What happened to the "in reply to" link?


It also looks like something has changed on discourse. Up to yesterday, if you replied to a post but not quoting anything you got a “in reply to” link like this:

It seems to be gone or the way how to get it has changed. @Sam?
Now there’s no indication where you replied to making it hard to follow.

thx, Tobias

(Pascal Golay) #2

Hi Tobias- You need to reply from the link on bottom/right of the post itself and not at the bottom of the page. I think that works, I just did it here- let’s see…


(Pascal Golay) #3

It looks to me like that did not work.

(Pascal Golay) #4

How about if i respond to a post that is not the last one in the topic…?

(Pascal Golay) #5

That’s better.


Oh, I see. But IMO that’s not really logical. Like that you can’t tell if someone has answered to a post or the topic.
I’d vote for a consistent behavior: if you hit Reply from the link on bottom/right of the post you should always get an “in reply to” link

thx, Tobias

(Pascal Golay) #7

That makes sense to me as well. Your suggestion, that is…


(Steve Baer) #8

Nothing has changed since yesterday. I haven’t upgraded the servers yet.


That is very much possible. Maybe I haven’t replied to the last post of a topic without quoting the last days…
But Steve and @sam whats your opinion about this?

thx, Tobias

(Brian Gillespie) #10

I think that looks like a boanfide bug. @sam can chime in about it.


Its not really a bug, this has always been the case and it always confused me.

Direct replies to a post (like this one) suppress the “in reply to” box. @codinghorror feels strongly that the added noise of a lot of “pointless” in reply to boxes is just not worth it, so the default is going to stay.

We are open to adding a site setting to remove the suppression.

(Brian Gillespie) #12

So what you’re saying is that if there is no “In reply to” box, the reply I am reading is always in reply to the post directly preceding it?

(Pascal Golay) #13

I guess the inconsistent behavior is worse in my book, in this case at least. The posts in this topic kind of demonstrates the weirdness of auto-changing behavior which is otherwise perfectly understandable…



Sort of, lack of box could mean that its a direct reply to previous post OR a general reply to the topic. I can add a setting for it today (default off) and you can see if you prefer the “flood” of “in reply to” as opposed to the ambiguity

(Pascal Golay) #15

Yeah, good, thanks, let’s try it.


There already is a setting for this, it is at /admin under:

Don’t show reply count on a post when there is a single reply directly below

Warning, the forum gets very noisy with this on, we have tried it both ways and vastly prefer the suppression – but try it yourselves and see what you think.

(Brian Gillespie) #17

I’ve cleared the checkbox Jeff mentioned. I don’t see an immediate difference, but perhaps it will change after I post this reply.

(Brian Gillespie) #18

So if that setting does what you’re suggesting @codinghorror, this post should show an “In reply to” box at the top; it doesn’t. We’re trying to differentiate between replies to the first topic post, and replies to subsequent messages in the thread - at this point they both seem to render identically.


I think we need an extra setting

suppress_reply_directly_above … for the mirror of the functionality.


If you’re worried about that, I suggest quoting the relevant bits of the post when you reply – either by clicking the first button on the toolbar to pull in the entire post, or by highlighting a section of a post with your device and selecting “quote reply”.

As described here:

(this link to try is stable because it is one of the default topics).

If you had both of these behaviors unsuppressed for 1-reply-directly-under, you’d get double “notifications” of a reply, right on top of each other – a “1 reply” on the bottom, and then an “in reply to {user}” directly under that. It’s your choice but that is going to be extremely noisy.

The reasoning is that locality is a strong reference, meaning something directly under a post is very likely to be a response to the post above it. And remember the suppression only takes effect if

  • there is only 1 and exactly one reply

  • that reply is directly under the post it is replying to

As a user, I’d be kind of annoyed that I clicked an “in reply to {username}” and it expanded to show me… what was already on my screen directly above the post I am looking at :tongue: