Every now and then I like to take a good look at the blog and make sure we’re keeping up with our community and what they want. My goal is to keep the blog as reader friendly as possible. Recently I was browsing around the community and I saw a few comments on other blogs about threaded comments and how some people just don’t care for them.
When I moved Fiction Vixen over to the WordPress platform, I didn’t set up threaded comments. I went with the standard format and added an @reply function so when you clicked the “reply” button it added “@username” to the beginning of your comment so people would know who you were responding to but still added your comment after the previous commenter keeping the comments sorted by time. Examples of the @reply comments can be found at Dear Author and The Book Pushers.
Later I switched to threaded commenting. This nests replies to specific comments right under the comment you responded to with an indent. While this is fine for posts with fewer comments, it can cause problems for readers who have subscribed to comments and are returning to continue in the conversation because they will have search for the response higher up in the conversation. This method has it’s advantages and disadvantages. An example of threaded comments can be seen here on this thread (click and then scroll a little).
I’d like to know if you prefer threaded comments, or non-threaded comments with the option to add @reply. I can also add comment numbering. Please take a moment to vote so we know what our readers prefer. You can add your additional comments in the comments section but don’t forget to vote.
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