I was hoping to get some feedback on the current settings in the comment system. I have two questions.
Right now the system is set-up to allow nested comments up to 5 levels deep. I’m starting to question this option based on two things:
- It is easy to miss a new comment because it can appear anywhere in the comments, not at the bottom like normally expected. For example, today Kelly posted something on Gota Kola dosing, but unless you are subscribed to the comments on that post, you probably missed that comment as it is not located at the bottom of the comments.
- The more nested a comment becomes the worse it appears on a mobile device. Using the same example of Kelly’s Gota Kola dosing, the format on my phone is very difficult to read, being five levels deep.
I can turn off nesting altogether or just change the maximum nesting level to 1 or 2? But if I just change the nesting max, we will still have the problem of the comment getting lost in the middle of the comments.
2) Oldest First or Newest First
Though comments on most blogs, forums, even Facebook are usually ordered oldest to newest, I can’t help but think how nice it would be if the newest comments appeared at the top. To use the example of Kelly’s post once again, there are now 25 comments on her post. When I view this post on my phone it feels like it takes an eternity to scroll to the bottom. I fully realize how confusing this might be at first, but once we got used to it, we might really like it? I’m on the fence, what do you think?
I look forward to your feedback.