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@Tim Sullivan - It may be possible to find cheap Rails hosting, but if it's any harder to set this up than it is to set up phpBB or Simple Machines Forum, it's probably not going to get WordPress level traction.
Another question: I feel like the high success of WordPress is largely due to the ubiquity of its platform, i.e. PHP/MySQL. What effect do you think the relative scarcity of affordable Ruby/Postgres hosting will do to the adoption rate of Discourse?
You mentioned frequently finding useful information on forums when doing web searches. What does it mean for search engines that the client is entirely JavaScript (and has such high browser requirements)?
@John Mckay - On Windows 8, horizontal scrolling is the established paradigm for navigating large amounts of content, so it's intuitive for apps to use that method as well since it's everywhere in the OS. Plus, the mousewheel is mapped to left-right scrolling so it's not any harder to do than vertical scrolling. The real issue is when you have something that scrolls _both_ ways, because there's no good way to navigate that and people don't expect to scroll partway vertically and then switch to horizontal, or vice versa.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2012 on Web Discussions: Flat by Design at Coding Horror
The deep threading always bothers me most when trying to read AMAs on Reddit. There are always replies by the person in question that get hidden because they're a response to a comment that is below the voting threshhold or whatever, and trying to read all the responses with all the questions attached is a maddening exercise in expanding and collapsing hundreds of thread trees. I get that some level of threading is generally necessary to prevent things from becoming an unintelligible mess of people replying to previous posts without any indication of which is which, but I think 2 level deep should be the absolute max. It seems to work pretty well for sites like The AV Club and others that use Disqus to handle their comments.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2012 on Web Discussions: Flat by Design at Coding Horror
It seems like the real issue is not PHP itself as a language, but rather that the barrier to entry is so low (just put some PHP tags in a .php file and hack away) that a lot of what is written in PHP is cargo-cult copy/paste jobs by people who have no programming experience or training and have no idea what they're doing. If you make something else that has a barrier of entry as low as or lower than PHP's, won't the same thing just happen in that language? And if the barrier to entry of the new thing is even slightly higher, won't people just continue to use PHP?
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2012 on The PHP Singularity at Coding Horror
@chrismealy Obviously in your example, the person you're speaking to is the cause of the problem and has a social responsibility to stop his dog from crapping in your yard. I think you can still use this "active listening" style technique with adults, but you can't just repeat what they said back to them while prefixing it with "I hear you...". The essence is that you should show empathy for someone before steering them toward a solution. You can do this much more subtly than in the examples above, but the basic concept is the same.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2012 on How to Talk to Human Beings at Coding Horror
@Chris McGrath - I would think the usage of the search button that makes the most sense would be single click brings up the "app search" if implemented, or the OS search otherwise. Click and hold could bring up Bing, I guess. But it seems counter-intuitive, and smacks of "synergy" taking priority over usability, to search the web when you press a physical search button. Searching in the Windows start menu (or start screen in Windows 8) doesn't take you to Bing by default, so why should that be the behavior on the phone? If you want to search the web, I think most people would open a web browser and then type in the address bar.
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2012 on The One Button Mystique at Coding Horror
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