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New feature: comments by topic authors are identified! Answered

As part of the Answers Release, it looks like a new minor feature has been deployed. All comments from the author of a Forum topic are identified with a little "(author)" next to their username. The same is true for comments to Instructables. Very useful!

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munchman
munchman

12 years ago

I just noticed this today. Really good idea. So much better than scrolling back up to check

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

12 years ago

The (author) is a little clunky. So, we're open to suggestions for identifying the author's comments that are easily understood by someone who is visiting the site for the first time, but don't take up much real estate.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

I like your solution, Eric. The highlighting will take care of people who like Zach's scripts, while the textual "(author)" maintains clarity and accessibility.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 12 years ago

How about do both? Still have the (author) but have their name in Blue or a yellow background on all of their comment's "DIV"'s?

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 12 years ago

Implimented!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

How about just making their name show up blue or something?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

How would someone understand this convention on their first visit?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. As long as it doesn't confuse them, I don't see it as a big deal. It is not a feature that is required to navigate the site. New users may not be able to figure out why certain posts are highlighted, but it shouldn't affect their experience.

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

Reply 12 years ago

I think its not that hard to find out mainly because a lot of sites use a similar thing to this for some reason, I mainly see yellow... if its really a big deal, its nothing an faq couldn't fix

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

I tend to agree with Eric on this one. Lots and lots of sites, including I'bles, use their own private colors for links (instead of respecting the browser's configuration). I don't think a random user would interpret just the color as being meaningful. Clunky or not, the "(author)" identifier is clear and unambiguous. Nacho's suggestion of "backgrounding" the name (e.g., an orange box with black text) would make it more distinctive, and is less likely to be mistaken for simple "link color" artistry.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. I saw one site that changed the bgcolor of the DIV to indicate posts by the OP. Seemed to work well.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. I like the new highlighting. Not sure I would have picked pale blue, but it works.

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

Reply 12 years ago

the greasemonkey script is only for forums unless you changed it under manage user scripts i think this is only for answers

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. The author feature is implemented in forums, also. See kelseymh's replies to this (his) topic.

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

Reply 12 years ago

well in that case, you can still see it in answers

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

Yes, I noticed that the other day too, and really liked how it made things more convenient

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

I noticed this also! I like it, I don't have to scroll up to figure out who wrote a topic.