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Discussion2 rolls on... the most recent addition to the system is in-place comment posting. Essentially, little dynamic ajaxy slideout boxes to post directly within the thread, without going to a stand-alone page. This is great because you don't have to lose your place within the thread to post.

this functionality is currently only available to paid subscribers, and several hundred of them have tested it out already. We still need to make it look pretty and add a few minor things (like the CAPTCHA for anonymous posting) but it's almost done.

Also worth noting is that logged in users can click on the 'Score' field of comments to view the moderation information on the comment. This information was previously not visible within D2, unless you navigated outside the d2 system (opening a comment in a new window did it). I doubt most people really care about this info, but it's available.

We also have one (perhaps minor) thing to get in... right now if you visit a comment directly via a CID link you can navigate within that thread, but navigating 'up' the comment hierarchy results in a new page, and a new discussion... this makes context a pain to maintain. So pudge is going to change that page to display the parent posts in an abbreviated format. This will mean that you can climb back up the thread easily, even if you entered the forum via a link deep into a thread.

A few minor items left on the todo list (keybindings for threshold changes... maybe press 'r' to open the reply slideout from the current comment, and a bunch of small design issues to make the threads a little more visually clear and easily navigatable) and we're ready to call D2 finished.

We have no plans to remove D1, so those of you who hate D2 are welcome to stay on the old system, but obviously new moderation tools and whatever else we think of will be attached to D2, not D1, so you've been warned ;)

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Discussion2 In-Place Posting Testing

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  • It is very nice - being able to see everything as I compose my reply. It does take longer though as in some cases I am quite content not to preview- but the new setup forces it. Not a huge deal, but it would be nice to be able to not preview. Even if you decide not to do that, I have to say that I find this to be much nicer than the old style.
    • by CmdrTaco (1) * Works for Slashdot
      Ya know, I thought the old setup required a preview as well. In fact, it's probably a bug that it doesn't. I think the 'preview' link probably is a reasonable idea anyway tho. Give people at least one last chance to make sure they don't have any mistakes. Not that people will typically take the effort to re-read their words, but I usually do. Maybe we add a spellchecker there would be a reason to do it.

      For me, the main short coming is design issues... which I'm glad to say will be fixed RSN. Wes (ou

      • I've seen a few blogs recently where the poster can still edit a comment for some predetermined amount of time after posting. Usually it is a different color and has a timer counting down how long until it can't be changed. I don't know how well something like that scales though. I've seen it on blogs that are popular but nothing like the volume of comments that are generated by slashdot front page stories.
        • by CmdrTaco (1) * Works for Slashdot
          That's frankly not on the TODO list yet, but it's a reasonable request. I tend to think the 'preview' process should suffice... you don't get to retract/change what you say in real life- you can only amend it. My fear is that people would post comments saying terrible things... and then 60 seconds later delete it. Now we could prevent comments from being delayed for 60 seconds to stop this abuse... but at that point, what is the difference between "Preview" and that?
          • by pudge (3605) * Works for Slashdot
            I agree on editing comments. It is technically feasible, not a HUGE deal, but I dislike the "feature." Once you say it, you say it. Also agree strongly on previewing first before submit. I think the biggest benefit to not having that before was speed: it took significantly more time and effort to preview a comment in D1. But now it is so much simpler and more efficient, why NOT require submit?

            Also, pressing 'r' already does work to reply to a currently selected comment. Hooray!
            • by CmdrTaco (1) * Works for Slashdot
              We should change 'Keybindings Beta' to say 'Keybindings Help' and link it to a FAQ entry listing WASD, QE, R, and when you get the threshold controls in, whatever we figure works for that.

              Proposed new keybindings

              • [/] lower/raise top threshold
              • ,/. lower/raise bottom threshold
              • v - jump to the last comment on the page (looks like a down arrow)
              • t - jump to the top comment on the page ('t'op)
              • m - open moderation history dialog box

              there's other things we could add purely as a matter of convenience

          • My fear is that people would post comments saying terrible things... and then 60 seconds later delete it. Now we could prevent comments from being delayed for 60 seconds to stop this abuse... but at that point, what is the difference between "Preview" and that?

            How about an eBay-style "--- On March 22, 2008 at 21:30 CmdrTaco added the following: ---"? That would achieve the result of being able to clarify/correct without the problematic feature of changing what you had wrote. And perhaps it should only be available as long as your post wasn't moderated, so as to prevent someone's +5 post being later edited with some malware link appended to it.

            • by CmdrTaco (1) * Works for Slashdot
              My general thought is that this is what *replies* are for. If you post 'A' and then someone else says 'Not A' and then you realize that you were wrong... you should reply to *him* or reply to yourself and say "Oh you're right. Not A."

              If you update your comment then your comment says "A, Not A." but a reader of that comment wouldn't necessarily see the greater context (which is that another user corrected you).

              And still- the potential for abuse is still high. It just really makes me nervous to let som

              • My general thought is that this is what *replies* are for. If you post 'A' and then someone else says 'Not A' and then you realize that you were wrong... you should reply to *him* or reply to yourself and say "Oh you're right. Not A."

                Good point. I wonder if the situation has ever occurred where someone unintentionally pasted in some text they didn't want to. Such as rather than pasting a great quote relevant to the discussion, they accidentally posted some sensitive banking information because the other text didn't get copied to the clipboard and they submitted their comment out of reflex. I'm sure that's an extreme edge case though.

                I sort of like the other suggestion where submitting the comment results in it going into a one minute t

  • I really like most of D2, but I'm sticking with D1 for the sorting options: Keeping it threaded, but sorted by highest rated parent comment. I can't think of any alternative viewing mode that makes better use of the moderation to present the best comments first. (Well, it could sort threads with equally-weighted parents based on some measure based on the replies, but I'm not sure what metric would work.)

    Of course, in a true Web 2.0 world, things like sorting the comments should be done on the client side
    • by CmdrTaco (1) * Works for Slashdot
      We're sure open to people patching in alternative sorting mechanisms.

      That said, the default settings retrieve the top rated comments first, which was done intentionally to meet your needs. The 2 threshold controllers are 'abbreviate' and 'full'. You set the full bar in the middle, and the abbreviate bar lower. If you scroll through the discussion you see the highest rated comments. If you want to expand into the threads, the information is there.

      It's different. You have to get used to it. But it w

  • I get javascript errors every time I try to scroll ("gd.style has no properties" on line 167 of comments.js: "var oldpos = gd.style.position;"), none of the comment expanding/collapsing works for me, everything starts fully expanded, and I can't moderate.

    I think it all comes down to "html_doc.appendChild is not a function" on line 55 of comments.js: "html_doc.appendChild(js);" which is probably preventing some other necessary include from happening (as it seems to be a javascript including function).

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    • by nahdude812 (88157) *
      Sorry, I should clarify, I use the University of Michigan testing option, though I am disabling that for now, and things seem to work again.
      • by CmdrTaco (1) * Works for Slashdot
        The UofM posting option is going away, probably this week. You'll be shifted to the real D2, which you should do anyway.

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