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Hi guys! We have a new experimental feature that is something a lot of people have been asking for: collapsed comment thread expansion!

This feature is in testing stages, which means that it's still in active development. It was created by our friends over at LJ in Moscow, and we'd love your feedback on it. Here's what you should know:

  1. It's currently only available on entry pages using the Expressive, Expressive Winter, or Mixit S2 layouts. We do plan to expand it to other layouts (and the unstyled, site schemed entry page) once the kinks have been worked out. We also plan to make it available for use in custom layouts.
  2. Paid users can use the feature on any journal using one of these layouts. Additionally, a user of any account level can use the feature on a Paid journal using one of these layouts. So it works if either the viewer or the journal being viewed is a Paid account.
  3. To expand a thread, click the link labeled "Expand" next to comments in collapsed threads. This will expand that comment and all comments under it in the thread so that you can read these comments without going to a separate page.
  4. There is a known issue that causes the "Expand" links to not work when viewing a journal with the ?style=mine argument (it will show the loading wheel forever and not expand anything). We hope to have this fixed by next week.
Again, we'd love your feedback on this feature. Let us know if you run into bugs and if you have any suggestions for how it should work. Thanks! :)
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[User Picture]From: yep_i_am_dennis
2007-12-13 04:05 am (UTC)
Ooooh. About time.
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[User Picture]From: betweenclark
2007-12-13 04:05 am (UTC)
Oh, that will be very handy - thanks!
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[User Picture]From: kayt_arminta
2007-12-13 04:05 am (UTC)
Nifty. Thanks!

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[User Picture]From: minthoney
2007-12-13 04:05 am (UTC)
meow?
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[User Picture]From: kiaharii
2007-12-13 04:05 am (UTC)
Thank goodness, and thank you.

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[User Picture]From: nathanielapollo
2007-12-13 04:06 am (UTC)
apocolypses!(?)
will there be bitching about this?

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[User Picture]From: kayt_arminta
2007-12-13 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm just rather surprised no one has pranced in screaming fiiiiiiiiiiiiirst yet.
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[User Picture]From: rhetoricians
2007-12-13 04:07 am (UTC)
Wonderful. :) Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: alivicwil
2007-12-13 04:08 am (UTC)
champion!
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[User Picture]From: 7rin
2007-12-13 08:48 am (UTC)
The Wonder Horse?
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[User Picture]From: somedaygirl
2007-12-13 04:08 am (UTC)
YES!!!!
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[User Picture]From: beeblebabe
2007-12-13 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I've wanted this forever! This'll be cool! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: bandicoot
2007-12-13 04:09 am (UTC)
Since I'd only be using that feature with the standard Horizon read comment scheme with &style=mine, I guess I'll have to wait awhile ;/
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[User Picture]From: tortoises
2007-12-13 04:14 am (UTC)
Ditto, except I'm still using XColibur.
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From: ankhutenshi
2007-12-13 04:09 am (UTC)
I always went to disable the customized comment pages because I thought they were ugly and dysfunctional as crap. So, I'm looking forward to seeing this feature put into place for default views, although I would have thought that'd be easier to implement than restrict it to a few specific layouts.
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[User Picture]From: robynz
2007-12-13 07:53 am (UTC)
How do you disable customized comment pages!??!
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[User Picture]From: sakurakessho
2007-12-13 04:09 am (UTC)
Nothing new for those of us who use greasemonkey or that LJ addons firefox extension.
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[User Picture]From: atoli
2007-12-13 04:11 am (UTC)
Nope. And it's usable on ?style=mine, yaaaay.
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[User Picture]From: petitevicious
2007-12-13 04:12 am (UTC)
But not having to load a whole other page sounds fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: igz00
2007-12-13 04:12 am (UTC)
oh man I <3 this feature!
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[User Picture]From: koneko
2007-12-13 04:12 am (UTC)
Hmmm, I like this!

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[User Picture]From: mollyisacatlady
2007-12-13 04:37 am (UTC)
Fancy seeing you here!
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[User Picture]From: resplendentposy
2007-12-13 04:12 am (UTC)
Ooh, wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: flamingtoilet
2007-12-13 04:21 am (UTC)
Yes, basically, but it's something that we've been asking LJ for for a while now. Especially nice for those of us who, for one reason or another, don't use Firefox.
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From: ceceil_felias
2007-12-13 04:14 am (UTC)
Hopefully it will be optional?
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[User Picture]From: kayt_arminta
2007-12-13 04:23 am (UTC)
Optional, as in you don't have to click it if you don't want to. I'm not sure what you mean? (and no, not LJ anything, just curious about your question)
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[User Picture]From: snowgrouse
2007-12-13 04:14 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see that on other layouts, too. Is there an option to just expand all the comments on a post rather than just individual threads? That's what I usually want to do.
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[User Picture]From: details15
2007-12-13 01:35 pm (UTC)
Ditto. As much as this is helpful, it's still tantamount to clicking on "thread" for every collapsed comment. It does save the hassle of multiple tabs/windows, but it's still annoying. I would like to have the option to expand all comments, always. I tried the greasemonkey thing and it never worked for me, so it would be great if LJ did this.
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[User Picture]From: cajunsweets
2007-12-13 04:15 am (UTC)
haven't used this feature yet, but I am very excited to hear about it. It was so annoying to read comments on a popular post
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[User Picture]From: gynophobia
2007-12-13 04:15 am (UTC)
Rawr, what about Flexible Squares?
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[User Picture]From: articulation
2007-12-13 04:18 am (UTC)
I really like it in theory. I'm excited to see how it works out.
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[User Picture]From: atypia
2007-12-13 05:40 am (UTC)
Check out this person's entry, they have the style and you can see what Expanding is like :)
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[User Picture]From: pyrop
2007-12-13 04:18 am (UTC)
Cool. Can we have a link to a comments page that demonstrates this feature? As someone mentioned, there are Firefox addons that do this, but this is probably something that can be done better on the server side. (unlike Snap.)
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[User Picture]From: flamingtoilet
2007-12-13 04:23 am (UTC)
Someone posted this on the releases community, so I'm sure they won't mind it posted here as well.

http://afuna.livejournal.com/256064.html
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