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Couple of thoughts - 1. The collapse war you wage on Reddit is easily solved by offering to collapse all children of the top-level replies (or defaulting them to collapsed and offering an expand for those who don't want to manually expand all replies). I think the RES browser plugin offers this already, and I've found it quite useful for pun-thread-heavy discussions 2. (specifically ) has an implementation of threaded discussion that I think works well once you are used to it. All 2nd level replies are single-line and expand when you click on them to reveal the text. This can get annoying to browse if you are using a mouse, but I've found that using keyboard navigation hotkeys makes it pretty painless. Been a while since I have frequented their site, but if I recall correctly, the age of the reply affects its color (fades from white to grey) so that you can easily see where fresh new replies are popping up
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2012 on Web Discussions: Flat by Design at Coding Horror
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Dec 14, 2012