Threading information RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm sure this must have been asked before, but is there some way to display threading information (who replied to whom)? Both in the preview mode of the forum view, and in the thread view.

    This is a major lack relative to an NNTP newsreader, IMHO.

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Saturday, June 21, 2008 12:06 PM

All replies

  • We do maintain the hierarchy and have the intention of providing a Threaded View. In fact I have a prototype for a threaded working of preview, we just have to iron out some of things that feature ultimately brings up. Nesting Depth (do we stop at some point to prevent the staircase ui issues), Persistence of "your" view (cookie or profile and where/how we present the choice). On the thread page it'd be a little more involved with it's UI and the Ajax updating of things an so on...

    We've toyed with the idea of rolling out a version for Thread Preview only since many like staying on the threads page anyway :)

    We'd love to hear thoughts and feedback.
    Rob J, Forums Dev
    Saturday, June 21, 2008 12:49 PM
  • Rob:

    That's great. I really appreciate the fact that the forum team is listening to feedback. And on a Saturday, even.

    For me, I would implement and roll out threading information in preview on the main forum view. In fact I believe you should get rid of the thread view altogether and transfer all its functionality to preview. Ajax provides the ability to get rid of all this page refreshing, and I see thread view as a completely unnecessary page refresh.

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Saturday, June 21, 2008 1:02 PM
  • Thanks David, we appreciate the time everyone takes to give feedback (and criticism).

    The Thread page also serves as the primary endpoint for crawlers to index and as such is the entry point for users coming from search engine results. So while it does make good sense to make the threads page pretty functional for many usage scenarios, there are some that don't quite fit.
    Rob J, Forums Dev
    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 4:31 AM