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What do you think of this discussion/forum format?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
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Our sister site Gamespot recently launched a redesign:

I like the more compressed format, AND I really like the option to view "Latest Posts" or "First to Last."

I've asked our product managers to look at this as we consider tweaking the format of TR forum threads.

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But that doesn't work with forking threads...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to that's OK

I don't want non-forking threads!!! I want my split ends, dammit!

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I'm tired of being "Forked" . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to But that doesn't work wit ...

the Gov. tried again this year and lost !

I'm just suggesting the width part of that forum, I'm not much of a white space fan

scroll down a few replies in any discussion on TR and a giant white gap about 1/3 of the screen appears on the right side of the screen


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I can see what you mean.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to I'm tired of being " ...

It's the indent, but then the indent is what makes the different branches discernible.
But right now TR has impossibly bloated message spaces; that makes the whitespace problem worse. If the space around the text was trimmed down, it would help a lot.
Maybe all the "controls" (prev, next, #votes, vote+/-, reply, flag, favourite) could be grouped along the right hand side of the message box, that would cut the wasted space by about five lines.

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not the thread indenting . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to I can see what you mean.

but the "Right" side of the screen

see here:

note 1/3 of the screen is empty

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Right... meaning "my other right"

by AnsuGisalas In reply to not the thread indenting ...

Now I see it, the space taken up by the social media controls and ads, which don't scroll along down (Thank you, God!)...

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Right as in Opposite of Left . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to Right... meaning "my ...

the indent is
to the <- left and the giant white space is on the right ->

they need a button like in yahoo email that collapses the right side of the screen and compresses the vertical space by spreading the thread posts to the full width of the screen

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You mean

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Right... meaning &quot;my ...

like Print/View All? ]:)

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re: Print / View All . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to Right... meaning &quot;my ...

here's a pic of the button that hides the ads frame in Yahoo- Email

when clicked the frame collapses and the in-box / mail list and preview pane expand to fill the space

if the TR site had a similar function then we could collapse the white space on the right side which would expand the posts horizontally which would also compress the vertical size and necessity to scroll while reading


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by CharlieSpencer In reply to But that doesn't work wit ...

If anything, it's worse than what we have now. There's no nesting at all. It's impossible to tell who is responding to whom. It doesn't appear to have a 'Subject' field, so you can't even identify the member you're replying to in that fashion.

I can live with a format with some white space and having to click a Sort option when I reload the page. I personally don't care about the 'look and feel' or voting, as long as it stays out of the way. I understand ads pay the bills. However, not being able to follow a conversation is a deal-killer. As far as I can tell, Who Am I Really and Jaqui's offerings suffer from the same issue. Call it nesting, threading, indenting; it ain't there.

The inability to easily detect multiple new comments is another greatly missed feature. Just identifying the single 'latest' comment is tolerable on forums where the activity level is much lower than it is around here, but it's pointless when 15 comments came while I was at lunch.

It's the same as my inability to follow a Twitter conversation - there's in this example to tie comments together either.

This isn't an attempt to present something worse so we'll say, "Well, the new format isn't as good as the old, but at least it isn't THAT.", is it?

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