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Ask HN: What have you learned building a threaded comment system?
2 points by tomkinstinch 887 days ago | 1 comment
I'm building a threaded comment system for a web app I am working on and would like to tap into the community wisdom on best practices for making a comment system that works.

Technical implementation tips are of as much interest as the (social) mechanics that ensure high quality spam-free discussion.

The main examples I'm drawing from are HN and reddit, but you can only learn so much by reading their source code.

It's been a while since I've seen a thread on this, so I'll ask:

What have you learned building a threaded comment system?




The one thing I'd love to see more of would be a throw back to the old systems that allowed only a limited amount of upvoting of comments. As in, you can't just go and downvote or upvote as many things as you'd like, but you say, only have 5 per day or something like that.

I've seen this done with issue/bug trackers and it worked really well because then people just didn't go willy-nilly upvoting every feature request or bug, it had to be important to them.

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