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Friend or Follow is a serious design choice where you need to look at your app objective to see what task the app is supposed to do. It is possible to use friend only, follow only or both. Which design to implement depends on strategy of the app. Friend usually need to be accepted by both parties to be acknowledged. It’s expected to be more private and ...


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I would go with open. Writers might get discouraged, because anonymous reading means, lesser chance of getting feedback/comments. Having a high readership with no comments is pretty discouraging. Less chance of getting feedback only when seen in relation. Really interested people might register anyway. I also don't see why having a high readership ...


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I'd definitely go with open. The cons you bring up for it are assumptious/design choices. Many sites will also let unregistered users comment on posts by filling in a CAPTCHA. That said you could always add some locked sections to provide a bit more incentive for users to register if they find themselves returning to your site. Semi-open ;)


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When considering such platforms, the question is whether the users of those platforms are representative of your target users. If they are representative, then it is worthwhile. If they are not representative, but if they are vocal and can garner attention, it might be worthwhile for you to engage with them to some extent. If they are not representative ...


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I agree this is a tricky one, there's no easy way around it. One of the more popular comment services these days is Disqus - their comments are responsive. It's not perfect, really only handles up to about four levels of indentation. Example. The other option, if you think you are going to get more and more levels of replies like this would be to just ...



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