Explain me what is justice, what is right? (lady_angelina) wrote in suggestions,
Explain me what is justice, what is right?

Option to View Entries Without Displaying Comments

Option to View Entries Without Displaying Comments

Short, concise description of the idea
I would like to have the option to display an entry in its entirety (including the portion underneath an lj-cut) but without displaying the comments.

Full description of the idea
(I searched for a similar suggestion but couldn't find one, so if one does exist, my apologies for submitting this one.)

Someone actually wanting to view an entry without displaying comments? You may be wondering why anyone would want to do such a thing.

Well, for some posts that have lj-cuts (especially those in <^>news and other journals or communities that frequently get many comments), I may want to just read the full entry itself but not the thousands of comments underneath it. This may be because I'm pressed for time, and a page with many comments takes much longer to load. Or I may be viewing the entry on a mobile device, in which case an excessive number of comments may cripple my phone's functionality. Or I may want to print the entry itself but not the comments. There are probably other reasons that an option to not display comments could be useful, but those are the ones that come to mind immediately.

Please note that this would strictly be an entry-specific display _option_ that the viewer can toggle on their end. Perhaps this could be implemented as a URL argument like "?displaycomments=no" or somesuch. On the entry page, there could be a link to the URL with the argument, with the link text "Display without comments," etc. There are probably other ways to do this, but that seems to be the most obvious to me.

An ordered list of benefits
  • More flexibility in entry viewing.
  • Less time to load entries that contain numerous comments due to less overall content when this option is used.
  • Easier to load entries on mobile devices or older computers when this option is used.
  • The ability to print the full entry without the comments if the user so desires.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • As with every other suggestion, the time and trouble to code it, especially if this would require a new entry argument.
  • Some people might not like this idea, although since it would be purely optional, I'm not sure exactly why not. (Though I'm certain that you guys will fill me in. X3 It's probably something blatant that I overlooked.)
  • Someone who unintentionally clicks on the "Do not display comments" link may wonder why no comments are displaying and/or may think that commenting is disabled on the entry.
  • Uhhhh... I can't think of any more drawbacks to this right now. I think the main one is the coding issue.
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