Gbattle throws down on my suggestions about fixing Tumblr notes (a la Notr), suggests how it might all fit in with Tumblr’s (or David Karp’s) prickly sense of nice communication, and then offers this up:
Gbattle via Leftover Takeout
For Stowe’s threaded replies to work and also adhere to the Tumblr Design Ethos, a few enforcements are necessary:
- Authentication for involvement in reply threads are based upon the relationship between the replier and the original content post author, not among the repliers. Specifically, each replier must have a bidirectional following relationship with the content owner or be a follower of the content owner for at least two weeks. Hence, in Stowe’s example, he should absolutely be allowed to reply to me (gbattle) on an indented, threaded basis.
- Just as all Tumblr Notes can be throttled, any subset of threaded replies can also be throttled to improve visibility in the Dashboard. Users can optionally expand threaded replies to reveal thread details.
- No replier can reply to his or her own reply. This safeguards against thread spam and unnecessary threading.
- Once a threaded reply has been started, the parent reply can no longer be edited. The preserves context for the threaded discussion.
Like Stowe, if Tumblr, Missing-e, or an independent browser extension developer would like to discuss the details on implementing the above, I’d be happy to help.
Note: Given the above restrictions, I don’t think Disqus integration into the Dashboard, however cool, would support everything necessary.
For Disqus (or some other external group) to pull all that off would require a very deep access into Tumblr, where I bet the APIs don’t go today. The best thing would still be Tumblr (or Karp) deciding that it would be cool, or simpler, to make replies/notes work and drop the fan mail, asks, and so on.