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Expanding collapsed comment threads [Dec. 12th, 2007|08:01 pm]
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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: zonga
2007-12-13 04:34 am (UTC)
I get nothing but a runtime error:
(local)Error running style: Died in S2::run_code running EntryPage::print(): Excessive recursion detected and stopped.

It's not even with the ?style=mine argument. :(

Edited at 2007-12-13 04:37 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: janinedog
2007-12-13 04:42 am (UTC)
Can you give us the URL to the entry that this happened on?
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From: anthologie
2007-12-13 04:36 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: neviachiel
2007-12-13 04:38 am (UTC)
I approve. I could have really used this about five years ago though. What took you guys so long? Hopefully it'll get expanded to other layouts soon?
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From: flamingtoilet
2007-12-13 04:49 am (UTC)
Sounds like that's the plan- they're just testing it on Expressive layouts first.
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[User Picture]From: mollyisacatlady
2007-12-13 04:38 am (UTC)
I am... not very excited about this? Oo
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[User Picture]From: lupislune
2007-12-13 04:42 am (UTC)
Wow!!!! a useful improvement. I am amazed. Maybe the Russia is my friend.

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[User Picture]From: nz_bonjovi_gal
2007-12-13 04:47 am (UTC)
This is going to make LJ-ing easier. Looking forward to using it!
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[User Picture]From: noabsolutes
2007-12-13 04:49 am (UTC)
Oh yes yes yes
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[User Picture]From: buttercup31
2007-12-13 04:51 am (UTC)
I've been waiting for something like this!! So much time is wasted waiting for another page to load. I can't wait until this goes wide!
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[User Picture]From: rainbow_goddess
2007-12-13 04:53 am (UTC)
There are actually Firefox add-ons that can expand collapsed comment threads on LJ.
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[User Picture]From: glendaplatypus
2007-12-13 05:06 am (UTC)
LiveJournal Addons, an extension for Firefox, has this and it works great.

Still, I can't wait for this feature to come out of testing! Hopefully it can start working properly on Generator soon. :> Cheers, LJ staff!
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[User Picture]From: smelsworst
2007-12-13 05:09 am (UTC)
awesome idea!! the current way of viewing threads has always shitted me.

Edited at 2007-12-13 05:10 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: rick_day
2007-12-13 05:19 am (UTC)
we have LJ friends in Moscow?
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[User Picture]From: kellchecker
2007-12-13 05:24 am (UTC)
YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: ex_shirleyc
2007-12-13 05:25 am (UTC)
Awesome, I hope you fix the "mine" style issue soon :-)
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2007-12-13 05:26 am (UTC)
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