Loomio
Mon 23 Dec 2013

move comments to another discussion

CT
Chris Taklis Public Seen by 366

I think i found a problem here today. we get out of a topic on one discussion and we started in one discussion to talk about 2 different things.

it was very strange, to can't move these comments to another discussion which the dialogue could continue better and on the subject.

Is it on the plan to do something like this?

MB

Matthew Bartlett Mon 23 Dec 2013

Would you imagine the moved comments disappearing from the original discussion?

JG

John Graham Mon 23 Dec 2013

Hi @christaklis ,

One thing to try is 'linking' to specific comments.

So if I want to bring Jon Lemmon's comment on group intelligence into this discussion, I can.

(I got the URL for that link from the '2 days ago' marker on the comment)

Instructions on adding hyperlinks to a comment are included in the Markdown help document

CT

Chris Taklis Tue 24 Dec 2013

@johngraham i know that...

But think to talk for example here on this discussion for moving comments and comes anyone and says about "ideas" feature here...

it is ok if it is one or two comments but if there are more, everyone is confused by reading these comments, and you can't expect always to other people to go to the right discussion and said it there again so you can remove the wrong-discussion comments later from this discussion.

NM

Neil Morris Fri 3 Jan 2014

The ability to move and copy comments would be useful.

DS

Danyl Strype Sun 9 Aug 2015

This is something we have discussed before, in a now ancient discussion on forking topics (seems like only yesterday!).

Ultimately, this is about making Loomio (even) more user-friendly for new users. Experienced users get used to the 'one topic per discussion' approach, and learn to start a new discussion when they want to go off on a tangent, as well as learning tricks like the one @johngraham shared. Whereas new users often have no idea where their comment is supposed to go, and will enter it wherever they see a comment box, regardless of whether its relevant to that discussion or not.

Here is an example. New user has started a new discussion in an 'Introduce Yourself' space. I want to be welcoming to this new user, but I also want to reserve that discussion for its intended purpose; introduction. It would be great if I (as coordinator) could 'move' the new users comment, so it would disappear from the discussion its not relevant to, and become the first comment (or the context?) of a new discussion, as I described in the 'forking topics' discussion.

Another use case I've noticed is where a discussion starts to divide organically into two sub-discussions, each of which needs its own discussion. In this case, one sub-discussion could continue in the existing discussion, and the comment related to the other could be 'moved' to a new discussion. This is one of the few situations where an email list has an advantage over a Loomio group. On a mailing list where the topic under discussion has drifted or forked, all someone needs to do is update the subject headings a la "going to the foo bar (was: live bands this week)" and "The Parrots playing at Rogers" (was: live bands this week).

JD

Josef Davies-Coates Thu 13 Aug 2015

http://discourse.org has this feature

JK

James Kiesel Thu 13 Aug 2015

It's certainly possible, but likely not high priority at this particular moment. I'd be happy to support a contributor in working on this feature, but it's not likely something on the near term Loomio roadmap.