I really wanted to run this at Blunty today, but figured I was already taxing everyone's patience with a 3500 word blog post.
Some of you have noticed that the chronological order of comments has flipped, so that the threads now display the oldest comments first. Don't get too comfy with that. Although it was the way of things before, and is the system used at Fairfax, I'm not convinced it is the way to go here.
This blog is designed like a scroll. It renders as a long column of text and images. But mostly text. With a hundred-comment discussion on display, that is a mighty big chunk of vertical real estate. Because of this, it is way more elegant to display the most recent stand alone comments (ie. not replies) up the top of the discussion. It saves a lot of scrolling.
I am however, talking to Dan about coding the Recent Comments display in such a way as to take you directly to the comment you click or tap on. This means you can go directly to conversations within the thread that catch your eye.
The ability to reply directly to a comment means giving up a strict linear progression either forward or backwards through a dicussion. It's a design choice. One I'm happy to make because of clarity it delivers in terms of conversation within the thread.
I will make a final call on this before we all get bedded down, and am happy to listen to everyone's views. In the end, like my ascended master, I will decide what's best for everyone, but I'm curious about others opinions on this. Oldest comment first, or newest?
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Because apparently more than half the traffic thru the Burger is sourced from it. That doesn't mean it's going to get very quiet around here any time soon. I imagine most of the regulars have the site bookmarked or can just type in the first few letters of the addy.
But thousands of hits a month come from Reader. From lurkers and random drop ins, I assume.
So, with the redesign due to launch soon, I'm kind of curious for some anecdotal information about how people end up here. Lurkers in particular.
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There is a fast emerging genre of Google Glass humour which should be well established long before the actual product makes it to retail. This is one of the funnier efforts I've seen so far.