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Threaded view doesn't work

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Foxboy71 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
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Apr 21, 2011 6:54 AM

Hi,

 

I liked to see the threaded view of the old forum, so one could easily see who replied to whom. Now, if i reply to someone inside the thread, my answer will be attached at the end of the list. This is most annoying. I tried to change my preferences, but it doesn't do anything.

 

Fox

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  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:11 AM (in response to Foxboy71)

    Hi, Foxboy71 -

     

    When you are replying to a particular message, make sure that you are using the reply link inside that particular message's text bubble.

     

    And, a change made a couple of days ago or so - once a thread reaches 50 posts, the view mode is automatically set to flat by the forum software. In flat mode all messages are displayed chronologically, not relationally.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Apr 21, 2011 8:32 AM (in response to Foxboy71)

    Foxboy71 wrote:

     

    To speak openly: The 50 posts limit is a total nonsense, because it's obvious that a threaded view is first and foremost important in *longer* threads, not in short ones. If the threaded view is turned off in longer threads, it's totally contrary to what it should work like: Help keeping the overview in *longer* threads. Who invented this auto-flatten-thing anyway? Seems like they assembled the new software for this forum like the tax law...

     

     

    Fox

     

    As I recall, the auto-flattening thing for threads 50 posts or longer was a 'fix' in response to criticism that in long threads, threaded view was squishing too many later posts sideways, narrowing them to the point of near-unusability. Plain text entries were ugly but manageable; but coding (such as terminal instructions, etc.) got blown away.

     

    Yes, there is a lot of otherwise unused white space on the sides of these pages. One would think that more of that could be used for the actual thread postings, allowing usable threaded views in longer threads.

     

    This site is still a work in progress. It was tested by selected users for several months and refined during that time. Unfortunately, no testing can effectively emulate real-world usage. Testing by a few score relatively high-level, frequent users of the site really can't address the issues seen by several thousand users, particularly those who just want to get in with a question and get out with an answer as quickly as possible.

     

    We are seeing further refinements, changes made to fix things unnoticed during the testing. I suspect some of the fixes are temporary, put there to address an immediate issue while other changes/modifications are worked on.

     

    Given that in the past few changes were made subsequent to the rollouts of new forum software or design, the design/build crew for this one seem quite responsive to considering requests, and have already addressed many.

  • Tuttle Level 7 Level 7 (28,965 points)
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    Apr 21, 2011 9:31 PM (in response to Foxboy71)

    The 50 posts limit is a total nonsense, because it's obvious that a threaded view is first and foremost important in *longer* threads, not in short ones.

     

    Totally agree.

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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    Apr 21, 2011 10:10 PM (in response to Foxboy71)

    I positively hate flat view, but have found with the new forum software that threaded is unusable because new content isn't mark as such in any way. You have to read the entire thread to find the new content or wear out your eyes looking for post times since your last visit (if you can remember the time you last visited).

     

    It's a mess.

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