Basically, I want to build an interface that
- Doesn't interfere with chronological discussion
- Doesn't require the user to click a link which changes the order of the replies.
- Doesn't have nested replies.
- Highlights (or makes them stand out) the replies which have more votes.
I've only come out with these layouts that I mocked:
The text in the replies with more votes are darker. In the the second layout, I limited the text to two lines (so that the user don't have to scroll to much to see all the replies).
The user will have to click the 'read more' link to see the full reply. I'm not sure if this will be annoying for the user.
Does anyone have any other suggestions?
PS: There will be pagination (maybe 10 replies per page).