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I have a post and reply system. Currently when you view a post, you can see a list of its direct replies in a vertical scroller. You then click on a reply to see replies to that. I might call this "breadth" display. However, I have some users complaining that they'd prefer to follow comment threads through replies, i.e. "depth" display. The issue I have is, reply chains follow a tree structure, and it is not easy to decide how to show all these threads at the same time.

My question is: Is there a good or recommended way to display a comment tree? There are similar solutions online, such as Reddit's way of rendering, but most people I've talked to don't find that very intuitive either.

marked as duplicate by Mayo, JohnGB website-design Feb 25 '16 at 15:58

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There's a useful overview, including pros-and-cons, of various types of conversation threading here;


which might be useful. Based on the research done, the decision was made to use the Teased, Capped, Threaded format;

teased, capped, threaded message format

Hope this helps :)

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