Would it make sense that after the first 10 to 25 responses on a particular post, that subsequent posts automatically initiate something like "Vol. 2"?
Many of our most popular posts get 50+ responses. Sadly, if many of you are like me, you see a "Good" topic "Die", because you just can't "Wade" through the sheer mass of responses.
At least that way you could follow a "Hot Topic" easier and keep it "Fresh", if it deserved to be followed.
I guess the thing I find so difficult trying to read thru a thread on this version of Insiders is that they are not sequential from first to last, but rather in order as to whichever post they are responding to. So if I get an update in my communications list, it likely makes no sense if it's responding to an earlier post rather than the last, or most recent, post. Using a "part 2" might work, but just putting all posts in consecutive order would be much easier reading for me.
That's a possibility, sure. We'll branch out conversations that grow too long and begin to deviate from the initial topic. So in addition to the number of replies we'll also be looking at relevance. Feel free to share threads with me or our stewards that may benefit from branching out a portion of the discussion.
I am not sure that will solve the issue Jerry. Rather there should be a way to branch out from a topic, and have that show on the communications list. Perhaps a list that shows only the poster and the time posted that could be expanded by us with a click? Gmail has this feature and it makes reading a reply to email much simpler!
The only problem with that, is that if you can't put it like it is (posting under what you are replying to), conversations don't make sense if you want to get in the middle of a thread and respond to a specific question or statement. We would need the ability to flip back and forth.
I'm still in favor of adding the ability of putting a + and - beside a posting that would allow you to expand or collapse everything below it (children of just the level you collapse. That way a whole nesting under one sub-level would just turn into an entry with a + by it. Hit the + and it becomes a - (like you see many browsers and applications do already) and you see all the nested comments. It could make conversations easier to wade through. I still agree with Branching other topics into another discussion.
the way I, and most others I believe, responded on the old version of Insiders was to cut and paste the comments we were responding to and put quotes around them at the beginning of the response, maybe even change the color to draw attention to the fact that the new post was in response to something. Even with my basic ability to maneuver around the computer, I found the old way a whole lot simpler than the current design.