What if Xenforo was Threaded... (examples)


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Despite my posts about threaded content... I don't actually want Xenforo to move to threading or anything like that. It's just not the same experience, and I think the discussion on flat threads can be deeper than found on threaded replies.

That said... I also feel like really long flat threads become really hard to follow, hard to catch up, and ends up resulting in a lot of repeating arguments.

Backstory: I was thinking how to better highlight or summarize content from long threads. I know Discourse tries to do this, but I really found it hard to follow when posts are just removed from the stream. When I just looked at posts above a certain reaction threshold, it also became weird because a lot of highly rated comments were replies to other posts and frequently the same post. Anyway, it seemed like some level of threading might make that read better.

Anyway... one thing led to another, and I ended up with seeing how any XF thread might look fully threaded. And honestly, it reads better than I expected.

I processed a few sample ones from here:

Threaded: https://forums.macrumors.com/labs/topcomments/xfdemo.php?thread=1

Threaded: https://forums.macrumors.com/labs/topcomments/xfdemo.php?thread=3

Threaded: https://forums.macrumors.com/labs/topcomments/xfdemo.php?thread=4

This is the scenario I was advocating for. In Q&A threads, I think it should be threaded:

Threaded: https://forums.macrumors.com/labs/topcomments/xfdemo.php?thread=2

I thought it was pretty interesting, and figured it might start an interesting discussion.

Note: threading was inferred based on quotes. messages are stripped of tags and truncated for legibility.