Comment system updates

We’ve been working hard on this one and finally made a tiny bit of progress.

You will find that comments are now nested.  We can see there are some slight visual issues, but we’re working on it. Please be patient with us.
Another edition you will find is the “report” button. If you find comments offensive, click that button to let us know.

Again, we’re still working through this and have a decent list of quirks that need worked out but it seems to be mostly functional.


  1. CyberKing says:

    so how many comments can be nestled?
    lets find out

  2. Addidis says:

    awesome sauce nice turn around.

  3. SexieWASD says:

    Really impressed guys, I didn’t actually expect to see this stuff But i’m liking it so far. It needs the tweeks and polish, but this is a big improvement.

  4. Matt Anderson says:

    Hmm, is there a reason to not display the reply button on posts at the nest threshold? Even if you don’t scoot subsequent replies over you could still position them directly under the comments being responded to. As long as people quote those that they’re replying to, I wouldn’t think it would get too confusing.

  5. DanJ says:

    This may be a visual issue you’re aware of but the text entry box extends way past the right vertical line on Safari. Useable but a pain because you cannot see all the text at once.

  6. Barefoot says:

    Not sure if it’s related, but the right-side panel is now blank when viewing the individual posts. That, and just now noticed while typing this message that the text box is rather wide and causes the left-side panel to scroll left & right, without an actual scroll bar.

  7. Godd says:

    Also, none of the new features are available on my blackberry. The nesting works fine, but the reply and report options are missing.

  8. h_2_o says:

    well now that nobody is commenting on articles any more except to say “wow this is a great new had” really is nested needed?

    also the input box for txt is getting cut off in firefox so only about 1/2 the line is visible. this is on a 1920×1080 screen full screen browser so i do not think the resolution is causing this.

  9. _matt says:

    Widening the comment area could help out a bit with the nesting, even allow another level or 2. I’ve always thought one level was too narrow for me anyway.

    But neat otherwise, helps keep track of conversations instead of digging through to find @replies.

  10. Stevie says:

    Cool :)

    Another nice addition would be if the submission of the comment was all AJAXY.

    [It would be nice to be able to post a comment while a video is playing ;) Especially since most posts on HaD include a vid.

  11. gdogg says:

    There are definitely a bunch of style issues but overall I think it’s pretty sweet. Having simple JavaScript to expand/hide replies would be fantastic. I highly recommend you do something in reddit’s comment style.

  12. svofski says:

    Ah one more thing, how about the headline of a comment takes 1 line and in one colour instead of 2 lines with 2 colours? Now it’s a little bit hard to see the actual comments between headers.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:30pm svofski says:

    • edonovan says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Maybe even right justify the date and reply/report links.

      It’s already way nicer than having to search for the comment someone is replying to.

  13. kronos says:

    NICE, hey no worries guys, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK i have been following hackaday since the beginning and i love that the the green and black has never changed … things like reply and little html changes like this are excellent

  14. Bert says:

    First thoughts: nice idea.

    However, style is an issue here. The horizontal line after a post can be misleading when it is followed by nested comments. Also after that nested comment, a line is missing, so it seems to be connected to the following comment.

    Also, like svofski said, having the date on the same line as the name would be great. I personally find the Reply/Report comment buttons to be visually disturbing, as they first seem to be the same as names/dates by their color and width. Maybe you could put them aligned right next to the name and date, or at least align them right?

    Keep up the good work.

  15. Bert says:

    Oh, and also, a report button is missing for level-3 comments ;-)

  16. Chris says:

    A welcome step in the right direction!

    It may be easier said than done, but now would be a really good time to look into changing the “fixed width” format of the site so it instead uses the full width of the viewers’ browser window. That will fix the narrow deep replies, and probably also the text cutoff some people are experiencing. (I use Chrome and lose no text, but sometimes get only a sliver of an embedded Youtube video.)

  17. gcat122 says:

    Yea! Mobile site on android now shows more than 32 comments. Previously it hid the rest. Keep up the good work.

  18. Fawzi Fansa says:

    nice work guys , thank you for your effort.

  19. FractalBrain says:

    Splendid. Thanks for the work.

  20. Andy says:

    Awesome! Good job!

  21. Max says:

    And we can edit our comments? Test.

  22. Addidis says:

    ok now you guys are just showing off , i like it

  23. NAGRO says:

    And with that, Hackaday jumped the shark! :D

  24. Steve-O-Rama says:

    BIG step in the awesome direction, HaD!! :)

  25. Alex says:

    Perhaps the site could be made a bit wider to fit the new style? Things are getting awfully squished.

  26. ..and if you change your user agent string to include “troll”, then there’s also a “sucks” button, and a “this is not a hack” as well as “where’s the arduino?”, “what? no build details?” and a handy “the write-up didn’t include any source code”.

  27. Matt says:

    I’m very excited to see the finished product after all the kinks and minor tweaks are worked out.
    This is huge for having comprehensible discussions.
    Way to go HaD!

  28. Drake says:


    Ohh strong and strike through with notify followups!

  29. RoboGuy says:

    Has the exact date/time and direct comment link always been there? That’s nice. All in all a good update!

    If I click notify of follow-up comments, will it email me only if people reply to this comment, or if someone comments on the entire post? ‘Cause it would be nice to be emailed only with direct comments.

  30. N0LKK says:

    In the end most of use will get used to the new, and it’s not going to matter. Any because of the new system, we may not read anything from who cant cope, great. :) While Hackaday can address many of their concerns, unfortunately they can address any “trolling” of other web pages that may or may not occur by Hackaday readers of what news Hackaday reports. In any event thanks for the extra efforts Hackaday.

  31. tooth says:


  32. Joe says:

    let the flame war begin! lol

  33. RoboGuy says:

    I just now noticed that after the first ~58 comments, it makes another page – you have to click a small “Newer Comments” link to see the rest.

    Was this intended? It seems undesirable…HaD comments used to just go on forever, IIRC.

  34. Frank says:

    Hey can we get a “export comment thread to forum topic” feature?

  35. cde says:


  36. jimmythecow says:

    its better guys. i like it. im glad its staying tue to the roots it once was. keeping fresh, but clean.. please.. for the love of god PLEASE!! done whore yourself out to much… keep it sexy

  37. darkore says:

    Excellent idea! A much needed upgrade IMO. Keep up the good work HaD.

  38. danman1453 says:

    I think in the original article ‘edition’ should be ‘addition.’ Other than that, I like it.

  39. t&p says:

    test: hope there is an edit button on my post

  40. t&p says:

    strange my post isn’t in order and doesn’t show up unless newer comments is clicked

  41. st2000 says:

    Other suggestions (’cause I don’t know where else to send them to HAD):

    In the forum:

    1. I swear the “view new posts” changes it’s search parameters. Sometimes it appears to look back at an entire day and sometimes you think it’s only looking back one hour.

    2. Why not add a “no responses to this post yet” button in the “search” forum web page.

    3. Lots of forums lack this one and I don’t know why. Add a status button only available to the O.P. to indicate a thread is “SOLVED” or “PROJECT FINISHED” or “THANKS FOR THE HELP”.

    4. Finally, I don’t subscribe to postings here on the front HAD page any more ’cause the follow-ups are full of noise (like this one :)). But mostly because un-subscribing is now nearly impossible! Perhaps I lost a cookie, or login credentials or it’s just broken beyond (ordinary people’s) fixing (capabilities). What ever the reason – this is your “front room” where you make “first impressions”. Could you have a look around please and see if the doggy has been doing his business in the corner or something?

    • st2000 says:

      (Let’s try this reply feature out.)

      I should say 1, 2 & 3 are about the forum and 4 is about subscribing to the comments about the HAD articles.

      ooh, and on my browser (firefox) it might be nicer to add a little space between “Reply” and “Report comments”. Or even have them on opposite sides of the comment box.

      Nice work HAD.

  42. The Steven says:

    I for one welcome our new comentary overlords!

  43. roy says:

    just realized we also need a poke button :D

  44. cde says:

    W00t. I was featured :D

  45. cde says:

    I was featured :D

  46. cde says:

    Wait, now the comments are paginated? That sucks!

  47. Squirrel says:

    Have replies hidden and expandable with javascript. An interesting idea would be to have the replies open in an overlay that would extend to the screen width. This would allow more nesting.

    Also allow there to be a separate selection for replies and follow-up comments.

  48. hopser says:

    How about putting some space between the two links “Reply” and “Report comment” for not accidentally hitting “Report comment” when someone wants to “Reply”?

  49. John says:


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