TED Conversations

Simon Tovey

Game Programmer, Sumo Digital

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TED Conversations structure should be re-thought to produce better organised conversations.

TED Conversations' nesting structure allows only 3 levels. This means that a sub conversation that would naturally continue past this becomes fragmented as people reply to earlier posts in the thread but actually reply to the 3 deep nested post.
I'm sure there are some small changes that would improve things.
Obviously if no-one else finds this a problem worth addressing please say so.

My 2 suggestions are:
- Allow deeper or unlimited nesting with optional collapsing of each branch of the conversation. This may have been rejected when designing the current system to stop sub conversations overtaking the main point of an conversation. Though this seems to happen anyway.

- Allow replies to a users own posts. This wouldn't change things much but would allow things to stay slightly neater as 3 deep nested conversations would be able to continue in a sequential fashion rather than plonking their posts on earlier or later posts higher up the tree.

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    Jul 2 2011: Yea I like the idea of a collapsible conversation branch to keep things tidy, and unlimited nesting.

    You really should try voicing your concerns with TED itself if you really want something done about it.
    http://www.ted.com/contact
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      Jul 4 2011: Cheers Dan,
      Ye once this conversation closes I probably will send a link to the admins about it. Assuming the feedback is still posiitve.

      Thought it best to test the opinions of the community first.

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