11-13-2009, 07:05 PM
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Let's see if I can explain this without making things worse. An example of non-threaded communication would be a chatroom. In a chatroom, there is no order to the messages, and there is no way to clearly see who is involved in a two-way conversation. Anyone is able to type a message at any time, and often times when someone replies to someone else, there are several unrelated messages in between the original message and the reply, like this:
Person 1: Hey.
Person 2: Hey, everyone. I just ate dinner.
Person 3: Hey, person 1.
Person 4: What's going on, everyone?
Person 2: Hey, person 1.
Person 1: Hey.
Person 4: I'm tired.
Person 3: What did you have for dinner?
See how there is no order, and therefore no way to easily tell who is involved in a conversation?
An example of semi-threaded communication is this forum. There is a post, and then replies that fall under the original post. When you browse through the forum, you will see several first posts, and then when you drill down into those, you will see replies specific to that first post. However, with semi-threaded communication, there is still no easy way to tell when someone replies to someone else directly in a thread (disregard the quote feature as that is just there to try and overcome the limitations of semi-threaded communications).
An example of fully-threaded communications is a discussion forum that shows branches for the posts, like this:
Person 1: Hey everyone.
+-----Person 2: Hey person 1.
+-----Person 3: What are you up to?
-------+-----Person 1: Nothing much, you?
--------------+-----Person 3: Nothing much either.
+-----Person 2: So, any plans tonight?
-------+-----Person 1: Nope.
Fully-threaded communications allows you to see replies and the specific messages that they are replying to.
Hopefully that makes sense.
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Last edited by ifonline : 11-13-2009 at 07:08 PM.