Explanation of commenting system

This pasted text is from the Discourse New User Guide

Taking Part in Conversations


Press any composer Reply button to open the editor panel at the bottom of your browser. You can continue reading (and even search or navigate to different topics) while you compose your reply.


Discourse shows all posts in the order they are published. It does not make you chase down multiple threaded paths. However, it still gives you lots of ways to follow the context of conversations.

To reply to a specific post in a topic, clicking the grey Reply button at the end of each post and your reply is linked to that post.

  • If your reply is the next one published after the post you are replying to, this will appear next in chronological order
  • If yours is NOT next, then two things happen after your post is published:
    • Your post will include a new link in its header with an image to show what this is ‘in reply to’ - clicking this link displays that previous post for context next to your reply
    • The original post includes a count of replies at the bottom - clicking this link displays the content of the replies

I really like the comment feature here, the timeline, etc. This definitely seems like a good fit

Thanks for all the amazing hard work @julia.dakin ! (Oh, you might want to capitalise the first letters in your name!) Sorry to read (on the other test site) that it was waking you up early in the mornings! It’s a really wonderful job you’re doing and I think the benefits will be very long lived :partying_face:

Do let me know if I can help out with anything in particular…

Not sure if this has been discussed already, but I read on Google Cloud Community that the individual user can specify in preferences whether to see the conversation as threaded or linear. Just wondering if Discourse has that capability.

Sorry I don’t know about that Debbie. And, welcome to the forum!

Thanks, Justin! Glad to be here.

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Seems this is not and will likely never be a feature

Thank you for following up on that! I had forgotten this conversation.