Many discussions are related to specific parts of the content of a page. The following exploration illustrates how discussions could be shown side by side with the content:
- An indicator on the number of conversations can be used as an entry point.
- Alternatively, the "Talk" tab could be the entry point.
- Conversations are shown in a sidebar.
-- The left navigation sidebar is removed to leave more room for comments.
-- It is ok if there is some reflow of the article content since that leaves more room for comments on each section.
- Not all conversations are shown. We can skip resolved conversations and old ones without recent activity.
- A link to view all conversations let's users access the talk page where all of them can be found.
- Comments are grouped by section and visually aligned to it.
- Some comments may be associated with specific pieces of content, and get highlighted when those are hovered/selected.
-- The connection with specific pieces of content does not need to be very strong. If content is modified, it is ok for the comment to get detached from the sentence and remain in the section (the author would get a notification to decide what to do with the comment if still relevant).
- Conversations are shown in a compact way:
-- Showing first and last comment.
-- Comment and author are the main pieces of information.
- Expanding a discussion shows it in more detail.
- Actions are provided to navigate back, marking as resolved and watching.
- Scrolling keeps the action to start a new discussion sticky.
-- It will be replaced by section-specific actions when scrolling through them.
- Adding a new comment.