Transition from StackOverlow to NNTP-Thread...

Coordinator
Jul 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM
Here you can discuss or desribe your suggestions for "transforming" the StackOverflow-Feeling to an NNTP-Bridge.
Be aware that the first release will be read-only!
Jul 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM
The SO message hierarchy translates OK into NNTP:
1) Each SO Question is the first NNTP Post of an NNTP thread"; 
2) Each SO Reply to this question is a NNTP Reply to the first NNTP Post; 
3) Each SO Comment is a NNTP reply to the first NNTP Reply.  
SO does not have more than these 3 levels (Question, Replies, Comments), so that is the entire mapping. Since NNTP supports an n-level hierarchy, it can represent the SO hierarchy with no problem.

For #1 (SO Question), you would want to do the following with a newsreader:
1) Edit or delete the Question (possible only if you are the original poster),
2) Add a new reply,
3) Add a new comment
4) Upvote/Downvote

For #2 (SO Reply), you would want to do the following with a newsreader:
1) Edit or Delete the reply (possible only if you authored it)
2) Add a new comment
3) Mark reply as Answer (possible only if you authored the question)
4) Upvote/Downvote

For #3 (SO Comment), you would want to do the following with a newsreader:
1) Delete the comment (possible only if you authored it)
2) Upvote/Downvote

I'm sure they're more actions, such as Flag (e.g. as duplicate), but these are the main ones.

The user must somehow clarify these ambiguities. It can be solved in a variety of ways. For example, adding a tag in either the subject or body of the reply, e.g. [edit] or [add reply] or [add comment]. If there is an error, the Bridge could return an error and refuse to post the response.


Thanks,
David