Paul Arden wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:48 pm
It must be a language thing, warmweer! It's a discussion thread.
I had written that in good spirits with some humour in mind but conceptually it is important.
There are threaded forums and flat forums.
Conversations in threaded forums easily branch out and develop into seperate discussions with become less and less related to the starting post. You could compare it to a group of people discussing a certain subject in a lounge bar. It won't take long before the group naturally splits into subgroups holding their own discussion which has deviated form the starting point. Summarising the thread is usually a PITA.
Database-wise every post then needs a parent_id and a child_id (unless it hasn't been replied to yet) in order to construct the logical view of the discussion(s).
In Flat forums all posts stay in 1 branch (which is THE topic) and (usually) stay a lot more on topic.
Yes it is a language thing because the 2 different concepts need 2 different wordings to make sure we're talking about the same thing. Knives can cut but so can a saw and I wouldn't use a knife to fell a tree, nor use the saw to cut my watermelon
It's not only in English that there are 2 differents words, one for each concept.
BTW in this topic on a threaded forum, my first reply would have been the start of a new branch deviating from the subject, with 3Di's reply the start of another branch (remaining on topic).