for people very familiar with Perlmonks and don't log in because it's not convenient or quit logging in altogether.

        Thanks. Your post is about 20x better than the OP since it contains evidence and logic and a name.

        The headline above the replies is ďReplies are listed ďBest FirstíĒ so itís perhaps less confusing than the OP wants us to think. It is a fairly common default on many sites and itís more clearly labeled here than on some.

        That said, I think there should be an option to browse chronologically at the top. Thatís how I have my settings, as you suggest. :P But I usually read entire threads if itís a topic I care about. Folks just passing by looking for specific answers donít. I donít know for the casual, non-monk reader if having the best on top is objectively better or not. I can see arguments for both so affording both with ease seems best to me.

        That said, I donít demand free work from othersóI still havenít broken in my commit bitóso my opinion is just a data point for Gods.

Re^2: Listing Best Replies First: destroys threads and annoys readers
by The Perlman (Beadle) on May 05, 2019 at 18:03 UTC

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