Sneak Peek eXo Platform 5.0: reply to comments

In line with what we have just presented to you about the possibility of “Liking” comments, we have continued to enrich conversations on the activity stream by adding the ability to reply to individual comments. Let’s find out how it works.

Activity Stream

So we simply added a “Reply” action next to the “Like” icon that opens the reply field.

Reply to comment in eXo Platform

By clicking on “Comment,” your reply will be indented to indicate which comment you are replying to.

comment on an individual comment in eXo activity stream

Sometimes, several interesting ideas come out during a conversation and they call for different answers. From now on, it is possible to have several parallel threads attached to the same activity in the stream.

several parallel threads attached to the same eXo activity stream

To keep your activity stream easy to read, we collapse the conversation after three replies.

easy to read activity stream by collapsing the conversation after three replies

Beware, there is only one level of replies possible. Thus, replying to an answer will add it below without indenting it. Indeed, our user research has shown us that the benefit of this simplicity exceeds that of having complex conversations with a higher level of depth.

Documents Preview

In addition to the activity stream, this feature is available on document previews.

replies to comments on document previews in eXo Platform

Now your document reviews will be clearer by allowing each one to argue on a specific point without all the comments mixing.

Forum Integration

When it comes to an activity originating from the forum application, conversations naturally integrate with the “Quote” function. A quoted post will be represented as a reply to the corresponding comment in the activity stream.

quoted post in eXo Platform forum

Readable comments in complex discussions eXo Platform 5

Thus, the activity stream preserves its consistency and readability, even when complex discussions take place in the forum.

Clarify Work in Tasks

For the sake of consistency, tasks also benefit from responses to comments.

Reply to comments in eXo tasks

As in activity streams, you can respond to comments on tasks. During the life of a task, there are sometimes several steps that require different conversations. For example, to clarify the expectations when it is not clearly expressed in the description, or report the progress of work or validate the outcome. Now you can relate these different conversations, much more clearly to the task involved.

Notifications

Finally, you will be able to receive a notification every time someone replies to any of your comments.

receive a notification from eXo Platform once someone replies to your comments

Email notifications from eXo Platform once someone replies to your comments

What do you think?

We have previewed this feature on eXo Tribe to collect your feedback. So don’t hesitate to speak up; there is still time to make adjustments! For those who wish, it is also possible to install the latest milestone release, which incorporates this feature.

 

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I am the product officer at eXo. I oversee product management and product marketing. My teams design, create and promote the features of and improvements to eXo Platform. As a former enterprise software developer turned product manager, I have a passion for how IT can improve people’s lives. In this blog, I write about some of my personal interests, such as productivity, alternative forms of management and corporate organisations, collaboration, open-source and emerging technologies..

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