Comment Depth

One of the changes I made early on in my blog is I allowed deep comment nesting. What’s comment nesting? Glad you asked. The following is the default comment nesting:

Comment
Reply
Reply to the reply
Reply to the reply to the reply
Reply to the reply to the reply to the reply
Another reply to the reply
Reply to the reply to the reply to the reply to the reply

This allows only two levels of indent (3 comment nesting) so subsequent replies on a thread are all on the same level regardless of who is commenting to which comment. I allowed replies to indent up to 5 times (6 comment depth) so in the above example, each comment would be indented slightly more than the comment it is replying to, like so:

Comment
Reply
Reply to the reply
Reply to the reply to the reply
Reply to the reply to the reply to the reply
Reply to the reply to the reply to the reply reply    Another reply to the reply

*Edit: Blockquote isn’t behaving properly, at least not in my browser. Hmm…. It appears to be the editor deleting my whitespace.

I think this makes conversations a little easier to follow, at least for relatively short conversations.

I’m not sure what the maximum is, but 6 seemed like a good compromise at the time between easy to read/display threads and easy to follow threads. With widescreen monitors, you could possibly go 8 or even ten levels deep, but this makes it progressively harder to follow threads as each comment takes up more vertical space.

So what do you think? Is 6 about right or should I increase/decrease the number of levels? By the way, the setting is on your dashboard under Settings->Discussion Settings->Other Comment Settings. Play around and see what you prefer on your blogs with your themes.

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About Anonyman

Recovering adulterer and husband of an awesome wife who has given me a second chance. Sinner and Christian, saved by grace alone. I cuss a lot
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4 Responses to Comment Depth

  1. chely5150 says:

    That’s pretty cool! I think six is a reasonable number. I look forward to trying it out.

    Like

  2. I wish I could nest more comments, but because of my blog template if I do that the comments appear as one word per line.

    Like
    this
    and
    it
    is
    hard
    to
    read…

    Maybe I need a new template! lol

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