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Citation-Like Commenting

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This idea, applicable primarily to large ideas with voluminous and occasionally lengthy annotations, and perhaps not only to the Halfbakery, is to use something akin to a citation based system to be able to comment on text directly where it occurs(as opposed to re-quoting it 5 scroll pages later).

This shouldn't eliminate the more linear flow of consciousness display of text, but improve the readability of comment flow.

theircompetitor, Dec 17 2013

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[xaviergisz, Dec 18 2013]


       This would tend to strongly bias the HB in such a way that it would be significantly less accesible and comprehensible to proles, but much more comfortable for a minority of pedantic, clasically trained academics.   

       What's not to like ? [+]
8th of 7, Dec 17 2013

       I was thinking this would be like traffic citations?   

       Ahem "Citation: 20/12/2013. 9:32 AM The defendant did willfully, and with malice aforethought, post a long idea without paragraph breaks".   

       I'm guessing Interpol has better things to do than chase these up.
not_morrison_rm, Dec 17 2013

       This was actually much more the vision of how the internet would work of early pre-internet visionaries such as Vannevar Bush than how the internet actually turned out.
hippo, Dec 18 2013

       If I choose to place an annotation right at the very beginning of the post- an annotation/citation which is unnecessarily long, rambling and full of what I consider to be witty digressions - would that not break up the original idea to the point of incomprehensibility?
bungston, Dec 18 2013


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