[uf-new] Re: Comment Questions

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Sun Nov 16 14:57:07 PST 2008

Scott Reynen wrote:

> On [Nov 16], at [ Nov 16] 2:33 , Toby A Inkster wrote:
> > Imagine the following comments:
> >
> > - Comment A to the main article at 1:00 pm.
> > - Comment B to the main article at 2:00 pm.
> > - Comment C in reply to comment A at 3:00 pm.
> > - Comment D in reply to comment B at 4:00 pm.
> Where did you see this on the web?

I've updated the comments-examples page and redone the analysis for  
the existing pages, as some features such as pagination links, nested  
reply structures were not examined in the first run round, but can be  
found on many of the pages. 16% of pages with comments use explicit,  
visible links from comments to the thing being commented on.

Off the web, in the more general case, Usenet and mailing lists are  
the kind of place where multiple threaded conversations are  
interleaved and may be chronologically intermingled. That is why  
Usenet and e-mail messages typically include in-reply-to headers - to  
figure out what a message is in reply to, as it is usually not the  
preceding message in a chronological sense.

Toby A Inkster
<mailto:mail at tobyinkster.co.uk>

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