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The RSS reader I'm developing shows threaded discussions for Reddit, HN and Livejournal. Recently I decided to "put a hard cap on the level of replies" and guess what? After short time getting accustomed to changes, reading long discussions become much more simple. When there is a long thread with conversation between two people it's more pleasant to eyes to read comments vertically not diagonally. And when there is a comment which is not direct answer to previous one it's better to write name of original comment author, put a link, hint, anything but decreasing tree depth several levels. It's hard to understand to what this ledge answers for. @Leeho L: While Livejournal threads are very good at grouping discussions it's not convenient to read deeply nested threads. I found that it's easier to read them when nesting is limited. @Christoph Bartoschek and @Alistair Sheehy Hutton: NNTP reader UI won't help with current web discussions since there is no practice of quoting relevant parts of message in answers and you need to see previous message while reading next one. With NNTP reader you'll need to spend too much time navigating back and forward just to get the context.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2012 on Web Discussions: Flat by Design at Coding Horror
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Dec 14, 2012