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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 12:53 PM

I don't understand how to follow discussion in long threads

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Is there a way to change the thread view to chronological mode?

It's incredibly confusing trying to follow arguments and keep up with newer posts.

I looked for an FAQ here but haven't seen one.

There is no option for marking Group discussions as read. You have to mark the whole forum. And even when I do, posts that I've already read remain highlighted in the thread view.

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Reply I don't understand how to follow discussion in long threads (Original post)
jesters Jan 2012 OP
jesters Jan 2012 #1
MH1 Jan 2012 #6
snooper2 Jan 2012 #2
my2sense Jan 2012 #3
BoWanZi Jan 2012 #4
wandy Jan 2012 #5
BoWanZi Jan 2012 #7
MilesColtrane Jan 2012 #8
jesters Jan 2012 #9
BoWanZi Jan 2012 #11
jesters Jan 2012 #12
jesters Jan 2012 #13
hootinholler Jan 2012 #10
REP Jan 2012 #14

Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 12:54 PM

1. oops

and I meant to post this in the meta-discussion forum.

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Response to jesters (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 01:39 PM

6. You can post it there and self-delete here.

A Host might lock it here eventually.

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Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 12:56 PM

2. Read from top to bottom

 

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Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 12:57 PM

3. kick n/t

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Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 01:01 PM

4. This forum isn't like most forums where threads are strictly chronological...

...The threads are chronologically nested threaded. What I mean is that a response to a particular post will be placed directly below the post that prompted the response and other previous responses to that same post.

So its not like you quote post xyz in the middle of the thread and expect it to be at the bottom of the posts like most forums are nowadays. It will be directly below post xyz or below direct responses to the same posts.

If you look on the left side of the threads, you can sort of figure out how they are nested by how many indents there are.

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Response to BoWanZi (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 01:37 PM

5. They actualy did a nice job here. Just follow the indention to see who is responding to who.

Here I respond to BoWanZi amplifing what he said. If someone wishes to respond to me it will be indented under this post. Which is indented under his post which is under the orignal post. The post numbers will give you an idea of the timeline. The post will also have a time stamp in the upper right hand corner. Remember to check the time zone in you're profile.

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Response to wandy (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 01:39 PM

7. I agree, the indented threading is MUCH easier than the non-indented threading of DU2

when you view ALL the posts rather than just the list of posts. I really like this aspect MUCH better than DU2.

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Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 01:44 PM

8. You've got to adjust your brain to non-linearity.

Or, brain got to non adjust you've linearity your to.

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Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 03:33 PM

9. Okay,

But how do you quickly find the most recent posts? You have to manually scan the thread tree and look for the time stamps. It's cumbersome. Keep in mind "Creative Speculation" is a Group discussion and posts do not show up on the Latest Threads page.

Couldn't there be an option to switch to chronological view?

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Response to jesters (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:06 PM

11. That is a good question, I never cared much about most recent but I can see how...

...that would be an issue for people that just want to find the most recent posts. I just try to follow individual conversations rather than the most recent posts. My brain works better that way. I don't particularly like just reading the latest posts alone because they might be able to be taken out of context without the older posts present.

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Response to BoWanZi (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:48 PM

12. yes,

but when you're in conversation with two or three people at once on different points, as often happens in the 9/11 threads, it's incredibly difficult to keep track of when someone's replied to you, and where that post is going to appear. Sometimes a reply to a days-old post will appear somewhere down the thread (but not at the end) and you may never notice it.

I can't imagine what it's like to try and follow a thread where seven or more people are posting all at the same time.

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Response to jesters (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:53 PM

13. Also

If you look at this thread tree:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11351018

Post #53 appears to have something like 40 replies to it, which is not the case. Those are numerous different conversations going on that have nothing to do with post #53. I notice replies often don't get nested; they just appear square under the post they are replying to.

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Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 04:54 PM

10. DU doesn't work like FR

The last 10 posts will be highlighted with a yellow folder instead of a grey one.

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Response to jesters (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 06:50 PM

14. Yes, this should be in Help & Meta ...

Looks like you got some answers here, and please repost there! Thanks!

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