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Should you place the “add a comment” form above or below the list of comments?

There seems to be very little consistency across most sites when it comes to placing the comment form. Which do you think is the most usable, above the comments list or below? Above the list: ...
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What is a good way to display infinite nested comments?

Is there a way to do infinite nested comment threads in a way that doesn't look horrible? I realize that one could simply restrict the levels of nesting, but perhaps there's a better way of indicating ...
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Display comments order - best practice

I wonder what is the best comments order on the website. I assume there are two major methods to display comments: from newest to oldest, from oldest to newest. Facebook uses method one and ...
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Enter to submit comments on Facebook and StackExchange

Facebook and StackExchange have both recently changed how comments are handled. Users enter text in what appears to be a textarea. When they press enter the comment is now submitted. Using ...
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Is it a good idea to enforce a minimum comment length?

In a social application focusing on a niche community where the level of comment quality matters, is it a good idea to enforce a minimum comment length? For example, see this set of comments on a ...
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Emerging UI trend: comments in the margin - pros and cons?

Context: Irrespective of threaded-vs-unthreaded comments, I've noticed that a few sites have started to experiment with comments in the margin (as compared to comments above or below content in a ...
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Reasonable character limit for a comment field on a site feedback form?

I have a simple feedback form (see screenshot) on each page on a site. The user has to select whether the page was helpful or not (radio buttons yes/no) and there is also a text area input where the ...
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Which comment sorting order makes more sense on blogs?

I realize this is a pretty minor thing but anyway. I'm adding comment support to my website/blog. I'm trying to decide if I want the comments to be sorted from oldest to newest or from newest to ...
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Hierarchical comments usability issues

For blog, what are best practices to implement topic’s hierarchical comments? How to help users to find yet unread comments when they may appear anywhere in the tree? How to show what parent comment ...
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What is better than top-posting and bottom-posting?

Chat programs usually put the most recent information or message below others (bottom posting). Forums and feeds put the most recent information above others (top posting). Is any one better than the ...
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Showing how many users voted that a comment was helpful

I'm building a site with items that can be reviewed, and users can vote whether or not reviews are helpful to bubble the best to the top Amazon-style. Amazon, Yelp, and almost everything else I could ...
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Do comments really need a “title”?

I'm sure most (or all) of you have seen sites that offer a comment form and a "title" field. However, is the title field really necessary? If so, what is the motivation behind it? In my opinion, it ...
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tables with lots of columns

I have a table that lists various attributes of an individuals personal development plan; objective, time to complete objective, comments etc. The table is editable so the user can directly add ...
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Transitioning from flat comments to threaded comments

I'm transitioning a basic oldest -> newest comment system to a threaded system. The new system will allow for a single level of depth and the threads will be sorted by newest -> oldest. Under each ...
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Do you think that it is a wrong decision to use a textarea for “add comments”?

Whenever we add a comment there is this textarea box. OK the first thing that gets into my mind is that I can press the "Enter" key in a textarea box and it will give me a newline. If its a normal ...
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What is the most effective UI/UX paradigm for comment moderation in a CMS?

I've been working on a web CMS and I'm nearing the point where I'll be implementing comments and comment moderation. What are some common ways comment moderation is handled from a UI/UX perspective? ...
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How to fit tiered comments on a small mobile screen?

Websites such as Reddit have tiered comments. In tiered comments, a response is indented one step past its parent comment. How can tiered comments be adapted for the mobile screen? I forsee the ...
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Which words to use to motivate visitors to comment?

I'm trying to find the best words to motivate visitors to comment on my website (IT based blog/portal). Commenting rate is ~ 0.1% (1 comment per 1000 visitors). This is the default one (for Drupal): ...
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Limited threaded system for comments?

What do you think about offering on a general news website a reply functionality on comments only for the first level? Post comments will be shown in chronological order (descending) while replies ...
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Is there any good reason to enforce a maximum length for comments?

This is sort of the antithesis to this question. A lot of websites - including the Stack Exchanges - will only allow commenting up to a certain length. It tends to sit between 300 and 600 ...
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What is the goal of Soundcloud's comment feature from UX point of view?

The way Soundcloud is using the comment feature is brillant and interesting but well, I find it so hard to use. Comments are displayed all over the song, they are hard to hover and without it you ...
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Hierarchical/flat comment system

I'm trying to design comment system for my reddit-like site. I like hierarchical comments because you can sort them to quickly get the best comments for large threads. Unfortunately with ...
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Making voted discussion replies stand out instead of sorting them in order to avoid breaking chronological order

Basically, I want to build an interface that Doesn't interfere with chronological discussion Simple Doesn't require the user to click a link which changes the order of the replies. Doesn't have ...
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Should the comments/discussion slide-in from the side?

I'm implementing something similar to source control (like GitHub for flow charts) where users will have a list of changes that can be submitted. On this review page they can click on a change to see ...
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Adding comments to a list of items, is there an elegant solution?

I've been looking through the forums and haven't had much luck. I have kind of a weird dilemma, I hope someone can help. I have a list of items (like a list of favorite movies) each item has buttons ...
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Why would some high profile blog not allow commenting? [closed]

Comments have been an important part from the evolution of blog. But I can see some blogs like http://www.lukew.com not allowing comments at all. It surely hurts the user experience for genuine ...
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Comment Box above or below ?

I am creating a commenting block on my website. I just want to know which is the better way to put the comment box above the list of comments or below it ? Show i place the Comments above or below ...
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Using competitor solution and their comments for redesigning a UX proposal

I would like to get your opinion about a way that I recently used for UX proposal. I still do not know if that was the right way but the budget was so tight. What did i do? The business was about ...
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Why do websites that are otherwise designed well have over half their vertical page space taken up by comments?

In websites that have blog posts, if I look at the right scrollbar to get an idea of how long the post is, it is often deceptive since a massive amount of space on the site is taken up by comments. ...
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On a feed of articles - should I allow inline commenting or only in the article page?

The feed offers articles written by the site bloggers. I have a dilemma between these two options: Enable commenting from the feed (Facebook style). This would probably generate more comments, but ...
3
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176 views

Comment section overload?

I absolutely love Smashing Magazine for the brilliant articles and helpful advice. But one thing that I have noticed about their articles is that they keep all the comments on one page (same page as ...
3
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The best way to implement threaded web discussions on small screen

Perhaps we have great website with articles, news etc. As we all know, people love to comment things so much, quoting each other, starting dialogs and discussions in comments section. Anyway in the ...
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4answers
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Is there a better way rather than forcing a double sign-in? Inspired by Youtube commenting by Google plus

This is an awkward question, combined with a irritated observation. Please forgive the irritated tone. I am very frustrated by the repeated messages I get on YouTube if I want to do as little as ...
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3answers
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Why do you have to enter your e-mail when commenting a blog post?

Why do you (usually) need to enter your e-mail adress when commenting a blog post? I guess it's for some kind of spam-protection but if the system doesn't need it - is it ok to skip that input field ...
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3answers
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what do you think about that comment delete screen UX/UI?

we have an android app that lets you share thoughts with friends without revealing who you are. It's in developing processes now! I designed comments delete screen, but I'm not sure it's good for UX. ...
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“Public”, “Private”, and “Private to” Comments

So, I have been tasked with developing a comment system on an existing document reader on both tablet and desktop. A requirement is that I use the "Comment" structure for all types of annotations on ...
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2answers
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Indicate mixed good and bad rating

I have an app that allows users to self-evaluate decisions. At the most basic level, events will be marked positively and/or negatively indicating whether the decisions were good or bad. For ...
2
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1answer
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Does adding comments to photos really add to the user-experience?

I'm putting together an app where users can upload photos of dishes from the restaurants they visit. Right now I'm debating on whether or not to include the ability to comment. What I'm trying to ...
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Effect of an image avatar on user's work with comments

I am searching for some study about what is an effect of avatar images in discussion. It is definitely true, that comment with avatar image is better for user's recognition and orientation inside many ...
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Handling large lists of comments on multiple items within a page

I have a site that includes lists of 25 items, each one of which has its own comments block, and each comment can be linked to directly, in which case the page is loaded, scrolled to that comment. ...
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Is the comment area of a news story a distraction to the user?

i mean, include a area to comments in a news can make the reader forget the read content? as you know, Comment areas are full of conversations fleeing subject, hate speech,trolls and much more, so, it ...
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Managing Facebook comments with unregistered users

I have a website at Flickwit. The website has the option to login by email registration or Facebook Connect. The issue that I have is that if users are already logged into Facebook in a previous ...
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Is there an alternative to the standard comment stream below blog posts?

We have seen it a million times, the standard comment stream below the blog post / article. But there are alternative options out there. I'm thinking soundcloud ...
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2answers
130 views

How to show comment at top level, without using a popup?

If user clicks on add comment, what are other options to show 'comment area' (no popup).
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How does the YouTube 2014 voting system work? [closed]

As of this post, YouTube users on the site to upvote/downvote comments below videos. What confuses me is that the # of upvotes are visible while downvotes aren't ever visible. What advantage does it ...
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What approaches to online commenting best promote high-value discussions and content?

Anyone who's read a news article online... ever... can see that old-style commenting ( ie: Enter your name, email address, and website (optional) ) is broken. StackOverflow's reputation model, and ...
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Should I use a close button or use toggle for a button?

I have a mobile website, which shows entries by a user. The entries' style is similar to that of twitter entries or facebook entries. So along with each entries, if the user had entered some comments, ...
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1answer
735 views

Comments Design Patterns or Best Practices?

Are there any resources online that discuss best practices for comments/threaded discussion systems? I'm wondering if there has been any consensus on issues like comment edit windows, deleting ...
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Would emailing everyone who used our commenting system (over the last year) about a change be intrusive?

My company's news site is relaunching, and as part of this we are replacing our old commenting platform with Disqus. The team came up with the idea to email everyone who used the old platform to give ...
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Encourage users to add comments to questions. Is it good UX to show a toggle button or is there a better way?

I want to encourage users to add comments but all the questions show up on one page so having all the comment boxes visible takes up too much vertical space. Is it good UX to show them on clicking a ...