Feature #5050


Making comments visible in SP editing mode (SP suggestion #1)

Added by Marilyn Weber almost 8 years ago. Updated about 4 years ago.

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Samantha Raddatz
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Social Paper
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A user has given us the following feedback :

Receiving comments on my paper has been great. I do find it troubling that I cannot see friends' comments when I "enable editing." The editing mode does not allow me to access the comments.

Related issues

Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Bug #5069: Comments visible in edit modeResolvedRaymond Hoh2015-12-31

Actions #1

Updated by Marilyn Weber almost 8 years ago

  • Assignee set to Samantha Raddatz

Matt has asked that these be assigned to you. Happy holidays!
- Marilyn Weber

Actions #2

Updated by Samantha Raddatz almost 8 years ago

I think this is a good feature to attempt to add soon, and know that it was high on Erin's list of desired features.
Assigning to Boone for feasibility.

I just opened a related ticket for a case where this is kind of already happening: #5069

Actions #3

Updated by Marilyn Weber over 7 years ago

  • Category name set to Social Paper
Actions #4

Updated by Boone Gorges over 7 years ago

  • Target version set to Future release
Actions #5

Updated by Paige Dupont over 7 years ago

Hey Boone,

A lot of our Social Paper testing data supported this issue and I wanted to throw out a suggestion and some questions for you.

One big thing we found during testing was once a user found and entered their papers, they would immediately try to click into the paper to make edits without first hitting the enable editing button. This is a common practice with many online writing tools, when entering ones own work, the user is automatically in editing mode.

But then this lead us to realize that in editing mode, users cannot see the comments made on the paper. So I think the first question I have for you is: Is there a way we can activate the visibility of comments when a user is in editing mode?

So let me know if that's even a possibility and I'd love your feedback on this.


Actions #6

Updated by Boone Gorges over 7 years ago

So I think the first question I have for you is: Is there a way we can activate the visibility of comments when a user is in editing mode?

This is the very question that the current ticket is meant to address, right?

The short answer is that it's pretty hard to modify the system to show comments in edit mode at the moment. When you are editing a paper, you can delete paragraphs, add new ones, etc. We have some logic that works in the background to process these changes and sync each paragraph's comments appropriately. The key bit here is "in the background". For this to happen during edit mode, with comments visible, would require a fair amount of rebuilding.

I'm glad to hear what Christian and Ray have to say about it, but my gut is telling me that it's not worth putting in the work to make this happen unless we're also going to take the opportunity to migrate away from wp-front-end-editor at the same time - that is, assuming that we are going to do the latter at some point. Doing these two things separately will mean lots of duplicated work.

Actions #7

Updated by Matt Gold over 7 years ago

If it's going to be hard to implement this, can we imagine work-arounds? could there be a "view comments" button/link in editing mode that, when clicked, opened a modal overlay with comments? That's probably a terrible idea, but I'm just wondering whether there is a possible workaround. I keep thinking that the manual workaround now is to have a SP open in two tabs, one in edit mode and one in reading mode.

Actions #8

Updated by Boone Gorges over 7 years ago

If this is a critical feature, then maybe we should get a sense, especially from Christian, of just how hard it will be to do the kind of synching described above while in Edit mode. I'm assuming it will be hard, but maybe I'm overestimating the difficulty.

Actions #9

Updated by Marilyn Weber about 4 years ago

Totally your call, but from my POV you're welcome to close out these social paper tickets.


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