[jdev] Clock system to fallow discussion

Trejkaz trejkaz at trypticon.org
Mon Sep 5 00:02:28 CDT 2005

Quoting Alexey Nezhdanov <snake at penza-gsm.ru>:
>> There is a feature I would really like to see in jabber, it's a "clock
>> system" to specify to which message you reply to. This system has been
>> used succesfully for years in tribune like
>> http://linuxfr.org/board/ (you need to register to post, but you can
>> see how it work without posting)
>> or http://l.leguyader.free.fr/board/ (this one is mine, no need to
>> register to use, but don't use it to much, it's a little one)
> I have looked for both sites but didn't understand how it wors. Why you need
> two timestamps?

The first timestamp is the time of the message itself.  The second 
timestamp is
the time of the message which is being responded to.  This way you get a kind
of threading.

FWIW, it would be better to use message IDs than timestamps.  Those demos
highlight the problem reasonably well: when you have multiple messages at the
same time and someone replies to one message, you can't tell which 
message they
replied to.  Switch to message IDs, and come up with some extension 
element, and
this would work *in theory*.

In practice, most users wouldn't bother marking which message they're replying
to, so it would all fall down in a giant heap.


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