4 votes

Visually distinguish the OP in the comments of a post

Pretty much the title. For me, at least, it helps me understand the flow of the conversation much better.

21 comments

  1. [21]
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    Doesn't this already exist? At least for me, I see (OP) suffixed to comment handles in threads that they've created. Or did you mean color the comments differently?

    Doesn't this already exist? At least for me, I see (OP) suffixed to comment handles in threads that they've created. Or did you mean color the comments differently?

    11 votes
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      Oh crap! I see it now. However, I think it would stand out better if the (OP) were colored.

      Oh crap! I see it now. However, I think it would stand out better if the (OP) were colored.

      3 votes
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        OP's also get a white-left hand border on their comments too. I don't think colouring the text "OP" is gonna' help much more!

        OP's also get a white-left hand border on their comments too. I don't think colouring the text "OP" is gonna' help much more!

        4 votes
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          I use a dark theme so I don't see what you are describing.

          I use a dark theme so I don't see what you are describing.

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            Sorry, I should be theme agnostic: all themes have a left-hand border visual indicator for the OP. For example, in the black theme, the border-colour for OP is white. In the white theme, it is...

            Sorry, I should be theme agnostic: all themes have a left-hand border visual indicator for the OP. For example, in the black theme, the border-colour for OP is white. In the white theme, it is black. Here's an example of what I mean.

            5 votes
            1. [3]
              TheJorro
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              I'm fairly sure that white line is theme agnostic. I tried a few different Dark themes, and it's there on all of them. Interestingly, I did find the one occasion when OP is not highlighted white...

              I'm fairly sure that white line is theme agnostic. I tried a few different Dark themes, and it's there on all of them.

              Interestingly, I did find the one occasion when OP is not highlighted white that way: when it's a new comment, along with other new comments.

              3 votes
              1. emdash
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                Yeah I'm not sure about order of precedence here. Exemplary overrides a lot of the border colors, including OP, for example.

                Yeah I'm not sure about order of precedence here. Exemplary overrides a lot of the border colors, including OP, for example.

                3 votes
              2. Algernon_Asimov
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                It's a black line in the light themes like the Solarized Light I'm using.

                I'm fairly sure that white line is theme agnostic.

                It's a black line in the light themes like the Solarized Light I'm using.

                1 vote
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              Honestly, I don't visually get it when it comes to those left-hand border thingies. I'm still confused about how they're supposed to help with labeling comments. Intellectually, I understand how...

              Honestly, I don't visually get it when it comes to those left-hand border thingies. I'm still confused about how they're supposed to help with labeling comments. Intellectually, I understand how this is supposed to work and most of the time I find myself going back to the Tildes docs to look up what the label colors represent. From a UI standpoint I shouldn't have to do so and I should get it every time.

              1 vote
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                You know what? I do agree with you. I think the way Ars Technica approaches this problem with comment labels is definitely better—especially because it removes the issue where you can really only...

                You know what? I do agree with you. I think the way Ars Technica approaches this problem with comment labels is definitely better—especially because it removes the issue where you can really only display a single type of highlight with a border.

                You'd have to come up with another term instead of "comment labels" though, maybe comment lapels :P.

                4 votes
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                  Ars Technica nailed it! Why can't something like this be implemented here? @cfabbro @Bauke What do you two think?

                  Ars Technica nailed it! Why can't something like this be implemented here? @cfabbro @Bauke What do you two think?

                  1 vote
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                    Bauke
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                    Deimos has been in the process of reworking comments so that might come with UI changes too. Something to keep in mind. As for the Ars Technica design, I'd have to see it in context before I can...

                    Deimos has been in the process of reworking comments so that might come with UI changes too. Something to keep in mind.

                    As for the Ars Technica design, I'd have to see it in context before I can form an opinion on it. The screenshot doesn't show enough of the surrounding area for it to make sense to me. Our comment header is already cramped on mobile and adding a label like that certainly wouldn't help in that regard.

                    5 votes
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                      Thanks for the feedback.

                      Thanks for the feedback.

                      2 votes
                  2. [5]
                    cfabbro
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                    I don't see any reason why that method of comment distinction couldn't be implemented here from a technical perspective... but I personally think the way Ars does it is pretty gaudy and would add...

                    I don't see any reason why that method of comment distinction couldn't be implemented here from a technical perspective... but I personally think the way Ars does it is pretty gaudy and would add far more visual clutter to the site, which is especially problematic on mobile where space is at a premium (as Bauke pointed out).

                    I also haven't ever had any problems with the way it currently works on Tildes, and actually find it to be pretty easy to recognize all the various comment distinctions. IMO the left border is also especially convenient for quickly finding particular types of comments while scrolling down. So given that, I don't personally see the need for anything to change here in that regard... However, if others feel similar to yourself and are also struggling with the current system, it might be worth taking a look at alternatives, which I certainly wouldn't be opposed to.

                    2 votes
                    1. suspended
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                      Thanks for the feedback!

                      Thanks for the feedback!

                      1 vote
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                      Sand
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                      What I don't like about the current system is the colors. Blue, black and purple look too similar.

                      What I don't like about the current system is the colors. Blue, black and purple look too similar.

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                        cfabbro
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                        On the two themes I use they're all pretty visually distinct IMO: white theme = orange (#e66b00) for new, yellow (#ffd700) for selected, black for OP, purple (#551a8b) for own comment, and blue...

                        On the two themes I use they're all pretty visually distinct IMO:

                        white theme = orange (#e66b00) for new, yellow (#ffd700) for selected, black for OP, purple (#551a8b) for own comment, and blue (#1460aa) for exemplary

                        dracula = orange (#ffb86c) for new, yellow (#f1fa8c) for selected, white for OP, light purple (#bd93f9) for own comment, and light blue (#8be9fd) for exemplary

                        (I also use Baukula on Desktop, where the colours are even more distinct)

                        But if they're too close on some of the themes for you, let me know which ones, and I can make a Gitlab issue to investigate changing them.

                        1. Sand
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                          On white theme I think own comment's purple looks too similar to both exemplary's blue and OP's black, at least at first glance. I tend to confuse them, but maybe that's just me.

                          On white theme I think own comment's purple looks too similar to both exemplary's blue and OP's black, at least at first glance. I tend to confuse them, but maybe that's just me.

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        Kuromantis
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        :l So delete the post then?

        :l

        So delete the post then?

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          I think I'd like it to remain and, possibly, get some feedback about it being colored to stand out more.

          I think I'd like it to remain and, possibly, get some feedback about it being colored to stand out more.

          5 votes