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Nov 15, 2012 03:58 AM

replying to individual posts

when replying to a poster(and hitting the 'reply' button), often my reply gets placed far away from the specific post i was addressing.
is there any way i can make sure my post immediately follows the post i want it to?

i see the "re:_____" in the corner of there some way to manipulate that so my post isn't way down thread of what i'm addressing, or manipulating it so i can post my reply to a specific poster and not necessarily the OP?


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  1. In regard to your first question, the only way to do that is to be the first to reply to the post. Otherwise, you "get in line", as it were.

    To your second question, I'm not sure I can reply to anyone's post. Every post has a "reply" button. You don't have to only reply to the OP.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      in the upper right hand corner of the post, there is often a "re: (insert name of poster here)".
      this seems to target an individual post, and i'm wondering how to achieve that.

      again, i think there is some way you don't HAVE to "get in line." i see posts in a long thread that were posted after others that are right underneath the specifically addressed post.

      1. re: linus

        Rather than targeting " individual post..." that device shows everyone who is looking at the thread who your reply went to.

        When you reply to a thread you can target anyone in that thread. However, if you aren't the first person to reply to that poster in the thread, then your reply is going to either be in the second, third (or whatever position your post will fall into) in line.

        Let's say "carolinadawg" replies to me here. If you now reply to me by clicking on reply to this post, your post will be second behind hers. If you reply to me first your reply will be immediately under mine with that little "re. servorg" in the upper right hand corner.

        If second to reply to me you will still see the little "re. servorg" but you will be below carolinadawg because she replied to me before you did. Does that make any sense?

        1. re: linus

          The "re:" is a result of which post you click the "reply" link on. If you reply to the original poster, there will NOT be a "re" and your post will be listed at the very bottom of all the responses to the original poster.

          If you reply to a specific poster, your post will show up at the bottom of the responses to that particular poster. See below.

                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  Linus, this will be a good test of how the posts get listed for you. While the Chowhound Team posting is right under mine, if you click on my post and reply to me, your post will be above theirs (and right under mine) with a "re. Servorg" tag in the upper right hand corner.

                  On the other hand if you reply to the Chowhound Team's "1st reply to poster" post your post will fall under mine and show a "re. The Chowhound Team" tag in the upper right hand corner.

                  Try replying to both of these posts and see what happens.

                  (and the reason my post got "bumped" so far down the list under the first post I replied to in the Chowhound Team's lesson above is because while I was writing it the Team posted all those other sub-thread posts to show you how these get put into the line up)

                  1. re: The Chowhound Team

                    One more thing that not everybody knows... clicking on the "re:" will bring you directly to the post that is being replied to.

              1. I'm having the same problem. When replying to a specific comment, by a particular C-Hounder, my post is at the very bottom of the page. No where close to the actual post I'm responding to. It's not just 2 or 3 posts down. It is at the very bottom. Something's wrong. This used to not happen prior to your "improvements".

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                1. re: Phoebe

                  Take a look at this post made by you just a few minutes ago in which you replied to foodieX2. That reply is in the right place as far as I can tell. Do you have an example of one of your replies that seems to be out of place at the bottom of a thread? Can you paste in the link to one of your specific posts that are out of order here so we can look at it?

                  1. re: Phoebe

                    Phoebe: I still have that same bottom-of-the-page issue as you, but if I click refresh or just go away to another thread and come back, my reply mysteriously got bumped back up to where it was intended. Magic?

                    1. re: pine time

                      I have found that the same is true. When first "refreshing" the specific topic, it still was at the bottom of the list. I waited a little while and it appeared where I expected it should be. There is a delay though. Thanks!

                      1. re: Phoebe

                        I haven't seen this happen. My replies appear right where I expect them. But a possible explanation is that the task of placing your reply is split between your browser and the Chow server. On modern web pages, many things are done by programs attached to the web page. That is, the web page is more of a program than a document.. Conceivably (I haven't examine the page's javascript to verify this), your post is initially placed on your page by that code at the same time that it is sent to Chow. Latter when you refresh the page, Chow generates a new page using a more sophisticated sorting method.

                        My guess is that glitches like this are likely if your browser (and/or computer) is old, or your connection is slow.

                        1. re: Phoebe

                          Hi Phoebe.

                          It appears that in IE there is some trouble with replies initially being placed at the bottom of the page rather than nested underneath the post you were replying to; we're looking into it. Thanks for reporting the issue.