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Threads within Threads?

  1. Jul 4, 2017 #1
    Hi,

    I want to start reading a book on Emmy Noether's theorem, I think it would be healthy to ask questions when appropriate. It just seems a bit messy to start a new thread every time though, or keep posting in the same one. Is there any functionality to open a thread about a broader topic, a book in this case, and then have sub threads within it?

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  3. Jul 4, 2017 #2

    mfb

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    There are no subthreads. If it doesn't fit into an existing thread, it is better to open a new one.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2017 #3

    WWGD

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    No fractal posts, then? I want my money.....er, PF is free, no problem, sorry :).
     
  5. Jul 4, 2017 #4

    phinds

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    I think Greg skipped thread within threads to avoid recursion
     
  6. Jul 4, 2017 #5

    WWGD

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    You mean to Av(oid (Re(Recursion........) .....) ...... ?
     
  7. Jul 4, 2017 #6

    phinds

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    Yes (yes (yes (yes ... ) ) )
     
  8. Jul 4, 2017 #7
    What you are looking for is a relational database.
    Most websites don't do that
     
  9. Jul 5, 2017 #8
    Actually, I doubt it has to do with the type of database; my guess is, it is simply a design choice.

    I say this because some forum platforms (e.g. vbulletin) do offer a "subthreads" or "multiple threads within a thread" view, in addition to a chronological view. Subthreads are simply chains of responses that deviate from strict chronology, e.g. if you reply to an earlier comment in a thread rather than the most recent comment, that starts building a subthread; very little additional data would be needed, so I am guessing it would be easy to do w/ fairly simple scripts. However, multiple threads w/in a topic can be confusing at times & the trick doesn't necessarily add that much value in my experience; a single chronological view is easier for users to follow, especially since the quote feature can be used to make clear which comment is being responded to.

    Below is an example - it's a link to a topic inside a nonprofit forum about music electronics [note to mods: very respectable forum, and not a competitor to PF]. Immediately below the thread title ("Yamaha emx512SC protection circuit"), you'll see a set of buttons on the right side of the page; click the Display button, and you'll see you can choose from linear, hybrid, and threaded modes. The threaded mode provides the subthreads view.

    http://music-electronics-forum.com/t26867/
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  10. Jul 6, 2017 #9

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