Grand High Supreme and Mighty Empress Connie (conuly) wrote in suggestions,
Grand High Supreme and Mighty Empress Connie

Change the way screened comments appear on the main journal page

Change the way screened comments appear on the main journal page

Short, concise description of the idea
It makes sense to make it so that nobody can see that an entry has screened comments other than the person who posted the entry, or the maintainer (for a community). However, the way this is done is awkward. If all comments to a post are screened, the user can see "0 comments" and (hopefully) understand this. But once one comment is unscreened, they no longer can tell if a particular entry of theirs has screened comments on it.

Full description of the idea
Because the way the system currently works can be confusing for new users, and awkward for older users, I think it should be altered. Instead of simply not counting screened comments, the system could work as follows.

To users who do not have the ability to see screened comments to a post (everyone other than the original poster or the maintainer to the community the entry was posted in), an entry with one unscreened comment and one screened comment would say, as the comment link, "One comment".

To those users who could see the screened comments, the comment link would say "one unscreened comment, one screened comment", or something similar. Maybe "two comments, one is unscreened", if that seems simpler.

An ordered list of benefits
  • New users would not be as confused. Currently, many users inadverdantly screen comments in their entries, then think their journal is broken because it always says "0 comments".
  • All users would be able to see which entries have screened comments on them, even if they aren't receiving comment emails. They would not have to check the entries to make sure comments were not being left unscreened.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Development might be a pain? I wouldn't know about that.
  • There may be a good reason the comment system works as it does, this would be affected by changing it.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • I'm not a developer. I have nothing to say here.
Tags: comment screening, comments, usability, § implemented differently
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