First, I want to say I think hubpages has made a lot of positive improvements to the comments features and has allowed hubbers to manage comments more easily now that we can approve and reply to all comments from our accounts page.
The one change to this feature I would like to see is ensuring our replies to comments directly follow the comment we are replying to- perhaps even indent the reply more to indicate it is a reply. When I review the comments section of my hubs, it looks very confusing to viewers to see the comments listed in a different order.
Users have been asking for this feature for years (literally) and there's been no change, so don't hold your breath for this one. Admin doesn't seem to think it's important at all.
I remember way back in the dust-bowl years of '35 when this feature was first requested. Visitors passing through would scrawl their names in the sand, only to have them wiped out moments later with little or no notice. I tried it once, but I still don't know if little Timmy ever made it back to California or if he ultimately ended up in another well of random text.
Since those early days, those who call themselves hubbers, or hubbettes, to be politically correct, have begged - no - pleaded, for this type of communication enhancement. Still, those pleas have remained unanswered. While other stops along the information railroad have realized the importance of this dream, the little town of HP still falters behind an old mule.
Maybe, just maybe, one day, our voices will be heard.
I came along in '36 and found the sand had been all blown over. I couldn't quite make out what had been scrawled in it, so thank you all for bringing clarity.
I will go wash my hands, brush the sand out of my clothes, and go put some requirements together for our developers. I think it's a great suggestion to indent author replies next to the original comment.
Thank you MickiS! I think it is great you guys take the time to take suggestions from hubbers and make changes when you can.
Ahh... the summer of '36, that was a good year. That was the year I got my first kiss. There I was, standing by the windswept dunes when this old shabby-haired man came sliding in on his deep purple dune buggy, a cloud of dirt and sand at his back. As he ran his nubby fingers over his cracked goggles I knew it would be a day I would never forget. He said he had been here the year before and written his name in the sand like so many others, but not a trace of it could be found. I told him that I remembered it, but that it had been lost in the great dust bowl of '35. I knew by his sad smile that he was disappointed. He merely shook his head and said he must be on his way. Before he left, he tossed me a small package, as if saying "Thanks for remembering me". As he drove off, I looked down at the silver-wrapped bundle and smiled. I saved that chocolate bundle for better days, knowing that at some point in the distant future, our voices would be heard.
Micki, thanks for helping out here! ..and for entertaining my whimsical expressions! We appreciate all that you do!
Any update on this suggested change to make our replies to comments within hubs directly follow the comment we are replying to? I would love if the comments that follow my hubs are in the same format as this forum. I receive some great comments and conversation is lost because the random order of comments.
I agree, I think that's a fantastic idea. It makes sense because the forums are set up that way (when its threaded, but even if it's chronological the original post is repeated in the reply) and the Q&A section is set up like that. It would only make sense and make the site more cohesive to do the same to the comments. Plus it would make it much easier to reply and follow conversations!
I agree, Daughter of Maat, and one of our core development philosophies over the next year is to make the site more consistent throughout.
This one is just a little trickier and more complicated on our backend as Commments in Hubs is different code than forums, so we have to build the threading from scratch.
Like politics, I guess, site development is all a matter of setting priorities and deciding where this one falls relative to other needs and suggestions.
That makes sense, it would be harder to set up comment sections similar to a forum. But if HP does decide to go with it, I think it would be a huge benefit for everyone involved. Well worth the effort. I think new readers would probably enjoy reading the comments section more if it was stacked in a similar fashion to forums which would make them more likely to reach the bottom of the page and hopefully click the ads. More user friendly I guess.
Kudos to HP for the current design, while I think it still has some bugs, andmay need a little tweaking, overall it's a sleek layout.
I would love to see a feature like this. By the time I comment, sometimes my words are so far down from the comment I answered, it doesn't make any sense. I understand these changes may not be easy though.
by John Hansen2 years ago
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by Liz Elias6 hours ago
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by Clive Williams21 months ago
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by Andrew8 years ago
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by earnestshub7 years ago
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by Sherri6 years ago
I'm sure there are many reasons for and against responding to comments left by your readers. What do you think?
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