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*Reddit, where the indentation exacerbates the threaded-ness...
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2013 on Web Discussions: Flat by Design at Coding Horror
You can tell there are a lot of developers out of here. We are rattling our cages about the informational gains vs complexity that trees provide. I don't really think it's an issue at all. The problem with the non-flat discussions described is that tree levels have too much visual differentiation (indentation, in most cases). I implore you to visit a site like Reddit where the tree provides and then look at other engines that display all comments on the same level but with information about to whom the poster is replying. I suspect that most of the time, web readers do not care vary much to know specifies histories of discussion chains, but do care to know about to whom the poster is replying. The problem with existing treed discussions is that the visual style overemphsaizes the tree nature. Our brains simply do not like having to keep account of every specific history in the chain. We can easily remedy this by reducing indentation/other markers that overemphasize the threaded-nature of the conversation.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2013 on Web Discussions: Flat by Design at Coding Horror
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