How to read through a topic
One of the other big differences many are encountering is the general look and feel of reading through a thread. Seeing the different icons and replies can lead some to wonder exactly how best to navigate a thread.
If you really liked the sequential order of the old forum, there is good news: You don’t have to do or click on anything! The individual posts appear in chronological order. If you just want to read through threads like you did before, simply keep scrolling.
There are, however, some neat features for following the conversation in different ways. This is because the forum uses a hybrid model of displaying threads. So the conversation can be viewed both chronologically and with replies grouped together).
So you might notice while scrolling through a thread that a particular post has a “# replies” in the bottom left corner.
If you do not click on this, you are not missing anything. Those posts still appear below in the order in which they were posted. However, if you are eager to find out exactly what other posters have to say about this specific comment, you can click on the downward facing chevron to view the replies now.
When you are done, you can click on the upward facing chevron to go back to the previous view, or else just keep scrolling.
If you want, you might even choose to click the down arrow in the upper right corner of one of the replies. If you do this, you will “jump” directly to that reply, which will allow you to like, flag, or reply to that reply.
When you do encounter the reply further down the thread, you will notice that the top bar of the post indicates that the post is a reply to a previous post, whether or not the reply actually quoted the user they were replying to.
If you want a reminder of what post is being replied to, you can simply click on that portion of the post and the original comment will pop up right above the reply.
If you want to jump back up to the original comment in order to interact with it (i.e. to like, flag, or reply yourself), simply click on the up arrow at the top right of that post and you will jump up to the original comment.
So all the posts are always there in chronological order. These extra tools are here to help us jump quickly back and forth in order to follow a single conversation within a larger topic.
Also, the sidebar is very helpful as well.
You can click and hold on the bar to move in up or down quickly. You can also click on the time stamp at the top or bottom of the bar to jump immediately to the top or bottom of the thread. Further, you can click the reply button (it looks a little different depending on which display theme you are using) if you want to reply to the thread without necessarily replying to a specific post.