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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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There are no subthreads. If it doesn't fit into an existing thread, it is better to open a new one.
 
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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.
No fractal posts, then? I want my money.....er, PF is free, no problem, sorry :).
 
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I think Greg skipped thread within threads to avoid recursion
 
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I think Greg skipped thread within threads to avoid recursion
You mean to Av(oid (Re(Recursion........) .....) ...... ?
 
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You mean to Av(oid (Re(Recursion........) .....) ...... ?
Yes (yes (yes (yes ... ) ) )
 
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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?

Thanks
What you are looking for is a relational database.
Most websites don't do that
 
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What you are looking for is a relational database. Most websites don't do that
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/
 
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