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We all know how big chat rooms can advance quickly. Is there a way (or a future plan) that I can view a linked message and it's predecessors in a different view/page/thread? So they are all in a single reading pane?

While hovering a message and seeing it's predecessors is nice, it isn't easy to read, especially when the linked threads get long.

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I think you can bookmark a conversation, then link directly to the conversation. It's just more complicated than linking to a single post –  Ben Brocka Oct 25 '12 at 13:10
    
bookmark a conversation? how? –  Saariko Oct 25 '12 at 13:14
    
This page explains how there's even a list of all bookmarks in a chatroom –  Ben Brocka Oct 25 '12 at 14:07
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That lets you bookmark a block of time, but if there are N conversations insterspersed over hours and you just want one of those threads, how do you do that? (I think that's what OP is asking for.) –  Monica Cellio Oct 25 '12 at 16:35

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We discussed this internally the other week and we agree that this would be handy to have. Especially in cases where a moderator pings several community team members at a time and one of us responds before the others.

Using our existing chat UI and some inspiration from how Twitter shows linked tweets, we would like to propose the following implementation.

This conversation view will be accessible from the pop-up you get when clicking on the arrow to the left of every message:

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Clicking "view conversation" would go to a view similar to the existing chat transcripts. It will show the current message, the message it is in reply to (and the ones before it), as well as the messages that were posted in reply to it. Plus a message or two around each of those, just to account for people like me who are fond of posting a linked @reply, followed immediately by another related message that's not linked to anything else.

Other messages that appear in the transcript can be hidden and indicated the same way the Highlights view shows skipped posts:

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Ideally, clicking that would expand the transcript and show the messages that were hidden, but that's optional. Using one of the displayed messages to get to the full transcript would be easy/good enough.

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I, uh..I love you. –  Scott W May 13 '13 at 19:56

A simple improvement in the short term might be to simply allow two-way navigation between chat messages. If a message is a reply, I can navigate back to the previous message. However, there's no way to jump to descendants that I can see. Even if they aren't viewed on a separate page, improving the navigation would be a step in the right direction, I think.

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