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Devac  ·  348 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski post redesign (with Tufte CSS)

I like it, especially the variant with button-like utility links. Very neat and seems like it wouldn't introduce any problems for users of text-based browsers. Which is always a plus in my book, considering.

The idea of margin note is interesting, though I think it would require meddling with the Hubski's markup engine, no? Not sure if it would work as well with comments as it does with posts.




FirebrandRoaring  ·  347 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    it would require meddling with the Hubski's markup engine, no?

It would require setting up additional markup, yes. Considering Hubski already having custom markup system (there's no other place that uses plus symbols for embolding the text), it shouldn't be a problem.

I suggest something simple using parentheses. For example,

    (! comment to be displayed as margin note)

    (1 comment to be displayed as sidenote, enumerated automatically)

    Not sure if it would work as well with comments as it does with posts.

Good point.

Preliminary thinking says the comments could have inline note in separate paragraphs aligned the opposite of the main text (to the right if you're anywhere other than the Arab or Israeli states). Also possible to shorten the comments themselves to, let's say, 400px (which is me eyeballing it to be 50 to 60 symbols at current font size, giving it the optimal reading performance), which would give sidenotes and margin notes some space.

Devac  ·  347 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Preliminary thinking says…

Look at this thread:

Scroll down. Things like that don't happen often but are a consequence of lack of Reddit's "show more comments" stopper on comment trees. I'm not saying that your proposal or line of thinking is wrong – in fact, it sounds like a good idea – but this is a kind of edge case that needs to be taken into account. Either by throttling the length of comment trees or some designer magic.

I want to stress that those are only nit-picks. It's a very good style. Readable and IMO feeling appropriate for the site. Unfortunately, the only way for me to help is to break it. ;)

FirebrandRoaring  ·  347 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    the only way for me to help is to break it.

Destructive criticism is a valid strategy if used to lead to building of something better. I appreciate you pointing the details out.

I have an idea or two about how to reduce comment clutter in big comment sections. I'll see if I can make them work.