Viewing option to automatically collapse large threads
Short, concise description of the idea
I would like to have a viewing option that automatically collapses deeply-nested threads or those containing a high number of comments, displaying only the top-level comment and providing a number of total comments in the thread as well as a link to display the whole thread on a separate page.
Full description of the idea
(I checked under the tags "comment viewing" and "comment thread expansion" but couldn't find anything similar except for this: http://community.livejournal.com/suggestions/878122.html. However, it's different enough from what I am proposing.)
Many threads in popular communities, such as news, contain a high number of comments (some of which are deeply nested). These threads have the tendency to freeze or crash my browser, making it nigh impossible for me to follow discussions in some entries.
What might help resolve this (short of getting a new machine, LOL) is what I am suggesting: adding a new display option to the Viewing Options page (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/) that would automatically collapse all threads containing X number of comments, showing only the top-level comment (but not the links to the collapsed comments; the current behavior is to show the links though not the full text). The top-level comment would provide a link to display the entire thread in a separate page, while having text that says how many comments have been collapsed. Please note that I want this to be completely OPTIONAL -- I know most folks these days have computers/connections that make it conducive for them to display pages that have these gigantic threads. XD
As far as implementation goes, again, providing an additional option on the Viewing Options page. Perhaps it could say something like "Collapse all threads of more than X number of comments?" As far as the "X" number goes, this could be determined either by the developers or the users; for the latter, there could be a small text entry box that allows users to designate how many comments a thread may contain before invoking this feature. Of course, the downside to letting the users decide is that it would make coding the feature more complex.
- Easier for those with slower computers/connections to view pages containing large threads without fear of their browsers crashing.
- Possibly shorter pages and less clutter, especially for those who aren't interested in reading the larger threads.
- As always, the time and trouble to code and implement this.
- If the users get to determine how many comments may exist in a thread before being auto-collapsed, that would make coding this feature more complicated.
- Probably others I'm not thinking of at the moment.