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We've wanted threaded comments from the beginning, and now we have them, thanks to the efforts of luap42, ArtOfCode, Moshi, and our crew of people banging on a test server.

There are a lot of screenshots in this post. Most of them are behind expanders.

A post can have any number of named comment threads, which look like this:

Each thread shows the number of comments, and threads are shown in order of recent activity, most recent first.

Click on a thread to expand it in place:

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You can collapse the thread to get it out of your way or leave it open and expand another thread. To see the whole thread or to add a comment, click the link (either at the top or the bottom). That takes you to a new page, like this:

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If you have the Curate ability you'll see a Tools link on the thread:

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The tools are:

• Rename: edit the short description that shows under the post

• Lock: temporarily prevent new comments for a number of days that you specify

• Archive: lock the thread and show it as archived on the post list; meant for threads that are valuable for historical reasons but are done now

• Delete: lock and delete the thread; it remains visible to those with the Curate ability

Moderators have one more tool: they can see the list of people who are following a thread.

You can ping other participants in the thread (or the post author), as you can today, and there is now auto-complete -- type at least the first three characters of a name and matches are shown. Click on the one you want.

You can create a new thread using the "start a new comment thread" button under the list of threads on the post. You'll be invited to type a comment and provide a name:

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## Flags

Update: You can now flag individual comments. We don't have baked-in flag reasons yet; type something into the textbox. We want to see what natural clusters of flag reasons emerge before building out more options. (Somewhere Else, we sometimes saw people be confused about which reason to use, so let's go back to basics: talk to us about what's wrong.)

This part is experimental: One of the flag options on a post is "needs author's attention". If you choose that flag, what you type goes into the special "Post Feedback" thread instead of flagging the moderators. The idea is to collect the "please fix this" comments in one place for easier review (without interspersed discussions among other people), but we don't know if that's actually valuable -- maybe people should just leave comments. (We do want something like that for close votes, because we'll have a special place in the UI for closer-vote feedback. But that's not the same as flags.) Please give us feedback on this.

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While taking that screenshot I noticed we're currently showing duplicate flags on answers. Sorry 'bout that; please ignore.

## Next steps

The comment reworking has been blocking several other issues, which either we've done as part of this update or we'll be able to do now. We'll let you know as more updates come.

Please let us know if you run into any problems or have suggestions. We know this is a big change, we don't assume we addressed everyone's needs, and we want to hear your feedback and enhancement requests so we can continue to improve. Feel free to use answers here.

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Now that space is less of an issue, could we revisit comment limitations?
Moshi‭ wrote over 1 year ago:

Now that space is less of an issue, could we revisit comment limitations? I'm reminded of some of my older suggestions about allowing paragraphs and blockquotes in comments. One of the main concerns on the latter suggestion was that it would take up too much space, but now that threads have their own pages, I feel like it's less of an issue.

Moshi‭ wrote over 1 year ago:

Also, I think there was some suggestion somewhere about increasing the character limit for comments, though I can't find it at the moment. I also think it'd be nice if the limit was raised though, since I've seen a lot of (1/2), (2/2) style comments recently. I myself have run into it quite often, though I usually end up splitting the paragraph in two and posting them separately instead.

ArtOfCode‭ wrote about 1 year ago:
console.log(here's a test);
console.log('of multiline code');


also some

paragraphs

and a blockquote

Moshi‭ wrote about 1 year ago:

ArtOfCode‭ Thanks! Could you set those two posts to status-completed?