Yes, I’m playing around with the layout

DMZ · September 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Please do not panic.

And, as always: patches welcome.

Update: a L/R column update is coming.


54 Responses to “Yes, I’m playing around with the layout”

  1. Jeff Nye on September 2nd, 2008 9:28 pm

    By the way, I am testing this out on Google Chrome and it works just fine!

    (I hope Derek doesn’t delete me for being off-topic!)

  2. MKT on September 3rd, 2008 4:37 pm

    “All of the comments are time-stamped. There are never so many comments in the same minute that you should need a better way to figure out where you left off.”

    See my comment made at 12:08 about how time stamps are a much less efficient way to navigate than comment numbers are. One example right here: that was 12:08 yesterday, and it was pm. None of that baggage is necessary if I could simply say see my comment #42.

    Also, it’s not just a question of where the reader left off, it’s finding out, nearly instantly, how many additional posts have come in since they started reading.

    9:07 “I was in a chaotic meeting with a ton of people today and we all managed to keep the conversation straight without saying “#44 LOL #47 ITA”

    Was that a face-to-face meeting? Oral conversations are MUCH easier to follow than interrupted, asynchronous, text-only conversations on a blog.

    I agree that claiming that numbering is “crucial” for dialog is an exageration, but the poster was clearly talking about coversations via postings, not oral conversations.

  3. NODO Dweller on September 3rd, 2008 9:37 pm

    I think we’re arguing a lost cause MKT 🙁

  4. tangotiger on September 4th, 2008 11:59 am

    I implemented comment numbers on my blog because of linking issues:
    1. If I wanted to provide a link to someone to a particular comment, I could. I’ve done that quite a bit.

    2. If I wanted to say “check out the thread, particularly posts 17 through 21”, I could.

    If it was only for the situations intra-thread (responding to posts within the same thread), I don’t think I would have bothered. That said, I often do something like:
    Rally/15: Good point. Maybe we should…
    And I do find myself as I page up and down, using the comment numbers as demarcation points.

    At USSM, there doesn’t seem to be much inter-thread linking, so that really takes out that idea.

    As for reading new comments, I always go by timestamp, not comment number.

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