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A bold statement was made over on FeverBee today: "Reddit is the exception, threaded discussions are awful."

I have mixed feelings on the matter, and want to know: Do you agree?

If I skip out on a discussion for a day or two and revisit to see 9 additional pages of comments, I know that I'll inevitably have to start scanning from the beginning and make a mental note of the timestamps along the way. Sometimes tedious and annoying, other times quite pleasant to note new voices and tangential conversations. 

Jeff Atwood made the argument that Web discussions are flat by design, and "this is software Darwinism in action: threaded discussion is ultimately too complex to survive on the public Internet."

Let's explore this further...

1. Do you believe threaded discussions are superior to flat? Cite your favorite examples!

2. Can you name any 10+ year old discussion forums that use threading, which are still active today? (Discounting /reddit and Slashdot.)

3. What about hybrids? If you had to build a new forum, what aspects of flat or threaded discussion would you incorporate, and specifically how?

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  • i despise creator style  with a passion its so anoying not only are the replies  on random pages instead of at the end like they should be theres also a limit to how deep replies can go

    ie:

    reply 1

      reply to reply 1

        reply to that reply

            another reply

                but no way to reply to this..at all

    so limited

    www.dreadlockssite.com uses the reply with quotes option and its smooth makes sence replies are at the end where u expect them

    i really hate the way its done here on creators

    so frustrating

    thnx for letting me vent

    been annoying me since the day i joined

    • Good feedback. I'd be open to experimenting with flat comments in the future -- we'll see what we can do when Creators transitions to Ning 3.0.

      • Hmmm. "When Creators transitions to Ning 3.0.", eh? Looking forward to it. =)

      • as far as i know so far t least 3.0 only offers flat

        • Which will really be annoying when Creators transitions with forums of 30+ pages.  lol

  • NC for Hire
    There's only one way to find out ..... FIGHT!

    • no u can reply till you no longer have the optio n to reply so he who replies last wins by default..

      the totaly random nature of threadded where the last reply made could be on page 1 3 7 12 66 or 99 is anoying enough..but when your discussion is forced to end  by a limmited number of replies  or then you have to reply to yourself or start a whole new "thread' by using the top reply box..thats just senceless

      it makes discussions disjointed awkward and at times you end up talking to yourself

      flat is chronological  u can reply to a post on page 1 the replies  at the end where u expect it to be and the post your rel]plying to quoted ..so no confusion

      and u alwatys know wheee to look for latest posts..right at the end  so if u dont reply solely on email notices its  so easy

      with threaded if u dont have email notification on u will never find the new posts

      threaded is deaded if  they turn off email notices!

      • Hadn't thought of this from an email notifications perspective, but I have always found those commentId links to be super helpful. 

    • Cat vs baby is fierce.

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