Guide to Comment Panels
At the beginning of the comments section for each NewsTalkers article you will find a series of circular buttons. These buttons each are a minimized representation of a comment panel.
These buttons represent, respectively, the panels:
- Tracker Panel – for navigating tracked comments
- Finder Panel – for navigating text found in comments
- Bookmark Panel – for navigating bookmarked comments
- Thread Panel – for managing how threads are displayed
Clicking a button will disclose the panel for use. The tracker, finder and thread panel functionality are not new but have been enhanced. The bookmark functionality is a new feature.
This panel is simply an updated version of the existing panel which used to look like this:
Now, when you click on the Thread panel button you will see this:
The Collapse All , Expand All and Automate buttons have not changed in functionality. They are just housed within the panel construct and thus can be minimized. To minimize this panel, click on the panel button on the far left. The panel will then shrink down to the button:
As with the Thread panel, the Finder panel functionality has not changed. When you click on its button, the following panel will appear:
Enter the text in the ‘Find’ field and press enter (or press the FIND button) and the text will be located in each comment. If the desired text was found, the Finder will display a tool for navigating the found text in the comments. This tool will appear on the upper right corner and will look like this:
Click on the upper part of the tool to go to the prior found text (in this case to 1 of 15) and click the lower part of the tool to go to the next found text (3 of 15). The CANCEL button will end the navigation and remove the navigation tool. As with the Thread panel, clicking on the button (on the far left of the Finder panel) will minimize the Finder panel back to its button:
This panel helps navigate through tracked comments. If you are in an article that you are tracking, the comments in your tracker (seen via the Tracker main menu item) are managed by this panel. Clicking on the Tracker panel button discloses the panel:
The large button ‘Go to tracked comment …’ holds a list of all comments tracked in this article. Clicking on this button reveals a scrollable list like this:
The tracked comments are listed in the order in which they will be navigated. You can now click on the comment you are interested in. In response, the system will scroll to that comment and display the Tracker navigation tool:
As with the Finder, click on the upper portion to go to the prior comment (8 of 21) and the lower to go to the next comment (10 of 21). Pressing CANCEL will end the navigation.
The DISCARD button on the panel performs the same function as the discard button ( ) on the Tracker page (Tracker main menu item).
Pressing the DISCARD button will clear all tracked comments for this article. You will still be tracking the article, but the currently tracked comments will no longer appear on your tracker.
Finally, as usual, clicking on the button (on the far left of the Tracker panel) will minimize the Tracker panel back to its button:
Bookmarking is a new feature on NewsTalkers. This feature provides the means to bookmark any comment. The bookmarked comments can be navigated within their article and are recorded on your page (the page that comes up when you click your name on the far right of the main menu). Other members (other than mods) will not be able to see the comments you have bookmarked. Bookmarking is a private function for you to use at your convenience.
The Bookmark panel looks similar to the other panels.
Clicking on the Bookmark panel button discloses the panel:
As with the Tracker panel, the large button ‘Go to bookmark …’ holds a list of all comments bookmarked in this article. Clicking on this button reveals a scrollable list like this:
Clicking on one of the listed bookmarked comments will cause the system to scroll to that comment and display the Bookmark navigation tool:
As usual, click on the upper portion to go to the prior bookmarked comment (1 of 5) and the lower to go to the next comment (3 of 5). Pressing CANCEL will end the navigation.
The UNMARK ALL button on the panel deletes all bookmarks in this article.
Clicking on the button (on the far left of the Bookmark panel) will minimize the panel back to its button:
The Bookmark panel can only work if you have bookmarked comments in the article. Bookmarking is a new function. It is available on the same menu used for Friend, Ignore and Impasse. This is the menu attached to the avatar on each comment. Clicking on the avatar will show a menu like this:
Clicking on the MARK item will bookmark this comment. Bookmarked comment will always show a bookmark on the avatar. In this case, the bookmarked comment looks like this:
To remove a bookmark, bring up the menu and you will find an UNMARK menu item.
To review your bookmarks across all articles, click on your name on the far right of the main menu to go to your personal page. There you will see a new tab entitled ‘Bookmarks’. In my case the history looks like this:
The list is organized by article and shows the bookmarked comments within each article. You can click on a bookmarked comment and the system will take you to it.
The new comment panels will always initially show in a minimized fashion:
And when fully expanded the four panels together look like this:
The menu now contains a Mark | unMark menu item. In addition, your personal page now contains a list of your bookmarks across all articles where you have left a bookmark.
These are really great features. I like the one for finding comments, it comes in very handy. While I am a avid user of the My Comments to find my comments, finding the comments of others is really hard. So, being able to mark them and have them readily at hand really helps a lot.
Finding text within a comment is also handy. Sometimes I want to reference a specific word in a posters comment for a reply and can't remember the proper word or spelling, so that feature will be a big help as well.
Job well done!!
Also, I see that there is a small green tag on the Members Avatar when you bookmark their comment to indicate that specific comment has been bookmarked.
My question is...is that green tag only visible to the person that bookmarked it, or is it visible to everyone else as well? I have not seen any other tags while working around in the articles, so just wondering about whether or not the green tags are visible to everyone or not.
Yes, the comment panels all work on the comments within a single article. The general search function on the site is indeed limited. But if you want to find a comment you made several days ago, just click on your name (far right in the main menu) and select 'My Comments'. That is your comment history. It should be easy to find your comment manually given its organization.
Documentation for the new Comment Panels functionality is now available.