Loomio
December 23rd, 2013 18:56

move comments to another discussion

Chris Taklis
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?

Matthew Bartlett

Matthew Bartlett December 23rd, 2013 20:14

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

John Graham

John Graham December 23rd, 2013 20:21

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

Chris Taklis

Chris Taklis December 24th, 2013 12:29

@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.

Neil Morris

Neil Morris January 3rd, 2014 10:30

The ability to move and copy comments would be useful.

Danyl Strype

Danyl Strype August 9th, 2015 10:48

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).

Josef Davies-Coates

Josef Davies-Coates August 13th, 2015 00:00

http://discourse.org has this feature

JK

James Kiesel August 13th, 2015 08:39

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.