[Standards] Threaded chats

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Feb 8 18:30:12 UTC 2007


Jay Carlson wrote:

> What *does* seem to be useful enough is UI to indicate that a given
> speech act is directed at a particular person.  In that case, the source
> gets sufficient benefit out of getting the attention of the recipient
> that the source is willing to take additional UI action.  For
> bystanders, this also provides threading clues for free.

Agreed. And we have social conventions for that in chatrooms. I don't 
particularly see the need for technology on top of that.

> Sometimes the request for threading tools is associated with requests
> for stronger moderation tools, and fine-grained control over who gets to
> speak when.  In my opinion, the desire of some organizations to have
> software enforce rules that "in real life" are handled by social
> convention is very revealing.  But that's a different rant.

Start a blog and rant away. :-)

/psa
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