I see it very often, especially with Linux, Libre Culture and Open Source, that one and the same is discussed in 2 or more threads. In one a consent was found, in another not, and in the third are only posted links to one of the other discussions. So I asked myself, what if a cross post would only link to the original instead of creating an own entry?

There should probably be some ability to crosspost without being a symlink, maybe as a secondary option, but this is a great idea

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I think it would make sense to keep cross-posts different threads. Different communities have different styles, norms and rules for the discussion.

However I think it would be amazing to have the option to:

  • View all comments about a URL on one page.
  • View all comments from my communities on one page.

Basically I think the underlying implementation should be kept as it currently is, but I think the UI could allow the user to visually merge these together when desired (maybe by default).

I think the main complication is that if you are viewing the merged view you need to decide which community to leave the comment on (or support cross-posting comments???) so it is a slight overhead for those who prefer to see things merged. But overall I think this would be a better solution.

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I think that would be nice, but I don’t know how feasible it would be in terms of AP. Curious to see what dessalines or nutomic say about it.

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It should work fine. Feel free to open an issue to discuss the details.

Kromonos
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Done with #2012 😊

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Nice!

That’s a great idea! I’ve often wondered about it myself. The main question is about UX and how to enable to filter/post comments by communities. Slightly exaggerated example: if there’s an article published on a conservative instance on a topic that could be of interest to a community around here, i think it makes sense to enable to merge discussions, but i think per-community discussions still make sense.

This raises the question of how to deal with this in the UI when crossposting/commenting/viewing.

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I suppose there could be options to crosspost as copy (current behaviour) or as link to the existing post (as requested here).

Yeah that makes sense, like a “Split discussions” checkbox :)

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