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We have a site with a feed of activities people are doing and others can reply to those activities. The current design has a place for replying in the feed but we don't want to show other replies there to keep from cluttering the design. There will be a number of replies as a link to go to the post view (happening as a popout lightbox similar to pinterest's new feed/lightbox.)

We have a question about the user flow when they post - should they see the reply in the feed, similar to facebook/pinterest/etc or should I just show a confirmation message thanking them for their post with a link to the post?

On the one hand, I think it's normal to see what I replied right there - on the other hand, if I reloaded that feed page, I won't see my reply any more.

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Can you provide a screenshot to help visualize whats happening? –  Mervin Johnsingh Mar 13 '12 at 16:38
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The scenario mentioned in mockup will work well in your case.

The comment is visible just after posting and will automatically hide after 5 seconds (can hide with an animation) and the link to number of replies can be highlighted.

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download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups

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that might work - I'm a little concerned about making the post disappear completely - but I'll think about it more. –  Yehosef Mar 14 '12 at 7:36
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