Suggestion for comments

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18 May, 2020 07:22 PM


Since it's often difficult to follow who's responding to whom, especially when there are tons of comments, may I suggest that each comment be numbered, so that when someone responds to someone else the number of the comment to which s/he's responding to is automatically shown. I've seen it on other blogs and it works very well. Thanks in advance. Keep up the good work.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Daily Kos Staff on 19 May, 2020 11:22 PM

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    Hello, and thanks for your suggestion.

    I can appreciate the difficulty at times with understanding which comment is a response to another. Since you’ve just signed up for a user account you may not realize that there are some built-in ways to see what each nested comment replies to, as well as to be able to see a complete thread with multiple subthreads.

    Please note that these descriptions apply only to the full site view (

    I'll walk you through some of these key features, explaining in turn the parent/child comment relationship; the selected comment mode; the single-comment view; the mobile to full site display.

    Looking at a given comment, you’ll see one or two usernames at the top of it. If you see only one name, then it is the name of the comment’s author. Also, the name displayed will be dark and the comment is considered a “top level” comment, meaning that it is a reply to the story itself and not to any other comment. If you see two names, however, they are (from left to right) first the name of the author of this comment, in dark type, and then the name of the author of the comment to which it is a reply, in light gray type.

    Parent/child comments: Sometimes to facilitate description the term “child” is given to a reply comment, while the “parent” comment is the comment to which the “child” belongs, and I’ll be using that terminology below.

    If you hover over that light gray name, for the parent comment's author, you will see a popup with some basic details about that user. If you click on the parent comment’s author name, then the comment display will reposition to take you to view the parent comment. Through this step, you have triggered the selected comment mode, signified by the orange border that now surrounds it. It can take a little practice to make sure the hover doesn’t pop up too fast to let you click on the parent comment's author name, but it should work for you.

    There is a different but related technique to use to get to a single-comment view of a given comment, which can also help you follow a long and convoluted discussion thread.

    Another way to select a comment is to click on its timestamp. (After clicking, you’ll see the orange border around the comment.) Now, right-click on the comment’s timestamp and choose the option to open a new tab. On the new page that opens you’ll see the child comment you selected, any children it may have, and the child’s parent comment. Below this display you’ll see two buttons, Back to story and `Show parent thread’. If you click the latter, then the whole thread will display, showing you the comment you selected, any child comments it may have, the selected comment’s parent--plus any other comments in between the child comment you selected and its parent.

    Try this example and see what you can do: This page will load to display a selected comment.

    As is often true with software documentation, the explanation takes longer to read than to do. If you have any questions, please feel free to return.

    One more piece of information: At present the display/behavior of comments on the mobile site ( is not as complete as it is on the full site ( Mobile devices such as smart phones load the mobile site by default. It is possible, however, to load the full site on a mobile device if you prefer, and when you do so a cookie will be set to change the default load. A link to that view, labeled View Full Site, is displayed at the bottom of your device window. Click it and you’ll see the difference.

    Happy to help, any time. Welcome to Daily Kos

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