Le 03/11/2018 à 18:26, Donald Stufft a écrit :
Indeed. As soon as a discussion is starting to become branchy, Discourse just ruins readability compared to a normal threaded discussion system. The electoral system discussion is an example of that: https://discuss.python.org/t/python-governance-electoral-system/290
Huh, I found the experience exactly the opposite. I was just remarking last night how glad I was that the discussion happened in discourse instead of on the mailing list, because of how poorly I felt the discussion would have gone on a mailing list. The ability to trivially multi quote alone was a drastic improvement, much less the ability to control, on a topic by topic basis, what level of notification I wanted for that topic.
The fact that you were an active participant all along in that discussion might paint the thing in brighter colours for you. But I think anyone *discovering* the discussion in its current state will have trouble making heads or tails of which subtopics were spawned, and whether/how they resolved.
Perhaps the difference is in that every mail client I’ve ever used presents mailing list threads (or any thread) as a singular flat stream anyways?
Er, really? Generally they give you an option to turn on or off threaded display. And that in itself is a huge advantage: you can change the setting at will, depending on your preference. Often you can even do so on a per-folder or per-account basis (at least with Thunderbird you do).
Discourse doesn't allow anything of that. It doesn't even *record* anything about the topical discussion flow, so it's not like a third-party tool or plugin could fix the problem, since the information is lost. You're basically forced to accept the flat discussion view, which is completely unworkable to review a long and branchy discussion.
To be honest, I find the threaded views on like hyper kitty or piper mail to be abysmal anyways :|
Hyper kitty doesn't *have* a threaded view AFAICT (or if it does, the CSS does its best to hide the threading :-)). And that's why many people like me largely prefer the pipermail format, even though there are genuine technical arguments against pipermail.