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Maybe the forum could add more margin between subthreads in thread

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  • Currently the forum will only indent have 4 levels of indention for threads. If there are multiple branches of replies, it can really be difficult to see which reply is replying to which another reply.

    If we can add more margin to the replies on deepest level of tree, maybe it can be easier to tell.

    Of course, it would be even better if we can add a button to each reply box to "highlight all parents" so we can see the chain of replies that's related to the selected one.

    Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:27 AM

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  • If there are multiple branches of replies, it can really be difficult to see which reply is replying to which another reply.

    It is even more difficult if you don't use the thread view and the post you are trying to decide on its thread context has not included any quoted material.   A necessary workaround then is to append &outputAs=XML and find the corresponding message ID= for the parent= for the post you are interested in.


    Robert Aldwinckle
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    Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:29 PM
  • If you view source of long threads, you can see messages already annotated with "class = children" and id of "childrenof_fdcd61de-b465-436c-a463-fd6293e52e9e", where "fdcd61de-b465-436c-a463-fd6293e52e9e" part is the parent message's ID. So at least the database structure support this.

    Now just add a "parent" attribute to each message that has a parent that contains parent message ID, and then it'd be pretty trivial to use jQuery to trace all the parents and possibly all the immediate children to add any styles you want.


    • Edited by cheong00 Friday, February 16, 2018 12:06 AM
    Friday, February 16, 2018 12:05 AM
  • If you view source of long threads, you can see messages already annotated with "class = children"

    Not here.  I might be able to derive such a linked list from the  outputAs=XML  but as I mentioned that is the only way that I can see a relation between messages when they are simply being listed in order of posting. 

    Long ago I suggested that there should be an in-thread button which would toggle threading on and off as desired, instead of having us go and edit our profile to achieve such a change.  I refuse to do that, especially since it means having to retype my signature each time I do something in there.



    Robert Aldwinckle
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    Friday, February 16, 2018 1:48 AM